By Matt Starlight
Tea in America is often seen as the little brother to this nation’s favorite caffeinated beverage: coffee. But, just because hipsters aren’t lining up around the block for a $12 cup of it doesn’t mean that tea should be regarded with less prestige. Some could argue, in fact, that tea is better off without the pretention, and at Red Stick Spice Company, that’s exactly what you’ll find.
Covering the walls of Red Stick Spice Company are a variety of cooking spices and loose tea flavors. Every exotic option from Chocolate Monkey Tea to Rooibos Renewal Tea can be purchased, but the one that caught DIG’s eye was the Bonfire Tea.
Aptly named for the smoky, full body of a tea that conveys more than just flavor, the Bonfire Tea puts your garden variety Earl Grey to complete and utter shame.
A loose tea mix made of Lapsang Souchong, a smokey, smooth and rich caffeinated blend, with additions of honeybush, apple, anise, cacao nibs (a chocolate-y flavor), pink peppercorns and orange, the Bonfire flavor is one of the staff’s favorites, and for good reason. The complex flavors and powerful aroma come together after being steeped to perfection to form a tea flavor unlike most you’ve tasted before.
The base of smoky flavor has the edges taken off with a slight hint of chocolate flavor, the floral goodness of the pink peppercorn gives it a sweet quality and with the grainy hints of anise on top, this tea exhibits a wide array of flavors and textures that just can’t be found anywhere else.
Christmas is coming up soon, so for the tea/fireplace lover in your family, nothing hits the spot better than the Bonfire Tea.