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Civil Disobedience

Smoky Cardamom Black Tea

Rated 4.4 out of 5
Based on 112 reviews

Tastes Like: pine needles, cardamom skin, maple sap, fire logs
Feels Like: fireside after a winter walk

Get lost in billows of smoke and fireside conversation. This layered tea opens with the flavor of conifers and deep tannins. The astringency of cardamom pod cuts through the aroma of silky pipe tobacco and allspice. The flavor curls and shifts between burning wood, wet earth, and lingering maple.

The Story Behind the Tea

This blend was inspired by childhood winters in New Hampshire with my late father: the glorious scent of pine and maple in the January maple harvest season. My father was a great admirer of Thoreau whose Walden is perhaps the most famous celebration of New England wilderness. I found the name Civil Disobedience (after Thoreau's essay) suitably bold, iconoclastic and evocative of the New England scentscape. — Gina, cofounder

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average rating 4.4 out of 5
Based on 112 reviews
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Reviewed by Lynn B.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Strong & heady

This is the tea I reach for when I want a strong, bold flavor. It feels like I am drinking a fortifying tea that will get me ready for any work I need to do. I doubt it has more caffeine than any other black tea, but the boldness and smokey flavor make me think it does!! I do add sweetener and half & half, which smooths out the flavor well. I doubt I would ever drink this tea black, though! I suspect it would be too much for me.

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Reviewed by Karyn T.
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Rated 3 out of 5
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Not for me

This was a touch to Smokey for me. But I can see how some would love it

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Reviewed by Tucker
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Amazing, unique flavor!

Just started getting into loose leaf tea branching out from a longlived love of yerba mate & I ordered a few from August. They just came & each of them smell phenomenal! It was hard to even decide which to brew up first but I went with this Civil Disobedience blend & loved it. Highly recommend & will be buying countless tins of this for sure

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Reviewed by Al R.
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Rated 3 out of 5
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Fancy lapsang suchong

I'm still on the fence. It's definitely a hyped lapsang suchong, which I have to be in the mood for because that is one ROBUST flavour on its own. I really liked the description--plus cardamom! So I gave it a try. I think while it works in theory (and to the nose, it's very reminiscent of autumn hiking/camping), when it's brewed, those flavours are just... too much? Perhaps it's the cardamom oil? I think it could do with just the pods. Either way, I don't let it steep for too long, just to cut down on some of the heavy flavours.

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Reviewed by Catherine D.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Everything it claims to be!

Bold and intense. You literally transport to a campfire in the woods!

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