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Civil Disobedience

Smoky Cardamom Black Tea

Rated 4.4 out of 5
Based on 89 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 89 reviews
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Reviewed by Kevin W.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Best Name Ever

The band I was in during my teenage years was called Civil Disobedience (Civ Dis for short), so I was immediately drawn to this tea for that reason, along with the Thoreau essay and its importance to the American Revolution (Boston Tea Party anyone?). Nostalgia aside, I don't think my palate is as refined as most of the other reviewers here. I thought it tasted a lot like a stronger Earl Grey. Fine by me! I enjoyed it.

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Reviewed by Hana T.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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The taste profile of a really, really good cigar - without the smoke

This is one of my favorite August teas so far! I love how it combines the dark notes into a taste profile that reminds me of my cigar smoking days, except after drinking the tea my lungs do not complain for days on end.

I love the richness of it, and it's incredibly satisfying to drink. Pair it with Low Country for a full on "gentlemen's club" experience, without the side effects of whiskey, smoking and self-important men

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Reviewed by Lori
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Smoother than the scent!

Don’t let the scent fool you. And if you haven’t gotten that far, don’t let the description (or possibly other reviews) scare you. This tea is much smoother than you might imagine! Just start with a tablespoon for 14 oz water and don’t let that water quite come to the full-out rolling boil. You’ll be rewarded with a nice smooth and slightly smoky-spicy-piney woods sip that’ll make you feel like a fancy cowboy; not the kind that keeps chaps on all day to look cool to the non-cowboys but the kind with caked mud on his boots and age-spotted sun-worn hands holding a big mug by the fireplace as you tell tales of what a real cowboy was like in your youth, before you mellowed out, the way this tea mellows out your senses. Now git!

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Reviewed by Robin
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Smoky and Sweet

This may be my favorite AU tea thus far. It starts off smoky and has a sweet finish. Even my husband who doesn’t care for tea enjoyed it.

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Reviewed by Kate
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reminds Me of My Dad

For some reason this tea takes me straight back home and makes me think of my dad. I love the flavor anyway but have realized that makes this tea just that much better. Plus, I love cardamom and smoky teas. Definitely strong flavors - not an everyday tea - but one of my favorites. I drink it with cream, no sugar.

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