I've got good news for my fellow tea lovers- I found a gem. Simpson & Vail has been around since 1929, and hails from Brookfield CT, but I'd never gotten a chance to try their tea until recently. They send over a few teas to sample, and I can say with complete confidence that they know exactly what they're doing. I tried Louisa May Alcott's Green Tea Blend first, and it was incredible, and a clear favorite. The fruit and nut pairings worked really well with the green tea, and not only was it super aromatic, but it tasted as lovely as it smelled.
The second tea I tried was Jane Austen's Black Tea Blend, and I loved it. The mint really added depth to the flavor, and the inclusion of vanilla made it a lot more unique.
I also tried the Almond Sugar Cookie Tea, and the almond was strong, but not aggressive. I've found this to be a great breakfast tea. It plays really nicely with early morning vibes.
Finally, I tried the Caramel Walnut Shortbread Tea, and this was another favorite. The caramel and walnut blended together, creating an aromatic masterpiece. I no longer drink coffee, and this tea almost reminded me of my caramel latte days, and I loved it.