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Jackee and his compadre Thomas arrived chez Ca’ dei Gatti late yesterday afternoon. My first morning choice was Jackee. I had read the reviews and the mention of “smoke” enthralled me. I love “smoke” when it comes to perfumes, teas, salmon, prunes, paprika, nuts, and scotch. “Smoke” has got to walk a thin line between enhancing and highlighting that which is smoked and overwhelming it.

Jackee Muntz is a fine, rich, deep tea with a smoke that does manage to evoke the burnt sugary taste of caramel—but I liked to linger on the smokiness. I thought of an excellent poem I read recently called “Shopping List” by Anna Adams. The premise is that “all of life /
is hinted at on strips of scrap”. The imaginative mind can take a simple shopping list and go places—dig deeply like an anthropologist or archeologist.

“Cornfields come with the brown bread rolls,
orchards with apples, and the sea
heaves, vast, around the herring shoals,
and China swims in Lapsang Souchong tea.”

A tea that wakes me up, makes me think of poetry, and which unfolds layers of taste and meaning is a great one. I’ve already re-ordered.

I need to become a serious Buddhist to cope with all of the limited edition teas I’ve fallen in love with. I’ve wept buckets when books and perfumes go out of print, Jackee, my man, you’ve reversed the ill-effects of a bad night of sleep.

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sophistre

I loved this tasting note. And it may just convince me to reorder. My tin of Jackee is emptying a lot more quickly than I would like.

JacquelineM

7 sets remain in this limited edition of 400!!!!! (oh dear)

sophistre

I bought #8. >.>

JacquelineM

You lucky duck!!! :) If there is anything left by the end of the month I MIGHT!

Erin

I’ve been eying those last few sets for a long time now… I need more money, ack!
I loved your tasting note, by the way!

~lauren.

Beautiful Imagery!

Marie

Every tea worth it’s weight should have an intriguing story to tell. Love reading your posts Doulton! Simply delightful. :)

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sophistre

I loved this tasting note. And it may just convince me to reorder. My tin of Jackee is emptying a lot more quickly than I would like.

JacquelineM

7 sets remain in this limited edition of 400!!!!! (oh dear)

sophistre

I bought #8. >.>

JacquelineM

You lucky duck!!! :) If there is anything left by the end of the month I MIGHT!

Erin

I’ve been eying those last few sets for a long time now… I need more money, ack!
I loved your tasting note, by the way!

~lauren.

Beautiful Imagery!

Marie

Every tea worth it’s weight should have an intriguing story to tell. Love reading your posts Doulton! Simply delightful. :)

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style

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