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Yet another one of my coworkers is a now a tea drinker! Horray! For her birthday, our department gave her a gift certificate to Premium Steap. Yesterday, she came back from her lunch break with a bag full of wonderment! When she offered me a sample of this tea, I took her up on it. What a terrible greedy gift giver I am!

Anyway – this is DELICIOUS. There are wee squares of caramel in it, need I say more? The rooibos provides richness and backbone, and the caramel is sweet but burnt and really, really good. I prepared it like a regular tea, with a smidge of sugar and a splash of milk, and I thought it tasted very tea like. Certainly better than most of the decafs I’ve had.

This goes on the to-buy list FOR SURE.

I have one tragic bit of news. When I was perusing the Premium Steap site to enter this tisane, I noticed that Emperor’s Red is no longer listed for sale! When I go to the shop I will try and find out the story. I have other teas that I think are very much in the Emperor’s family, but still…

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ashmanra

No! No! They can not cease to carry the Emperor!

ScottTeaMan

I’m not a fan of rooibos, so I would have to find the right blend.

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ashmanra

No! No! They can not cease to carry the Emperor!

ScottTeaMan

I’m not a fan of rooibos, so I would have to find the right blend.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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Collingswood, NJ

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