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Earl Grey Supreme (Harney)
Youthberry Wild Orange Blossom Tea Blend (Teavana)

made as Frugal Fanny iced tea (3 tbs tea, 3 cups water steeped 4 minutes (pinch of baking soda for clarity!), then a resteep of the leaves consisting of 1.5 c water for 5 minutes, added to the pitcher where the already brewed tea is cooling. 3 tbs sugar.)

#$#)$#)$_ you, Teavana. You turned my already lovely favorite Earl Grey Supreme iced tea into a spectacular passion fruity, orangey, refreshing amazement! Seriously, some of the most delicious iced tea I’ve ever made.

I hate you!!!!

:)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’d never heard about the baking soda trick—I’ll try that this summer.

Mercuryhime

Doesn’t the baking soda leave a yucky bitterness? I can taste it when I add too much to cake.

JacquelineM

Mercuryhime – I put literally a pinch. Probably less than a 16th of a teaspoon? I can’t taste it at all.

Mercuryhime

Hmm… I guess I’ll give it a try! Thanks for the tip. :)

ashmanra

When I was a child my mother made a gallon of Lipton loose leaf black tea a day in summer. She, too, would just take a pinch of baking soda between her thumb and forefinger and toss it into the pot at the end of steeping before she added the cold water. We never tasted it.

ashmanra

Okay, doggone it, JacquelineM!!!! Now you have made me want to buy this Teavana tea. Sigh. My daughter tasted it in the store and liked it, so I will say I am getting it for her if I break down and buy it.

JacquelineM

ashmanra – I am ready to not only throw my morals out the window but perhaps even go to the MALL to do so! Ahhhhhhhhh!

We’re almost done the whole pitcher it’s so tasty.

Veronica

Not to tempt you further, but the salespeople at the Deptford store are very nice and NOT pushy. I’ve purchased tea from them three times now, and each time has been pleasant.

SimplyJenW

Maybe just get the Wild Orange Blossom to soften the blow to your sensibilities….. That is probably what I would do….and I would probably go to the MALL, too. ;)

Cheryl

Do what I do, and look up the mall’s floorplan online, so you can be sure to take the quickest/closest route to Teavana, then make a quick escape : )

ashmanra

I plan to send my son since he lives close to the malls that have a Teavana. It is over an hour away for me. And he really likes to go to the mall, and often has to take his autistic clients for part of their social therapy.

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gmathis

I’d never heard about the baking soda trick—I’ll try that this summer.

Mercuryhime

Doesn’t the baking soda leave a yucky bitterness? I can taste it when I add too much to cake.

JacquelineM

Mercuryhime – I put literally a pinch. Probably less than a 16th of a teaspoon? I can’t taste it at all.

Mercuryhime

Hmm… I guess I’ll give it a try! Thanks for the tip. :)

ashmanra

When I was a child my mother made a gallon of Lipton loose leaf black tea a day in summer. She, too, would just take a pinch of baking soda between her thumb and forefinger and toss it into the pot at the end of steeping before she added the cold water. We never tasted it.

ashmanra

Okay, doggone it, JacquelineM!!!! Now you have made me want to buy this Teavana tea. Sigh. My daughter tasted it in the store and liked it, so I will say I am getting it for her if I break down and buy it.

JacquelineM

ashmanra – I am ready to not only throw my morals out the window but perhaps even go to the MALL to do so! Ahhhhhhhhh!

We’re almost done the whole pitcher it’s so tasty.

Veronica

Not to tempt you further, but the salespeople at the Deptford store are very nice and NOT pushy. I’ve purchased tea from them three times now, and each time has been pleasant.

SimplyJenW

Maybe just get the Wild Orange Blossom to soften the blow to your sensibilities….. That is probably what I would do….and I would probably go to the MALL, too. ;)

Cheryl

Do what I do, and look up the mall’s floorplan online, so you can be sure to take the quickest/closest route to Teavana, then make a quick escape : )

ashmanra

I plan to send my son since he lives close to the malls that have a Teavana. It is over an hour away for me. And he really likes to go to the mall, and often has to take his autistic clients for part of their social therapy.

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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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