I needed something REALLY GOOD after my Rose Tea debacle – and I chose this guy :) Perfect. Malty, strong, delicious. I’m going to nudge him up to 100 because he is my favorite black tea of the moment!

I am reading a book called How We Lived Then which is about life in Britain during WWII (what, you mean you don’t all read nonfiction books about war to relax on a Sunday evening!?!!) and I just finished a chapter about food rationing.

To quote, “In July rationing really began, to use an appropriate word, to bite, when it was extended to tea, for the two ounces a week allowed were not enough for most families. Women now began to tear open their empty tea packets in search of a few hidden grains, or followed the Minister of Food’s advice to use one spoonful for each person and none for the pot.”

Now, while my own predicament is NOTHING near what people experienced during WWII, I now have a little bit of a first hand idea of this rationing business because my tin of Thomas Sampson is 2.5oz, and Andrews and Dunham are like the Minister of Food because they produced ONLY 400 sets of this series, so I will have to RATION the 2.5 oz of my favorite black tea ever, and I will certainly need to whip out my magnifying glass when I come to the end of the tin to make sure not a single leaf remains!

All I will say is at least I don’t have to eat grilled whale (supposedly even the dogs wouldn’t eat it!! …and I complain of the fishiness of Japanese Sencha!!)!!

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Ricky

Pick up a few more tins while you still can =P

JacquelineM

Ricky – There are 31 left…I’m contemplating it!

Doulton

You persuaded me! I just placed an order. Thank you!

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Ricky

Pick up a few more tins while you still can =P

JacquelineM

Ricky – There are 31 left…I’m contemplating it!

Doulton

You persuaded me! I just placed an order. Thank you!

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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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