After my asparagus trauma I needed a tea that was, well, vanilla! I picked this – the most gentle vanilla in my collection. It did not disappoint. I drank it sitting on my couch with graham crackers like I was 5 years old and never knew there was such a thing as a tea that tasted like asparagus. It is also very forgiving – I oversteeped it a minute too long because I had to wash my cat’s feet* and it tasted just fine – definitely perfect at 4 minutes but very drinkable at 5. Not bitter, just strong.

*My cat Marty is 20 (!!!) years old and is a bit senile and he has the strangest things stuck to him sometimes!
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__Morgana__

Yay for long-lived cats. I had a Siamese that lived to 24 and a tabby that lived to 18!

mpierce87

I hope my cat lives that long (he is 4). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see though.

JacquelineM

Morgana – Yes – it’s amazing. My household is all geriatric animals – a 20 year old cat and 14 year old Beagle doggie. They are both the best old men!!! I love them so much. They cuddle each other on the couch!

mrawlins2 – I hope so too. :) They are so mellow and loving when they are old.

__Morgana__

I currently have 3 cats. One is 7 and the two others are 6 (litter mates). Hard to believe they’re already as old as they are, seems like just yesterday I could hold one of the younger ones in one hand. They grow up so fast [insert sappy, sentimental sigh and sniffing sounds here ;-)]

teabird

Y’all are making me sad that I don’t have cats yet. Morgana, if you want a perpetual dose of kittens, may I recommend the IBKC? http://www.theittybittykittycommittee.com/2009/07/bathtub-ping-pong-ball-kittens-hours-of.html

Doulton

Cheers to Marty!

Dan

Such a cute website (ibkc). I sent it to my wife’s sister. Her cat Minnie is almost 17.

JacquelineM

Tea Bird – what an adorable site! As a person who visits Cute Overload every day

http://cuteoverload.com/

it is much appreciated!!!!! :)

mpierce87

Both those websites are SO cute. The little kitty in the pumpkin looks like my cat when he was a baby…awww!

http://cuteoverload.com/page/3/

Auggy

Aw, poor kitties with odd things stuck to their feet! My 19yo has the same problem – except instead of odd things it is usually gross things. But we won’t think about that!
Tea Bird – Thanks for sharing that adorable site! The bookmark for it is going right next to CO for those rougher work days where cuteness is required!

JacquelineM

Auggy – Marty is sometimes gross too! Last night it was leaves and fluffy spring seeds that the dog brought in though, thankfully (Marty is 100% indoor cat). He stopped grooming himself and he has food on his nose every single meal time. He has to eat wet food because he only has 5 teeth! The worst though is when he is not careful in the litter box. I bought him a special one with lower sides which makes it easier on his old back legs but some days are better than others.

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__Morgana__

Yay for long-lived cats. I had a Siamese that lived to 24 and a tabby that lived to 18!

mpierce87

I hope my cat lives that long (he is 4). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see though.

JacquelineM

Morgana – Yes – it’s amazing. My household is all geriatric animals – a 20 year old cat and 14 year old Beagle doggie. They are both the best old men!!! I love them so much. They cuddle each other on the couch!

mrawlins2 – I hope so too. :) They are so mellow and loving when they are old.

__Morgana__

I currently have 3 cats. One is 7 and the two others are 6 (litter mates). Hard to believe they’re already as old as they are, seems like just yesterday I could hold one of the younger ones in one hand. They grow up so fast [insert sappy, sentimental sigh and sniffing sounds here ;-)]

teabird

Y’all are making me sad that I don’t have cats yet. Morgana, if you want a perpetual dose of kittens, may I recommend the IBKC? http://www.theittybittykittycommittee.com/2009/07/bathtub-ping-pong-ball-kittens-hours-of.html

Doulton

Cheers to Marty!

Dan

Such a cute website (ibkc). I sent it to my wife’s sister. Her cat Minnie is almost 17.

JacquelineM

Tea Bird – what an adorable site! As a person who visits Cute Overload every day

http://cuteoverload.com/

it is much appreciated!!!!! :)

mpierce87

Both those websites are SO cute. The little kitty in the pumpkin looks like my cat when he was a baby…awww!

http://cuteoverload.com/page/3/

Auggy

Aw, poor kitties with odd things stuck to their feet! My 19yo has the same problem – except instead of odd things it is usually gross things. But we won’t think about that!
Tea Bird – Thanks for sharing that adorable site! The bookmark for it is going right next to CO for those rougher work days where cuteness is required!

JacquelineM

Auggy – Marty is sometimes gross too! Last night it was leaves and fluffy spring seeds that the dog brought in though, thankfully (Marty is 100% indoor cat). He stopped grooming himself and he has food on his nose every single meal time. He has to eat wet food because he only has 5 teeth! The worst though is when he is not careful in the litter box. I bought him a special one with lower sides which makes it easier on his old back legs but some days are better than others.

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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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