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The tree murderers are here and my nerves are shot from the incessant chainsaw sounds coupled with the wood chipper! I also saw some fallen branches on my rose bushes! They may look puny to a tree murderer but I fuss over those roses sometimes twice a day! I hope they are not damaged.

I thought a nice French flavored tea with some half and half and sugar would be calming so I made a pot of this. I am tasting a chewy slightly burnt caramel/smoky Yunnan and figs. At one point I actually felt around my mouth with my tongue for the little seeds you find in fig preserves! I definitely taste cooked figs not fresh ones. I think milk and sugar are the way to go with this one – I’m getting a really nice pastry like flavor as well. The clementines come as an addition in the fig preserves (of my imagination ;) and not a distinct, separate taste. I don’t taste any of the other flavors listed.

This is another one that brings me back to my childhood. Around the holidays we always had dried figs and cookies with fig preserves inside. Barely sweet and very delicious. Not like Fig Newtons at all. This tea reminds me once again of holidays as a child.

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Rabs

Oh – I hope that your roses remain unharmed! That’s horrific – like adding insult to injury. No, more like injury to injury! :( I’ll send some “rose protecting” vibes your way!

Auggy

My husband mowed over some of my irises last weekend (http://bit.ly/9Sokcg ) so I feel your pain. I hope the roses are okay!

JacquelineM

Thank you! I think this ordeal is almost done…they just backed the trucks out of the yard… I will be able to check the roses soon…

JacquelineM

Auggy! I had a knot in my stomach after reading that!! Ooooowwww.

Auggy

Yeah, I’m still a little bitter. Ironically though the chopped off bud started to open a few days ago. Which looks really weird. And kind of makes it worse, you know?

JacquelineM

I just went out to see the roses and the stems/branches are broken! The tree murder said “Don’t worry! Roses thrive on being cut back!” I am laughing AND crying!

Auggy

Oh no! Poor roses! And poor JacquelineM!

JacquelineM

…and just for the record – some of the branches on the lilac are broken too. I know murdering trees is a dangerous business but sheesh. So many innocent bystanders were hurt!!!!

SoccerMom

My lawn guys are always do stuff to my flowers so I feel your pain! Sorry.

Rabs

Insta-bad karma for those tree killers :( I’m so sorry!

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Rabs

Oh – I hope that your roses remain unharmed! That’s horrific – like adding insult to injury. No, more like injury to injury! :( I’ll send some “rose protecting” vibes your way!

Auggy

My husband mowed over some of my irises last weekend (http://bit.ly/9Sokcg ) so I feel your pain. I hope the roses are okay!

JacquelineM

Thank you! I think this ordeal is almost done…they just backed the trucks out of the yard… I will be able to check the roses soon…

JacquelineM

Auggy! I had a knot in my stomach after reading that!! Ooooowwww.

Auggy

Yeah, I’m still a little bitter. Ironically though the chopped off bud started to open a few days ago. Which looks really weird. And kind of makes it worse, you know?

JacquelineM

I just went out to see the roses and the stems/branches are broken! The tree murder said “Don’t worry! Roses thrive on being cut back!” I am laughing AND crying!

Auggy

Oh no! Poor roses! And poor JacquelineM!

JacquelineM

…and just for the record – some of the branches on the lilac are broken too. I know murdering trees is a dangerous business but sheesh. So many innocent bystanders were hurt!!!!

SoccerMom

My lawn guys are always do stuff to my flowers so I feel your pain! Sorry.

Rabs

Insta-bad karma for those tree killers :( I’m so sorry!

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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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