Ashmanra sent me another batch of amazing teas, many of which I have been sooooo excited to try – so much so that I can’t bear to try them just yet! I chose this one to try first because I didn’t know anything about this one yet and have not built it up in my head :), love what I have tasted from Grace teas so far, and the description sounded like it would pair well with buttery, salty shortbread, which is what we are having for our afternoon snack!

Delicious! A good, hearty tea flavor with a slight chewy smokiness. I used a splash of half and half and 2 teaspoons of sugar per cup – too much sugar. I think the barest hint of smoke this tea has along with that caramel chewiness would do better with a scant teaspoon of sugar. My error! Despite that, both my husband and I really enjoyed this. Thumbs up! Whomever is the owner of Grace tea is, boy do I share his/her taste! Everything I have tasted so far is exactly suited to what I like!

Speaking of smokiness – I am starting to get into the smoky! Leeeetle smoky steps – like the touch of smoke in English style breakfast blends or that Yunnan chewysmoky – but I am starting to crave it! Imagine that. When I tasted that little tinge of smoke my heart sang!

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ashmanra

Ooooo, I think you will like (maybe love!) Queen Catherine then!

JacquelineM

She is one that I want to try so bad that I couldn’t try her!!!

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ashmanra

Ooooo, I think you will like (maybe love!) Queen Catherine then!

JacquelineM

She is one that I want to try so bad that I couldn’t try her!!!

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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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