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I was in the mood for something I haven’t had in awhile this morning. I thought this one would be a good candidate, as I now have some rock sugar in my possession. I very much enjoy this one “with a little sugar, like the Germans!”

Mmmm. Delightfully fruity. I can’t believe what a dramatic difference that sugar makes. It smooths out that “a little too astringent” quality and adds to the fruitiness. Ahhh, that signature muscatel flavor is just the little twist I needed to give my tastebuds something new to think about :) The color of this tea is also so beautiful. I wish I was drinking it in a pretty white china cup!

(an aside: does anyone else not like drinking hot items like coffee and tea in glass? I don’t like it at all! I think I inherited this dislike from my grandmother! I like ceramic and china. This would look so pretty in a glass cup but I can’t stand drinking from glass! Oh I’m so peculiar!)

I would love to start a little tradition where I get some of this exquisite first flush each late Spring after it is released :)

Also, I found this Wikipedia article very informative about Darjeelings:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darjeeling_tea

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I never got along with darjeelings until I tried Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP 2nd flush. I also learned that you don’t steep for as long. And I agree – the cup is a big part os my tea experience! I do use my Joemo when away, but at home it is a china teacup or a Beehouse cup.

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ashmanra

I never got along with darjeelings until I tried Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP 2nd flush. I also learned that you don’t steep for as long. And I agree – the cup is a big part os my tea experience! I do use my Joemo when away, but at home it is a china teacup or a Beehouse cup.

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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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