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I was so chilly before class tonight that I ran into the Starbucks on campus to get an Earl Grey tea. I really enjoy this Earl because it’s so lavender-y! It always surprises me that something so unusual can be bought at such an ubiquitous place. I think it’s absolutely delicious – the loose leaf is a great improvement over the former bags – and my best treat at school! I was going to buy a tin, but I said nah – let it be my special thing to get out and about before lecture.

Steep time and water temp unknown, but I will say the walk from the campus center where the Starbucks is to my building for class brews an excellent cup of tea! Throw out the bag before I sit and I’m golden!


The lavender-y part intrigues me. I may have to try it.

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The lavender-y part intrigues me. I may have to try it.

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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


Collingswood, NJ



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