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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
2842 tasting notes

To my fellow State-side tea drinkers, Happy Thanksgiving.
I’m having a slow morning, letting myself cuddle up with a cup of this tea, thinking about how much this year has show me how much I have to be thankful for.
The year has been painful and disorienting, but I am rich in friends, near and far, and the joys of my life are real and good. I am fortunate, and so glad.
And thank you, my Steepster friends, for all your love and care of me this year. We may never have met, I may not know what you look like, but I raise my cup of tea in salute to you and your friendship.
Thank you.

Martin Bednář

Raising my cup to you as well!

Evol Ving Ness

And me too! Happy Day of Thanks to you!

ashmanra

Ah, yes, so thankful for each and every one of you! Hugs to you, Rosehips, and a special prayer this momring. <3

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
2842 tasting notes

It’s been a long week- work is crazy, I’m doing Nanowrimo, I’m in a film class, and my friends are all reaching out for conversations this week, which is lovely, but eats time.
I’m dragging in a serious way.
And I understeeped this- so it’s a watery cup.
Gonna be a long day.
In other, not whiney news, I’m feeling the desire for a lot of holiday teas this year. Does anyone have recommendations? I’m open to just about anything- I always like peppermint teas, but I’m open for gingerbread, nutcrackers, or other holiday flavors. Whats your favorite winter seasonal tea?

Sakura Sushi

Lupicia White Christmas – just bought 150g of it, since it’s only available seasonally. I love this stuff – tastes like yummy baked goods. Heaven!

Cameron B.

I love White Christmas too! It’s like a better version of their Cookie IMO. I also love the Steven Smith Teamaker teas I got last year, especially the Ho-Ho-Hojichai. :)

gmathis

I’m not a huge Stash fan, but I do like their Christmas in Paris: chocolate with lavender and mint.

Lexie Aleah

Republic Of Tea has a Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea. That one was always a comforting blend for me.

Cameron B.

Oh, I forgot to mention I love Dammann’s holiday teas! But a lot of them are nontraditional.

gmathis

Mrs. Patmore’s is very nice with a little milk!

ashmanra

Fete de Versailles is nice if you can get your your hands on Nina’s of Paris. And I have ordered both White Christmas AND Cookie, bot realizing they were similar, but I am still pretty excited about both!

tea-sipper

Simpson & Vail has many of those flavors you mentioned! And Bird & blend always has some tasty holiday flavors.

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
2842 tasting notes

There are things, now, that make me realize that I’m an adult.
Well, mostly.
For example, in the last few years I’ve discovered I’m not the biggest fan of three day weekends, because that mean a four day work week. I swear you do five days of work in a four day work week.
The current thing that I’m unleashing my inner curmudgeon on is daylight savings time. It unnerves me- my body feels like it’s in the wrong time, I’m hungry when it’s not lunch time, I need to reset all my clocks, and I have trouble sleeping all the way through the night, as my body is convinced that we are very! very! late!
Grumble.
So I nurse my sour mood with a tea I really enjoy.
It’s gonna be a long day. I will need tea to come to my aid!

gmathis

I’m a DST hater as well, but most of my hate is unleashed in the spring. I need more light in the a.m. to function properly. Hope the eyes are staying open!

ashmanra

I don’t hate DST by itself, I hate the changing! If they just left it on DST all the time, I would be equally content. I think.

Evol Ving Ness

A question about Boston—do you drink it black or with additions? If so, which? I am determined to find a way to love this tea. Help!

ashmanra

I drink it plain!

Rosehips

I drink it black!

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
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Happy Halloween, tea friends!
Today I have had several cups of Boston, which I feel is my autumnal tea. (yes, I buy the huge bags of it. They’re like amazing, tea-stuffed pillows. It’s only by sheer force of will that I do not sleep on them, to dream beautiful dreams).
It’s finally feeling like fall, colder and with the trees turning splendid colors.
Ahh. Yes. This is the time!

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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
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Ooof. Could things slow down, please! Yikes. Work has been busy, and I’ve had so many things to do on the weekends, and in my evenings, so I’m dragging a bit.
But, today, there is a little bit of rain, and I have a big mug of this tea, and am feeling much more centered.

gmathis

Friend, I hope you’re buying your TOL by the 5-pound bag ;)

gmathis

(Actually, I’m just imagining what a 5-pound bag would smell like…yum!)

ashmanra

I just imagined sitting in a barrel of ToL and it was quite heavenly.

gmathis

Things only tea geeks understand. (Well, there is that fantasy about a bathtub full of books… ;)

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You know I am not sure I steeped this correctly. Hmmm. I can smell the marshmallow in the leaf, but I’m not getting it in the cup. Did I oversteep, understeep? Anger and ancient god of tea brewing? Hmmmm.

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
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Oh, hello Sunday. It’s so nice to see you.
All of the complicated Memorial Service stuff is done (until next weekend, where the hospice society at the hospital where my father died is doing a small service. My mom and I will go, and then I really hope there is no more of these), and I get to have a very quiet day.
I have errands to run, and cooking to do, but those things are actually things I enjoy.
I get to have a quiet day today, with much tea and as much relaxation as I can.
So, as recommended by all of you lovely people, I am drinking only teas I love today, to enhance my relaxation.

gmathis

Good for you! Hope your day is restful.

Evol Ving Ness

Puttering, cooking, running errand is a good way to digest and chill. Pleased to hear that you have some time for yourself. And tea, of course.

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
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The memorial for my father was yesterday, and I am very drained. It was very touching how many people came, and how many people zoomed in, and all the deep respect they had for him, and I am just exhausted.
My siblings are in from further flung locals, and I have a lot of things to do with them tonight and tomorrow, and then it will be quiet.
I love my siblings, but it’s just a lot right now.
Still no hot water at work, so I’ve turned to the microwave, and just doing my best to get through the day!
Is it Sunday yet?

gmathis

Save some of your good stuff for those first few moments of quiet!

ashmanra

I agree with gmathis! When overwhelmed by a crowd, a few minutes with jasmine dragon pearl and Liquid Mind playing did lots to restore. What a wonderful man he must have been and meant so much to so many!

Evol Ving Ness

Aww, that’s hard, Rosehips—so much to process and yet more obligations. I hope you are being very kind to yourself by at least taking a bit of time here and there to check in with yourself. Tea is so good for those moments. and what ashmanra said.

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This was a sipdown from the other day.
I can’t quite decide what I think about this. Herby, an intense flavor that isn’t unpleasant at all, but maybe not entirely the flavors I like? And yet?
I drank it fairly easily, but I’m not going to bring it back into the cupboard.
In other news of the week, I came into my office on Monday to find that my hot water source has just stopped working, so no tea for me. Aaah! I have ordered an electric kettle for the office (i.e., for me), but it’s not here yet and aaaargh.

gmathis

Oh, horrors! No microwave?

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
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I’ve not been sleeping well, and last night was no exception. I had a very intense and upsetting dream about having to sell my childhood home (when that house does eventually need to be sold I will be entirely gutted. I love it.), so I am dragging.
My dads work is having a memorial for him this week, which it turns out I’m more stressed about than I expected to be. My dad was a bit of a legend, in both his job (where he served for over 50 years,) and his hobby (where he won the championship of his particular sport more than anyone else). I always knew that he was kinda a big deal, but the attention from others after he’s gone is a bit intense. He was a very private person, so he’d hate this, but I can see that it’s important to the people he worked with to do this, so of course I’ll be going.
Still. It’s time for a very nice cup of tea, and a quiet morning.

Kawaii433

:( Hugs, Rosehips.

Martin Bednář

You are indeed going through hard phase, but it will go better soon!

gmathis

Praying for you.

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