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Tea of the afternoon……

Yes. I admit I am weak. While I have a perfectly lovely jasmine flavored black tea in my cupboard, I apparently could not live without this one. I finally gave in and ordered enough tea from thepuriTea to get free shipping. The Jasmine Silver Needle, which is also quite notable, put me over the edge, as well as over the free shipping threshold. The funny thing is, that I almost gave that Jasmine Silver Needle sample to my local tea drinking friend, Bonnie. Now, I can just give her a taste from my stash. Shipping from CA to OH was lightening fast. And Nav included several samples, including the Lychee Green that I almost put in the cart anyway. This way, at least I will be sure….for next time. Because I am certain there will be a next time!

Ahhhhh. Notes of chocolate and jasmine. This one does differ from my other jasmine black in that I do think there is some silver needle in here, too. It makes for the most wonderful mouth feel. I am not at all sorry that I gave in……and my cupboard feels rather complete at this time! (Did you take a look at my current shopping list? Only one to possibly buy, and the other two are placeholders for a few fun custom blends with teas that I have in my cupboard)…. Now, I should just stop reading everyone’s tempting notes, but I am also too weak for that. I love it here!

Usual teapot method.

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I love Jasimine teas-this one sounds really special.

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I love Jasimine teas-this one sounds really special.

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)



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