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Tea of the afternoon…..

Of course I could not resist this one. Part of the whole reason for my horrible experience trying to order online with a long standing English company over the holidays was for their Diamond Jubilee Tea. When Harney posted about their blend, I immediately ordered as I was getting painfully low on Paris. Of course, I am very pleased with this.

First of all, the tin is so elegant. I love the muted color tones they chose. Pale aqua, cream, gold, and a muted berry tone. Beautiful. I opened the tin and was immediately drawn to the scent of grapefruit paired with bergamot. The bergamot is light with the addition of sweet grapefruit. For those of you who are fans of Earl Grey Supreme, it is like EGS with a grapefruit kicker. Perfectly lovely. All I can think of that would make this tea more wonderful, is if it came in loose leaf. Please, Mr. Harney?

12 oz filtered water at boiling, 4 minutes, lightly sweetened.

Edit to add: I will no longer lament the loss of a refill of Countess Grey. This is so much better!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

It sounds very appropriate for the Queen!

ashmanra

Better than Countess Gray? Exciting!

Azzrian

I love grapefruit and enjoy an EG – I should try this someday!

Nicole

I am so excited to try mine! It arrived today but I promised my Mother that I would wait for her tomorrow at the tea party!! I love the tin and it smells wonderful. I agree as well about the loose leaf option. I wish it wasn’t bagged but oh well. :)

ashmanra

I just had to for the first time and it is delicious! I have to send some to my daighter’s BF in Northern Ireland. He loves Lady Grey, he will love this I am sure.

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TeaBrat

It sounds very appropriate for the Queen!

ashmanra

Better than Countess Gray? Exciting!

Azzrian

I love grapefruit and enjoy an EG – I should try this someday!

Nicole

I am so excited to try mine! It arrived today but I promised my Mother that I would wait for her tomorrow at the tea party!! I love the tin and it smells wonderful. I agree as well about the loose leaf option. I wish it wasn’t bagged but oh well. :)

ashmanra

I just had to for the first time and it is delicious! I have to send some to my daighter’s BF in Northern Ireland. He loves Lady Grey, he will love this I am sure.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

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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