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Tea of the morning…..

Surprisingly, I am having a tea other than a plain black or black blend this morning. I must be feeling Spring in the air for jasmine to appeal. I do end up forgetting about this one as I keep it in my long term stash cupboard rather than the small number of tins I keep in the cupboard by my teapot and kettle. Plus, the tin is very different than the bulk of the others and easy to glance over. I have another jasmine black that needs some attention, but this one is my favorite of the two.

Notes of chocolate and of course the sweetness of jasmine. Momo was right that it reminds me of Cadbury Mini Eggs-my all time favorite chocolate (thank goodness they are a seasonal offering!) Hello, Spring?

Usual teapot method.

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momo

Did you try the dark chocolate ones that were out this year?! I stopped in my tracks first time I saw them…and resisted…until last Thursday.

SimplyJenW

They were out last year, too. I did not like them as much, but that is just me!

momo

Where on earth was I last year, haha. Yeah I definitely don’t like them as much. I’m trying not to go see if any are still around but I’m sure they were all gone on Monday anyway.

SimplyJenW

Yes, I have been avoiding stores, too. I was worried that they were going to have a jumbo bag at Sam’s earlier this week when I was shopping with my teenager who loves them as much as I do! It is easier to wait for next year by avoidance until they are sold out!

Nicole

/shame… I have a stash of the dark ones hidden in my closet. With care, they will last me until Christmas, I hope. :)

Tea Sipper

aw man, the dark chocolate Cadbury mini eggs are definitely my favorite!

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momo

Did you try the dark chocolate ones that were out this year?! I stopped in my tracks first time I saw them…and resisted…until last Thursday.

SimplyJenW

They were out last year, too. I did not like them as much, but that is just me!

momo

Where on earth was I last year, haha. Yeah I definitely don’t like them as much. I’m trying not to go see if any are still around but I’m sure they were all gone on Monday anyway.

SimplyJenW

Yes, I have been avoiding stores, too. I was worried that they were going to have a jumbo bag at Sam’s earlier this week when I was shopping with my teenager who loves them as much as I do! It is easier to wait for next year by avoidance until they are sold out!

Nicole

/shame… I have a stash of the dark ones hidden in my closet. With care, they will last me until Christmas, I hope. :)

Tea Sipper

aw man, the dark chocolate Cadbury mini eggs are definitely my favorite!

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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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