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My morning pot….

I am so far backlogged, and have been just a little more frazzled than usual. On the plus side, my kids got out of school, we had birthdays to celebrate, and we had a house full of guests for several days. I also got bit by a dog, and have to get a new roof. Yes, it all is pretty minor in the grand scale of things, but sadly, one of the first things to go was keeping up so well, here. I will backlog the notables…..

On to this tea… It is a really good, fun tea. I love the maple notes and really, that was about all I had time to look for today. The cakey notes are subtle, but I recall them being there in my previous pot. The base is a little more bold than some flavored teas, so I am guessing it is some kind of breakfast blend. I do have to say, it is the most fun breakfast tea in my cupboard at this time. And teas like this almost make me ready to try that Assam sample I have sitting in my cupboard. Almost………

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Oh gosh! I hope you are ok re: the dog bite, and that the new roof isn’t too much of an ordeal!!

SimplyJenW

I am fine now. It was really a pain in more ways than one to get a tetanus shot…. I had not had one since ’92….

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JacquelineM

Oh gosh! I hope you are ok re: the dog bite, and that the new roof isn’t too much of an ordeal!!

SimplyJenW

I am fine now. It was really a pain in more ways than one to get a tetanus shot…. I had not had one since ’92….

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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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