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Tea of the morning…..

Happy Fall! I thought this would be an appropriate tea for today. I love the spicy sweetness that I get from this tea. I also love that I can drink it without additions. For me it is a love, but it needs to have chilly weather to go along with it!

Usual teapot method with the tea scoop slightly heaping to accommodate those orange pieces!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Coworker was all excited last week because it was finally cold enough in the morning for him to have Hot Cinnamon Spice again, so you aren’t the only one. :)

Rebecca

This sounds lovely! I need a good selection of fall teas.

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Tea of the monrning…..

I love this. It is a basic China black tea with notes of malt and cocoa, which is then lightly scented with rose. It is not the super floral variety, but there is just enough that you know what you are tasting. This is my favorite bargain tea.

Here we are pretty far into September. I know I set out to not buy tea for most of the Summer. There was at least one company that had a 2 year anniversary sale that got me twice, but other than that, there were very few new tea acquisitions. Just one or two that had been on my list to try for ages. Now that I am sitting here in September and perfectly able to try something new, I have to say, that I am so enamored just drinking my favorites. I will admit that it takes quite a bit to catch my interest to try new things at this point. Who knew I would ever get here? I like what I like, and I am tired of teas not living up to their hype for me. I completely think it is just where I am in my tea journey, and really not anything to do with the teas I have tried as of late.

I guess it is just time to enjoy what I have. What a great place to be. Content.

Usual teapot method.

TeaBrat

I haven’t been buying as much lately myself and that’s fine with me! :)

ifjuly

i’ve been curious about this one, and your description makes me think next time i order from upton i should go for it! thanks.

ifjuly

and i agree, i’m getting to that point too where it takes a lot to catch my eye and even when i’ve got exciting new stuff in my stash often i just want my tried and true favorites. it’s a great place to be finally, agreed.

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drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
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Tea of the morning…..

Yes, this is perfect to get me going on a Monday! Time for a resteep!

Notes of awesome and coziness. Yeah. Not really descriptive, but that is what I am feeling this morning. I absolutely love this one! I highly recommend picking your perfect tea for a rough start on a Monday.

What would be your perfect rev me up tea?

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hong Tao by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning…..

We are finally into the first full week of school. It has taken quite an effort to get here. There were lots of meetings, shopping for supplies, and just more to do than we had been doing in our leisurely Summer. Oh, and band. Band seems innocuous, unless you are the uniform Mom. I am feeling like I kind of have time for some catching up.

As I look back over the Summer, I realized I did not drink near the amount of Earl Grey that I usually consume. My tea consumption has mostly gone over to China black teas and black tea blends. There has been almost no consumption of flavored tea other than Earl Grey, Rose, and Lychee. My favorite jasmine black tea has kind of lost its flavor. PSA: Drink the delicate flavored teas quickly! I do have another sealed pouch of it. We shall see if that made a difference.

This is the only Keemun I have in my cupboard right now as I drank all of the others. This one can handle being the only. It is roasty, cocoa noted, slightly malty, with a very, very light hint of smoke. It feels heavy in the mouth. It is a wonderful, extremely enjoyable example of a Keemun, and it looks like it is sold out online. That is a shame. I stocked up, though, and have a few more tins to go!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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Tea of the morning…..

This one I ordered based on recommendations. I did not get in on the free sample frenzy offered by Laurent, but just jumped in with this one. I mean, it has a Keemun base. It should be a favorite. I did order through Amazon, and purchased 100g in a bag.

The bags can only be temporary storage in my opinion. They are a very heavy plastic, but one side is clear. My 100g came in two bags, and they were not even sealed other than the zip closure. Most companies heat seal them. All in all, it still works out for me because I have more tins lying around than I care to count. It was easy to pull the stickers off of one bag to put on the tin because they were small. To purchase in a tin, the price was going to jump $6 ($5 for the actual tin and a little more in the shipping.)

So far, I do like this one. It has a wonderful base, but I am still trying to wrap my brain around the bergamot. It is pretty mellow. I think I will need a few more tastes before I can place it.

All in all, a good experience. I have been wanting to try it, but so far am not wowed. Usual teapot method.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91

Tea of the morning……

This is blissful. I keep two rose teas in my stash. One is from Harney (which is much more rosey than this one!), and obviously, this one. I love the tea base on this, I am guessing it is a budget panyang congou. I do quite like Upton’s China congous, and this one seems similar. The rose on this is light. Rather than adding a burst of rose like the Harney version, it adds such a interesting flowery flavor at the end of the sip. Really, it is delightful. It is also an extreme bargain in my book. This is one I can keep in my house without stressing over how much I paid for it, and I will blissfully drink it all. A perfect offering!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging a tea of the morning….

Well, I have a new batch of this in my stash! Happy 2 year Anniversary to Teavivre. This was on sale for one day and it is such a worthy tea for breaking my no-buy. I love this. Such lovely notes of cocoa, a bit of malt, and it is missing the smokey element that is in my other favorite Keemun Mao Feng. I definitely consider this among my top favorite teas.

So good to have a nice supply (I bought 500 grams!) and that it is packed in 100g pouches just reassures me that it will be fresh when I have need of opening a new pouch. I can also gift one to my daughter’s friend who is a tea drinker and loves it, too. Perfect tea with great packaging! It resteeps pretty well, too.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the morning…..

I am trying to change out my sweetening methods. The last area where I use artificial sweetener is in my hot tea. I thought transitioning to sugar would be easy, but boy was I wrong. I am getting an aftertaste with sugar that I don’t think I get with Splenda. It is hard to explain, but it is kind of like concentrated canned sweet tea (of which I am not really a fan). I guess it needs a few more trials. Maybe it can be fixed with less sugar. Or maybe I will just stick with the Splenda. I have tried honey (adds too much flavor) and stevia (not fond of the licorice flavor this one gives). I wish I could just drink it straight, but it just doesn’t do it for me. I guess it needs a few more trials, because the goal is to eventually cut back on the sugar, too. I suppose I could just start cutting back on Splenda and cut out the ‘middle man’ (sugar).

Anyway, this is always my breakfast staple. Love this and won’t ever be without it. When it is gone, it becomes a tea ordering emergency.

Usual teapot method, trying to change up the sweetening method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Josie Jade

We recently switched from Truvia and sometimes Splenda to real sugar. We get the organic, non-GMO sugar. I was hesitant at first, because I generally like my tea sweet and was afraid I would be able to taste a difference in a negative way, but was pleasantly surprised. The sugar leaves no funny taste at all in the tea, and my headaches have also disappeared! I can tell a difference between regular white sugar and the organic, non-GMO sugar, which we get at Walmart.

Uniquity

Interesting that sugar bothers you more than the artificial stuff. I am one of those people who can taste artificial sweetner in anything (and I avoid it like the plague, can’t stand it). There is still a big push in supermarket products to opt for fake sugar (rather than less or no sugar) and I have to check my yogurt thoroughly to make sure I don’t grab the wrong stuff. I hope you can find a way to make it palatable – maybe rock or raw sugar? Brown sugar would probably add a lot of flavour but maybe worth a try. I suspect you are also on to something with using less. Try using half, taste to see if it is too sweet or bitter and adjust up slowly. Best of luck!

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Backlogging a tea of yesterday….

I have not logged this one for over 2 years. Russel from the Millerton Shop sent me a small sample of this recently, and it was nice to revisit this one. I know it should be a favorite of mine. It has the perfect kind of tea base (this is super yummy!), but the flavors are just the wrong blend for me. I have an allergy to fresh stone fruits. Yes, I am an oddball. Since flavorings are not really fresh versions, I am ‘allergically’ safe. However, even eating/drinking the flavors too much kind of feels unsettling. The same thing happens to me with anything that is hazelnut or walnut flavored. I made a pot and was able to drink a mug full but that will probably do it for me for another two years. Oh how I wish it were different. I love the tea base and hope that one day they will make a China black version of Earl Grey with orange. Thanks again to Russel!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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