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Another find from the World Tea Expo June 2010. I went by Village Tea’s booth at the closing of the show. I grabbed this tea because I had picked up no white teas during my trip at that point.
It was a busy day at the office so I didn’t keep track of the steeping times but I do know it wasn’t in there longer than need be. I had four 8 oz size servings – with & without sugar. The tea smelled like grass – very soft. Like a few hours after cutting the grass. The first steeping was without sugar. The taste was very soft & smooth. 2nd I added just a touch of Maui Brand Cane Sugar the taste picked up a bit but not enough. 3rd I added one cube of white sugar. Didn’t like the tastes more of bland then anything. 4th I added more of the Maui sugar & was very happy with the taste. Soft sweetness very smooth taste with the little extra sugar I added.
A bonus – I can mark this tea off of my Jane’s List (aka Teas listed in Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson’s book The New Tea Companion book pg 104.)
I also had to laugh at myself as that I had forgotten that Village Tea included tea filter bags with the tea. I ended up using my Finum bags instead. So, I guess this is a note to self for the next steeping use their bags. =)

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Like most everyone I started out drinking Lipton tea. On a trip back to my home state of Oregon, I discovered Stash Tea Company. I liked them because they were from my home state and the flavors that I found. =) On a trip to Paris, France, I stopped by Mariage Freres. I had my “Ahhh” moment. The gentleman asked what I liked – at the time Earl Grey. My eyes went wide when he picked up this barrel of tea & shook it, opened the lid and said smell. I was in love. My first taste of loose leaf tea was Imperial Earl Grey. I took a break from tea but continued to drink Stash Tea.
Another door to explore opened with the discovery of Jane Pettigrew’s The Tea Companion: A Connoisseur’s Guide. I started marking off the teas I tasted in her book. I have purchased other tea books as well but Jane’s book has been the one I have always returned to for teas. I had the pleasure of picking up Jane’s new updated version of the book at the World Tea Expo. I look forward to tasting more teas. =)

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