I finally placed that order with English Tea Store! I got Lady Londonderry tea and jelly babies so that youngest can offer them to people when she is wearing her Tom Baker scarf. The tea came very quickly. Customer service was great as the jelly babies are on back order and they called to tell me so, and to ask if I wanted the tea mailed right away at no additional cost! I usually would have told them to save THEIR cost and ship them together but I really wanted this to be here when my daughter’s boyfriend gets here next week from Northern Ireland.

This is the flavor profile he really loves, and hubby likes things like this, too, so I had hubby try it out today. Both hubby and Gavin put milk and sugar in their tea, so hubby’s opinion was valuable to me.

The dry leaf smelled mouth-wateringly candy-ish, like those little Smarties, the American ones, not the UK ones. The tea has a bright berry smell and I am thinking there is probably Darjeeling in this black tea blend.

Mine was fruity and good with both the strawberry and lemon flavors sharing the spotlight. Hubby said he liked his, and the more he drank the more it grew on him. Hooray! Hopefully Gavin will like it, too. I bought a whole pound so I can send some home with him!

LiberTEAS

This is a really nice company. However, when I placed an order with them it took over two weeks for me to receive the tea. It didn’t seem very fast to me. :(

ashmanra

@Liberteas: I must be in a great location for shipping! I got mine in six days and my Red Leaf Matcha came in four to seven days, depending on which order you look at, and Harney and Sons has gotten here in as little as two days but sometimes five. Even Teavivre coming from China used to get here in seven to ten, though my last two orders took more like five weeks….five…agonizing….weeks. LOL!

LiberTEAS

You’re quite lucky then! Personally, I don’t usually worry too much about shipping times … so long as the product is received – what does it matter if it arrives three days later or seven days later. You know? I’ve got plenty of tea to keep me occupied until I receive it. However, for the order I placed with English Tea Store, most of it was for gifts and I did need it in a timely manner … and it was remarkably slow and I received no communication from them about the length of time it was taking. I think that’s the only reason why I noticed it taking so long is because I needed the product for a gift.

But they are nice. I had some dealings with them early on in my career as a tea artist, and those dealings were very positive. I remember the lady that I contacted was exceptionally polite and courteous. And that really stood out to me all these years later.

ashmanra

I know, I shouldn’t be so whiny about how long those last twoTeavivre orders took! It isn’t like I was out of tea! And I got free shipping, but really I will probably pay for the faster shipping from now on since those took so long, unless I just really truly don’t care when it arrives! I was like Calvin and the propellor beanie, if you are a Calvin and Hobbes fan.

I would have been upset, too, if I had ordered gifts and they looked like they were not going to arrive on time! Glad you got memorably good service! :)

Josie Jade

I’ve been wanting to order from the English Tea Store for awhile now. This just reminded me that I need to place that order. Sounds delicious!

Daniel Scott

I always felt bad for Calvin…

What do you mean, American vs. UK Smarties? I’m in Canada, and our Smarties are little candy-covered chocolates, what are yours? I remember once getting orange-chocolate Smarties from a friend whose father traveled in the UK a lot (special edition Smarties, maybe?), so are UK Smarties basically the same as Canadian Smarties, and American Smarties are different?

ashmanra

I do have some UK Smarties that my daughter brought from Ireland and they are completely different. They are candy covered chocolates. American Smarties are little flat circles with a dent in the middle and they taste a bit like a Sweetart without much tart, or maybe like ChupaChups, if you are familiar with those, but I think maybe they have more flavor than ChupaChups. They are not terribly hard. You can chew them up easily.

Daniel Scott

Yeah, I think Canadian and UK Smarties must be the same, then. I looked up American Smarties, and…those are Rockets! Why on earth do Americans call Rockets “Smarties”?

Helena

yeah someone else mentioned that to me, when I said pistacio ice cream reminded me of rockets. They said be careful what you say because American rockets are actually Canadian Smarties…boy was I surprised :D

ashmanra

I dunno, but they have been called that for as long as I can remember, and I was eating candy waaaaay back when! :D Now I want some Smarties…

ashmanra

Okay, google says American Smarties came first, Nestlè introduced chocolate Smarties, so Smartie started calling them Rockets in Canada to avoid confusion. Who cares? I just want some!!!

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LiberTEAS

This is a really nice company. However, when I placed an order with them it took over two weeks for me to receive the tea. It didn’t seem very fast to me. :(

ashmanra

@Liberteas: I must be in a great location for shipping! I got mine in six days and my Red Leaf Matcha came in four to seven days, depending on which order you look at, and Harney and Sons has gotten here in as little as two days but sometimes five. Even Teavivre coming from China used to get here in seven to ten, though my last two orders took more like five weeks….five…agonizing….weeks. LOL!

LiberTEAS

You’re quite lucky then! Personally, I don’t usually worry too much about shipping times … so long as the product is received – what does it matter if it arrives three days later or seven days later. You know? I’ve got plenty of tea to keep me occupied until I receive it. However, for the order I placed with English Tea Store, most of it was for gifts and I did need it in a timely manner … and it was remarkably slow and I received no communication from them about the length of time it was taking. I think that’s the only reason why I noticed it taking so long is because I needed the product for a gift.

But they are nice. I had some dealings with them early on in my career as a tea artist, and those dealings were very positive. I remember the lady that I contacted was exceptionally polite and courteous. And that really stood out to me all these years later.

ashmanra

I know, I shouldn’t be so whiny about how long those last twoTeavivre orders took! It isn’t like I was out of tea! And I got free shipping, but really I will probably pay for the faster shipping from now on since those took so long, unless I just really truly don’t care when it arrives! I was like Calvin and the propellor beanie, if you are a Calvin and Hobbes fan.

I would have been upset, too, if I had ordered gifts and they looked like they were not going to arrive on time! Glad you got memorably good service! :)

Josie Jade

I’ve been wanting to order from the English Tea Store for awhile now. This just reminded me that I need to place that order. Sounds delicious!

Daniel Scott

I always felt bad for Calvin…

What do you mean, American vs. UK Smarties? I’m in Canada, and our Smarties are little candy-covered chocolates, what are yours? I remember once getting orange-chocolate Smarties from a friend whose father traveled in the UK a lot (special edition Smarties, maybe?), so are UK Smarties basically the same as Canadian Smarties, and American Smarties are different?

ashmanra

I do have some UK Smarties that my daughter brought from Ireland and they are completely different. They are candy covered chocolates. American Smarties are little flat circles with a dent in the middle and they taste a bit like a Sweetart without much tart, or maybe like ChupaChups, if you are familiar with those, but I think maybe they have more flavor than ChupaChups. They are not terribly hard. You can chew them up easily.

Daniel Scott

Yeah, I think Canadian and UK Smarties must be the same, then. I looked up American Smarties, and…those are Rockets! Why on earth do Americans call Rockets “Smarties”?

Helena

yeah someone else mentioned that to me, when I said pistacio ice cream reminded me of rockets. They said be careful what you say because American rockets are actually Canadian Smarties…boy was I surprised :D

ashmanra

I dunno, but they have been called that for as long as I can remember, and I was eating candy waaaaay back when! :D Now I want some Smarties…

ashmanra

Okay, google says American Smarties came first, Nestlè introduced chocolate Smarties, so Smartie started calling them Rockets in Canada to avoid confusion. Who cares? I just want some!!!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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