Celebrating the return of both Sandy and the white throated sparrows! Now, Sandy we will only have for a few weeks before she is off again, but the sparrows will stick around until May-ish, and my happy meter goes up by fifty points if I can hear their sweet title voices before I even get up in the mornings! So to celebrate all this fall goodness, I drank tea with caffeine even though it was late! (Paid for it, too!)

This was the first time Sandy had Hunan Golden Twist and she seemed to really enjoy it. In fact, she took one sip and averred, “This is GOOD tea!” I think is planning to put it other order.

The leaves have a very powerful aroma but it is all natural, no flavorings. The steeped tea has a pretty strong aroma, too. Deep, dark honey and thick raisin-y sweetness, but yes, with that sweet bacon bite. (Is that maple bacon? I have never had it.).

I don’t recall ever resteeping this one, but I may give that a try this morning.

And tonight, Sandy and I will stick to those delightful samples of honey bush teas that Jenn sent! Sandy hasn’t tried any honey bush yet, so I am happy to introduce them to her, since she is the one who got us hooked on loose leaf!

Dinosara

Our white throated sparrows have returned as well! I was happy to see them scratching around underneath our feeder.

JacquelineM

I’ll have to look for these! I looked them up on google images – do they all have that bit of yellow on their head?

ashmanra

Yes, though they can have white or tan head stripes. They are adorable little ground feeders and their voice makes me all happy inside! They sing, “oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada!” in a reedy trill that penetrates but still seems soft and sweet. I love love love them!

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Dinosara

Our white throated sparrows have returned as well! I was happy to see them scratching around underneath our feeder.

JacquelineM

I’ll have to look for these! I looked them up on google images – do they all have that bit of yellow on their head?

ashmanra

Yes, though they can have white or tan head stripes. They are adorable little ground feeders and their voice makes me all happy inside! They sing, “oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada!” in a reedy trill that penetrates but still seems soft and sweet. I love love love them!

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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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