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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Too much time playing Plants vs. Zombies last night = kink in neck. Seven a.m. Trip to DMV with teenager who didn’t want to get up that early. Who you gonna call? THE QUEEN! Ah. Now my morning is going much, much better. Homemade buttermilk bread cheese toast with mustard accompanies.

teawing

You know, it is a fascinating, modern world we live in, that joins things such as phone app games, tea blends, and a timeless recipe from at least the 19th century.
Somehow, I bet you weren’t as contemplative about your day thus far… :)

ashmanra

Not only a very old recipe, but we actually grind our own wheat to make the bread! We do use an electric grinder, though. LOL! I told my hubby that if he ever wanted to spend a large amount of money on me not to buy diamonds, but a cast iron hand turned mill. I think they are beautiful! :)

Uniquity

I love that you were playing Plants Vs Zombies. That game was an obsession in my family(s) a year or two back.

ashmanra

Yes, my daughter got it a year ago May and I had beaten it but when I got the iPad I just had to try to get all the achievements! Still haven’t made it through 40 flags of Survival Endless. :)

Sandy

You may need to go back into physical therapy in the attempt for all 40. ;)

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Since JacquelineM and a couple of other folks have mentioned Rosy Earl Grey recently, I got a hankering to do a wee experiment. I used three tsps. Earl Grey Supreme and one tsp. Rose Scented to 22 ounces of water in my Beehouse teapot. It was delicious! I tried it hot and sans additions first, then added sugar to some of the still hot tea and poured it over ice to try it as an iced tea. That would also very good! Now I am wondering what would happen if Florence and the rose got together, and I am thinking it might be a very good thing…

SimplyJenW

Oh, I definitely have to try this! And some of the other mixes with Rose Scented.

teatime traveler

This sounds gorgeous. Am interested in people’s favorite Rosy Earl Grey brands but this recipe sounds wonderful, too. I’m always into iced tea in the summer, wake up with it and it starts a humid day off right. Thanks!

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Ah, how the mighty have fallen! Once upon a time I could not walk out of A Southern Season without tons of tea. I thought it was wonderful tea. Then as I tried more and more tea I realized that SS tea was tasting weaker and weaker, and lacked the pizzazz of same name teas from other vendors. This was one I bought a while back on sale, mostly because it was a good price and was organic. It is okay, but as the last tea at tea party today there was really nothing special I could
say about it. Without additions, Royal English Breakfast had qualities to make you take notice. All I noticed about this SS tea was that there was nothing special there for me. It is fine as an eye-opener loaded with milk and sugar.

SS does sell lots of other teas like Mariage Freres and Harney and Sons, and scads of others, but they were sold out of all the teas I wanted to try on this trip! Ended up leaving with nothing but a Brie baker!

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This was my second tea at tea party today, and is one of my youngest daughter’s favorites. I doubt I would keep it in the house except for her, but it was very good today with the rich foods we were eating. The little bite of the Assam was a nice foil for all the rich food and cut the sweetness instead of getting lost. I would normally drink this with milk and sugar, but on tea party day I take everything sans additions except the most astringent teas, which would get a wee bit of milk.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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This was my favorite tea at tea party today! We had fudge pie with fresh, lightly sugared strawberries and two Kerrygold cheeses, Dubliner, and Ballyshannon. I started with Vanilla Comoro because I thought the vanilla goodness would be excellent alongside the rich chocolate of the fudge pie. It was delicious! I may have to make another pot of it to really get my fill!

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drank Dan Cong by thepuriTea
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I had a bit of the first steep and a whole pot of second to serve to a guest. I had been a little fearful of serving oolongs to someone who always adds milk and sugar to tea, as oolongs need to be drunk pure to me. But they are so beautiful just as they are!

I noticed this particular guest has quit adding milk and sugar until after the tea is tasted, and she loved the oolong last week and this week. In fact, it was her favorite today! Se admitted that the English Breakfast we had would be excellent for waking up in the morning, but she preferred the flavor of the Dan Cong! Hooray! I love it when people start liking new things, although she drinks ALL kinds of tea anyway. She just hadn’t had oolongs before.

I did notice that this Dan Cong becomes more floral as it cools, which I found perfectly lovely!

Thank you, again, QG!

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drank Dan Cong by thepuriTea
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This tea came to me courtesy of Quiltguppy! I have been looking forward to trying these oolongs, but oolongs are a tea that I like to drink when I have a little time to pay attention, stop and smell the aromas, and sit quietly with the cup…even if just for a few minutes. I just can’t rush oolongs!

This oolong does not disappoint. Though one review said it was scented with osmanthus, I don’t get strong floral flavor, so it is not an artificial taste to me. I am not terribly familiar with osmanthus, though. Even though the tea is a medium-light color, it has plenty of taste and heft. There is the slightest dry tingle on my tongue, so astringency is very light. It has warm, nutty tones.

This is a delightful oolong! Thank you, QG!

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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Yard work, July in North Carolina, this tea ice cold. Cold brewed and unsweetened. Whew!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Happy sigh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Since I had to drink disappointing tea at lunch I made it up to myself by having something wonderful after. This is similar to Golden Snail, but more refined, and reminds me of Emperor’s Red. Since it has chocolate notes, I had it with Lindt Dark Chocolate Bar With A Touch of Sea Salt. Only two squares, though, I couldn’t eat a whole one at once! Okay, maybe I could, but I know I shouldn’t! Nice walnut flavor at the end of the sip. This is sweet and smooth, no additions needed, though I have had it with milk and sugar and it was breast that way as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
ashmanra

We forgot to rinse the pot last night when we finished our tea and left it on the tea table. This morning I picked up the pots and this one smelled heavenly! There was a rich, dark, raisin scent!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about six 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 and oolongs.

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

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

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