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I am drinking some more of the sample SimplyJenW sent to me. Tis is a very nice Earl Grey. I have had one or two that made me think I was drinking industrial cleaner or perfume, but I have not had that problem with any of Harney’s Earls. Imperial Earl Grey is one of their most strongly scented IMO, but it makes a very nice cup that doesn’t offend. This Viennese Earl Grey is a touch more refined than many, and it really running almost neck and neck with their Earl Grey Supreme.
Delicious!

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
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Cheese toast and tea! Youngest is joining me, so I chose this one as it is one of her favorites. I think there are other teas that we like more, so I don’t think I will reorder this one. I can drink it with milk and sugar, but it just doesn’t appeal to me plain, and there are other milk and sugar teas that really WOW me. I had hoped that the Golden Monkey in it would make it a favorite, but it doesn’t come through as much as I would like. Perhaps I should try mixing the last bit of Golden Blend with another breakfast tea that I like better, or even add some extra Golden Monkey to it. Hmmm….might have to have another pot of tea!

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
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This was new to my guest today, though I have had it once before. It was very well liked. Youngest added sugar as always but was surprised by how sweet the tea is naturally and had to add more tea to cut the sweetness a bit. Everyone else took it plain, and it was quite good. I really get a lot of chocolate flavor, and a smooth vanilla flavor, though the coconut is the top note in the aroma. The teas were paired with warm apple cobbler…lazy pie, actually, if you know what that is, and a wee scoop of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream.

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This was one of my surprise teas from Jen! I saved it for tea party because we love having something new to try together.

The aroma on this one is really wonderful. I mean really wonderful. This is a great take on Earl Grey with the Darjeeling in the mix. Thank you, Jen! :)

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drank Wenshan Baozhong by Harney & Sons
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Is it terribly wrong that I just took a cold shower so I could enjoy my hot tea?

For the past two weeks, middle daughter and I have been exercising together. During the soft spa music of stretching I start to crave oolong tea and gaze longingly at my tetsubin. After 30 minutes of bebop-ing to K Pop, rock, and Eastern European dance pop, I am far too hot to consider anything but cold water!

Today I just couldn’t stand it anymore! I have wanted to sip at a pot of Wenshan Baozhong long enough! And it was so worth it. I made a plate of cheese and carrot sticks to go with it for our snack, or “second breakfast” for all you hobbits out there!

This is very aromatic, with rich vegetal tones and lovely notes of flowers. My son says it tastes like flowers, but I really get the buttery essence of my favorite vegetables. Everyone is different!

It is excellent paired with this assortment of semi-creamy and semi-strong cheeses.

I made a 22 ounce pot, poured it in the tetsubin, drank two small cups and made a second steep which was then added to the tetsubin. This provides a nice, big pot of tea for all morning sipping and makes a nice mix as well, though if I had never had a tea before I would probably taste each steep separately and unsullied.

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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First day back to school in my house! We have lots of traditions, like the morning “bike ride to school” with their dad. They bike to the grocery store and buy apples, candy bars, and flowers for the teacher. We homeschool by the way! :). Then they bike home to find their grade level and teacher name posted on the door. LOL! And their dad often brings a bogus note as to why his kids were late for school, usually blaming their mother, ME! LOL!

This afternoon we were starving after stuffing all this new knowledge in our heads. A pot of vanilla black and some fresh pound cake hit the spot. Harney’s Vanilla Black stops me in my tracks every time. It is so smooth and delicious and is very affordable. It pairs great with so many different foods, and is good hot or iced.

Jenn

I’ve not tried this flavor yet and I need to get on it! I hope that you never have any heated parent-teacher conferences. That would be therapy territory :)

JacquelineM

Your traditions could not possibly be any more wonderful! <3 Awww!

ashmanra

Jenn, I will put this in the mail to if you will send an address!

ashmanra

To you! Still not used to typing on this tiny Touch!

mpierce87

Being an elementary school teacher myself who strives to make the beginning of the year special – your traditions are awesome!

ashmanra

I realized that after this year I will only have one student! I loved loved loved teaching my kids to read, and I am thinking that unless SOMEONE tosses a grand baby my way and lets me read to it A LOT, I may have to get a teaching certificate myself! I would love to teach in a Miss Read style country school!

Serendipitea

Reading of your family ‘back to school’ traditions made me smile from ear to ear ♡

I’m a huge fan of H&S Vanilla Comoro, but am very tempted to try this one too!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I haven’t had Paris in quite a while, but youngest suggested it to go with our snacks this afternoon. I am always surprised at how good it is when I haven’t had it in a while. It is one of the few flavored teas my youngest daughter likes, she being more inclined to Golden Monkey and Irish Breakfast. This one is always a hit with new tea drinkers because it is just that good. My tin is getting low. It will soon be time for another mega order to Harney and Sons.

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
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We loved the Chocolate Delight tea from this company so much that my friend ordered that one and a new one to try! (Thank you, Doulton!). The aroma is heavenly. I had only snipped the seal on the bag, hadn’t even opened it yet, when that wonderful coconut/chocolate aroma filled the air. The tea is very fragrant, and I felt the dominant note was chocolate rather than coconut. I found there to be a strong vanilla component as well. It is smooth, not astringent. We drank it sans additions and enjoyed it immensely. I plan to serve this for Wednesday tea party and I think it will be a hit.

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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We had a repeat of yesterday’s brunch as our breakfast today since i had potatoes and onions left over. I decied to switch up the tea, but snce hubby drinks only a few kinds I am very limited as to what I can choose! I knew he liked this one. This is the most tea-like decaf I have ever had, other than flavored decaf teas. It stands alone very well, I took it plain but he added milk and sugar and sugar. LOL! It was hearty enough to pair with such a breakfast. In winter I like the flavor this one myself in the evenings. Must reorder!

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Tonight, youngest and I shared a tea supper of chicken soup with slices of freshly made buttermilk bread for sopping the broth. I asked her to select the tea, and since she has recently become addicted to the Sherlock Holmes stories, she was eager to have this one. Last time I had it, I said I thought I preferred it with additions. Well, I guess I must be fickle, because tonight I took it plain and we finished the 22 ounce pot in no time!

When my daughter opened the tin, she exclaimed at how much tea there was, knowing this from a swap. Then she paused and said, “Oh, you must have gotten this from DOULTON!” indeed, I got this delightful, delicious tea from Doulton!

gmathis

If you like Sherlock spin-offs, try the Mary Russell/Sherlock series by Laurie King. Formerly owned ’em all except the newest one. Another recommendation—not Holmes, but definitely with that sort of flair—is the series by Will Thomas. “Some Danger Involved” is the first one.

ashmanra

Thanks! Middle daughter reads so voraciously that I am always looking for more good books. She goes to the library at least once a week and brings home a stack and has them read before she can go back.. Now youngest has got the bug! Have you read the Thursday Next series?

gmathis

Most of them. Had First Among Sequels in the pile to be read. Oh, and while I’m making British sleuth recommendations, do dig up Jacqueline Winspear—her Maisie Dobbs novels are wonderful. And so I can’t be accused of being completely off topic, I feel confident you’ll find a cup of tea mentioned in each and every one of these :)

ashmanra

She has them written down, ready to check the library!

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven 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.

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