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drank Noel by A Southern Season
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I was a bad girl. I drank decaf with supper so the caffeine wouldn’t keep me awake, but when I sat down to read I really wanted some flavored tea and I really wanted something Christmas-y since we went out of town and bought my Christmas season Southern Supreme “More Nuts than Fruit” Fruitcake that I serve up until Christmas! So here I sit downing non-decaf tea…

Now, I don’t really LIKE most Christmas teas that much, but I love to smell them. Noel is so pretty I would love to display it in a glass container. There are almond bits, dried apple pieces, orange peel, flower petals….and it tastes pretty good! It is smooth, not bitter, with nice orange flavor. Unless someone tells me that it is really awful (and what Harney tea has ever been?) I am going to Barnes and Noble tomorrow to buy that special pack of their Holiday Tea with the white tea since I just got a coupon for an extra 25% off!
It is a great buy at $15.95 for the two together, and with the discounts it will be even less.

I noticed that Dammann Freres and Mariages Freres have Christmas teas and if they are anything like the other flavored French teas I have tried, I will HAVE to get some! Anyone who has tried them, let me know…..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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Wow. Oh boy, have my tastes ever changed in the year that I have been drinking loose leaf tea!

This is still pretty good. I still like it. I haven’t had it in FOREVER but decided to make it tonight to go with chicken pot pie soup that hubby and I were having at the tea table all alone, and he only likes Ceylon tea. Since it was late I thought I should make decaf, and to go with our food I thought this one would be best.

Since I know I like my tea stronger now that I used to like it, I added five teaspoons of leaves to my 22 ounce Beehouse teapot. Even at that this tea was weak to me, but not awful horrible weak like the Decaf Assam! With sugar and paired with food, it was serviceable to me and I enjoyed having a nice cuppa and some hot soup after our long day out driving in the rolling pastures of the Piedmont of NC looking at trees! But my hubby LOVED it and remarked several times on how good the tea was. And that is what mattered tonight!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

For the sake of spousal tea harmony, I have cheerfully brewed a number of teas incorrectly over the years :)

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Oh, Meghann, what have you done, sending me another French tea to fall in love with?

I had a rough morning. Rough. I needed something special. Came home after lunch and made this. Ahhhhh. This is elegance in a cup. So much flavor, none of it overpowering. At first I thought, “BISCUIT FLAVOR? Are they kidding?” But this was sweet, good, had lovely body, and oh my the flavors are beautifully blended. I drank the whole 22 oz pot by myself. Sigh. I melt into a happy puddle. Thank you, Meghann. Thank you, Dammann Freres.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

Happy thoughts sent to chase away that bad day!

gmathis

This sounds yummy!
Quote that I have taped above my desk at work: “There is no trouble so great that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” Bernard-Paul Heroux

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I bought these because they were inexpensive and I knew that Sam’s would take them back if we were not happy with them. I am keeping them because they are inexpensive, but I will say up front that these don’t touch the JoeMo!

I made tea Sunday morning and put my tea in my JoeMo and my daughter’s tea in the Cuisinart. The first sign that these were not as high quality as the JoeMo was immediate. When I picked them up to carry them out to the car my JoeMo was cool to the touch and the Cuisinart was warm, so even though it boasts double wall steel construction it was losing more heat through radiant heat loss. When I first put the lid on, some water ran out from somewhere, but it wasn’t tea so I think it was trapped in some part of the lid from where I had rinsed it.

These will be used to hold hot chocolate when we are going to drink it rather soon, but I wouldn’t trust them to keep tea hot for hours and hours like the JoeMo. One good suggestion in the instructions – have the drinking button open when you put the lid on so the pressure will be balanced. I have to do that with the JoeMo, too, but I don’t remember seeing it in their instructions.

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I GOT A NEW TEAPOT! Thank you, Sandy! It came all the way from New Zealand and arrived in perfect condition. It is red, holds one litre, and has a nice big infuser. I wanted to celebrate the new pot by making a BIG pot of something.

I chose a tea JacquelineM sent to me. There was enough for a whole litre! I drank it with my student, her mom, and her little tiny sister and we all enjoyed it very much! Lovely vanilla flavor. Thank you, Jacqueline! This was a nice treat for all of us!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Sandy

I am glad you enjoy the pot.

ashmanra

Indeed we did! My student’s mom and little sister disappeared and after the lesson I found her outside with my girls and your doggies at the bistro tables. Sable was under the table staring upward, WILLING them to drop a cookie! Sasha was flopped on her back for belly rubs. They like tea time, too!

Sandy

If Sable ever learns to use the Force there will never be a safe cookie again. Maybe that’s why she picked Sarah over you the other day.

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
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I am drinking the loose leaf version of this one with the lovely Ceylon Silver Tips winking at me from the cup, and loving it this morning. I wasn’t sure what I wanted – my usual teas were not calling my name and I had already been up a long time. I picked this one and it did not disappoint! This is GOOD TEA with bergamot added, and not too much bergamot. I am drinking it without additions, but my next cup will be experimental – I plan to try it as a London Fog!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

I should break out my sample packet of this – maybe tomorrow!!!

ashmanra

Don’t know if I did right since I had never heard of this until I saw it on steepster, but to my second cup I added milk, Sucanat, and vanilla. It was yummy! This tea is really good plain and I like to drink it when I am looking for a cup to stimulate without it being a wake up cup or a comforting cup. When you add the goodies, it becomes a decadent dessert cup!

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Thank you to Meghann for this one! I don’t usually drink tea this late at night unless it is decaf, but I couldn’t wait to try one of my new teas that arrived today.

First on my list was Nuit A Versailles. The aroma is heavenly. This is a lovely green tea, lightly buttery-flavored and oh! the goodies they have blended with it! I don’t taste the bergamot as bergamot – this tea is far too delicate for that. And having had lavender tea that tried to hurt me, and Parma Violets candy from Ireland that tasted like I was eating a WHOLE field of flowers, I could have been afraid to try this. But I know the French do flavored teas so well, and they didn’t let us down here.

Want to feel rich and pampered? Get out your favorite pretty cup, make this tea, and sniff sniff sniff. Then slowly sip and enjoy, but don’t stop letting this aroma work its wonders on you. This is a five star flavored green.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

This is my favorite, favorite, favorite flavored green in the world!!!!!

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This was very well received at tea time today! It was the favorite of the youngest ever tea time participant, who is 6 years old. Winey Keemun wasn’t quite up her alley, but she really, REALLY liked Tower of London! I think of it as “Paris- light” but it really has more than enough flavor of its own. I love it with no additions, and it goes well with a cookie plate. (Today we had homemade fudgie brownies from freshly ground wheat, fresh cookies, raspberry Pim’s, and Pepperidge Farms cookies. Oof. And yum!)

Preparation
Boiling
ashmanra

Oh, and Harney and Sons is considering my request to sell it loose leaf! They say I am not the first to inquire after it. That would be a big hurrah!

JacquelineM

That WOULD be a big hurrah – I’d buy it! I like the added honeyish sweetness to temper the berry – I think I like it better than Paris – my berry fix gets done with Marco polo :)

ashmanra

I was planning to the last….little….bit….of the Marco Polo you sent me this afternoon! I think I also like Tower of London more than Paris, and guests always respond very well to it.

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This was a tea time treat today! It amazes me how my tastes are changing. I used to think of this as one of my stronger teas, now it is one of my milder teas! And I still love it!
I am better at identifying the flavors and nuances in teas now, and I finally detect that muscatel flavor they mention. This is indeed a refined tea. They refer to it as an English Breakfast and indeed it is keemun, but it is milder than MY breakfast choices and I love it as an afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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This is my second morning opting for this one. Sometimes I am on a Queen Catherine streak, sometimes an English Breakfast one. I was so disappointed, but not with my tea! I arrived at work this morning and found myself seated beside a REAL LIVE BRITISH PERSON complete with accent. She was drinking a diet coke. At 8 am. And didn’t bat an eye when I ummm’ed and ahh’ed over my HOT TEA thinking we would stike up a conversation and become tea buddies. Oh Brit! You have betrayed both your countrymen and my hopes!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Sandy

I found out that one of the visiting Brits in my office does like tea. I will have to bring some leaf on Monday.

Meghann M

Awww..how disappointing:( Glad the tea wasn’t disappointing though!

JacquelineM

One of my favorite papers I wrote in school was about the “Coca-Colonization” of Europe after WWII – durn post war Americanization! Booo!

ashmanra

Oh joy! I saw her again today and asked if she likes tea. She said yes! She drinks a whole pot by herself but only during cold weather. Maybe she will accept an invitation to tea time!

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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.

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

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