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Hubby and I have the house to ourselves this morning, so I made iron skillet potatoes and onions, scrambled eggs, bacon, and pan fried toast. Since he only likes a few teas, I made a pot of this for brekkie. I took mine plain again, and loved it. Perfect with Irene making for another cloudy, rainy day!

teawing

This post haunted me ALL day! Thanks for making me crave breakfast.
:)

ashmanra

We usually have that for supper, but had it for brunch yesterday and breakfast today!

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It was so hard to save this surprise sample from SIMPLYJEN until today, but I did it! Hooray for willpower! I wanted this to be our special “new” tea for tasting today, as I like to have at least one new tea each week for us to try.

Wow, this really needs to be on my next order. Describing it is really difficult, because I think I am still enough of a newbie not to know exactly how to describe, or even define, what i am tasting.

Nutty, definitely. Silky like Harney’s description said, absolutely. I agree that it had many of the characteristics of other Fujian teas but without the cocoa or chocolate notes. But I really keep getting a lemony or bright note as well. It was reminding me of a Darjeeling, but with none of the astringency I associate with some Darjeelings. This was smooth smooth smooth.

My guest loved it, youngest loved it, I love it. Thank you, thank you, Jen, for the wonderful surprise!

ashmanra

I feel better about my description now! I just went to the Harney website and they call it lightly fruity flavor. Maybe my palate is developing!

SimplyJenW

So glad you liked it!

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drank Iced Passion Tea by Tazo
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I bought this on impulse tonight. Youngest and I had it at Starbucks about a year ago, and then tried it at home with lemonade, but I was using the bags for hot tea at the time. TJ Maxx had the big iced tea sachets at a really good price so I picked up a box.

It is definitely bright, tart, and tangy. I did sweeten it as my daughters won’t drink it otherwise. I like it but will much prefer it as others have noted, mixed with lemonade, orange juice, or other goodies. Youngest actually prefers the shaken black tea and lemonade mix, but she was asking for some Hawaiian Punch so I am hoping this will satisfy her desire for something sweet and fruity!

Dinosara

Aw man, I wish my TJ Maxx had some of this tea when I was there to pick up my bodum iced tea pitcher… it would have been a perfect combo!

ashmanra

I got the Bodum there a couple of months ago! Now Marshall’s has a bunch of them and I am watching to see if they go on clerance! There were quite a few boxes of the Tazo tea, and for the first time in about two years I found one tin of loose leaf London Cuppa for middle daughter.

ashmanra

Tried it this morning mixed with orange juice and it was good! Tastes like the guava punch served at my niece’s wedding.

Home Farm Herbery

If you like Iced Passion tea, you might like to try Home Farm Herbery’s Passion Berry Fruit Tisane. It is wonderful hot or ice. I know I blend it at our organic chemical free Herbery and you can find a smapler here. http://www.localharvest.org/passion-berry-fruit-tisane-C25933

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Rat lunch with Golden Monkey today! I was so glad to hear the kettle whistle as I finished my ironing and youngest made lunch. I am not the biggest fan of ironing, though I did have a good, bebop-ing playlist on to make it a tad more palatable. Dessert was Bissingers Chocolates.

After tea time, our teacups began to rattle, the chandelier swung a little, and the mirror on the wall shook. Our first earthquake! You really notice it in a house full of teacups! LOL!

We are so accustomed to the artillery at Fort Bragg shaking the ground for miles around, that it took us a bit to realize something different was happening!

SimplyJenW

I felt it here, too. So glad you are fine!

gmathis

Yay—no smashed china!

Indigobloom

Hey I felt it by us to!! except I thought it was the subway rumbling underneath us :x

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Rat lunch with a whole pot of the Queen all to myself. Youngest tells me there is less than half a tin left. Time to order the one pound bag.

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tea Guys
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This is a required tea now when my friend comes over, and we have nearly polished off that big bag sent me by DOULTON. I will definitely be placing an order with this company, and so will my friend. First, their ingredients are organic. That is always nice. Mostly, this tea is pure awesomeness. The chocolate aroma is so natural, and the blend is rich and delectable. Happy, happy sigh. This was served with Rich Tea Biscuits lightly smeared with Nutella and topped with fresh strawberries.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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We have been sanding, priming, and painting crappy old den paneling this week. I am sore and tired and have a long way to go putting this room back together. Today I took a tea break with youngest to share a pot of the great fortifier, the Queen. Served with Rich Tea Biscuits that had been lightly smeared with Nutella, this was a wonderful treat.

I also got an amazing wonderful fantastic surprise…new tea from SimplyJen! EEE! I can’t wait to try it all!

Ashley Bain

mmm Nutella and the Queen!

JacquelineM

I’ve been leaning heavily on the Queen this week too! Rain storms did a number on our roof – we have to get half of it replaced and deal w water damage in the kitchen and 3rd floor. To top it all off, we’ve had another bat visiting! We were able to trap and release him but now I’m so spooked to have another since the roof is letting them in! I’m glad the Queen is here for me to lean on!

ashmanra

Oh no! This has been quite a year for your house…and for you. Sorry to hear it. Maybe it is all done and you will have smooth sailing from here on out. You deserve a really good cuppa and a nice break!

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
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Since Jacqueline loved this one iced so very much, I decided I just had to try it exactly the same way she made it. I made it last night. I couldn’t wait to try it, so before refrigerating it I poured a little over ice. It was good, but got better when it had cooled on its own on the counter. Before bed, I put it in the fridge.

WOW! I wondered why Jacqueline wanted to know how to keep it from getting cloudy. A little cloudiness never bothered me, and my mother always used to add a pinch of baking soda to her tea pitcher if it clouded a bit, but I have never seen anything like this before. This isn’t cloudy, this is…well, it looks like a whole lot of milk added to some tea!

It tastes good, though, and I read somewhere that it used to be considered a sign that your tea was high quality if it clouded and was desirable. Wll, this must be the best!

JacquelineM

My hot golden monkey clouded too! I have to try that baking soda trick. I heard that the more tannins the cloudier it gets.

ashmanra

If I remember correctly, my mother added the baking soda to the pot of boiling water after she added the leaves. She made a gallon of sweet tea a day. I remember her fascination when Dad discovered and started buying tea bags! (My dad did ALL the grocery shopping, got us up for school, made our breakfast. Mom was spoiled! But she deserved it!)

JacquelineM

I will try that!

My husband does the groceries, but that’s because the store we like (Trader Joe’s) is right on his way home from work. He does the shopping, I come home from work, get the dog and cat fed and walk the dog, get dinner ready, and he usually gets in with the groceries as dinner finishes cooking, and we put them away and sit down to dinner.

My grandfather used to do the shopping too. I don’t know how because my grandmother was a terrible speller and her lists were indecipherable! I guess they were married so long he knew her secret code!

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tea Guys
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So I got a message from my friend that I was to bring this with me to a birthday party tonight? I guess have to place Tea Guys order, because my iend loves this tea so much it would make her sad if I ran out. I think I will also get their vanilla black tea and maple tea. Does anyone have any other suggestions from this company that I shouldn’t miss?

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You know this tea is special as soon as you open the tin. The aroma of the dry leaves is very complicated. It is hard to believe there are no added flavors.

This is dark, roasted, unsweetened cocoa-y goodness, yet on top of all that I keep feeling like am picking up Darjeeling! There is a fruitiness that I think I hear described as muscatel. If you want a rich and interesting tea experience, try this one. You will not be disappointed!

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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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