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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
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We finally tried this side by side with Hao Ya B today. This was good paired with our Hershey Bar Cake, which was so rich that it was nearly TOO rich. While this was good, I must confess that I like Keemun Mao Feng better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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drank Ginger's Oolong by Harney & Sons
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I made the rest of the sample of this today for teatime, and much of it was a second infusion. Even at that, this tea was very popular with all the adults today…in fact, it was the favorite at tea time being tasted alongside Hao Ya A and B. If I decide to expand my stock of oolong tins, this will be on the list of teas to order. It was wonderful in my new tetsubin, and with the warmer stayed pleasantly hot enough for three hours. It would have possibly stayed hot longer, but I was reusing a tea light and it went out before the tea was gone. Love the pot. Love the tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Ginger's Oolong by Harney & Sons
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I ordered this sample quite a while ago and have been saving it for a special day, and today is that day! Twenty-five years ago today I drove to South Carolina to give a young man a pound cake. I came home engaged! (Must have been a really good pound cake, or he was a starving college student!) This morning, I awaken to find….the Teavana Dragonfly tetsubin and warmer on my tea table! EEEEEE! He had driven out of town yesterday to get it, calling my youngest to make sure it was the right one! I had to make a really special oolong in it.

And this is it! A really special oolong! I thought I was using too few leaves since it was a sample and this is the large pot, but this is full of flavor. The oolong base is dark, which is my favorite kind of oolong, and the ginger is just right – not too strong, not too biting. I agree that it tastes like candied ginger because it is so sweet, and I am not really getting a bite as some described, unless perhaps I just don’t know what that is! I find it smooth, naturally sweet, and warm with ginger flavor. If I order another whole tin of oolong, I think it will be this one. Even hubby liked it sans additions, and he really only drinks a couple of teas, and those with milk and a LOT of sugar, or iced and Southern sweet!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Atacdad

Congrats on surviving 25 :-) Nice to hear about the special tea too ;-)

Dinosara

Congrats! And yay for awesom tea pots and delicious teas!

Angrboda

Congratulations. :)

JacquelineM

Sweet, sweet, sweet! ♥

Jenn

Yay for love, pound cake, and tea :)

QuiltGuppy

Congratulations! :) That’s so thoughtful. ((sigh))

SimplyJenW

Happy 25 years! Such a sweet story!

Indigobloom

Awwww, love stories like that make me melt! Congrats on 25 yrs!!

ashmanra

Thank you! Then tonight he insisted on driving me back to Raleigh and getting me an iPad2! Yes, I do realize how sweet he is and how blessed I am! :)

Sandy

That is so awesome.

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drank Wuyi Oolong by The Republic of Tea
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I brewed this one for a little over three minutes today. The tin says to go five to seven so I may try that next time, but as it is, this is a very good oolong. It has a clean, nutty taste on the first infusion.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sandy

I am surprised you did not share news of your tea guest. lol

ashmanra

I did, just on my English Breakfast post! He is my new avatar, but it is so small, you can hardly see him.

ashmanra

Oops! No, it wasn’t! It was on the Emperor’s Red post.

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Father’s Day breakfast at hubby’s favorite greasy spoon with son joining us. Then church, then home to a pot of English Breakfast on the patio, giant Sam’s Club fan blowing, and iPod going…it’s going to be a good day! More tea to come….

Preparation
Boiling
teawing

Greasy Spoons = yum

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drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
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I had a lovely tea lunch with youngest daughter. Since we were both drinking the same kind of tea today I used the big red pot Sandy sent to us from New Zealand and brewed some Emperor’s Red from JacquelineM! The rich, cocoa aroma will win your heart! We are on the second resteep and it is still so good. I took mine plain and enjoyed all the nuance, but youngest took hers with milk and sugar. It is that kind of tea – you can enjoy it no matter what your tea tastes may be.

We paired it with Genoa salami and Kerrygold Dubliner cheese from Ireland in honor of oldest daughter’s imminent departure for a month in Ireland. Music to accompany the meal – Sandy Denny’s “It Suits Me Well.”

What a lovely day! It began with Sandy’s dog, Sasha, catching our mole at 8 am when I joined youngest daughter in her tent out back where she had camped out in hopes of catching Mr. Mole. Fortunately Sasha obeyed when I screamed, "Leave it! " and we were able to capture the little guy for release later. He is happily hunkered down inside my gardening glove with worms in the fingers (that will definitely have to be washed in HOT water before I wear them again!). I let the mantis join us for tea, but I drew the line at the mole. While he is certainly as cute as the mantis, his little home has more dirt and he smells terrible! Do all moles smell this bad? Oh, she named him “Diggory Delvet.”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

That is a day alright! I just spent some time with this lovable pest:

http://www.spo.gs/RetroCamera.jsp?img=tSQQ

He is my neighbor’s cat who I saw kill a bird last week. I had to talk to him about it and tell him it was wrong and all that, being he was in my yard snooping for more birds.

teawing

Most moles I have had the pleasure of meeting do have a distinctive aroma.
What a great review and story. You painted some good mental pictures for us.

It is the little things isn’t it? Some good food, a little nice music, family, a faithful dog…tea. What else could we need or want?

ashmanra

JacquelineM – That kitty looks like he is a character! I have one who visits my feeders in hopes of getting a birdie, and I shoo him off, but Mr. Hawk thinks it is a birdie dispenser and I guess I am still feeding birds when HE gets one, so….
Teawing – Distinctive smell, indeed! Garlic spaghetti, wild onion, and armpit. LOL!
But youngest thinks he is the softest, most beautiful thing EVER!

JacquelineM

How is the mole doing today? :)

ashmanra

Full of earthworms and waxworms and enjoying life! He has been to visit a number of our friends and will HOPEFULLY be released by this evening! (Youngest is asking to keep him forever. I told her Mr. Mole needs a girlfriend.)

JacquelineM

I hope he finds a beautiful Mole Wife where you release him! Maybe one day he will tell his Mole Children about the Magic Ladies who fed him earthtworms and waxworms then took him to meet his wife!

ashmanra

Jacqueline – I sent the pic to your email so you can see him having tea time with us! I couldn’t figure out how to post a link like you do – but I don’t have a smart phone or anything to link to RetroCamera. He is so soft…

JacquelineM

I put him on my flickr so everyone can see him big!!!!!!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiemania/5850807458/in/photostream

ashmanra

Thank you! :)

teawing

Thanks for posting the picture, and what a regal cup he used!

Dinosara

That mole is pretty cute in that tea cup!

QuiltGuppy

He’s adorable! I’d have a hard time sending him away.

ashmanra

Sigh. He was supposed to go yesterday, then today, now tomorrow…daughter says she needs photos of the release! He is indeed adorable, though, and so soft and sweet. He is really enjoying his waxworms and earthworms. We bought him some imported Belgian worms that supposedly will last months in the refrigerator! LOL! But we have two species of box turtles in the yard to feed, so we needed to buy all those worms anyway!

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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When I read what was in this blend, I thought it might be perfect for cold brew, especially since the assam in it is sometimes a little too assertive for me. This is soooo good. Just went to Sam’s Club and when I got back to my car the external temp reading said 106! I know it was elevated from being in a parking lot in full sun, but still…iced was the way to go today!

The great part – I actually failed to get this tea out of the fridge until the leaves had been sitting there for three days! (This is a resteep mostly with a few fresh leaves added a la JacquelineM’s recommendation!) And it isn’t bitter at all. The honey flavor has taken on a decidedly floral tone to me, but not in a bad or cloying way – just in a fresh, summery way!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
ashmanra

Oh! Oh! Forgot to say – just placed my order for new Wild Wuyi Black! And you can use the summer12 coupon code and STILL get free shipping for orders over $25! You only have to put in a code for the shipping offer if you are in Alaska or Hawaii!

mpierce87

I’m glad that this tea works out nicely cold brewed, I think that will be my next experiment with this tea.

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I had a friend over today who is a former coffee drinker turned tea lover, and specifically good black tea, like Queen Catherine, Vanilla Black, Emperor’s Red…you get the idea. I was really eager for her to try this one. Indeed, it was a hit! It is easy to forget just how assertive this tea is, with its rich cocoa notes and smooth body. It has been sold out for a while – here’s hoping they find a new batch just as tasty for us to buy! Speaking of which, have you seen the new tea listing,on Harney’s website? Wild Wuyi Black! I can hardly wait! Fujian teas, especially Wuyi mountains ones, are my favorites!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

I didn’t see it! I think the coming releases of the black teas are going to make me feel like a little kid on Christmas morning!

SimplyJenW

Oh, I am so tempted! Something about a new Harney Chinese black has me needing to sit on my hands so I won’t order…..(and there is a new code out for free shipping at the $25 mark.) I do NOT need tea right now. I guess I will have to wait for your review, and hope it does not go out of stock too quickly! Until I give in, that is……let’s be realistic. I am so weak….

JacquelineM

Jen – do you know what the code is? I might treat myself to a tin of this and Keemun Mao Feng…omg!

JacquelineM

Never mind – I found it! ICED622 in case any other Steepsterites are feeling an order coming on :) :) :)

QuiltGuppy

Thank you for the code! :)

SimplyJenW

Yayyy! New tea!

ashmanra

Also summer12 is still working for a 12% off discount!

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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This was the first tasting for this one at tea party. We usually do black teas only, and my guest isn’t a big fan of green tea but really REALLY liked this one! The pineapple aroma was just wonderful, and the tea base is very smooth. It was excellent even paired with our food today – a little more than food on the table than usual as I realized I had not had lunch! Salami, cheese, fresh lemon pound cake from freshly ground flour, chocolate covered cream puffs, and Pepperidge farm cookies. This one resteeps well, also.

The other tea was also a real star – our favorite – Golden Monkey from Harney and Sons, of course! I do love Fujian teas!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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I haven’t had this one in a while….still as rich and lovely as ever!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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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.

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