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This was our third tea party tea today. This Irish Breakfast is milder than most, but is also our favorite. Like most brekkies, it takes milk and sugar very well – indeed, it is blended with just that in mind!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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For some reason we especially like Vanilla teas in warm weather and it is a beautiful day! This was a tea party tea, paired with chocolate cake, Hershey pie, and fresh sugared strawberries from a local farm. This tea is excellent with desserts. We added no sugar, it is delicious and sweet on its own!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Excellent, as always! Mike Harney just posted that he is on his way to India and China to buy tea, and I reminded him to be sure to pick up some Golden Monkey. This one stays sold out because it is so popular, and for good reason. The honeyed sweetness and rich body combined with its incredible smoothness are hard to beat.

Tea party today was extra special, celebrating the end of my radiation treatments. We had homemade three layer chocolate cake, Hershey pie, and fresh local strawberries sliced and sprinkled with sugar around lunchtime to sweeten until tea time! We chose Golden Monkey, Vanilla Comoro, and Irish Breakfast as our teas for today. Golden Monkey always wins when we ask which was the favorite!

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Boiling
JacquelineM

YAY! What a great reason to celebrate! I’ve been eating Rat lunches and thinking of you :)

What is Hershey pie? Sounds like something I need to learn about :)

gmathis

Belated, but celebrating with you!

ashmanra

This Hershey pie is “store-bought” from the freezer section! It is called Edwards’ Hershey Cream Pie and it was quite good. I am pretty sure there are also recipes for a homemade one as they even used to sell a boxed kit to make these. We do make a Hershey Bar Cake that is soooo rich and yummy. I can send you the recipe on that one if you like! It is Devil’s food cake with pudding added and a cream cheese and whipped cream frosting with bits of Hershey Bar in. Yum! (Of course, we add one extra candy bar over what the recipe calls for!)

JacquelineM

That sounds so good! I have a soft spot for Hershey – we like to visit Hershey Park in Hershey PA, and go to Chocolate World :) The chocolate there is so perfectly fresh and delicious!

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drank Summit Grey by Summit Tea Company
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We ordered a sampler from Summit Tea Company through amazon.com because their website said they had Dammann Freres teas. While some of their teas seem to have the same name or the same name but translated into English, the taste isn’t even close to the quality of the Dammann Freres tea I had in a tea swap, though it was a different flavor.

I assumed by the name that this tea was not a Dammann Freres tea but rather their own version of Earl Grey. Since I adore Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme I hoped to like this one. Sadly, it is a bust! Twinings Earl Grey from my local grocer tastes better than this. There is almost no bergamot flavor at all. What is going on with Summit Tea? Are they selling ancient stock on amazon to get rid of it because it has no flavor left? The Poet’s Tea that was supposed to be Dammann Freres was so awful that I poured it out! Of the three in the sampler I have tried, only one is drinkable so far.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Wenshan Baozhong by Harney & Sons
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I have neglected my oolongs! I am going to remedy that right away and try to have at least one per week.

This is a very light-colored cup of tea with a definite floral aroma. The flavor very much reminds me of the liquid from vegetables that have been cooked with butter. Though I smell the floral aroma I do not taste it as I do with Wild Forest Oolong. This is an incredibly smooth tea, and I finished the whole 22 oz. Beehouse teapot quite by myself! I am finding oolongs very relaxing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Paul M Tracy

So I’m not the only one that occasionally picks up “buttered squash.”

ashmanra

Indeed! I have heard some people make bok choy references as well, but I am more familiar with buttered squash!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Again! And I only have enough to make one more pot. This is already in my basket for the next Harney and Sons order. You can’t run out of Queen Catherine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

Absolutely not :)

ashmanra

Thank goodness a friend got addicted to it at my house and keeps a pound bag around. If I run out before my order gets here, we can trade a few ounces of tea!

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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
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The resteep – now it is really nutty! I taste walnuts, lightly toasted ones! It is possible (probable) that it doesn’t taste nuttier than before, but rather that some of the sweet and floral notes have diminished and the nuttiness is more noticeable. This is quite good, and I can see myself possibly becoming more of a oolong drinker in time….

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
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I have been wanting a nice oolong ever since my last trip to Teavana where I tasted a very nice sample they were serving. I pulled this one out today not even remembering what it tasted like, it has been so long since I had it!

There is a mineral quality that reminds me of a puerh, though the flavor does not. It is sweet and mellow, but not weak. It has great body and is really lovely. Today has been a bit challenging with the radiation burns plaguing me. This oolong helped soothe my tense body – I drank a whole 18 ounce pot of it. I plan to resteep these leaves, too. I need some additional mellowing! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Lots of hugs, wishes for rest and recuperation. You’re sooooo close to being done :)

ashmanra

Indeed! I now have only one treatment left!

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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A lovely vanilla tea for this afternoon! It tastes great sans additions, but is also very nice with sugar and/or milk.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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When I need to serve a tea for people who don’t drink tea, this is the one I turn to. It is very well liked even by the coffee drinkers. I love JacquelineM’s suggestion to make it with water just below boiling to avoid any bitterness. It is delicious, and the temp tweak improved it even more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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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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