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Thank you Ashmanra for this sample tea!

I found this in the sample bin…having lost it’s way…poor dear! I have reviewed this tea before but it was 7 months ago…a tea lifetime!

I have changed (haven’t we all!). Talking to myself (nobody else is here so that’s not a stretch), I was thinking about how we are so plugged in to flavor. We live in a world that over salts and over sugars with artifical flavor enhancers in almost everything we eat and drink…yet we tea drinkers are inspecting our favorite tea beverages for every little nuance of aroma and taste. We seek the best.

I got on a cooking kick today. It was all about spices in my house.
There was a recipe for Vadouvan Indian Spice Blend (onions, garlic and shallots sauteed in spices and baked until dry). http://flic.kr/p/dG1Kvy
Then I made gingerbread with ginger chai in it, layered with toffee in the middle. (I made toffee for Christmas and had small pieces left over in the freezer steeped with Laoshan Black Tea).

My house smelled really good!

While the oven was doing it’s job (I had chopped the onions etc. by hand and ground all the spices with mortar and pestal), I made a pot of this Pu-erh!

Yikes! I had forgotten that this is like having a good cup of coffee in the old days before I discovered tea!

Dark, rich and bready…no bitterness. Smooth.

My mood was not about making notes about how many steepings I could get out of this pu-erh…hah…I wanted to drink mugs full of tea…lots of it with cream and sugar! That’s what I did! Gulps of tea sweet and caramel, creamy…good!

What’s better than this?!

A good cuppa PU, Spicy Smells filling up my house and gingerbread baking in the oven!

Yum! www.janespice.com/recipes/vadouvan-indian-spice-blend

ashmanra

Sounds awesome! I do love this one! They sent me the sample and I ended buying it, of course! You are right – our food is over salted and over sweetened. That is getting better. I think years of Dr, Pepper may have been why I couldn’t find the nuance in tea at first, since I had never had to seek the flavors and layers. Plus I had too little exposure to lots of kinds of foods. I have expanded my horizons and now enjoy EVERYTHING so much more!

Bonnie

I knew you would understand what I meant. Tea does reset what we’ve lost from years of exposure to the excess of additives in the North-American diet (can’t speak for elsewhere).

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ashmanra

Sounds awesome! I do love this one! They sent me the sample and I ended buying it, of course! You are right – our food is over salted and over sweetened. That is getting better. I think years of Dr, Pepper may have been why I couldn’t find the nuance in tea at first, since I had never had to seek the flavors and layers. Plus I had too little exposure to lots of kinds of foods. I have expanded my horizons and now enjoy EVERYTHING so much more!

Bonnie

I knew you would understand what I meant. Tea does reset what we’ve lost from years of exposure to the excess of additives in the North-American diet (can’t speak for elsewhere).

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There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
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