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This was my first cup of the day around noon. I know! I was moving slow today. I tried more vanilla comoro this time and it didn’t seem to work as well as I would have hoped it would. It was ok…kind of a funky flavor that I can’t put a finger on. Oh well back to the drawing board and on to another tea.

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I picked up both of these teas when at the Millerton shop yesterday as one of the women in the tasting room suggested these two played very well with one another and were a great way to end the day. So I’m giving it a go this morning (we got home very late last night…too late for tea making.

I really love the extra Vanilla flavor that comes out of mixing these two together! I’m also glad I went with her suggestion of how much tea to use 1tsp of Decaf Paris to 1 1/2tsp of Vanilla Comoro. Actually I think it could use a little more Vanilla Comoro, but the way I currently prepped it keeps the flavor of Paris out in front too. Naturally I wanted both flavors to rock out and that’s just what this mix did.

I did later add a little sugar and some very vanilla silk milk which really knocked all the flavors up a bit for a really nice first cup of the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

Great suggestion! That is 2 1/2 tsps. For how much water? One cup? Small pot?

The Purrfect Cup

Well, it’s 1tsp of the Decaf Paris and 1 1/2 of the Vanilla Comoro for a 8-16oz cup…sorry about that.

SimplyJenW

Going to have to try this! I have both!

TeaBrat

oooh, how lucky you are. :D

The Purrfect Cup

Let me know what you think…it may need more of the vanilla.

ashmanra

I have Vanilla Comoro and regular Paris. I will give it a try with those. I don’t have the decaf version of Paris yet,but maybe I should consider it.

The Purrfect Cup

I think it would work with either.

SimplyJenW

I may go heavier on the Paris for mine….will report tonight!

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Tea of the afternoon……

Since I had all of the components of this blend created by Jenn, I had to give it a try! The only sub I had to make was Harney’s Valentine Tea for the Chocolate tea. This is good! I get the black currants and chocolate, and then the vanilla just smooths it all together. I will definitely be mixing this up again!

Teapot usual method…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jenn

YOU MADE IT :) Well, it actually sounds like you made it even better by adding Harney’s Valentine tea. Now Bilbo’s Dark Side even more complex!

Jenn

I meant to type “Now Blibo’s Dark Side IS even more complex”. I’m a typo machine…

SimplyJenW

Of course I made it…..the Harney fan in me just has to attempt anything that pays homage to the Tolkien nerd in me! Two of my obsessions rolled into one! Bliss! :D

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I have to tip my hat to the lovely SimplyJennW who coined her custom blend of Harney & Sons Vanilla Black and Black Currant “Hobbit Tea”. So, keeping in that vein, I’ve added Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea and cacao nibs to create Bilbo’s Dark Side. Bilbo’s Dark Side is regular Hobbit Tea with a tad, a touch, a smidge, a bit of evil chocolate.

SimplyJenW

I have all the stuff to blend this up! Wahoo!

Jenn

WAHOOOOOO!!!!

DaisyChubb

Ah I love it! I immediately see the part in the movie where Bilbo makes the grab for the ring around Frodo’s neck o_o

… did you know Billy Boyd was in my city last week. Did you know all my friends met him but me? Billlyyy my love ; 3;
Ah well. Back to business. Blend sounds delish, Jenn. :D

Amariel

OMG OMG! I NEEED THIS!!! :P

Daisy…Billy Boyd, that was Pippin, right? I loved Pillin!

DaisyChubb

Yeah Billy Boyd is Pippin ; 3;
You betcha! :D

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Tea of the morning…..

I did alter the ratios just a little to incorporate some of Harney’s Rose Scented at the recommendation of Dinosara last time around. Since my math brain is a little fuzzy this morning, the ratios are 1Rose Scented:3 Vanilla Black:2 Black Currant. I know it sounds crazy, but I usually do 3 perfect teaspoons (or 4 1/2 actual teaspoons) per pot. That works out to be 1 scoop Black Currant, half a scoop Rose Scented, and 1 1/2 scoops Vanilla Black. Are we utterly confused, yet?

I do like the addition of the rose. I am not sure it is totally necessary, but it is Rosie’s Hobbit Tea, after all! I would definitely make it this way again. And it is reminiscent of that favorite Mafia tea blend!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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My first attempt at this… My ratio is one part Black Currant to two parts Vanilla Black. I definitely like this. I might give a one to one ratio a go, but I am thinking this is pretty close.

24 oz teapot, 1 1/2 tsp Black Currant tea, 3 tsp Vanilla Black tea, freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Now I need a name for this. I hate to steal the brilliance that is Christa Y’s name, but am looking for something that is equally as cool. I am thinking along the lines of Liz Bennet, Spymaster……. You know, the original M, which is just short for Mrs. Darcy.

Or maybe this will be my Hobbit Tea. I can picture Rosie Cotton Gamgee making this tea for her friends. I am leaning toward this one…Rosie’s Hobbit Tea. What do you think?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
teawing

Hmmm, I like both lines of thought here…Having just watched Fellowship of the Ring, and waiting in great anticipation for The Hobbit, I think I will cast my vote in favor of Rosie, nothing against Mrs. Darcy of course. I will try this at home tonight, I actually have some of both!

DaisyChubb

Oh my gosh my heart was just stolen away ; 3;
Hobbit tea! Rosie’s Hobbit Tea! My eyes are tearing up with glee so I think it’s a yes from me. :)!

ashmanra

Hmmm, as an advocate of second breakfast, I think it would be nice to have a whole line of appropriate teas for the occasion. Shire Tea might be a good name for a basic one. You really must come up with a Tom Bombadil blend! Something a little smokey, maybe? Or an really earthy green?

Jenn

Yes! Rosie’s Hobbit Tea is a winner for sure! Nerds… I love nerds :)

SimplyJenW

Yes, I think we have a winner!

SimplyJenW

@ashmanra- I agree we need a whole series. Wouldn’t Tom Bombadil be more of a pu’erh (earthy, like dirt, etc.)? That is one I can’t drink…yet.

teawing

Hear, hear! I second ashmanra’s motion.

Dinosara

Awesome name! I think that’s a great blend for Rosie (though I might throw in a pinch of rose scented too!)

SimplyJenW

Oohh. A pinch of Rose Scented sounds good. I will try that next!

ashmanra

I thought of puerh, typed it, then erased it because I know a lot of people don’t care for it. So yes, I think it would be a great choice! Maybe the strawberry chocolate one from Lupicia would be a good candidate.

SimpliciTEA

I just saw the name of this tea, and I love it! Rosie Cotton, right? Totally fits, as Hobbits love drinking tea!

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Second breakfast tea…..

I just noticed the last few pots of tea I have made have been a little on the strong side… And then I remembered that the difference coincided with my replacing our water filters. Let this be a lesson that better filtration on the water makes it so you need less tea! Or that you can simply taste the flaavors in it better…..

Good, but as I said, a little on the strong side even though I was careful not to do heaping spoons. I have just a little over an ounce left of this blend. It is still rosey and wonderful.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Mmmm. Tea of the late, late afternoon. The rose is so sweet in this blend. It has me contemplating switching to this from my beloved Rose Congou from Upton. I guess I have a while to contemplate……about 1 1/2 ounces of this and over 8 of the other…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I had a few ounces of Panyang Congou sitting in my cupboard. After trying Rose Scented with Queen Catherine (which has PC in its blend), I decided a little punch of Rose Scented was the perfect addition to move this tea along. It is good on its own, but great with a little rose. Ratio is somewhere between 2:1 and 3:1.

Tea of the morning….. This is really good! The rose notes are subtle, but it perks up the Panyang Congou just enough to make it a tea I will drink often, rather than once in a while. (Yes, I have a thing for tea scented with roses, and I never would have thought that would be the case as rose scented things almost always turn me off…) I will be sad when my blend is all gone…I premixed this one…, but then I will just go back to the Queen with Roses. I need more room in my cupboard for new tea! I find it funny that I don’t like Harney’s Rose Scented as much on its own, but find it invaluable as a mixer.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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