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The London Tea Room

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This is one of my favorite Earl Greys. It’s very fragrant, I smell a lot of bergamot and jasmine? something flowery. This is an easy to drink tea for me. Although it tastes better hot than cold.

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I made this at Tony’s to enjoy in my bubble bath.
It’s one of his favorites, & although I don’t drink it often, I guess today is the day.
It’s main feature is a bright & juicy orange, with a touch of bergamot, & a lingering grapefruit finish. It’s a little on the acidic side for my tastes, but definitely bright & cheery. The base is earthy, & almost shu puerh-like, so although I’m no expert, I’d say it’s yunnan.
Note to self: send a sample of the to ks

gmathis

This sounds lovely to bathe in ;) Uh, I mean with.

JustJames

in…. with…. don’t matter as long as the temperature’s right. =0)

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys!

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77

How about that? Sil told me to try this because it’s good, and I tried it, and it was! It’s good! It’s got a nice bit of sweetness and a nice bit of smoke, balanced wonderfully.

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Terri HarpLady

So, Sil is sending all the samples I sent to her to you? LOL, that’s one way to rack up the sipdowns! :D

Sil

Terri – where there was enough for me to have 2 cups or 1 sil sized cup AND have some left over, then Cavo gets to try it too since she has been my recent tea buying buddy lol. if there was only enough for a sil sized cup…. she did not get to try them haha

Cavocorax

Hahaha. And that’s totally fair. :) I appreciate what I get, and now that I’ve dropped my numbers a little bit, I feel I can relax a bit more and savour each cup properly. Phew.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, you know my policy, right? “Share the Love!” :D

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I thought I’d try another Kenyan tea! Sipdown! (246)

This one is less harsh than the others I’ve had. It’s a little smoother, and a bit more golden. Tasty!

Thanks Sil!!

Courtney

Smooth and golden ftw.

Sil

i really like the keemun from london tea room…but i don’t think there was enough to share of that one… if there was…it’s tasty.

Cavocorax

Oh, I have that one! I’ll be sure to give that some special attention.
Also, I looked in my purse yesterday and realized I missed a sample for you. :O I should stick it in an envelope for you. hahah

Sil

don’t you dare… or i’ll send you the 3 that fell out of the bag at my place haha

Cavocorax

Ahahahahah

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88

I made a pot of this to go with my decadent breakfast:
Homemade Turkey Apple Maple sausage meatballs
almond flour pancakes
fried apples

The tea was bold & bright, with an edge to it that made me think of a shiny shard of obsidian, so smooth, but razor sharp. Just what I needed!

Fjellrev

What a gourmet breakfast!

Charissa

A shiny shard of obsidian—nice analogy! Sounds really good!

Terri HarpLady

It felt pretty fancy, but really didn’t take very long to whip up. I just ate the leftovers :)

Terri HarpLady

It felt pretty fancy, but really didn’t take very long to whip up. I just ate the leftovers :)

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85

Mmmmmm thanks Terri! Another tasty black tea. I had this earlier in the day and it was a great start to the day :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to send some of this off to Nofar!

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by The London Tea Room
4046 tasting notes

Terri sent more of this my way and I think i love it a little more than the first time. Bumping the rating up a bit but i am going to pass the rest of this on to someone who hasn’t had a chance to try it. Sharing is caring! This + maple made my day when we went out to the nerd store to pick up a game!

Cavocorax

Which game?

Cheri

Yes, which game did you get??!

Sil

Terra Mystica it’s been out of stock for a few weeks now

Cheri

That looks like a fun one.

Cavocorax

Oooh. Neat!

Sil

we’ve looked at it a few times but never bought it because of the all the components…a lot of our friends won’t play games that take longer than 3 mins to set up. But we played it while down in florida and love it…and since it can be played two player, we said go for it! there’s another card game we played as well that i’m going to try and have printed that you and your other half may enjoy as well cavo.

cheri – i uh..have a LOT of board games.. lol

Cavocorax

It can? That’s pretty awesome. J’s not into fantasy settings a lot, but the detail of the different races sounds pretty intriguing. And it’s not luck based I guess? Also a good thing.

Cheri

We have several, but not all that many compared to my sister and brother-in-law.

Terri HarpLady

My new favorite game is cards against humanity

Sil

70+ games at my place, if you count things like dominion and it’s expansions as one game.

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81

First cup of the day, I reached into one of the black tea shelves & just grabbed something, & this was it! A decent cup to start my day, although I’m aching for something bolder now.
In a little while I’ll begin For the Love of Pearls, the great pearl sip-off. But first I have an appointment at 11:00, so it will have to wait. Anyone else who is participating is welcome to start without me though.

caile

Perfect name for the sip off!! : )

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I thought that would be a fun name! I actually thought about creating a page just for it…still thinking about it, as I begin the ‘competition’.

caile

I only have one type of pearl so can’t really do a sip-off, but am looking forward to seeing the seeing the reviews for the ‘competitors’. Let the competition begin! ;-)

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I had a fun rehearsal with my flute playing friend. I have a couple of flute players that I do gigs with from time to time. One is only good for classical music, but she is very very good at it. In fact, we have a wedding coming up next month together. Another is more flexible, being able to play pop tunes, etc. There have been several other flautists over the years, including a gal I went to college with, & also including my ex-husband, who was an accomplished musician on a variety of instruments.

So my new flute player? We’re the same age (55), we know all the same people around town, have played with a lot of the same musicians (including junky Wayne, the percussionist), & yet we never met. We had heard of each other, but just never turned up in the same place. That changed about a month ago, & now we’re meeting up every 2 weeks to work on some stuff. She can play classical, rock, & Jazz…I mean she can really wail! She also play cello & guitar. I don’t know if we’ll get a lot of gigs, but I’m sure we’ll be playing around town at least, once we get a couple of jazz sets together. Most importantly, I want to have fun. :)

So I made a big pot of this tea, & it was perfect for the afternoon.

__Morgana__

I am not sure I’ve heard jazz harp before, but it sounds awesome!

Terri HarpLady

Playing Jazz on the harp is especially challenging, so there aren’t really all that many of us playing it, but it’s fun! Of course, I also play everything from classical to classic rock. I love my job! :)

__Morgana__

Do you have jazz pieces on any of your CDs? I just visited your web site (you play beautifully).

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I made myself a batch of almond flour pancake. I’ve been feeling unsatisfied, food-wise, causing me to venture into eating things I shouldn’t. Today I really want something sweet for dinner. Not TOO sweet, just lightly sweetened. Hence I’m sitting here, enjoying a nice stack of pancakes, spread with coconut butter, & lightly drizzled with maple syrup. And bacon.
And I’m having a cup of this tea.
I feel like my senses must be off today regarding tea. Every single cup I’ve made has seemed lacking, somehow. I want something amazing & bold, & every tea I’ve drank should have fit the bill, & yet all day long it’s been this way, from the first cup in bed, to this one. Hopefully by morning this strange syndrome will have passed. If not, I’ll drink a series of green teas , in an effort to reset myself.

pyarkaaloo

what you just described sounds like a party! that’s the way to have dinner..

Fjellrev

That sounds like an exotically yummy pancake dinner.

Terri HarpLady

It was tasty! :)

Indigobloom

I’ve been there, not being able to get my fix even from the tried and true standbys! :/

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I added some of this back into my cupboard yesterday while I was at the London Tea Room. It’s a pleasant blend of black tea, orange, chocolate, & a croissant like taste to the base. A nice change of pace, lightly flavored.

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Another tea for the Qimen Quandery
I was out & about today, & stopped by the London Tea Room, which recently moved to the Tower Grove neighborhood (for those familiar with St. Louis, which is probably almost nobody). It is now much closer to my house (in the Maplewood neighborhood), & I’m in that area fairly often, usually on Fridays. So I stopped by there, with plans of having lunch & tea, because that’s what I usually do when I go there. Sadly, they no longer have a full kitchen, so they only serve quiche & a few other already prepped things. They still have lots of scones & such, but with all of my allergies etc, there was nothing for me to eat. I still drank a pot of tea, & then picked up a couple of oz each of the following:
Keemun – which I’ve been drinking. It’s what I think of, when I think of a Keemun: a little pine smoke, a little brown sugar, a nice middle body, no highs, but not overly bold or bassy.
Kenyan Kaproret Estate – to share with the BBBB & NofarS
Jubilee – for Tony – it’s basically an earl grey plus orange, he loves it.
Parisian Breakfast – Black tea, orange, vanilla, & chocolate, as I recall…

Including the Taiwanese Oolong I received as a gift, this bumps my total back up to 331.
Thus ends my Qimen Quandery for now. There are now 5 in my collection, & although I enjoyed all of them, I’d say my 2 favorites are Verdant’s Qimen Anhui, & Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Fragrant.

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I call this the ‘Scotch and Cigar’ of teas. Strong and smoky with a touch of vanilla and berries to soften and flavor.

This tea is not for everyone, but will stand out for those wanting a strong character tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlog:

A lovely blend. I enjoyed that I could taste each of the components of this blend but none was too overpowering.

The rose is the first flavor I noticed. Sweet and distinctly rose, and it complements the flavors of jasmine and lavender quite well. Floral, yes, but not soapy or perfume-y.

A nice white tea base. It is light and airy, with notes of earth and vegetation. The peppermint is not overdone here, and I really appreciated that as peppermint can sometimes easily take over in blends like this. It is more of an accent flavor here, not a dominating force.

A nice tea.

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Tony & I got out & cleaned all the snow off our cars this afternoon, & I drove home, slipping & sliding all the way. I’m actually really good at driving on slick stuff, but was still glad to get home, where I’ve been happily sipping teas all afternoon.

It’s been awhile since I drank this one, so the boys & I made a nice big teapot full, thinking we would polish it off, but it turns out there is still enough to have it one more time. Into the sipdown box the last bit goes.

This is a black tea with the rich tartness of black currant & the creaminess of vanilla. I added a touch of sweet to my cup as well, & I had forgotten how tasty this one is!

TheTeaFairy

The Naughty Vicar , for real??? That’s hilarious!!!

Amariel

Great name.

Terri HarpLady

I love the name, hence I bought the tea, lol

Terri HarpLady

oh, & it’s because black currant is suppose to be an aphrodisiac!

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Tea #17 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

I was excited to see this end up in the TTB. I’m from St. Louis originally, where London Tea Room is located, but haven’t made it back for a visit in nearly five years. I just saw that they were closing their downtown location and moving to Tower Grove, so I’ll have to check out the new location next time I’m home.

It’s been a very very long time since I’ve had this tea, I had forgotten how much I liked it and now that I’ve had another cup I really miss being able to walk over to London Tea Room for a cup of tea now and then. Since I live in a small coffee drinking town, there just aren’t that many places available for me to get a good cup of tea outside of my home.

This tea smells great in the package and even better while steeping. I’m not the biggest fan of currant or citrus teas, but for some reason I have fallen in love with this blend. I don’t think I’ve had another tea that has combined the citrus notes from the bergamot with the fruity flavors of currants, it really is a great combination. I’ll have to pick some of this up if it’s available next time I go home, which should be close to valentines day when this seasonal blend is offered.

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Michelle sent a teaspoon of this a while back with her sale. thank you! It sounded lovely! Sadly, the sample doesn’t have much oolong in it. But it did have a ton of chamomile (which I should have figured out before I added it to my mesh infuser.) But the chamomile actually enhances the peach flavor that is like a juicy peach. I wish there had been more oolong though! Butiki’s peach oolong was my favorite oolong I’ve ever tried (though this one wouldn’t have been QUITE the same.) A nice one – I should probably drink chamomile more. I think this is around the fourth tea I’ve tried from The London Tea Room and they have all been delicious.

I had this genius idea of getting four empty tins to put tea samples in. One each for: smoky teas, chai, minty teas, and the fruity teas that smell stronger. Just a bunch of samples in their sandwich bags (or whatever they are in) for each of those four. SO does anyone know where I can buy big empty tins like the bigger ones from Teavana? (Obviously those would be way too expensive, even if they are free, it’s Teavana.) I’d appreciate any help!

Veronica

Craft stores often sell tins in various sizes, and at this time of year you could probably get a good deal on them.

Tea Sipper

oh I didn’t think of craft stores!

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Tea #6 from HHTTB2

Oof! What a potently bergamot smelling dry leaf!

The wet leaf still smells very strongly of bergamot, but the liquor itself is very much tea smelling with a light berry fruitiness.

The base is robust and strong, but smooth. The bergamot isn’t the most prominent flavor, but it is potent and has a definite citrus bite. And the currant flavor is very good, and not fake. It’s a little like an E.G. with berry flavor. There’s no substantial lingering aftertaste note.

I added a tiny bit of Bailey’s Vanilla Brown Sugar creamer (because it sounded like the most amazing thing ever, and I pretty much begged Fiance to let me get it. It is also unfortunately nonalcoholic), and had a wonderfully decadent cup! It’s like drinking fresh berries and cream. The bergamot is more like citrus noise than a large piece of the flavor. But the tea is more than strong enough to stand up to the creamer and excel. The aftertaste now and incredibly lingering delicious berry happiness. Yuuuuum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2
Mmmmmmmm this reminds me so much of the Coconut Pouchong Stephanie sent me from Golden moon. Sooooo smooth. Soooo creamy. I am really enjoying this. The coconut is just right. I will not be keeping any unfortunately because there isn’t much left, and I will be sending this one on its way.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Tea Sipper

Yeah, this one is very good.

ifjuly

I love every coconut pouchong I’ve tried! Yum.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I’m loving them!

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

I only took a tiny bit of this from the box, just to compare it to the Golden Moon coconut oolong which I still have about an ounce left of. They are indeed very similar! What is it about coconut and pouchong together? YUM!

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Another from TeaboxB! thanks again everyone! I’ve never heard of a smoky bergamot… it honestly didn’t sound very good but I had to try it. It’s actually perfect. One teaspoon at four minutes… yep, perfect. The base is the perfect strength. There are equal parts smoke and bergamot. A nice smoke and a nice citrusy bergamot. It’s very intriguing! I know many people can’t take their bergamot and they can’t take their smoky teas. But I like both! And I can’t believe both aspects are done this well. I might sneak this from the teabox.

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Another from the Here’s hoping teabox! The water was probably cooled way too low. After a three minute steep, it’s a sweet creamy coconut. More coconut flavor than there is an oolong flavor, probably because the oolong has barely unraveled. The second steep has less coconut and the oolong makes itself known. They are like completely different teas but that makes it interesting. This reminds me of Queen Mary’s Coconut Baozhong… it might be the same blend and I love that blend. I’m almost done with the HH teabox. It isn’t holding up Momo’s teabox, I promise, as it is an impossibility for me to get to the post office anyway… so they might as well go at the same time when I can actually go.

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HH teabox! This one sounded lovely – black currants, cream, bergamot. And the taste is nice! The flavors balance themselves out. Actual fruit flavor, though I couldn’t tell you if it was actually black currants but it wasn’t fakey gross… it tasted like SOME kind of actual fruit. Just a little bit of cream (could have used more) and some bergamot that reminded me of a refreshing grapefruit. The black tea base helped out the nice flavor combination that I haven’t seen before!

Terri HarpLady

I’m glad you liked this one! This was one of the teas I got for the steepster book club when we read American Heiress.

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