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Traveling Tea Box: Group A - round 2 discussion

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darby select said

YAY!!! I think I’m third or fourth in line – SO excited! Already started shopping for my receiving Steepster.

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I can’t wait!

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Sil select said

Nice… I’m thinking the tea from Israel should be really interesting to see/taste.

ssajami said

Actually, there are quite a few teas that I’d love to share from here, but, as per instructions, I’m limited in weight. Still, I’ll try to get in as much as I can :)

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Thank you for puttingthis together, Amanda!

1 pound 3 ounces is such an odd weight for US shipments, because you still have to round up to the next pound… not complaining or anything, just wondering what your thinking was at having that weight rather than something closer to either 1 pound or 2 pounds?

momo said

I wanted around 20 teas (originally 30 but the next part would explain why) and I didn’t want to have to spend too much getting it shipped internationally at first. It’s probably 12 ounces of tea + the notebook which seemed good, and was pretty much as far as I could fill either box too. I was surprised they were practically the same weight.

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I am just bumping this thread in an effort to keep track of it … I see that it’s still enroute to Israel.

momo said

Yep. Hopefully in the next couple of days it’ll arrive!

It takes a while. I shipped a couple of boxes to ssajami (she was a fan of my sampler boxes!) and it does take a little while to get there. No big deal.

My goal was merely to put the thread within reach because I had to hunt it down. :)

ssajami said

She, not he :) and yes, your samplers are always outstanding. I was actually considering purchasing another one when you recently posted more boxes, however my tea purchasing budget is used up for the coming months. The traveling tea box – sadly it does take a bit of time to get to Israel. We also have our high holidays now, so there are fewer working days each week. I am sorry that this is getting held up because of me.

oops! Sorry, I will correct that immediately.

Sil select said

Don’t stress on it getting held up by you! Part of the fun is that it’s getting out to different places. :)

ssajami said

Thanks Sil! I’m having fun putting together some teas that are popular in my region. I just hope I’ll be able to put them all in without it going over weight :)

Babble said

Can you be sure to throw in a couple teas (preferably bagged) that have hebrew on them? I’d love to give one to my mom since she’s fluent in it, but she’s not much of a loose tea person.

Also, if there are any REALLY stereotypically jewish flavors – like latkes or gefilte fish, that would be awesome. But I don’t think those exist, LOL.

ssajami said

Sure Rachel, I was planning on putting some in anyway. All bagged teas here have Hebrew on them, otherwise no one would understand what was written – most Israelis have only mediocre English :)
As for latkes tea…as much as I love them, our tea manufacturers are not that creative. I’ll stick to the real ones – which I have with black tea & milk.

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Sil select said

woot woot! I was just thinking about this after seeing the thread on the other box :)

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ssajami said

The box has arrived! Finally! So exciting. There are many great teas here, which is a good thing because there are many that I want to add. We have a holiday the next two days but I will have it in the mail Thursday morning.

Babble said

Yay!! Glad it made it out there safely.

Sil select said

YAY! I’m so glad it arrived safe and sound.

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ssajami said

The box has been posted. I had a great time trying out some wonderful teas.

Sil select said

Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

CupofTree said

Ssajami, I was wondering about that sweet mint you put in the box..It was my favorite of all the teas and now I really want to start a mint plant. But is it called sweet mint specifically? Apparently theres different kinds of mint and I dont even know if I can match the same kind you had. Any suggestions?

Babble said

I think this is the commercial version of what ssajami put in the box: http://www.amazon.com/Wissotzky-Nana-1-32-Ounce-Boxes-Pack/dp/B0041RTALI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350660168&sr=8-1&keywords=nana+tea

I know the mint is called “nana”.

CupofTree said

Thanks Rachel I forgot it was called nana! Man I want to grow it, I hope I can find it. Thanks for the link.

ssajami said

Rachel, the tea that you posted is a black tea blended with sweet mint (black tea fannings with mint leave crumbs). What I sent is pure unblended, hopefully unbroken, sweet mint leaves that I dried myself. The flavor of the mint is of much better quality than the bagged. It is to be made with with black tea or on it’s own as a tisane.

CupofTree, yes, it’s called nana. I call it sweet mint because it’s more descriptive and less confusing than nana. Mostly because nana is almost always translated as spearmint, but it’s not spearmint. I lived in the US for many years, and I’ve had spearmint, and this is different, it’s sweeter than any mint I’ve had in the US.

Growing nana is fun, and the aroma of the leaves is intoxicating. Tea made from fresh leaves is even better than the dried kind (I didn’t send the fresh leaves cause they would have blackened before it reached you). However, I’m not sure where you can find it in the US. Here in Israel, they sell little pots of it in every nursery. Good luck. I’m so glad you enjoyed it – it’s my favorite too.

In the meanwhile, I’d be happy to send you more. I have a lot of it. I always buy tons of nana (fresh from the open market) and dry it, to store for the winter months, when the quality of the nana is lower.

CupofTree said

Oh ssajami I would Love some more! Thank you! What can I send you in return? Following you if you want to PM me. :)

ssajami said

No need to send anything in return, I’ve got so much tea as it is. But thanks for the thought. I’ll get it out to you in a few days :)

CupofTree said

Aw thats so nice of you! Thank you so much! Yayy :D

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CupofTree said

Got the box! Amazing how it made its journey all the way from Israel. Here’s a pic http://flic.kr/p/dheHFM (should I not be sharing a pic of whats in it though?..)
Excited to try a few things in here, so I’ll get started. Thank you ssajami and thank you momo! :D

DaisyChubb said

ee I love the sneak peek! I’m in group B though haha, it’s perfect because it’s a link – that’ll keep it as an optional surprise! :3

BoxerMama said

Exciting! I snooped!

Your Flickr site said you posted from Pompano Beach, FL. Really? I was born there in 1973! We lived in a little white house across the street from Ocean Drive Lutheran Church (and school). No idea if it’s still there. My dad was a teacher there. How cool!

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Thanks for posting the pic! I’m way down on the bottom of the list, but still very excited! Be sure & tell us what you drink!

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