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My tea hero Doulton sent this my way … had to make the morning cuppa with rural farm water (Hard. Blecch.) so mineral taste cancelled out a lot of the subtlety. Even so, I caught the sweet notes I’ve read about and am looking forward to a better cup on a better day.

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
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Taking a break from household reconstruction to flit online and discovered this review is posted: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2213/tea-review-mark-t-wendell-hu-kwa-lapsang-souchong-2/

Incidentally, the cup in the profile picture survived the storm; it’s handle didn’t. :(

ashmanra

Sorry about your cup. I couldn’t tell in the picture what was on it but it must have been a dear one for you to post it as a profile pic! And I tremble to ask…what about the teapot from Mema? Has it been found?

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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Another storm survivor; dirt and sawdust free. Drank a cup in an unchipped mug on the farm where we’re refugeeing with my feet put up on a Rubbermaid tub. Was a blessing, for just a few moments, to lay eyes on a landscape that was green and lush and had trees with leaves and bark.

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drank Rouge Bourbon by Mariage Frères
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YES, FRIENDS, THIS TEA CAN WITHSTAND AN F5 TORNADO. One rubbermaid tub contained some bits and pieces…I had some for breakfast. Amen and amen. Miracles continuing to happen in my family. Thanks for your prayers.

ashmanra

They should add that to their advertising!

teawing

Hang in there, we have some friends who drove up to help with the clean-up today.

gmathis

We have been absolutely blown away (pardon the pun) by the kindness of total strangers. Yesterday two ex-military grads from Denver CO to do a bunch of heavy lifting that my husband couldn’t handle alone.

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drank Organic Green Tea by Bigelow
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This may be the only tea I get to rate for a while—it’s in my mom’s kitchen, and because of the F4 tornado in Southwest Missouri, my collection … uh … may be steeping the entire Missippi River.

What really matters, is we are safe because of miracles. God’s protection is amazing. The first person to meet us at the door of the hotel where we refugeed said, “Would you like a cup of tea?”

SimplyJenW

It is good to hear from you! No worries on the collection. I plan to send a care package soon! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so happy to hear you all are well. Sorry to hear about what happened but like you said the important thing is you made it through. Please let me know as well if there is anything I can do to help.

KeenTeaThyme

I’m glad to hear you are safe. Likewise – if you need anything, please let me know. :)

teawing

Glad to hear it too, just a ways south and praying for you all up there.

JacquelineM

So happy to hear you are safe. Lots of love, and strength. Please keep us updated when you can!!

gmathis

Thank you all. Please keep my family in prayer, if that’s your custom. Many hard days ahead.

On the flipside, help is coming from people and directions I never would have dreamed of. We are blown away. Literally :)

VegTea

Glad to hear you are ok! How nice of them to offer you tea.

I always appreciate that coffee makers are standard in hotel rooms so I can make my tea, even if it does take a few passes to get the coffee flavor out. :)

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Beware! This tea will give you an uncontrollable urge to read Little Women!

(Just kidding. Sorta. I’m itching to go blow dust off my copy right now.)

Thanks to SimplyJen, I have just been introduced to what could be one of my favorite fruit teas ever! I’m getting more of a blueberry scent and taste than blackberry, but the cream/vanilla punctuation makes this really outstanding.

Hoping I can muster up the self-control to ration enough of this to try a small batch chilled.

gmathis

Incidentally, I am aware that Jane Austen had nothing to do with Little Women. You read your favorites, I’ll read mine :)

teawing

I know what you mean! Downloaded a few
of her books to my Kindle after my first cup.

JacquelineM

He hee – I got that urge recently after finding a copy at my local used book store – can’t figure out where my childhood copy got to. I really enjoyed reading it, and found it much more…tumultuous than I remembered! :)

Uniquity

Oh good.. I was a little worried about the Little Women comment : )

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This one is waiting for a full review at itsallabouttheleaf.com, but quite tasty—made a pot big enough to ice down when weather gets warm this afternoon, but I don’t think it’s going to last that long.

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drank Noble Monk's Blend by ESP Emporium
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Tea friend ashmanra sent me a cup’s worth so I could compare to my old-faithful Monk’s Blend from Culinary Teas (Metropolitan/Mlesna). First, this is several years fresher than my old-faithful, so all the flavors are stronger - but the floral/bergamot vibe comes through first. I’m not normally a floral fan, but the vanilla balances it enough I don’t feel like I’m swigging my Mother’s Day bouquet water.

Thanks for the treat!

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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
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OK, I haven’t tried this, but it seemed like a fair place to post the beginnings of a backyard experiment. We have honeysuckle in bloom. LOTS of it. Copious amounts of it. Husband did a little research about the appropriate way to harvest and dry, so we’re going to attempt a little home alchemy to see if we can make our own blend-in. I’ll let you know if it’s a disaster!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

That is so exciting. Please keep us posted. I absolutely LOVE honeysuckle. Never have had it in drink form though. Would be rather curious of comes of your experiment.

Jillian

Apparently the flowers are good in salads – but don’t quote me on that one.

K S

I tried this last year. It did not go well – very bitter with none of the sweet aroma I had imagined. I hope your experience is much more satisfying.

gmathis

24 hours in, and they’re just kind of limp and wilty. The scent is strong when I scoop up a handful. Advice we found said to dry for 3 weeks; and as rainy and humid as it’s been in our environs, it may take till August to dry the blossoms out!

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Still experimenting with coconut as an add-in. It’s a plausible complement to this one, but seems to cancel out some of the tangerine’s tang, which is really light in this blend anyway. But warm and light and pleasant all the same.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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