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It’s not often, here anyway, that the first semi-conscious thought that follows “I have got to change the stupid radio station on the alarm clock! I can’t stand those guys.” is “Oooh. Need Darjeeling.”

But it was this morning, and this was the DJ of choice. Even with an aged and none-too-carefully stored swappy bag, this is still rich and grape-juicy.

Ysaurella

I really ADMIRE people able to bear to be awaked by any alarm clock radio. Really, first it reminds me groundhog day with Bill Murray (and the possibility of living his nightmare !), second the sound quality of an alarm clock radio is just a kind of torture for my asleeped ears and third I always fear it won’t wake me up due to a possible electricity problem.
But I need to have Margaret’s hope, really because I am thinking to this darjeeling kind since a long time now, so need to dive in this straight tea asap.

gmathis

I neglect Darjeelings…and every time I make one I’m surprised at how good they are.

The one upside of the annoying radio station is that I can’t reach the alarm clock and when the two annoying and whiny local talk radio guys start their show, it forces me out of bed to turn them OFF!

Ysaurella

ahaha so that’s a solution to surely wake up finaly.

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Already in a tearing hurry, so this will be short: not much needs to be said. This is tasty, bright, sweet, worth repeating!

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This has made it into my permanent line-up of herbal/medicinals. First time I have tried it chilled—two parts leaf to one of peppermint. Refreshing.

Janefan

oh, I’ll have to try that (both the chilling and the mixing w peppermint). I bet adding peppermint to the hot brew would be good too!

gmathis

Yep. The mixture works well at both temps.

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drank Mistletoe by Savoy Tea Company
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Cheating is such an ugly word, so let’s just say we caught Savoy in an act of creative relabeling. You know how when you shuffle the basket of half-packets just so, sometimes one bubbles up to the top you haven’t seen for a while? And when it bubbles right next to the one labeled “Misty Morning” and you notice the ingredient lists are identical, well…

Not that it’s an issue with something this tasty. Orange, almond, peppercorns, a little sweet vanilla flavoring. It’s all good, no matter what’s on the package.

Lynxiebrat

Sometimes companies will do that so their product seems fresh and exciting. It’s a marketing…ploy for want of a better word. That one doesn’t bother me much..worked retail for several years.

Calochortus

I guess it’s because of my background with plant pathology, but I think that a Misty Morning would taste better than Mistletoe… It sounds really good, nonetheless.

gmathis

A work friend brought a bunch of Scentsy samples (those wickless wax warmer thingies) to work and I was amused at some of the scent names. Business Casual? Skinny Dippin’? Sheer Innocence? Oy.

Lynxiebrat

I love Scentsy! Was dissapointed that there wasn’t a Scentsy seller at Motercity Pride this year…last year the seller was very cute ok sorry for that digress. Yeah the names for a lot of the scents are hilarious. I tend to like more woodsy smells and avoid the overly flowery ones because they make my sinuses flare up.

gmathis

In all fairness, the ones in their “simply” series … like Simply Berry, etc. weren’t bad.

SavoyTina

The real story behind this tea is that we brought it in for Christmas last year and kept selling out! It was so popular we decided to keep it year-round, but didn’t want to keep a seasonal name. We conducted an on-line contest to come up with a new name. After receiving over 120 suggestions, we put it to a vote with our customers and “Misty Meadows” won. No cheating involved or intended! Promise! Thanks for your support and reviews of our tea. Blessings.

gmathis

Hi, SavoyTina! I never thought to ask, when I’ve been in, if Savoy folks hung out here. Rest assured, I don’t care what you call it, it’s wonderful. Your flavored green teas are great!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Save Golden Fleece for a slow morning. This is definitely not one to gulp quickly while a travel mug while dodging crossing turtles (some days, my short morning commute is like Frogger).

This is gentle, honey-blonde both dry and steeped, rich and thick on the tongue and lips. Taste reminds me of sweet grain, puffed wheat.

Many of you have written long and lovely reviews of this one. Understandable! My thanks to Terri Harplady for yet another subtly satisfying sample!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This one definitely is for sitting down and enjoying!

ashmanra

We’re the crazy people stopping and putting them on the other side, and usually taking their picture as well. We have five box turtles, two western and three eastern, in our backyard that were more or less “rescues”. They get to live a pretty normal wild turtle life.
They are mostly unreleasable because two were brought out of their normal range and the others lost their habitat. Turtles shouldn’t be released outside of their normal range because they may carry diseases that are not common there so the present turtle inhabitants could all die. They don’t get exposed to a wide range of things because of their limited range, and are slow to heal because of their low metabolic rate,

gmathis

Slow healers. Makes sense ;)

Anna

Hm. This makes me wonder if there is such a thing as mock turtle tea, and, if so, what it could possibly taste like.

Lynxiebrat

I googled it, and at the top was The Mock Turtle Tea Shop, in Brighton, England. lol. I do like the name.

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Tao Tea Leaf
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An Ji Bai Cha Green Tea is a special green tea that contain an amount of amino acid, which is calming to the nervous system.

Some days God just looks out for you in ways you don’t expect. I closed my eyes, jammed my hand down to the bottom of the basket, and pulled this out. I need calmed :)

Furthermore, since little attention was being paid this morning, the sloppy user didn’t realize it was a green tea and dumped in just-off-boiling water and schlepped off for five minutes…and this is still fine, just fine. Grainy and toasty, like Wheat Chex.

Final pronouncement on the calming effect to be determined.

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One of those weeks when life is so messy that tea doesn’t taste.’Nuff said.

After crying on and praying with a couple of dear friends and a couple of hours of sun-room/cat/Oreo therapy with my surrogate mom, I’m slightly closer to functional. (When she picked up the phone the other day, I said, “Hello? Is this Rent-A-Mom?”)

So I celebrated slight functionality by closing my eyes, picking a bag at, well, semi-random from the tea swap basket, and here we are.

This one is so good and fleece-blankety, looks like Terri Harplady wrote a song to it in one of her reviews some time back. It’s well deserving of odes and kudoes—-big ol’ blonde leaves; bright and bronzey at the first of the sip, rich and cocoa-y at swallow time.

Had to leave the leaves at home, but I’m eagerly anticipating a second stanza this evening. Thanks, Terri!

Veronica

Sorry your week has stunk. I hope things are less messy very soon.

K S

Hugs and prayers sister.

tigress_al

Hope your week gets better!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

It’s a good thing you have people you can reach out too! Best wishes to you!

Indigobloom

big hugs for you! Hoping things get better soon xxo

gmathis

You all made me smile. Thank you.

Hesper June

So sorry to hear you are sad. I hope things get better soon!

Nicole

Sorry to hear. Good that you have a rent-a-mom though. Hope things improve.

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
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I have really been digging this one—light, almost citrusy green flavor with the kick of a good British breakfast tea.

The only downside is the steep time—just two minutes. Which means it can’t be left unattended while one schleps around the house in morning routine mode. Funny how something that piddly can make your groove un-groovy.

All the same, I want more next time I’m at Savoy; I’ll just save it for the mornings when the minutes don’t matter as much.

Hesper June

No. I know exactly what you mean.
I always set the timer and then estimate what I can do till the timer goes off.
If its a short amount of time you just end doing that impatient dance around the teapot, mumbling “brew, darn you, brew!”

ashmanra

I can pee and make it back to the kitchen in under two minutes. True story.

Hesper June

That is what I call a tea-drinkers super power, Ash;)

Terri HarpLady

I tend to wash a few dishes or something while I’m steeping. I used to got sit at my harp, thinking I’d have time to play something, LOL. I never did.

gmathis

Pee timing (chuckle). One of those things I never thought about much when I was 18.

Lynxiebrat

When I got a tea with that short of a steep time, I’ll grab whatever current book I’m reading or a magazine, lean against the wall where I can watch the stove clock and keep an eye on the time. Otherwise, I probably would forget!
If it’s even less then that, then I don’t even bother grabbing something to read, I’ll just count till it’s done.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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First time to cold steep in the fridge—apple, apple, apple; happy, happy, happy. (Oh, and there’s a little rose in there, too.)

Bonnie

Not weak apple for a change huh!

gmathis

Love apple teas but there is a surprisingly small number of good ones out there.

Nightshifter

Sounds lovely!

K S

Agreed. Get back to work! lol

gmathis

Smart aleck! Just posted on Facebook that I wonder if Moses was this beat after writing Genesis. Adapted one chapter for kids today, with posters, gameboard, and activities, and I feel like I’ve been dragged through the desert behind a chariot.

Bonnie

Ha ha! My daughter would sympathise with you.
She has 8 kids and has published 2 prayer books for teens. She just finished the dialog for a childrens radio theatre series (her husband has a studio recording set-up). I can’t remember having that energy although I must have had it. She gets up before dawn to pray which is key to it all.
It doesn’t matter that we know the end of the story with the good deeds we do. I know you matter though, and your spirit will shine.

gmathis

Bonnie, that’s so kind! Thanks. I moan and groan while I’m at the keyboard, but I love getting to do this. I have so much fun teaching my bunch of 10-year-olds, I want it to be catching. Way-y-y too few inspired and enthusiastic volunteer leaders working with kids at church these days. (Climbing down off the soapbox now.)

Bonnie

I for one have loved church from my earliest memories on. Almost nowhere else do the varied ages blend. Time is measured by prayers and Liturgies, births, weddings and funerals. Potlucks and music. Summer camp and rummage sales. Coat and food drives for the poor. Mosquito nets for Africa. Prayers and visits to the sick and dying. Fussy children. I do so love the holiness of Church!

gmathis

Friend, that is absolutely beautiful.

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Ohhhh, how I had missed this! And despite the reams of fruit-and-cocoa perfection I could write about it, must cut it short and quit stalling. Deadlines. It’s gonna be a duct-tape day. (…as in, duct taping oneself to the writing chair.)

Sil

good luck!

gmathis

If the weather were beastly hot or wickedly cold, it wouldn’t be a problem. It is sunny, cool, and crisp outside and I want to play!

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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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