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Hadn’t had this one for a while, and forgot that at the recommended 1 minute steep time, all you get is delicately tinted water. Pleasantly delicate, but definitely not enough oomph for a morning tea. Next time, two minutes, minimum, for me to be able to taste a thing.

(Sorry…no refinement or elegance here :)

ashmanra

I think I gave this one three minutes. I loved it with Asian buffet take out!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Fall is upon us, regardless of the calendar and thermometer; when you work in an academic setting, it starts early these days. Lovely thick fog permeating the creek bottoms and making your eyebrows sweat.

So prompted both environmentally and Steepstorally (couple of you had this yesterday), this was the tea of the a.m. If you’re one of us that prefers fruit flavor that is fruity and not tart, this should go on your must-try list. Cranberry pastry without the bakery.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Chickweed (Frontier Natural Herbs) + Body & Soul (fruit/chamomile/lemongrass blend—Leland Tea co.). The fruit and lemon are a nice counterpart to the chickweed that tastes…well, weedy.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Junkyard Tea this morning. Getting a new flavor with each sip! Something cocoa-y, mostly, with a little Yunnan.

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I am always initially suspicious of Earl Greys—have encountered too many fussy, foppish ones that taste like perfume. This is a superb balance. Good, rich green tea is a solid foundation for not-too-much, just-enough citrusy bergamot.

I have made a new tea friend. k s sent a sample of this, which has been set back until there was plenty of quiet time to consider it. And thankful for the quiet I am. It’s been a wringer: Goodbye Day for this year’s crop of church kids, who were precious; they hugged me and I sniffled on them, then some time with my frail mom who is a little smaller and farther away every time we visit.

Grateful for the sound of rain, a quiet house, and this gentle cuppa, all of which are blessedly restorative.

K S

Gmathis, I don’t mind admitting I had tears in my eyes before I finished reading this. Glad I could help by supplying the gentle cuppa. I normally love my EG much bolder but somehow this just fits.

gmathis

They were all my favorites this year, but one of my favorite favorites, sandy-headed boy that is now a little taller than me and whose face is a hilarious echo of whatever he’s thinking, gave me a huge unprompted hug and said, “I promise to come back and see you.” I told him, “Scarecrow, I think I’ll miss you most of all.” He got it :)

The mom thing is a little harder to express. It’s just hard and I am inadequate.

K S

You expressed it completely. Embrace the moments.

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I think this was in a little package from azzrian that arrived while the weather was still cold—tried a cup and then set it back thinking it’d be tasty in hot weather.

And it is. Tasty. Not hot—we’re having a lusciously cool and sunny day in late July (mid 70’s).

Cold steeped this in the fridge, adding a little extra straight-up lemongrass from local herb place. Tart, but not unpleasantly so.

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drank Nina's Paris by Nina's Paris
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Much as I have tried to make it so, this is not a whap-you-in-the face fruity tea. However, it is an excellent, subtle tea with multiple delicate fruit flavors and a luscious scent. Let it be what it is and you will enjoy what you have.

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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The name of this one conjures up images of neither mist nor meadow. I don’t think any of the ingredients even grow in a meadow, unless it’s a safflower, maybe.

Vocabulary and imagery differences aside, this is still mightily tasty. Orange and almond sweetness; not a tart nor a pucker to be found. (I splurged and made sure a dried orange slice made it into my measuring spoon tonight. Hey, it’s been a rough week. I needed a little perk.)

SavoyTina

We did an on-line contest to name this tea and received over 120 suggestions. When we put it to a vote “Misty Meadows” won! Sometimes it’s just the voice of the people! Thanks for drinking our teas! Blessings

gmathis

I’ll have to keep a better eye on your website :)

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Weary, worried day left my neck and back crunkled like a wad of aluminum foil.

Thoughtful husband welcomed me home with a Yankee Candle Macintosh candle already burning and encouragement to sit, stare, drool, and relax. After all of the above, I combined a teaspoon of the no-name cut-leaf green tea Fox Farm sells in bulk and a touch less of the wonderful chocolate mint that k s recently shared. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I think chocolate mint could make grass clippings taste special. The Hershey-bar goodness that is highly noticeable when you try it solo is muffled by the green tea, but still a wonderfully refreshing, un-crumpling treat.

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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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