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Sometimes the sipdown is the best cup because you have just (—) that many extra leaves so you just drop them in since they won’t make another full cup——and the result is richer and deeper and better than the rest.

Happened here. Thick, dark, caramel-chocolate. Think unsweet bakers chocolate, not Hershey Bar. Good stuff.

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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Be amazed: we did a frivolous and delicious autumn run to NW Arkansas yesterday (primarily Eureka Springs for those of you familiar with the geography), stopped at Savoy on the way home, and I restrained myself to two small packets of tea. This was one of ’em, because I know of no other source for a similar orangey, almondy, cookie-y green tea. This is gooood!

I associate green tea with focus and clarity; need lots. The closest I come these days to algebra and geometry is figuring out the composition of a teacher resource pack: you get X units of Y kind of paper (three different weights) and you have to leave Z units unbespoken for required items, so what’s left is like trying to fit 9 shoes in 4 shoeboxes without the lid coming off….oh, my hurtin’ head….

Nicole

We skipped the Eureka Springs trip this year. I was happy with where we went, but I still missed that autumn drive to Arkansas. Maybe I can talk Mom into it in a couple of weeks if the weather holds…

gmathis

The drive was the best part. We got off 49 at Bella Vista and took little 2-lane back roads the rest of the way.

MsWhatsit

I love Eureka Springs, but the winding roads between here and there make me crazy. Glad to hear you made it with your sanity intact.
You do know that Misty Meadows is Mistletoe renamed, right?

gmathis

I do. Found that out by accident—love it, no matter what the label says!

gmathis

(And I had forgotten how STEEP Eureka is! Hadn’t been there since…high school?)

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drank White Chai by Remedy Teas
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I classified this one as “unknown” the other day because I hadn’t yet verified the vendor—but this is it.

This is a satiny white tea you can taste. The blenders are pleasantly light-handed on the chai spices, which give it a great October-evening personality, but don’t overwhelm the light tea.

For my Steepie buddies that love subtlety in their cups, this would be a great fit.

CrowKettle

Oh, that sounds neat!

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drank Kaporet Kenya by Single Origin Teas
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Dark burgundy steep; deep autumn fruit sensation on the tongue. Single Origin, this is ex0.c3222222222222222222222222222222222 (that’s excellent in cat typing).

Terri HarpLady

shshsh…..I don’t want Squishy the cat to know that cats can type too. There will never be an end to it…

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Predictable cookie goodness, but (sadness) the cool color-changing finish on my Dr. Who mug is starting to wear at the edges and it feels funny when I sip.

It’s a texture thing.

Tea and Trees

I just saw this at the grocery store about 10 minutes ago, I almost picked it up. However, I need to stop buying so much bagged tea. I’m getting lazy and haven’t ordered any in several months, my attitude is suffering because of it!

gmathis

…but it’s nice to be able to pick up a tasty, reliable bagged tea locally—no waiting, no shipping, no hassle.

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This one is still too tart on its own for this hibiscus hater, but a little maple syrup takes off the edge and turns summery tea into autumny dessert.

MsWhatsit

I tend to avoid fruity teas. I always feel the need to sweeten them. On the other hand, colder weather makes dessert teas very appealing.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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Seen any on your shelves yet? Not here either, but some bags left over from last season. Perfect after a nippy walk to our little handkerchief-sized park and back, enjoying the fall decorations. (One of my favorites is the giant eyeball-on-a-stick somebody mounted in their potted plant. Just like Seymour :)

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drank Black and Blue by Remedy Teas
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Another unmarked baggie, but we’ll presume it was this one; same work friend has shared some other Remedy Teas with me.

A tea fail morning. Couldn’t get the eyes open, family talking to and over me while getting ready, so I let this go so long that not even a sploosh of half-and-half could counteract the bitterness. User error, not tea quality.

There is some good berry potential in here; it’ll just have to wait for a morning when better attention can be paid.

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drank White Chai by Unknown
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This was delivered to me in a baggie from a work friend, so I’m not sure about brand. I’ll check and correct if I discover the source. (Do y’all get teased by coworkers about trafficking in contraband?)

Leaves are big as the elm leaves starting to sprinkle around on the lawn. Let it go about 3:30; the finished product is deep golden blonde. The scent of cloves and cardamom is medium; the taste of them is mild. Light and pleasant without sweetener, but a little honey or brown sugar would turn it into sugar cookies.

Nicole

I do. Everyone who stops by my desk gives me raised eyebrows and knowing looks when I have swap baggies out… :)

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drank Blood Orange by The Republic of Tea
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Work friend gave me a bag to try, which I took politely and expected it to be so tart it made my eyes water. Not so. It is juiciliciously fruity; nicely robustly orangey without causing pain. Here’s to pleasant surprises.

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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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