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This is going to be an acquired taste, I think; drinking for the health benefits more than anything else. A deep forest-y taste; something an Ent or a wood elf might offer you to drink. Just now reading indigobloom’s comment from a previous note that it works with honey. Will try that next steep.

Indigobloom

LOL a wood elf, I love it! but you are so right… what a fun association to have with raspberry leaf tea :P

gmathis

…that or I can see a old mountain “yarb” woman wrapped in several granny shawls carrying a paper packet of this in her basket of remedies…

Indigobloom

ah that to! or from some old new orleans voodoo shop (because this stuff is magical, makes the pains go away!)

gmathis

Will be paying careful attention to the medicinal effects :)

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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I’m finding something else to like about this time every time I drink it. Today’s “fave feature” is its flexibility…I was bumbling through the morning routine much slower than usual and a three-minute steep time stretched well over five. Still tasty and bright, not bitter. It isn’t bulldozer-strong, but an all-around good a.m. selection.

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I know I like this lean, clean dragonwell, but just now noticing that it’s being advertised as a digestive aid. After a large sweet-n-sour pork lunch with all the trimmings at a local Asian buffet, it is a comfortable topper…

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Snow. Again. It would be beautiful if it were December; now, it’s just an annoyance.

And I do have to go out in it soon, so something with clout is needed. Love this stuff. A little milk helps it stick to your ribs.

TheTeaFairy

Girl, I really dig what you’re saying! Snow at this time is not a pretty thing anymore… And there’s so much around here, I’ll be lucky to see the grass in july!

gmathis

The birds who came back for the season (a little too early) are making their opinions very clear this morning :)

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Yes, birds can be very opinionated!

Nicole

Agree. Sooooo tired of snow. And cold. And no sun. I have to shovel the driveway again today. Sigh.

Terri HarpLady

Getting ready to drag my harp out in it….

Tea Sipper

Yep, last spring was so early! Very spoiled last year.

gmathis

I think we lucked out—about an inch that’s beginning to melt already. Nicole, how much did you get?

Nicole

About 4 inches. But we lucked out and a guy just came around offering to plow the drive for whatever cash we had to hand. So, no more shoveling for me. I hope. :)

Claire

This is my go to tea when I just want to drop a bag in a teacup or if I need CAFFEINE.

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What wretched weather! Upper 30’s, sky like a wet gray blanket, threats of snow tomorrow, haven’t seen the sun since last Tuesday.

A copious tea day, but trying to lighten it up a bit this afternoon so I can sleep.

This is deliciously light, silky, and a little bit fruit-juicy. Is aging well; doesn’t seem to have lost any of its elegant punch after all the months I’ve had it.

K S

We have low 50’s and not a cloud in the sky :) Of course we are scheduled for 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow late. Seriously – does spring not know its late March!

gmathis

I am aching for the first Saturday I can hang rugs and bedding out on the clothesline to air.

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Just needed a cup of simplicity. Dark, strong, breakfast tea, no fuss. Light touch/short steep is good with these bags. But if you see this brand in the odds-n-ends shelf at a department discount store and wonder about it, it’s OK.

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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
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Hubby brought home a couple of vanilla beans for us to play with. I snipped off a few slivers into a second steep of this.

Even at Steep 2, the honeysuckle is so strong, I’m not sure I was getting any of the vanilla. I think can steep this same batch of leaves well into tomorrow without putting a dent in the strength.

P.S. Have any of you seen the lid to my Finum brew basket that mysteriously disappeared from my kitchen counter? It’s green.

Em

I think they must grow legs and walk away. Mine disappeared too :)

Invader Zim

I think I need to retry this tea at some point when they get newer stuff in because when I tried it I didn’t get any honeysuckle and was really disappointed that it tasted like a plain white tea.

gmathis

It’s contrary to every cheapskate fiber in my body to use a whole tablespoon of leaf in a cup … any less, and I don’t think you’d get that honeysuckle buzz. Whoops, another bee joke.

Terri HarpLady

This tea sounds very interesting!
Regarding finum lids, mine always disappear. I really think its some kind of conspiracy… Tony’s are always right where they are supposed to be.

gmathis

It’s probably with my new black sock that got sucked into a black hole after one wearing.

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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
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I made a cuppa last night with a big wad of leaves (yep, it calls for a whole tablespoon) and let it go as far as I dared—two whole minutes. Added a generous squoze of honey, and it tasted/smelled so authentic, I felt just like a bumblebee.

(Been watching old SNL Season 1 shows…loved the bees.)

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I haven’t sampled that many, but so far I haven’t met a Fujian tea I didn’t love (Adagio’s Fujian Baroque is tasty, too). Pleasant fruit and cocoa notes; isn’t picky on the steep time; just plain good no matter how you make it.

Terri HarpLady

How much snow did ya get?

gmathis

Just skiffs of sleet here and there. Haven’t connected with the outside world yet to find out whether there was anything measurable east of us.

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White cake with key lime frosting only makes this betterer. (Not a typo. It’s worthy of the extra er.) Sweet, authentic-tasting fruit flavor against the green tea. Sooooo good.

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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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