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drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
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This has gotten very little love so far (poor scruffy stray kitten left at the pound), so I will take it home with me and love it. Less dishwater taste than most unflavored black decaf teas; no distinct stand-out flavor characteristics, but it’s decent hot leaf juice with a little sweetness. No, it’s not top-of-the-heap, but I haven’t found an unflavored decaf black that is. Have you?

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drank Versailles Rose by Nina's Paris
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Grapefruit without tartness! Enough rose to shave off the sharpness without adding perfume flavor. Nicely done, Nina’s!

Christina

How did you steep this? I’m still trying to figure out the best steep parameters for Nina’s teas.

gmathis

Sloppily in a work microwave—water not quite boiling, maybe a 2 1/2 minute steep.

K S

Sloppily – my favorite parameters.

Terri HarpLady

Is there another way? ;)

gmathis

I think, generally speaking, Nina likes a light touch both on time and temp.

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drank Marango by Savoy Tea Company
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Temps warm enough for (a) flavored tea (b) iced tea and © both simultaneously. This is fruity-strong enough to take icing well. Mango-peach-apricot-ish.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Enjoying the rest of my quart jar. After resting in the fridge overnight, it’s developed a little starchiness—like shortbread. Still tasty; enjoying it while watching the bumblebees and butterflies in the back yard and resting my feet—flew kites with a bunch of fifth graders this morning and wore the wrong sneakers.

Kites were made from copy paper and bamboo skewers:
http://www.nationalkitemonth.org/teachers/plan3.php
You really need to try this—they fly great!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Cautiously made a sun-tea quart of this; it’s a little touchy, so to avoid bitterness, I was stingy with the amount of leaf (3 teaspoons to a quart jar) and the steep time—maybe 45 minutes on the back step instead of stewing it for a couple hours like I do with black tea. Result = cool, pleasant, fruity!

And to ensure the quality of my experiment, I happily sat outside in the glider doing not much more than staring over the top of my book at the jar :)

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drank Pink Ceylon by Kandula
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Another “Oh! Where has that been?” from my cupboard clean-up. This is still more of a novelty than it is a substantially flavored green tea, but it does have a nice silky-satiny texture.

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
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This is the result of some significant stash cleaning last night: (Tossing tea, books, or ratty clothing is difficult for me…you?) The upside was several rounds of, “Oh, I forgot I had that!”

Like this. The coconut side of this pu-erh is almost candy sweet. In all, reminds me of a dark chocolate Mounds. Wish I knew more about the source (bulk health food grocery buy) so I could share.

Veronica

I have the hardest time letting go of books. Donating them or selling them at a yard sale actually makes me depressed even when I know I’ll never read the book again! I may have a slight addiction.

gmathis

You are welcome to join my support group :)

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What happens when you aren’t quite awake and lose track of time and leave this steeping two minutes more than you should have? Stout, malty, slightly cocoa-y wake-up yumness. Can’t recommend this one strongly enough for lovers of morning tea with some strength to it.

Veronica

That sounds like my kind of tea. Another one to add to the shopping list.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Feet finally up after a busy, crazy, and scary weekend (all three, sometimes simultaneously). The cold front that blew the ugly storms through this time yesterday is keeping a little chill in the air, so I made me a big mug of straight honeybush leaves plus a splash of Pappy’s Sassafras concentrate. Rooty-beery and rich. You could do this at home, too, easy.

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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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