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Perfect tisane when you are cold and weary and in need of a reminder that somewhere it is warm enough for flowers to bloom and fruit to ripen.

Terri HarpLady

I like that imagery!

gmathis

I need that imagery! ;)

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I wouldn’t know a chestnut if I tripped over one like a banana peel. So my nose didn’t know what to look for when I opened this little sample from Single Origin Teas. My first thought was that I was sniffing chai spice.

Steeped, however, this takes on a whole ‘nother personality—a congenial one! It reminds me of a really, really good oolong (the vendor description confirms that I’m not making that up!) with brown sugar sweetness and that unfamiliar “something” that must be the chestnutty goodness. Leaves your lips and tongue sweet after each sip—like little sugar kisses.

Nicole

Sounds interesting.

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drank Kaporet Kenya by Single Origin Teas
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Another thumbs-up for Single Origin. Perfect when snow’s on the ground, clouds in the air, and eyes will not open. Strong. Fruit and cocoa scented this morning, makes me think of dark walnut or cherry wood.

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drank Oolong Châtaigne by Dammann Freres
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My packet of this silky and elegant oolong with caramel overtones has lasted forever, simply because I refuse to drink it when I am busy, rushed, or distracted. I am perpetually busy, rushed, or distracted—mostly the latter!

Took a “snow day” vacation at home to work on overdue writing assignment and soon-to-be-due writing self-employment bookkeeping (blech). This, plus lemon jelly sandwich cookies, is sweetening an otherwise unpleasant task.

Ysaurella

I love this tea, you make me think about purchase a bag of Oolong Châtaigne

gmathis

It is very gently sweet and thick on the tongue—one that needs to be enjoyed slowly instead of guzzled on the run!

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
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There are days—-most of you have been having them lately, too—-when refinement and subtlety and tenderly monitored steep times just don’t matter. And you get so tired and chilled that the first warm liquid hitting your dry throat and empty stomach is liquid ambrosia, brand notwithstanding.

One little bag of Red Rose did that on a beastly cold afternoon with office doors swinging open while they moved equipment in and out. I wouldn’t have preferred any other tea in the world at that moment.

scribbles

liquid ambrosia…so well said…I agree…sometimes brand just doesn’t matter

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I think every pleasant, sweet, toothsome, scrumptious, luxurious, satiny, pastry-like adjective in the book has been thrown at this one in the scores of reviews here. I am at a loss to add a new one. That does not, however, keep me from thoroughly enjoying this cup!

Rosehips

Hear, hear!

Anna

I think you mistakenly rated this. =)

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This was the freebie bag in the latest RoT catalog that landed in our box. It smells luscious—like a Yankee Candle. Flavor is not unpleasant, by any means, but not getting any caramel out of it. Saw another note that mentioned hazelnut, and indeed, that’s more accurate. The ingredient list puzzled me. I have no animosity against either blackberry leaves or carob, but wondered what they’re doing in a brew with this moniker.

Ah, well—it’s warm and sweet and I’m cranky and cold. Surely it’ll help with one symptom or the other.

(However, a disclaimer here: wasn’t paying attention to steep time; I may have gotten a bit too impatient.)

Nicole

freebies with catalogs??? I need to start getting the catalog!

gmathis

Usually one bag of one of their newer product lines each time.

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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Snow, ice, wind chill advisories: another week requiring solid, sensible, stout black tea. This qualifies. Not quite as strong as my old faithful PG Tips; a little keemun in there to add a little perkiness to the dark base. Requires no special steeping attention—throw it in and go. That’s always a plus.

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
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This nearly invincible builders’ tea is reserved especially for snowy and weathery days. (Thus a small tin gifted by ashmanra months and months ago is much like Elijah and the widow’s jar of flour. Good story. You should read it.) Steeped it strong and black, let it go cold on my desk till it was stronger and blacker, sloppily heated it back up in the microwave—still drinkable and kept me propped upright all day.

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
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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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