I don’t often reach to the back of my cupboard for this tea, but when I want a smoky rich cuppa, there is no other to compare. Today is just the right day — the first day of autumn, a damp day spent indoors, sorting the summer things out of the house and preparing for cooler days ahead.

Although it is not my every-day tea, I couldn’t think of ejecting it from my tea collection. As others have mentioned, it does offer a salty or broth-like brew. For those of you who cook with tea, it actually stands up pretty well and provides an interesting flavor when added into a soup broth.

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I have loved tea since I was a child, this being a gift bestowed upon me by my mother. It all began with her cups of sweetened Constant Comment (sometimes spiked with a bit of Jim Beam, to cure aches and pains) on cold evenings, and over the years I have enjoyed many teas that have made their way to my kitchen from all over the world.

I must admit from the start that am not a tea-snob. I enjoy the flavors from my own summer garden all through the winter months. There are a few grocery-varieties that will always be on hand (especially Constant Comment) that evoke dear memories of the past. And in that never-quite quenched search for the exquisite, the never-before known flavor, the ultimate tea…well, there are some of those that I love as well. The point is, the longer I live, the more I realize that free can taste just as delicious as $$$. Drink what tastes good, and what satiates your soul.


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