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Next one up from my “Christmas Cookies” sampler! I actually like thumbprint cookies a lot, though I tend to go for apricot jam (my favorite) instead of the usual raspberry. This tea has a lot of dried apple pieces in it, as well as the generic tea leaves, hibiscus, and rose hips. Dry scent is, again, surprisingly weak. I can smell a bit of hibiscus and hazelnut, which makes for an odd combination.

The steeped cup also smells of hibiscus with a bit of hazelnut added in. Not excited… :P Nope nope nope. Actually, I think this would come pretty close to the idea of a thumbprint cookie, but the hibiscus just makes the “jam” part of it way too tart. If there wasn’t hibiscus, I think this would actually be fairly tasty! :P Stupid hibby!

Flavors: Hazelnut, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Try picking the hibby out?

Cameron B.

Not worth, ha ha. :P

Daddyselephant

My mom ordered a jam basket from her sister for all of us kids, which means I now have six jars of jam that I have no idea what to do with. Thumbprint cookies might just be in my future!

Cameron B.

Yummy! You could also make jam and oatmeal bars! Delish.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/02/strawberry-oatmeal-bars/

Nicole

Don’t Russians use jam in teas as a sweetener?

OMGsrsly

YES. Although I use the Canadian Living blueberry oat bars and use 1 cup of jam instead of making filling. Depending on the jam I use orange or lemon zest, or vanilla.

Daddyselephant

Y’all are awesome

Daddyselephant

The jam and oatmeal bars sounds like I wrote it, which cracks me up. My wife is super excited to try those, since two of the jars are cherry and she looooves cherry. We will be making some this weekend!

Cameron B.

Oooh I love cherry, too! Those will be amazing. :D

OMGsrsly

I totally have oat bars in the oven, using some peach-lavender jam I made a couple years ago. I put vanilla in the oat mix. :D

Plunkybug

I also prefer apricot over raspberry. I totally would try this, but thanks for the hibby warning. Blech!

Daddyselephant

We’re going to make two batches, a cherry one for De to take to work and a strawberry one for me at home. I think I’ll use almond for the cherry bars and vanilla for the strawberry! I should find a recipe that calls for water and experiment with tea oat bars….

Cameron B.

OMGsrslyHAH, I ended up making some last night too! I used some apple pie jam that miss Stephanie made and sent me for Christmas. Delish! :D

OMGsrsly

I saw your picture but was falling asleep so I didn’t comment. :D Aisling, those flavour combos sound GREAT.

Daddyselephant

I love that this tasting note has become “LET’S ALL COOK WITH JAM

Roswell Strange

(Is sad because I have no jam at home to cook with)

Daddyselephant

If only you worked in some kind of grocery store… ;)

Plunkybug

Mmmm, those sound good aisling and omgsrsly.

OMGsrsly

Hahahaha, good one Aisling. Yeah, I had mine for breakfast. I use WAY less sugar than the Pioneer Woman recipe though. Jam is sweet anyways.

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Roswell Strange

Try picking the hibby out?

Cameron B.

Not worth, ha ha. :P

Daddyselephant

My mom ordered a jam basket from her sister for all of us kids, which means I now have six jars of jam that I have no idea what to do with. Thumbprint cookies might just be in my future!

Cameron B.

Yummy! You could also make jam and oatmeal bars! Delish.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/02/strawberry-oatmeal-bars/

Nicole

Don’t Russians use jam in teas as a sweetener?

OMGsrsly

YES. Although I use the Canadian Living blueberry oat bars and use 1 cup of jam instead of making filling. Depending on the jam I use orange or lemon zest, or vanilla.

Daddyselephant

Y’all are awesome

Daddyselephant

The jam and oatmeal bars sounds like I wrote it, which cracks me up. My wife is super excited to try those, since two of the jars are cherry and she looooves cherry. We will be making some this weekend!

Cameron B.

Oooh I love cherry, too! Those will be amazing. :D

OMGsrsly

I totally have oat bars in the oven, using some peach-lavender jam I made a couple years ago. I put vanilla in the oat mix. :D

Plunkybug

I also prefer apricot over raspberry. I totally would try this, but thanks for the hibby warning. Blech!

Daddyselephant

We’re going to make two batches, a cherry one for De to take to work and a strawberry one for me at home. I think I’ll use almond for the cherry bars and vanilla for the strawberry! I should find a recipe that calls for water and experiment with tea oat bars….

Cameron B.

OMGsrslyHAH, I ended up making some last night too! I used some apple pie jam that miss Stephanie made and sent me for Christmas. Delish! :D

OMGsrsly

I saw your picture but was falling asleep so I didn’t comment. :D Aisling, those flavour combos sound GREAT.

Daddyselephant

I love that this tasting note has become “LET’S ALL COOK WITH JAM

Roswell Strange

(Is sad because I have no jam at home to cook with)

Daddyselephant

If only you worked in some kind of grocery store… ;)

Plunkybug

Mmmm, those sound good aisling and omgsrsly.

OMGsrsly

Hahahaha, good one Aisling. Yeah, I had mine for breakfast. I use WAY less sugar than the Pioneer Woman recipe though. Jam is sweet anyways.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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