Ach! So hard to go back to the office after vacation! I thought something strong and sweet would help with this transition, so I grabbed the Earl Grey de la Creme! It’s helping. Sloooooowly I’m remembering oh yeah – this is how I do my job! …and work isn’t so bad! After all – it’s where my Breville kettle lives, and a whole drawer of excellent teas! I can do this work thing! :)

For my second steep, I knew I needed even more help, so I put in a pinch of Rosy Earl Grey. Yes! The jasmine and rose have taken me all the way to happy-ville! Vanilla, jasmine and rose with a tinge of bergamot – I think I have to do this again!!!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


Collingswood, NJ



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