Today I’m FREEZING so I decided to drink tea all day. I am also lazy and didn’t want to empty my filter basket over and over, so I drank:

2 steeps of Earl Grey de la Creme (delicious!)

THEN I put in a pinch of Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc and drank two more steeps (mmm! Love the way the vanilla mingles with the jasmine and rose).

THEN put in a pinch of Cherry Blossom Green Tea by Tea Leaf Inc and drank two more steeps! (extra POW of cherry rose!)

This approach works really well, I believe, as long as you go from darkest to lighter and lighten up you water temp as you go. I can still taste the faintest creamy taste from my first group of leaves, and no bitterness. Sounds crazy, but try it with some of your teas that you think might be harmonious if you are very cold and very lazy too :)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

That’s a neat idea, I’ll have to try it!

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That’s a neat idea, I’ll have to try it!

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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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