It’s horribly hot in our office (happens every Fall – old building with inflexible heating schedule! Once they turn on the heat, that’s it despite the fact that we always have warm days in October and November!). I pulled out one of my summer favorites to help cope!

Love that olde fashioned lemon verbena :) and bit of spice. The tea base is nice and medium bodied to let the additions shine. I put a half teaspoon of rock sugar in it to round out the flavors, and it’s delicious and refreshing. I don’t like this hot weather, but I do like this little impromptu visit from one of my summer tea friends!

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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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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