I’m freezing today, and already drank up my allotment of caffeine. A friend that I work with gave me two of these little bags of tisane, so I thought today would be the day to try errr, pine needles!

Well I’ll be – it’s really good! It definitely tastes like a pine tree – sort of menthol-y but not quite menthol-y and lemony but not quite lemony and smoky but not quite smoky! It tastes like Winter. It’s oddly soothing. It’s making me very happy that my work friend thought of me and shared some with me :)

I took the bag out after 3 minutes, and I think it will be a pleasant resteep! I’ll let you know later because we are having a fire drill!

EDIT: back from fire drill! It makes a nice second steep, but the first is the best one with all the Winter Magic in 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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