After reading chrine’s tasting notes, I had a wildly uncontrollable desire for Thomas Sampson! I knew he had to be my afternoon tea. I even was willing to share him with my husband. That sounds wrong, but you know how stingy I usually am about sharing Thomas!

Malty, bready, honeyed, classic Assam goodness. Assam tea just doesn’t get better than this, in my opinion! I am almost done my tin – but thankfully I have squirreled away two more!

In 2011 I vow to be more liberal is sharing Thomas as he is now getting on (you know how 1 dog year is approximately 7 human years? What would you say one tea year is? Perhaps 35 human years? So Thomas is almost a year old (almost 35 human years), and if I have him yet another year after that he will be almost 70 (almost at The End?!?!).

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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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