Putting my feet up for a bit and sharing a pot of dear Thomas Sampson with my husband. Look how nice- I am sharing :) :) :) Malty, bready, invigorating! He loves it too – all the robust A+D teas appeal to him. I love hearing his opinion because he never knows what I am serving him! I usually ask “caffeine or no” and “flavored or no?” and I pick from there based on my mood and what we are having with it, if anything. I love hearing the extra opinion – not unbiased – everyone has biases (for example he can’t stand anything berry even though I love it!!) – but free of the knowledge I have about the different tea companies. Anyway! That was a long winded way of saying that I really enjoy sharing tea with my husband – EVEN Thomas! :)

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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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