I got the shock of my life when I asked my husband what tea he was in the mood for this afternoon. He said “Earl Grey!” Wow! Remember this is the gentleman who only likes his Earl Grey iced, liberally mixed with a solid black tea so it is not “perfumey” or “girly” !!!

I knew that this could be a delicate operation, so I chose Andrews and Dunham’s Earl, since he has loved every single tea I’ve made for him from them. I’m so glad I chose right! He loved it! He didn’t say it was “perfumey” he said it was “good” and “interesting” and he would like to add it to our afternoon tea repertoire!

I, of course, enjoyed it greatly. I find the tea and bergamot well balanced and delicious. It was an extra special afternoon tea at home treat to have it with a little milk and sugar today. I love the creaminess with the bergamot.

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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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