Today is rainy and a bit muggy. My tastes did a complete 360 and now I’m craving Earl Grey! I decided to pull this one out since I haven’t had it hot for quite awhile (it was my go-to iced Earl of the summer!)!

Good choice! The pleasantly piquant and pithy citrus flavor was exactly what I was in the mood for. I have a ton of serious writing to do today for work, and this Earl is setting the tone for Getting! Things! Done! That tiny bit of sour on the end of the sip makes me feel very serious and in command.

I have another Earl in my possession that I am crazy for, but I think there is room for two Earls in my life (!). My sweetie pie Earl, and this one. He is a little sour but I love him for 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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