drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
330 tasting notes

My little sample tin of Prince Vladimir is getting depressingly more empty. I need to be in a Russian fairy tale where the tin magically refills itself each night, and the animals of the forest help me brew it each morning.

I woke this morning with a headache, which is not the way I want to spend my last day of vacation. So I decided to brew some tea and take some ibuprofen. At first I didn’t want to use this tea, as I don’t want to run out! But I decided that a special tea is needed for headaches and mourning the end of vacation time.

I am on my second cup now, and the headache is abating, thankfully.

I haven’t mentioned it here, but I am on a self-imposed Buy Nothing Summer – no purchases except for food, personal care, and experiences (like concert or museum tickets) until after Labor Day, and I started on Memorial Day. So I’m not going to order more of this tea for at least 2 months. I have TONS of other tea anyway… but… I love this tea. I will miss it when it’s gone!

It is soothing and fragrant, not a hint of bitterness. On a lazy morning, it doesn’t slap me rudely awake, it slowly returns me to full consciousness.

As an aside, I have cheated just a bit on my Buy Nothing Summer – I did give myself leave to get some locally spun and dyed yarn when we were up North on vacation. And I replaced the tennis shoes I nearly walked a hole through in DC – the old ones went in the trash. I was going to let myself buy a couple of shirts so that I have more than just T-shirts and tank tops for Project 333 (33 items to wear for 3 months), but do you know, I couldn’t find anything that seemed worthwhile in 3 hours of shopping yesterday? When you distill your wardrobe down to far fewer items, it just doesn’t seem worth it to let in the cheap made-in-a-sweatshop crap I found at the mall.

I wonder if I can convince hubby to go get me a strawberry muffin somewhere when he wakes up. I want one so much I think I can smell it…

I hope everyone is having a pleasant morning (or whatever, where ever you are).

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, I received a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.


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