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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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I love this Pure Keemun tea! Light cocoa notes with plenty of roasty warmth, it is a nicely fortifying first cup of the day. There is no pucker at all.

Today it is paired with Pumpkin Walnut muffins. The recipe is from The Fort restaurant in Denver where Clinton held his summit, the event for which Harney and Sons was requested to create a special blend. They made Eight At The Fort in honor of the occasion, a delicious tea! Be warned, this is double pumpkin compared to many recipes, but you get about sixty muffins. We used sixty ounces of pumpkin and over five cups of freshly ground soft white Southern wheat flour. I hope they freeze well! I knows the recipe says they reheat well, so…here is hoping!

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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This is a hit or miss tea for me, and today was a miss. I have had it and nearly swooned, and had it when it was rather unpleasant, and I am sure it is ALL ME! I did cool my water a bit to stave off bitterness, I didn’t let it steep as long as I do most black teas, but I still didn’t manage to recreate that heavenly taste from before.

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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Morning tea with hubby, had to make two pots!

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SOB! This is the second tea this week that I will have to remove from my cupboard, and this is especially sad because they don’t sell this tea anymore! I think of it as Golden Monkey lite, but it has many charms all it’s own. It is honeyed and caramel-y, refined, delicious with tea treats, AND it resteeps pretty well. it has lighter body than Golden Monkey. Delicious, and it will be missed!

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I haven’t had this tea in ages, and it appears I didn’t review back when I did have it. I am still experimenting and trying to expand my tea horizons, and I want to learn to like more teas.

The first time I had this I didn’t like it. It was too…Assam-y. I love Irish breakfast teas so I don’t know why my experiences with Assams have left a bad taste in my mouth. I am giving this one another go.

Since the leaves are somewhat fine I decided to steep for only about three minutes. I have to confess I am finding this to be a lovely cup of tea. We are drinking it with Kerrygold Dubliner cheese, which always makes tea seem sweeter to us. I decided to be bold and drink this sans additions. The most surprising thing to me is that I ampicking up a fruitiness in the cup. There is barely any astringency, mostly a hearty, bold malty taste, but not too strong.

I believe I may be able to drink this after all!

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
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I finished my tin of this today! GAH! Is that why it tasted extra good? This is a refined black tea with rich cocoa notes, though I don’t find it as full- bodied as the very similar Emperor’s Red by Premium Steap. It was excellent, and I am placing my Harney order now because I am out of this one and nearly out of three others that I really want to keep around. I will be putting in the notes to send those teas in a bag instead of a tin as I am overrun with tins. I was so glad to find that we can do this on the website! Good bye to the handsome older brother of Golden Snail! Sniff. Sob.

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All day it was gray and rainy, but warm. Now the wind is blowing hard and a cold front is moving in. Our high will drop from 85 F today to 62 F tomorrow! I just had to sit on the porch, read my new book, a have a cuppa, but I have an early appointment tomorrow and must sleep. I am not wild about most peach flavored things but I got this when I was longing for fruity iced tea. Since it is decaf and I didn’t want plain tea tonight, this was my main choice.

It is pretty decent. Honestly, the scent of 50 sachets is a bit overwhelming when you open the bag, but it steeps into a nicely flavored cup. No sugar,no milk, good stuff.

I really, really wish I could have Boston, and probably would risk not being able to sleep if not for the fact that I only have enough left for one small pot. MUST. ORDER. MORE!

ashmanra

The book, for the curious, is the new Terry Pratchett, Snuff.

SimplyJenW

Man, I have a long way to go to get to a new one…. ;)

gmathis

Pratchett is on my to-read-someday author list. I want a box of reading time for Christmas.

ashmanra

We can ask for that? Cool! :)

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A favorite of youngest, this was the third tea served at tea party today. My guest was not enamored of it, youngest drank nothing else. I guess I know what to put in her stocking!

Sweet and smokey, I can smell Mr. Holmes’ cherry pipe tobacco filling the room with its lovely scent. This is a wonderfully smooth Lapsang, not harsh at all, and very drinkable both with (youngest) and without (me) additions!

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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This tea was so good at tea party today that it almost made me weak in the knees. The tea base is so smooth and good, with the crisp cranberry flavor over the top. My guest and I both liked this one most today. I will be keeping this one on hand to serve as my main Christmas tea. It was perfect sans additions, and was paired with cinnamon toast heavy on the brown sugar and cookies.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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