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drank Kookiedoodle by Leland Tea Co
1248 tasting notes

I’m easing myself back into heavier tea consumption as the weather grows a bit cooler. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while but somehow never got around to it.

The dry leaves smell like sugar cookies! The aroma of the tea carries this over pretty well. The sugar part is definitely there, the cookie a bit less so — and yet, there’s a pastry undertone. It’s been a while since I had a black tea in a clear glass and I remember why I love clear glass now — what a pretty color. Deep red with a touch of brown, but not quite enough brown to make it mahogany.

It’s a slightly sweet black “tea” flavor with a sweet finish and aftertaste and some astringency to the mouthfeel and a briskness to the tea base. The pastry note is very subtle, but sneaks up on you.

Leland is pretty close to me. How is it I’ve never been there?

Flavors: Pastries, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Fjellrev

Sounds lovely!

__Morgana__

It was quite nice!

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76
drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

As the name might evoke, this is a little black dress of teas. Its basic in the best sense of the word- a tea you can turn to any time you fel stumped, and just want something perfectly nice.
If I ever come across this again I think I shall pick some up again. Its a really nice blend to have on hand!
But, for the time being, its a sipdown!
Four more teas to go till my black Friday goal.

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

So I didn’t get into the play I auditioned for, but that’s alright. There will be more things to audition for in the new year!
And, to keep my mind off of it, it is now the first day of Nanowrimo!
Does anyone else do Nanowrimo? I’ve done it every year for years, and really enjoy it. Its a lot of work, but it really feels good to flex my writing mussels like that.
This was the tea to kick off that project, and it was a really nice, strong brew this morning.
Alas, also perilously close to a sipdown, but as I now only have 23 days standing between me and my 40-teas-in-cupboard-by-black-friday goal, when it is sipped down it will further that goal.
Five teas to go!

Sil

Nice! I hit 39 yesterday but i’ve got a few teas on the way so i need to get lower! Sorry about teh play, but kudos to you for at least going out to audition !

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Tea of the morning, and its a good strong brew. I did not sleep well again last night (come on, subconscious, what gives?), so I need all the liquid assistance I can get.
This certainly goes on the list of teas I might very well purchase again in future. Its a very nice blend.

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Not my most successful cup of tea. I managed to spill some of the loose leaf on the floor, and then I let what I’d managed to get into the cup to steep too long, so it was bitter.
Lets hope its not an indicator about how the rest of the day is going to go.

Indigobloom

Boo for spilled tea :(

Rosehips

I may have said some very unladylike words when it happened.

Indigobloom

ha! I don’t blame you. Spilled tea is something to cry about!!!

Evol Ving Ness

Yesterday, I managed to dump a complete travel mug of steeped tea into my carry bag all over my things. First thing in the morning, just as I was heading out. And yes, that set the tone for the day.

Rosehips

Boo to tea being stolen from us by the uncaring forces of gravity.

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Another windy night, which is a serious problem, as the wildfires continue to burn up my state.
I am not in any danger at this present time, the fires are still a fair piece away, but I am keeping an ear out.
I am powering my morning with this tea, which is in my “basic in the best way” camp.

Nattie

Stay safe!

Rosehips

Thank you! I’m not in the direct line of the fires, but we’re all keeping an eye on them.

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76
drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Tea of the morning.
I needed something no-frills today, and this fits the bill.
It always sounds a bit like an insult when I say that, but its not intended to be. This is a solidly good, basic tea. There are days when nothing else will do.

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Its been the sort of morning where I staggered out of bed, brewed this tea, sat down to drink it and then thought, “wait, what blend is this?” Friends I am tired.
This, however, was a good choice for my morning blend. It is solid, strong without being harsh, and was a good pick me up for the morning.

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Reports of my death are 100% accurate. I am dead. Its tech week, things are going even worse than tech week usually does, and its only Tuesday.
I am dead.
This tea was bold and a little bit bitter this morning, which fits my mood quite well.

Evol Ving Ness

Tea after death will help with my sip downs. Takes a bit of the stress off having a massive stash. :)

Hope things lighten and brighten soon.

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

And another week begins! Ughhh. Its going to be a very busy week, with lots and lots of 100 degree days in it.
I was feeling like simplicity would do me some good this morning, so I reached for this, which is a very nice black tea blend. Its straightforward, which is not meant as a slight. In fact, I can see that its appeal is based on the fact that it is not overly adorned with bells or whistles.

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drank Tiffany's by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

When I was given this blend it was described as the little black dress of black blends, and I think thats a decent description. Its a solid, basic black tea, that would be good in lots of situations, and accessorizes like a dream (milk or sugar).
So I’m drinking a small pot of this for breakfast, with a side of toast and lemon curd, and thats an excellent day.

Teatotaler

I adore lemon curd! Yum!!

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drank Pear Caramel by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

My Harney and Sons order arrived yesterday! Wahoo! Autumnal goodness is now safely in my cupboard.
So, the sipdowns are in full force, as this is but the first wave of fall teas.
I’ve enjoyed this. Its quite a pleasant cup! I never really did get the pear, more of a burnt sugar caramel, but that is pleasant too.
Sipdown!

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drank Pear Caramel by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Its cooled down today, so I feel fully justified in breaking out a more autumnal tea for my morning cup.
I am not really getting pear out of this, and the caramel today was a bit more burnt sugar.
None the less, the flavor seemed to speak of fall to me, and that made me happy, as I dreamed about soup and sweaters and feeling cozy.

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drank Pear Caramel by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Cup of my morning.
I never really seem to be able to pull the pear out of this, which I imagine would act as a crispness at the edge of the caramel. I just get a caramel black, which is very nice, but I think my imagined crisp pear edge would be phenomenal.

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drank Pear Caramel by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

The caramel in this blend is the most noticeable flavor, and it really starts to come out as the brew cools down.
By the end of my cup this morning it was a warm and lightly caramel-y blend of deliciousness.

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drank Pear Caramel by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

Cup of my morning. I wanted something sweet.
I can taste the caramel much more than I can taste the pear, but that’s alright. I am more a fan of caramel than I am of pears anyway.
Its going to be a long day, I can just tell.
Over the weekend I’ve had trouble with my taxes, and a shipment of yarn claims it was delivered, but was not in fact delivered. And I am very grumpy about that! I want my yarn, darn it all!
So I’m spending a lot of time today on hold with various agencies to try and get things resolved. I hope it will all work out. I want my yarn! I want my taxes to be done! I don’t want it to be Monday! Boooo!

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drank Pear Caramel by Leland Tea Co
2333 tasting notes

I am practically frantic for my next cup of tea, and I’m in an indulgent mood. I don’t want serious tea, I want the sweet and dessert like teas.
My sister gave me this blend for my birthday, and its my first brew of it.
I get a lot more of the caramel than I do of the pear, and the caramel is a rich, almost earthy caramel.
It smells divine in my cup, but it tastes a little less decadent than it smells.
Still, its a really nice cup. I am very happy to have this in my cupboard.

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drank Dietrich's by Leland Tea Co
2272 tasting notes

I think this is also called Dietrich’s Blue Angel but I don’t see that on the website. Did I imagine it on my tin?

Anyway, the first time we had it, my daughter really liked it and I just thought it was okay. Then I read the instructions and saw that they recommend one TABLESPOON of tea per cup and I had only used one teaspoon. Next time I made it, it was really delicious. I served it to a friend and ordered some within a couple of days of drinking it.

I am looking forward to having it as the weather heats up here. Summer is made for citrus flavors! (And berry, and mint, and…)

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drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
2272 tasting notes

My youngest daughter has become obsessed with old movies and old time stars. Her number one favorite is Fred Astaire, followed by Jimmy STewart, and then Bogie.

She also loves lapsang (of which this blend has a little but not tons – don’t worry, if you don’t like lapsang you will still probably love this tea) and she loves this tea. So much so, that I am a little apprehensive about approaching the bottom of the tin. She is so accommodating that she always asks if I have “lots left” of a tea before she requests a specific one, so I am going to have to reorder soon so I can keep saying, “Yes, we have plenty!”

The hazelnut is the dominant flavor to tea but I find it more palatable and in better balance than Florence by Harney and Sons, which I loved at one time but it could sometimes be a bit much for me, especially after I quit adding sugar and milk.

I am grateful to Doulton for recommending this one! I miss her being on here.

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drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
2272 tasting notes

I was in the mood for a strong, manly man smelling tea tonight. I almost went for lapsang but saw this and knew it was meant to be. Smells like Bogey would have smelled on a date. Yes, I can imagine exactly what cologne, what soap scent, plus a little cherry tobacco thrown in.

This tea goes down fast and smooth. We’re gonna need a bigger tin.

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drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
2272 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of what I like in a really good roasted oolong. The aroma is so rich and masculine that you just have to give an appreciative grunt on the first sip. It was the second tea of tea party today and well-liked.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter wants to ask Leland to make a special Jimmy Stewart blend. I want to see that. (She is obsessed with him.)

gmathis

(Just make her a cup of warm water and call it Harvey.)

gmathis

Oh..and then you need to come to our part of the world and see the “It’s A Wonderful Life” Christmas musical at Silver Dollar City. So good!

ashmanra

She laughed and said, “Grace approves.” Meanwhile, we are actually trying to create this blend. She thinks a smooth shu puerh, to show he is “down to earth” and I was thinking some rose petals or flavor for Zuzu’s petals. But I thought white tea for the base because he was so innocent and naive.

gmathis

While you’re designing celebri-teas, see what you can do with oh, (here comes embarrassing evidence of my elderliness) Yul Brenner, Fred Astaire, Harrison Ford, Hugh Laurie, James Earl Jones…

ashmanra

No evidence there! Youngest is 17 and obsessed with Jimmy Stewart and Fred Astaire, loves Bogart and Cary Grant and Danny Kaye, watches old black and white movies and listens to original, uncleaned recordings from the era all the time. We come home to ’40’s music blasting instead of rock. BTW, I played Princess Tuptim once when I was young, and Brian Dennehy’s brother Ed was the king! He did a pretty good job considering we all think of Yul when we think of that role!

gmathis

Et cetera, et cetera!

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drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
2272 tasting notes

This tea has been on my wish list for years. My daughter, Superanna, was super sneaky and used my wish list to birthday shop for me, and she is letting me have one tea each time we see each other even though my birthday isn’t here yet.

Doulton’s and other’s reviews made me want this. All I can say is…they were right.

Daughter smelled it and it smells like Christmas without smelling like Christmas flavors or Christmas trees. I see another review with Christmas sentiments on here, so she got that pretty much dead on.

But I don’t think of Christmas with this tea myself. I think of…Bogart, and his ilk. Youngest is in love with the 40’s and a few weeks ago we listened to The Friends of Mr. Cairo by Jon and Vangelis and then watched The Maltese Falcon.

When I drink this tea, I can smell Bogart’s cologne, and feel the stubble of his five o’clock shadow on my cheek. There is a hint of a pipe that had cherry tobacco in it – maybe he was smoking before I arrived.

Daughter says, “Tastes like cigarellos, trench coats, and subtle sexism.” And she hasn’t
even tried it yet! She did like the smell, though.

Something about it reminds me of roasted oolong, like a Da Hong Pao. I know that is the touch of Lapsang with the hazelnut. This is a blend that everyone who likes light smoke or roasted flavors should try at some time.

Thank you, Superanna!

Fjellrev

That was so sneaky of her! And happy (belated) birthday!

Starfevre

What a thoughtful present(s)!

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drank Le Chat Noir by Leland Tea Co
2272 tasting notes

This is it! The tin is empty and waiting by the sink to be washed. I had two and a half teaspoons left. I steeped it in my eighteen ounce Stump pot. We have made five steps so far and I think we have one or two left in these leaves.

There is a hint of chocolate, a rich, oily-thick mouthfeel, and a bit of cedar, like chewing on a brand new pencil. I am going to miss the easy drink ability of this one. Not at fussy, it really keeps going and going and the flavor is good. It isn’t so exotic that a newbie can’t enjoy it, or tasteless so that a puerh lover won’t. No fishiness, no low tide odor to this one, I would reorder, but I have a lot of puerh to get through already. Very nice tea.

Served after a supper of creamy carrot soup with sweet curry powder and dessert of Hoosier pie!

Kristal

Dinner and tea sound yummy :)

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drank Le Chat Noir by Leland Tea Co
2272 tasting notes

I had heard about it. I have read about it. I have seen some of your reviews when you were “under the influence.” But last night was the first time it actually happened to me.

I often feel very peaceful, happy, calm, contented, or otherwise positive when drinking tea. Jasmine and such make me relaxed. Tea with friends makes me happy. But last night I had my first tea drunk.

We had a lot of tea, sort of by accident. Someone came to Writers’ Group and stayed and then someone else came in, and I offered tea and…well, tea happened. We had jasmine green going for the young folks but the more seasoned ladies were in the kitchen with the aroma cup and a gong fu and that’s where it all began.

We started with Ginger Lily Oolong from Teaave. We went to Rishi Wuyi Oolong so they could see the difference between the two types. Then we had Bogart, to see how the flavorings in the black somewhat mimic the flavor of a roasted oolong.

Then this. And next thing I knew I was a little giggly and had a goofy smile on my face (I could feel it) and some things that sounded really hysterical in my brain but at the same time were not really sensible to say at the time were trying to get out of my mouth. Fortunately, I thought, “Wow, so this is what tea drunk feels like or else it is late and I am super sleepy and I am going to crash in a few minutes.”

And then it was over. I was still happy and having fun, but my brain was no longer going, “HEY! DO YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE REALLY FUNNY RIGHT NOW?”

What can I say? They loved the puerh, made MY WAY and not by the horrible instructions on the website that resulted in a cup of nunchucks. One TEASPOON per 8 ounces for me, please. And a short steep. Then you have a lovely, earthy, possibly high-inducing cup.

Maddy Barone

Sounds like you had a great time!

K S

We were warned about this decades ago in health class. It begins with an innocent sounding tsp. Next thing you know you move on to the hard stuff – 1 tablespoon!

gmathis

Oh, what fun I am having imagining this!

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