I’m drinking a lot of of this lately, so I’m not sure what new I can add to this tasting note.

So, instead, I’ll tell you what I’m paring this with today. :) Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal. That’s right, I run downstairs to our Starbucks, get oatmeal, then come back to my office to make a good cup of tea. I always thought the oatmeal was misnamed. I mean, yeah, it was Starbucks, and yeah, it’s oatmeal… but perfect? Not so much. That was before I learned that you can get all three toppings (brown sugar, dried fruits, and nuts) for the same price. Now, it really is perfect, and I totally get the name.

The nuts/cranberries/brown sugar feels very much like the holidays, to me, too. Which makes it pair exceptionally well with the Holiday Tea. :)

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


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