I got surprise tea mail last night! And yes, I mean last NIGHT. Ever since lockdown, mail service has been crazy and we have even had mail delivered as late as 10 pm!

As it so happens, I was intrigued by a couple of boozy teas from Harney and ordered a sample of Black Cask Bourbon and a tin of Island Dreams, which are both boozy. They haven’t arrived yet, but joy oh joy, I got an adorable card and some boozy tea from gmathis! Thank you!

I chose Brandy for my first one this morning. I don’t know if I have ever had brandy. If I have, it was many years ago and I don’t remember what it tastes like, but from books I have read where it is rushed to bolster swooning women and warm nearly drowned persons, I assumed it would be warm but slightly fruity.

I am very happy with how this tea turned out! It is very woody, I suppose because brandy would be aged in wooden barrels? It is softly sweet as if carrying the memory of the grapes that made the wine. I thought of smoke first, but decided it is really just wood and smoke at all.

Quite a delight, and a perfect companion to my simple breakfast.


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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about fourteen 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.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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