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Rich molasses scent, awesome for lattes, great plain with breakfast or whenever. Would buy again, but I am getting out of winter mode and craving green teas and fruity summer teas already. I might buy it again this fall, though!

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No note from me and it’s a sipdown? How?

This was a lovely white tea. It is very floral but not as potent as White Wedding. I enjoy floral tea but Ashman doesn’t with the exception of jasmine green so it took me a while to sip this one down.

It is lavender forward and so relaxing to drink. Would re-order someday, as I liked both this and White Wedding which is exuberantly, proudly, ostentatiously bursting with flowers.

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Would re-order. If I crave it before the seasonal set rolls back around I will buy Cookie, which is so very similar.

The baked flavor here reminds me of the deep brown, sweet and crispy edges of a cobbler, but without fruit flavor. Just the crispy pastry. Or maybe even slightly overdone cookies.

It is really good with food, good plain, and makes a great latte.

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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Definitely will re-order. One of our go-to evening teas when we want real black tea taste that isn’t washed out. We drink it plain but it takes milk and sugar well.

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February Sipdown Prompt – your cheapest tea

These Czar Nikolas teas shocked me when I saw the price for the amount of tea. I truly didn’t expect it to be very good, but instead the Nostalgia blend became one of my favorite blackcurrant teas. When this was purchased I think it was around $12 for 8.8 ounces of tea.

This is a tea for rose lovers, which means I don’t give it to Ashman! He did very much enjoy the rose/black tea ice cream I made with it, but he doesn’t prefer rose as the floral note in his tea. He likes jasmine quite a lot, though. And he loves rose lemonade so I dunno…

If I make really good progress on my sipdowns, I will acquire some more Nostalgia. It is marvelous for iced tea, too. My godson loves going to the Russian market near his college and they sell it there.

Courtney

Ooh blackcurrant! Added the Nostalgia blend to the wishlist aha.

ashmanra

Courtney – the one by Elmwood Inn is also soooo good!

Courtney

Ooh thanks for the tip! :)

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February Sipdown Prompt – a tea bought in-store

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I didn’t realize this was so close to a sipdown. Most of it has been breakfast tea for Ashman on work days. It is similar to the Gingerbread Festival that we have on hand from Harney and Sons and I tried to decide how they differed. I realized that they differ exactly as the two foods do. Warm bread pudding is rich and sweet and you are really aware of the lemon and vanilla flavors. It seems like a sweet dessert by light in comparison to the Gingerbread Festival, which is full of rich, dark molasses notes. Both are great.

And full disclosure, this wasn’t bought in-store by me, but rather was a special request I made to Supperanna when she was going to be shopping at The Spice and Tea Exchange near Disney. I don’t think there is a tea in the house that I bought in the actual tea shop that sells it, so my choice would have needed to be more of a grocery store blend.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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February Sipdown Prompt – a tea that reminds you of a favorite book

I am dismayed to come on here to make a tasting note and see that it was not listed in my cupboard. It is nearly always on shelf. Ah well, I have a couple of sipdowns coming up soon that will send numbers back in the right direction again.

This was a tough prompt. I decided to go with this one because it feels cozy like a good book in winter when days are short and nights are long and reading makes you feel twice tucked in – once tucked into your warm house with a blanket or shawl about you, and also tucked into your own mind, imagining a completely different world.

I have read that when people say they love the smell the smell of old books they are really detecting a vanilla-like aroma being given off by lignin in the paper. But I don’t associate books with vanilla from the actual smell, it is rather the feeling of warmth and comfort that comes with escaping for a little while into a world created by ink on a page and my own imagination. So this tea is a tribute to all the books I enjoy, and not just one.

Not on shelf, indeed. Hmmph.

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A few days ago I received a handmade card in the mail and a sample of this tea from gmathis! I don’t deserve you, G! Thank you!

I saved it for Valentine’s Day because today is just all about chocolate to me. Yes, I know, love and such but also chocolate. I made myself a special little breakfast to have with this.

It is astonishing how chocolate-y the cup smells. With eyes closed, this could be a cup of super rich hot cocoa. I did not add milk or sugar. It did not need anything at all to dress it up. I would definitely love to purchase this someday.

The color of the steeped tisane is gorgeous, such clarity and a lovely color quite like a cup of black tea that steeps on the lighter side. The aroma, though, is what gets you. Sooooo good. I even saved a little for Ashman to try when he gets home.

ashmanra

I gave Ashman the bit I saved for him without telling him what it was. His eyes were huge after he sniffed the cup. He wouldn’t even sip it at first. He said, “You know how I tell you that chocolate in tea smells like mildew? You know? It does to me. It smells like mildew. But THIS smells like real chocolate!” He enjoyed it very much, so I think once a couple more sipdowns happen, I will splurge on a tin!

gmathis

Oliver Pluff has turned into one of my favorite purveyors.

ashmanra

There was a shop that carried some of their teas locally. I need to find out if they still do….

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drank Hojicha Powder by Den's Tea
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I just wanted to tell y’all about something delicious cuz that’s what friends do.

I started my hojicha journey with 3 Leaf Tea hojicha powder, plain and flavored ones. They were good and I did quite a few lattes with them. Then I tried this one from Den’s but derk sent me an awesome hojicha that is not a powder. You steep the leaves and it is awesome and we have been drinking that in the evenings when we have Asian food. So this powder has been a bit neglected.

Now I love ice cream and tea together and found out I adore ice cream with a small pot of lapsang, but the caffeine was keeping me up so I switched to hojicha. It was awesome. But I started thinking about how hojicha would probably make an awesome ice cream syrup.

I tried it today and I love it! I mixed a tiny bit of hot water with sugar and stirred and stirred. Then I added hojicha powder and stirred and made a huge mess because it was basically acting totally hydrophobic. It went everywhere. I finally held it over the sink while I stirred until it was a smooth mixture of syrup consistency. It looked for all the world like chocolate fudge sauce at that point.

I poured it over some homemade vanilla ice cream and it was EXQUISITE. If you have any hojicha powder sitting around neglected, I highly recommend this as an occasional treat. (Disclaimer – I felt like I had to say occasional for health reasons. I want all of y’all to live a really long time.)

Dustin

Ooooooooo! Sounds good!

gmathis

Your kitchen accidents turn out amazingly. My kitchen accidents just clog the sink.

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February Sipdown Prompt – Mardis Gras: your most colorful tea

This tea is ten months past the best by date and colors of dry leaf have faded. It mostly looks like black tea and mint. There are whole blackcurrants in it, but they are coated with black tea and also look very dark. So while the picture on this page is quite colorful, mine no longer is.

It is, however, still quite glittery! And that had a Mardis Gras vibe to me.

Thanks to butterfly pea flower (groan) this steeps to a murky purple. But the swirls of glitter are fun and fascinating. The flavor is fine despite the age, and tastes as advertised – blackcurrant and mint. I would probably like this a lot more without the mint as I am not a huge mint fan. I love blackcurrant flavor, though, and there are plump, whole berries here.

Additional fun is adding some more tea to “hot up the cup” as my friend says. The glitter rises and swirls like mad, adding a bit of entertainment to breakfast. I think this will be more enjoyable as a sweet iced tea, and there is just enough left for one carafe.

Roswell Strange

Stealing that phrase

ashmanra

Ros: :D

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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.

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