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Dark Beauty – Mandala Tea

mandalaThe very first what I call “real” (not grocery store tea bags) teas that I fell passionately in love with were Mandala teas. Garret was my first tea-pusher. I realize “tea-pusher” sounds a bit questionable and unromantic for the ever so charming and graceful Garret. But I mean it in the most affectionate way possible. Good tea is like the very best kind of addictive drug and dealing with Garret is an addicting experience: beautiful tea made possible by a soulful, ethical company. I will be a lifelong Mandala customer.  Read More

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The Sleeping Bear – Whispering Pines Tea Company

The Sleeping Bear BlendWe’ve been in a drought for quite a while now. It has been dry and sad. A few years ago, Texas caught on fire. I wish really hard for rain all the time.

This afternoon on my way home from work, I stopped at The Herb Bar for some additional dried elderberries because of Northern Sweet Tea (Whispering Pines Golden Orchid, dried elderberries, maple syrup). The Herb Bar is a magical little place. In addition to herbs, they have tea and teaware. I got my elderberries and a darling little tea mug with infuser in a delicious green.

Just as I walked out of the shop it began to rain slowly at first but with great fat drops that increased in speed and decreased in size. I stood on the sidewalk and let the rain pour down on me for about 10 minutes. I’ve missed it so much. Read More

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Elderwood – Whispering Pines Tea Company

ImageIt is no secret that I’m an enthusiastic fangirl for Whispering Pines teas. I was very gratified (and in excellent company with the lovely TheTeaFairy) to be one of the first tasters of the new WPTC blend Elderwood. When Brenden sent a list of the ingredients along with the sample, I was salivating before I even tasted it. A blend of Imperial Grade Dian Hong, Ailaoshan Black and hand-cut Tahaitian Vanilla Beans sounded to me like my very much beloved Golden Orchid turned up to 11.  Read More

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Dear Mr. Harney,

harney logoJohn Harney, the founder of Harney & Sons Fine Teas passed away this week.  Mr. Harney had a great deal to do with the vibrant tea culture we enjoy today.  My visit to Harney & Sons on a recent trip to NYC was a highlight (went back twice!).  Others will detail the history of Mr. Harney’s contributions much better than I, but I would just like to say:

Dear Mr. Harney,

Thank you so very much for helping to make my world a little bit better.  May you fly with the angels.

 

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Constant Comment – Bigelow Tea

constantcommentThis is double posted from my Steepster tasting note. So. I am in a hotel, traveling for business. I had a really nice tea set up all packed in a zippered bag that has: a wee little stainless electric kettle, a tea stick (http://www.crateandbarrel.com/gamila-tea-infuser-stick/s132094?a=1552&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CLGWqtfchb8CFSJo7AodYxEAlA ), and sevral kinds of awesome tea. I was willing to live with the little glasses they have in the room to brew in. I’m guessing the little tea things bag looks really cute sitting on my kitchen table where I left it.  Read More

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Uni Brew-in-Mug with Infuser and Lid – FORLIFE

forlifemugWeekday mornings around my house are fairly frantic.  Even though I wake up really early (translation: I don’t sleep much), I wait until pretty much the last possible second to get dressed, feed critters, etc.  I also need a low-stress, low-key way to start my day.  I have lots and lots (and lots) of teaware.  I’ve been trying figure out the easiest weekday morning tea system.  Pretty sure I’ve found it.   Read More