I am egg-zausted from attending a performance of the Duchess of Malfi last night – talk about intense! It is a strong tea, milk and sugar kind of morning. I thought this one would be fun to try – thanks SO MUCH ashmanra!

This is a very complex and interesting Irish Breakfast! I am getting the feeling that Grace Rare Teas are telling it like it is :) The offerings I’ve had thus far have not tasted like anything I’ve ever tasted!

I taste a true tea flavor, strong but not astringent or bitter – really smooth, full bodied – malty but not overly so, and for some reason, I taste the most gentle of cardamom or nutmeg? flavors. Sort of like cardamom or nutmeg was steeped in milk – or like rice pudding! Very subtle. I know this is not a flavored tea so it must be some unique quality of the tea. It is delicious.

I don’t think I have any choice but to put a leetle more tea into my brewer basket and make another cup!

Mmmmmmmmmm! I’m still getting that unique cardamom-y flavor (and I am f-l-y-i-n-g! This one sneaks up on ya! How can something that tastes so good and sweet and lovely wake you up like this!?!!?!?)

It is truly frightening how much delicious tea I’ve been drinking courtesy of ashmanra!!! Thank you once again!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


Collingswood, NJ



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