September Sipdown Challenge – tea from a favorite vendor

After getting started with grocery store hot tea bags long ago, a friend confided that Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice was her guilty pleasure. I decided to get it for her for Christmas, and Barnes and Noble was having a buy one get two free sale on the Historic Royal Palaces tins. I picked up a Royal English Breakfast for us and the rest is history.

Having nice sachets on hand is why the new neighbor, Sandy on here, decided to take me to A Southern Season to be introduced to the world of bounteous assortments of loose leaf, and then it was Harney and Sons Golden Monkey that took me from a tea with milk and sugar person to a sans additions tea drinker. It was Queen Catherine that converted my bestie from a coffee only person to a mainly tea person.

So Harney and Sons is dear to my heart.

I am loving this blend. So often anything called Gingerbread has so much ginger or clove that I really dislike it. This one is perfect.I had it sans additions today with lunch, though it is awesome as a latte. It is perfect to lend a cozy feel to yet another super cloudy day.

I noticed that this steeps up light which got me wondering what the base is. I wonder if tossing a teaspoon of the Queen in would make it even richer. Or a teaspoon of Vanilla Black or Vanilla Comoro? Honestly that sounds heavenly and I am out of both of those, but I expect that won’t be for long, especially now.

I really shouldn’t since Superanna is bringing me some Warm Bread Pudding tea from her vacation in a few days…somebody talk me out of it.

Leafhopper

I wonder how many of us have a vendor that converted us to drinking better-quality loose leaf tea. Mine was Teavana, though I moved on from them before they closed.

Martin Bednář

What converted me from tea bags to loose leaf were samples from What-cha. I was “converted” so fast. And now, I am looking on tea bags with a disrespect.

Michelle

Life is too short not to drink the tea you love!

ashmanra

I agree, Michelle!

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Leafhopper

I wonder how many of us have a vendor that converted us to drinking better-quality loose leaf tea. Mine was Teavana, though I moved on from them before they closed.

Martin Bednář

What converted me from tea bags to loose leaf were samples from What-cha. I was “converted” so fast. And now, I am looking on tea bags with a disrespect.

Michelle

Life is too short not to drink the tea you love!

ashmanra

I agree, Michelle!

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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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