Leaves are much greener than I was expecting. They smell really good, too. Earthy and sweet.

WOW. I was not expecting to like this one as much as I am! I have only had one single estate Darjeeling (but it was a second flush) and I was underwhelmed. THIS, though! Fruity, complex grape like wine, oh so delicious. This took me totally by surprise. I am intoxicated!

I prepared it a little cooler and for less time than the shop recommended, and I like it very much this way. I can see it being a bit too astringent brewed for longer or with hotter water.

I did take it with a little sugar like the Germans :) Delicious!

I’m so excited! I have another type of tea which I love!

I made a second cup with these leaves and the leftover water in my kettle, and it was less muscatel-ish but even fruitier.

I have to get back to my LTS (Local Tea Store) and get a nice sized pouch of this!!!

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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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