FORTNUM & MASON ADVENT DAY 20

I had to add this one to the database, and it does not show up on the F&M website, so I am guessing this is exclusive to the advent calendar.

This smells super sweet dry! The leading aroma dry and steeped is anise. Tastewise, I get the spices which (hooray!) does not include clove, the mouthfeel of the licorice root, the thick sweetness of coconut, and a little warmth (very nice) from the pink peppercorns. This has been one of the more complex of the teas in the advent.

Ashman enjoyed it and his first comment was that he smelled a lot of anise. God bless the man at work who brought him lumpia today, because it meant I didn’t have to cook lunch (Ashman has a half day) and also went really great with this tea!

Cameron: do you or your friend who has this advent ever have trouble getting some of the tins out? I have small hands and some days I still struggle to wiggle these tins out of there! They catch on the bottom lip, and if I lift they hit the top lip. Either the tins or the box need a redesign for next year! I vote the tins, so those of us who already have the box can buy the refills!

I remember a store (Macy’s?) many years ago that used to do one incredibly extravagant gift per year for the mega millionaires who had everything. I remember they sold a tabletop mouse ranch one year with sterling silver round up tweezers. As I wrestled with this tin, I thought, “those tweezers could come in handy for wrangling these tins out their slot.”

Cameron B.

Ha ha yes, they can be rather difficult to get out! I find it works best to have a corner edge of the tin facing the opening and pinching it between my fingers instead of trying to pull the tin out by the sides…

ashmanra

That’s what I have been doing, too! But it can be hard to maneuver it into that position. I think I will be making my own little advent goodies next year to put in this box.

derk

mouse ranch what the

ashmanra

I finally remembered – it was Neiman Marcus and nit Macy’s who did the exclusive one gift a year of something horribly expensive and very…different.

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Cameron B.

Ha ha yes, they can be rather difficult to get out! I find it works best to have a corner edge of the tin facing the opening and pinching it between my fingers instead of trying to pull the tin out by the sides…

ashmanra

That’s what I have been doing, too! But it can be hard to maneuver it into that position. I think I will be making my own little advent goodies next year to put in this box.

derk

mouse ranch what the

ashmanra

I finally remembered – it was Neiman Marcus and nit Macy’s who did the exclusive one gift a year of something horribly expensive and very…different.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about twelve 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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