Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snowbound Means Early Drinking... Tea


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  1. Cures everything from a broken heart to a broken leg!

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  2. Which china pattern is shown ?

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    1. By the way CY, thank you for all the new tips. Much appreciated! This is not Muffy answering, but thought I would chime in.... Portmeirion Botanic Garden.

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    2. Portmeirion Botanical Garden.

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  3. "Well," coaxed her sister, "come out and get some tea. The tea will do you good." - The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

    Three English brands that I like very much and can get easily at the local market or online are Williamson, Ahmad and Taylors. Either loose or bagged.

    A recent (for me anyway) U.S. find is Oliver Pluff from Charleston, South Carolina who highlights teas that were popular in the colonial period. My favorite is their Lapsang Souchon:

    http://www.oliverpluff.com

    And there is always the venerable Mark Wendell of Acton, Massachusetts who has a version of Lapsang called Hu-Kwa. Well worth searching out:

    https://marktwendell.com

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    1. Love Taylors, good old fashioned builders tea. Can't do the lapsang souchong. Too much like the bottom of an ash tray.

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    2. I agree, Sartre, that Lapsang is not for everyone but I'd compare it to tarred marline twine rather than an ashtray. There isn't enough lemon to make ashtray taste good. Williamson makes a particularly good Earl Grey and I also like Taylors Scottish Breakfast.

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    3. I love lapsang souchong but only when I am dining out. I can't keep it in the house as the aroma permeates the entire pantry!

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    4. ...tarred marline twine/bottom of ashtray, Lord-must be some great stories of reference there.

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  4. Tea heals so many things. I like a good old Twinning's Earl Grey. Or the one that comes in a little pyramid bag. Forgot it's name.

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    1. Harney & Sons tea comes in triangular-shaped tea sachets but I think some others do, too.

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    2. I absolutely love Harney & Sons. I drink their English Breakfast in the morning, Darjeeling in the afternoon (last drop of caffeine to pass my lips), and mint after dinner (no caffeine). Perfect tea, in my opinion.

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    3. Cranky Yankee, that's the one! Thank you.

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    4. Tea Forte has the tea infusers in the shape of a pyramid.

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  5. Just the sight of a teapot brings a big smile to my face and a multitude of positive feelings to the surface. I don't care whether I have my favorite cuppa (a full bodied Earl Grey) while wearing flannel pajamas by the fire on my own or while wearing simple pearls in a smart hotel or tea room with my girlfriends. The tea ritual ~ warm and fuzzy or formal ~ takes me to a different world. You just can't beat it!

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  6. Taylors Yorkshire Gold is what I put in my Thermos and take to a duck blind on cold winter mornings.

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  7. Nothing better than tea and company! I collect tea pots, tea cups and tea accoutrement - as part of my etiquette business, I teach classes on "The Art of English Tea", which is a lot of fun. A great source is Annie's Tea Time, a provider of Whittard of Chelsea teas that carries a terrific Lapsang Souchon as well as other favorites.

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  8. I have three tea services, Wedgewood Edme, Wedgewood green Jasperware, and a Gorham sterling service. Use them all regularly depending on my mood and schedule. Oh, and any orange flavored tea is my favorite.

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  9. I know I'm opening myself up for a world of hurt, but I don't like tea .

    Are there simply just tea people and coffee people?

    I've tried to like it, it looks so perfectly calming and soothing, but no.....

    I like Tea as in cakes and sandwiches and scones and clotted cream, but not tea.

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    1. Interesting you should mention that...I adore the ceremony and ritual of tea, but not so much the drink, unless celebrated with friends - it has never been my go-to beverage. I prefer the taste of coffee over tea. However, I have learned to appreciate tisanes in the evening as a substitute for water. Caffeine no longer seems to be my friend.

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    2. I believe so. I am strictly a tea person; my husband a coffee person. We try to get along in other ways! :)

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    3. There can be ritual and ceremony with coffee, too. It's something you might do in the late morning and can be very formal. In all of these social events, the drink itself is secondary.

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    4. My husband is a coffee person, but he only drinks two cups a day and that's in the morning. He will drink tea occasionally and when he's sick. I cannot stand coffee--not even the smell. I have a friend who thinks that tea has no taste at all, but she chooses to get her caffeine fix from Diet Coke, which is a revolting beverage to me.

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    5. @Blue Train, good point - the drink being secondary to the enjoyment of the ritual.

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  10. just found upton tea:
    https://secure.uptontea.com/store/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=TE12&begin=0&parent=Teas%3EBlack%3EBlends&category=Earl+Grey&sortMethod=0&categoryID=251

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  11. The novelist John Fowles described a cup of tea as "the immemorial English answer to all the major crises of existence"

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    1. That pretty well sums it up.

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  12. Although I like black tea very much, it doesn't like me back. I have to stick to chamomile tea which seems a bit bland. Life isn't always fair.

    Laura

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  13. You need a nice piece of Irish Soda Bread to go with that tea! :-)

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