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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
1:03 am - Tasting notes: Tan Cuong Hoang Binh

One of Grey's co-worker observed him drinking tea during breaks and gifted him with a package of looseleaf Tan Cuong Hoang Binh tea. Googling this, I find it to be a large company processing much of Vietnam's tea exports.

I brewed it as I do all my looseleaf teas, in a stainless-steel infuser basket and a large green ceramic pot. I brought the water to the boil, waited a moment for it to cool from a rolling boil as this appeared to be green tea, and poured it over. Steeping time of five minutes yielded a golden liquor which looked fine in the cup.

Unfortunately, on taking a first sip I very nearly spat it out. The flavor was redolent of fish, somehow, and Grey and I exchanged some disbelieving speculation about whether the traditional seasoning of Vietnam, nuoc mam (fish sauce), was somehow involved.

Yuck. This stuff is perfectly dreadful and will be composted. I sincerely hope this was an accidentally picked-up flavor from shipping or packing and not the way it's supposed to taste.

current mood: thirsty

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
10:01 am

An order of Irish Breakfast and Boston teas are on their way from Harney & Sons. What a delightful way to start off the morning.

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Friday, July 4th, 2008
8:46 am - My tea shelf

This is the shelf where I keep most of my tea. There is a cupboard where more is shoved, mostly boxes of bagged tea that I don't use often.

I would love to see other people's tea collections.

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
12:49 pm - Northwest Tea Festival

In case you haven't heard of this (I hadn't) the first Annual Northwest Tea Festival will occur October 4-5th, 2008, at the Seattle Center. I think it has the potential to be a very fun and exciting event and plan to go.

Website: http://www.nwteafestival.com/

Per the homepage:

There is perhaps no other single plant that generates so many different products, has influenced history, and is tied to so much culture, than the tea plant. Join us in Seattle, the beverage capital of North America, for the Northwest Tea Festival.

• Sample teas from around the world
• Participate in cooking-with-tea demonstrations
• Watch films and view art inspired by tea
• Take hands-on classes about brewing, tasting, and selecting teas, as well as choosing the right tea for every meal
• Hear tea authors read from their books and sign copies
• Learn about how tea has influenced almost 5,000 years of human history, and about the diversity of tea cultures in the world
• Dine at local restaurants that have specially prepared tea dinners.
• There will even be a "Find Your Tea" room, where tea experts will help you uncover your tea personality and help you find the right tea for you.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
1:06 pm - $5 off at www.apollotea.com

I don't know if this post is allowed here. If not, moderators, please, remove it If anyone wishes to receive $5 coupon to Apollo Tea, please, either write here or to sales@apollotea.com and I will e-mail you the coupon.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2008
12:57 pm - Backpacking and Tea

I am embarking on a four day camping trip tomorrow morning at Lena Lakes in the Olympics. I don't think it really counts as backpacking, since we're only hiking in three miles and staying the whole time in a single camp by the lower lake. However, planning and packing for the trip involved tea (like most things for me) and I thought I'd bring you a backpacking/camping tea poll.

Poll #1207575 Tea in the Wilderness

Do you take tea camping/hiking/back-packing?


Bagged or Loose?


What kind of tea do you bring?


Ever forget or run out of tea and tried making pine needle tea or tea from something else growing in the area?

Yes, but not because I ran out of tea.

Additional thoughts on tea in the wilderness?

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12:46 pm


I would like to draw your attention to my new online tea shop: Apollo Tea. I don't want to write a long praise here. See for yourselves.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
1:27 pm - The good, the bad, and the ugly

I cleaned out a lot of tea that I never drink from one of my tea shelves and am willing to mail it to whomever would be up for the risk. Some good teas that just weren't to my taste, some questionable teas, some a complete mystery as to what they are and where/when they came from...

All yours for the asking.

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Monday, January 14th, 2008
9:51 am - Hi!


I've just been searching around looking for tea communities to join. I love tea of all kinds.

I'd also like to promote a great community for Exchanging tea through the mail with other tea freaks.

Join tea_exchange!

Hope to chat with some of you.

Also, I'm going to buy a few boxes of tea this morning, any suggestions would be great!

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Thursday, January 10th, 2008
11:33 pm - Tea Sandwiches for Vegetarians

When you are serving a tea for vegetarian friends, what are your favorite tea sandwiches? Cucumber is an easy one for this. I also like:

* Raisin-walnut bread with cream cheese, dates, and blue cheese
* Rosemary Crostini with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and orange zest
* Peanut butter and homemde jam
* Cherry chutney and sharp white cheddar

These are mostly cheese-centric. What does anyone else like?

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Monday, December 31st, 2007
3:25 pm - Best Black Currant Tea

I am of the opinion that Harney & Sons blends the best Black Currant tea. THe tea itself is rich and strong and filled with dried black currants, and it makes a lovely cuppa. I am willing to try others, though, if there is a strong recommendation. Does anyone else have a favorite or a preference?

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006
4:29 pm - Remedy Teas

There's a new tea shop that's opened on Capital Hill -- Remedy Teas. They have 150 different types of tea, open at 7 AM and are open until 11 PM. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I recommend them highly!

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3:34 am - B's Teas website


new tea store, B's Teas is open for business. check it out!

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
10:44 am - The Importance of Tea

So I'm reading this manga, Kare Kano and there are always these little sidenotes from the author throughout. She loves tea and talks about it often, but this little quote just slayed me!

"It's important to have tea every day. If you don't, your life will get savage." - Masami Tsuda

Kawaii!! ^_^ Perhaps that explains much of why my life is the way it is? Insufficient quantities of tea! ;)

current mood: amused

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Monday, October 10th, 2005
10:06 am - Fall has settled in, must be time for tea

The crisp air and red-and-yellow leaves swirling about seem to demand pumpkin bread, and apple cider, and fires in the fireplace. And a change of tea. I'm finding that the green teas and lighter black teas that are so lovely in summer are giving way to strong, stouter black teas and teas with fruit and spices. Cranberry orange. Black currant. Russian Country. Irish breakfast.

What are your favorite teas for cooler weather? And favorite tea party foods when the rain and dark roll in?

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Thursday, August 25th, 2005
12:37 am - NEW Tea House in Seattle!

I just came back from the most relaxing and fun cup of tea I've had since my last visit to Portland, OR.

There's a new tea house in Seattle: Floating Leaves Tea in Ballard, three stores down from the corner of Market and Leary (you have to walk through a small entryway to get in). It's a hidden away little secret, and it's only been in town for two months, but boy do they know their teas!

The selection is entirely asian, mostly their own imports from Taiwan, and they specialize in Oolongs. If you like, order a pot and ask for "Chinese-style" and they will show you how to perform your own miniature Gong-Fu ceremony with all the cute little tea pots and instruments involved. It's a whole new way to enjoy tea.

We've been there twice, and both times sat for an hour and a half, pouring tea, talking, and chatting with one of the owners, who is the sweetest person. If you have any questions about Taiwanese/Chinese teas, ask her or her partner, they know quite a bit.

If you like tea, and want to see more in Seattle, go support this startup, they're wonderful and friendly, and best of all: tea.

You can ask me questions about it by posting comments, and I'll try to find out what I can.

P.S. If you're an English tea drinker like me, this is still a fun place to go, and they will give you sugar for your tea if you ask, even though it's not traditional. (Just don't order their prize-winning Oolong and then ask for sugar, they might not go that far.)

current mood: elated

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
10:09 am

this made me giggle...

title or description

damn straight it does...

"add to your friends list for updates mon-fri"...


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Saturday, August 6th, 2005
9:23 am - Tea reviews!

Maybe some of you have seen this before, but it's new to me and I think it's rather spiffy!


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Monday, August 1st, 2005
11:47 am
chelmsfordtea Hi, everyone, I own a tea house at Wichita Kansas, it's called Chelmsford Tea. I'm a crazy tea lover, so open the tea house is kinda like an excuse for me the collect teas. and you know what? now, I have the widest tea selection in the midwest!!! I'm really pround of myself, when I think about that. :D heehee, well, I recently opened a ebay online store, to sell teas, It's called Darlene's Tea Port, basicly, it's an online store the directly connected to my tea house, which means, any kind tea, you name it, I have it. ^_____^ The reason I open the ebay store is that many of my costumers told me that it would be very nice to be able to just get the teas you want online, and wait for it to arrive at home. XD Heehee

well, I wish you guys would go check it out, and wish you like it, if there s any question that you want to ask, or any tea that you are looking for, but i don't have it in the ebay store, or any suggestion, feel free to leave a command in this entry, and I will do my best. ^______^

sorry, if I spamed the community, i just thought that we all love tea, and you might want to know a good place to get the tea you want easily. I really don't mean to spam or anything.

Thank you for your time ^__^

the store address:


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