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  •  "strong enough to take the paint off your car.." (9+ / 0-)

    My favorite expression about strong tea is "stewed enough to trot a mouse across."

    I love tea and can't seem to keep away from it even though I am supposed to be limiting my caffeine.

    Right now I'm drinking a beautiful pot of Tumsong Estate First Flush Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports, a Mass. company that has the most amazing selection of teas.  

    (I like my tea with milk, too, except that I am now trying to avoid all dairy and soy milk is a sacrilege in tea.  So I'm sticking with Darjeeling which doesn't really take milk.)

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:54:30 AM PDT

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    •  I remember one morning (7+ / 0-)

      sitting in the Upton Tea Imports store having a delightful cup of tea. It is an interesting place.

    •  I love Upton! (3+ / 0-)
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      I get most of my tea from them, although there's also an excellent place here in St. Paul called Tea Source (the owner, Bill Waddington, sometimes comes on The Splendid Table to talk about tea).

      "I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly."--George Farquhar

      by slapshoe on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 04:48:25 PM PDT

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      •  If you are in St Paul, (3+ / 0-)
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        you might enjoy a book on tea by Helen Gustafson, "The Agony of the Leaves."  In spite of its terrible title, it is a very amusing and enlightening book on tea.  I especially loved the chapters about her growing up in St. Paul.

        From Amazon:  

        Widely famed as the tea guru of Berkeley's Chez Panisse, Gustafson, in this book, creates intersections between her own life & her experiences with tea -- from domestic tea rituals in her St. Paul, MN, upbringing, to her Irish honeymoon where she encountered Barry's of Cork tea, to her first meeting with the venerable Mr. Twining, of the Twining tea empire, in search of the incomparable 275th Anniversary black Yunnan tea. Gustafson's approach to the minutiae of the tea experience is a magically macroscopic one -- she makes the subject of tea as ecstatic ritual come alive through biographical detail, storytelling, recipes, & reminiscences.

        It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

        by Radiowalla on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:55:46 AM PDT

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