Tea cups and tea

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I am not sure what gets into me sometimes. There will be something I like, so I get one. And then I get another… and my BFF says it only takes five of somthing to make a collection. I never intended to collect tea cups. I’m more of a coffee girl most of the time- and there are some pretty nifty coffee mugs out there- I have several. But a tea cup is so much more elegant! Plus, coffee is usually on the run- hurry, hurry, hurry and a tea cup- particularly with a biscuit- invites you to stop for a minute.

Another facet is that there are hundreds of beautiful china patterns out there. Even if you have a good set and a daily set, you still only get to pick two. Or, if you want, you can have small sets for the family holidays. But lots of china means lots of storage… and even with the holiday sets, you can hardly have more than five or six (I will not get china for Easter, I will not get china for Easter…) But tea trios- you can have quite a number of patterns if all you have is one cup, one saucer and a bread and butter plate. As an added bonus, trios are a lot easier to find than a full set and a lot less expensive- usually. (Ok, there’s that Vogue set that’s $2000 and doesn’t even have a plate… maybe if I win the lottery and don’t spend it ALL on books…)

For reasons I am still uncertain about, my daughter has taken to naming the trios. Some of them are obvious- others not so much. And with very few exceptions, they are totally unrelated to the name of the pattern- it’s just what she calls them.

My tea reviews- such as they are:
White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea and Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)
Superfine Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea
Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea
Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea
Big Red Robe Oolong Tea
Formosa Oolong Tea
Darjeeling Puttabong Summer Black Tea
Fujian Ti Kuan Yin Oolong tea
Prince of Wales tea
Mellow Mint tea
Assam (Two Leaves Organic)
Lapsang Souchong
P G Tips
Darjeeling de Triomphe (Teavana)
Salted Caramel Mate (Stash)

Silver Yen Zen Pearls (Tevana)
Black Dragon Pearls (Tevana)
Tzai Fruit Cinnamon (Coffeeway)
Gypsy Love (Zhena)
Green Tea (Salada)
Lady Grey (Twinings)
Earl Grey (Bigelow)
Earl Grey (Twinnings)
Earl Grey Black (Stash)
Earl Grey Double Bergamot (Stash)
Earl Grey Organic (Stash)
Earl Grey (Taylor’s of Harrowgate)
Chocolate Hazelnut (Stash)
Blueberry (Stash)
Zen Tea (Tazo)
Constant Comment (Bigelow)
Strawberry Paradiso (Tevana)
Thai Mountian Oolong (Tevana)
Peppermint (Celestial Seasoning)

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