There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.

Well, it’s that time again. I’m down to just a few teas left a work (some Lemon Myrtle Black purchased back in 2006 that is really too strong to drink except when I have a cold; some Whittard of Chelsea Badamtam 1st Flush Darjeeling that ellipticcurve picked up for me in the UK; some Caramel Tea from Franklin Tea purchased in March 2008; a bit of Rosebud, also March 2008; some Green Cherry Rose from Franklin Tea, from April 2007); and a few Harry & David Orchard Peach teabags by The Republic of Tea given to me by a co-worker who didn’t like the flavor (others must not as well, as it seem to be no longer made). I should also note that I had one additional dead soldier since the last order: a tin of Mariage Freres Marco Polo tea given to me by a co-worker who didn’t like the flavor (this is the same co-worker that passed on the Harry & David tea).

Thus, it is tea order time. So what is in this order, you may (or may not) ask:

  • Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea 100g. An ultra smooth version of English Breakfast with a beautiful golden color in the cup. $7.50.
  • *China Keemun Black Tea 100g. (OP) The burgundy of teas from Anhui province in China. Full-bodied with a light, toasty taste. $6.75.
  • Gunpowder Temple of Heaven Green Tea 100g. This green tea is tightly rolled into a tiny pellet resembling gunshot. Leaves delicately unfold during brewing. Light body and a distant smoky, spicy flavor. $7.50.
  • *Tea of a Thousand Charms Green Tea 100g. Sublime blend of the finest China green teas – Huo Mountain, Young Hyson, Gunpowder, and Dragonwell. $9.95.
  • Organic Ambootia Darjeeling Black Tea 100g. This beautiful tea has a sparkling amber color and flowery aroma. The flavor is smooth and mellow with a distinct fruity note. $9.95.
  • Christmas Morning Black Tea 100g. Exquisite blend of Darjeeling First Flush, Indian Assam, China Keemun and Yunnan, southern Indian teas, Formosa Oolong and Jasmine Flower. $8.50.
  • Vanilla Creme Black Tea 100g. Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans are combined with premium black teas for a rich, smooth and sweet tea. $8.50.
  • Stash Bed & Breakfast Blend Black Tea 100g. A full-bodied blend of fine black teas including Kopili Estate Special Assam, Tiger Hill Estate Nilgiri, and Kenilworth Estate Ceylon. Very smooth finish. $7.50.
  • Stash House Blend Black Tea 100g. This smooth, rich blend of Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Oolong, Keemun and Jasmine teas has a delicate floral aftertaste and is good for everyday drinking. $7.50.
  • Stash Millennium Blend Black Tea 100g. This blend of exquisite world-class teas include Kopili Estate Assam, Kenilworth Estate Ceylon, Green Darjeeling, Gunpowder Temple of Heaven, Dragonwell Special Grade, Formosa Oolong, Mutan White and Keemun Hao Ya. Each tea adds its distinctive flavor notes to this special blend. $9.95.
  • *Orange Passionfruit Green Tea 100g. Fruity, juicy blend of green tea, mint and natural tropical fruit flavors. Delicious hot or iced. $7.50.

In addition, for home, I’m ordering:

  • Organic Ceylon Black Tea 100g. Rich in flavor and color, this tea is from the Venture organic tea garden in the Dimbulla region of Sri Lanka, renowned for its organic black teas. $7.50.
  • *Organic Breakfast Blend Black Tea 100g. Rich, robust blend of premium black teas makes a great morning cup. Full-bodied and stimulating. Enjoy with a splash of milk. $7.50.

Now, most of these teas I have ordered before, or I have ordered variations (e.g., slightly different Gunpowder or Darjeelings). The ones marked with * are new ones that I’m trying. I like to do that each order… swap in a few new. I’ll also be bringing into work some additional of the Caramel that I have at home — I find that works wonderfully with some of the straighter black teas.

I’ve also got a co-worker joining me in this order… so, for the hell of it, here’s what he ordered:

  • YMY Genmai Green Tea 100g. A convivial drink in Japan shared at home with friends. This unique tea is made with green tea and brown rice. Light golden color and nut-like flavor and aroma. $6.75.
  • Dragonwell Special Grade Green Tea 100g. China’s most famous green tea. Named after a benevolent dragon in Chinese mythology. Flat green leaf yields a light, sweet tea with classic flavor and bouquet. $19.50.
  • YMY Jasmine Green Tea 100g. One of the most popular teas in China, jasmine is picked in the heat of the day when the tiny flowers are closed tight. The blossoms open in the cool of the evening when they are blended with the green tea leaves. A refreshing beverage. $4.99.
  • Dbl Bergamot Earl Grey Black Tea 100g. We made a good thing even better,adding double 100% pure bergamot to our award winning Earl Grey tea. $6.75.

ETA, for my notes, as there was no email confirmation: Order #1199565. Should ship by Fri Afternoon.

ETA #2: For my reference: Discussion on tea shops in los_angeles: Special Teas (a new mail order shop).