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The Teacup – Evening in Missoula

November 30, 2006

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My apologies for the unexpected hiatus. I had a minor surgical procedure, and I’ve been concentrating on healing and just making it to work in this crazy weather for the last couple weeks. I actually stopped in at The Teacup right after the outpatient procedure to stock up on yummy treats to combat the winter chill, and this was one of them:

Evening in Missoula: One of our most popular blends. A delightful, swirling collage of herbal flavors with just a hint of wintergreen. Chamomile, rosehips, raspberry leaf, papaya leaf, peppermint, spearmint, strawberry leaf, vanilla, passionflower, red clover, star anise, wild cherry bark, damiana, horsetail, hyssop, lemon peel, wintergreen, and lavender.

I made a pot that first night to share with everyone in my household. The wintergreen and chamomile spring to life in the aroma. Drinking it brought back a familiar sensation. I had my finger on all the other notes, but when my housemate said “bubble gum,” I suddenly couldn’t rid myself of the thought.

He paused for a moment and then said, “Not bubble gum itself. More like the taste of kissing someone who has been chewing bubble gum!” And he didn’t mean that in a bad way! He is my favorite person with whom to enjoy food and drink, because he always finds the most expressive and clear way of describing sensations. And no one present would disagree with him.

I love this tea. It’s been one of my favorite before-bed treats – and totally guilt free because it’s decaf and naturally sweet. Kind of like that one beautiful spring evening I spent in Missoula back in 1991…

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