921 Tasting Notes


Do you all have daylight savings time where you are? Because its kicking my but. Its a week old, but I am still exsausted.
Gosh it was hard to get out of bed, and I stood in my kitchen, blearlily staring at my teas. I was almost unable to pick a tea this morning!
I decided on an old faithful. I’m running out of this, which always makes me sad, but its a cold weather tea, so its probably for the best.
Help me, tea. Its going to be a long and complicated day!


YES, the time change is still making it super hard to get up in the morning…ugh :/


You both too? Ok so I’m not the only one! Wow, I just can’t seem to shake it off.


Indiana went for years without most of us switching to DST. It was great. We switched so politicians could play more golf without having to get up earlier – at least that’s why I think it changed. There has been talk of going back to the old system. Hoping it does.

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This sounds on paper like something I would like, so I got an ounce and today broke into it, brewing up a pot.
In liquid form its a bit tart, with a lot more “extra” flotam and jetsam to it than tea.
Well, not bad, but I’m glad I dont have tons of it.

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drank Rose Darjeeling by Lupicia
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A bold flavored tea meets a bold flavored flower. What will the results be?
Not bad, actually. The Darjeeling and the Rose are fighting a little for dominance in my cup, but its not an unpleasant battle. Its actually almost more of a dance.
But I’ve still got a lot of tinkering to do. Fortunatly, I’ve got a fair bit of this, so I can play around.

Flavors: Flowers

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Did not sleep well last night. Need a simple, straitforward, uncomplicated cup. Bingo!
Vanilla Almond is an always have for me, as I need a failsafe tea. Something for just such mornings, that I can steep, sip, and forget about, and still enjoy.

Sami Kelsh

Good. insert a nice nap here

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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Ah, this tea. Its certainly a winter tea, but its light enough that I’m comfortable getting away with it right now.
Warm, creamy, with a touch of nutty spice. Very nice.
I’m always a little timid around white tea, but its proven to be very patient and gentle with me.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Its been a very weird day. Hmm. Not bad, exactly, but I’ve got a lot to think about.
I’ve maybe been offered more hours at work? Maybe? Maybe not? Argh.
On the one hand, more hours would be good. The flip side of this is that I’m trying to find a new job, something more in line with my interests, so I’m not sure.
Well, a cup of tea to mull things over.

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Second cup of the morning.
I never picked this up myself, it was a gift from th bf, but he did a good job. I’m not much one for peaches, though I am a devotee of ginger. But this is well balanced an tasty blend.
I like it.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. Sip sip.
Its bright and clear outside, so this seemed like an excelent tea to have.
Its light and fruity, but I’m beginning to pale a little on it right now. Its not quite as complex or interesting as either Tower of London or Paris.
That said, I still like it. The amount I have now will be great for these spring months.

Sami Kelsh

I remember trying this with my girlfriend at the time in their New York shop. She got this one, I got Paris, and we each preferred the other’s tea so we swapped. Then we had quesadillas at my favourite little quesadilla place. MAN, now I’m all nostalgic for NYC in the winter.

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drank Vanilla by Lupicia
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So I bought both this and La Vanille from Lupicia. What, exactly, is the difference, anyway? I am determined to find out!
I think I may have steeped this too aggressively this morning. I turned on music, and began to dance, instead of paying proper attention to my kettle. Whoops.
But even so, its not coming up bitter.
Its a smooth cup, and I get a toasty note in it, but very little vanilla, it must be said.
Hmm. Pleasant, and I do get a familer note, but what that note is is anyones guess right now.
More experimentation!


I was just looking at lupicia’s website right now, and noticed they have a vanilla and la vanille as well, so I’m glad you’re doing the experiment!

Sami Kelsh

I’m very curious to know the difference between the two!


I will report back when I have data!


enquiring minds want to know…

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The weather around here is going through some crazy cycling. Yesterday it was gorgeous, unbelievable spring weather. Yesterday I wanted a long walk, asparagus and fresh strawberries. (So I had them).
But this morning it is windy and cold, and so I want warm and cozy things.
Enter Winter Solstice!
One of my favorite winter teas, warm, savory, with a delightful note of citrus. But its better in the cold weather, so I’m happy to drink it now.

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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