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This is the better of the two options in my QEII sampler tin: still falls in the “just tea” category, but much less acidic than the afternoon tea version and easier to drink straight. Maybe a little cherry wood personality to it.

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
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I’m feeling cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel. Just call me Mrs. Grinch when you walk into the office today. So in hopes of inflating my heart two or three sizes, we’ve got Pentatonix singing their lungs out in my direction, and I steeped a cup of Christmas tea in my favorite wintery mug—it has embossed holly leaves and berries. The bumps feel good in your hands.

The orange and clove profile, as many people have mentioned before, is a lot like good ol’ Bigelow Constant Comment, only not quite as finicky—steep time of 4 minutes, and it’s still not bitter or biting. (Maybe I should take the hint, eh?) A little milk and honey would flip this into a nice orangey chai, I think.

ashmanra

May the gloomies dispel and the inner sunshine break forth quickly!

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I am now the proud owner of a Commemorative Queen Elizabeth Tin of New English Teas—a gift from someone who got a kick out of all my Jubilee fan-girling this summer. Inside, three foil pouches with tagless bags.

This English Afternoon has no standout flavors; it’s just tea, but it does lean to the sharpish side—some other reviewers emphasize its acidity, which isn’t bothering me, but does indicate that I might now have a use for several flavored honey sticks that have been gathering dust in my office tea corner.

It’s fun; it’ll do; I can share with office mates.

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You all are going to be up till midnight tonight catching up on all these Advent reviews! So I’ll be brief—very mild, a little roasty, not too floral. (Don’t stay up too late, kids.)

Nattie

How did you know? I’m struggling to keep up with all the notes lately XD

tea-sipper

Somehow I have FINALLY caught up on reading all the tasting notes in time to get behind again for Advent Season! But I made it!

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drank Cinnamon Spice by HEB
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(Oh…I have had this before. Will y’all come see me in the memory care ward?)

Well, the first time out, references were made to Big Red chewing gum. This time around, it reminded me of Brach’s Cinnamon Discs hard candy.

Do they still have the do-it-yourself Brach’s Pick-A-Mix bins anywhere? When I was little, that was big stuff, getting to fill my own bag. Mostly gumdrops and those white taffy squares with fruity blobs in them, but Mom or Dad would reach over my shoulder and make sure some butterscotch drops and cinnamon discs made it home, too.

Never mind the cinnamon. This cup tasted like nostalgia.

Leafhopper

Nostalgia always makes tea taste better. :)

ashmanra

Memory care….first thing I made for the gathering today was deviled eggs, y daughter and the grands favorites… then forgot to put them out because they were in the outside fridge. We will be eating a lot of deviled eggs this week….

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drank Ginger Snap by Tea Forte
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I guess we can call this one a sipdown—I’ve been working my way through the last of a Tea Forte sampler—I’m down to lots of chais and wintery flavors that didn’t appeal during the summer, and this was the last of that particular flavor. Looks like it’s no longer a Tea Forte purchase option, perhaps because it was just “eh, OK” in personality. Good quality black tea with orange and ginger. It did taste more like a ginger snap than Bigelow’s Ginger Snappish, and was just fine for an afternooner in between dishes and laundry. (Must there be housework in December?)

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drank Spearmint Lavender by HEB
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A dear friend swung our mutual “a month either way” occasion observation rule to the early side, so I came home after a really stressy workweek to a lovely little package of pre-Christmas. These tea sachets, part of the contents, made me squee and giggle, because of late I have been discovering what cool stuff HEB has … and moan and groan because I live two states away from the closest one.

If it weren’t for the grocery store box, I’d be convinced these were from an upscale proprietor—large sachets with lots of room for the leaves to play, big, intact lavender buds; not crunched or crushed, and the spearmint is a really nice, sharp counterpoint to the lavender perfume. Really lovely to relax with.

Cameron B.

I live in HEB territory if you need a supplier! ;)

gmathis

I will keep that in mind when the tins quit falling off the kitchen shelves…. :)

Michelle

HEB rocks! You know a grocery store is good when folks outside the area know what it is and stock up on things when they can.

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drank Bold Coast Breakfast by Cup of Sea
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This was a treat from Michelle, and a fun one at that! Breakfast tea with oarweed, which, not being a marine life expert, is a completely new revelation to me.

Didn’t read any reviews before steeping, so based on the description alone and the hefty chunks of seaweed, I expected something somewhat fishy and very salty. Not so much. There is a hint of salinity, but otherwise it’s a good, thickish English breakfast tea with a little bit of sweetness and cereal at the end of each “ship.”
(First, that was a typo. Then I decided to leave it in, matey.)

Nattie

Hahaha just roll with (the waves)

Michelle

Sometimes the universe speaks to us through appropriate typos. I find this funny because I used to drive big ships for a living, not sure I’ve mentioned that before on this site? In my first career I was a ship’s navigator and I have been all around the world on cargo ships. Now I teach the weather to those mariners who still go to sea :)

ashmanra

Michelle: thats sounds unbelievably cool.

gmathis

(This just makes me wish all the more I had my sister’s Ancestry.com info that linked us to a pirate!) Have you tried any of the other Cup of Sea varieties? Their little seal logo is pretty adorable.

Martin Bednář

Michelle: I haven’t noticed this (but I am much “younger” here), but it sounds very cool indeed!

Michelle

Gmathis, I picked this up at a tiny grocery in small coastal Maine when I was visiting Acadia NP. I didn’t go back into that store again so I didn’t pick up their herbal tea. I was thinking that I need to search for some seaweed to add to my favorite Assam!

Michelle

Its been 18 yrs since I’ve been on a ship going to sea, so maybe that’s why I don’t bring it up. Everyone has a bit of backstory that we don’t always include here. I also didn’t drink tea in those days, for shame!

Nattie

That’s so cool Michelle !

tea-sipper

I don’t think you have mentioned this, Michelle! It’s a little like “Oh and years ago, I was an astronaut, I don’t think I mentioned it”. (To me it is, anyway!)

Michelle

Hahaha! tea-sipper you crack me up! I mean I never said I was ‘normal’ I do drink an awful lot of tea :)

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Funny story…one of the younglings at work is also a fledgling teaist and was so excited when she ordered herself a Black Friday Vadham loose leaf sampler. Until she got to this one.

Today, she carried it into my office, almost at arm’s length, with a woebegone expression. “I hate not liking tea, but I can’t stand this one. Could you use it?” I laughed out loud because I think that was precisely my first gut reaction to lapsang souchong many years ago.

That said, though it’s not a deliberate go-to for me, I fired up the office kettle and steeped a trial cup. The leaves are long and luxurious, and the smoke strength is actually mild enough to suit me. Especially nice with a couple of snagged biscotti: the holiday office snacking season is upon us.

ashmanra

Biscotti and Lapsang sounds like a good afternoon to me!

Lexie Aleah

Lapsang in winter is always yummy. I’ll have to try pairing mine with a biscotti.

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Look who mysteriously showed up at my house for breakfast! (Any Black Adder fans out there? The dog’s head reminds me of the episode where they are trying to rewrite the dictionary…)

Something bold and beefy came in handy this morning after a lousy night’s sleep. I snarfed it so quickly, there wasn’t much time for contemplation; however, I did note that you don’t often encounter a bagged tea that is instantly and easily identifed as, “Wow, that’s Assam!” Strong and acceptable without any additives. I’ll think about it harder tomorrow.

Nattie

That is the only episode of Black Adder I’ve seen! Revoking my British passport as we speak…

gmathis

The only ones I watch over and over are those with Fry and/or Laurie in them!

ashmanra

Gmathis: are you a Bertie Wooster fan, too?

Nattie

Yup, I love Stephen Fry!

gmathis

Yes on Jeeves and Wooster—I have those saved somewhere—and though it’s by an American author, I’m currently reading “Around the World with Auntie Mame,” which definitely has the same vibe. She’s currently trying to bluff her way into being introduced into Court circa 1937.

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Steepster “geezer;” tea barbarian who has no systematic method for storage, preparation, classification, or rating; lover of strong unleaded builders’ tea. Never quite grew up—I cut and glue, play with Legos, design kids’ curriculum, and play with fifth graders every Sunday.

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