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drank Noel by Franklin Tea Company
1742 tasting notes

A holdover from last year that’s held up pretty nicely. I don’t see it on Franklin Tea Company’s roster this season, but there’s a Hot Cinnamon Spice that I’m guessing is highly similar—cinnamon of the red hot variety, sweet clove and orange rind. I’m tasting all of those here.

Makes a very genteel cup, so I poured into a very delicate and dainty pedestal cup—gold trim and everything—that I hauled home from my parents’ attic Thanksgiving afternoon.

Seems that Grandma, still from an era when ladies had “club” at their house once a month or so and entertained with froofy cakes and servingware, fixed me up with a “flower of the month” set. (Currently drinking from September—Aster.) As a skinny, squirrely tomboy third grader, I had no use for foofy stuff in my room, so up to the attic they went and were forgotten until recently.

I’m still a tomboy—I know Grandma would cluck her tongue at me right now, dressed like a refugee from the DAV thrift store after raking leaves, sipping from her carefully chosen china cups with handles so lacy you can barely thread a pinky through them—but it makes me smile all the same that she might have had a premonition I would need something lovely from which to drink my tea.

JacquelineM

I LOVE those cup of the month teacups – I think they are so sweet and beautiful. But a set from Grandma – priceless. I’m so glad you saved them and SO glad you are at a time where you want to use them :) :) :) I think it would be so nice to have a different cup to use each month, think about the flower associated, think about what you were doing years ago on that month… so many nice ways are associated with flower of the month cups I think!!!

I have my aunt’s china – I love to use it and think of her. People that come over always tease me about getting out the cups and silver and this and that – they don’t understand that it’s not about impressing anyone but about sharing something from my family who isn’t here anymore, and honoring special times of the NOW :) It’s telling them that I’m glad they are here with me too.

gmathis

I am seriously digitally challenged and rarely upload photos - but found an online sample of the set at http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-norleans-japan-china-demitasse-tea-cup.

JacquelineM

My heart is about to burst!

gmathis

Yep, set of 12 with one duplication (forgot to take inventory to see which month is missing).

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JacquelineM

I LOVE those cup of the month teacups – I think they are so sweet and beautiful. But a set from Grandma – priceless. I’m so glad you saved them and SO glad you are at a time where you want to use them :) :) :) I think it would be so nice to have a different cup to use each month, think about the flower associated, think about what you were doing years ago on that month… so many nice ways are associated with flower of the month cups I think!!!

I have my aunt’s china – I love to use it and think of her. People that come over always tease me about getting out the cups and silver and this and that – they don’t understand that it’s not about impressing anyone but about sharing something from my family who isn’t here anymore, and honoring special times of the NOW :) It’s telling them that I’m glad they are here with me too.

gmathis

I am seriously digitally challenged and rarely upload photos - but found an online sample of the set at http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-norleans-japan-china-demitasse-tea-cup.

JacquelineM

My heart is about to burst!

gmathis

Yep, set of 12 with one duplication (forgot to take inventory to see which month is missing).

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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