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1630 Tasting Notes

Downed a cup and a half before breaking down and actually peeking at the ingredients I couldn’t identify…odd that I’m not overfond of rose, jasmine, or bergamot individually, but together and with a light touch, they combine to make a properly civilized and elegant cuppa.

Anne Perry, one of my new favorite authors (she’s been around a while), writes a Victorian mystery series about detective Thomas Pitt, who married above his station. His wife, Charlotte, relies on her proper society connections and adventurous Aunt Vespasia to assist Thomas in infiltrating the ugly underbelly of the London uppercrust. I would proudly pour up a pot of this for either of the ladies.

OMGsrsly

I have added the first book to my “to read” list! Hopefully I can get the library ebooks working on my reader. :)

gmathis

Anne Perry is deliciously prolific. She also does a Victorian series featuring William Monk; his “hook” is that in the first novel he has amnesia and has to rediscover himself while solving a murder; also a World War I series with three siblings in varying roles. All good. I’ll be hunting her down in used bookstores for months and months to come.

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Spending the morning with TOL, an old friend that is consistently sweet and faithful. This one might make it to the elusive “if you only had ten teas” list. Creamy, fruity, easy to steep.

Rosehips

One of my favorites, I must say.

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Last of the packet. If you’re aching for something spring-y and perky to shake up tastebuds that have been dulled by too many mornings of heavy builders tea, this is.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1630 tasting notes

Two thumbfuls dried coconut, a fat pinch of lemongrass, a nubblin’ of cacao nibs. This could work. Not beachy tropical, just sweet and mildly sunshiny.

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Hey, this is nice! Peach flavor is spot on without being cloying. No dairy additives handy, but a little half-and-half would turn this into pie with whipped cream. Double-bagging not necessary.

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drank Earl Grey by The Boston Tea Company
1630 tasting notes

I may never find an Earl Grey that I deeply love (and I will continue to try). However, this is at least an Earl Grey that I don’t mind. Runs a little closer to the Lemon Pledge/floral side than to plain ol’ citrus, which I prefer. Lemon Pledge in a pleasant way.

Terri HarpLady

Have you ever noticed that the people who seem to love the Earl the most are mostly guys? :D
Maybe that sweet perfume reminds them of their mothers.
just sayin…

Sil

hahahaha

K S

No name calling. I’m telling…. Moooommmmm!

Terri HarpLady

:D
K, thanks for being a good sport!

Lynxiebrat

LOL…I’m a girl and I adore EG. :P

Terri HarpLady

Oh well…it was just a theory ;)

gmathis

Female stereotyping again—-but I wonder if the soap & polish vibes remind us subliminally of housework?

NofarS

Try Ronnefeld’s Darjeeling Earl Grey. Just the texture of that tea drives me wild. And I’m not an EG fan

gmathis

Darjeeling sounds like a nifty base for EG. I’m not familiar with Ronnefeld…will have to investigate.

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drank Warwick Assam by Ahmad Tea
1630 tasting notes

A sipdown this morning. This has been a faithful, smooth, no-fuss breakfast standby. Recommended for Assam lovers who need a basic cupboard tea; too many packets and tins in the hopper for me to hunt this one down assiduously, but if a tin just happened to cross my path at TJ Maxx or a local grocery, it might have to come home with me again.

(I’m a little put out at our TJ Maxx…I realize it’s pot luck and overstocks there, but the tea selection that was giving me such great joy has dwindled down to nothing.)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1630 tasting notes

A sloppy dollop from the Junkyard Tea Jar: custom blended, changes almost daily. Lots of cocoa and keemun today. This is how great tea sommeliers and blenders get started, yes?

K S

Junkyard Tea – you should grab the rights to that name before they’re gone.

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This little jar of nuggety goodness was a gift; normally I don’t choose chai for myself.

However, it’s fun to play “Where’s Waldo?” with all the ingredients—cinnamon chunks, fennel, fennel and more fennel, black peppercorns…tried a few sips straight up and it was not too bitter as a stand-alone. However, the addition of half-and-half and some brown sugar smoothed it out beautifully. Available in bulk, this gets a Cheapster Steepster thumbs-up for frugality as well.

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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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