1812 Tasting Notes

drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
1812 tasting notes

Blustery clouds scudding across the sky. Mid 50’s. Yum. (Same forecast in April and I will be grousing about it.)

At any rate, the need for an extra cuppa at lunch caused me to paw through my random and motley work tea tin and pull out this one, like a cracker jack prize. Apple and vanilla with a sminch (I made that up, do you like it?) of cinnamon spice in the background. Perfect with a slice of pumpkin pie. (It’s October. I couldn’t wait any longer.)


Low 60’s here. I’m sitting on the porch anyway. I hate winter so I am squeezing every last drop out of sunshine – what little there is of it. I had pumpkin pie for breakfast :) I’m bad. It was good.


Blankets, shawls, and sweaters are perfectly acceptable front porch wear.

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Honeybush is a flavor that is hard for me to pin down, but I like it. Tonight it reminds me a bit of unsweet cinnamon apples. I’d get up and stir in a little maple syrup, but then I’d have to move the laptop and the snoozing cat. He snuffles instead of snores.

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Quiet. Deliciously quiet. No air conditioning needed. Neighborhood is shutting down for the evening. Nothing but crickets.

That has nothing to do with this tasty tea, but I wanted you to enjoy the stillness with me.

My packet is getting so old, I had to check to confirm this is still available from Boston Tea, which it is. It’s like Sunday morning sweet rolls. Not overly sugary, the almonds aren’t bitter, and smoooooth. Not for weekday mornings when you need booted awake, but slow weekend mornings on the back porch? Perfect.


This sounds wonderful. Its going on my list.

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Add this one to the list (and everybody needs a supply of these) of morning teas that are no-muss, no-fuss; nondescript, but extremely drinkable. This is not a malty Assam that clouts you over the head. It’s gently bread-crusty instead. Thanks, k s, I liked it.

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After a fall false start a couple weeks ago and a week of “ha! it’s still summer,” I love the hints of autumn that were called to my attention on the morning trek to work: fog caught in the hedgerows with the sun shining above it, sumac bushes that have started turning persimmon and crimson colors, silhouette of a crane standing by a foggy pond…and the wonderful cedar and leather sensations caused by this really nice Yunnan. Hadn’t had it in a while; glad I saved some back for crisper weather.

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There is currently a box of plain old Yorkshire Tea and a box of Yorkshire Gold Tea in my kitchen. I haven’t tried them nose-to-nose yet, but I had Gold yesterday and Plain Old today. Plain Old may be winning. I steeped both tumblers obnoxiously strong; Gold is sharper and pointier; Plain Old has more going on in the bass/baritone region. How’s that for mixed metaphors?

Both suitable for groggy Mondays and Monday reruns.

Terri HarpLady

So you could combine them in a tea pot & get the best of both worlds then? :)


I was thinking I might try that this weekend—two side-by-side cups, then dump in a pot in the warmer for the rest of the day.

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For medicinal use this evening—-de-tensing and de-toxing with a strong cup cut with a little peppermint.

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Have frittered away too much of the morning and I need to get to church before my kiddos do, so I’ll edit in the actual ingredients later. Generally, this is a green tea—looks like long sencha leaves—with nuts and maple brittle. It doesn’t seem sweet at first, but after several swallows, you have a smile on your face and waffles on your breath :) (Without the buttery, calorie-laden guilt.)

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1812 tasting notes

Chamomile laced with fresh chocolate mint just snipped off the stem. Love it…all the benefits of chamomile with deep minty goodness that beats the chamomile-iness into submission. Delicious. I’d write more but there is a black cat that has shifted into autumn cuddle mode. Cuteness wins.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

New tin, little almond milk. Good as dessert for a “simple pleasures” evening at home: kitchen that smells like bacon and the fresh carrot cake cooling on the counter; warming my feet on Tazo; good book at the ready once I get everybody else put to bed…ahhhh.

(Never noticed before: the tin recommends a 5 minute steep; 4 is about as far as I want to go without risking a bitter little bite; 3:30 even better.)

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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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