1917 Tasting Notes

Just what I’m looking for in a fruit tea…fruit flavor and not hibiscus! Not tart, not artificial or chemical, just blueberries. Well done.

TeaBrat

I also cold brew this sometimes, it makes a nice iced tea

Uniquity

I like this way more than I expected to. : )

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It’s always a good sign when you steep a new tea twice on two different mornings and its equally good both times. This one looks like it’s going to be consistent and reliable. Oh, how we all need that in a tea, in a vehicle, in a friend…

Philosophizing aside, this is really lighter than what most of us consider strong morning tea. Each element is pretty gentle on its own, but good, and just enough rosiness to make it genteel. Recommended for good china and an afternoon chin-wag with a buddy.

Jim Marks

Chin. Wag. Theater!!!

As much as I like trying new teas, dipping into a cup of a tried and true stand by is what makes life worth living.

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drank Peppermint by Lipton
1917 tasting notes

Not my favorite peppermint by far, but handy during the day. Hoping it does something to lighten a wicked headache.

Just curious — best headache-cure tea you ’ve encountered?

Mercuryhime

Sleep is the only thing that works for me. If it’s a stress headache, maybe try some relaxing herbs like chamomile or lavender. Feel better.

JacquelineM

I was going to say the same as Mercuryhime – closing my eyes for sometimes as little as 15 minutes can get rid of a headache for me. I try to do that and if it doesn’t work – advil or aleve. It usually does not come to taking medicine, though!

gmathis

I’m overbudget on the pharmaceuticals of late; been alternating peppermint with chamomile and it may be lightening just a tetch. Lavender bath sounds nice…that may have to go on the evening agenda.

Jenn

I’m with Mercuryhime and JacquelineM sleep is a huge help if you can get it. Peppermint oil on you temples, a hot bath, and DAVIDsTEA Mother’s Little Helper has worked for me in the past. (((Suck it headache hugs)))

IllBeMother221B

Sleep is always good. But I’ve made my own mix of spearmint and chamomile and I prefer the spearmint to peppermint. It helps (using it to wash down a little advil never hurt either). Hope you feel better.

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Have mentioned before that this one isn’t painfully tart, but it’s sharp enough to help cut the crud that’s been lodged in my head for about a week. When you really concentrate on finding the apple flavor, you can find it…definitely a Granny Smith, not a Red Delicious.

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Yankee Candle has come up with a clever marketing trick this Christmas; they’ve packaged candles to evoke the scents of everything from “My Favorite Things” (Sound of Music, which even though it talks about packaging and mittens, I still have trouble associating with Christmas.)

Anyway, this tea fits the “bright copper kettles” lyric. Not metallic in taste, that sounds unpleasant; but clear and sharp. The rose petals add a little sweetness that makes further sugar unneccessary.

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Another treat from JacquelineM with a blissful unscheduled couple of hours to enjoy it in. Decadence.

Interesting to read all the adjectives that folks have used to describe this one - winey, leather, pine, orchid, fruity…and what’s funny is that they are all somewhat accurate. My addition to the adjectival kaleidoscope is this: it tastes what my mom’s wedding cedar chest (our coffee table at House that Was) smelled like when you opened itl.

Pick a flavor. It’ll be in there. And you’ll probably like it.

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drank Tiramisu by DAVIDsTEA
1917 tasting notes

So we always buy way too much Halloween candy, accidentally of course, and I wanted something that would blend nicely with a fun-size Mounds or two.

This really is a nice, thick, caramelly, cake-y dessert alternative. Nice with dairy, nice on its own.

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drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
1917 tasting notes

This was a most welcome surprise, courtesy of The Divine Miss JacquelineM (hope you like Bette Midler:)

This was phenomenally good; essence of dark, dark chocolate in the first steep, and even though it dissipated in the second, it was deep and winey and rich. Excellent!

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drank English Breakfast by Carrington Tea
1917 tasting notes

OK, what do you expect for a 97-cent box grabbed from Wal-Mart out of desperation?

Can’t really pick up any flavor at all. Sort of mucky-muddly. The bags have no strings; at least I can make eye compresses.

JacquelineM

…and if you ever need any stark white fabrics dyed a nice antique color – these will do the job!

gmathis

Strangely, it got a little better as it cooled. Maybe a little root-beerish, even. Then again, my taste buds may well be out of whack.

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drank Green Tea Decaf by Bigelow
1917 tasting notes

Another involuntary weekend away from home…my dad is two for two on Fridays (last week, hospital for kidney stones; this week, hospital for clots in leg). Had to pack fast and my bagged stash is low, so I grabbed this at the farm to drink en route to hospital.

I rarely meet a Bigelow tea I don’t like, but this one was really washed out. Almost soapy tasting. Green teas are light enough I think trying to further decaffeinate just washes out the flavor.

ashmanra

Sorry to hear about your dad! Did the meds for the kidney stones cause the blood clots? May better tea and times come your way SOON!

gmathis

He’s just got an on-call dr. this weekend, whom I missed, so I have only the vaguest details.

The tea hasn’t improved…I picked up a cheapie English breakfast at WalMart…review to follow; I’m having to grab wifi fixes at McDonalds. How do you spell pleaugggggh?

ashmanra

I think you nailed it!

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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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