1928 Tasting Notes

Lots of sweet vanilla, some chamomile, barely detectible white. (But that’s the order it should be in as far as I’m concerned.) Pretty tasty for a happenstance bag that came my way this week.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1928 tasting notes

Took ashmanra’s advice and backed off the steep time a little to 2:40 ish…strawberry perfection!

ashmanra

Hooray! I am glad you like it! :)

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1928 tasting notes

First, big news: last night we slept at HOME. New House, yet to be christened with an official name.

Carpets cleaned in preparation for furniture move tomorow, laundry in the machine, knees sore from kneeling and peeling out 30-year-old contact paper from kitchen cabinets, so I am sitting in my rocker and enjoying a celebratory afternoon cuppa. This tin, a much appreciated gift from ashmanra, I’ve been waiting to open until a special occasion.

So much going on and I haven’t found the timer yet, I let this first pot go a little past due. Base is bitter-ish. Even so, I am enamored with the fruit blend—there has to be a ton of strawberry—that stays in the mouth after each sip.

Now off to wash bird poop off the walls. (Former owners had parakeets.)

TeaBrat

I so want to try this….

Dinosara

Congrats on the new house! I hope your settling goes well!

SimplyJenW

Welcome Home, gmathis!

LiberTEAS

Yes… welcome home!

JacquelineM

YAY! You’re HOME :)

ashmanra

Hooray! So happy for you!

ashmanra

Don’t forget to send us a new addy so we can mail you some tea!

gmathis

Thanks to all of you for your kindness and compassion over the past several months. I am truly blessed to have you as long-distance friends.

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Light rooibos, but a clean light, not a lack-of-flavor light. Pretty good for a grocery store brand.

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drank Orange by Lipton
1928 tasting notes

Among the odds and ends available at a conference I’m attending this week. Rooms are so cold I’ve had to chug so much hot liquid I switched to decaf. Reminded me a little of Constant Comment with less spicy bite.

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C.S. Lewis lovers, doesn’t the lion on the box remind you of Aslan? (You can never get a book long enough or a cup of tea large enough to suit me.)

My cups of tea at Shabby House are numbered. Hallelujah and Jehovah Jireh (with a little bit of the hora thrown in), we have a house waiting for us. Modest and humble, but OURS. Keys should be in our hand tomorrow and moving process should take about a week. I’m finally letting myself believe it and PACKED the loose tea filter.

So I’m down to whatever I can drink out of a bag, and this crumpled box looked like it needed me.

Vanilla Comoro fans, this is really, really close on the super vanilla pastry-like sweetness; just a rooibos base instead of the black. Great for tea and cookie break on a raw, windy afternoon.

K S

Sounds like you are having a pretty good day youself! Conrats on the house. Do yourself a favor and move the tea stuff yourself. We spent years looking for some of our stuff when we got our house. Family moved us. Gotta love them but sure would have liked a little more organization.

gmathis

Fluorescent VIP stickers already on the box :)

ashmanra

Hooray! Is this the house you looked at that felt like home on the first visit, or did you choose another? I am excited for you!

gmathis

It’s the felt-like-home one. Told several friends this last week, waiting to make The Key Appointment, I’ve been so impatient and antsy I about gnawed my own arm off to the shoulder :)

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drank Darjeeling Blend by Harney & Sons
1928 tasting notes

Best bagged (sacheted) Darjeeling I’ve tried. I see lots of “woody” in previous tasting notes, but not fruity, which I thought it was. Lip-chappingly dry, too.

ScottTeaMan

It’s been ages since I’ve had this tea. I ordered the 7 oz tin yrs. ago & loved it! I rememver it being crisp and fruity (moderately so). YES…I do remember a dryness to it. Thanks for reminding me. I know exactly what you mean! Had a pot at Special Teas Tea Room near us (now OOB)—sadly so. :( When I had it at the tea room the last cup was bitter, b/c they left the leaves in the pot, but it was fine, as the tea was really good with the food and scones.

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Tail ends of samples tend to be a little lopsided…lots of dust and whatever the “small” ingredient is; not as much of the big, good lumpy things that tend to give a blend its flavor. Definitely the case here; whole and new, it’s a nice, slightly fruity herbal, but this last cup tasted more like dandelions and that’s about it.

Oh, well.

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drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
1928 tasting notes

Mint teas always make me slow down…maybe it’s because I can’t help but stop and breathe the steam; deep cleansing breaths. I need to take several today for various and sundry reasons.

Dry bag smells just like a stick of Wrigley’s. It’s heavy on the spearmint side, no bitterness. Yep, chewing gum in a cup.

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I’m not a huge chai fan…can’t decide if it’s cloves or cardamom that reminds me of a random spillage of the stale contents of my outdated spices. I’m a cinnamon-nutmeg-ginger sort of person and that’s about it.

With that said, this is pretty good. I am a rooibos sort of person and I think that’s what mellows the spices down enough for me to enjoy this, even without dairy and sweetener.

I’m generally pretty “meh” on Numi selections, but this is one of their better ones.

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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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