1934 Tasting Notes

drank Orange by Lipton
1934 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.


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.


Fluorescent VIP stickers already on the box :)


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!


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
1934 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.


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
1934 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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drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
1934 tasting notes

If Facebook is to be believed, evidently we slept through Oklahoma earthquake aftershocks in our neighborhood. I believe I’ve had enough natural disasters for one year, thank you very much, thus something strong and bracing to bolster my sagging spirit was in order.

The strong and bracing thing was actually morning devotions—Psalm 27:5; “He will conceal me in His shelter in the day of adversity…” and while I was devoting, I accidentally let the tea steep a good eight minutes.

Expected an oops, but it was as smooth and cocoa-burgundy as if I’d done it right. This is so good, milk or sugar would be an insult. Adding this to my list of no-fail teas, which is becoming more and more appreciated.

May you find stable ground (physically, spiritually, and emotionally) under your feet today.




Second steep, the cocoa tone goes a little flat, but it’s a sweet, lighter version of Round 1. Still excellent.

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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.


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


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
1934 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?


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.


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!


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.


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)))


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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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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