1924 Tasting Notes

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
1924 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
1924 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
1924 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
1924 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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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1924 tasting notes

Thought this one might have a bit of a throat-coat effect because of the honey element; sniffles + dry air = raspy and ratchety.

I’m discovering that this one, when left to sit in the tumbler a while, bitters up pretty quickly. Note to self: drink it fast.

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drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
1924 tasting notes

Catching a cold—I don’t have time to catch a cold. This caught my eye as I was rummaging around my stash. Let it go nice and strong, it’s hard to ruin rooibos, and it was pleasant and smooth. The lemony combo isn’t sharply tart, it’s smoothly tart, like the Luden’s honey-lemon cough drops we used to sneak to school in lieu of candy.

gmathis

I may need more … was minding my own business in Shabby House and suddenly heard a series of explosions that sounded like they were right over my roof. They were—-we’re just 2 blocks from the football stadium and there was a mass band concert, 1812 Overture, and 4th-of-July quality fireworks. So there I stand in my flannel nightgown and a blanket in the damp chill watching them, post-nasally-dripping to beat the (ha!) band. Time for another cup.

Jenn

I’m trying to not get sick as well! I’m putting matcha in my green juice, drinking my homebrewed kombucha, and I’m doing a two-day cleanse. What else can a gal do? Fell better you :)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1924 tasting notes

Adagio Mambo + Davidson’s Lemon Ginger

Separately, two good teas. Together…just don’t go there. Trust me on this. Blecch!

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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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