1703 Tasting Notes

Up way too early on a Sunday morning, bitter cold wind chills…called for hunting socks and something with a little heft to it. Husband and I were discussing the fact that, although most hot teas are served with a temperature variation of no more than 20 degrees, when you’re cold down to the bones, you crave dark, stout, thick teas. They just make you warmer.

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75
drank Keemun Encore by Adagio Teas
1703 tasting notes

Ta-da! An empty tin! One down … uh, others to go. This has been an enjoyable tangy, feed-sack grainy, staple tea for cloudy fall days, though I was never brave enough to try it with milk. Just seems like the milk would “clabber up” and sour (as Grandma Jenkins would say).

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drank Serene Dream by Rishi Tea
1703 tasting notes

Full review with my thoughts on medicinal value is up at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but here’s an excerpt:

My sample was a little powdery; found some whole chamomile buds, but the concoction looked mostly like something you’d sprinkle on a roast chicken. Steeped to full recommended capacity, the lemon-mint essence that is the lead-in to most herbal nightcaps is okay.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
Janefan

thanks for sharing your review. I’ve found that valerian is the only thing that works for me, so I don’t bother with “sleep” blends that don’t have it.

gmathis

In a review somewhere/some time ago, I wrote that I wish there was a knock-you-out cold herbal that was un-lemony and un-minty. I don’t think one exists.

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Running late so made this double strength, no milk, and that brought out a bitter pecan-hull bang to it that isn’t bad on a below-freezing morning.

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drank Lemon Ginger by Davidson's
1703 tasting notes

A nice ginger cookie sort of balance to it is all I can taste tonight; fighting a wicked sinus thing that has robbed me of my senzus of sbell and taste. Mwugggggh.

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drank Decaffeinated Black by Royal Cup
1703 tasting notes

This was a travel-bag tuck-in from a recent Tennessee hotel stay. Comfort Suites, to be exact. So we know it’s a food-service grade continental breakfast tea … therefore, I was not expecting much but some warm liquid for my sore throat and cold office. So why am I pleasantly surprised and why am I getting a nice, sweet almond aftertaste?

Then again, it could be dish soap. I actually scrubbed the mug for a change :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Kalahari by TeaFrog
1703 tasting notes

Generally, I prefer rooibos add-ins that are ice cream flavors: chocolate, vanilla, orange cream—-rooibos just seems made for “smooth.” I’ve always thought minty and fruity stuff didn’t blend nearly as well.

However, the lime and lemongrass in this blend complements instead of distracts. Nice decaf afternoon perk-me-up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu by DAVIDsTEA
1703 tasting notes

Nice evening sit-down with this one; one end-of-package caveat—-it’s not nearly as rich and thick if you use up all the nice caramel/yogurty lumps and leave nothing but the rooibos like I did. Budget those lumps carefully.

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Craving a little gentle spice to get the eyes open this morning. This has a great “pie” vibe to it.

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drank Noel by Franklin Tea Company
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A holdover from last year that’s held up pretty nicely. I don’t see it on Franklin Tea Company’s roster this season, but there’s a Hot Cinnamon Spice that I’m guessing is highly similar—cinnamon of the red hot variety, sweet clove and orange rind. I’m tasting all of those here.

Makes a very genteel cup, so I poured into a very delicate and dainty pedestal cup—gold trim and everything—that I hauled home from my parents’ attic Thanksgiving afternoon.

Seems that Grandma, still from an era when ladies had “club” at their house once a month or so and entertained with froofy cakes and servingware, fixed me up with a “flower of the month” set. (Currently drinking from September—Aster.) As a skinny, squirrely tomboy third grader, I had no use for foofy stuff in my room, so up to the attic they went and were forgotten until recently.

I’m still a tomboy—I know Grandma would cluck her tongue at me right now, dressed like a refugee from the DAV thrift store after raking leaves, sipping from her carefully chosen china cups with handles so lacy you can barely thread a pinky through them—but it makes me smile all the same that she might have had a premonition I would need something lovely from which to drink my tea.

JacquelineM

I LOVE those cup of the month teacups – I think they are so sweet and beautiful. But a set from Grandma – priceless. I’m so glad you saved them and SO glad you are at a time where you want to use them :) :) :) I think it would be so nice to have a different cup to use each month, think about the flower associated, think about what you were doing years ago on that month… so many nice ways are associated with flower of the month cups I think!!!

I have my aunt’s china – I love to use it and think of her. People that come over always tease me about getting out the cups and silver and this and that – they don’t understand that it’s not about impressing anyone but about sharing something from my family who isn’t here anymore, and honoring special times of the NOW :) It’s telling them that I’m glad they are here with me too.

gmathis

I am seriously digitally challenged and rarely upload photos - but found an online sample of the set at http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-norleans-japan-china-demitasse-tea-cup.

JacquelineM

My heart is about to burst!

gmathis

Yep, set of 12 with one duplication (forgot to take inventory to see which month is missing).

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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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