1954 Tasting Notes

drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
1954 tasting notes

I really, really, really want to like Earl Grey because so many of you out there have such lovely EG experiences. (Hello, my name is __ and I am a people pleaser :) However, what happens most of the time is that I am enchanted by the lovely bergamot scent, then deeply disappointed that what I’m drinking tastes like floor cleaner.

So this is a landmark occasion—-I like this one! The bergamot tastes natural, not chemical, and isn’t so annoyingly cloying you can’t taste the black tea.

Nicely done, Numi.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I really like this one. I am not an EG fan, for the reasons you list above, but this one is special. Letting the tea sit with the actual fruit, rather than adding bergamot oil to the leaves, make a real difference.

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drank Tiramisu by DAVIDsTEA
1954 tasting notes

I got distracted (doesn’t take much these days) and let this sit way, way too long. Fortunately, you can’t over-roo rooibos, so the only effect that was it was extra thickish and yogurty and milky. I always thought tiramisu had a little maple in it too, which isn’t present here, but it’s a nice sweet dessert tea.


I’ve never had tiramisu with maple, sounds delish though!


Wow, you still have some of that! It’s been discontinued for so long! Lucky you!

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drank Joy by Tazo
1954 tasting notes

Was tickled to find a bag that survived the tornado tin from my office … doesn’t look like it’s available any more.

Since my supply is dwindling, I didn’t want to ruin it, so was v-e-r-y cautious with time and temp (low on on both, so the green half didn’t go bitter) and it turned out just perfectly. A little sweet, a little fruity, a little vegetal—a nice little tripod of flavors.

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It’s not as earthy as a pu-erh, but I am getting some of those vibes. Straight up, no milk.

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This one has such a nice, strong, bright character on its own I believe I made a mistake by adding milk this morning…it didn’t clash, but it toned down all the nice kicky stuff. Ah, well, live and learn.

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1954 tasting notes

Added a spoonful of mate and a splash of milk this morning—both helped to tone down the honey flavor, which is a little strongish for my unsweetened preference. Mate for energy; milk for calcium…I believe this would now count as a nutritional drink.

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Hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting this one until today—with my humble thanks to Jacqueline M.

Nice when you just want a pleasant sweet fruity topper-offer. Not a lot of extraneous spices. Just warm peach cobbler.

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
1954 tasting notes

Ahhh…it’s back under my roof. Basic black, milk-welcoming, cold-weather staple that it is. Four lovely bulk ounces, minus a really, really heaping teaspoon to boot myself out the door this morning.

With apologies to Robert Frost — this tea is lovely, dark, and deep. I’ve miles to go before I sleep. Glad I’ve got this one close to hand.

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I believe I like the second steep better than the first. The tangy edge is gone, and it’s just liquid suede now.

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Made a huge pot this morning—needed something with a punch (on the label and otherwise) after a hard, hard Saturday. Left to himself in the fridge to chill, Thomas is, I believe, even a bit stouter than freshly brewed.

This afternoon I’m raising my mason jar in memory of a dear friend who loved tea, loved kids, loved to write, and loved her God. Jill, save me a place on your front porch in Heaven … we’ll have another cuppa together yet.


Somewhat belated, but still. My condolences for your loss.


Thank you. She loved practical jokes, and ironically, a week after her passing, I received an e-mail from her inbox. Spam. I can just see her laughing maniacally and slapping Gabriel on the shoulder watching me try to figure that one out.

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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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