1736 Tasting Notes

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I’m tired of winter already and needed something with a springy lilt to it. This did the trick. I wasn’t careful with water temp; let it get to a boil, so that may have killed off a little bit of the delicacy. Got lots of mango and not much peach. But still a well-done blend for a grocery store brand.

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drank English Breakfast by Tea Forte
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This one’s due for full review at itsallabouttheleaf.com, but a good quality morning tea that will merit full descriptive paragraphs. (Some companies, I think, dump in a blend of meh black tea and call it English Breakfast for window dressing.)

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drank Holiday Dream by Argo Tea
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Another treat from laurenpressley. This is capital Y Yummy—the almonds and vanilla give the green tea a really nice sweetness. None of these flavors I particularly associate with “holiday,” but all the better for me. It’s going to be enjoyable long after I get the Christmas tree needles vacuumed up this afternoon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
laurenpressley

I’ve been pulled away from Steepster for way too long. I’m glad you liked this one, too!! :)

gmathis

Hey, there! How’s the little one?

laurenpressley

He’s doing really well! He just turned one and is starting to really be all over the place. :)

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drank Bedtime Story by Lipton
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Tossed in a spoonful of lavender, which tones down the lemon-mint tang, but makes this downright pleasant and aromatherapeutic.

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drank Novel Teas by Bag Ladies Tea
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A nice surprise … left the bag in longer than usual while schlepping around getting ready for work, and the resulting brew was dark and fruity tasting—a little currant-y even. Which made me wonder first if I’d actually remembered to wash out my tumbler and I was getting previous-cup residue. Nope.

So the resulting taste treat made up for the “meh” quote on the bag tag this time: Read books. They’re good for us.

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drank Snowflake White by Argo Tea
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Most of my white tea reviews lean heavily to the complaint side. Thanks to laurenpressley, I finally found one to love. The apple-peppercorn thing gives this delicate tea some flavor, and even though it’s nowhere near the ingredient list, I could swear there’s a white chocolate thing happening in the background.

Nice, nice, nice!

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Very light as usual, but today it’s so cold, it’s all about the HOT leaf juice, not its flavor.

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drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
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My thoughtful and creative gift-giving husband saw to it I had about 3 bulk ounces each of German chamomile, Oregon peppermint, and lavender for experimenting and blending.

So I tried a teaspoonful of the lavender with my old standby Monk’s Blend. May have to work with the proportions a little, but it tones down the grenadine sweetness a little and — well, tastes a little like a purple Crayola. (Not that I ever actually ate one during my formative years.)

But then again, if you’re a sucker for blank paper and a brand new box of pointy crayons….

Anyway, it’s pleasant and purple and I’m feeling decidedly relaxed and Christmas pudding-y.

JacquelineM

What a thoughtful and creative gift indeed! Have fun blending!

VegTea

Oh, blending flavors is so much fun. Purple Crayola? Sounds interesting :)

I have some lavender too – if you’re looking for ideas, chamomile, mint, and lavender all together make a very nice herbal tea. I like lavender with Earl Grey too.

Gary

I’ll Have to try the Monk, I’ve been watching some on E-Bay and Just haven’t got it yet, your post increase’s my desire to try this Tea. I’m a sucker for the Boxes too. Keep on Steepin

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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How times have changed … used to be it was the child that was awake at 4 a.m. on Christmas morning due to the excitement; now it’s the parents awake at 4 a.m. on Christmas morning due to insomnia. So we decided on a lark to leave the teenager in bed and go out to breakfast wherever we could find an open door. I toted my own bag, not knowing where we’d land, and good ol’ Irish Breakfast is a can’t-miss morning guarantee. Cranberry orange pancakes at Denny’s.

One thing that hasn’t changed…the down-on-my-knees sense of awe and blessing that always hits me on Christmas morning, no matter who’s up first: after all, “the Word became flesh and took up residence among us.” May He be in residence with you and your families today.

JacquelineM

Blessings to you and yours, gmathis!

ashmanra

Amen and amen!

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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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