1845 Tasting Notes

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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
1845 tasting notes

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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I see this name in similar configurations under other tea companies, so I wonder if it’s a house branding of a variety available elsewhere.

All the same, it does have a Creamsicle vibe; sweet orange rather than tart blends nicely with the rooibos. Makes a nice afternoon break.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
1845 tasting notes

This isn’t readily available in Southwest Missouri so I was tickled to death to receive a couple bags in a card from a dear friend with better connections. She knew that work stress and life stress were making me “snappish” so it just seemed to fit.

Not a gingerbread flavor; just a nice no-caffeine balance of lemon and ginger, not too heavy on either. Perfect for the night before Thanksgiving when all through the house were thunderstorm and tornado warnings and rain pelting the windows sideways.

And while sipping and contemplating, I gave thanks that despite a difficult year for my family, I am a rich woman. Just count the teas in my cupboard and the blessings all around me. Happy Thanksgiving to you all; may you have a surprising take-your-breath-away moment where you are absolutely blown away with joy and gratitude.

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
1845 tasting notes

Felt a little adventurous and alchemist this morning … sweetened this with a little blop of marshmallow cream. Oh, my, pie!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sarah Ruthven

This just made you my hero!

gmathis

Well, THAT just made my day. Try some on your pumpkin pie tomorrow, too (my husband got me hooked on that little nutritional habit).

Meghann M

This may be the way I try this tea when I break open the sample! Yum, sounds delicious.

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Adagio Teas
1845 tasting notes

Still able to scrape teaspoons from what seems to be a bottomless, magically replenishing tin…ever had one like that? Anyway, just to mix it up a little, I dropped in a couple droplets of caramel latte sweetener. Not bad!

(Addendum: I am blessed with co-workers who love to cook and share; there are fresh cinnamon rolls in the breakroom. Suddenly this tea tastes a WHOLE lot better!)

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drank Hong Tao Mao Feng by Drink The Leaf
1845 tasting notes

This is on my to-review list for itsallabouttheleaf.com, but absolutely had to stick in a good quick word - even with a goof on my part, chintzy on the leaf as usual; this is GREAT. Golden and caramel and I can’t wait to see what it’s like when I do it right.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Looking back, I’m surprised I hadn’t reviewed this yet, especially since there always seems to be a handful of Stash around the house. No one particular feature or flavor stands out. It’s good, smooth hot leaf juice, and that’s not a bad assessment. Nice with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
1845 tasting notes

Was a really ruby red after the full 7 recommended mins, but too tart for my personal preferences…little grenadine and a sugar cube took the edge off. I can see this iced with ginger ale come summer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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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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