1924 Tasting Notes

Birthday treat from a fellow DA (Downton Addict). Despite the presence of the dreaded hibiscus, I rather liked it. The hibby is hiding behind some very prominent raspberry flavor and what little rose I could pick up (not much) just sweetens the deal. I think this will be another good one chilled when the weather warms up. (Chilled tea. How rebellious. What would Cousin Violet have to say about that?)

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New leaves from Arkansas! Neither the label nor the website description are real specific about what fruit flavors are used, but I think I’m getting citrusy/mango-y/could be strawberry. The rose petals aren’t obnoxiously cloying, and the overall effect is gentle, soothing, and sweet. Perfect for a fancy teacup.

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I don’t know that I’ve ever had snails of my very own :) Snagged a sample pack of this one yesterday, and it is exactly as advertised—has that lovely dry cocoa scent, which translates precisely into a dry cocoa taste when it’s steeped. I have half a swallow, cold, still in my cup, and it still smells rich and wonderful.

I think this is one I’d buy by the bushel, but since this is one of Savoy’s pricier samples, I’ll have to stretch the lifespan of what I have. I did get plausible second steep out of the leaves.
Nicole

Black snails are soooo good.

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Hubby picked this one out; his comment when he took a test sniff was, “Orange Crush!” I get that. Sweet without being sugary; smooth with no tartness.

The differences between rooibos and honeybush are very subtle. You can correct me if your palate doesn’t agree, but to me, rooibos is nuttier and shines when it’s paired with ice creamy flavors like vanilla and chocolate. Honeybush is a little brighter and fruitier, so it is a good match for the orangey goodness Twinings added to this blend.

I just did an Arkansas “fun tea” run, so I’ll have some new lovely loose leaf to yammer about soon, but recently, I’ve stumbled on some very pleasant, fuss-free bagged options that make life a little simpler. This is one of them.

R.F. Hill

One of my favorite teas! Doesn’t last long in my house!

gmathis

I’m thinking this will be great chilled when the weather warms up.

Kristal

Might need to pick this up for iced teas!

R.F. Hill

It’s a great sun tea or as a cold brew. I’ve had both last summer. Quite refreshing!

Kristal

Just picked up this and another tea at the grocery store. I’ll be reviewing soon! :)

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drank Sencha by Pique Tea
1924 tasting notes

Dump. Stir. Plausible! Awesome for work.

Whiteantlers

LOL! Very compelling!

gmathis

Less is more :)

Whiteantlers

You made a believer of me.

K S

Tasted more like a Chinese green than Sencha to me. More spinach than grass, which is fine by me.

Kristal

Interesting!

gmathis

I’m not enough of a green-oisseur to catch subtle differences. Unless it’s flavored, it’s either strong green or mild green ;)
(Comes from too many years of burning out tastebuds with Assam and my beloved British builders’ bagged teas.)

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1924 tasting notes

Equal parts yerba mate leaf and dragonwell at a slightly lower steep temp make a wonderful warmer-weather wakey-upper. I guzzled mine this morning like I’d been dehydrating in the desert for a week. When the weather gets unpleasantly hot, I intend to try this cold with a little mint to see if it has the same eyes-open effect.

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When I reviewed this some years back, I didn’t give it much love at all. (Time passes.)

When I picked this up at Big Lots (cheapster!) for not very much at all, I had no memory of trying it previously. I may have mellowed, or adjusted my standards some, but this is a not unpleasant little black tea with a very mild whiff of dark cherry. But it’s good cherry—not like cough syrup or soft drink additives. It’s like if you close your eyes and think about it hard enough, you can see the battered old pie tin cooling on the kitchen counter and you just can’t keep from pinching a little edge of the sugary crust off, even though Mom told you unequivocally that that pie was for a church dinner and you were not to touch it…but the crust with cherry on it is the best part….

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This was in the Easter basket, too. It’s a not-too-strong, not-too-sharp, smooth, bready breakfast option in a sachet bag.

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Desperate times, desperate measures, desperately need to get the eyes open. I like the wake-up effect of this one—efficient, but not in the same raw-nerve, accelerator-to-the-floor manner as coffee. Can’t remember what the base is, but it’s smooth and gentle.

Whiteantlers

Sometimes a tea is just a tea. There is always a place in my life and my cupboard for old reliables like this one. Glad you reviewed it.

gmathis

Workday morning…working class tea. It just fits.

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My big-kid-who’ll-never-grow-up hubby filled an Easter basket for me today, and this was in it. Gentle tea base with peach flavor that tastes real. (Reminds me of the mild white peaches from our backyard tree that’s long gone and I can’t find anywhere around here.) A good cheapster steepster (it came from Big Lots). I’m thinking it’ll be pleasant iced down in warmer weather.

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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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