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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1692 tasting notes

Prompted/challenged/inspired by recent lavender experimentation, I attempted a little kitchen chemistry this evening:

1 teaspoon Mariage Freres Bourbon Rouge (rooibos)
1/4 skimpy teaspoon lavender
1/2 teaspoon cacao nibs

Ooohhooooh! The lavender gives the rooibos a fruity tinge rather than flowery, and you just can’t ruin cocoa. Did I say oooohhhhhoooo?

K S

Ooooohhhh! Sounds good. Not sure I have any rooibos left but I will be checking.

ashmanra

Oooooohhhhhhooo!

gmathis

This was a vanilla rooibos blend, so there was one extra flavor playing with the senses, too.

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This has turned into the evening go-to tea when I need a little self-coddling. Long tiring day, writing deadlines dogpiled on top of it, hubby under the weather (Dr. Tazo is taking care of him while I’m still working), the wanna-gotta-do list that’s so long it’s strangling me… any little bit of sweetness helps.

Can y’all find this locally?

OMGsrsly

I haven’t seen it, but I’m curious. I’m almost out of my home-mix, and buying pre-bagged chamomile would be easier.

gmathis

Last year, Wal-Mart had it—not sure what your BC equivalent store would be—but this year, had to hunt it down at a health food/natural grocery place.

OMGsrsly

We have walmarts. :) I just don’t usually shop there! I’ll poke around and see what I can find.

K S

If I don’t find the Twinings Winter Spice soon I will have to grab this one. Pretty sure I have seen it.

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Strong and bitter if you aren’t careful—but just what one needs on a rainy November Tuesday to work up the gumption to take a step outside. (Not feeling very gumptious yet. Maybe I need another cup.)

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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Took a sample to work to lighten a dreary Monday. Even in a sloppy work-water microwave environment, this is luscious. Fruit and caramel in very pleasing proportions, although I might not have guessed raspberry had I not read the description. I haven’t had a disappointment from Nina’s yet.

Rosehips

Ohh, I really like this one too. Nina’s has got some winners!

ashmanra

My favorite Nina’s so far…but maybe tied with Japon.

gmathis

I think my fave-fave Nina’s has been the Nina’s Paris.

ashmanra

Would you believe I haven’t tried that one yet? :)

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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There’s a Shel Silverstein poem, “Jellyfish Stew,” I used to read to my son. Substitute Fugian Congou for jellyfish stew, and it fits: Oh, Fujian Congou, I’m loony for you, I truly adore you; I love you, I do..

Well, except when you get to the “tastes like glue” and “slimy with goo” parts.

Bitter and sweet, smooth, can’t ruin it even on a Monday morning; even one punctuated with bad poetry references.

Nicole

Ain’t nothin’ bad about Shel Silverstein poetry and I suspect he might approve of your changes as well.

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drank Genmaicha Satsuki by Den's Tea
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One of those days that can’t make up its mind: a little bluster, a little sun, a fair amount of raw wind that makes it rain yellow leaves in the backyard. Calls for an afternoon tea that’s savory, not sweet.

This is a (my bad) neglected little sampling of thin green tea needles with toasted rice popcorn in it. The grain scent makes me want to find a hay barn to spend the rest of the day in. More toasted rice flavor than greenness, but that proportion is perfect for the day and time.

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This just gets better and better with each cup. Previous notes are heavy on the fruit metaphors; this afternoon,I’m picking up some nutmegginess, too. Perfect for late afternoon.

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
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Wish I knew more about this one; provided by a friend, purchased at an indie grocery called Mama Jean’s in Springfield MO.

Pu-erh was just made for fuzzy-flannel additive flavors like chocolate and coconut. Half a cup made me crave a plaid shirt instead of the striped one I’m wearing.

Letting it sit to cool only improved the flavor. Sweet coconut + moist earth with a little mineral scent. Non-pu people wouldn’t get how wonderful that is, but I know you do.

OMGsrsly

Trying to get people to drink a tea you described as ‘drinking a forest’ can be a little difficult… :D

mpierce87

This sounds delightful! I love your description of flannel additive flavors – I totally agree.

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
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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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