1855 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
1855 tasting notes

Storm looming; seasonal grinchies kicking in about a month early—-NEED THIS!
Oversteeped and the green tea in here is pouting a little, but the eggnoggity goodness is still there.

CelebriTEA

Ok, I LOVE Creamy Eggnog from Butikit, but just say I am out and Jonesin
for some eggnog tea…is this a good “stand in” in an emergency?

CelebriTEA

Butiki…sometimes I spell dyslexic :-)

gmathis

I haven’t tried the Butiki, but I will venture that it’s a plausible substitute. Nice with milk, but sweet and cinna-vanilly on its own; relatively easy to hunt down at chain groceries; inexpensive.

CelebriTEA

I am going to look for it.
I love the Butiki version with a spot of cream.
Sometimes it is so nice to have these friendly, inexpensive versions available ;-)

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94
drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
1855 tasting notes

Flipping back through recent notes on this one, it seems to be the subconscious go-to for moments of mild creative frustration: in this case, it was losing a wrestling match with a Cricut mat that is losing its sticky (those of you who know how expensive those confounded mats are understand the need to beat them into submission until they’ve lost their last iota of tackiness).

At any rate, this lovely orange-almond green is perfect for an afternoon, slightly sweet, easy to steep. One I will chase down next trip to Arkansas.

TheTeaFairy

I love tea names…Misty Meadows, how inspiring, I would purchase just based on that :-)

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Distressingly close to the bottom of the packet. Don’t have many new adjectives for this one (sweet, bright, peppery and perky used previously); but it has been consistently and reliably good, appears to be in the can’t-ruin-it category. Well worth checking out if you need something pleasant to go with your elevenses.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1855 tasting notes

Little Boston Tea Co. Dragonwell left from yesterday with Pomegranate Grape Green from Savoy Tea Co. Light and fruity; good afternoon cuppa.

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We waited until the idiots—er, combat shoppers—went home, then cautiously hit the local retail zone to pick a couple of very modest mom-and-mema-in-law gifts. Kohl’s looks like a war zone. But as we were looking for oven mitts that didn’t cost the price of a robotic arm, we discovered a small assortment of Boston Tea Co. gift teas at Bath and Body Works.

…which prompted me to promptly dig through the stash at home to see what Boston Tea stuff I still have. Their varieties are consistently good. And since it was in my hand, I made a pre-dinner cuppa of this really nice dragonwell. It is what good, plain green tea is supposed to taste and behave like: a teeny bit of citrus sharpness without being bitter, not finicky about time or temp as long as you don’t deliberately boil or stew it. The green tea equivalent of a perfectly comfortably fitting pair of jeans, all broken in.

Hesper June

Wait…Bath and Body Works sells tea?

gmathis

Oops—-correction. Bed Bath and Beyond. All those B’s confused me!

Hesper June

Haha! Thats ok…I just had not been in a B&BW for 6 years and if they now had tea, I was gonna check them out;)

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Today we suspended the “no-decorating-till-December” rule, and so I am sitting next to a homey Christmas tree: a hodgepodge of faded and salvaged ornaments from House That Was, unfamiliar but lovely gift ornaments from friends that helped us rebuild, and a few precious handmade felt-and-sequin fat-belled Christmas birds my mom made and my sister passed along.

Nothing else would do but Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. Cinnamon stick included; accentuates it beautifully.

Bonnie

Need to watch an old Christmas movie. Sounds nostalgic and delightful.

gmathis

Fiddler on the Roof. “Tra-DITION…..Tradition! TRA-dition! Tra…dition! The Ma-MA! The Mama! The PA-pa, the Papa!”

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drank Red Dragon Pearls by thepuriTea
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Chilly sunshine streaming, cat napping, husband puttering, turkey breast cooking, me sipping. Thank You, Lord, for a slow morning not driven by a checklist.

My mug was a little too big for three pearls, so this cuppa came out lighter than ideal, but it is still pleasant—-noticing the stewed apple flavor mentioned in the vendor description, which is perfect for the day and occasion.

Be sure to close your eyes sometime today and count the blessings you can’t see or touch.

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drank Let it Snow by Keen Tea Thyme
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In keeping with our traditional nontraditional Thanksgiving habits, my guys and I just had our early T-Day dinner at Big R’s Barbecue: pork tenderloin sandwiches closer to the size of the plate than the buns and huge loaves of Suzie-Q’s that come out steaming hot in the same shape as the fry basket.

Dessert, as a result, needs to be light and pleasant. This is. A nice blend of cinna-mint with cute little sugar snowflakes that don’t affect the flavor a lot, but they do make you smile. Another review says you get mostly mint when you sip; mostly cinnamon when you gulp. Sure enough!

JustJames

YOU are making me hungry! happy turkey day…. ours is even earlier earlier than yours, lol!

Bonnie

Took pictures of my daughter and 2 grandkids plucking feathers! Fresh turkey isn’t 20 lbs. so we have some chicken brining with the turkey. All fresh! Happy Thanksgiving and you Canadians come on down!

gmathis

I’d like to move Thanksgiving to October myself!
(Bonnie, wish I had one of your feathers. I’d tie it to a string and let Tazo chase it around. He thinks a scrap of paper on a string is the best toy in the world.)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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The Junkyard Tea jar is getting full, and the temps cold enough that “it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s warm” is the rule o’ the day. This morning’s kaleid-o-tea has a few last leaves of Laoshan Black, a little Ceylon, a little Keemun, a lot of whatever else was already in there, and a surprise in every sip.

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
1855 tasting notes

The “life too crazy for much but just-tea” continues; this is becoming an afternoon go-to at work. Not too bergamotty, pleasant to clutch and warm the hands on; just right for a calm-down sip here and there.

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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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