1927 Tasting Notes

drank Thin Mints by Bigelow
1927 tasting notes

Clever, clever marketing: Bigelow has (as best I can tell) repackaged their Peppermint Bark herbal tea—which is mildly chocolate, briskly mint, and generally pleasant—with a Girl Scout cookie wrapper and set it back on the shelves for another season. Hey, it worked—box caught my eye and was in my hand until I read the ingredient list and realized I had plenty of the same stuff at home.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
1927 tasting notes

Another review of this calls it “The king of bagged decaf black tea." Not sure about king, but I’d certainly dub it an Earl. Maybe a Viscount. (Isn’t that what Edith’s Downton Abbey sweetie is?) After a five minute steep, it was dark like a good morning builders’ tea…with a recognizable bit of sharp builders’ tea flavor. Well done, Ty-phoo!

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drank Sweetheart Cinnamon by Bigelow
1927 tasting notes

A surprise from my sweetie. Name, art, and description made us expect a flavor like cinnamon red hots. Nope, it leads with the apple—which makes it better-er. Very pleasant.

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This just plain picks me up when I’m feeling like an armadillo on I-44. Tossed a cinnamon stick in just because. Nice!

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drank English Breakfast Decaf by Twinings
1927 tasting notes

Messy life making sleep difficult and fussy steeping inconvenient, so this’ll do (attempting a no-caf day after my morning builders’ tea in hopes of falling out hard and early tonight). Leave the bag in and you’ll get at least a shadow of Twinings’ original version.

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The search for a superlative decaffeinated black tea continues. This is fair-to-middlin’, but I’m beginning to think that middlin’ is as good as it’s going to get. This one gains a little strength as it cools and is a little astringent. I guess decaffeinating just sucks out flavor, no matter how conscientiously it’s done.

tea-sipper

The decaf options from Simpson & Vail are pretty good and there are plenty of options.

gmathis

Unflavored?

tea-sipper

plenty of both! flavored and non. svtea.com

gmathis

Will check it out!

ashmanra

Can’t remember – did you try Decaffeinated from Harney and Decaf Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Southern Season? Those two have the most flavor of a plain decaf for me. Vanilla Comoro is good, and I hear Decaf Paris and Decaf Hot Cinnamon from Harney are good, and they would be if they are using the same plain base.

gmathis

Love Vanilla Comoro; haven’t tried the other H&S’s. Research will continue :)

ashmanra

I thought their decaf Darjeeling and one other were dreadful! But those were good! Oh, and Midsummer’s Peach was decaf and QUITE good.

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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I’ve always had trouble with the honey flavor in this one (not unpleasant, just stronger than I prefer) and so the tin is getting old. But you know what a cheapster I am…would rather saw off a leg than throw out tea! Halved it with some plain generic Ceylon. That did the trick. Quite suitable now for a morning when I’m not being choosy and just need to get out the door.

ashmanra

I had a weird relationship with this tea. Sometimes I loved it, sometimes I didn’t. I don’t know if it is finicky or if I just didn’t get it right every time. I finally gave up on it.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1927 tasting notes

Bone-chilling wet weather prompted me to go rogue and make a cup of a Christmas gift—Trader Joe’s mint cocoa. Prepped it with water (package calls for either water or milk) and it was thick, bittersweet chocolate with strong mint. Like a less sweet Andes’ mint. Very tasty and a pleasant change.

ashmanra

I wonder if that is heading our way? We have been in the upper 70’s and low 80’s, and tomorrow is supposed to be 79F. But late this afternoon a chilly wind started blowing and the temp dropped fast, and it had rained a little. The worst I see in our forecast is highs in the 50’s this weekend with lows in the 30’s.

gmathis

Headed northeast, I think, rather than your way. Woke up this morning, finally, to NOTHING coming out of the sky—much, much needed down here. We are OK but tons of flooding damage in the area.

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Tazo and I are curled up watching Shogun. (Forget Richard Chamberlain, I’ve got a crush on the young John Rhys-Davies!) Therefore, green tea seemed appropriate.

It is 35 degrees with a stiff gusty wind that is drives the rain into you like nails. (4+ inches in 24 hours; lots of ugly flooding) Therefore, something indulgent seemed appropriate.

This light, sweet confection from Savoy is the best of both. Green tea with nuts and maple sugar. Just what we needed. Tazo warmed his nose and chin on the steaming cup while I warmed my hands. Purrrrrrrrrr.

Christina / BooksandTea

Shogun was cool, and John Rhys Davies totally steals the show. It’s too bad his character didn’t show up more.

tea-sipper

I’m a Toshiro Mifune fan but I haven’t seen Shogun yet.

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After a mild, lovely, and bountiful Christmas Day, the weather has turned sodden and sulky. To keep from feeling as deflated as the soggy inflatable snowmen in the neighbors’ yard, I am wearing an obnoxiously tie-died shirt, orange and aqua polka dotted socks, and treating myself to a cheer-up cup of this sweet pastry goodness. Reminds me more of blueberry muffins than blueberry scones, the caramel and vanilla just puts it over the top.

ashmanra

I don’t see how you can help but feel happy in those clothes! Cloudy and gray and unseasonably warm here, and supposed to remain so for a few more days.

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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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