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1630 Tasting Notes

drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
1630 tasting notes

Last thing I need is more caffeine to make me more cranky and jittery than I already am, but it’s COLD. SNOW IN MAY IN SOUTH MISSOURI. And the blower motor on the central heat/AC chose last night to quit working.

So this works. Heavier on the ginger than the lemon. I still don’t think it tastes much like a cookie, but it’s still a favorite. Too bad it’s just a seasonal.

K S

Sounds like us a month ago. Feeling your pain. Normally, I anticipate your weather moving this way. This time, uhmmm, you can keep it – after the heat is back on of course.

Terri HarpLady

You guys got snow? In St Louis it’s just a gloomy drizzly day, which admittedly, I’m rather enjoying. Sitting here with a bowl of soup I made from the tops of last year’s collards, which are trying to go to seed.
Bummer about the heater…got a woodstove to snuggle up to?

gmathis

Not much, an inch or so that melted by mid-morning, but everything is damp and bone-deep chilly. With a little coddling, we may be able to baby heat along until (expensive, sigh) replacement part arrives next week.

Terri HarpLady

You can always spend the afternoon/evening baking, & then leave the oven door open when you’re done to let the heat spread. :)

gmathis

Big kettle of soup…Panera asiago cheese bread warmed in the oven…yep! This is survivable—we did a week without heat or electricity and 0 degree temps after the Great December Ice Storm of (five years ago? six?) That was no fun!

lijitmoose

FYI, this is a decaf tea. It even says so on the box. I hope you didn’t psych yourself into staying up because you thought it was caffeinated. Sounds like something I would do.

gmathis

Yes, it’s one of my favorite bagged decafs. I remember the day I wrote that note; I was freezing and had so much black tea I was bouncing off the walls like a pinball. May have to break some out for tomorrow. April snow predicted.

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drank Cocoa Tango by Savoy Tea Company
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Informal inventory of my decaf stuff reveals I’m way overstocked on rooibos/chocolate and rooibos/vanilla blends. Not a problem; drinking up the inequity will hurt no feelings here.

This particular blend smells luscious. (Yankee Candle, are you listening?) Thick, rich chocolate orange. Double up on the teaspoons, drop in a few extra cocoa nibs, walk away for 10 minutes…dessert!

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Several of you have made mention in various posts about the Tin of Tea that Never Goes Away - by some mystical multiplication means, there’s always just enough for one more cuppa.

That’s Tower of London at my house. But in this case, I am grateful for the Never Goes Away properties. It’s so fruity and luscious and stands up to absentminded morning preparation it is welcome here for a long, long time.

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Keeping a date with Tazo the cat. I promised that when I got home from the nursing home run this afternoon, we’d have a cuddle in the patio glider. Hardship, let me tell you…about 75 degrees, not a bit of breeze or dampness, just warm quiet afternoon sun. A blessing.

The date actually started a little later than intended…getting the truck stuck in 6" of mud behind my dad’s barn slowed down the drive home a bit. Tell you about it when my spouse is ready to look back on the adventure and laugh :)

I still don’t think this is particularly chocolatey, still just used 1 bag, but in a much smaller cup and left it in the whole time. Still a fair rooibos.

Nicole

My cat date today was letting them roam the backyard while I stretched out on a blanket with a book but fell asleep. :) Enjoy the limited number of spring days we’ll probably get this year. :)

K S

The weather GMathis gets, we usually get the next day. I have high hopes for tomorrow :) I’ll have to settle for the dog though as the cats will have nothing to do with me outdoors.

ashmanra

Hooray! I am glad spring finally made it to you!

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
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Believe this one deserves a position on the “can’t ruin it, good no matter how you steep it” list. Hardcore Assam/PG Tips lovers may argue it isn’t stout enough for breakfast (the golden monkey adds a little gentleness), but if you’ve got one eye open already, or aren’t in a tearing hurry, it’s a nice morning tea.

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drank Fine Ti Kuan Yin by The Tea Table
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Ti kuan yin tastes like Juicy Fruit to me, so I have a predisposition to taste that flavor, whether it’s present or not. In this case, it was strong and pronounced when this cup was fresh. After it cooled, not so much. More like sweet cereal now, but it has a heavy, silky feel in the mouth.

MsWhatsit

I’d probably like this one. Juicy Fruit was my favorite gum when I was growing up.

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I broke into the Mango tin this evening. Not being a mango connoisseur (if you can spell that correctly without Googling, I salute you!) I can’t tell you how accurate the flavor is. I’ve always thought mangoes tasted like darker, overripe peaches. But for a little tin of bagged gift tea with a green tea base of unknown and inexpensive origin, it’s not bad! Wasn’t bitter, didn’t taste artificial; might be tasty iced. If spring ever gets here some decade.

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drank Calm by Tazo
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Funny story goes with this one: I think I told you we’ve been adopted by a cat? Turns out he was the semi-pet of a lady down the street who feeds any feline that shows up in her yard; when I apologized profusely and professed that I wasn’t a cat burglar, she laughed and said she wasn’t surprised; “Jellybean” wasn’t getting along with his kitty comrades.

I told her that “Tazo” was good therapy … so yesterday evening she showed up at my door with a grin, a bag of Meow Mix, and this box of tea. Guess it’s official.

This isn’t a bad herbal blend; the rose petals give it a sweet and delicate scent. Don’t care for licorice, but it isn’t annoyingly present. Wonder how this would do paired with something fruity and berry.

K S

What a sweet gesture from this neighbor. Of course she was just acknowledging what Tazo had already decided. ;)

Nicole

Congrats on being adopted!

gmathis

Spouse draws the line at an indoor pet, so he’ll have to bunk under the house or under our shed where he, evidently, has been all winter. If the weather ever moderates, Tazo likes to keep me company on the patio glider. I could use a long, soothing, purry glide.

Anyanka

My house came with wild cats that lived here first, so we built them a shelter and they stay safe and relatively warm all winter. I can’t touch mine though.

ashmanra

You’re a rescue human! :)

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Ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you’ve been tied with a bungee to the back of an emotional roller coaster car and drug up and down the tracks?

Yeah.

Then you know what a blessing a full, deep night’s sleep can be. So for a change, a full-strength, industrial grade morning cuppa wasn’t necessary. Instead, opted for something with a little “refresh” in its personality. This is; a little astringent (makes me keep licking my lips) and the apple-peel bitterness that makes this tea distinct.

Anybody try this sweetened? I keep forgetting.

K S

Yeah for a night’s sleep, and yeah for getting to ease into the day.

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This was a thoughtful and welcome treat from a friend. I am neither a huge fan nor a not-a-fan of red velvet; but this didn’t seem to have quite the chocolatey richness of red velvet cake I expected. Maybe next time a double bag and a little sweetening.

(But on the plus side, caffeine free and surely the beets have to be good for something that ails me!)

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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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