1917 Tasting Notes

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Made this a little longer and stronger than usual today in hopes of focusing addled brain (“Oh my ears and whiskers, so much to do!”) and getting a lovely rye melba toast taste from it.

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Fruity and cheerful up front; little muscle to back it up when you swallow. Still trying to pick a Single Origin Teas favorite and they are all so good I’m hard pressed to decide.

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drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
1917 tasting notes

A surprise packet that had weaseled its way to the bottom of the basket. This is a nice take on EG for those of us who are a little wary of it. The orange peel ensures that the bergamot tastes like citrus instead of cheap cologne.

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drank Xiao's Blend by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1917 tasting notes

Nice. Like Adagio’s Foxtrot minus the alto notes of the rooibos. Thanks to Spencer for my first Peet’s taste test.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1917 tasting notes

You’d want something sweet and fragrant, too, if you were awakened at 4:15 a.m. by a rogue stink that made you panic that the central heat unit was burning…and then you realized that the stink was skunk skinking around outside somewhere. Love rural-burban life!

Since I first met Marco, I’ve also been introduced to several taste-alikes that are equally fruity and a little less persnickety (this one requires a careful steeping eye). H & S Tower of London comes the closest according to my palate. Still, Marco Polo is the gold standard that I judge fruit teas by.

Rosehips

I’m glad nothing was burning. I also love Marco Polo, but it is a little picky.

cteresa

skunk, now that sounds like an interesting event (there are none this side of the atlantic, it almost sounds awesome)! And yes, you need a nice cup to recover.

Do you find Marco Polo complicated? I have been mostly lucky, but might be just luck. Wedding Imperial, OTOH I find very very finicky but been treating (So far so lucky!) Marco Polo with a lot of abuse and it has been pretty forgiving. But then again, it might be a matter of water, tea really reacts differently to different tap waters!

gmathis

Awesome is one word I would not choose to describe skunk scent :) Fortunately, Tazo did not mistake him for a black-and-white bunny rabbit, so he moved on before long.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1917 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
1917 tasting notes

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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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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