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1630 Tasting Notes

drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
1630 tasting notes

I like this better each time I try it. Apple and vanilla—not exactly pie-like because of the other stuff, but still quite nice, not too picky on water temp or steep time, which is handy at work.

Which I did get to today, wicked sleet notwithstanding, but which is looking a little iffy for tomorrow. Driveway is a mess; we almost weren’t able to pull in to park and the snow shovels are currently frozen in the shed. (We, uh, forgot to get them out before the storm started last night. Go ahead. Laugh.)

But for the moment, chicks are all in the nest and we are warm.

Nicole

I always have to remind myself to take my ice scraper into the house and into work with me. Does me no good frozen in the car. So, I’m not laughing at you. :)

Kittenna

Ahahaha, one of our shovels was frozen into a snowbank in the last storm, where we got like 1 foot of snow + copious blowing. Luckily we had a second one in the accessible garage.

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
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Thunder-sleet. Nasty. Cold. Blech. This is the only thing that will do. Stout, strong, warm, reliable, cheap. (Same qualities one needs in a spouse? ;)

Nicole

Agreed. Excellent spouse qualities. :)

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drank Iron Buddha by Lipton
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It’s taken most of the box of these inexpensive little bags to accept the fact that you let the water get cool to tepid, you drag the bag leisurely through the water 6, definitely no more than 8 times, and that’s it. STOP. Otherwise it gets a bitter barb at the end of the sip.

Self-control in steeping tea. There’s a concept I need to practice…

CrowKettle

Self-control and tea? What’s that? That sounds like quite the process.

gmathis

I tend to ruin teas you have to fuss with; I am a heavy-handed steeper.

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After having tried it a couple of times, I’m in agreement with … well, somebody who mentioned that Celestial Seasonings teas are just better when you use 2 bags instead of 1.

The apple twang is much better now. Nice homey little tisane.

gmathis

…may need another double steep for my nerves. Just finished Downton Abbey.

ashmanra

Oh dear. Yes, indeed. I don’t even know if I want to watch anymore. I was wondering if you saw it.

gmathis

As long as Maggie Smith has signed on for another series, and I believe she has, the family will survive. Granny would want you to keep watching.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Putting this in the “chance” category since it’s a home-blend from a co-worker. Thoughtfully given to me as a thank you for turning her on to the tea world.(Like that was an inconvenience ;)

In this case, the student has far surpassed the teacher. She added raspberry flavoring to a good Assam black tea base; I think there’s a little vanilla in the background as well. Results remind me strongly of something in the Marco Polo/Tower of London flavor family.

Adds a little lilt to a gray, gloomy, gusty morning!

ashmanra

You go, you teavangelist you!

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Still throat-scratchy and a little achy; still sticking with antioxidant-heavy choices. This one is such an opaque green-beany/guacamole color, even with a scant 1/4 teaspoon of the powder to the cup, it has to be good for me, yes?

This particular powder needs a light touch, it’s very vegetably. But not unpleasant.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I have often said that tulsi is my friend; but I think I’m getting close to BFF’s FOREVER with little hearts drawn around it.

Fighting off a wickedly sore throat/swollen tonsil last night, made a strong cup of tulsi with lemongrass (which didn’t affect the flavor; tulsi is pretty strong) and within an hour, the excruciating swallowing pain subsided significantly. A little surfing confirmed that tulsi is purported to be effective for oral and throat care. (Taking into consideration the effusive miracle-drug language you see on some websites.)

Not proclaiming myself cured just yet, but chalk up another one for this lemony-clovey stuff!

ashmanra

Mine says used for treating headaches as well, and as a general anti-inflammatory! Hope you are well soon, prayers!

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This has so many companion ingredients, I’m wondering if “just pineapple” is a bit of a misnomer.

However, the other goodies (calendula just makes a tea happy; I’ve got to pick some up for blending) make it bright and sunshiny tasting. Decent orange pekoe base. This has great chilled/iced potential, but I’m enjoying it warm, too.

Belated thanks to Nicole. This is good!

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This time of February is almost as bad as Christmas for over-sugaring. But when a work buddy brings a tall strawberry layer cake with pureed strawberries in the fluffy frosting that’s almost a third layer tall…who am I to hurt her feelings?

But great googly moogly, I am nearly comatose from too much goody-ing this week. Hoping this herbal blend starts to thin out the glucose that’s clogging my veins. It’s minty enough to balance out the red clover/dandelion rooty-woody undertow.

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Though white tea is in the lower end of my favorite flavor scale, this is definitely my favorite white tea ever. It tastes. Sweet hay. Smells like a barn on the first day of spring it’s warm enough to leave your jacket on the hook.

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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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