1928 Tasting Notes

Ha-ah! Found some! Granny Smith juice up front, a hint of burnt sugar in the back. Another one that may improve more with a little dairy and sugar, but I’m far too schleppy to get up. (Reveling in the dregs of a decadently quiet holiday weekend: tree up, cat snoozing on my lap, “Fiddler on the Roof” cranked up loud. L’chaim!)

K S

I see you survived the morning.

gmathis

We did OK. Sunday teaching is different from classroom teaching—-you really need smaller groups and numbers so you can talk instead of refereeing six conversations at once. All the same, I love this rowdy bunch. You can see these wonderful glimmers of what kind of people they’re going to be.

Kristal

Ohh sounds like it may make a Good latte!

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
1928 tasting notes

Breaking in to the distressingly dwindling hoarded stash this morning: can now find PG Tips bagged locally, but not loose leaf. But some cold mornings, strong, sharp, stout builders tea is the only thing that will do. Like when it’s your week to teach seventeen fifth and sixth graders who are post-Thanksgiving sated, have been cooped up inside during a four-day weekend because of a multi-day deluge, and pre-Christmas hepped. Praying for grace and a sense of humor!

Nicole

Did you ever get any of the PG Tips Strong One?

gmathis

No, but it sounds about my speed! (Or will, come January!)

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drank Peppermint Bark by Bigelow
1928 tasting notes

Yep, about 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa nibs did the trick. All it needed was a little love, Charlie Brown.

Maddy Barone

I went to the VID’s Tea website to order some tea. I had both Peppermint Amore and the Snow Day in my cart, but when I went to check out they added a $25.00 cross border shipping fee!I’ve ordered from them several times without being charged a ridiculous fee! So now I know how my Canadian friends feel. I aborted my order, and I’ll look for this one at the grocery store. Hmph.

gmathis

$2.38 where I was. (Pricey shipping keeps me from ordering tea often; probably a good thing: I’m running out of cabinet space as it is :)

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drank Peppermint Bark by Bigelow
1928 tasting notes

Another cheapster from today’s impulse haul. It’s more minty than barky—the chocolate hits you a couple of beats later. I’m thinking that a little doctoring (milk and some cocoa nibs) would bump this up from pretty good to mighty tasty.

Gary

Cheapsters are Keepsters, I had the Barrington Earl Grey, I think it Made the Day, Still Thankful

gmathis

:) There’s a lot of reasons to like those bagged cheapsters—easy to tote, steep away from home, and swap!

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Enjoying a decadently non-traditional Thanksgiving Day (extended family later = home, sleep late, lazy morning, chili for Thanksgiving Day Dinner)…which meant we found ourselves at Food 4 Less around noon to pick up odds and ends. And the best find of all was a huge bin of Celestial Seasonings holiday goodies on sale! Found Caramel Apple Dream, which I’ve been hunting for all fall, and impulsively grabbed this box, too.

On to real tea-related comments. Existing reviews aren’t very kind to the Wonderland, but I like it. Think sweet cranberry cookie, not tart cranberry chutney. The stevia, which turned me off CS’ Sweet Harvest Pumpkin, meshes better with the rooibos, and while it’s more sweetener than I’d add on my own, works just fine.

Kristal

Lovely! I’ve been really lovely Celestial Seasonings lately. Other than a few teas iced, I really like Honey Vanilla Chamomile hot before bed :)

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drank Sweet Heart by Savoy Tea Company
1928 tasting notes

Recently a friend texted me from Arkansas: “I’m at Savoy Tea. What would you like?” Best message I’d received for a long time! And of course, I went blank; I was out of town at the time and couldn’t check my pantry stock. So I went with “surprise me!”

This was the surprise. Authentic, natural tasting strawberry chocolate. Luscious.

Christina / BooksandTea

You have awesome friends!

gmathis

Yep! Adding that to my blessings to count on Thanksgiving Day. (I’m already running out of fingers and toes :)

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Cruise souvenir from a buddy. Lots of mango tango to it; not getting much rum—maybe just a baby swig at the end. Not bad for a departure from normal afternoon fare. Come bitterly cold weather, it’ll make for a little island vacation in a cup.

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drank Sweet and Spicy by Good Earth Teas
1928 tasting notes

Wowza! Sweet, indeed! Red hot candy sweet. (Note to self: lighten up on the steep time.)
This was a treat from a friend; it’s her new favorite office go-to. May be a good’un for cold and flu season, as you can feel the heat radiate down your throat. Have been improvising for the better part of the week with microwaves and Keurig water and this is strong enough to overcome it.

OMGsrsly

I steep this one for hours when I go out hiking or snowshoeing when it’s cold.

gmathis

I can totally see that!

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
1928 tasting notes

Correct or incorrect, my official pronouncement on what puts the “huckle” in a huckleberry is a cross between a blueberry and a blackberry. Market Spice Huckleberry was tasty this summer iced; had a little sharpish sourness at the end. It’s also quite tasty on an almost raw, cloudy October morning in a pottery mug. I put a spoonful of dried elderberries in the steep as well (immunity kick continues). Those remind me of raisins and shaved off the sharpness nicely. (P.S. Tazo, purring in a loaf on my lap, roused long enough to monitor this note for accuracy. He approves.)

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
1928 tasting notes

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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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