2009 Tasting Notes

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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drank Kettle Corn by Savoy Tea Company
2009 tasting notes

After a hard week of just-get-me-out-the-door builders teas, I made time for some more fanciful selections yesterday afternoon … this is a lighthearted take on cinnamon/caramel popcorn. Lighter steep time = heavier on the popcorn flavor; longer = more cinnamon. Fun and tasty either way.

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I was certain that a little dairy would make this even more dessert-y, but in truth, it doesn’t affect the taste much. (Mrs. Patmore does not permit amateurs to fiddle around in her kitchen. Sorry, mum! I’ll shimmy back to the scullery and see to those dirty dishes.)

However, this is still a creamy, fruity, after-dinner treat. And a warm cup in my cramping hand is welcome. I have discovered grown-up coloring books. Just what I need. Another way to fritter away an afternoon :)

ashmanra

I love their egg holder in the kitchen! I want one! Now if my chickens will quit molting and get back to laying an obscene number of eggs I could fill it up!

gmathis

Well, they won’t need theirs after this season … maybe you could offer to take it off the production company’s hands ;)

ashmanra

I pop them out an email right away! :)

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drank November Box by Teabook
2009 tasting notes

K S shared a little envelope of the dragonwell from this Teabook installment. Having learned my lesson (premeasured packets), I didn’t overdo on the cup size this time. The dry leaf is really powdery. Left a nice little green Christmas wreath at the bottom of my cup. A little leaf doesn’t bother me, but if you don’t like that, be forewarned.

Aesthetics aside, the tea itself is very, very good. Green tea doesn’t get a lot of attention at my house, but dragonwell is my favorite, and this is a tasty representation of that variety—summer hay and lip-lickingly sweet. This is one to save until the absolute dead of winter when you need a small cup of spring.

K S

I also thought this one was pretty tasty. The powderyness would be my lack of adequate packing and some one not paying attention to the do not machine stamp on the envelope. It was small pieces but not powder.

gmathis

:) Duly noted. Still good!

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drank Peppermint Bark by Bigelow
2009 tasting notes

With the addition of a little half and half, this becomes a creamy, white chocolate mmmm—minty, desserty confection. Awfully tasty and toothsome for a supermarket cheapie!

Rosehips

I like the word toothsome. I should use that more often!

gmathis

I think I swiped that from JacquelineM, who’s been MIA of late. That was her word for Vanilla Comoro.

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drank Wild Black/Dian Hong by Teabook
2009 tasting notes

This was a tasty departure from my usual kick-your-fanny-out-the-door black tea rut. Somewhat lighter than a builders’ tea—had a nice toasty, bready feel to it. My sample from K S came in a little pre-measured packet, probably measured for a slightly smaller mug than I used today; a little extra strength/less water would have made it even more pleasant.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
2009 tasting notes

Equal parts Market Spice Butter Rum + Touch Organic Keemun x (a filter you used to make Marco Polo yesterday and didn’t rinse out very well) = a Bob Ross happy accident that sort of resembles warm root beer. Eh, I took a chance :)

Sil

hahahaha awesome :)

Fjellrev

Bob Ross would be so proud of you.

gmathis

You ought to see the way I color happy little trees!

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The Enabler (aka my husband) saw me fondling this at an out-of-town trip to World Market and just silently put it in our cart. I love him.

My tea-newbie love affair with Republic of Tea, back when I was just a beginner, had generally cooled off, but this has stoked the fires again. Blueberry rooibos isn’t anything new to flavored tea fans, but add the caramel and vanilla and this becomes pie-sweet and velvety textured. As always, first cup with no additives; next time, milk to make it blueberry crumble with sweet cream.

Sil

awesome

Em

Yum!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
2009 tasting notes

Remember Sheldon’s itchy brain? I am hopelessly scratching at a dozen unresolved tasks and issues, NONE of which I can do a confounded thing about this evening.

In hopes of soothing said itch, I made a strong cup of tulsi. just bulk bin stuff, but it is warm and lemony and soothing to the body. Hoping for a similar effect on the mind soon.

Nicole

Oooo…. hate itchy brain.

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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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