At an odd hour this Sunday past, we had our monthly Google Plus Tandem Tea Tasting. The time change was to accommodate our special guest Xavier, Teaconomics.
Xavier and Jackie, Teatrade collaborated to send us a sampling of two teas from Maison de thè THEODOR.
My packages arrived around Christmastime, and believe me, I had to exert restraint not to brew these immediately, as the aroma was enveloping.
I was not sure I would be able to make the scheduled meeting as I was on the road in No. Hampton, MA (more to come about this trip) and had a brunch with friends scheduled around the same time.
So, as we tea enthusiasts do, I improvised. I got up and brewed the two teas, appropriately named The Du Loop and Je t’ Aime and filled my thermos for the in car event.
Once in the car, I set up my tastings in the cars cup holders and asked hubby not to hit any bumps in the road.
At 10:00am I got the invite from Rachel, I Heart Teas and shortly afterwards our guest arrived along with our avid members Nicole, Tea For Me Please, Darlene Meyers-Perry, The Tea Lovers Archives, Julia Matson, Bingley Teas, Jackie, Teatrade.
In noticeable absence was Geoff Norman, Lazy Literatus, he had to work and when last posted he was snowed in at his job. This, an unusual occurrence as the Portland area normally does not get snow.
Geoff has been for quite a while our only male member in this group I am beginning to think it can only be a one-man show J
Xavier had some trouble with the audio and had to go out and come back in and we were all anxious to experience the full effect of his wonderful French accent.
When we all settled introductions were made then it was on to tasting.
In doing research on these teas I also found their website fun as they assign personality characteristics to each tea “Points Of Views Notebook Of The Impertinent”.
The Du Loop-notes of chocolate and hints of floral. They assigned a personality characteristic to this tea as Pretentious
Je t’ Aime– macaroon overtones, it was mentioned in description, like pistachio, although we detected almond notes along with floral undertones. The characteristic of this one Gallantry
I understand why these teas appeal to Jackie so delicate and delicious.
In the short space of time, riding from No. Hampton to Greenfield, I must say I so enjoyed seeing my tea friends and sipping along and comparing notes.
Thanks Xavier, Jackie and Rachel for making this one happen.
Until next Tandem Tea Tasting
Jackie, Cups Of Tea With Jackie
Rachel, I Heart Teas
Nicole, Tea For Me Please
Darlene, The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook
Julia, Bingley’s Tea
Geoff, Lazy Literatus
Xavier has a FRENCH accent? I always expected him to actually be some spy of a James Bond type, not actually French but turning up at the local casino with a beautiful women on each arm to play vignt-et-un and spy on local criminal masterminds.
Am I mistaken, or is he just very good?
Such an amazing event and I am so glad you were able to make it even if it had to be from the car. Every month I look forward to these Hangouts. Missed @lazyliteratus but the great news is @jackie says she will work on joining next month. 🙂
So sorry I had to miss this, but I’m glad I saw your report.
@thedevotea I am very good 😉
@scandaloustea just a small mistake, it is Thé du Loup (but I know French is tricky).
It was great seeing you all and sharing something with you.
It was great “seeing” you as well. Thanks again for the tea it was special.
Sorry @jopj I wrote too fast and created a new blog writer 😉 and sorry for the odd time but for me it was nearly perfect for a 5 o’clock tea.
Loved seeing you all again and sipping tea with my friends. Thank you @xavier for supplying us with the leaves. @lazyliteratus, hope to see you next time. Oh dear, @iheartteas took note of what I mumbled in haste ha ha. But yes, it would be wonderful to talk to you all again more often!
Thanks for writing this nice post Jo, it was a nice account of our little event.
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