99
drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
255 tasting notes

I have a cat named Mrs. Palmer, who has an enormous crush on my oldest son. Mrs. Palmer looks at me with disdain and superiority (which I love—every cat lady loves a superior cat) and she tolerates my husband. When my son comes around she gets this goofy dazed crazy happy expression on her face that I call “Spring Awakening”.

Leland Tea’s Bogart has given me “spring awakening”. I am a somewhat cautious tea drinker—I prefer to start out with a small sample at 1 or 2 bucks. Then I might buy more. Untasted, sight unseen, nothing known about Leland Teas, I purchased not one but two full orders of Bogart (and quite a few of their other blends). I ordered on April 12 and today, April 19th my tea has arrived. Very good record, considering that I also got teas today that were ordered on April 3rd.

Upon first sniff I fell in love; first taste confirmed the love, and I think that the explanation is that Leland Teas uses some Lapsang Souchoung in the blend. If you don’t like smoke, you would barely notice it, however. The predominant taste is the hazel nut, followed by the vanilla and the cinnamon. The nuttiness is divine and the vanilla is excellent. The cinnamon wisely remains a back-up player and does not try to take over the show.

I’m ready for more and I still have that “spring awakening” expression on my face. The question is will I be able to stop and try other teas? I have, from Leland, “Tiffany,” and “Garbo’s Peachy Blend” and “Kisses!” and more!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Angrboda

every cat lady loves a superior cat

That is SO true. The loveliest cat I’ve had was also the one with the worst temper.

Doulton

My “avatar” is another cat of great distinction, discernment, and superiority. I have three boy cats who love me; they are cuddly, soft, fuzzy, uncomplicated. The two girls, however, know that I am on the bottom of the food chain,

Ewa

I love cats for the same reasons that people who don’t like them don’t: their independence, their disdain for humans, and their tendency to chase invisible objects (ok, this is not actually something that gets listed all THAT often). I’m not sure what I would do with an affection cat.

Also, this tea sounds YUMMY.

S

Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean. My favorite cats are tortoiseshells/calicos, because they are known for having what people call “tortietude”—they know they’re better than us, and when they deign to acknowledge us, it’s just that much better.

On the other hand, my current cat (not my avatar) is an affectionate tortie fluffball, but when she’s around other cats, she turns into the Queen, tortietude and all. So, I plan on keeping this a single cat household, for now. :)

__Morgana__

I have some of this as well and I’m really looking forward to it. Geez. I really really have to finish drinking up some of my lesser teas so I can get to the good stuff.

Lori

I have 2 miniature poodles and I am convinced that they are the felines of the canine world. My female poodle prances around the home and yard as if she is superior to all…

Stephanie

Yay! I’m so happy you like Bogart! It’s like a validation—if you like it, then it must be good! :)

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Angrboda

every cat lady loves a superior cat

That is SO true. The loveliest cat I’ve had was also the one with the worst temper.

Doulton

My “avatar” is another cat of great distinction, discernment, and superiority. I have three boy cats who love me; they are cuddly, soft, fuzzy, uncomplicated. The two girls, however, know that I am on the bottom of the food chain,

Ewa

I love cats for the same reasons that people who don’t like them don’t: their independence, their disdain for humans, and their tendency to chase invisible objects (ok, this is not actually something that gets listed all THAT often). I’m not sure what I would do with an affection cat.

Also, this tea sounds YUMMY.

S

Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean. My favorite cats are tortoiseshells/calicos, because they are known for having what people call “tortietude”—they know they’re better than us, and when they deign to acknowledge us, it’s just that much better.

On the other hand, my current cat (not my avatar) is an affectionate tortie fluffball, but when she’s around other cats, she turns into the Queen, tortietude and all. So, I plan on keeping this a single cat household, for now. :)

__Morgana__

I have some of this as well and I’m really looking forward to it. Geez. I really really have to finish drinking up some of my lesser teas so I can get to the good stuff.

Lori

I have 2 miniature poodles and I am convinced that they are the felines of the canine world. My female poodle prances around the home and yard as if she is superior to all…

Stephanie

Yay! I’m so happy you like Bogart! It’s like a validation—if you like it, then it must be good! :)

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style

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