1112 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Some Golden Monkey paired with a Philadelphia Soft Pretzel. I had a feeling it would be a good pairing – bready, salty with good, medium bodied honey sweet tea with its own bready notes – but it was even better than I expected.

Here’s to unexpected pairings!

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I got the cranberry notes back today! My measuring cup was in the dishwasher, so I sort of eyeballed the water amount. It must have been a bit low because I had less than my usual amount of tea, but it had a wonderful strength and flavor! Now I know to use a little extra tea with this one.

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I broke the precious Beehouse teapot that Doulton gave me as I was making this tea! I just wanted to cry to you all little (cry, cry, cry)! It just slipped off of the counter and smashed into a million pieces.

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Autumn Hearth

boo broken beehouse!

Kashyap

falling teapot,
into a thousand shards,
memories swim,
in wet eyes,
brimming with teas,
yet to be sipped.

goodbye little teapot.

gmathis

Can the million little pieces make a garden stepping stone? A bracelet?

JacquelineM

Aw Kashyap you’re going to make me cry more! :)

gmathis – that’s a good question! I swept them into the trash bag but maybe I’ll dig some out and think on them. P.S. Look in your PO box for something from me – around Monday they say :)

gmathis

OOOOOOH!

Cissystix

So sad about your teapot. What color was it? A local store here has a blue and white beehive with little bees on it. I know it would not replace the special sentiment of Doulton giving it to you, but let me know if you are interested. I have one because my mother and granddaughter have shared the name “Beatrice” and my Dad kept bees when I was growing up. So my family tends to collect “bee” things. What are you favorite colors?

Cissystix

Oh, I just realized, I was thinking Bee hive type teapot and you may be talking about the brand “Beehouse”! Which was it?

JacquelineM

Cissystix,

It was the brand Beehouse. That was so nice of you to think about me :) I like bees too, though – because they are pollinating friends, and because they have a queen :)

I wound up getting two tiny Stump pots – one for me and one for my husband. they’re so cute.

Shmiracles

i LOVE my forlife teapots! seriously. i have 3.

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This is the best tasting of the health tisanes I have purchased recently. Herbaceous, for sure, but there is something light and sweet about it. It tastes plant-y and alive! This one is supposed to aid the immune system and help you from feeling overwhelmed and run down. Oh, I can sure use this! I regret I didn’t try it sooner – I was so worried about how it was going to taste that it’s been sitting in my cupboard for a month! Silly!

I would like to move more toward these herbal helpers in the evenings – they make me feel so relaxed and good!

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I drank my tagalong tin of this like a flash! When I took out my last sachet this morning, I couldn’t believe it. Sweet, jammy, perfect as is.

I will drink my Paris (with pleasure!) but then I’m switching to Tower of London for my berry tea!

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Tea Sipper

I almost had this one this morning, but I think I like Paris a bit better!

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At one point I had nine tins of the various Zhena’s herbal chais is my cupboard ~ last night marks just a few sachets of Hazelnut left! The Vanilla is my favorite and I’m very sad to see it go. So flavorful. The spices were the gentle ones (without strong cloves or overwhelming pepper) and blended well.

I’m still on my stash reduction kick, so I’m not replacing anything right now. Once my cupboard is under control, this favorite is sure to be purchased again!

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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I added a little Demerara sugar to this tea this morning, and I think I found its most absolute sweet (pun not intended!) spot of deliciousness! Somehow the sugar gives the blend the wee bit of heft it needs (there is a fine line between delicate and weak I find!) and amplifies all of the flavors. I have a nutty, spicy, floral on the end of the sip amazing cup of tea. Paired with my croissant? I feel like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3RSlUkw9U0

Ah!

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Bonnie

Good video!

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I had to google demerara (I use stevia in everything myself but I’m always open to new suggestions!) I have very fond memories of this tea, it combines two of my very favourite things (almonds and roses). Thanks for the great video, definitely brightened up my morning :)

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drank Tan Yang Jing Zhi by TeaSpring
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Another delicious favorite – all gone!

This tea was a chameleon for me! Today it tasted roasty but herbaceous on the end of the sip. Almost like chamomile. It’s tasted very floral on the end of the sip before, just roasty and plain good before… who knows! In any event, it was one of my most enjoyable new teas of 2012.

I am not rushing to reorder because it is a little pricy, and also you have to sign for the package (or pick it up at the post office) which is a bit inconvenient for me.

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I keep trying to pinpoint the flavors of this tea, but being exact doesn’t do this tea justice. It has a bit of magic to it. Almond, cherry, spice. Floral on the end on the sip. Something sweet.

Nope. Still doesn’t describe the experience. How all of the flavors dance together to make something indescribably delicious. It tastes more like a liqueur — no. A dessert — no. A candy — no.

I think this is one you have to taste yourself.

The nicest treat I had all week. Thank you Ruby Woo Scarlett!

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ashmanra

This is what my futures son-in-law gave me for Christmas!

TheTeaFairy

I love how Mariage Frères name their teas…Your description of this one just enhanced that, some magic that you have to figure out for yourself :-)

Madeline Alyce

Sounds delicious!!!

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First, let me say this tea works. It’s a different feeling than chamomile – I actually felt fuzzy and slow after drinking it! I slept deeply and was not restless. I found the taste herby and not too bad – the smell of the dry tea is more offputting than the brewed flavor (the valerian – if you’ve smelled it before, you know of what I speak! FEET!).

My husband, on the other hand, did not feel sleepy from it! He is the guy who can take prescription sleeping pills and not feel sleepy, though. What is going on there, I don’t know! He’s been this way since a baby.

It works out though – he swears by the Forests tea for sleeping well with his allergies (so much so I’m almost out of the 4oz I just purchased, and just ordered a pound!), so I make him a cup of that before bed, and I drink this.

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Nicole

Hm. I may need to try this. I have had trouble sleeping for years now. I’ve tried prescriptions but while they put me to sleep, I don’t stay asleep, nor do I sleep deeply.

ashmanra

Okay, I need to buy both of those!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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