95
drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
356 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act II scene 3

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
The Tempest, Act IV scene 1

Oh, how this tea has been calling to me ever since Doulton’s box arrived. This was the main smell that I experienced when I opened the box. This is what’s been fragrancing my room. It’s sort of an intense vanilla/hazelnut tea smell. It sorta intimidated me.

Oh, this is good. I’ve only ever had hazelnut as a syrup in a latte (not my favorite) so I think that my mind picked up on the vanilla more. But wow. I think “hug in a cup” isn’t just something that Leland flippantly put in its description in order to sell more tea. It does seem like a holiday tea, but I’d take it a step further: this is more like the warm loving heart of most holidays. And Stephanie nailed the description of the second infusion: a cinnamony snickerdoodle!

This was the highlight of my day by far. I even kept the leaves for a final steep after I got home from work. Yes, three is definitely this tea’s limit. And usually I love contemplating where one of these teas fits in Shakespeare’s cannon, but this one was on the verge of infuriating. It’s not a tragedy and it should be one of his better plays. Could I call a tea “Shakespeare” the man? That didn’t sit well with me. Then I looked up a play that I’m not too familiar with: The Tempest. Aha! It’s got the family drama of many holidays but ends well. Many critics have even speculated that the character of Prospero was the embodiment of Shakespeare himself.

And then it happened. I was looking at this quote on one of the websites that I’ve relied heavily upon for these notes (enotes.com) and I read the commentary and almost fell out of my chair. They refer to Bogart’s famous last line in The Maltese Falcon: “The stuff that dreams are made of” and how Bogey had suggested this line himself (as far as anyone knows the misquote was unintentional). Well, I shall misquote intentionally: “This tea is such stuff as dreams are made on.” TG

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Has anyone tried Leland’s Kookiedoodle? That one has started to haunt my dreams ;)

I also want to mention the other resource that I’ve been using for these notes: Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired [abridged] by Martin & Tichenor. I enjoyed their Reduced Shakespeare play and when this book came out years ago I snatched it up immediately. I highly recommend it — it’s very funny. :)

__Morgana__

No, but I have some in my cupboard along with the other teas I haven’t tried yet. Lol.

Rabs

Lol! I shall be anticipating your review even if it takes months! ;) I might just have to place an order with Leland. They truly have some great names for their teas. :)

Stephanie

I want to stop by that tea shop to refill my canister,but I don’t want to get tempted by more tea! Right now I’m practically swimming in tea! I’m happy though that everyone thinks Bogart is delicious too!

Rabs, I asked about Kookiedoodle when I was first there, and the guy said that he uses the same base as Bogart. So instead of hazelnuts, it’s more cinnamon-y?

Rabs

Morgana: I’ll be looking forward to your note when you finally get to it :)

Stephanie: Thank you for the info. I read the description and thought that it sounded a great deal like Bogart, but maybe it’d be more like the 2nd steep and be Snickerdoodley! :D

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Rabs

Has anyone tried Leland’s Kookiedoodle? That one has started to haunt my dreams ;)

I also want to mention the other resource that I’ve been using for these notes: Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired [abridged] by Martin & Tichenor. I enjoyed their Reduced Shakespeare play and when this book came out years ago I snatched it up immediately. I highly recommend it — it’s very funny. :)

__Morgana__

No, but I have some in my cupboard along with the other teas I haven’t tried yet. Lol.

Rabs

Lol! I shall be anticipating your review even if it takes months! ;) I might just have to place an order with Leland. They truly have some great names for their teas. :)

Stephanie

I want to stop by that tea shop to refill my canister,but I don’t want to get tempted by more tea! Right now I’m practically swimming in tea! I’m happy though that everyone thinks Bogart is delicious too!

Rabs, I asked about Kookiedoodle when I was first there, and the guy said that he uses the same base as Bogart. So instead of hazelnuts, it’s more cinnamon-y?

Rabs

Morgana: I’ll be looking forward to your note when you finally get to it :)

Stephanie: Thank you for the info. I read the description and thought that it sounded a great deal like Bogart, but maybe it’d be more like the 2nd steep and be Snickerdoodley! :D

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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