1861 Tasting Notes

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Do you ever go and check your cupboard, specifically the part where it tells you how often you’ve drunk a tea? I find myself surprised by some of those numbers. I thought I drank some teas all the time, but my steepster numbers don’t reflect it.
To be fair, maybe its because I haven’t logged it? Oh well.
But I’m enjoying seeing that number go up. My cupboard has lots of things in it I’ve either not yet tried, or that have been sipped only a few time. This is reenergizing me to try my new teas, as well as work on my sipdowns! There has got to be a balance, eh? Between working through the old and trying the new.
Well, even though this is the old, I’m happy to have another drinking logged. I’m close to a sipdown, and its an excellent tea to work on while I’m at work, as it is a bagged blend.
Gosh darn it, I love tea. It makes me so happy!

Fjellrev

Yeah, those cupboard numbers aren’t accurate for me because I don’t log every single cup I drink.

Rosehips

Probably wise.

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74

Wham! Pow! Kablooie!
This is one bold tea. It packs a seriously lavender punch, and the tea base is every bit as strong as the lavender it supports.
An Earl Grey this is not. I don’t care what the label says. Bergamot is simply not here. Nope, move along.
This is not a tea for the faint of heart. but if you like the occational bold cup of power, then this is your blend.

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drank Lemon Ginger by Paromi
1861 tasting notes

I am continuing my at-work tradition of trying to sip down this tea. The tradition of not being particularly impressed with or fond of it also continues.
I mean, its not bad, but the balance of flavors seems lopsided. I wish the ginger and lemon blended more seamlessly with the oolong base, which is hard to find.
I should just quit complaining about this and sip it down, eh?

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65

Today I am really getting a sense of the bergamot, which is playing fairly well with the more floral overtones of this tea.
The base is not nearly as present as I would think ideal, but the whole cup went down without any difficulty.
This is one of my bottomless bags of bagged tea, and I am determined to work towards its sipdown status.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Its become a bit of a tradition (for no reason, really) that I drink this tea on my nieces birthday.
So I’ve done it again, and had my first cup of this blend of the season.
I love this mellow, sweeter take on a cinnamon tea, and who can go wrong with sparkily little golden balls? Not me.
Ahh, a refreshing start to the week.

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70

I think my final rating of this tea is a solid “eh, not bad!”
I enjoyed the ginger quality, but no amount of tinkering really gave me a pancakes feel, which is too bad, but hey. It had a touch of ginger, and a touch on honey, and was a very warming way to start my day.
Sipdown!

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57
drank Lemon Ginger by Paromi
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Today myself and this cup got along much better. For starts, I burned no fingers while making it. And, more importantly, I steeped it for a shorter amount of time.
Less ginger, more lemon, and a touch more of the oolong base, I’m glad to say.
I still don’t feel that this is very well balanced, but it was much more pleasant to consume today.

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drank Apricot Vanilla Creme by Tazo
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I’ve decided to bring some bagged teas into the office I’m working in. This will save me the money of going next door and buying cups of tea, and it will help me work on various sipdown goals.
So I’ve grabbed this today, hoping for a morning pick-me up.
Its really a “spring” flavor in my mind, but the weather is so nice here that you might be excused for thinking it was spring.
Its a light blend, but that’s not a criticism. Its very soft, delicate, and utterly nice.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I could resist no longer. Boston has been sitting on my counter all week, unopened.
I tried to be strong. I tried to finish off lots and lots of summery teas, samples, and other odd bits in my cupboard before touching this. And, while I have made progress on all those things, I am not made of stone.
So today, with reverence and joy, I brewed up Boston Blend, possibly my favorite autumnal blend of them all.
The notes of almond and cranberry sang, and the fragrant steam from my cup caressed my face as I sipped this, the first cup of fall.
Oh Boston, how lovely it is to have you here again.
I am afraid there is no stopping me now…. The autumnal blends are now fair game!

gmathis

I just love your internal tea self-control debates! (It’ll be in the mid 40’s when we wake up Saturday. Come on over for a cuppa.)

Rosehips

In the 40! Be still my heart! Its 82 here…. How I long for proper tea drinking weather.

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drank Lemon Ginger by Paromi
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This tea and I are not friends today. Firstly, I burned my fingers making it. Secondly, the flavors are not the greatest.
I love lemon ginger flavors, and I love Oolong, so I thought this would be a home run, but instead it makes me cranky. The ginger tastes sharp, and between it and the lemon it shoved any trace of oolong aside.
I’m afraid I still have a bit of this, and I will keep trying. Maybe my water is too hot? But I’m not holding out much hope.

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