1856 Tasting Notes

drank Luxury Kenyan Tea by Robt. Roberts
1856 tasting notes

This is the first tea I had when we finally arrived in Europe! I got this at the Dublin airport along with a blueberry muffin. It was a decent cuppa for a teabag, easy to drink without milk and sugar, and then popped up again today when we ordered a pot of tea with lunch at the Cafe Vaudeville in Belfast. It must be pretty popular here.

Both places left the teabag in, but it didn’t get too strong. This is referred to as “proper tea” in these parts. Not as beefy and (sometimes brutally) strong as an Assam can be but strong enough.

yyz

Glad you arrived safely. Hope you have an amazing time.

boychik

Enjoy your trip!

Donna A

Have a great time!!

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drank Unknown Puerh by Red Leaf Tea
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When Red Leaf made this puerh packet available to us way back when they said they were including a large number of cubes of puerh and one very fine quality tuo cha. I have logged the “every day” type and now I am finally having the good stuff.

This is a shu. I gave it a rinse and it was still quite compact. I gave it a longish first steep, maybe 35 seconds. The resulting tea was medium brown but tasty. The tuo cha fell apart at that point and the next steep was maybe four seconds, yet the tea was nearly black! At no point in the many steeps we drank did it ever become bitter or hard edged, though. It was lightly earthy with the very faintest horse barn and definitely no fishy aroma or taste. And when it finally gave up, it really gave up! One steep was dark and then BOOM! Pale. I knew it was time to retire these leaves, but the three of us enjoyed a liter of good shu out of that little bitty tuo cha.

Confession time: I am going to Ireland on Sunday. I have never been on a plane. I have no rain gear or luggage. I need shoes. I am about to panic and am wondering if I will get airsick which would be absolutely humiliating.

Also, I am a homebody. I love being home. I don’t want to start wishing I was back here in just four days when I am staying two weeks.

Suggest some places for a quick little plane ride that would be fun to see. We really love the countryside and small towns more than big cities and someone suggested Sterling, Scotland. Any other suggestions from you well-travelled Steepsterites? Any travel suggestions?

caile

I don’t have any travel suggestions, but I wish you a safe and enjoyable trip! :)

Terri HarpLady

Have an awesome trip!

boychik

You will not be airsick. The planes are awesome nowadays. I only suggest to have a gum or hard candy in the beginning and at the end when you land. Enjoy your trip!

Cwyn

I’ve been to England on the cheap but not Ireland. Take one luggage bag, a small one, and make sure it has wheels. I found I had to walk a lot with my luggage, train depots have stairs. Elevators and escalators are not ubiquitous like they are here, we North Americans have to walk far less when we travel here. I brought wash and wear clothes and was glad I did, dryers don’t work as well over there and wash machines reek with mildew, I hand washed with soap leaves. Unless you bring your own teapot, I brought Folgers coffee in tea bags, I didn’t find good tea at all.

yyz

Lost my first note so I’ll try again. So many destinations are available to you within a short flight from Dublin. Even to go as far as Croatia is under 3 hours and Turkey is just over 4. The summer I lived there my coworkers and I travelled to various places throughout Europe and North Africa, so if these destinations interest you, you are most likely limited by cost, frequency of flights, and or documentation. Within Ireland we mostly travelled by ground transportation. Belfast is only 2 he’s a way and cork about three.

If you enjoy hiking there are two popular trails accessible on the dart system. http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Howth—-Bog-of-Frogs-loop/110/ and http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Bray-to-Greystones—-Cliff-walk/654/. Popular trips among my coworkers were to the Giants causeway, the cliffs of Mother, the ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula, Cork and Waterford, but really there are many towns and historical sites that are within an easy distance of Dublin.

Cwyn

I’m a shameless tourist, would love to see Avoca where Ballykissangel was filmed.

ashmanra

Thank you, everyone! I am hoping to be in Dublin long enough at the very beginning to hit a tea shop and get something good!

gmathis

Earplugs are useful, both on plane and in unfamiliar hotels. So excited for you!

Donna A

Ireland is absolutely on my bucket list. Spent 2 1/2 weeks along the Mosel and Rhine rivers in August and loved the towns and small cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and France. So bicycle and walker friendly. And all the people were super friendly. My husband also loved Scotland a few years ago but I wasn’t able to go. I think you’ll have a great time, especially if you get out into the smaller towns.

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This is one of the many teas that crossed the table this weekend. Liquid Red Hots candies is the best description I can give. If you want a tea that will make you wave bye-bye to the sugar bowl, try this. It is so sweet that one person actually told me it was good but had too much sugar in it. There is no sugar. None. Zip. Nada. Not any. The cinnamon blend is simply that sweet, and reminiscent of Penzey’s Cinnamon Blend if you have been fortunate enough to cross paths with it. (Their Vietnamese is our favorite cinnamon, though. ZING!)

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I needed a quiet hug this morning, so I drank this tea! Everyone who has tried it has liked it a great deal. It is so soothing. The chamomile and rose are well balanced. Another beautiful tea from Teavivre that must always be near at hand for me.

Cheri

Sounds delicious!

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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We drank about seven pots of this tea yesterday and today. I had a lot of guests and the young people really love puerh. They were having a massive Munchkin game with seven add ons plus legends, using dungeons. And they drank tea the whoooooooole time. I spent most of the game running to the kitchen to heat the water and then fetching a new pot back in.

Youngest has fallen in love with this one, and wanted to know tonight if we had much of the “sugar cookie puerh” as she likes to call it. I told her we did and she said that she loves having a pot to herself to sip on as she draws and reads. I guess I need to order some more of this sugar cookie flavored dream as a Christmas gift for her. She loves their Lapsang Souchong Crocodile as well, so that will make the shipping a little more bearable.

The base is lightly earthy, dark but without bitterness, and the flavoring is sweet biscuit (and yes, you really do taste delicious biscuit!) with caramel and vanilla. We were able to resteep three or four times western style with ease and with good flavor remaining. Well done!

Cheri

sounds yummy! And like a fun time!

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I guess I have to reorder this soon. I never would have believed that I would like this, but I do.

When I first tried the black hot cinnamon it was too strong for me. I wasn’t a fan of those candies called Red Hots and that is what the tea tasted EXACTLY like to me. I kept it on hand because people would come over and try it and love it so much they would have me order big bags of it for them. So I kept it on hand for guests.

Then I got a sample of the green version. The first cup was so thick, syrupy, and cinnamon sweet that I felt like I was downing a ton of sugar…but there was NONE. Just the cinnamon blend makes this so sweet I don’t think anyone could possibly need to add sugar!

Yesterday my son and godson were here and we were unexpectedly joined by son’s girlfriend, and vid then my daughter dropped in from out of town. Yay! And nearly everyone tea. We ended making 9 pots. That’s right, nine 22 to 27 ounce pots in one afternoon. Then a friend came over today and wanted to try it because she is buying green tea for a friend with breast cancer who doesn’t like tea but wants to drink it for health reasons now.

So here I am needing to order over a pound of it! No wonder the hot cinnamon spice line is Harney’s biggest seller.

CrowKettle

I don’t like the actual Red Hots candies, but I do seem to like that flavour when it’s in liquid form- I’ll have to try this! :)

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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The continuing saga of the puerh sipdowns…

My youngest daughter has started enjoying puerh, so we have gone from "No, thank you, Mom!’ to “Mom, would you like some puerh?” And I am trying to get my cupboard under control but my lowest “type” of tea inventory is puerh.

I had not introduced her to this one because a while back she eschewed it, but since her palate is much more adventurous now I decided to give it another go with her. Her new open mindedness has paid off, so I can list this big bag of loose puerh to one more thing we can enjoy together to tide us over until Christmas, because I am trying to be a really good girl and not order more tea right now!

I served this again last night at Writers’ Group, and the first words people said were, “This is sweet.” “Tastes like a sugar cookie.” “This is really good.”

If you like Coquelicot Gourmand and you like flavored puerh, you will probably feel that this is one fantastic tea. The company describes it as biscuit flavor, and that is accurate, but it is mildly, lightly sweet, rather like a Rich Tea Biscuit instead of a floury Southern biscuit.

Sil

this one IS tasty!

TeaBrat

mmm, sounds yummy

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Have you ever been away from home and wanted to be back so bad you fantasize about having the transporter from Star Trek? That’s how I felt today as we drove ALL OVER Moore County.

We picked up Chinese buffet takeout and I called youngest to prepare some tea. This one. And oh my goodness, it was so amazingly good it made it twice as nice to be home. Smooth, rich, and so flavorful that I could plainly taste all of its goodness even with the food, and I am so grateful that there is a bit left in the big ole pot to keep drinking because I am exhausted but I want more more more!

My daughter told me that this finished the bag. I told her that I would be lying in the floor crying if that were true. I have more Teavivre TGY’s waiting!

Terri HarpLady

I’m getting down to the bottom of the tea tin on several of my Teavivre teas.
Only a matter of time…

mrmopar

The offer still stands..

ashmanra

Thank you, mrmopar! I will definitely take a look!

Tea Sipper

This is my FAVORITE oolong. :D

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I was sure I had reviewed this before….

This was the final tea of tea party today, and the one with the heaviest flavoring is usually served last for several reasons, but mainly so we can experience the food without it being upstaged and to add interest to the final cup after we have eaten.

This smells so rich and chocolate-y, like a cup of cocoa. The flavor is strongly chocolate with a bit of rose sweetening the cup. The chocolate flavor is of the unsweetened cocoa sort, so there is a little bit of dry mouthfeel that seems to be coming from the chocolate rather than from the tea. This has a rich aroma.

I liked it very much, my guest preferred the other two teas that we had today. Youngest hasn’t tried it yet but perhaps I can add her opinion when she does.

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drank Fete de Versailles by Nina's Paris
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We are gearing up for holiday mode even though our one or two chilly days went away and hot temps came back. We are making pumpkin flavored everything and starting to bring out our fall tea flavors, as well as Christmas ones.

I don’t like many Christmas teas. They all seem to take the same harsh orange flavor and some cinnamon and clove and shove it in your face. There is usually an acidic bite to those teas to me. Most of them are just too pushy.

This tea, however, is festive and more subtle. The orange flavor is mild and sweet and the tea is overall smooth and amiable. It doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS!!! I really think it is great with fall foods to accompany the pumpkin and cinnamon and clove, and it would be a great Christmas tea, but I also think of it as a fabulous New Year’s tea – something special after the holidays that is lighter and more genteel and ushers in the hope of spring. It was great along with our pumpkin scones and apple walnut cake. The light orange flavor really complimented the food.

This is a winner from Nina’s, and I love the special white tin. It is definitely fit for a Fete!

gmathis

Tried Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Swirl bread for breakfast toast today. Thumbs up.

ashmanra

Oooooo, I haven’t seen that!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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