1979 Tasting Notes

My youngest daughter and I are reading The Fellowship of the Ring together as part of her school program. (Homeschool) My eldest daughter had just sent me this link that I so very much want to try – distilled tea recipe for Ent Draught! Distilled to be clear like the Ent Draught, but flavored with real loose leaf tea!

http://foodthroughthepages.com/2012/12/18/ent-draught-the-lord-of-the-rings/

Tonight we read this passage: When they came to make their meal, they found that the Elves had filled their bottles with a clear drink, pale golden in color: it had the scent of a honey made of many flowers, and was wonderfully refreshing. Very soon they were laughing, and snapping their fingers at rain, and at Black Riders.

I don’t have the ingredients right now to make Ent Draught, but I can make yellow tea and add some White Gold Raw Honey and have some Elf Tonic! I must say this is not such a pale gold, but later steeps will be lighter. The taste is subtle, yet not hidden. Any stronger honey than this would be too much for me, but then I almost never add any sweetener at all to my teas.

The Elves can’t have left them chamomile, because the Hobbits knew it well and drank it themselves. I say the Elves left them either white or yellow tea! This is a precious brew that draws you near to enjoy its quiet beauty, which would be enough to fortify anyone against all that may lie ahead.

Miss Starfish

This is brilliant Ashmanra, thanks for sharing! The man is a huge LOTR fan so I’ll make a batch of this tomorrow for him. My mother also made food and drink inspired by books when I was little, I absolutely loved it. What did your daughter think of your concoction?

ashmanra

Your mom sounds awesome! I think the only recipe I have made inspired by a book would be Esther’s Orange Marmalade Cake from the Mitford series, unless you count grilled cheese served with black tea, which we call Rat Lunch, from the end of the book I Was A Rat. (Thank you, GMathis, for reminding me how to make italics!) I drank my concoction alone, though, as youngest really only drinks black tea, being fond of Lapsangs. I am sure my eldest will be happy to try it with me, and the Ent Draught, too!

Babble

How neat! I just read the first two LOTR books and need to finish the third. I’m finding them a little hard to get through, though.

TeaRunner

Pinot grigio? Judging by the laughing and snapping their fingers?

gmathis

I think I’ll have to put Tolkien back on Mount To-Be-Read.

ashmanra

@Tearunner: LOL! My youngest daughter said, “Mom, I think they were having something with alcohol in it since they were suddenly snapping their fingers and feeling brave.” I said, “HEY! TEA CAN DO THAT!!!” LOL!

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It is raining, but the rain is freezing is freezing instantly on the car, the steps, the bridges….

Nevertheless, we ventured out for our Friday evening Asian Buffet take out. For several weeks I noticed that hubby now likes green tea so much that I have to go resteep halfway through the meal. Last week I decided to start making the resteep right away and pouring all the tea into my large tetsubin on a warmer. It works out great! We both drink as much tea as we want.

Teavivre’s jasmine offerings are the best jasmine teas I have ever had. This is what I consider to be my budget jasmine, as it costs a good bit less than the pearls. With food, you can tell little difference and I save my Premium and Superfine Downy Pearls for solo sipping.

Even with a first and second steep combined, the tea is a rich, golden color. The instructions say to use one to two teaspoons per eight ounces water and one to two minutes. I used four teaspoons for a 22 ounce pot and resteeped immediately for just over one minute. What a fantastic company!

K S

It started the freezing rain here as I left this morning. Just minutes after I got to work it got very nasty.

I wondered if maybe your husband was just trying to get you out of the room so he could eat off your plate but I see you headed that off at the pass :)

I turned down the first offer of Jasmine from TeaVivre. What a maroon. Glad I accepted the second. It won me over.

ashmanra

I have all their jasmines except Jasmine Silver Needle White, and that will be on my next order!

CrowKettle

Just placed an order at Teavivre for a bunch of jasmine teas but I missed out on this one! Next time :)

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drank Honey Yuzu by Tea Forte
1979 tasting notes

From the Traveling Tea Box

Hmmm, not bad, but not memorable, either. Smells like honey! Nice. A little fruity – I am not familiar with yuzu so I am assuming this is it.

The tea in the cup is cloudy – I think from the honey or bee pollen? – and golden. The flavor is not bad, not stellar. I would not buy this, but if someone offered me a cup on a cold day or when I had a sore throat, I would take it. It probably tastes best to thse who add honey or sugar to their tea. Fn to try, though, and I think this is only my second ever Tea Forte tea!

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More Traveling Tea Box tea!

There is a Spice and Tea Exchange in Asheville, NC? Really? I have read reviews for their teas, but pictured them only being in some exotic, distant locale, like California. LOL! But Asheville is in my state, though a good five hour drive away or more.

This is a far simpler tea than the Chocolate Chili Chai I just tried, but I really think I like it better. I am getting a nice Keemun flavor, which is already chocolatey, with the addition of some chocolate on top of that.

I try to drink all my tea plain, and I like this one sans additions. For those who add milk and sugar, I feel sure this tea would go over the top to decadent dessert tea status.

Very nice.

momo

Haha a couple weeks ago I was shocked to learn Tampa is only 45 miles further away from Atlanta than Raleigh. There are cities in NC that would take longer to get to than West Virginia from here. If NC perplexes me this much I can’t even imagining thinking much about even Texas.

ashmanra

Momo: From my house some South Carolina beaches are closer than the nearest North Carolina beaches because of the way the coastline curves in! I can get to North Myrtle faster than I can get to Topsail Island!

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1979 tasting notes

Another tea from the Traveling Tea Box! I am trying this on behalf of my future son-in-law. He loves chocolate tea and he loves hot peppers, so I wanted to see if this is a “must have” for him. I am a wimp when it comes to hot peppers, but I read a lot of reviews that said this is only mildly spicy.

It smells good. The first tentative sips surprised me. This really is very mild. Everything is mild. The level of chocolate flavor, the tea base, the chai spices, and the chilis. The aroma is rather intriguing and is the best part of this tea. I guess I am picking up the chai spices over the top of the mild chocolate.

Since I drink my tea sans additions, I can’t say this one wins my heart. It is a decent tea but not one I would seek out, but I suspect since Gav adds milk and sugar to some of his teas he might really enjoy it that way. It would give it that “little extra something” that would make it a great cup of comfort on a cold winter day.

Kittenna

Has your future son-in-law tried 52teas’ Mayan Chocolate Chai?

ashmanra

No, he lives in Ireland and bemoans the dearth of good loose leaf tea! He is moving here soon to marry my daughter. I plan to keep their kitchen stocked with “the good stuff” now that there is a family member who loves tea almost as much as I do. Is that a good one?

KeenTeaThyme

Mango Diablo by David’s Tea is pretty good. Not sure if it’s still available, but I have some if you want to try it. It’s got a lot of kick – I love spicy so I love it! :)

Kittenna

If he likes cayenne and chais, IMO it’s pretty awesome. A bit of lapsang souchong too, so not for the faint of heart, but I really like it. It’s probably my favourite chai.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1979 tasting notes

This is from the Traveling Tea Box. Wheeee!

I was excited about this one because I really like puerh tea! I have had very little DavidsTea and that has been samples and mostly long ago.

I followed their directions for steeping. The aroma is nice puerh and chocolate with a hint of orange. One thing I wasn’t wild about is that there is an oil slick on top of my cup. It isn’t a deal breaker but I really don’t remember seeing this with other teas I drink. The sip is a bit disappointing at first. There is so much chocolate scent and the puerh base comes through so well, but the actual taste is tea with orange. There is only a hint of the chocolate. The puerh is more muted than I thought it would be. Perhaps I should stir it up or add seem of my own chocolate so that the taste matches the aroma.

One plus is that the second steep is much like the first without a noticeable diminishing of flavor, though I feel like the taste has morphed a bit.

This isn’t bad, I will enjoy it and I will share it with friends, but it doesn’t make me want to put in an order with DavidsTea. Once you have tried Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puerh, it is hard to love another flavored puerh.

SimplyJenW

Hmmm. Now I need a glass of wine. Your ‘auto correct’ got me. :)

ashmanra

LOL! I just saw it! I guess I better get that fixed! :D

Bonnie

Wheeee!

ashmanra

I fixed it!

SimplyJenW

And I had my wine! Yes, the power of suggestion runs strong in my family….LOL!

ashmanra

You go, Jen! :)

Kittenna

IMO, some batches of Chocolate Orange were way better than others. One batch I had was amazing, very chocolatey, deliciously orangey, and not fishy. The other batch was enough fishy to ruin it and mask any possible good flavours. Sigh.

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Woohoo! The traveling tea box arrived from Australia today! I am almost out of my Harney and Sons Vanilla Black so I gave this one a try as one of our tea time selections today.

The leaf particles are small, broken pieces, not large fairly whole leaves like H&S. The dry leaves smell great. According to the packaging, both the tea and the vanilla beans come from New Guinea. Cool!

Because the particles were small, I told my daughter to stick with a three minute steep lest it became bitter. It worked well, as there was no bitterness but plenty of vanilla flavor. The black tea base was decent, I think almost but not quite as good as H&S. This has real vanilla beans ground up in the tea, and it certainly smells exactly like my kitchen smells when I make a batch of extract. Lovely!

What fun to try things I have never heard of, and would never see around here. Thank goodness we have the Internet now so we can order!

CrowKettle

That tea box had a long journey!

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I needed a black tea for tea party today to go with homemade chocolate chip ice cream and this cake: http://thenonpareilbaker.blogspot.com/2011/09/chocolate-cake-with-cream-cheese.html?m=1

Paired with such sweet food, the tea seemed to become even more roasty, more chocolatey. Oddly, I felt like I tasted vanilla with the chocolatey flavor today, no doubt some function of the pairing. Great stuff. So glad I skipped lunch…

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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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