1858 Tasting Notes

This is a sample I got from Liberteas a while back and it got buried in my sample stash! I decided to brew up the whole thing tonight in a big pot.

The bad news is that I was painting at the time and got held up pulling the leaves. The good news is that it didn’t make this tea get bitter. The raspberry and acai are more of a fruity tartness so I wonder if the oversleeping strengthened the Sencha enough to mask the flavors, but it isn’t bad, just probably not as fruity as it would have been had I paid attention to the steeping a little better.

The liquor is bright gold and the Sencha has a nice strong presence.

Thank you, Liberteas, for letting me try this one!

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I needed a healing tea this morning, soul and body. I only slept about 5 hours Sunday night because I was trying to get the painting done, and I only slept two hours Monday night because I was too wired about the election. It is a hard day, physically and emotionally. I woke up so sore I looked for the truck that ran me over.

I almost drank a Dancong that Bonnie sent me but we needed to do geometry and I knew I couldn’t do lots of little steeps like I wanted, so I opted for this instead. When i opened the pouch i gave the leaves a good sniff and my eyes rolled back in my head. The thing is, I didn’t check my water temp, and I got a really good but really different pot of tea.

I used one teaspoon of leaves in my little pot and quickly made three steeps in a row and poured them together. The water must have been hotter than usual. It tasted less buttery and more nutty, still smooth with no bitterness, though. What a bargain!


Take care of yourself. Geometry is far too sharp and angular after a bumpy, bruisy day :)


LOL! I actually dozed off during the lesson, and she kept working and just had me check it when I woke up! More Motrin, please!


pace yourself, girl, the holidays are comming!


Whoa! Thanks for that reminder, fleurdelily! Heehee! I was just telling the kids we have to cancel the last writers’ group meeting of the month because it falls on Thanksgiving night. They wanted to have it Friday instead. I said, no, that is the Dickens Evening downtown. Back it up to Wednesday? No, kids, i will be cooking! So how about Saturday? No, we are putting up the tree and decorations…whew! It is upon us!

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I am going to need a Mad Tea Party today…but I won’t get one. I couldn’t sleep, as usually happens before a major election. I fell asleep just after two and woke up at four and I have a fifteen to sixteen hour workday ahead of me.

My daughter brought this tea to me as a gift from her Disney trip. It is very similar to Madame Butterfly or Fuzzy Navel, but with a black tea base instead of green. We drank it sans additions and it was very good. I bet it is fantastic iced, too!

I won’t be making any tea today. It will be far too hectic. Hopefully the activity will keep me from feeling sleepy or tired. Before I know it, it will be time to have a cuppa at home and get in bed. I can hardly wait.

Say a prayer for us all if you think of it, please! We need it!


Have been, will, and will continue to do so!

Hesper June

Will be praying for you!


I don’t really pray but I’ll send good vibes your way :D


Thank you ,everyone! We survived! Sore, stiff, and tired, but I have a warm blankie and some Motrin. All will soon be well. :)

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drank Bon Bon no. 914 by Tin Roof Teas
1858 tasting notes

I bought a sampler of four teas from TRT for my daughter’s fiancé to drink while he was here, and to take home with him. He said he loves chocolate and LOVES coconut, so he felt sure he would like it.
Fortunately, his instincts were right and he really loved it! This is the same blend sold by ESP Emporium. The base is nicely balanced with the flavors and it tasted great sans additions.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am up late working on the kitchen re-do. There is a pantry closet in the kitchen that first held a washing machine and water heater. We moved the water heater out years ago and used that side for food storage. Recently, we got an idea of how to move the washer so the dryer, which has been in the outside storage room, can be beside it. The closet is now becoming our bread center, where I have a stainless steel table, my buckets of wheat beneath, and several appliances on top. I am removing the closet doors and painting the inside of this closet that has been a utility closet for over fifty years. Can you say grungy? And I am also painting the new cabinets we installed over where my new washer and dryer will sit when they are delivered Friday.

And I have to finish all this because Monday I have to pick up the election materials and set up our polling place and Tuesday I will have to work a fifteen to sixteen hour day for the election. Wednesday is free other than schooling youngest, but Thursday has an orthodontist appointment, two students coming, and writers group at my house. But right now my house is a WRECK with everything from the closet and cabinets scattered everywhere, which is where it will have to stay until the paint dries and cures.

I needed something really soothing and elegant tasting to make me feel better. I usually go for a jasmine tea at a time like this, but I needed to take a break and then get going again, so I really wanted a black tea.

And this is the one. It is perfectly what I needed right now, I am drinking out of my Old Country Roses breakfast cup so it will cool faster because I am so hot from working. The cranberry gives the fruity sweetness but the almond really makes this blend. I really think I love this more than Cranberry Autumn. It is such a comforting and cozy cup of tea. I was relieved to see that I still have plenty of leaf since I restocked it last winter. It is sooo good.


sounds like a lot of work, but it’s going to be really nice when it’s done!


Thanks! I think we will be mad at ourselves for not doing it long ago. I told my hubby I just don’t enjoy hauling big baskets of heavy, wet clothing down the five steps out back to get to the dryer or the clothesline. I am really excited to have them both inside and side by side! We have blocked the view of the utility area with a huge old arch oanel door we found at The Re-Store.


just in time for winter, too.


Whee! So true! You are very good at finding the bright side of things! Plus the new HE washer will get the clothes almost dry, so they won’t be so heavy if I do hang them out, but in winter we often hang them in front of the wood stove anyway to dry while we sleep! I think I will be using the dryer a lot more now, but it will take less energy since ours is so very old. The new one will be more efficient and the clothes will be dryer to start with!

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One thousand four hundred+ voters in eight and a half hours. Tired. Chinese leftovers. This tea. Can not possibly do NaNoWriMo tonight. Shower. Good night.

Fabulous tea, by the way, and great with food.

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I am so glad I bought a lot of this! I made a 22 ounce pot to go with our Asian take out tonight, and had to resteep. Hubby was really throwing it back! Tonight we really went overboard and bought too much food, and most of it is pretty high fat and rich. We realized that we had been so busy today that neither of us had eaten all day – just had a glass of milk. No wonder we went wild when we got our take out!

As I sipped this tea with my meal, it was remarkable how it seemed to wash through the heavy food with a bright, lightly floral taste. I liken it to sunshine! There is a floral sweetness, a bright mineral flavor, and no sour or grassy taste at all. Delicious! The second pot is almost at an end!


Hubby and I are about to go to a local asian place to eat tonight as well. I have not felt the best today so hoping I can eat my fill since it is a buffet. Had some pu’er earlier to help the tummy.
Mostly just suffering from a headache though.
Glad you two had a great dinner and tea experience! So nice when the hubby joins in on tea enjoyment!


Thanks! He has come a long way from Tetley with milk and sugar and sugar to really enjoying some of these greens. I hope you are feeling better and can enjoy your buffet!

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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This was the final tea of tea party today! It is the last day of October, we are now officially hurled into the holiday season full force, and I want to celebrate!

A long time ago I felt that Thanksgiving had become just the warm up, inaugural dinner of Christmas and had lost it own meaning, so I made the Thankful Box. There are slips of paper and a pen beside it and anyone can put in a note. We set it out on the first of November, and we take turns pulling out a slip and reading it aloud on Thanksgiving night. So when I say Holiday Season, I really mean two separate holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we draw them out and get all the family time and tradition into them we can, and drag along as many friends as possible!

By the end of our time together on tea party day, we have snacked and talked and laughed, and the final tea is pretty much sipped all by itself. I don’t have to worry about pairings and balances so much because the tea is standing alone. I chose this flavored tea as the final tea for today because it feels like an inaugural tea for the Thanksgiving season! Cranberry and turkey! It was really good. I reserve it for this time of year most of the time. Next week, I think we will have its cranberry companion, Boston, which is nothing at all like it! Both have a place reserved on my tea shelf. I can’t imagine not having them, especially this time of year.


Thank you for keeping Thanksgiving separate and special. I’ve had a turkey on my front door since mid-October!


the us just needs to get with the program and move thanksgiving to october where it should be :) Then its much easier to keep the two separate!

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This was the first tea served at tea party today. Our main snack – Tollhouse cookies fresh and hot from the oven, made with freshly ground hard red wheat flour. I wanted to serve this first with the cookies because I felt that the full body and flavor would be an excellent contrast to the sweetness of the cookies. It was, and it worked. They complemented each other nicely.

This is a great, all around black tea, strong but not aggressive, smooth yet not wimpy. Thumbs up from both myself and my tea guest today.

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This was a free sample sent a while back by Russell Allyn and Harney and Sons. Many thanks!

Since we are working on the kitchen I am able to see…no, I am confronted with…the vastness of my tea collection. Oh dear me. I am really trying to finish off tins that are close to being empty, but it is also bringing some teas to the forefront that had somehow gotten pushed to the back. This is one of them.

I was looking for a good variety of teas for tea party today and realized that I have never served this green that I can recall. I really should have been drinking this more often because it is very good. There is the frosty, mineral taste that I get from some white teas and from Snow Dragon, but there is also good body and more flavor than I was expecting. Not sour, not grassy to me. This was smooth and very enjoyable with food. I think it would be fabulous with a meal.

My guest today gave it a BIG thumbs up, and she really isn’t a green tea drinker!

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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.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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