1774 Tasting Notes

First experience with a green rooibos here…I think I like it, but the fruit flavors are so strong it’s a bit hard to tell what’s what. Product name notwithstanding, the blend doesn’t lead with “peach;” it’s fruity confetti with the strawberry and orange flavors equally evident. A little too elegant to saddle it with a Froot Loops description, but close.

Fjellrev

That’s the good thing about green rooibos if you don’t normally care for red. It’s so delicate in flavour so you can easily taste the other notes and flavourings.

gmathis

I’m OK with red, but it does make its presence known!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1774 tasting notes

Desperate times—in this case, just enough snow to add a little fluff to tree branches and lawn, but to make it so damp and chilly my bones are cold—call for desperate measures. In this case (shh, don’t tell!) cocoa. Husband makes a reasonable Starbucks signature cocoa clone by mixing two grocery store packets of different flavors in one mug. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate with a Christmas Marshmallow Peep floating on top. Sweet enough to trigger a sugar coma, but a tasty change of pace.

Fjellrev

Totally understandable. It’s hot cocoa weather here too! But I’m trying to not give in.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1774 tasting notes

Laziness on my part: there’s a listing for what I’m drinking as part of a set…those inexpensive gift tea sets where the tins are prettier than the tea tastes…but I don’t remember the brand name. It’s a cheapie bagged orange/green tea from the set. Lots of pith and peel taste that can run to bitterness if you’re not careful, but I strongly prefer pithy orange flavor over tart, make-your-eyes-bleed citrus sourness.

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My husband’s drinking tea more frequently, and this is one of his preferred types. I’d been through a box of sachets some time back, and while it was a decent tea, I wasn’t highly impressed.

However, drinking a second steep from his morning sachet, I’m discovering some deep and pleasant molasses tones that may have been there all along and I failed to notice. May have to rethink it a little.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I was pleased to find a tin of this in my stocking today (a decaf pastry-pantry standard), but this post truly isn’t about VC…just had to share a giggle:

We are spending a lovely Jammy Day knocking about the house and reveling in Hobbit/Desolation of Smaug extended edition supplemental DVD’s … there’s a whole documentary bit on Peter Jackson and the mug of tea that is a permanent fixture in his hand, whether he’s in studio, on location, or climbing around the set. Asked his favorite kind, he said Kenyan Bold, although he changes up every couple of weeks to keep things different. We share an addiction with creative genius :)

Hope you all are having a lovely day of rest, ye merry gentlemen. Let nothing you dismay. Remember…

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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Can’t believe this is my first cup of Eggnogg’n for the season, but it is appropriate, as I am contentedly parked in my armchair back in my hobbit hole after an afternoon of Battling Five Armies with my guys. Have you seen it yet?

Green/black combos are sometimes a little tricky to steep, but this one does just fine with water just off the boil and a shorter steep time. Lovely cinnamon-nutmeggy goodness. A fitting bag for tea at Bag End.

Merry Christmas, friends. May Joy find you, wherever you are.

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This is my favorite maple tea ever. Tastes like maple pecan brittle, or pecan pancakes. The green tea is just vegetal enough to keep it from being sticky or oily tasting; the other goodies make it feel like dessert.

Tabby

This reminds me that I really shouldn’t go another winter without some maple tea. :9

gmathis

It’s a comfort flavor, isn’t it?

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With almond milk, it’s even creamier and cookier. With hubby baking the real thing (well, OK, they’re break and bakes), I am in olfactory paradise.

Fjellrev

Are you guys going to decorate the cookies too?

gmathis

He pressed a few dried cranberries on the top of each one. They were delicious!

K S

C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me.

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drank Oolong Châtaigne by Dammann Freres
1774 tasting notes

Still have a little packet of this, though it’s easily a couple years past its prime—but it aged well. (Old tea never dies, it just … ) Lower temp and just over two minutes coaxed some gentle caramel sweetness out of its old bones. Fresh, this has got to be enchanting.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1774 tasting notes

Well, nerts. K S sent a sample bag of this and I messed up the water temp. Too hot. It smells like a fruity little party, and even though I made the green tea go bitter, the floral-fruity stuff is still dancing around on my tongue and it smells like a fruit punch candle. Reminds me a lot of a Korean Wedding tea by O’Sulloc.

Well, everybody messes up a cup now and then…

K S

Amateur ;)

gmathis

Smarty pants ;)
(I’d better watch it. Trash talk like that will get me kicked off the site.)

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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