1691 Tasting Notes

drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
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How much am I liking this tea? Enough to perform some mighty funky aerobatics saving the cup while at the same time jumping from the patio glider to dodge a yellow jacket who evidently liked the scent as well as I do. I refuse to be imprisoned in my own home by critter-bugs!

The nutty component (as opposed to the nutty composer of this note) is a perfect balance to the fruit flavors.

Hoping that the 75% off was just a lucky break when I ordered; not a sign that it’s doomed to be pulled from rotation.

Indigobloom

Hope you aren’t allergic to bees! :/

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This was a sample tucked into a Teavana order. Smells so good dry you just want to chew on it. I have had, and liked, Blueberry Bliss on its own—sweet, not tart. The pineapple-pop adds one extra layer of sweetness that sticks to your tongue. If the weather holds, I’ ll likely have the rest of the sample chilled. This will hold up well.

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I’ve finally found a way to live with this. (That doesn’t sound very flattering, does it? Sorry, C.S.) One bag True Blueberry to two bags of good ol’ Red Rose in a mason jar in the fridge overnight. Goodbye, hibiscus tartness; hi, there, blueberry.

Besides, my need for tea quality diminishes exponentially with each thermometer degree over 90. It’s 101. Cold. That’s all I ask for. Just cold.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Have any of you tried pineapple mint? It’s the prettiest one growing by the back door; ruffly green leaves with creamy white edges. But I still can’t decide what it really tastes like. Stuffed a jar full in the fridge with one decaf Red Rose bag to make it tea-y, left it overnight. It’s gentle and satisfying, but I can’t determine if it’s “pineapple” or “unclassified somewhat citrusy” mint. Ah well, it was lovely to come home to a gentle, quiet cup of anything after a mind-blowingly plate-juggling workday.

Sarsonator

Sounds yummy!

Mercuryhime

I can’t get my pineapple mint to thrive. :( It’s such a prissy little plant. My chocolate mint on the other hand…send help!

gmathis

Our chocolate mint “kraken” experiment (routing the tentacles to another pot) succeeded beyond expectations. Want some more? ;)

Mercuryhime

I could probably make a ton more chocolate mints all by myself, thanks. :)
I had to trim the thing down so I ended up making a tea so strong it was like gargling mouthwash. This was very convenient as we had just run out of Listerine. :D Great for diluting into straight greens too. :)

K S

Pretty sure mint would be classified as a weed if it didn’t taste so good. Keeping it locked up in a pot is about the only way to contain it, and even that won’t work if a branch reaches the ground.

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Last morning for a slow and thoughtful cuppa for a while. Back to the Work Inferno tomorrow. :( So I broke into a new packet to be thoughtful over.

At a slightly longer than recommended steep (closer to 4 minutes than 3), the color was light enough I had pretty low expectations for a breakfast tea. Pleased to be wrong…this has a surprisingly rich flavor. Rye bread with brown sugar and molasses. One of those “wow—where’d half the cup go already?” surprises.

(Also a penny-pinching plus; this is one of Teavana’s less expensive items. I picked it just to make a gift card come out even.)

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This makes a very pleasant summer cold steep in the fridge. Hadn’t tried it as one yet. Dark, sweet, and earthy. A good sleepy-afternoon perk-up.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Too many cookies and student helpers that sneak me chocolate when I can’t leave my little charges. (I pick ‘em well!) Plus, hubby taking advantages of my afternoons off for ice cream dates. Who am I to refuse? But I’m starting to feel the effects of sugar bloat, so I’ve made myself a little calendula-orange mint after-dinner steep. Orange mint is pretty mild, but does add a little freshness to the calendula. This would probably be more refreshing chilled.

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Chasing nine-year-olds up and down multiple flights of stairs on a church campus nearly two blocks long can wear on a body…so my body pflumped down in a chair with a cup of gentle, modestly grainy, faintly sweet Silver Needle and reveled in the quietness. I’m still not a white tea devotee, but this has enough personality I don’t feel like I’m drinking plain kettle water.

I bet I’m the only VBS teacher you know who was reprimanded for cheating during rec time. Object of the game was to throw foam balls, soft Frisbees, and other safe projectiles into the other team’s side; “cleanest” side when Miss Sammye yells “Freeze!” wins the game. We were playing kids vs. teachers, and I decided to strategize. Rather than run around fetching debris, I suggested that we play smart—simply gather the goods when they came our way, fail to throw it back, then dump it over the opposing line at the last minute. Brilliance. My timing was a little off, though—I unloaded on the “eeze” of freeze. (I am unrepentant. It was a blast.)

K S

The poor losers are just jealous they didn’t listen to the rules well enough to think of it themselves. :)

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drank Coconut Green Tea by Trader Joe's
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Work buddy brought me a snack bag of this to try—it’s just lovely! Light and leans heavy to the sweet coconut cream side. First cuppa was so sweet I added just a pinch of fresh leaf and am attempting a second steep, chilled. Will be tasty for a feet-up after VBS Day 1. I have two phenomenal teenage helpers—one of whom showed up in fedora and trench coat and cheerfully provided secret agent code names for my little pod of nine-year-olds. Henceforth, you may refer to me as Captain Bigelow.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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The first and only 100-degree afternoon we’ve had would be the one when we’re decorating for third grade VBS and poor, panting sweaty hubby nearly herniated himself lugging in our “small” floor vault for our Evidence Room. But the lasers (orange yarn) have been activated, the file boxes are stacked and stenciled, the badges and lanyards are ready, the aloe-vera gel fingerprint sensor is in place, and it’s time to rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.

And in doing so, something gentle and minty and COLD is perfect. One bag Celestial Seasonings Sweet Apple Chamomile, a healthy wad of applemint and two snips of catnip. Yep, we’ve had so much horticultural fun this summer, we got one. Tazo thinks it smells good. Other ingredients in this mish-mash are strong enough, I can’t detect a specific smell or taste.

Nicole

Lasers and fingerprintn sensors? That sounds like an awesome VBS!

K S

Very cool! Can I come? I never got to attend as a kid. As an older guy (wouldn’t go so far to say an adult) I love VBS…. and air conditioning.

Terri HarpLady

sounds like awesome fun!
Coolest teacher ever :)

gmathis

Green aloe vera gel in a ziplock bag. Layer bag on top of neon yellow copy paper; duct tape edges to heavy cardboard. You ought to see the cool badge and radio I got in my Dollar Tree FBI Kit. Of course you can come.

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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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