1742 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1742 tasting notes

Tonight’s elderberry experiment: added some elderly Belgian chocolate rooibos. Worked, but the straight up cocoa nibs were better. Wonder what else this will meld with…suggestions?

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Some nights, when you schlep home exhausted from work and have a buy-one, get-one coupon from Denny’s, dinner plans are much easier.

As we needed to order two beverages, I did hot tea, ignored the Lipton bags they brought me, and fished this out of my purse…had been toting this sample bag so long the paper was getting crumpled.

The last tea with turmeric I tried (Rishi, I think), you got nothing but burn. This was a pleasant surprise, very subtly sweet, not bitter, not hot; just warming. More of an Asian ginger feel to it instead of gingerbread. I can certainly see it as a cold-weather decaf option.

Indigobloom

Mmmm! I bet it would go great with honey

dragondrool

I kind of like this one as well. It’s not an everyday tea by any means. It’s very different, but in an interesting way.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1742 tasting notes

Still immunity boosting, but what a way to do it: 1 teaspoon dried elderberries, scant teaspoon cocoa nibs, long steep; 8 minutes, maybe. Nearly black as my cat, thick, and it tasted like an unsweet Cadbury fruit and nut bar. Must do that again!

Terri HarpLady

hmmm…I might have to give this a try…I love Elderberry…I love Chocolate…

OMGsrsly

That sounds so good.

Kyla Covington Abercrombie

Where did you purchase the dried elderberry from??

Kittenna

Interesting. I haven’t had a Fruit & Nut in ages but they are sooooo delicious…

gmathis

Bought dried berries bulk from local health food place.

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
1742 tasting notes

You need to try this with Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts. You really do.

Nicole

Nooooo… I don’t even need to know pumpkin pie pop tarts exist! Get thee behind me!

Suziqzer

Not sure about the pumpkin pop tarts, but I do need to pull this out of my cupboard and enjoy it.. perfect season for it.

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
1742 tasting notes

Relying on this one— a good, strong, no-fuss bagged breakfast tea—to get the eyes open today. A Target discovery; a little more expensive than I prefer for a morning standard, but still a decent cuppa, especially with a dollop of almond milk. (Why didn’t you tell me about almond milk sooner? Wonderful additive.)

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
1742 tasting notes

Never know what’ll be sitting on your kitchen table when you get home!

Scent and flavor is spot on. Been a while since I’ve had Adagio caramel, but I’d say it leans more to the deep burnt sugar caramel; while Bigelow is more Brach’s Pick-A-Mix caramel squares (while they’re still soft and fresh). I generally prefer unsweet breakfast teas, so this may get pushed back for elevenses or afternoons—-but that gives us something to look forward to, yes?

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
1742 tasting notes

Went to Food 4 Less, best local source for Bigelow, searching for Ginger Snappish and found this instead…but it was on clearance: $1.68 or thereabouts. Nice cider-and-cinnamon feel to it, and the licorice that shows up in the ingredient list doesn’t invade. Enjoying it bag in, feet up.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1742 tasting notes

Some high-intensity activity and travel ahead in a few weeks; prepping with a steady stream of vitamins and immunity boosters. So bulk dried elderberries caught my eye at Fox Farm this afternoon. My mema swears by elderberry extract. Brought home a cheap trial ounce. They smell like raisins. I tossed about 1/2 teaspoon in with a cup of plain loose leaf Ceylon. It tasted just a little deeper/darker with some raisin-ness in the background…may try the next spoonful straight up, or with some cocoa nibs. It can’t hurt…

Terri HarpLady

I drink elderberry tea all the time. 1T x 8oz for 5 – 10 minutes, that’s my preferred parameters :)

TeaBrat

i’ve heard good things about elderberry, I should try it.

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
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Brr! 41 outside, doesn’t feel like much more than that inside but we are soldiering along without turning on the heat just yet.

Thus, the need for a warm-fleece-blanket tea. This is exactly that. The pu-erh earthiness balances the coconut sweetness measure for measure. Wish I had more information about its origins other than the store where it was purchased (Mama Jean’s in Springfield MO)…this would be a great cold-weather staple.

scribbles

I caved and put the heat on overnight. Coconut and puerh sounds tasty.

Terri HarpLady

It’s been awhile since I went to Mama Jeans :)

dragondrool

I’ve got a nice coconut puehr from Republic of Tea.

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Not my usual morning fare, but it hasn’t been a usual morning—got to sleep in! This reminds me in many ways of good ol’ Bigelow Constant Comment, except the both orange and spice flavors are more subtle; rounder, not pointy, if you get what I mean; warms you without tingling.

Sil

yay for sleeping in!

gmathis

(Of course, for me, that was 7:45…)

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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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