1850 Tasting Notes

drank Black & Green by Tetley
1850 tasting notes

When I bought a box of 100 bags cheeeeeep at Big Lots for a lark, I thought I’d never go through it…so why are we down to a mere 20 or so? This is a serviceable, friendly, not fussy blend. The green adds a little bit of perk to an otherwise ordinary black tea and takes sloppy and absent-minded steeping without kicking back. This afternoon, it’s very pleasant on ice.

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
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Made this with the intent of three warm sips, then ice it down at work…and suddenly I find there is very little left to ice. (Ever do that? Just look down and your cup is mysteriously empty?) Unsweetened, it has a little bit of a bitter edge to the sip—not sure if that’s sloppy steeping or if it’s a natural trait of huckleberries. You sweet people might like a bit of sugar or syrup in this, but otherwise, it’s a natural for summer sipping. Chilled, if you can let it alone that long.

OMGsrsly

It depends on the huckleberries. :) The blue ones are sweeter, and the red ones are tarter.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Hot, hot, hot today. Last night, I dumped three heaping teaspoons from the Junkyard Tea Jar into a quart of water and let it fridge (fridge can be a verb, yes) overnight. Bitter dark chocolate today. Adjustments to quantity and steep time (I’m thinking less may be more as the jar now stands) will change the mix. Love the sunshine, but I’m ready for real tea weather again.

scribbles

I’m loving our stinking weather :) cos I know the frigid Temps are coming too soon. Enjoy your mish mash concoction :)

scribbles

*stinking HOT/humid weather….

gmathis

98 degrees with a heat index (which is really kind of silly) of 114. Come see me! We’re hotter than Arizona today.

scribbles

Aaagh…you win!! :) I had to look up ferenheit to celcius conversion…but yeah, where you are is waaaay hotter. I’d probably wilt or melt. Stay cool, my friend.

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K S, I don’t know why it took me so long to get to this sample you sent. Even after unintentionally abandoning it at the bottom of my sample basket, it smells like Mom’s homemade strawberry jam. Flavor is spot-on, not a bit of artificiality.

It’s so hot this week (upper 90’s; air thick and syrupy) and so busy this week (VBS at church—kids, choreography, and climbing flight after flight of stairs to activities), I’ve been getting only one small cuppa in the morning. Glad this was it!

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drank Kaimosi CTC by Harney & Sons
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Strong stuff; not for the faint of heart; heavy, dark and sharp to pucker mouth and tongue. You’ll likely want less than the full teaspoon I used or a generous wallop of milk. I left it to the point of bitterness this morning, somewhat deliberately, but I’m also getting a little waft of something floral. That may be the CTC, or an improperly cleaned steeping basket.

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As a candidate for president of the HHH society (Heartily Hate Hibiscus), I will confess to scrunching up my face in preparation for eye-stinging tartness when I stirred a quarter teaspoon of this bright red powder into a chilled pint of water.

Surprise! Not one sting, not one tear, not one grimace: just a nice cool sip of fruit and flowers. Lovely cold on a muggy day. I was light on the powder, but even strengthened a little, the rose keeps that pushy H from taking over. Nicely done!

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Simply due to the season, I’ve been trying my Chi Whole Leaf samples chilled. Still a couple to go, but this is my favorite so far. The rooibos and spices play nicely, with nobody obnoxiously clamoring for attention. Cold, it has a little bit of a root beer vibe to it. I can see this as a lovely latte when the weather cools down, and there’s a lot to be said for the ease of prep. No muss, no fuss, stir and get on with it!

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Shake, shake, go! That’s nice at work in a travel tumbler with ice. Green tea with mint make a nice afternoon eye-opener; the added eucalyptus adds a little tingle and tickle to the blend.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Can’t find this with a search or on the Shang Tea website at the moment, so I’ll just make a note here that the Shang Holiday Red Tea Nicole sent a while back is excellent. After more than a week of slugging down whatever, as long as it was icy, the morning was cool enough to enjoy a slow and decent cuppa.

About four minutes yielded a dry and cocoa-y flavor that just made me go ah-h-h-h-h-h-h.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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The problem with random tea alchemy is the likelihood that you will never be able to hit on that particular combo/proportion again. In this case, had two quart jars of cold-brew in the fridge: one of my favorite Good Young strawberry black tea, and one Yorkshire Gold in which we’d dumped half a “squoze” lemon after juicing it the other evening. Two-thirds strawberry, roughly, to one-third lemon. Fruity Saturday afternoon goodness that I may or may not be able to replicate exactly.

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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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