1703 Tasting Notes

Still a little left in the experimental packet ashmanra sent a while back. Hoping for an antidote to fatigue brought on by a week of unrelenting heat and work stress. Maybe I’ll just go to sleep and wake up and it’ll be 55 degrees and crispy outside…

I’m liking the flavor a little better than I did the first time around. Definitely catching the lavender. Nice to try a nighttime tea that isn’t lemony or minty.

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drank Rouge Bourbon by Mariage Frères
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End of the road for this tin, but it was a happy bon voyage—cold steeped it overnight; lots of time for the vanilla to bloom. Good as ice cream. (Unless the ice cream is our new discovery, 2nd Street Creamery Copper Kettle Caramel, in which case it’s a close second.)

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drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
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Pretty dire heat wave forecast for the next few days, so I test-steeped an experimental pint to see if this was as yummy chilled at is hot. Sun-tea’d outside for an hour or so, then chilled. The taste profile shifted a little. Warm, you get the pineapple and nuts first; cold, the first thing you notice is cinnamon, with the tropical treats bringing up the rear. Good either way, but I think warm wins.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Wouldn’t you know it…threw together a second steep of last night’s tulsi, some chamomile, and a spoonish of dried apple mint from the back porch, ended up with a cup of evening nirvana (I’d swear there was some vanilla voodoo going on in the background)…and paid absolutely no attention to the proportions or steep time so I may never be able to replicate it again!

Apple mint is much better dried than it is fresh, but the leaves are fuzzy instead of smooth like regular mint, so it looks almost a little moldy in the jar. In case you need to know.

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drank Golden Yunnan Black by Tao Tea Leaf
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Oh, the difference a minute or so can make! Generally, Tao’s Golden Yunnan has a rich, dark wood and fruitiness. It is a very good breakfast tea. Distracted and agitated this morning, walked off without watching the clock and now we have rained-on cowboy boots that have made one too many trips through the barnyard. (OK, I’m exaggerating a little, but it’s dark and strong!)

It’s just been that kind of week, and a strong sign that I should just rely on my can’t-mess-it-up teas until the weekend :)

albertocanfly

Love the rained on cowboy boots description! So adorable and pictorial! :]

gmathis

Aww…nobody’s called me adorable or pictorial in um, ever? That made my afternoon. Thanks!

albertocanfly

Well, it is true! Have a wonderful rest of your day! .

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
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This one is growing on me. Light on the steep time = rich and breakfasty.

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drank Sweet 16 by Savoy Tea Company
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This one smells and steeps like fruit punch. I was a little leery, since it contained green tea, of the recommended 4 minute steep time, but it worked well. The sweetness stays on your tongue, but doesn’t coat it like licorice. A tasty one for fancy cups and feather boas and sparkly junk jewelry tea parties.

mj

Grown woman here….still want to go to that tea party :)

gmathis

I love my sparkly junk jewelry :) Hubby’s grandma recently gave me a small treasure trove of 60’s-70’s era brooches, necklaces & scarves. So much fun to paw through!

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Too much licorice in this one for me to get very excited about it; all I had was skim milk so I tossed that in and it helped somewhat. It smells chocolatey, but I’m sure not getting it when I sip.

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
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This also makes a great, stout, get-you-back-on-your-feet sun tea: three bags to a quart; started it outdoors, chilled overnight. Tested after a warmish afternoon of traipsing around Northwest Arkansas shopping venues.

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drank Calm by Tazo
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What not to do with this one: do not attempt to tone down the l(ick!)orice with fresh pineapple mint and a slug of chilled apple juice. My tongue is still trying to shake off the taste of household cleaner.

On a temporarily brighter note: At the expense of personal sanity, family sanctity, and household sanitation, I am as of 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time NOT BEHIND ON ANY WRITING DEADLINES.

Christina

Congrats! That’s awesome.

ashmanra

WOO HOO!

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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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