1855 Tasting Notes

drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1855 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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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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This is the doppelganger of one of my favorites from Savoy Tea in Arkansas, Caramel Apple Almond. A work friend surprised me with a sample baggie this afternoon. I buried my nose in it and sniffed so hard I nearly inhaled an almond nugget. Sweet fruity caramel. It steeps to the color of pink grapefruit and tastes like caramel drizzled apple pie filling. Lummy. (Luscious + yummy) Decaf, to boot!

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
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Haven’t said much about this one, but it’s been around the house since early fall, and is getting pretty good airplay of an evening. The flavor is unsweet; much better than those mulled cider mixes that taste like sugar syrup with cinnamon and cloves. It tartens (as opposed to wool tartan) up a bit if you leave the bag in. Decent herbal option.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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Yesterday was just kinda stinky; so we’re trying to perk the day up today, even if it’s by artificial means. Wearing the Yellow Sweater (reserved especially for doldrum winter days; usually, it doesn’t come out until January) and broke the a.m. unflavored routine in favor of something nostalgic.

Constant Comment is chummy and reliable; not finicky on time and temp; enough orange and clove to warm up your mouth, but not to interfere or go bitter on you. It was my mom’s pantry standard when I was growing up. This bag was a snitch, but a box of my very own sounds tempting.

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drank Cherry Green by Simple Loose Leaf
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I have been remiss; k s sent this some time ago, but I have been short on sit-and-think time, and that’s what green teas require. I am decadently and greedily stealing some of that time this afternoon (burning a vacation day for some family holiday stuff). Feet up at 1:20 in the afternoon with Bob melting into a fur puddle on my lap. Have I introduced you to Bob? Scruffy, perpetually bewildered stray cat with no tail and Very Little Brain. Blame my husband.

But I digress. This is a fine green tea, and it comes through loud and clear underneath the flavoring. The flavoring itself is a little tricky to pin down. K S’s review nixed maraschino, but that cherry-on-top taste is what I’m noticing. Like cherry Life Savers or the tiniest hint of cherry syrup with your drink. Artificial rather than fresh off the tree, but not unpleasant or bitter. Bob sniffed it and says it’ll do.

ashmanra

What about Tazo? Does Tazo approve of Bob? Perhaps they could be Simple Cat and Helper Cat.

gmathis

El Puma and The Paw. Tazo retains alpha cat status and keeps his distance. Bob tags along after everything and everyone that breathes. He’s a needy little dude.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Pure laziness posting as “random” on my part; this is just from my generic stash of Tulsi leaves and I was too tired to actually hunt up the company source. Trying to get ducks in a row for a couple of days off work, I’ve been in complete “rev” mode all day and can’t un-rev. So I steeped this hard and long in hopes it will uncrimp the back of my neck.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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FOUND IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tabby

Hahaha, if I see this, I’m going to have to get it now.

Ost

Yah!!

Rosehips

This is a fabulous tasting note.

gmathis

One does not have to be wordy to be eloquent ;)

OMGsrsly

Woohoo!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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This morning, I was in dire need of raspberry leaf infusion for medicinal purposes, but straight-up, it’s not a happy-good-morning wake-up flavor. So I pulled out a bag of my old favorite Traditions strawberry tea and filled a DIY bag with the raspberry leaf. Pulled the strawberry out first and let the rest steep strong. Tasted pleasant and did the trick.

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It smelled like the real deal dry, all white chocolate creaminess; steeped, the stevia took over. Had to dump it. If you like heavily pre-sweetened dessert teas, this might be OK; if you want the freedom to sweeten lightly on your own, not so much.

TeaBrat

Republic of Tea is almost always a disappointment to me

TeaBrat

Republic of Blah… ;)

Fjellrev

Yikes. I nearly got tempted by their tins yesterday. I’ll steer clear!

gmathis

I remember when I was still a novice and thought RoT was the best of the best :)

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Way too much licorice and anise in this for me to be a fan, but I’m not going to waste a warm cup on a snowy day. Toned it down a little with almond milk and a sugar cookie. Sugar cookies fix nearly anything.

scribbles

Agree with the sugar cookies :) yummmmm

ashmanra

SNOWY???

gmathis

Three sloppy inches! Pre-Thanksgiving snow isn’t unheard of here, but it’s generally just flurries and dustings. We holed up for the after noon and watched the Hobbit.

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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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