1703 Tasting Notes

drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1703 tasting notes

Was given some Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry as a gift and it has taken forever to go away because I think it’s too tart. Combined a bag of it with a bag of CS Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos—problem solved. Now it’s just a gentle cup of blueberries and cream.

scribbles

Blueberries and cream…yum. Now have craving for a blueberry shortcake.

gmathis

Priced fresh blueberries at the grocery store last weekend—-ouch!

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Oh, my achin’ shoulders…work concentration/tension all day with a healthy follow-up of crawling and digging in the flower bed…this cuppa is about all I can lift without screaming :) Lest you think I am a bona fide gardener, I am generally no more intrepid than marigolds and generally lose interest in them mid-summer. But that first spring afternoon it’s warm enough to paw around in the dirt is so satisfying!

What started out as a so-so Celestial seasonings for me is becoming a very comfortable stand-by. Best and most apple-y in a small cup or with doubled-up bags.

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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
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My initial review of this one mentioned its lightness and brightness, and we’ll stick with that, but if you leaf it a little heavier…the lights intensify to those nasty, wicked LED headlights that other drivers insist on shining in my eyes before they are entirely open on my morning commute.

(Leaf it. The rest of the world would scratch their heads at that verb, but I am secure that you know exactly what I am talking about. Think we need to compile a Steepster glossary?)

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This is a very gentle dragonwell with the personality of sweet straw. It gets additional points simply because I enjoyed it outdoors in the patio glider with bare feet. Ahhh, warmth!

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drank Kaporet Kenya by Single Origin Teas
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First time to try this with milk. Isn’t bad, but the deep-wood flavor is much better solo. However, around here, milk in any tea signifies that there was a bit o’time to putter and enjoy it, and that is well worth a gold star and a smiley or two.

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When one is writing one’s umpteenth review of the same tea, one is hard put to to find an umpteenth-and-one way to say mmmmmmmm. This is is just fruity, sweet, and lip-licky.

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Don’t you love it when you find a whole box of a favorite that had woogled its way to the back of your cabinet and you find it by accident? In previous notes, I’ve contended that this is the rooibos equivalent of Vanilla Comoro — sweet, thick, un-botchable. Bag in.

Angrboda

I had this at work the other day. They have a box standing around with the dreaded pickwick near the coffee vending machine. I just stuffed two bags in my travel cup and poured more water on throughout the day. It was surprisingly pleasant, but I did feel the lack of caffeine at the end of the day. :)

gmathis

Funny…one of the reasons I drink tea is because of its lower caffeine content, but if I miss that tiny caffeine shot first thing in the morning, I’m a mess!

Angrboda

Well, I’ve never been a regular coffee drinker, so it’s my only source of caffeine. I occasionally have a cafe latte on the way home from work, but I try to do it very seldomly. Too expensive, otherwise.

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Give me your tired, your poor, your lonely baggies begging to be steeped… The practical and emotional need for no-fuss, meh, eh, hey,whatever tea continues and this one is a pleasant addition to the pile. Though unflavored, it is mild and creamy and slightly sweet like a dinner mint.

Veronica

An SNL sketch with Lady Liberty sitting at a bar just popped into my head while redding this. :)

gmathis

Poor ol’ Lady L must be tired after 100 years of dragging around chains with one arm stuck straight up over her head. (Makes my shoulder hurt thinking about it :)

Veronica

Sometimes I think she might want to give us all a good swift kick in the tush. ;-)

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Grabbed a bag of the lemon green from this batch of tins; a mild and pleasantly “meh” antidote to maybe a little too much garlic-mushroom stir fry.

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If you poured this in an empty Sue Bee honey bottle, you’d be hard pressed to detect you’re not looking at rich molten honey. This oolong is lip-lickingly thick (say that five times fast!) and almost a little sticky.

The label mentions honey, roasted peaches, and raisins. I’m getting (a) and (b) minus ©, but there is nothing lacking here. It’s a treat. More so because it isn’t a finicky steeper—boiling water, 2-3 minutes, easy peasy. A treat from scribbles that is making me smile on a cool, sunny afternoon. (Thank you!)

Sil

nice!

gmathis

Sitting in my happy spot in the sunshine daydreaming bee dreams :)

K S

Tazo in your lap? Pretty sure sunshine, tea, and cat in lap is a guaranteed your own private Idaho vacation. In case private Idaho is too vague a reference, it is a B-52’s song.

gmathis

My B-52 repertoire is a little spotty. I listened to The Specials instead. But private and vacation sound heavenly. My current dream retreat is 24 hours without ANYBODY NEEDING ANYTHING.

Nicole

Tea in an empty honey bear bottle was one of the first recipes I wrote down on one of my mom’s recipe cards. It was my Tea Sucker recipe – put tea in honey bear, stick ice cube in top, lick ice cube till it falls in tea, drink tea. I used to love to drink tea out of empty honey bears. :)

gmathis

Love it!

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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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