1823 Tasting Notes

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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Reacquainting myself with this Very Decent unflavored decaf. My notes from last winter mentioned molasses as a general flavor profile. Even after a long spring and summer of so-so storage, it’s still good, strong, and mole-y.

I may spend the rest of the life seeking out a Gee-I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Irish-Breakfast plain decaffeinated, but at this point, I haven’t found one that’s better.

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Yay! It’s in! Have been trolling for weeks at local sources; hubby found a box at Target today. My first thought, which thankfully didn’t make it out of my mouth, was, “Aw, why didn’t you get two?” Bag in, just sweet without being too sweet. I’d go get another cup, but Tazo has curled up and dug his cold nose under my arm, which is a sign that he is not going to get up willingly for a while.

ashmanra

Woo hoo! I looked for the Christmas teas at my local grocery but they weren’t in yet. Maybe I need to hit Target! Did you look for Pumpkin PopTarts?

K S

Woot! I so need to go to Target. O and almost forgot about the pumpkin poptarts.

gmathis

Pumpkin Pop Tarts … that’s what’s for breakfast this morning!

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drank Green Spring by TeaGschwendner
1823 tasting notes

Some of you inspired me to start thinning out long-past-due tea from the nether regions of my shelves…and in doing so, found two more tired teaspoons of this lovely tea for some farewell cuppas. It’s lost some of of its butterscotch sweetness, but still smells lovely. Tea Gswendner (or however you spell it) still lists it on the website, but it’s marked out of stock. Very nice for an afternoon laze.

Sil

yay for thinnning out older teas!

gmathis

Hoarding genes go deep in my family…makes me wince :)

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Have I reviewed this yet? Oh, well, these days I have difficulty remembering reviews, conversations about movies that took place less than 24 hours ago, and my cat’s name… (You younglings just wait. It will happen to you, too.)

(post-posting edit; yeah, I reviewed it and forgot that too!)

I prefer oolongs that cover the roasty spectrum rather than the floral, and this hits the mark. I’ve never had a roasted peach, but if I did, Shui Xan would taste like it, with some golden raisins and rye melba toast in the mix.

K S

Thank God. I thought it was just me. Have you seen my car keys?

Terri HarpLady

I also prefer the more roasty spectrum!

gmathis

Find the missing sock and your keys will be in it.

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Ahhh…finally time for a steep without trying to balance a cel under my ear. Sweet milk chocolatey goodness with a very light, velvety texture. Imagine the sensation of a soft chiffon scarf (as opposed to a fleece blanket).

gmathis

Must be—the photo of those big ol’ wavy leaves looks right.

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This one belongs on your “staple steepers” list if you like rooibos. Sweet and fragrant. Pastry-grade vanilla flavor. No special attention to time and temp necessary. Just right, Goldilocks.

Rosehips

I have some of this, but have not yet tried it. I should do that. It sounds good.

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Unexpected 1 a.m. illness prior to a 6 a.m. flight caused me to cancel travel plans a couple days ago, so I’ve been muddling through a writers’ conference by phone. The upside: participation in jammies, sleeping in my own bed, and plenty of good tea as long as I can make it quietly and one-handed while coddling my cel in the other.

Ginger Peach was the afternoon brew; fit the bill perfectly, although the bag is one of those funny ones where you have to pull out the tag to elongate the string (had to do that with my teeth). The ginger has a nice warming bite to it and the peach isn’t perfumey or artificial.

ashmanra

Oh noes! Feel better soon!

gmathis

24 hour nausea and mild fever; I felt as bad about the last-minute disruption as I did the icky itself. But something about flying sick made me worry about getting quarantined in Dallas :)

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I am trying to justify a run to Arkansas soon to snag more of this while it’s in season. Green tea and maple isn’t a combination I would have though of on my own, but it’s perfect. A little sweetening is built into the dry mix (I still haven’t had the packet in hand when the laptop is handy to pop in the ingredients), but it isn’t cloying.

Perfect for a warmish coolish afternoon while resting my feet after a wonderful browse in a flea market/antique mall that just kept going and going and going and going…we’re on the hunt for a few vintage blue glass medicine and apothecary bottles for the newly updated bathroom. Lost count of the times I caught my breath and said, “Oh! I remember those!” or “Grandma had one just like that…” They even had old Sears print catalogs from the 70’s and 80’s. Forget Amazon. You haven’t lived until you’ve spent an evening poring over every page of a 900-page catalog.

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OK, scribbles, this was worth it, if for nothing else, to watch my husband’s face when I stuck the cup under his nose. (Ewwww! Smells like feet!)

It does not taste like feet.

The rice scent is strong with this one, padawan. I’m not catching the usual pu-erh earthiness, just savory starchiness. For a breakfast tea, maybe not; for an accompaniment to stir fry or pad thai, fine and fitting.

I wonder if second steep would cooperate with a little sweetener…

Sil

Hahaha

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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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