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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
1692 tasting notes

Malty is the general go-to descriptor for Assam teas, but in my vernacular, toasty fits much better. Not burnt toast, mind you; lightly toasted. A “3” setting on my well-used and crumby Oster.

This Assam from Tao Tea Leaf is just that with a little sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Enough black tea kick to noodge me awake (I hate daylight savings time. Sorry, night people. I want my extra light in the morning!)

Thanks to scribbles for this morning’s cuppa.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I will now describe my " toasty" flavours with my toaster levels…mine goes up to 10, so that gives me a wide range of description, lol!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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So…have you tried the new Pepperidge Farms lemon/chocolate Milano cookies yet? You need to. They are the cookie equivalent of little chocolate dipped candy sticks I remember from childhood, and can occasionally find at Walgreens. (Reception candy sticks, I think.)

All that to say I decided to play with a tea equivalent. Half dried lemon verbena (some leftover leaves from our own K S) and half cocoa nibs. Long steep. A little sugar and we might have something here…

Sil

mmmmmm………..

CelebriTEA

Sounds yummy to me…
I love Pepperidge Farm cookies & lemon…yum!

Nicole

Oh… lemon and chocolate and Milano cookies… 3 very dangerous things. And reception sticks are one of my all time favorite candies – a Kansas City original, btw. :)

gmathis

I think I knew that…

K S

Oooh, I have both the verbena and the cocoa nibs. I never thought to try them together but I will now!

ashmanra

Ooo, I had lemon Oreos last week. I really must find these! I miss Opera Cremes…

K S

Tried this yesterday. Too much verbena. It always seems to overwhelm when I use it. I’ll cut back and try again.

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drank Chinese Breakfast by Tao Tea Leaf
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(Updated tea info with the description currently on Tao Tea Leaf’s website)

Scribbles is my tea hero this week, sending some treats I definitely couldn’t find in these parts and might not think to seek out. I am absolutely reveling in this one. The tea description says this contains the same leaves that grow up to be pu-erh. You totally get that.

But the first thing this cup made me think of this morning was this: melt butter in skillet. Stir in about a tablespoon of brown sugar. Grab a slice of dark wheat or rye bread and brown both sides until nearly burned. Lick the crust. That’s it.

Steeped plain ol’ western style, about 3 minutes, no milk or sugar. This is gooooood.

K S

Wow. Just wondering what my wife will say when she catches me licking toast? Your description reads like what was going through my head with Zhu Rhong but didn’t have the sense to type out.

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
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Tastebuds wanted sugar; bleary eyes and general disposition needed an adrenaline IV and a B12 shot straight to the brain. Compromised. Gently lemony-caramel with a reasonable amount of morning wake-up strength behind it.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Warm enough to walk outside. No parka, gloves, or earmuffs required. Mmmmmmm.

This was my treat when I got back: 2 parts straight honeybush, 1 part aging Adagio Caramel. Enough sweetness to “dessert” it up; hopefully, not enough caffeine to affect bedtime. I think we’ll do this one again.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Junkyard tea this morning. A little like a leather shoe with cocoa on the sole, but in a good way. Figure that one out :)

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This one is earning a place in my heart for “favorite flavored green comfort tea” (as opposed to “favorite unflavored green comfort tea” and “favorite comfort tea ever” and… Now that you think of it, I don’t believe I want a tea that I can’t consider a comfort tea.)

Sweet, not fussy for a green; lists heavily to the pineapple side. Oh, yeah, and it’s sweet.
Christina

I totally get the whole “comfort” thing. Does that mean that there aren’t any teas you save for special occasions, though?

gmathis

Good question. I suppose the special-occasion ones in my collection are those that take a little more attention to time and temperature. I’m a very lazy steeper :)

gmathis

P.S. Like the cat photo! Friend of yours?

Christina

Yup, that’s Gracie. I’ve had her since I was 13, and now she’s turning into a grand old (crochety) lady.

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Mercy, the size of the leaves when they unroll—big as spinach! Second steep is significantly more floral than the first—tastes a little like lilacs to me.

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After half a week of scurry-and-scream (work) and half a week of scurry-fret-panic-no-sleep (parent care), today is a blessing: weather rotten enough to justify staying in and time enough to make a cuppa something to enjoy slowly.

The vendor description calls this oolong " light creamy taste with a hint of marine." I get that, definitely the creamy part; however, my first taste association was sweet white grape juice. It’s not drying in the mouth at all.

Because I failed to completly read the label, I pulled the leaves out well ahead of the 5-8 minute recommended steep time (that’s definitely maritime tea!) but even so, it has a velvety, buttery-rich, texture and is plenty flavorful. Looking forward to the second submersion, cap’n.

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All kinds of dire rain-sleet-snow warnings; we will likely be buried by some kind of nasty precipitation by tomorrow, so in theory, I need to select my last decent cuppa before the power starts dipping. However, time o’the evening dictates decaf, so this’ll be it. It is a decent unflavored decaf that you can coax some stoutness out of with a longer steep. A little milk/sugar can also convince you you’re drinking the real thing. My two ounce package is disappearing at a rapid rate.

Atacdad

Would you order it again?

gmathis

I think so. Reasonably priced and one of the better unflavored decafs I’ve found. I’m still looking for one that tastes like boot-your-rear-out-the-door Assam, but I don’t think it exists.

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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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