1757 Tasting Notes

drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
1757 tasting notes

Score another modest win for this Cheapster Steepster…a good long steep in a cup with two plentifully leafy sprigs from the chocolate mint plant. It was rich and tasty—not York Peppermint Patties, mind you, but you didn’t have to think to hard to get the chocolate. The Red Rose made a good, unassertive base. I’m going to be a rebel and press the “Yes, I would recommend” button.

Veronica

I’m going to buy a chocolate mint plant this weekend just so I can do this. I have a few decaffeinated teas lying around that aren’t that appealing, but a bit of mint might help them out.

gmathis

I am loving our little potted garden. The last “stray kitten” my husband brought home from the greenhouse was a small pineapple mint; it’s not quite big enough for me to start snitching leaves yet, but soon.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I cheffed! I cheffed! Not cooked…cheffed ! Dredged and orange zested and hubby tried roasting garlic and we put it all together to make a variation of Chicken Balsamico with a little orange juice thrown into the liquid (http://carinosathome.blogspot.com/2012/07/chicken-balsamico.html). And we didn’t ruin it! (Again, this is one of those statements that will make some of you laugh heartily at my expense.)

Anyway, with some orange zest left, it seemed sensible to toss it into a tea strainer with some dried lemon verbena. Smells citrusy-sensuous, tastes pleasantly orange zesty, and is a perfect aperitif after one more helping of pasta than I really needed…

Nicole

That’s a tasty sounding dinner!

gmathis

It really wasn’t that hard: dredge, brown, dump balsamic vinegar, and reduce. I can cook plausibly when I don’t have to hurry…it’s just those confounded evening meals when I come dragging home exhausted that turn me into a kitchen incompetent. Oh, to be able to retire…

Angrboda

Well done on the cheffing! I’m not particularly interested in cooking beyond liking to try a new recipe, but it’s fun to try and do a new one now and then that seems a little more difficult or uses some new technique or something.

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Was saving this little treat from TeaBrat for an afternoon I could really enjoy it. This is one—feet up after a day’s worth of “get-to” puttering around the house (as opposed to “got-to” trudging through chores in the evening when I’m exhausted to start with).

My favorite lemon teas are those that have a lemon tart (pastry) personality instead of a tart lemon (painful) personality. This bagged tea fits Category A quite nicely; very light, very fresh, makes me crave lemon pie.

TeaBrat

glad you liked it :)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Junkyard Tea in a Mason jar after a long, humid day opening up a stuffy, stinky farmhouse to welcome 84-year-old dad home after a long absence. Still continuing to discover all kinds of unexpected treasures Mom had stashed away in the oddest places. Today, lodged between two afghans in the cedar chest, a handmade, never-worn vintage 50’s era shirtdress made of funky, swirly cotton fabric—and it just might fit. My sister thinks it was intended for my grandma, who was born in 1892.

caile

: ) Those type of treasures are the best!

gmathis

Too small through the shoulders :(

caile

Aw, that’s too bad! Maybe you could get it adjusted at a tailor or make it into a skirt or something. :)

TheTeaFairy

That is awesome, I love vintage clothes!

gmathis

Me, too. My favorites are long, swooshy rayon skirts.

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Scribbles shared a China black from Tao Tea Leaf that was so deep and rich I fell in love with it…was hoping that locally, I could at least make acquaintance with its peasant cousin.

So I picked this up last run to Fox Farm. It has hints of the toasty cocoa richness of the Tao gold standard, but just hints. All the same, an inexpensive (just over a buck an ounce) lightweight breakfast tea for the summer months.

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The novelty of “Hey! Look what’s growing on my back porch!” will wear off, but if you can’t tell, we’re having a blast with mint alchemy. Combined my favorite-ever cheapie summer morning strawberry tea with an orange mint stem—-oh, so nice! I sense a big jug of it coming, iced, this weekend.

Christina

It’s making me jealous, though. Does the mint overwinter well? Can you take the pots inside and have fresh mint throughout the winter?

caile

I think it only overwinters in the ground, although I am still waiting to see if the one I planted survives. I think you can take the pots inside…(but need to water them once in awhile…or they dry out like mine did). ;)

gmathis

This is a new endeavor for us; we tried some peppermint in a flowerbed that didn’t fare very well this spring, but our soil is not very friendly, period.

ashmanra

I am making spearmint tea for the chickens right now!

caile

Lucky chickens! :) Does giving them the tea do something specific or do they just like it?

TeaBrat

I didn’t know chickens liked spearmint tea, that is so cute. :)

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87

Even better with a sprig of orange mint. Box getting low. Uh-oh.

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drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
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Cortisone shot in a shoulder with a messed up rotator cuff. Doc said a possible side effect might be a little insomnia tonight. Right now, I’m so beat, I can’t see how that can possibly be an issue…but as a precaution, I’ve been off caffeine all afternoon.

Sun tea’d a quart of this poor, undervalued, unloved bagged baby with a generous helping of sprigs from our applemint plant. (Me. Not killing plants. People who know me should be laughing in disbelief by now :) It was absolutely fine.

K S

I knew you could do it!

TeaBrat

ah, I hope it helps. I want some cortisone shots with my shoulder problems but Dr says none until August at the earliest.

gmathis

K S … we think the magic is the pots. Stuff we put in our ground is doomed. I have a flower bed by the front sidewalk that kills marigolds and zinnias.

TB…insomnia confirmed, but typical morning pain wasn’t there. It’s a temporary fix; I need to pretend I’m an invalid for a couple of weeks to promote healing. Life without shoulders the weekend we move elderly dad back to the farm. Ought to be interesting :)

ashmanra

Oh, no! I am sorry! Rest, and baby that sore spot. I had a cortisone shot once. I wrote outlandish, horrible expensive-to-implement business proposals for my boss (thank goodness, I never gave them to him) and ate EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!!!!

gmathis

Dr. didn’t recommend a sling, but it is hard not to instinctively use it. (I’m a lefty, but do most “chores” right handed.) Have moved mouse to left side and am propping with a pillow at my work desk. We’ll see how that works.

K S

I’m a lefty too. I also do many things right handed. My wife had surgery on both shoulders (different times) for torn rotator cuff. Cortisone did not help her at all. Hoping better for you but with what you have going on at the moment that sounds not so likely. Sorry for the pain. If it is any consolation my wife recovered very quickly both times after surgery. As for the ground – hey that’s what happens when you build over a nuclear dump site ;)

gmathis

Close. Former lead mining community.

K S

Eeek!

ashmanra

Another lefty here, also a mirror writer.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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It sounded tasty: 3 parts pu-erh, 1 part cacao nibs, about 8 orange mint leaves. Cold brewed overnight in the fridge. Fully executed, not so much: too much pu, not enough mint. Oh, well…you can’t tell me master tea blenders don’t bumble a few while they’re practicing.

Won’t repeat those proportions, but it makes plausible backyard sippin’…currently the tidiest place in my little patch of earth, and I had to mow to make it bearable; the rest of the house looks like the leavings of a yard sale. Who are these wretches that keep sneaking into my house and discom-rupting it?

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drank Nina's Paris by Nina's Paris
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First, thanks to Nina’s for the sample!

My first thought after sipping this tea was, “Confound it, cat, would you QUIT scratching the doorpost? I have to sand and repaint!” My second thought was, “This reminds me of Marco Polo and Tower of London a little bit.”

Further thoughts confirmed that this is a little bit like an Everlasting Gobstopper—give it a few moments, and you’ll catch something else. What I took for lemon after it cooled was the orange; now that it’s nearly gone, there’s the cherry. Good cherry, not cough syrup. Lots of wonderful and subtly sneaky flavor changes.

I suspect this would be nice chilled, too, if the cold temp doesn’t completely overpower all the gentle fruitiness. Fruit tea fans should give this a try, for sure.

Suziqzer

Sounds like a treat !

gmathis

My memory’s slipping…I’ve tasted and reviewed it before (forgot) and compared it to Froot Loops. That’s probably an apt description as well.

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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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