1845 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1845 tasting notes

Some high-intensity activity and travel ahead in a few weeks; prepping with a steady stream of vitamins and immunity boosters. So bulk dried elderberries caught my eye at Fox Farm this afternoon. My mema swears by elderberry extract. Brought home a cheap trial ounce. They smell like raisins. I tossed about 1/2 teaspoon in with a cup of plain loose leaf Ceylon. It tasted just a little deeper/darker with some raisin-ness in the background…may try the next spoonful straight up, or with some cocoa nibs. It can’t hurt…

Terri HarpLady

I drink elderberry tea all the time. 1T x 8oz for 5 – 10 minutes, that’s my preferred parameters :)

TeaBrat

i’ve heard good things about elderberry, I should try it.

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
1845 tasting notes

Brr! 41 outside, doesn’t feel like much more than that inside but we are soldiering along without turning on the heat just yet.

Thus, the need for a warm-fleece-blanket tea. This is exactly that. The pu-erh earthiness balances the coconut sweetness measure for measure. Wish I had more information about its origins other than the store where it was purchased (Mama Jean’s in Springfield MO)…this would be a great cold-weather staple.

scribbles

I caved and put the heat on overnight. Coconut and puerh sounds tasty.

Terri HarpLady

It’s been awhile since I went to Mama Jeans :)

dragondrool

I’ve got a nice coconut puehr from Republic of Tea.

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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
1845 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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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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