1717 Tasting Notes

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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Not exactly a leisurely Saturday, but after a week of work insanity, elder care runs, and a phone…that…never…seems….to…stop…ringing… I can at least back off from full throttle to a gentle chug-chug. And while doing so, I’m really digging this tea scribbles sent me. With milk, it turns rich and caramelly. Very, very nice.

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This is a mild EB that takes both neglect and milk well. Not only does it take milk well, it almost disappears with milk in it. But I like it.

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To paraphrase my beloved Dr. Cooper, there is not enough chamomile tea in the world to quell the chaos in my life. But this is a nice, quick, baggie tea that doesn’t require hard work or deep thought. Thats very welcome again this week. Both honey and lemon taste pleasantly natural.

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I snapped up the last boxes of this from the local store when it turned up in the discontinued section, primarily for sun tea if warm weather ever comes. Snow. Again. But warm and fruity, this provides a sweet afternoon cuppa. One of my really truly favorites ever, even if it is bagged and cheap.

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drank Ceylon Pekoe by Tea At Sea
1717 tasting notes

This one behaves more like an Assam than a Ceylon. Lots of rye and raisin personality. Very tasty on a Very Cold, Rainy and Blustery Morning. Rabbit would suggest having a second cuppa instead of going outside. Pooh would ask for a Very Small Sploosh of Honey with it. Eeyore would insist we should all just go back to Bed.

TeaBrat

+1 for going back to bed :)

The Purrfect Cup

I see a nap in my future!

Veronica

I agree with Rabbit.

ashmanra

Funny, but the very day you wrote this we were celebrating my birthday. My autistic godson was permitted to pick cupcakes at the grocery store to bring and he chose pink pig ones. His mother and I laughed about it and I told her I choose to believe that he thought the pigs would go well with my chickens rather than that they reminded him of me. She thought perhaps they reminded him of Angry Birds. Then when he arrived he handed them to me, pointed, and said, “Piglet!” And then held up his iPad which was playing a Winnie the Pooh movie! LOL!

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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