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1625 Tasting Notes

This packet is getting old but has held up nicely. With a light temperature and steep time, it is rich and caramelly and soothing on such a wickedly raw day. Already got word that we get a rare snow day tomorrow (generally, even when school is closed, administrative staff is expected). I may have to have another cup then.

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Picked this because it’s a cold, cloudy, raw afternoon; need to be slamming away at a due-too-soon writing project instead of tasting notes, so I’m anticipating multiple cuppas to keep me going—-resteeps should keep the caffeine level manageable.

Used water that was a little too warm on this one, so it’s heavier on the “bite” than my previous experiences. But sometimes a little bite, judiciously applied to the proper spot, is what you need to get off your keister (keester? keyster?) and get to work.

gmathis

Interesting that the archaic definition is a suitcase…the original junk in the trunk? (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Anna

Nailed it.

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With one round of snow and ice just now beginning to recede and another barreling toward us at full speed, something with a little “spring” to it is needed. Tonight, this smells fresh and tastes mildly floral—-bringing to mind the scent of potting soil and greenhouses.

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drank Chamomile Citrus by Mighty Leaf Tea
1625 tasting notes

I was falling out of love with this one; a little too much hibiscus in the citrus side of this blend, but there’s a lot left in the pouch and I refuse to admit defeat.

Tried a little honey and a cinnamon stick. Smoothed out the edges nicely. I think we may be back to the holding hands stage :)

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First trial of this bagged green in microwaved work water, so there is much room for improvement there. There’s something somewhat floral about the pomegranate, rather than fruity, but still a decent cup. Will see what better attention to detail does to it.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
1625 tasting notes

Temps dropping, snow coming, I’m chilling (figuratively and literally), so this is a pleasant evening warm-up. Addition of a cinnamon stick doesn’t alter the flavor a great deal, but oh, what it does to the scent! This one is well on its way to the Shabby House Cheapster Steepster Cupboard O’Fame.

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This was a little surprise in a small box of treats sent from a friend. I’ll have to ask her about its origin; whether it was a local purchase or a pass-along (she and I regift with no qualms whatsoever). No English on the box except company name and the awkwardly humorous description I transcribed for you.

I wasn’t expecting a lot. Surprise! This is mouth-wateringly pleasing. Big, flat, ragged leaves with the scent and taste of nutmeg and citrus. I’m going to enjoy this immensely.

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Good morning. May your year be full of hope.

As I am blessed with the first unscheduled day in I don’t know how long, I thought a multi-steeper might be a good choice. I’m still highly inexpert at petrified clumpy tea, but I think I’m finally on the downside of the learning curve with this one. After a quick rinse and a short steep, it is mellow with little or no metallic/mineral undercurrents.

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An orange bag from this set this afternoon to accompany some puttering and piddling; putting away bits and pieces from Mom’s … you know, those things that are not valuable to anyone but you: her red hat, her earring collection, a miniature (real) cast iron stove with tiny cauldrons and skillets…but no teakettle.

I’ll continue my “this isn’t bad for a gift set” rating for the entire series. Orange is mild in this one; pithy instead of tart. Further proof that one should not discount the value of bagged tea. It serves a valuable purpose.

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Close to a sipdown on this one, but it has been a great occasional change-of-pace tea with apple-accurate flavor. Real peel, not Jolly Rancher. Because it requires a short-ish steep time, probably better for elevenses or afternoon instead of early morning, but it has a lovely refreshing personality.

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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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