1740 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Yunnan Black by Tao Tea Leaf
1740 tasting notes

As advertised, this does have a strong fruity-nutty-woody vibe; wood in the scent, dark dried fruit and walnut in the flavor. Definitely strong enough for a sleepy morning, don’t think it’d be improved any with milk. (Tea courtesy of scribbles; ability to enjoy it outdoors before 8 a.m. courtesy of a break in the weather!)

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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It can be hard to choose the appropriate tea in April—where it is warm and cold, not in rapid succession, but simultaneously: sun bright and cheery enough to make you hold your face at a 45 degree angle, but wind that turns the ankles you foolishly decided to bare blue with chill.

Splitting the difference this morning with scraps of this tin—it’s a strong one (for the chill), but makes a light and pleasant breakfast with milk (for the warm). Good and filling if you forgot your Pop-Tart.

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Must be the carob that does it—a pretty good (strong enough you can actually smell and taste chocolate) little bagged tea!

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This isn’t a tea for the faint of heart. Boot strong with steel toes. A good daub of half-and-half loosened the laces a little. Seek it out when you need your eyes pried open.

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This packet looked lonely and needed a little love. Sencha with fruit and flowers, although I will contend that pineapple is a misnomer because it doesn’t come through as the primary flavor. A more appropriate island-y name? Hmmm…Island Blossom; Hawaiian Lei…? Something like that. There’s enough to hang on to until hot weather (will there ever be hot weather? Remind me of that in August) and try chilled. Bet it’s better that way.

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Raspberry this afternoon; needed a lower caffeine fuel injection after a high-concentration morning trying to hammer out curriculum on a deadline. I liked it, but I think sippers who prefer their flavors precisely on target might call it mildly berry-ish rather than properly raspberry.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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3/4 straight-up unflavored honeybush; 1/4 orange spice black tea for a little zing and something to accompany the cranberry orange bread cooling in the kitchen and a little cat comedy: Tazo is rug surfing.

Rug surfing…you know, where you hunker down in the living room with your rear in the air pretending you’re a Puma, then you sprint as fast as your four legs will go until you hit the throw rug in the kitchen and slide all the way across the kitchen on it. Dare you to try it.

Nicole

Those wood floors + rugs are awesome cat toys. :)

Terri HarpLady

Hey, my kids used to do that too!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Was given some Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry as a gift and it has taken forever to go away because I think it’s too tart. Combined a bag of it with a bag of CS Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos—problem solved. Now it’s just a gentle cup of blueberries and cream.

scribbles

Blueberries and cream…yum. Now have craving for a blueberry shortcake.

gmathis

Priced fresh blueberries at the grocery store last weekend—-ouch!

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Oh, my achin’ shoulders…work concentration/tension all day with a healthy follow-up of crawling and digging in the flower bed…this cuppa is about all I can lift without screaming :) Lest you think I am a bona fide gardener, I am generally no more intrepid than marigolds and generally lose interest in them mid-summer. But that first spring afternoon it’s warm enough to paw around in the dirt is so satisfying!

What started out as a so-so Celestial seasonings for me is becoming a very comfortable stand-by. Best and most apple-y in a small cup or with doubled-up bags.

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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
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My initial review of this one mentioned its lightness and brightness, and we’ll stick with that, but if you leaf it a little heavier…the lights intensify to those nasty, wicked LED headlights that other drivers insist on shining in my eyes before they are entirely open on my morning commute.

(Leaf it. The rest of the world would scratch their heads at that verb, but I am secure that you know exactly what I am talking about. Think we need to compile a Steepster glossary?)

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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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