1845 Tasting Notes

I am trying to justify a run to Arkansas soon to snag more of this while it’s in season. Green tea and maple isn’t a combination I would have though of on my own, but it’s perfect. A little sweetening is built into the dry mix (I still haven’t had the packet in hand when the laptop is handy to pop in the ingredients), but it isn’t cloying.

Perfect for a warmish coolish afternoon while resting my feet after a wonderful browse in a flea market/antique mall that just kept going and going and going and going…we’re on the hunt for a few vintage blue glass medicine and apothecary bottles for the newly updated bathroom. Lost count of the times I caught my breath and said, “Oh! I remember those!” or “Grandma had one just like that…” They even had old Sears print catalogs from the 70’s and 80’s. Forget Amazon. You haven’t lived until you’ve spent an evening poring over every page of a 900-page catalog.

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OK, scribbles, this was worth it, if for nothing else, to watch my husband’s face when I stuck the cup under his nose. (Ewwww! Smells like feet!)

It does not taste like feet.

The rice scent is strong with this one, padawan. I’m not catching the usual pu-erh earthiness, just savory starchiness. For a breakfast tea, maybe not; for an accompaniment to stir fry or pad thai, fine and fitting.

I wonder if second steep would cooperate with a little sweetener…



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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1845 tasting notes

I’ve either been too busy/distracted to record much of late, or once I finally find some quiet time for a cuppa, I don’t want to ruin the quiet with online distractions. But another lovely cold front passing through has finally brought back good tea season.

Three lovelies I’ve enjoyed this week are Choco Nut Blend (Ambessa; and don’t let the choco fool you. It’s nut and apricot), Teavana English Breakfast, and Autumn’s Walk, a really nice chocolate-vanilla-rooibos-hazelnut personal blend still available at Adagio. All good for watching rain and leaves starting to turn.

Terri HarpLady

Ooh, that autumns walk sounds like a nice evening tea :)


It is all hazelnutty mellowness. Great substitute for a real caffeinated latte.

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drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
1845 tasting notes

Blustery clouds scudding across the sky. Mid 50’s. Yum. (Same forecast in April and I will be grousing about it.)

At any rate, the need for an extra cuppa at lunch caused me to paw through my random and motley work tea tin and pull out this one, like a cracker jack prize. Apple and vanilla with a sminch (I made that up, do you like it?) of cinnamon spice in the background. Perfect with a slice of pumpkin pie. (It’s October. I couldn’t wait any longer.)


Low 60’s here. I’m sitting on the porch anyway. I hate winter so I am squeezing every last drop out of sunshine – what little there is of it. I had pumpkin pie for breakfast :) I’m bad. It was good.


Blankets, shawls, and sweaters are perfectly acceptable front porch wear.

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Honeybush is a flavor that is hard for me to pin down, but I like it. Tonight it reminds me a bit of unsweet cinnamon apples. I’d get up and stir in a little maple syrup, but then I’d have to move the laptop and the snoozing cat. He snuffles instead of snores.

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Quiet. Deliciously quiet. No air conditioning needed. Neighborhood is shutting down for the evening. Nothing but crickets.

That has nothing to do with this tasty tea, but I wanted you to enjoy the stillness with me.

My packet is getting so old, I had to check to confirm this is still available from Boston Tea, which it is. It’s like Sunday morning sweet rolls. Not overly sugary, the almonds aren’t bitter, and smoooooth. Not for weekday mornings when you need booted awake, but slow weekend mornings on the back porch? Perfect.


This sounds wonderful. Its going on my list.

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Add this one to the list (and everybody needs a supply of these) of morning teas that are no-muss, no-fuss; nondescript, but extremely drinkable. This is not a malty Assam that clouts you over the head. It’s gently bread-crusty instead. Thanks, k s, I liked it.

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After a fall false start a couple weeks ago and a week of “ha! it’s still summer,” I love the hints of autumn that were called to my attention on the morning trek to work: fog caught in the hedgerows with the sun shining above it, sumac bushes that have started turning persimmon and crimson colors, silhouette of a crane standing by a foggy pond…and the wonderful cedar and leather sensations caused by this really nice Yunnan. Hadn’t had it in a while; glad I saved some back for crisper weather.

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There is currently a box of plain old Yorkshire Tea and a box of Yorkshire Gold Tea in my kitchen. I haven’t tried them nose-to-nose yet, but I had Gold yesterday and Plain Old today. Plain Old may be winning. I steeped both tumblers obnoxiously strong; Gold is sharper and pointier; Plain Old has more going on in the bass/baritone region. How’s that for mixed metaphors?

Both suitable for groggy Mondays and Monday reruns.

Terri HarpLady

So you could combine them in a tea pot & get the best of both worlds then? :)


I was thinking I might try that this weekend—two side-by-side cups, then dump in a pot in the warmer for the rest of the day.

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For medicinal use this evening—-de-tensing and de-toxing with a strong cup cut with a little peppermint.

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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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