1834 Tasting Notes

drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1834 tasting notes

Chamomile laced with fresh chocolate mint just snipped off the stem. Love it…all the benefits of chamomile with deep minty goodness that beats the chamomile-iness into submission. Delicious. I’d write more but there is a black cat that has shifted into autumn cuddle mode. Cuteness wins.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1834 tasting notes

New tin, little almond milk. Good as dessert for a “simple pleasures” evening at home: kitchen that smells like bacon and the fresh carrot cake cooling on the counter; warming my feet on Tazo; good book at the ready once I get everybody else put to bed…ahhhh.

(Never noticed before: the tin recommends a 5 minute steep; 4 is about as far as I want to go without risking a bitter little bite; 3:30 even better.)

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I let this moulder at the bottom of a basket and forgot it was there. Mouldering doesn’t hurt pu-erh much, does it? Still sweet and earthy and makes me wish I was in a cave in the Ozarks. (And for one random sip, it reminded me of Dr. Pepper. Eh, I’m not awake yet.)

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You know that first cold front of the fall season that sneaks in quietly overnight and you wake up and the temps have dropped and it feels like the whole world is going, “ahhhhhh, finally!” …that feeling? Yeah.

At any rate, a morning so pleasant deserves something better than the elderly dregs I’ve been grabbing on the way out the door. This English Breakfast is better. With a 3-minute steep, I’m getting a little sweetness in it. Carbs with just a drop of honey. My general opinion of Teavana has always been “more flash than substance,” but I’ll have to alter that judgment on their EB.

K S

I went in Teavana once just to see if I got hassled like others complain about. I didn’t (is that good or bad?) but the prices are way to out there for me.

gmathis

This one is in the lower end of their price spectrum; pleasantly so.

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I’m not sure I possess the adjectival vocabulary needed to pinpoint the differences between Jin Ping Gong Fu and Tao’s Tan Yang Gong Fu black teas: both are wonderful, scribbles! There’s a few days’ distance between my samplings of both, but the unsweet chocolate personality that made Tan Yang so tasty is stick-to-your-tongue sweet in this Jin Ping. Lip-licking sweet, but not artificial or cloying. I continue to be amazed at the spectrum of flavors that can be pulled out of simple black teas.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds yum!

gmathis

’Twas!

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This sample from k s was welcome; as (wouldn’t you know it) I was awake hours too early on a Saturday morning—gentle rain on the roof is such an unnatural sound of late, it woke me. So I steeped this a little long and strong to get the bleary eyes open while watching a Veggie Tales kids’ show on one of the few analog channels left in our area. (Haven’t Veggied since my son was a little ‘un. They haven’t changed much.)

I’m seeing “peppery” in the reviews for this one; may be I was just too sleepy to notice that. My sleepy brain registered “starchy and crusty,” but in a good way, like rye bread toast crust.

Veronica

Larry and Bob aren’t regulars in our house anymore either, but the other day my daughter, who is fourteen, was singing “oh where is my hairbrush”. I had to smile.

gmathis

This one was “The Land of Ha’s” … the bad movie references made me wince!

gmathis

(We Are The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything is my personal favorite.)

K S

You look like Captain Crunch…

OMGsrsly

OMG, We Are The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything is HILARIOUS.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1834 tasting notes

What a week…you, too? Can’t decide if it’s more akin to the White Rabbit (“oh, my ears and whiskers I’mlateI’mlateI’mlate”) or just plain ol’ crazy March Hare. At any rate, I’m tired! Thus, stronger is better this morning. I’ve learned on this one, to steep it strong, don’t bother to taste for strength, and dump in some milk (almond today). I am at least temporarily fortified for the craziness ahead.

Christina

Good luck!

Rosehips

Yes, its been quite a week here, too. May today go smoothly!

K S

Sounds catching. Pretty sure I have a bad case of just plain ol’ crazy March Hare myself.

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drank Tang Yang Gong Fu by Tao Tea Leaf
1834 tasting notes

Scribbles, this is superb. No, superlative. Dry in the pouch, it smells like bitter cocoa; steeped at 3 minutes, it’s pale autumn-leaf gold with a smooth, heavy texture and a lovely malty vibe. Second steep was equally good; going for three!

scribbles

This is ridiculously good. I got only a small amount for myself, but I am going back to pick up a lot more. This makes my ‘must always have in cupboard’ list.

gmathis

Was so glad I picked this one for a slow day when I had time to savor it!

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You know those teas you try and, although you can’t quite put your finger on what makes it so pleasant, you look down and there’s only dregs in your cup? This is one. My first pouchong. It is thick and velvety and juicy with maybe a little hay-toast-and-honey vibe. My thanks to k s for the treat.

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drank Ying De Black Tea by Tao Tea Leaf
1834 tasting notes

When I received a packet of tea treats from*scribbles,* my first thought was, “No…I shall be noble and drink up the dribs and drabs that are already open.”

Yeah, that lasted about 30 seconds.

I like this one! The leaves are long and ribbony, first steep was as bright and coppery as a brand new penny, and plenty of lightly sweet malt and chocolate to think about. Second steep (western style; sorry, I’m a barbarian :) at twice the minutes was still tasty, just had to think a little harder.

This is on the lighter end of the wake-up scale; be sure you’ve had a decent night’s sleep if you drink it in the morning, but if you’re already somewhat awake, you’ll be sufficiently alert to enjoy its subtleties.

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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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