1717 Tasting Notes

drank Ceylon BOP by Starwest
1717 tasting notes

Simple is best some days. This is. It isn’t stellar, there aren’t rocketships and moonbeams dancing on my tastebuds, I can’t pick out any distinguishing flavors, but it’s just good, dependable, hot leaf juice. Though I love my teas that cause me to pause and ponder, one doesn’t always need tea that requires deep thought.

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Second steep, about 40 seconds; Juicy Fruit gum flavor.

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If one must spend the afternoon delving into the abyss of federal retiree beauracracy to make health insurance adjustments, one can at least do so in comfort in the backyard glider (ahhh!) with a cup of excellent tea, courtesy again of scribbles, to enjoy.

It always makes me chuckle, the variance of descriptors a single tea can get; proof positive is that nothing you write in a review is wrong—it’s all in your head :) The formal writeup of this one refers to honey, orchids, sandalwood, melon—-these taste buds are picking up sweet, flat, ginger ale with a taste that clings to your tongue after you swallow. The monster-sized leaves smell flowerish, both wet and dry. And as a lover of black teas that graciously take stewing and neglect, I didn’t know what to think of the 2-5 second steep requirement…that’s barely enough to dampen the leaves. However, I tried it (well, it was more like 15 seconds) and got a surprising amount of deep, rich, flavor.

Now, off to send an email into the great Office of Personnel Management Black Hole…

Terri HarpLady

Without a doubt, taste is an individual thing! That’s one of the things that makes steepster so much fun :)

K S

Backyard glider? Without a coat? That was like a squirrel to a dog. Hoping such weather is headed our way. When you grasp the whole federal retiree insurance craziness pass along the knowledge. I have a year and a half wait yet before I am get it and I haven’t a clue.

Stewing and neglect… why can’t it just say that on the label once in a while?

gmathis

Terri—isn’t it nice to be never wrong? (That happens to me…never.)

Trying to help Dad report Mom’s death to all the appropriate authorities…all the website says is “email xxxx” or call “xxxx.” Not what information is needed, what department to ask for; it’s just like sending an email down the toilet and hoping something pops back up. Bad analogy. Or maybe not.

TheTeaFairy

Count me in, I so agree! When I review, most of the times (unless I’m just too curious to wait) I intentionally read notes AFTER so I can have a good giggle at comparing. It’s so funny when I’m completely off the track with most of the reviewers, but as you’ve mentioned, feels good to never be “officially” wrong :-)

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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
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Second experience with this one confirms that it stays on the light side of the Assam spectrum—but as weather attempts to mellow out some, I tend to gravitate that direction with morning teas anyway.

Been one of those weeks where I’ve had to gulp without tasting, so a slow-down cup this morning before long day of elder care errands is very welcome. Thanks again to scribbles!

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(This has been a good occasional sipper, but I keep forgetting I have it. Surely this does not happen to you.) How does one revive a tea that’s well past its third birthday? Well, accidentally steeping it for 20 minutes definitely ensures its potency… but with a little milk, it’s still got a bit of jig to it—the mint is still smooth and mild, like wedding butter mints.

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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
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Malty is the general go-to descriptor for Assam teas, but in my vernacular, toasty fits much better. Not burnt toast, mind you; lightly toasted. A “3” setting on my well-used and crumby Oster.

This Assam from Tao Tea Leaf is just that with a little sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Enough black tea kick to noodge me awake (I hate daylight savings time. Sorry, night people. I want my extra light in the morning!)

Thanks to scribbles for this morning’s cuppa.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I will now describe my " toasty" flavours with my toaster levels…mine goes up to 10, so that gives me a wide range of description, lol!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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So…have you tried the new Pepperidge Farms lemon/chocolate Milano cookies yet? You need to. They are the cookie equivalent of little chocolate dipped candy sticks I remember from childhood, and can occasionally find at Walgreens. (Reception candy sticks, I think.)

All that to say I decided to play with a tea equivalent. Half dried lemon verbena (some leftover leaves from our own K S) and half cocoa nibs. Long steep. A little sugar and we might have something here…

Sil

mmmmmm………..

CelebriTEA

Sounds yummy to me…
I love Pepperidge Farm cookies & lemon…yum!

Nicole

Oh… lemon and chocolate and Milano cookies… 3 very dangerous things. And reception sticks are one of my all time favorite candies – a Kansas City original, btw. :)

gmathis

I think I knew that…

K S

Oooh, I have both the verbena and the cocoa nibs. I never thought to try them together but I will now!

ashmanra

Ooo, I had lemon Oreos last week. I really must find these! I miss Opera Cremes…

K S

Tried this yesterday. Too much verbena. It always seems to overwhelm when I use it. I’ll cut back and try again.

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(Updated tea info with the description currently on Tao Tea Leaf’s website)

Scribbles is my tea hero this week, sending some treats I definitely couldn’t find in these parts and might not think to seek out. I am absolutely reveling in this one. The tea description says this contains the same leaves that grow up to be pu-erh. You totally get that.

But the first thing this cup made me think of this morning was this: melt butter in skillet. Stir in about a tablespoon of brown sugar. Grab a slice of dark wheat or rye bread and brown both sides until nearly burned. Lick the crust. That’s it.

Steeped plain ol’ western style, about 3 minutes, no milk or sugar. This is gooooood.

K S

Wow. Just wondering what my wife will say when she catches me licking toast? Your description reads like what was going through my head with Zhu Rhong but didn’t have the sense to type out.

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
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Tastebuds wanted sugar; bleary eyes and general disposition needed an adrenaline IV and a B12 shot straight to the brain. Compromised. Gently lemony-caramel with a reasonable amount of morning wake-up strength behind it.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Warm enough to walk outside. No parka, gloves, or earmuffs required. Mmmmmmm.

This was my treat when I got back: 2 parts straight honeybush, 1 part aging Adagio Caramel. Enough sweetness to “dessert” it up; hopefully, not enough caffeine to affect bedtime. I think we’ll do this one again.

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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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