1693 Tasting Notes

drank Premium Green by Stash Tea Company
1693 tasting notes

Bagged grocery store version, returned (with apologies) to me by MIL…I forgot she can’t have green tea for dietary reasons. Nothing to sing show tunes about, but I might whistle a little about it under my breath. An OK mid-afternoon grab and go with low temp and short steep.

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For someone who doesn’t much do honey in tea, this nook in my cherry wood tea chest is emptying out fast! It’s gentle, nicely balanced, a no-brain steeper. Not nearly as syrupy cloying as the Ludens cough drops we’d eat full boxes of during the sermon on Sundays, but brings back that sensory memory.

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Challenged or inspired by all you sipper-downers; it’s time to follow suit and take back the kitchen. This is perfect for a mild and sunny day. Decent black tea base, sweet, natural-tasting pineapple.

If you’re interested in finding it, previous tracking down of this one led me to believe that it was a privately branded Metropolitan Tea blend. which is still available at several places including Culinary Tea.

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Non-teaist co-workers even commented on how lusciously scented this is—-it makes the whole room fragrant. Beautifully peachy. A Cheapster Steepster winner since you can pick it up inexpensively and locally.

Helena

nothing wrong with cheap as long as it’s good!

Lynxiebrat

LOL. Another is Perfect Peach by Bigelow. Loved it since my teens.

gmathis

I’ve got a couple bags of Perfect Peach I haven’t tried yet. Will take care of that soon!

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drank Marango by Savoy Tea Company
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Chose this one for its scent—-one of those you could just bury your nose in and leave there. Not being a mango expert, the fruit flavor reminds me more of apricot/peach, but it is deep and rich and sunshiny tasting. Nice change of pace.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Serendipity.

Little bit of elderly Bourbon Rouge from Mariage Freres.
Scant teaspoon of cacao nibs.
Cinnamon stick.
Loooooong steep.
Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

You, too, can do this at home :)

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This is a cup of cheerful. The sweetest, fruitiest, perkiest Assam I can remember having in a long while. Also a good and easy steeper; meticulous time management not required. Even better.

TeaBrat

sounds delightful :)

gmathis

I’ve really been talking up my stuff from Single Origin since I got it…it’s all very good quality and none of it is a bit finicky.

Sil

they’re on my list of teas to try more of once i get through a couple more orders…so i’ve been watching your reviews :)

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drank Forests Tea by Mountain Rose Herbs
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This came with two other Mountain Rose tea samples from ashmanra with a beautiful springy, yellow card. I set the card and packets out on the kitchen table to enjoy and I nearly had to to wrestle the tea packets away from Tazo. He was on the table (which he never is) sniffing and pawing away at them! Not sure which of the three teas made him so excitable, but I wasn’t about to experiment further, or I would have none for myself!

Never had a tisane with oak bark in it. Not one I’d pick to drink for pleasure, necessarily, but the spices and licorice made it passable.

Medicinal value on this one—jury’s still out. It takes a hammer over the head to knock me out. I don’t think “hammer” was in the ingredient list, so I wasn’t deeply unconscious all night. That’s OK—I have two more blends to try!

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This is not the Holy Grail of cherry teas—that would taste like pie made from the cherries in the tree I used to sit in to read when I was nine. There was a v-shaped branch just the size for my skinny little backside and some limbs that could hold my transistor radio and an extra copy of Trixie Belden.

However, this is a good cherry tea. Bagged, no less. Not chemically-syrupy; not so tart it makes your eyeballs sweat; just pleasantly (and not too artificially) tasting cherry.

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I don’t think TeaSource carries this any more. I am about to admit defeat. I think I have yet—in recent memory; this bag has been around a long time—to steep a cup at any time and temp that results in anything but bitterness. I just want it to work so badly—-it’s an Kopili Assam, which I love in black form. I hate not liking a tea!

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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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