1850 Tasting Notes

drank Green Spring by TeaGschwendner
1850 tasting notes

Some of you inspired me to start thinning out long-past-due tea from the nether regions of my shelves…and in doing so, found two more tired teaspoons of this lovely tea for some farewell cuppas. It’s lost some of of its butterscotch sweetness, but still smells lovely. Tea Gswendner (or however you spell it) still lists it on the website, but it’s marked out of stock. Very nice for an afternoon laze.

Sil

yay for thinnning out older teas!

gmathis

Hoarding genes go deep in my family…makes me wince :)

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Have I reviewed this yet? Oh, well, these days I have difficulty remembering reviews, conversations about movies that took place less than 24 hours ago, and my cat’s name… (You younglings just wait. It will happen to you, too.)

(post-posting edit; yeah, I reviewed it and forgot that too!)

I prefer oolongs that cover the roasty spectrum rather than the floral, and this hits the mark. I’ve never had a roasted peach, but if I did, Shui Xan would taste like it, with some golden raisins and rye melba toast in the mix.

K S

Thank God. I thought it was just me. Have you seen my car keys?

Terri HarpLady

I also prefer the more roasty spectrum!

gmathis

Find the missing sock and your keys will be in it.

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Ahhh…finally time for a steep without trying to balance a cel under my ear. Sweet milk chocolatey goodness with a very light, velvety texture. Imagine the sensation of a soft chiffon scarf (as opposed to a fleece blanket).

gmathis

Must be—the photo of those big ol’ wavy leaves looks right.

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This one belongs on your “staple steepers” list if you like rooibos. Sweet and fragrant. Pastry-grade vanilla flavor. No special attention to time and temp necessary. Just right, Goldilocks.

Rosehips

I have some of this, but have not yet tried it. I should do that. It sounds good.

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Unexpected 1 a.m. illness prior to a 6 a.m. flight caused me to cancel travel plans a couple days ago, so I’ve been muddling through a writers’ conference by phone. The upside: participation in jammies, sleeping in my own bed, and plenty of good tea as long as I can make it quietly and one-handed while coddling my cel in the other.

Ginger Peach was the afternoon brew; fit the bill perfectly, although the bag is one of those funny ones where you have to pull out the tag to elongate the string (had to do that with my teeth). The ginger has a nice warming bite to it and the peach isn’t perfumey or artificial.

ashmanra

Oh noes! Feel better soon!

gmathis

24 hour nausea and mild fever; I felt as bad about the last-minute disruption as I did the icky itself. But something about flying sick made me worry about getting quarantined in Dallas :)

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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…

Sil

Hahaha

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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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 :)

gmathis

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

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drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
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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.)

K S

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.

gmathis

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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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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