1717 Tasting Notes

This one’s in the queue at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but it’s good—really good! The word ambrosia was used in the review. And rightfully so. :)

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Hooray for inexpensive bulk buys! This smells great dry and has huge leaves—all leafy and lawn clippingy. The tangerine is light and pleasant. Had my trial-run straight up, but I’m thinking I might actually toss in a little sugar to see if the citrus kicks up a little.

Geoffrey Norman

Oooooh, my word. I love tangerines. And white tea. This sounds perfect.

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Another inexpensive bulk buy from favorite health food hangout. “Robust” and “astringent” in Frontier’s product description about gets it. It’s dry enough to make me lick my lips after each sip. A little milk may be in order.

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Hard to get started this morning; so I treated myself to a morning cup of something really good. This is a yummy liquid illustration of “God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” Surely Paul had a cup of this in front of him when he was writing 1 Timothy!

(Actually, probably not … try as I might to verify it, I don’t think tea hit that part of the Mediterranean until much, much later.)


I told my girls I bet the “trees by the river of God whose leaves are for the healing of the nations” in Revelation must be tea trees! :)

Jim Marks

If the Greeks and Romans had access to tea, they wouldn’t have been all aggro on every body, ne?

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:1-2

Which, by the way, is mostly just quoting Ezekiel 47, Zechariah 14 and Psalm 46


Amen and amen!

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Wrote a longer review for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, so I’ll keep this note succinct: bready, sweet, toasty, and superb.

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
1717 tasting notes

My stash is getting old and I’m running out of almond pieces. Which, actually, may be the upside—no bitterness this morning; just slightly sweet.

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Dry and golden and currant-y. As cold and soggy as it is in Missouri today (you could wring the air out like a wet towel), anything with a dry feel to it is welcome!

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drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
1717 tasting notes

For some bizarre reason, I woke up craving this; stomach was a little unsettled and some of my strongest sensory “tea-makes-it-all-better-moments” involve good ol’ Lipton instead of the fancy stuff. It’s warm; it’s tea; it’s what I needed.


I love Lipton tea. Why all the dissing?

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drank Coconut Vanilla White by TeaFrog
1717 tasting notes

Since this will be reviewed later in detail for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, I’ll try not to steal my own thunder, but this is really, really, really good!

When it comes to white teas, I’ve always felt like the little old lady (I’m dating myself … oh, well… too late…) in the Wendy’s commercial: “Where’s the TEA?” Either my tastebuds have been burned out by too much double-strength assam or my poor stressed brain just doesn’t have the sensory flavors to pick up tea that just hints at having a taste.

But this one is excellent … you don’t have to make a pretense of picking up flavor, it’s there. And it’s there in a yummy vanilla-white-chocolate sort of way. Maybe I need to save my next cup until I have a hollow white chocolate Easter bunny to gnaw on.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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The more I drink this, the more I’m annoyed by the the tart hibiscus because, dry, it smells so lovely smooth and coconutty. So last night I tried to squelch it with a little Rooibos Orange Cream from Franklin Tea. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t “it.” Just enough left to try one more blending experiment. Anybody know a foolproof antidote for hibiscus?

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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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