1705 Tasting Notes

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drank Feather Tip by Franklin Tea Company
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The nice, light golden grassy-fruity personality of this one was triply nice this afternoon because I could drink it outside in the sunshine with no shoes on! Spring just makes some things taste better. Marshmallow peeps, for instance.

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drank Forté Breakfast by Tea Forte
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Full review’s now up: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1712/tea-review-tea-forte-forte-breakfast/ Having had this in a small quantity, I’ve decided now I’d like it by the pound :)

JacquelineM

Nice review at It’s All About the Leaf!!! :)

gmathis

Thank you kindly, ma’am … I’ve been really enjoying the ones fellow Steepsters have posted there. (In the interest of trying to be a fairly interesting, if unprofessional, reviewer, I try to spend a little more care on those than my usual ungrammatical stream-of-consciousness ramblings over here :)

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drank Stress Reliever by TeaFrog
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Full review’s up: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1656/tea-review-teafrog-stress-reliever/

Had just a sample, so I can’t vouch for the long-term sedative effects, but it’s still a pleasant lemongrassy herbal.

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This tea is phenomenal … steeps up a beautiful light beige and smells so nice you just want to keep your nose in the cup to soak up the honeysuckle fumes (I see that none of the other reviews make this scent comparison, but it was that sweet and floral). Flavor, on the other hand is mild and gently sweet. One teaspoon’s worth did three separate steeps without losing much character.

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Purchased in bulk, this is nice and strong unadulterated peppermint leaf. Needed something to counteract the effect of a Death by Chocolate cupcake (mousse tucked into the cake topped with about 3 inches of buttercream). A good inexpensive cupboard basic.

mpierce87

This tea sounds like a nice pairing for that rich cupcake! I could seriously go for that cupcake about now!

gmathis

I rue discovering this little cupcake place—-we’re going to have to relegate it to the special treats only category, but it was so good! Interestingly, they had a maple cupcake topped with a piece of bacon…but at $5.50 a whack, I decided to stick with what I knew would be good.

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80
drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
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Lighter, fruitier teas get shoved to the back of the cabinet during the coldest weather, but it’s time for the Monk to see the light of day again.

This tail-end of a pound is ancient…seriously, easily four years old…but the grenadine-vanilla bounce (can’t call it a kick…it’s sort of like dropping cotton balls on a table, it’s so gentle) is still there, even without doubling up on the leaf.

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Oversteeped this one and the hibiscus was so tart it made my eyes water. However, drinking the rest of the cup with a sugar cube lodged under my tongue was actually kind of pleasant. Still very bright and citrusy (even though apricot isn’t a citrus, is it?).

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Another one that smells so-o-o-o-o good dry and looks extremely bright and pretty—lots of loose yellow flower petals. Hibiscus hits you first again, but the coconut tones it down nicely. Great on a sodden, sullen rainy night.

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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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