1786 Tasting Notes

Leaves are huge, and steeped, have kind of a neat multicolor green/black effect. Flavor is lighter, brighter, and fruitier than what you’d expect in a normal black—several previous notes have mentioned raspberry taste and I can see that. Really nice, really pleasant, doesn’t need a single addition.

ashmanra

I have loved Ruby #18 from A Southern Season, but when I tried Black Ruby from Shui Tea I realized that my ruby was weak! Still delicious, but in comparison the one from Shui that is supposed to be the same, had richer molasses notes and deep dark raisin. They both resteep well. Did you try it with this one?

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drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
1786 tasting notes

As with most red-colored herb teas, I was bracing myself for a wickedly sour hibiscus rush (didn’t check ingredient list to see, just assumed)…and there wasn’t one! Flavor corresponds nicely and accurately with the nice fruity scent. Even a little bubble-gummy. I can see serving this one at a teddy bear tea party with … uh, the hypothetical granddaughter that may or may not materialize some decades down the road …

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drank Mainland China Oolong by McNulty's
1786 tasting notes

I often mention my favorite no-name China Oolong tea that, last time I looked, is still running just 31 cents an ounce at our local health food store. This is its elegant, wealthier relation. It leads with a predictable woody taste, but has some lighter, brighter, fruiter stuff happening when you give yourself a minute to think about it. Nice!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1786 tasting notes

Strawberry is fast becoming one of my favorite fruit additives. This tastes and smells like pastry in a cup. Heat wave continues, so one cup warm is about all I’ll be able to enjoy before sweating myself into a puddle, but the rest of the pot is cooling for iced-down purposes later this afternoon.

Of late, I haven’t bothered with ratings because I tend to be inconsistent and moody, but this one definitely needs the little green licky-lip smiley face!

This is so tasty, it’s really calling for a turnover or a cream horn to accompany it. Wonder if I have time for a bakery pit stop before church…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

When I was in college, I was asked to sing for a large, old church in the city that had one paid choir member per section. Said member was supposed to get a replacement if they went on vacation, and I was it. Imagine m shock at choir practice when I was told that the church had a pastry chef who prepared fresh pastries for all staff and choir members every Sunday morning! You should have seen the huge blueberry bear claws! I don’t know if he was paid, or this was his gift to those who served, but either way I bet they didn’t have a lot of trouble keeping choir members!

gmathis

Oh, I wish I knew somebody with the spiritual gift of pastry! Settled for an apple fritter from our favorite local shop. And this is every bit as good cold, especially since it’s (pant, pant, pant) 103.

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I oopsed and attributed this to the wrong company yesterday, will try to retire the wrong note. Previous comments still stand, though; to me, this isn’t nearly as dry and grape-y as many better Darjeelings, but I like the light-and-smooth consistency that doesn’t pucker my tongue.

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drank Clearing Tea by Sacred Rose®
1786 tasting notes
ashmanra

Neat! That was a fun review to read.

JacquelineM

Charming review at it’s all about the leaf!!!!

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Without additional flavoring or blending, I don’t think there’s anything anybody can do to plain ol’ rooibos to improve or degrade it … it is what it is. Pleasant and rooty.

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drank Temple d'Angkor by Dammann Freres
1786 tasting notes

First whiff of this was—-wow! cotton candy! Fruity and sweet with the emphasis on sweet.

I should, however, not fuss with delicate teas first thing in the morning on a workday while two family members are talking to me simultaneously. Water was too hot and I didn’t time it, so the green tea base bittered out on me.

Even so, this is exceptionally good. It really does have that fruity, sticky, creamy carnival treat feel, and I could have sworn I detected a little banana. I am confident that when I actually pay attention, this one is going to be toe-curlingly good.

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drank Dry Desert Lime by Numi Organic Tea
1786 tasting notes

Whew! To use an Ozark-ism, “this’ll take the hair offa yer tongue.” Heat wave continues, so this went straight into the sun tea jar, then to the fridge. Even chilled, it made my lips so dry I felt like I’d been licking drywall. Citrusy lime taste is present, but it also has a masonry lime chaser that’s too dry and tart for me. Lemon-lime lovers may find it lip-lickingly luscious, though…

Jillian

Isn’t that particular tea pure lime peel or something?

gmathis

From the tea description: This rare Middle Eastern desert lime is sun-dried and crushed. It was bagged, so I didn’t look too closely, but I’m sure peel is a-plenty.

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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
1786 tasting notes

Of the very few Golden Moon teas I’ve tried, this is the first one I’ve tried that I’m truly enthusiastic about. I’m definitely getting the molasses undertone referred to in the product description, especially after it cooled. This one, I think, will be versatile enough to ice down when it’s hot outside and coddle with a little milk when it’s cold outside.

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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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