1849 Tasting Notes

Steeped this one conventionally (my first attempt was as sun tea) and it it wasn’t bad for an evening wind-me-down. The medicinal ingredients still have a rooty, cereally taste, but the mint counteracts/balances/overshadows it well.

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Looseleaf; medicinal. Brach’s Mallowcreme Pumpkins are wonderful this time of year while the bags are fresh; however, several on top of a Maria’s chimichanga … not so smart. I’ve got to quit eating like a teenager.

Half a cup is wonderful for an aw-I-shouldna-done-that tummy.

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drank Yellow Gold Oolong by Eteaket
1849 tasting notes

What Eteaket calls “tangyness with a hint of fresh grass” is hitting me as “lime with a hint of floor cleaner.” But in a good way, if that’s possible. Not a bit of chemical, but definitely a citrusy-clean thing happening. The way you want your house to smell.

Lovely for a breezy afternoon at Shabby House. Temps in the mid 70’s, clean post-rain sunshine. I want to bottle this weather.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
1849 tasting notes

Golden cocoa. Doesn’t need more of a descriptor than that, unless you want to put “heavenly, light, ethereal, chocolately” in front of it. Even when I inadvertently skimped on the leaf.

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The scent of the dry mix is spot on—cream cheese and all. I steeped this on the longish side of the recommended range (6-10 minutes) and am coming up way heavy on the raspberry and way light on the danish. May have to experiment a bit with timing.

But with that said, raspberry is a really nice complementary flavor to honeybush, which really does have a different (fruitier?) character than rooibos.

Having stuffed myself at lunch, this was a nice guilt-free dessert.

Ashley Bain

For some reason this smelled like feet to me. Tasted okay but each time I lifted it to my mouth it smelled like feet and I had to pour it out :/ So odd.

gmathis

Now I’m curious (need to stay at keyboard, but making mental note to go smell pouch first time I let myself take a break :)

Ashley Bain

haha I didn’t notice it as much in the pouch as in the final tea.

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drank Assam Reserve by SpecialTEA Brew
1849 tasting notes

This is in my review box for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, so I’ll save my thunder for there. Just wanted to log it and announce that any thunder in my part of the world is accompanying a welcome, heat-breaking rain that I am observing blissfully from my Shabby House rocking chair. A real Sabbath rest.

A gracious good morning to you.

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drank Blueberry Cocktail by SpecialTeas
1849 tasting notes

Remember Gerber Blueberry Buckle baby food? Both the dry mix and the steeped tea smell just like it. (Ah, nostalgia!)

Final taste test results will have to wait, if my self-control holds out. I put it straight in the fridge to chill. Looks like we’re in for one more hot afternoon before what looks to be a nice stretch of tea-tasting weather.

IllBeMother221B

Interesting description and yes I DO recall said baby food! Actually knew college friends who would buy that when they were low on funds when they needed a sweet treat! This sounds really interesting!

gmathis

It steeped nice and dark and deep, just a shade shy of tasting like blueberry punch. A little sugar and it might. No hibiscus tartness at all.

Alas, since SpecialTeas has been eaten up by Teavana, I don’t think this blend is now readily available. Rats.

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drank Si Ji Chun by Camellia Sinensis
1849 tasting notes

One of the occupational (recreational?) hazards of being a Steepster junkie is that you read about so many kinds of tea, you’re armed with preconceptions when you try something new.

Had the rare treat of trying this one blind this morning. Never heard of it, never tasted it, got to figure out the flavors from my first taste test. I’m still figuring. We’ve got a floral thing happening—that was when it was fresh and hot. Now it’s about half cool, and there’s brown sugar and caramel. Then I peeked and the description mentions nutmeg … yeah. A lot going on here for oolong-lovers.

This is really too light for a morning tea; fortunately, I am blessed with a rare don’t-gotta-get-up-and-start-running-first-thing morning, so something gentle and tasty is OK. But I do gotta-start-running-soon … three writing deadlines before October 1, which is looking scarily close … so (deep breath) off I go!

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
1849 tasting notes

Getting lots of the fruity-woodsy flavors this morning instead of anything cocoa-y. If I’d had time before dashing out today, it would have been perfect with toast and applesauce.

I need to quit saying something is my very-favorite-ever, because as soon as I do, something better comes along. Like this one. So let’s just call this one my very favorite Adagio non-herbal. For now.

SimplyJenW

I like that title. It is also my favorite Adagio non-herbal. I am out, though, and would rather spend my pennies on Gong Fu Black from Zhi… ;)

gmathis

Budgets. Especially tea-buying budgets. Humbug!

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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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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