1894 Tasting Notes

drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
1894 tasting notes

Ever notice that tea just tastes better in the fall, and twice as good from a rocking chair on a Sunday morning when you don’t have to hurry?

I’m aiming to drink up scraps in hope-hope-hope-hope of getting to pack up my tea drawer in a few weeks and move it to a home, not a camping place, but I am going to be sorry to see this one go. I’ve never tasted a tea with such a neat cocoa-fruity balance. Definitely on my order-for-real list. In significant quantities :)

As I posted elsewhere, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12). Here’s to the other side of the comma for all of you today.

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drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
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I lightened the steeping time and temp way-y-y up. Just 3 tsp to a 32 oz pot, and 3:30 on the clock. Much better. Now I’m getting sweet, toasty morning goodness.

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drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
1894 tasting notes

Ever notice how when you do things in the wrong order in the morning, it throws the whole rhythm of things off? I B’d before I A’d, and then when it came to C, I forgot the tea was steeping, so this ended up more like burnt toast than lightly toasted morning goodness.

Though I don’t usually put milk in Chinese teas, it helped in this case.

JacquelineM

Oh boy – did you fly to work on Tippy Yunnan fumes today. This tea wakes me up like no other! I once steeped it for 5 minutes and I thought I was going to rocket off the earth!

ashmanra

I agree! I give this one an extra short steep compared to my other black teas!

gmathis

Hmmm…I was so groggy (which was why that was my morning choice) I think it would’ve taken straight premium unleaded to get me going. I’ve upgraded to only slightly out of it :)

I know tea’s caffeine delivery system is somewhat different, but generally I can drink the “heavy stuff” without too many rocket-engine side affects. On the flipside, put a cup of coffee in me and you have to pull me off the ceiling.

Angrboda

Gosh I hate when that sort of thing happens. I get the same sort of thing at work when people insist on trying to help me, even though I’ve made it very clear to everybody that I prefer to not be helped. You lose track of what you’re doing.

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This smells absolutely heavenly—could stand its own as potpourri—but is tart (oh, hibiscus, you are such a nuisance). So I experiment and half-and-halved it with SpecialTeas Blueberry Cocktail. Ended up with a sort of warm fruitie slush suicide. Not bad; nothing I’d serve to anybody I was trying to impress, but a nice evening wind-down.

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This morning, I’m getting unsweet toasted marshmallow. Mmmmmm.

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drank Chamomile Citrus by Mighty Leaf Tea
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First tasting note I read for this one says that it smells like Froot Loops. Yep. Nice robust citrus peel thing happening, but it’s a fruity citrus, not a make-your-tongue-wrinkle citrus.

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Rarely do I drink a medicinal tea and experience results after one cup, but one strong cup last night effectively flushed out my system. If you’re … uh, no longer 18 … be careful how close to bedtime you drink this one.

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drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
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This is the one tea my husband specifically asks for, usually when he has the cruds. It was a little difficult to chase down locally; community is still short a Wal-Mart (still rebuilding) and the closest one’s selection is a little lacking. I thought Bigelow was pretty mainstream.

Was worth it to get to make him a cup.

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drank Tahiti Cream by TeaFrog
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This one will also be up for later review at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but it’s too good not to at least give it a mention … well worth checking out if you like coconutty, creamy, vanilla-y goodness. Was almost a mini-vacation enjoying it in the rocking chair on the porch of Shabby House on an absolutely delicious warm-cool fall afternoon.

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A longer review will be up on www.itsallabouttheleaf.com eventually, but I’ll log it quickly and mention this is loads better than grocery-store brand orange pekoe varieties. Perfect for milk. Nice with a little sweet 1/2 and 1/2 this morning.

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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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