1873 Tasting Notes

drank Tiramisu by DAVIDsTEA
1873 tasting notes

I got distracted (doesn’t take much these days) and let this sit way, way too long. Fortunately, you can’t over-roo rooibos, so the only effect that was it was extra thickish and yogurty and milky. I always thought tiramisu had a little maple in it too, which isn’t present here, but it’s a nice sweet dessert tea.


I’ve never had tiramisu with maple, sounds delish though!


Wow, you still have some of that! It’s been discontinued for so long! Lucky you!

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drank Joy by Tazo
1873 tasting notes

Was tickled to find a bag that survived the tornado tin from my office … doesn’t look like it’s available any more.

Since my supply is dwindling, I didn’t want to ruin it, so was v-e-r-y cautious with time and temp (low on on both, so the green half didn’t go bitter) and it turned out just perfectly. A little sweet, a little fruity, a little vegetal—a nice little tripod of flavors.

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It’s not as earthy as a pu-erh, but I am getting some of those vibes. Straight up, no milk.

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This one has such a nice, strong, bright character on its own I believe I made a mistake by adding milk this morning…it didn’t clash, but it toned down all the nice kicky stuff. Ah, well, live and learn.

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1873 tasting notes

Added a spoonful of mate and a splash of milk this morning—both helped to tone down the honey flavor, which is a little strongish for my unsweetened preference. Mate for energy; milk for calcium…I believe this would now count as a nutritional drink.

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Hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting this one until today—with my humble thanks to Jacqueline M.

Nice when you just want a pleasant sweet fruity topper-offer. Not a lot of extraneous spices. Just warm peach cobbler.

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
1873 tasting notes

Ahhh…it’s back under my roof. Basic black, milk-welcoming, cold-weather staple that it is. Four lovely bulk ounces, minus a really, really heaping teaspoon to boot myself out the door this morning.

With apologies to Robert Frost — this tea is lovely, dark, and deep. I’ve miles to go before I sleep. Glad I’ve got this one close to hand.

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I believe I like the second steep better than the first. The tangy edge is gone, and it’s just liquid suede now.

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Made a huge pot this morning—needed something with a punch (on the label and otherwise) after a hard, hard Saturday. Left to himself in the fridge to chill, Thomas is, I believe, even a bit stouter than freshly brewed.

This afternoon I’m raising my mason jar in memory of a dear friend who loved tea, loved kids, loved to write, and loved her God. Jill, save me a place on your front porch in Heaven … we’ll have another cuppa together yet.


Somewhat belated, but still. My condolences for your loss.


Thank you. She loved practical jokes, and ironically, a week after her passing, I received an e-mail from her inbox. Spam. I can just see her laughing maniacally and slapping Gabriel on the shoulder watching me try to figure that one out.

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This is what I consider a pretty stereotypical oolong, with nice big dark green leaves, a sharpish flavor, and a nice smooth heavy texture. It isn’t as drying in the mouth as some oolongs, but that’s a plus as far as I’m concerned.

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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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