1834 Tasting Notes

drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
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Funny how tea tastes evolve…time was, I would’ve posted that this was the cat’s pajamas and the kitten’s mittens. Now, while I can still say it’s a nice smooth blend, it’s not nearly as purr-worthy.

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drank Peach Apricot by Tea Licious
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This is really good, chiefly because the blenders didn’t think it was necessary to mess up the blend with a lot of spices. Just good, sweet fruit.

The source is a bit of a mystery…I had intended to write a longer review for this one for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but I can’t seem to land on the correct Tealicious website to pull up more complete product info. It was a sample that chased us around Southwest Missouri while we were refugeeing, and I think it came from Singapore. Any leads?

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drank Nougatine Plum Rouge by SpecialTeas
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Sun tea wins! I am not chemist or foodie enough to explain why the ultra-low steeping temp made a difference, but the jar of tea I left to its own devices on the front porch is almost devoid of the tart hibiscus taste. This is more like an unsweet fruit punch and is darn tasty chilled. Side by side with the conventional steep, it’s almost like tasting two different teas.

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drank Nougatine Plum Rouge by SpecialTeas
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Okay, Nougatine is just a fun word to say. Sounds like something that would be on the grocery shelf right by the Nutella and the Marmite.

Nougatine is also fun to smell. Fruity-sweet; if it were a bit stronger, it would make awesome potpourri.

Trying an experiment this afternoon. I made a single-serve pot, heavy on the dry mix and steeping time (10 full minutes). The hibiscus in it hits you first—gotta love it or gotta hate it—but the vanilla and lavender and almond leaves this wonderful pastry sweetness on your tongue in between sips.

Also have a mason jar steeping on the front porch of Shabby House for sun tea. Since the hot tea steeping time has to be so long, I’ll have to let it go till sundown and see how the iced version comes out tomorrow.

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drank Congu by Art of Tea
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Really, really, nice! It’s a light black tea with a flavor I’d call “golden.” Not smoky or bitter, just warm and slightly dark with the smallest bit of brown-sugar sweet at the end of each sip. This was a sample from one of my tea-storm-rescuers, and I am grateful!

(After years of receiving Christmas ornaments from friends and co-workers—the usual annual token gift—I finally started putting names and dates on them. I hereby resolve to do the same with swaps and samples so I can thank the appropriate people as I go.)

gmathis

It “sets” well, too - had to leave the house for about an hour, warmed up the last cup that had been sitting in the pot and it’s still sweet and light. No bitterness.

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drank Thai Tea Blend by Teavana
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This is super-sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. I steeped a tumbler of this today and added a half-teaspoon of mate to add a kick. The mate toned down the sweetness a little and made it a really smooth, nice morning getter-goer.

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drank Mango Ceylon by The Republic of Tea
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An absolute screamer day at work (clock ticking, school starts, post-tornado, in less … than … one … week … and … everything’s … an … emergency) so to be honest, I’m not sure I could taste any of the tea I could find time to swig in between crises. But I found a corner to crouch in during lunch and enjoyed this one. A nice balance of the two flavors that tipped a little more heavily toward the Ceylon, which was fine with me. Would be great iced, I think.

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I didn’t expect to like this — ginger and mint seem like they’d be wrangling competitively for your attention — but it was better than expected. I think the other ingredients tone down the contest a little.

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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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