1854 Tasting Notes

drank Assam Reserve by SpecialTEA Brew
1854 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
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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
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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
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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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drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
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More of a fruity orange than a tart, citrusy orange. Which is fine by me. After a knot-in-the-neck morning at work, I crawled into one of my nobody-knows-where-to-find-me spots in the building and tried to make a pretense of relaxing with this. This would ice down well, I think.

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Truth is, I’m not sure about the producer, but this sounds awfully close. I can account for everything in the flavor description. Rooibos was just made for ice cream flavors like caramel and white chocolate.

Just spent a much, much needed (spiritually/emotionally/relationally) lunch break with a dear friend at the Savannah Tea House in Nashville—-genteel, restful, and mighty tasty. You get to pick your own teacup off a shelf of antiques, and I got one with a nice deep bowl because this was really good; worth drinking in copious quantities.

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Treat from thoughtful husband. I’m always pleased to see our little locally-owned Fox Farm store add new tea brands. This one is really a little pricey for our current budget—$7.99 for only 15 sachets—but it tucks and travels well.

Both dry and steeped, this smells like good brown toast. Flavor is coming up a little more lightly toasted, but as usual, I was in a hurry (MUSTHAVETEAEYES—WON’T—OPEN) so it easily could have gone 5 minutes instead of the recommended 4.

Good with no additives and pleasant to drink while I’m watching activity on the morning squirrel freeway. (Shabby House’s big, luscious oak tree that shades the front porch.)

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Tried a Mason jar of sun tea with this … maybe just a little rosier than I prefer due to the extended steep time. But sweet and cold and good. Not perfume-y floral.

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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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