1756 Tasting Notes

drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
1756 tasting notes

OK, I haven’t tried this, but it seemed like a fair place to post the beginnings of a backyard experiment. We have honeysuckle in bloom. LOTS of it. Copious amounts of it. Husband did a little research about the appropriate way to harvest and dry, so we’re going to attempt a little home alchemy to see if we can make our own blend-in. I’ll let you know if it’s a disaster!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

That is so exciting. Please keep us posted. I absolutely LOVE honeysuckle. Never have had it in drink form though. Would be rather curious of comes of your experiment.

Jillian

Apparently the flowers are good in salads – but don’t quote me on that one.

K S

I tried this last year. It did not go well – very bitter with none of the sweet aroma I had imagined. I hope your experience is much more satisfying.

gmathis

24 hours in, and they’re just kind of limp and wilty. The scent is strong when I scoop up a handful. Advice we found said to dry for 3 weeks; and as rainy and humid as it’s been in our environs, it may take till August to dry the blossoms out!

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Still experimenting with coconut as an add-in. It’s a plausible complement to this one, but seems to cancel out some of the tangerine’s tang, which is really light in this blend anyway. But warm and light and pleasant all the same.

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Better now that I backed off quantity and water temp. Very traditional oakey-smokey green, as advertised on the website. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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drank Decaf Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
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Wasn’t being particularly careful and let this go a little bitter; think the water was too hot. Still smells nice and tangy, and is a plausible substitute for its caffeinated counterpart.

ashmanra

I thought I didn’t like darjeeling, then discovered that I was making them wrong! I tried their Decaffeinated and like it a lot but their Decaf Assam was terrible IMO. Good to know this one is do-able.

gmathis

Wish I could find a good decaf Assam!

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Following a hint from cofftea, I doctored this up with some unsweetened coconut chips. Need to work on the proportions a little more, but it was a nice combo! May have to back off on the lemongrass, because this is pretty strong.

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“Surprising body” in the tea description must be a euphemism for “man, this stuff is strong!” Whatever I did, I did wrong because this is putting wrinkles in my tongue! (But I guess it’s doing it’s job if it’s waking me up, pleasantly or otherwise.) Do-overs pending.

KeenTeaThyme

Yikes! Maybe it’s best to cut the taste with some mint or something…

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My first taste of this one was on ice and thus, a little weak, but I was pleasantly surprised that the hibiscus didn’t make my eyes water. Appeared to be nicely balanced with the other ingredients. Have a full-strength bottle in the fridge for a second taste-test.

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drank Oolong by Unknown
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This still continues to be my favorite cheap-keep-the-canister-filled-at-all-times tea; someday I shall ask to see the bag so I can actually see the brand. (Yeah, I’m sure the store clerk will enjoy toting a 50-pound feed sack off the top shelf just to entertain the customer…)

In the meantime, I played a bit this morning and did 2 parts shaved unsweetened coconut chips to 1 part of these oolong leaves. I believe I’ve found a new favorite blend-in. Coconut and …. any suggestions?

Cofftea

Coconut + green chai + lemongrass … and maybe just a tiny pinch of curry powder? Or Coconut + a peanut butter flavored tea + chai spices + curry

ashmanra

Oh my! That sounds delectable!

gmathis

MMM! I happen to have a nice little neglected canister of lemongrass that may need my attention!

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I don’t know that I’ve ever done nine entire cups of tea in a day (would be up all night for more reasons than one, but that’s way TMI…sorry!) — but I’m going to, in small doses, see how this one lives up to its multi-steep claim. Steep #2 is as good and golden as the first, so we’re off…

gmathis

I’m on 4 or 5, lost count, but did two in a row to fill up a bottle for chilling (literally in the fridge and figuratively in the back yard) and it’s only lost a tad of its strength.

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Thanks to people in the neighborhood who decided to present a rock concert akin to Oompa Loompas playing AC/DC late, late, late last night (oops, early, early, early, early this morning)—and because I wrestled myself into a sleepless puddle attempting to call down blessings and not curses upon mine enemies—-I need a shot of coffee-kick energy this morning. Hoping that the mate induces a steady morning-long supply.

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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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