1788 Tasting Notes

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drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
1788 tasting notes

Lighter, fruitier teas get shoved to the back of the cabinet during the coldest weather, but it’s time for the Monk to see the light of day again.

This tail-end of a pound is ancient…seriously, easily four years old…but the grenadine-vanilla bounce (can’t call it a kick…it’s sort of like dropping cotton balls on a table, it’s so gentle) is still there, even without doubling up on the leaf.

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Oversteeped this one and the hibiscus was so tart it made my eyes water. However, drinking the rest of the cup with a sugar cube lodged under my tongue was actually kind of pleasant. Still very bright and citrusy (even though apricot isn’t a citrus, is it?).

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Another one that smells so-o-o-o-o good dry and looks extremely bright and pretty—lots of loose yellow flower petals. Hibiscus hits you first again, but the coconut tones it down nicely. Great on a sodden, sullen rainy night.

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Enjoying this with red grapes the size of super-bounce balls…they complement each other nicely. I think Lochan is fast becoming one of my favorite purveyors of really good Darjeelings.

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Wrote a more detailed review for future posting at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but my general observation is that this is more of a gift/novelty item than a tea for a serious oolong-o-phile. Getting more of plum blossom than plum fruity.

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
1788 tasting notes

Complete review’s up: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1698/tea-review-rishi-tea-tumeric-ginger-2/

This one has some heat to it—the turmeric gives it a chili-seasoning flair.

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drank Novel Teas by Bag Ladies Tea
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Nothing new to share except today’s bag tag: “The only problem with new books is that they keep you from reading the old ones.” Yep.

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First of all, this is absolutely beautiful dry. Springy pink potpourri.

Second of all, this does not taste like perfume, which I feared might be the case. It steeps up a gorgeous light champagne color and is just subtly, lightly sweet. The rose tinge is at the back of each sip; it doesn’t lead the way.

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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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