1822 Tasting Notes

drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
1822 tasting notes

May just be me, but the cloves in this mix make it a little bitter and I walked off without sweetening it this morning. However, paired with a brown sugar-cinnamon Pop-Tart, it makes for a nice breakfast!

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Happy Easter! This morning’s mental a.m. soundtrack was the muted trumpet quartet playing “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” to intro “Davey and Goliath” and Goliath’s laid-back bass, “Davey … Davey … wake up! It’s Easter morning!” And since I was reminded to wake up and rejoice (uh-oh, here comes another soundtrack … “You ask me how I KNOW He lives, He LI-VVVVVVVEEEEESSSSSS with-INN my HEARRRRRRT!”), I decided to do so over a cup of something special.

And perhaps it’s just my morning mindset, but when I opened the pouch—courtesy of www.chinesetea-shop.com—I smelled jelly beans! Well, maybe not, but a sweet/floral/candy thing was definitely going on. The leaves were huge.

Package description calls it an orange tea, but in my cup, it’s more of a peachy-golden. And wow! The flavor reminds me more of a really fine Darjeeling than an oolong—puckery with honeysuckle.

Allegedly, this will go for nine steeps. Looking forward to spending the rest of the day with it. May your day bring you joy.

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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I was given a sample of Kusmi Spicy Chocolate, which didn’t exactly trip my trigger (seemed bland/no recognizable chocolate), but I dumped the spoonful or so I had left into my sample of this chocolate chai and made an experimental pot. Wow—it has a kick now! Warmish on the tongue long after you swallow and I’m getting a good bit of cocoa, too. Good for a stormy Saturday morning.

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We’re in the middle of huge April warm front/cold front temperature swings, and hit with the warm front today, tried icing down the rest of the pot I made this morning. I believe I like this variety cold better than I do hot. Just a good, stiffish, versatile pantry tea.

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drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
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Nice, gentle, smooth, a little sweet. Enjoying mine without milk. It’s been a while since I’ve had Charleston Tea Plantation’s American Classic, but I think this is the better of the two—less of a sharp tang on the tongue.

P.S. Ices down nicely, too.

ashmanra

I hope to visit this plantation in June when I go to my niece’s wedding!

gmathis

It’s on my bucket list!

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Many cherry teas are either tart enough to burn off half your taste buds or taste really artificial like cough syrup. This one’s a nice happy medium with a believable fruit flavor. Unsweet cherry pie.

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drank China Classic Oolong by foojoy
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This was served with lunch at a local noodle and curry place in an old-fashioned light-bulb shaped decanter like they served diner coffee in when I was a kid. (Sort of clashed with the elegant rectangular platters.) Anyway, for a bagged oolong, it wasn’t bad. No subtlety, just warm and a little nutty.

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Was able to connect briefly with my best tea drinking buddy while on the road and she brought me a do-it-yourself kit with this blend and several packets of turbinado sugar.

Tasted it straight up, then after adding the sugar crystals, and couldn’t taste much difference.

I do like this better than most chai blends because of its naturally sweet personality…most chais to me taste like somebody randomly emptied the contents of their spice cabinets into a tin. Not getting any citrus from the Samurai Chai part of the mix; but plenty of the cinnamon and pepper from the Ayurvedic half.

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drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
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Had this on an American Airlines flight. While it had the potential of being a nice, smooth Ceylon, it was hard to tell—-when you travel, it all tastes like hotel water and the styrofoam cup :(

ashmanra

I got tea at Barnes and Noble once, and never again! The tea was so hot I think it defied laws of physics because it should have turned to vapor at that temperature, and I could taste was paper cup! I decided if I ever get tea there again, I will take my Joemo and just ask for the bag! Hope you have a better tea experience soon!

gmathis

Looking forward to a couple of unscheduled days at the end of the week to do exactly that.

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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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