1942 Tasting Notes

I’m glad the review for this one posted when it did … this is perfect for the change of seasons:

http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2412/tea-review-mark-t-wendell-formosa-keemun-3/

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1942 tasting notes

Just a personal quirk, but I don’t generally start putting milk in my tea until the weather turns, which it finally did this week.

Knew I’d need some bucking up today, so I made a really strong tumbler of this—deliberately oversteeped—then lightened it up with some half and half. Oh, yum! Coffee personality came out to play.

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This is probably the prettiest tisane I’ve ever seen. Nice big, fluffy flower chunks.

It seemed a little mint heavy, but the floral combo behind it was a nice sensory experience. Still licking my lips to figure out what all was there, even after the cup was finished. My senses are dulled (heavy, heavy stress at work … fretting a bit about elder care issue after mom’s surgery) so it was nice to have something else to think about for a bit.

Jenn

I like the sound of that stress-zapping blend! Hang in there. I understand elder care issues very, very well.

gmathis

Thanks, Jenn. I was genetically loaded with daughter guilt :) I may have to load up on comforting herbals over the next few weeks!

ashmanra

Hang in there! Give yourself a break. I didn’t give myself one and it would have been much better if I had!

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Steeped this one conventionally (my first attempt was as sun tea) and it it wasn’t bad for an evening wind-me-down. The medicinal ingredients still have a rooty, cereally taste, but the mint counteracts/balances/overshadows it well.

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Looseleaf; medicinal. Brach’s Mallowcreme Pumpkins are wonderful this time of year while the bags are fresh; however, several on top of a Maria’s chimichanga … not so smart. I’ve got to quit eating like a teenager.

Half a cup is wonderful for an aw-I-shouldna-done-that tummy.

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drank Yellow Gold Oolong by Eteaket
1942 tasting notes

What Eteaket calls “tangyness with a hint of fresh grass” is hitting me as “lime with a hint of floor cleaner.” But in a good way, if that’s possible. Not a bit of chemical, but definitely a citrusy-clean thing happening. The way you want your house to smell.

Lovely for a breezy afternoon at Shabby House. Temps in the mid 70’s, clean post-rain sunshine. I want to bottle this weather.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
1942 tasting notes

Golden cocoa. Doesn’t need more of a descriptor than that, unless you want to put “heavenly, light, ethereal, chocolately” in front of it. Even when I inadvertently skimped on the leaf.

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The scent of the dry mix is spot on—cream cheese and all. I steeped this on the longish side of the recommended range (6-10 minutes) and am coming up way heavy on the raspberry and way light on the danish. May have to experiment a bit with timing.

But with that said, raspberry is a really nice complementary flavor to honeybush, which really does have a different (fruitier?) character than rooibos.

Having stuffed myself at lunch, this was a nice guilt-free dessert.

Ashley Bain

For some reason this smelled like feet to me. Tasted okay but each time I lifted it to my mouth it smelled like feet and I had to pour it out :/ So odd.

gmathis

Now I’m curious (need to stay at keyboard, but making mental note to go smell pouch first time I let myself take a break :)

Ashley Bain

haha I didn’t notice it as much in the pouch as in the final tea.

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drank Assam Reserve by SpecialTEA Brew
1942 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
1942 tasting notes

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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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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