1894 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
1894 tasting notes

Oh, this is nice iced! I am generally not a tart tea fan; prefer flavors that don’t make my eyes water or my tongue shrivel. But the honeybush is such a nice smooth, mellow balance to the lemon zest and lemony herbs, sour isn’t an issue here. Was great after a hot and frustrating afternoon waiting to get my car inspected. (Five hour wait for a ten minute process.)

Indigobloom

eeek, I think I would need a cup of something strong to get me through that! and then maybe chamomile to calm myself ha!

gmathis

In all fairness, we weren’t sitting at the inspection place the whole time, but having to cool our heels within proximity in 100-degree weather wasn’t exactly what I had planned for the afternoon.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
1894 tasting notes

I believe it is impossible to ruin this tea. Golden cocoa. Mmmm!

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Full review of this one is up at

http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2313/tea-review-tao-of-tea-golden-monkey/

Been a while since my initial sample—I’d forgotten how good it is!

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drank Queen Mary Tea by Culinary Teas
1894 tasting notes

Following the example of many of my esteemed colleagues here, when one has a particularly challenging day ahead, one enlists the help of a Queen. Today’s challenge—traipsing up and down a three-story, two block long church campus with a troop of fourth graders. (Let Vacation Bible School begin!)

And thus, something strong and substantial and bracing was needed. I started to type “thick” but that wouldn’t be correct; this is still light enough for me to consider it a summer-appropriate tea.

ashmanra

Have you tried the other Queen, Catherine? If not, I can make a cup of that happen!

gmathis

Her Majesty and I haven’t made acquaintances yet. :)

ashmanra

Prepare to meet the Queen!

gmathis

I’ll start practicing my curtsey right away.

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drank Huckleberry by Tea Licious
1894 tasting notes

As the heat wave continues, so does my experimentation with Ozark-y fruit teas. Steeped a pot this morning and chucked it straight in the fridge to cool.

Huckleberries, so says Wikipedia, are eccentric cousins of the blueberry—scent and taste remind me of a cross between blueberries and black berries. So the flavor is strong, especially when I got a trifle generous with the amount of leaf I used. Tossed in a couple of sugar cubes and that helped immensely.

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Since our current living conditions strongly resemble Green Acres, I decided to act the part this afternoon and steep some of these here “yarbs” double-strength in my trusty Mason jar on the front porch. Burdock—dandelion root—red clover…I can just hear Granny Clampett strumming her autoharp and singing “Billy Boy.” Furthermore, I have a bad case of the crabbies and a general physical and emotional system cleanse may be just what I need.

The mint hits you first, and hits hard when you sniff the pouch. I think it’s the red clover blossoms I’m seeing that are dried and added whole.

And…after a good hour in 99 degree sunshine and poured up on ice…the results are in…oooh, doggies! Jed, this is plumb tasty! Anytime you have an infusion with “root” as an ingredient, there’s going to be a tree-bark taste, and it’s present, but just barely. The mint is cooling in the mouth, and hopefully clearing in the head.

ashmanra

Why, I never knowed you was a yarb woman! Did you try puttin’ knife under the bed to cut the pain?

gmathis

Someday I’ll tell y’all the story of how I plucked my future husband off’n the deck of Rube Dugan’s Diving Bell at Silver Dollar City.

All this talk does remind me of the sweaty aluminum tumbler of iced sassafrass my grandpa would keep on the arm of his chair this time of year…

ashmanra

Ooo, I’ve never had home made sassafras, though we used to pull the saplings up and I loved the aroma of the roots!

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The tea description evokes thoughts of airy, ethereal, wafty sorts of flavors … but my first whiff of the dry bag reminded me a little bit of the sweet, grainy smell of a bag of cattle fodder in my grandma’s barn. Not unpleasant, but different from what you’d expect. Flavor went a little bitter—my fault for oversteeping, but I did get hints of the light and sweet floral elements.

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Leaves are huge, and steeped, have kind of a neat multicolor green/black effect. Flavor is lighter, brighter, and fruitier than what you’d expect in a normal black—several previous notes have mentioned raspberry taste and I can see that. Really nice, really pleasant, doesn’t need a single addition.

ashmanra

I have loved Ruby #18 from A Southern Season, but when I tried Black Ruby from Shui Tea I realized that my ruby was weak! Still delicious, but in comparison the one from Shui that is supposed to be the same, had richer molasses notes and deep dark raisin. They both resteep well. Did you try it with this one?

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drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
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As with most red-colored herb teas, I was bracing myself for a wickedly sour hibiscus rush (didn’t check ingredient list to see, just assumed)…and there wasn’t one! Flavor corresponds nicely and accurately with the nice fruity scent. Even a little bubble-gummy. I can see serving this one at a teddy bear tea party with … uh, the hypothetical granddaughter that may or may not materialize some decades down the road …

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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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