1718 Tasting Notes

drank Blueberry Green by Trader Joe's
1718 tasting notes

This is really nice. Leads with the sweet blueberry and ends with a little green tang.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Hong Tao Mao Feng by Drink The Leaf
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As I was slurping this out of my Tervis Tumbler (best travel mug in the world; you can taste what’s in it instead of just the lid) I was thinking this is far too fine a tea to waste on a gloomy, cloudy Thursday morning.

It smells great, both dry and in the cup. I could just stick my nose in the pouch and leave it there. It steeps up golden and malty and honey-ish…no flavoring or additives, just great tea.

Then again, maybe this is just what I needed on a gloomy, cloudy Thursday morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pomegranate Green by Bentley's
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I think I’ve finally mastered this one: make sure water is nowhere near close to boiling and barely let the bag get wet. No bitterness this time around and the pomegranate is nice and fragrant.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
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Made a pot of this yesterday for consideration and review for itsallabouttheleaf.com. I guess the sign of a really quality tea is that even when you leave the leaves overnight, make a second steep rapidly and distractedly on a Monday morning, and drink it with cherry Pop-Tarts, it’s still noticeably excellent.

Darjeeling and pop-tarts. There you go, breakfast connoisseurs.

gmathis

An interesting side note - the Glenburn tea estate (watered, according to Lochan, by two snow-fed Himalayan rivers) where this is produced is also a luxury retreat written up in various upscale European travel magazines. The website photos make me drool.

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Up way too early on a Sunday morning, bitter cold wind chills…called for hunting socks and something with a little heft to it. Husband and I were discussing the fact that, although most hot teas are served with a temperature variation of no more than 20 degrees, when you’re cold down to the bones, you crave dark, stout, thick teas. They just make you warmer.

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drank Keemun Encore by Adagio Teas
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Ta-da! An empty tin! One down … uh, others to go. This has been an enjoyable tangy, feed-sack grainy, staple tea for cloudy fall days, though I was never brave enough to try it with milk. Just seems like the milk would “clabber up” and sour (as Grandma Jenkins would say).

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drank Serene Dream by Rishi Tea
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Full review with my thoughts on medicinal value is up at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but here’s an excerpt:

My sample was a little powdery; found some whole chamomile buds, but the concoction looked mostly like something you’d sprinkle on a roast chicken. Steeped to full recommended capacity, the lemon-mint essence that is the lead-in to most herbal nightcaps is okay.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
Janefan

thanks for sharing your review. I’ve found that valerian is the only thing that works for me, so I don’t bother with “sleep” blends that don’t have it.

gmathis

In a review somewhere/some time ago, I wrote that I wish there was a knock-you-out cold herbal that was un-lemony and un-minty. I don’t think one exists.

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Running late so made this double strength, no milk, and that brought out a bitter pecan-hull bang to it that isn’t bad on a below-freezing morning.

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drank Lemon Ginger by Davidson's
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A nice ginger cookie sort of balance to it is all I can taste tonight; fighting a wicked sinus thing that has robbed me of my senzus of sbell and taste. Mwugggggh.

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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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