1915 Tasting Notes

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I didn’t expect to like this — ginger and mint seem like they’d be wrangling competitively for your attention — but it was better than expected. I think the other ingredients tone down the contest a little.

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I love the deep dark Assam taste paired with the brassier Yunnan. Nice match, and the combination is stout enough to take ice really well. Huge improvement over the from-the-tap restaurant tea I had earlier today.

gmathis

A caveat, however: two large glasses of this stuff following two restaurant ice teas following a big morning-long mug of Golden Monkey can over-caffeinate to the point of hamster-heart adrenalin. I think tomorrow may have to be an herbal detox day…

teawing

LOL, I would have to stay pretty close to the men’s room myself… :)

gmathis

Well…

teawing

The bright side is you were highly hydrated, these days, that is no easy task.

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drank Luzianne by Luzianne
1915 tasting notes

Neat little local place called Woody’s is a combination of working gas station and mini-mart with some of the best smokehouse barbecue in town. (“I’ll have $20 worth of unleaded and your two-meat combo!”) Went for lunch and had iced Luzianne out of the big brew vat. There’s just something about on-tap teas that taste stale and acidic, even for a brand that’s generally pretty reputable. But it was cold and I was hot. Makes me appreciate good, freshly steeped tea on ice.

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I love teas that are consistently and predictably good every time. This one is. Still getting the mildly spicy, appley hints alluded to in Upton’s description…and craving a piece of homemade pie.

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drank Green Spring by TeaGschwendner
1915 tasting notes

Because I expected this to be really excellent, I took care with time and temperature to follow the package directions, and I’m glad I did! I would never have paired green tea and butterscotch on my own, but this is light and sweet and just begs for some delicate little almond cookies to go with it.

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

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Guy at the health food store says he uses this for potpourri, and I can see why. Lovely sweet fruity thing happening, and not a ton of hibiscus as I’ve commented previously, but it’s still there. Bought an ounce of bulk mate leaf to try as a blend-in, which I did, and I think it cuts the h-word a little. Will have to experiment a little more with proportions.

This would have been a great morning to sit on the front porch of Shabby House and mull over flavorings and ingredients (a little rain, finally! am temps in the 70’s for the first time in weeks), but unfortunately the overnight rain made me oversleep. Thus, the mate needed to get me going quickly!

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drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
1915 tasting notes

Heat wave continues (oh, for a roasty-free day!) so I steeped a Tervis Tumbler intending to ice it down when I got to work. Alas, no ice, so I tried to guzzle it early before it was just too stinkin’ hot to enjoy. I think I still prefer it cold, but even fresh from the hot pot, it has a really nice cooling sensation to the mouth and tongue. Those lemony non-lemon herbs are perfect and not painfully sour.

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When I took my first sniff, I got so much sweet-vanilla-cream scent I was afraid something else had scented it. (It was in a little zip-lock sample; my storage facilities at Shabby House aren’t the greatest.)

I think this tea has some of the biggest leaves, steeped, I’ve ever seen. And the creamy-sweet wasn’t an accident … that’s just the nature of this stuff. Still pretty astringent (cream and pucker are an odd combination, eh?) but really, really good! I have to apologize because my care packages have gotten a little mixed…OK, a lot jumbled…but my thanks to the kind donor! (Doulton, I think!)

ashmanra

I got some of this in a silver pouch from Quiltguppy, but I am saving until I can have a virtual tea party via Skype with Sandy since she was just in NZ for six months and went to the plantation for tea. It has been very hard to hold off drinking it.

gmathis

May willpower prevail!

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drank Vanilla Oolong by Adagio Teas
1915 tasting notes

Not much more or new to say about this one, but the sweet-vanilla taste just gives off these wonderful sugar-cookie vibes, even without sweetener.

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On the advisement of some of my favorite experts, I did a half-and-half this morning with Queen Catherine - it’s a match made in a fairy tale. Her Majesty dilutes the rose even a little further so there’s just a breath of it, which is plenty for my personal taste….and I’ll sip happily ever after… (or until it’s gone, whichever comes first).

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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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