1786 Tasting Notes

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drank Awake™ Full Leaf Tea by Tazo Tea
1786 tasting notes

Haven’t had this for a while, nor have I had it served to me by Starbucks in the big sachet. So it’s stiffer and stronger than I recall. That’s not a disadvantage on a very sleepy Monday a.m. That wouldn’t be darjeeling I’m tasting in the background? Nahhhh….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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75

Light on the leaf, light on the time, and this is wonderful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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67

I think my general aversion to jasmine teas comes from the fact that the only prepared samples I’ve ever tasted are sweetened to the point of hummingbird feeder syrup. This one doesn’t come on nearly as strong and is rather pleasant. Not getting any pomegranate, really, but maybe it’s just toning down the flowery flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

sweetened to the point of hummingbird feeder syrup = great!!!

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67

Another one for future full review on www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. General first impression: While rolling around possible adjectives for this tea, stout and robust didn’t make the list at all, but there’s still enough character for it to stand up to the “breakfast” category. No milk needed, but a.m. additives don’t weaken its taste or personality.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank New Vithanakande by Harney & Sons
1786 tasting notes

Tried to perk up my aging stash with a hint of mint from my home-grown Peppermint plant (Patty). I think I needed to hint louder, but it’s a nice combo.

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Bought this in bulk, so I don’t have a label to refer to … may not have the title quite correct. Tiny little grains that steep up a little dark, a teeny bit earthy, and sweet. Nice.

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66
drank Bedtime Story by Lipton
1786 tasting notes

Discovered this weekend that this is a good leave-the-bag-in-the-cup selection; flavor doesn’t change much, regardless. Soothing.

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Fighting a mild cold, so I tossed in a couple teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves from my own plant hoping for a Vapo-Rub vibe. Didn’t quite work—I really have to hunt for the mint taste. Wonder if it’s due to leaf-drying error on my part (I just let them air-dry.) But it’s warm on a scratchy throat.

JacquelineM

Herbs lose so much of their vim and vigor when dried – it’s just one of those things. A sad thing though!!

Cofftea

Really? I don’t find that at all. I’ve never added fresh mint to a tea.

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Wrote a more eloquent review for future posting to www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. Okay, maybe not eloquent, but at least more wordy and full of adjectives and verbs and things and even a lame attempt at quoting Shakespeare. But at any rate, here’s the first sip:

My first experience with lapsang souchong was pretty disastrous—-reminiscent of sucking pork rinds—-so when I first opened this tea packet and the first whiff that hit my nose was souchong-like “smoke,” I was very apprehensive.

But, intrepid tea taster that I am, I persevered and was pleasantly surprised. The big, black loose leaves brew up a luscious, clear red-gold color. At three minutes with boiling water (again, I erred on the side of caution thinking this was going to be really strong) the smoke taste does lead the caravan, but the other teas in the blend add a little sweetness and balance.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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