1916 Tasting Notes

Another one that smells so-o-o-o-o good dry and looks extremely bright and pretty—lots of loose yellow flower petals. Hibiscus hits you first again, but the coconut tones it down nicely. Great on a sodden, sullen rainy night.

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Enjoying this with red grapes the size of super-bounce balls…they complement each other nicely. I think Lochan is fast becoming one of my favorite purveyors of really good Darjeelings.

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Wrote a more detailed review for future posting at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but my general observation is that this is more of a gift/novelty item than a tea for a serious oolong-o-phile. Getting more of plum blossom than plum fruity.

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
1916 tasting notes

Complete review’s up: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1698/tea-review-rishi-tea-tumeric-ginger-2/

This one has some heat to it—the turmeric gives it a chili-seasoning flair.

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drank Novel Teas by Bag Ladies Tea
1916 tasting notes

Nothing new to share except today’s bag tag: “The only problem with new books is that they keep you from reading the old ones.” Yep.

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First of all, this is absolutely beautiful dry. Springy pink potpourri.

Second of all, this does not taste like perfume, which I feared might be the case. It steeps up a gorgeous light champagne color and is just subtly, lightly sweet. The rose tinge is at the back of each sip; it doesn’t lead the way.

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This was one of those unusual almost-March mornings where it was warmer outside when I woke up than when I went to bed. So the tea o’the a.m. needed to be springy. After prowling through the light stuff that migrated to the back of the cabinet, I pulled this out and I’m glad I did.

Wonderfully sweet aroma, gently salad-y taste with a little Cheerios hint in the background. Ahh…I hear birds chirping! (I really do…come on, spring!!)

Stephanie

Oh I miss chirping birds too! I woke up to the screeching and crawing of crows, this morning—not very pleasant. I think they’ve scared off all the other birds!

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Stuck my nose in a bin of this at my favorite herb & health food place and it just smelled too good not to try. (I’m all for cheap luxury!) The dry mix looks like meadow-gold potpourri with a wonderful peachy-apricot whiffle.

The apricot-itude disappears a little once it’s steeped about 3 minutes. Yellowy as it is, it turns surprisingly dark red—there’s the hibiscus in action—but the other ingredients cut the tartness down to just a hint. (Which is good; I’m generally not a hibiscus fan.)

Hey, for a mere $1.50 an ounce locally, it made for a nice springy “vacation” from a cold, dreary day.

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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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