1717 Tasting Notes

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drank Body & Soul by Leland Tea Co
1717 tasting notes

Dry, this looks like very pretty potpourri. Nothing that sets it off distinctly from most calm-ya-down herbals, but nice and light on a rainy afternoon after a tense week. And lemongrass. Lots of lemongrass, which I like.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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79
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
1717 tasting notes

English breakfast, in my personal set of tea stereotypes, is Irish breakfast that just couldn’t make the varsity team. But this is a really nice surprise. Stout enough to wake you up, not just jostle you. Cheapskate that I am, I tend to use about half the leaf I normally should, but I splurged this morning and put a full two-spoon measure into my travel mug. Glad I did.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
Auggy

Ha! I love your definition of an English breakfast (and not just because I tend to agree with it!)

S

I love your description of English Breakfast :) I know what you mean…for me, English Breakfast is just Sugar Tea…a little bit of tea and a lot of milk and honey and white sugar, nomnomnom!

LENA

lol…I totally agree.

gmathis

Made a pot that wasn’t quite as strong this morning; catching some “toasty” that didn’t pop out earlier. Still nice.

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There are few flavorings I know of that can put the flavor of rooibos in the background, so if you’re not a roo lover, this isn’t for you. But if you are, this is so nice and smooth and mellow and desserty!

Tried my first cup straight up, 5 min steep, water just below boiling. Next time, I’m thinking a little milk and, yep, lemon meringue in a cup.

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41
drank Pomegranate Green by Bentley's
1717 tasting notes

…48 bags to get it right…still came out bitter, but then I’m working with a work microwave and multiple interruptions. Bitter again, but bearable on ice.

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
1717 tasting notes

Well, so much for my smell accuracy … this came to me by way of Lori in a little care package, so there was no package description to read. When I steeped and sniffed this morning, the first two flavor words that came to mind were “darjeeling” and “pineapple.”

Not even close, according to the manufacturer description—green with strawberry, passionfruit, peach. But it’s a beautiful gold color and light and fruity. Something that would definitely fit a Mother’s Day high tea in the garden with gloves and feather boas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Lori

There was barely any on the tin and certainly no steeping instructions. It is definitely a light and pleasant tea…

gmathis

With pinkies extended … not that I am NEARLY that refined!

S

Mmm, that sounds so yummy :) The description reminds me of a tea I tried which has strawberry, pineapple, and papaya with green and black tea, which I liked a lot—I should order some of this!

gmathis

Lori recommended a 3-minute steep and it was about right.

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64
drank Assam Gold Rain by Teavana
1717 tasting notes

Now that I’m at the bottom of the sample, I’ve finally figured out what I was doing wrong. You just have to steep this stuff double strength to get any flavor at all. Is that the case with all Teavana teas?

Meghann M

Haven’t tried too many of their unflavored “plain” teas, but seems to be the case with the flavors, or at least that’s how they brew them when they make them for you in the store.

gmathis

I’m just conservative (spelled C-H-E-A-P) enough I don’t like having to double up.

sixsummit

Because this is a fluffy and light weight tea, use1 1/2 tea spoon per 8 oz cup instead of 1 tsp. If you prefer a stronger cup, you can then add more teas to your taste. If you need to add milk, then need to count the milk as part of the water. This tea, you can brew a second time, but with less water. I hope it helps. —Nancy

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64
drank Sencha by Teaopia
1717 tasting notes

I’m still a little inexperienced with sencha varieties, so I don’t exactly know what to look for … but compared to the Oren’s Daily Roast Sencha I tried recently, this is a little yellower and a little lighter. Very nice sweet, pale flavor, but not as nutty as the O.D.R. Good for afternoon when you just need something a little warm and pleasant.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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About 3 teaspoons to a 2-cup teapot. It’s thick, as though there ought to be cocoa in it, and there’s a little sediment drifting to the bottom of the cup, as though there ought to be cocoa in it, and there’s maybe a hint of chocolate, as though there ought to be cocoa in it…but mostly I’m just getting the cream. May have to doctor it with milk to see if it coaxes the chocolate out of hiding.

~lauren.

Sounds like the cocoa is a bit shy!

gmathis

Or obstinate, like Lucky, my mother-in-law’s bad-tempered cat. (I almost wrote “bad-tempered mother-in-law’s cat.” Nothing like a misplaced modifier. Oops!)

Stephanie

Creamy-tasting tea doesn’t sound too bad!

gmathis

It’s very similar to Adagio’s Cream … but if that’s what you’re wanting, go with Adagio.

LiberTEAS

Did you add any sugar to the cup? I have found that this helps lure the flavors out of hiding.

gmathis

I never think of adding sugar since I’m not a habitual sweetener. You’re right. That probably would have helped.

LiberTEAS

Just a little sugar (or other sweetener such as honey or agave nectar, artificial sweeteners like splenda don’t really do the trick) usually encourage a flavored tea’s flavoring to come out and play… and you don’t really even need a lot of it. I’ve often used the analogy that it’s like salt with food, a little bit of salt when you’re cooking doesn’t really make the food taste salty, it just helps the food taste like itself. This is the case with sugar in tea. A little bit, and it doesn’t taste overly sweet, it just helps the flavors come out.

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58
drank Earl Grey Green by Bentley's
1717 tasting notes

I’m not much of an Earl Grey fan, so my palate isn’t educated enough to know whether the bergamot flavor is spot-on or not. What I do know is that this tea has a lovely fresh-cut-flower smell and a mild lemony taste that overrides any “green” tones. Nice!

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

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Ginger Peach is very pretty to look at: some pretty blue-ish petals that remind me of cornflowers are scattered in with the black tea. The peach scent is deep—almost apricot. Steeped in the cup, Ginger Peach turns a dark golden brown. The flavor is heavy on the peach, light on the ginger, but altogether pleasantly fruity. Nice hot; should be very enjoyable on ice this summer.

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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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