1915 Tasting Notes


Full review’s now up:


…though it’s not one of my better ones, writing-stylewise; it has come to my attention that I’ve used the “pork rinds” metaphor to describe lapsang souchong perhaps one too many times. Mike was kind to post the review anyway. In the meantime, I’ll work on honing my adjectival vocabulary.


I find it smells like the zoo, personally. ;)

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The Zoo?….Really? However reading the full review I may have to try that.

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I’m going to go ahead and post my comments here, although my sample is labeled Thurbo FTGFOP 1 CH (SPL) EX4 (Experts, I know FTGFOP, but can you help interpret the rest of the alphabet soup)?

I’ll have a longer review later also, like Jillian, but this is really good stuff. My favorite feature is the aroma of the steeped tea—-smells like the tray of communion cups at my church, or the inside of a Welch’s unsweetened grape juice bottle. This Darjeeling has personality!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

My best guess about all those suffixes is that they indicate the number of a particular batch or something similar.

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
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Continuing to enjoy the fact that a) I can actually find this inexpensively and loose leaf locally and b) You cannot ruin this tea, not by understeeping, oversteeping, being chintzy with the dry leaves, or spiking with condensed milk that’s just short of questionable expiration. It’s all good.


Wait, you can find this cheaply?!? Buy in bulk my friend, buy in bulk!!!


When trying to explain to my daughter’s boyfriend (who lives in Northern Ireland) the taste of a tea I was offering, I finally said, “Have you ever heard of PG Tips?” and he answered, “Of COURSE, I have!” This is very popular there! Some of our nicer groceries carry it but you can’t find it in many of them.


In my part of SW Missouri, most people’s idea of high-quality tea is flavored Lipton or grocery-store Tazo. So the ability to pick this up affordably at a little locally owned health food store is a real treat!


I missed that this is the loose leaf kind! I have to drive over 2 hours to get that….locally they only sell bags.

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When I added this to the database, I clicked pu-erh as the variety because it’s listed on the “Pu-erh and Yunnan White” page, but please correct me if I’m wrong—I still have lots to learn!

Anyway, this is a lot different than I expected from a tea that comes in a sheng—a cake, right? It steeps up a nice golden brown, and does not have a potting-soil taste at all. Has a green tea taste without the spinach. It’s sweeter, even a little floral in the background and dances around on your tongue before and after you swallow.

(Actually, I don’t know that any of the descriptive copy in the previous paragraph are doing it justice, but it’s really, really nice!) Second steep and it’s still going strong. Thanks, Gingko, for the opportunity to experience this one!


Interesting development … steep #3 and, unless it’s the light shift in my writing room, the color has turned red-goldier.

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drank Feather Tip by Franklin Tea Company
1915 tasting notes

Nice big leaves; nice sweet taste; first adjective that registered in the brain when I tasted it was “cereal!” (Cereal is a noun, I know…but I wasn’t awake enough to add ly to make it ceareally.)

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Updating: new review at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1665/tea-review-golden-moon-tea-english-breakfast/. (If you’ve ever been to Branson, Missouri from October to December you’ll get the reference…I hope….)

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Several ounces of this were in my Valentine treat bag from hubby—he’s started a pattern of getting me several ounces of blendable herbs for special occasions. Very nice and clean and lemon-limey on its own.

However, my first blending experiment wasn’t one I’ll repeat … I paired it with dark Zimbabwe, thinking the light would balance out the heavy. I’m drinking it on principle, but they’re way too different to combine well. (Blending disasters…there’s a discussion thread…hmm….)

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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I am certain that the extra strawberry pieces I ladled into my cup, coupled with the “real fruit juice” in the box of Sunkist Fruit Gems my husband got me for Valentines’ Day, constitute a nutritious breakfast.

(However, I’m running out of strawberry pieces—-must ration this carefully so the flavor doesn’t get lopsided. This is still a nice flavored tea!)

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drank Green Kiss by Life In Teacup
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Previous descriptions of this one have pretty much summed it up: olive green in color, a little leaf crunch, nicely sweet but it definitely has the green tea thing going for it. Not one I’d consume by the pound (which, left to myself, I can easily do with a Whitman’s Sampler), but definitely a nice little one-square treat to accompany a genteel cuppa.

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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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