1720 Tasting Notes

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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drank Earl Grey Green by Bentley's
1720 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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drank Minty Mint Green Tea by Bentley's
1720 tasting notes

..and an amendment/addition to this one…still pretty tasty when you get sidetracked and it goes lukewarm on your desk. A good sign it’ll ice down well.

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drank Bedtime Story by Lipton
1720 tasting notes

Actually needed this for a morning medicinal — woke up jittery and tense and need something to stanch the flow of adrenaline. This was handy and helped; if nothing else, having a hot cup of anything steamy and smell-goody in my hand helps me relax. I’d give it the flavor equivalent of Celestial Seasonings’ Tension tamer.

gmathis

Thank you for the likes, even when my product descriptions are tanking. You’re such an affirming bunch … I needed that this morning!

AmazonV

anyone waking up stressed needs some hearts hugs

~lauren.

Awww, AmazonV, that’s a lovely way to think of ‘em ’hearts hugs’!!! gmathis – hope your day went better after the tea & steepster (I’m seeing your tea note 10 hours later)!

gmathis

Hanging out with my fifth graders at church helped … ten-year-olds are very funny, unique, and borderline profound people! I’ve been sneaking in some “Minute to Win It” games … all with a very intentional teaching purpose, of course … but a hoot to watch them attempt!

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drank Darjeeling Ambootia by Teaopia
1720 tasting notes

This is a lovely little sample from Jocelyn Rama. Nice toasty color; a bit like flat unsweet sparking grape juice minus the grape, if that makes any sense.

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drank Minty Mint Green Tea by Bentley's
1720 tasting notes

A reversal of my review of another Bentley’s tea (pomegranate). This one doesn’t smell very impressive—-kind of woody and stemmy, but it’s surprisnig pleasant. Candy cane sort of mint.

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

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My experience with sencha is very limited, other than I knew it looks like lawn clippings. But the sweet and nutty flavor—really sweet for a green—surprised me. Thanks to Tea Bird for broadening my horizons!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Pomegranate Green by Bentley's
1720 tasting notes

Co-worker surprised me with a 3-tin pack of Bentley’s green teas; this was my first test run. Nice fruity aroma, but I think I left the bag in too long; the green went bitter on me. C’est la vie…I have 49 more bags to get it right.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Cocoa Creme by Oren's Daily Roast
1720 tasting notes

Most definitely a coffee analog. Sweet on its own, but will try the next cuppa with some cream. It’s getting the eyes open this morning, for sure!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 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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