1916 Tasting Notes

drank Green Kiss by Life In Teacup
1916 tasting notes

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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Happy to report that this retains a lot of character in subsequent steeps - it’s really too light for an a.m. tea, but I left the leaves overnight and brewed a rerun this morning. Has lost very little of its velvety texture.

gmathis

Steep #3 kinda lost it … we were just down to a whisper of character. I need a cup that shouts.

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My general opinion of white tea has not been very kind in the past—usually I think it’s too insipid. This one (thanks, Gingko from lifeinteacup.com!) was a surprise! The leaves are monster huge and it’s a beautiful golden maple color. Flavor is subtle, which you’d expect from a white tea, but leaves this wonderful sweet, biscuity aftertaste. Like drinking liquid suede.

The lifeinteacup website says I can expect to get seven steeps out of this one … it’s a little late in the evening for me to attempt that feat, but I’m looking forward to seeing what an encore cup is like.

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Savannah Tea Company lists this only by name, so I couldn’t get a product description—looks to be rooibos with a lot of cardamom. A LOT of cardamom, but it mostly hits the nose instead of the taste buds. Otherwise, it was pretty meh on its own. A spot of honey helped it a bit.

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drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
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-5 F in our neck of the woods; perhaps a little spice will kick up the internal temps, anyway. This may well be one of the first flavored teas I ever drank, and one of the few husband asks for by name when it gets this cold, so there’s some snuggly nostalgia that improves the flavor :)

Have always enjoyed this because it tastes like cinnamon-roll cinnamon; not red hot cinnamon.

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Desperately in need of sunshine in a cup, since it’s not in the sky. This helps. Got to chatting and left it in a bit too long, so the white tea went a little bitter, but it’s still a good, inexpensive tropical option.

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
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Picked up a pouch for future review at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. I am not a lapsang fan by any means, but this one taught me that not all lapsang souchong blends taste like burnt bacon, either. Nice substitute for a crackling fireplace on a cloudy afternoon with the remains of a blizzard on the ground.

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drank Novel Teas by Bag Ladies Tea
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Cold, ice, snow, and mid-winter blahs have also influenced my tea preferences, so I’m not wasting good tea on a bad attitude. Just hot basic leaf. Today’s quote on the bag tag: I cannot live without books—Thomas Jefferson.

There is hope … just praying I can dig it out from under a foot of thawed and re-frozen bleccccccch!

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Full review is up at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1639/tea-review-lochan-tea-satrupa-tgfop-first-flush-2010/

The 95-degree-afternoon mentioned in said review was several months ago! We’re UP to a blistering 5 degrees today. Wish I had more of this to enjoy from the depths of my favorite blankie.

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More than 18" of snow with drifts half again that high; wicked wind chill; it’s still falling; legs and hips already aching just thinking about the shoveling that’ll have to take place once it stops tomorrow: just needed something hot, dark, cheap, and no-nonsense. Sometimes it’s just too cold to be subtle.

Meghann M

Good luck with the shoveling. It’s coming our way tomorrow. I’m hoping for the best and am happy to be locked in with all my teas and kitties.

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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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