1705 Tasting Notes

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drank Zen by Tazo
1705 tasting notes

This has been a week of major personal stress. As I was heating water in the microwave at work (not my preferred method, but any port in a storm), I put the bag up to my nose and inhaled all the minty, lemongrassy goodness and meditated, not on Zen, but on my favorite paraphrased Bible verse: Lord, you are my portion and my [cuppa]. (Psalm 16:3, spelling adapted to suit myself.)

The flavor, steeped, isn’t quite as strong as the bag scent. I may have sniffed all the smell out! It’s more minty than green, for sure, but still very calming and would be good on a sore dry throat. Nice aftertaste on your tongue.

Cofftea

Love your adapted Bible verse!

gmathis

Don’t forget “My cuppa runneth over!” Who’s to say they didn’t steep tea in the Middle East, 6th century BC? Hmmm….now I’ll have to do some research….

Cofftea

I totally forgot about “my cup runneth over!” Seriously though, matcha specifically + time w/ God= good stuff!

gmathis

OK … a quick Google indicates tea didn’t make it that far West until 850 AD. It was a nice theory while it lasted.

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Husband has been reading about the health benefits of green tea for … uh, things that ail guys his age … and ordered this hoping to find something that isn’t quite so vegetabley. Out of the pouch, it smells very close to a traditional Assam, maybe just a touch lighter. Fresh brewed, the green hits you before the maltiness, and is a touch bitter. Which hubby likes. I need to experiment a little more with proportions, but will do so willingly to be able to share a pot of tea with my spouse!

Cofftea

Yay for being able to share tea w/ someone! Drinking tea isn’t as much fun drinking it alone.

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67

I was all primed, since the title contains “pan fired,” to be assaulted with smoke from the first sip. Not the case, though. It’s nice and gentle and a little grapey in the background. Baked golden raisins, maybe.

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There are those who would say tea concentrate is sacrilege, but you just can’t beat this one for good ol’fashioned Ozark mountain sentimentality. Flat unsweet root beer, that’s all there is to it, and since I think root beer is often way too sweet, this is great. A tablespoon or so in a hot cuppa; or about double strength iced.

Cofftea

My aunt got this http://www.favatea.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=381 for the girl she babysits for and she LOVED it. Steep in as little water possible to make a concentrate and add soda water.

gmathis

My grandpa steeped the real thing from sassafrass bark and sat in his old stinky canvas-back porch chair and drank it iced from (OK, I’m dating myself here) those old colored aluminum tumblers with silver innards that sweat like crazy in the summer weather and made your teeth tingle. Can’t QUITE duplicate that, but it’s close.

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71
drank Cola Tea by Unknown
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A bulk buy at favorite local health food store. I marked it as a rooibos simply because of the visual resemblance; I don’t know that for a fact. It does have a thick, rich red tea base, but smells more like Dr. Pepper with cinnamon, and does have a flat Coke taste. Still a nice change for the transition between heavy tea season and lighter spring flavors.

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63
drank Almond by Adagio Teas
1705 tasting notes

Agree with the other tasting notes; this does go really bitter really quickly if you’re not careful; just barely dunking the leaves is the best strategy..

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec
Erin

i totally agree with you here.

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57
drank Roastaroma by Celestial Seasonings
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Stressful days so far this week, and more ahead; woke up with heart beating fast as a hamster (I seem to have a rodent thing going this week) and concluded more caffeine probably wasn’t smart. This at least gives the strong taste illusion of something with a kick. More dark than spicy. It’ll do since I’m, unfortunately, in gulp-and-go mode instead of sip-and-savor.

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drank Dragon Eyes by In Pursuit of Tea
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Bought this about a year ago and because I wasn’t enchanted with it, it got pushed to the back of a shelf. In Pursuit of Tea has evidently replaced this with a red lychee variety. But there’s still four ounces of it looking me in the face that needs to be consumed. It’s a black tea with a fruit scent and flavor that reminds me of peaches and pears when they get a little gamey in the summer. Not rotten fruit, just…uh…mature.

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75
drank Formosa Oolong by Culinary Teas
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Opened this to compare to my ace-in-the-hole health food store cheapie oolong. It’s a little sweeter, a little more golden, and I’d almost swear to some raisiny stuff happening in the background. Makes me feel a little upscale on a decidedly NOT upscale morning.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Te' de Canela by Te Duran
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This was a tuck-in in a Christmas box from a friend; what little surfing I’ve done indicates that Cafe Duran is actually a Panamanian coffee company. This is a rather plain, barky cinnamon bagged tea. Not sweet, not hot, but not horrible.

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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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