1688 Tasting Notes

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drank Acai Green by The Republic of Tea
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I am now the proud recipient of my own whole canister. Had a cup this afternoon to soothe frazzzzzzzzled nerves…I’m maybe one “z” less frazzed now. Left it about 4 minutes; thinking it could stand even just a bit longer.

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
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Builders’ strength this morning, straight up, no additives. Lousy night’s sleep and need to fortify myself for my pack of fifth grade church kids. (Love ‘em, but they don’t ease into the room gently!)

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It has been a long time since I had a cuppa good enough to dedicate more than a sentence to. This one deserves a novelette, but I’ll try to keep it to Reader’s Digest length:

When I first opened the pouch, the smell reminded me of my grandma’s cattle feed barn—a good thing; I’m a farm kid at heart. Fresh sweet clover hay, burlap, and sileage. The grassy smell goes away after you steep it, and instead, you just get the sweet, grainy, clovery taste that lingers a bit after you swallow. Ahhhh! I suddenly have a desire to drive a tractor….

Brought it to work where I often get stuck using tap water, but I believe this is too good to waste. It’s going back home with me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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53
drank Snowberry Blend by Brownlow Gifts
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Just drinking up the dregs and dreaming of a hefty visit from San-TEA Claus in a week or so…

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drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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I don’t like fruit teas that are tart. This one isn’t, so props for that particular aspect. I do like teas that live up to their aroma. This one doesn’t, so phooey for that particular aspect. It’s warm and I’m cold, so it’ll do.

Cofftea

So then is it syrupy?

gmathis

Nah, just black tea in front with a little raspberry in back. This was just a single pack in my misc. bag collection, so it probably wasn’t all that fresh, either.

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drank Noel by Franklin Tea Company
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I think this is a private label variety from another producer. Imagine liquid cinnamon red hots with a little orange zest thrown in, maybe a little clove. (Remember sticking cloves in oranges to make Christmastime room smell-goodies?) Between this and my Cinnabon scented candle, the house smells like I can actually cook!

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Nice and sweet, brews up dark, but not sure I got “toffee” out of it…might have had I added a little 1/2 and 1/2. Smelled good, though.

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drank Silver Rain by The Republic of Tea
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Addendum: even after a much longer (lost track of time) steep, I’m still tasting tap water. Oh, well…I’m down to the dregs and that’ll be that.

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drank Ginkgo IQ by Yogi Tea
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Trying a sample shared by a co-worker. Normally, I am suspicious of anything with licorice root—-so sweet it makes my tongue feel fuzzy. However, this has a couple kinds of mint and some lemongrass in it to counteract the sticky taste. Three sips have not yet turned me into a mental giant; however, should that happen, you will be the first folks I notify.

takgoti

Please do. I’ll be rushing off to the grocery store if it does.

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76
drank Joy by Tazo
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Temp in the teens, zero wind chill, sky like iron, spitting snow … just need a little joy inside and out.

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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.

Location

Southwest Missouri

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