1864 Tasting Notes

This was a “Shirley Temple Special” from Doulton that I was specifically saving for hot weather. Further research necessary—I didn’t care for my first sip hot; tasted awfully hibiscus-y; but on ice, the tartness took a backseat to the darjeeling. Wondering how it’ll behave with a little sweetener.

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drank Thai Tea Blend by Teavana
1864 tasting notes

Heat advisory continues … still experimenting with what’s good cold. This is, but next round I will double up on tea or steeping time or both to keep the flavor from wimping out.

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drank Ginger Peach by Grandessa Signature
1864 tasting notes

For an ALDI house brand tea, this makes a surprisingly good jug of iced sun tea. More ginger and peach than Assam flavor, but when it’s 97 and there’s a heat advisory extending through the next 48 hours, subtlety doesn’t matter much. Just mildly fruity and cold.

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Received this as a review sample for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, so I’ll save lengthy comments for that - suffice it to say this is one of the best Assams I have ever tasted. Malty, biscuity … all the good words!

(Later in the 95 degree, zillion percent humidity afternoon … GREAT cold! My husband humors me when I stick tea under his nose to drink, but reverts to commercial bottled most of the time; however, he truly liked this one. Must be the malty freshness. Or the fresh maltiness.)

8 min or more

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drank Banana Dulce by Art of Tea
1864 tasting notes

You know it’s summer when I start out the morning with a bottle of something chilled … but this is really nice straight from the fridge. Flavor doesn’t go south when you’ve stored it for a while.

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Made a suprisingly nice ice tea for lunch considering the age of the box (before CS updated the company logo) and the carelessness with which it was stored (shoved semi-closed in the back of a desk drawer). Lots of honey scent and flavor; not much darjeeling.

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drank Rooibos Chocolate Mint by KTeas
1864 tasting notes

This one was from Doulton (and continued thank yous for all the little surprises in your care package!).

I do like rooibos, but I am still trying to classify the flavors and additives that belong with it. Chocolate, definitely. Mint…not sure.

I think this would be better with some doctoring…maybe a bit of milk or a spritz of sugar.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

I drank a yaffa rooibos today and i enjoyed it chilled! it was really nice actually since the blend included oranges and chocolate pieces… i think you would like it

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Trixie Belden and the Missing Tea
A Steepster Mystery

The first morning sip was fine, light, and winey. But within twenty short minutes of pouring it into a travel mug, the flavor was flat and tasteless as dishwater. Did a nefarious and sinister villain switch the mugs in transit? Who wishes the poor tea taster to suffer a poor morning cuppa? Can the missing flavor be recovered? Only Trixie and her new tea-sniffing Labrador named Tippy can crack this case!


sad but funnily put story


I believe a porta-mug that doesn’t suck all the life out of your tea is my equivalent of the Grail.


LOL. I remember Trixie! Gosh, and Cherry Ames…

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Very, very, very pleasant iced! Doesn’t lose its peachiness at all.

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
1864 tasting notes

Jillian kindly shared this one … catching some starch, catching some toasted marshmallow in the way-background, sweet on its own without additives. I’ll give it a “strange but friendly like the white-haired neighborhood cat lady.”

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

At first I wasn’t sure about this one but it does grow on you.

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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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