1875 Tasting Notes


Back, more or less, to the land of the living after four weeks of unplanned sick leave. As it is, there wouldn’t have been much for me to post - it’s been so torturously hot in our area the thought of a hot drink made me cringe. That and my beverages, out of necessity, were running toward IV fluid and Gatorade.

But now that I’m back at work with air conditioners running full blast, a nice morning cuppa is quite pleasant, such as good ol’ Celestial Seasonings, which I’ve reviewed at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1007/tea-review-celestial-seasonings-authentic-green-tea/.

Happy Wednesday.


Welcome back! Glad you are feeling better :)


Welcome back – I hope you’re doing okay.

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Reviewing in more detail for itsallabouttheleaf.com, and will update when it’s posted. Mild and genteel and pleasant.

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drank New Vithanakande by Harney & Sons
1875 tasting notes

Made a pot of this on the low temp/short steep side and chilled it. Nice and light on a hot & humid 4th of July.

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drank Banana Dulce by Art of Tea
1875 tasting notes

Just updating: a lengthier review (and this is still good stuff!) posted at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com.

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drank Pai Mu Tan by Teaopia
1875 tasting notes

I’m beginning to think white teas are the reason non-teaists call it “hot leaf juice.” Used double the leaf I would normally use, kept the steep time at a minimum, and ended up with m-a-y-b-e a little mild buttery flavor in the cup, but not much. I think I’ll return to something with a little meat on its bones, thank you….

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Expect a longer review later on www.itsallabouttheleaf.com (I’ll update as I see it posted) but this is one mighty intriguing blend - I continue to be fascinated that blended tea without further flavorings or additives can taste like a million different things.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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When I saw how much this increased in volume during steeping—-easily triple what I spooned into the cup—I was sure I’d ruined it. Surprisingly, there was very little of that overcooked veggie taste; it was light and grassy and not bitter.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Jillian put this one up for adoption and it came to live at my house. I’m having a hard time deciding what a goji berry tastes like—-can’t separate it from the white tea flavor. But drinking it cheerfully and waiting for it to make me look, uh, youthier?

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drank Blueberry Bliss Rooibos by Teavana
1875 tasting notes

Regarding the dry tea: the blueberries clumped together a bit and made it hard to measure what seemed to be a fair quantity of fruit vs. rooibos. However, I must have gotten the proportions right. It’s nice and smooth and fruity—not a bit of tart. Rooibos is one of those funny ingredients that only goes with certain things, but blueberries work. Great chilled.

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The name makes me giggle. :-)


Always gives me visions of the old, old, old Dogpatch cartoon strip. That and my grandpa—-he brewed the real thing from sassafrass roots and iced it down in “trendy” colored aluminum tumblers that sweat like crazy in weather like this.

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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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