1773 Tasting Notes

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Needed something with a little meat on its bones this morning (0 degrees on the thermometer, -16 wind chill). This doesn’t seem strong or stout to me, but it is thick and rich, especially with a little condensed milk.

Lisbet

Ooooh I bet condensed milk is delicious with this.

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Adagio Teas
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Still a little left in the tin … out of 1/2 and 1/2, so I experimented with a little condensed milk … mighty nice!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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I think this is going to be one of those that is going to be kind and forgiving regardless of steeping mistakes … I got impatient and dragged the bag out a little too quickly and it’s still sharp and stout in a nice mild sort of way. I need tea that forgives me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
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Found part of a tin I forgot I had … since it was a little aged, I let it steep a little longer, and it was OK. Plenty sweet without adding milk or sugar.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Bigelow
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Some mornings you don’t need an excellent tea as much as you need a warm mug to toast your frosty fingers. This worked.

Cofftea

AMEN! But if that’s the real reason, just put hot water in it;)

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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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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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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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