1893 Tasting Notes

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drank New Vithanakande by Harney & Sons
1893 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
1893 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
1893 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….

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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
1893 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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__Morgana__

The name makes me giggle. :-)

gmathis

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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drank Pomegranate Green by Bentley's
1893 tasting notes

Better as an iced sun tea, I believe, than hot. (But boy, am I looking forward to temps that don’t require cold stuff all the time!)

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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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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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