1803 Tasting Notes

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I was all primed, since the title contains “pan fired,” to be assaulted with smoke from the first sip. Not the case, though. It’s nice and gentle and a little grapey in the background. Baked golden raisins, maybe.

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There are those who would say tea concentrate is sacrilege, but you just can’t beat this one for good ol’fashioned Ozark mountain sentimentality. Flat unsweet root beer, that’s all there is to it, and since I think root beer is often way too sweet, this is great. A tablespoon or so in a hot cuppa; or about double strength iced.

Cofftea

My aunt got this http://www.favatea.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=381 for the girl she babysits for and she LOVED it. Steep in as little water possible to make a concentrate and add soda water.

gmathis

My grandpa steeped the real thing from sassafrass bark and sat in his old stinky canvas-back porch chair and drank it iced from (OK, I’m dating myself here) those old colored aluminum tumblers with silver innards that sweat like crazy in the summer weather and made your teeth tingle. Can’t QUITE duplicate that, but it’s close.

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drank Cola Tea by Unknown
1803 tasting notes

A bulk buy at favorite local health food store. I marked it as a rooibos simply because of the visual resemblance; I don’t know that for a fact. It does have a thick, rich red tea base, but smells more like Dr. Pepper with cinnamon, and does have a flat Coke taste. Still a nice change for the transition between heavy tea season and lighter spring flavors.

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
1803 tasting notes

Agree with the other tasting notes; this does go really bitter really quickly if you’re not careful; just barely dunking the leaves is the best strategy..

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec
Erin

i totally agree with you here.

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drank Roastaroma by Celestial Seasonings
1803 tasting notes

Stressful days so far this week, and more ahead; woke up with heart beating fast as a hamster (I seem to have a rodent thing going this week) and concluded more caffeine probably wasn’t smart. This at least gives the strong taste illusion of something with a kick. More dark than spicy. It’ll do since I’m, unfortunately, in gulp-and-go mode instead of sip-and-savor.

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drank Dragon Eyes by In Pursuit of Tea
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Bought this about a year ago and because I wasn’t enchanted with it, it got pushed to the back of a shelf. In Pursuit of Tea has evidently replaced this with a red lychee variety. But there’s still four ounces of it looking me in the face that needs to be consumed. It’s a black tea with a fruit scent and flavor that reminds me of peaches and pears when they get a little gamey in the summer. Not rotten fruit, just…uh…mature.

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drank Formosa Oolong by Culinary Teas
1803 tasting notes

Opened this to compare to my ace-in-the-hole health food store cheapie oolong. It’s a little sweeter, a little more golden, and I’d almost swear to some raisiny stuff happening in the background. Makes me feel a little upscale on a decidedly NOT upscale morning.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Te' de Canela by Te Duran
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This was a tuck-in in a Christmas box from a friend; what little surfing I’ve done indicates that Cafe Duran is actually a Panamanian coffee company. This is a rather plain, barky cinnamon bagged tea. Not sweet, not hot, but not horrible.

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drank Mayan Cocoa Spice by Yogi Tea
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This is the first and only Yogi tea I’ve tried that isn’t annoyingly, cloyingly licorice-y. As a matter of fact, licorice doesn’t even show up on the ingredient list. The sweetening evidently comes from stevia, chicory and cinnamon. Not bad straight, no milk. Worth finishing the cup, but don’t know that I’d do a rerun.

Jillian

Is it quite spicy?

gmathis

I’d give it a 7 on a 1-10 scale.

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Bought cheaply and unromantically for the sole purpose of dissolving throat gunk after a weekend of flaming tonsils. Brews up a darker brown than other peppermint herbals, but nothing to complain about. It’s mint and taste will probably improve when I don’t have to use break room tap water.

Heyes

infusions were once used as much for the medicinal properties as much as their enlightentainment.

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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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