1789 Tasting Notes

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Has a very obvious Colgate smell to it, but tastes a lot less toothpastey going down. Heavy on the spearmint and wintergreen side, and if you do swish it around like mouthwash, you can catch the lemongrass flavor. So-so.

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drank Cold Season by Yogi Tea
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Sample provided by a co-worker. Tastes like somebody just indiscriminately dumped in the contents of a spice cabinet with a heavy licorice sticky-tongue feeling that overrides all of it. Will sip dutifully (for the health benefit) but rather reluctantly.

gmathis

OK, I couldn’t even sip dutifully. Pwagggh. I’ll just take an echinacea when I get home.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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Another plus for this one … you can let the cup go cold, reheat in the skanky work microwave, and it’s still good … doesn’t get stale or sharp or bitter.

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drank Oolong by Unknown
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We buy this in bulk…about 31 cents an ounce…at local health food store. Can’t beat it for the price! I’ll have to see if I can associate it with a brand. The leaves are big and loose and … well, leafy instead of tea-ey. It has a nice wet-earth sort of aroma and a hearty brown (as opposed to golden or black or chartreuse) flavor. Ices pretty well in the summer too.

laurenpressley

That sounds lovely! I wonder what brand it is… I have a few teas like this, too, where they’re good, but I’m not sure what company they come from.

gmathis

We literally scoop it out of a bin; I think I’ve seen some 20-pound feed-sack sized bags of the same on the shelf. (Can you imagine how long it would take to drink 20 pounds of tea?)

laurenpressley

That’s awesome! And I can’t even imagine with 20 pounds of tea looks like, let alone how long it would take to get through it! Fun stuff!

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drank New Vithanakande by Harney & Sons
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Got sidetracked and let this go too long … I saw the word “rusty” used to describe this one, which I think is the perfect term for the sharp little undertaste I get because I oversteeped. Still, it’s warm and I’m not. May break from my usual practice and add a little sweetener to the second cup to see if it un-bitters it.

gmathis

(Ha! Saved by a blop of caramel syrup.)

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drank Luzianne by Luzianne
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Grabbed a bag out of our break room bin in desperation; needed a hand warmer more than something sophisticated to drink; doesn’t make a bad hot tea, though it has a little bit of a papery aftertaste.

Cofftea

Papery? That’s a new one to me. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds like a good term for the steepster dictionary!

gmathis

Will take care of it.

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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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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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