1865 Tasting Notes

drank Malted Genmaicha by 52teas
1865 tasting notes

A limerick tea:

Oh, my! What an interesting green.
Unlike many others I’ve seen.
You can’t taste much rice,
But ooh, it’s still nice!
Sweet and malty—-it’s fit for a queen.

(More succinctly—like drinking the inside of a Whoppers malted milk ball. Yum!!!!)

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

love the note!


This note is so cute!

Meghann M

great tasting note for a limerick tea :)


Wow, still trying to get my head round this one.

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drank Cardamom Tea by Culinary Teas
1865 tasting notes

This smelled so strong in the pouch, I was afraid I was going to have to push the slider clear down to Mr. Yuk. Don’t have to go that far, but I’m not gettin’ much o’nothin’ … Maybe a little piney or cedary hint in the background, which would be more appropriate if I were in the porch swing of an Ozarks cabin on this soggy day, instead of stuck at a desk. Bottom line—diluted Mr. Clean.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Keemun Hao Ya A by Vicony Teas
1865 tasting notes

A longer review of this is now up at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. This is a nice, tangy Keemun for no-frills, no-flavors, non-adulterated black tea lovers.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I tried the Hao Ya B the other day, and I thought it was…. very odd. I didn’t know you were out there too! Cool. :)


Do you think I have the terminology correct … that Hao Ya isn’t a “flavor” per se, but it’s the grade of tea? That’s the best info I could find.

Its All About The Leaf

Your review will most certainly be up on the website next week GG – Monday is the plan :)

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Aesthetically speaking, it’s lovely in the little sheer bag. Flavorfully speaking, it’s OK, but nothing to write poetry about. Maybe Will Scarlet on a scale of zero to Robin Hood. Just one sample bag available, but I’m thinking it might be better iced.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Haha – love that rating scale!

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I like the nice little acidic bite—almost lemony.

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drank Thai Tea Blend by Teavana
1865 tasting notes

This is WONDERFUL (thanks Lori!)—-you can taste each individual flavor distinctly…got the almonds, got the vanilla, got, the rooibos, got the other goodies. Very, very sweet, without needing additional sugar. Spending a lazy Mother’s Day sipping, rocking and listening to Pushing Daisies soundtrack (gift from teenage son) and getting the leaky toilet fixed (gift from husband).

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I used more like a teaspoon and a half to a 12-oz mug, which means this smells heavenly, but after I actually paid attention to the directions, discovered that’s a little too strong. Which may be why I’m getting quite a bit of pear bite and not much truffleness in the flavor. But did I say this smells heavenly? I keep sticking my cold morning nose in the cup like a caramel pear truffle pig.

(Addendum): Adjustments made … less leaf, little less steep time … yum!!!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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The first of my “limerick” teas :o) Quite a mystery, in that the Franklin Tea site doesn’t give me much to go on … but I could have sworn I was tasting some citrus. Orange? Mango? Very light, very enigmatic, very nice.


I think you should write a limerick about each tea… ;)


That’s be a stretch, especially if I have to rhyme “orange,” but I’m never one to run from a literary challenge:

The Franklin Tea Company sells
Green tea that’s as good at it smells.
It’s possible I missed it,
But it think it’s got citrus,
But nothing on their website tells.


You, m’dear, rock! :)


woah, Shakespeare notes and limerick notes! head explodes

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drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
1865 tasting notes

I like Teas Etc. rating system - zero to coffee. This one is a little more than halfway up their scale. Nice, dark and strong, but I made my first test cup at work - minus anything but tap water, in probably not the most clean/pristine mug in the world, minus my favorite “One Perfect Cup” measuring spoon, and in the microwave - so I don’t have anything very exact to say about it. Taking the rest of the sample home to a friendlier environment. I think I’ll like it.

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
1865 tasting notes

Another tuck-in from Doulton…thank you for widening my horizons :o)

Green tea + lemongrass is a winner combo for me, but the mate (which I also like, separately) makes this one come out with a Pine-Sol whang. Of course, if it’s doing to my insides what Pine-Sol does to my nasty kitchen floor, the health benefits may outweigh the industrial flavor.

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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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