1799 Tasting Notes

This is an unflavored decaf that actually retains some of the sharpness of a good-quality Ceylon instead of tasting like used dishwater. I think my dream unflavored decaf will always be elusive and imaginary, but this is one of the best I’ve had.

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Last cup. Hope this is available next fall…enjoying this so much explains why I’m not a huge lover of straight-up chai. It just tastes like hot, wet spice. The addition of a little fruit to the mix makes it homey and sweet and dessert-like. Wonder what cherry chai would be like…

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Gray and gloom, colds and flu lurking—so to stave off all of them, I started this morning with my favorite no-fail fruit tea. (You can’t ruin this, no matter how bumbly you are.) Tossed in a basket with about 1/2 teaspoon of elderberries for the colds and flu part. Hope there’s sunshine in your world today.

ashmanra

Partly sunny but cold! And I just put two of my girls on a plane for Toronto!

gmathis

Oooh, you need comfort tea! (And comfort blankies, and comfort books, and comfort TV…..I’ve had cats, bath, and yarn on my mind all day.)

K S

stay well.

ashmanra

I got excited, being home ALL ALONE, which almost never happens, especially when I realized that in a year and a half, that will be most of my day! I love love love my family, my kids, but do understand that after 24 years of homeschooling, one appreciates some truly quiet time with nothing to do!

gmathis

Even with just the three of us, I can’t tell you the last time I was able to be in the house alone.

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drank Sweet 16 by Savoy Tea Company
1799 tasting notes

Sometimes you have to jam your hand down to the very bottom of the basket to see what’s there. This was.

Sweet 16 is a cheerful, sweet little concoction with a red kool-ade scent that might make you feel nostalgic for church multipurpose rooms and sandwich cookies on napkins. You get “generic fruit” more than you get papaya, but it’s good all the same.

I love sunflower (which is in this) and calendula (which isn’t) in teas—they just give it a happy taste. Definitely not strong enough for workday mornings, but it’s adding a little serendipity to a gray Sunday morning.

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Perfect balance of breadiness and a tiny bit of sweetness. It’s not clump-your-noggin-awake strength, so save it for slow mornings when you can enjoy it. Enjoying the flavor so much I haven’t tried it with dairy yet.

I’m not well-versed in Teavana options due to price and general inaccessibility, but the next time I wander by one, I will hold my breath, clamp my wallet tightly, and only open it long enough to get this again.

laurenpressley

I’m checking into Steepster for the first thing in forever, and it was like coming home to see your review in my feed. :) Looks like I’ll need to try this one at some point!

OMGsrsly

Some of their stuff isn’t bad, but so much of it is very strongly flavoured. I honestly haven’t tried many of their unflavoured options.

gmathis

laurenp…thanks! Hope all is well for you and family!

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Ever notice that when many of us are ranting and raving, few of us say, “Man, I gotta get me some good Darjeeling?” Not at my house, anyway, and I can’t figure out why. This poor, neglected packet is still half full of light and brisk, juicy, grape-rind goodness that was a much-needed sensory break from the morning builders’ tea rut.

I oversteeped this cup a little and it’s leaning a little toward bitter. My fault, not Margaret’s; and the error is providing just the wake-up kick I need.
Sil

hahaha

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
1799 tasting notes

This second-steeps very nicely; tossed in a pinch of St. John’s Wort, my current I-despise-January herbal defense, and you don’t even notice its there. Sweet creamy cinnamon apple dessert.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
1799 tasting notes

Apple Jacks. No further exposition needed.

Veronica

Lol. :)

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Do your non-tea friends automatically assume you love chai? Me, too. However, this was a pleasant surprise—little bag passed on from a friend in a Republic of Tea-ish cylindrical tin, but with both RoT and Harry & David labeling. Can’t find a good description on either website, although it shows up as a “Pick Two Teas” option at H&D.

All that to say, it’s your standard average mishmash of chai spice ingredients, with the addition of apple. And the apple makes it exceptionally good. Pie with lots of cinnamon. Homemade red cinnamon apples. Mmmmmm!

Indigobloom

Sounds interesting. usually the apple takes over too much for me

gmathis

My taste buds get a little put out when blenders get too crazy with the cardamom in chai variations…so the fruity diversion is welcome in my cup.

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. Though it can go terribly wrong- I tried a rhubarb chai today. Awful

gmathis

Blugggggh. :))

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Still amazed that a self-promoted high-octane, high-caf tea doesn’t taste like bitter swamp water. It’s fairly light in flavor, if not in content; good with milk. Using judiciously and in small amounts; I don’t want them to have to peel me off the ceiling today.

K S

Where do you find these things? I hardly ever see them when I head to town. In fact I have never even heard of this one. I nominate you for Grand Poobah of the Cheapster Steepsters!

gmathis

You may refer to me as Your Eminence :)
Hubby’s responsible for this one … either Wal-Mart or our new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market; I think the latter. The Neighborhood Market is like the grocery half of a super Wal-Mart with a larger, slightly upscale selection. (As we’re near Bentonville AR, our W-M facilities are pretty good.)

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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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