1800 Tasting Notes

Wow: left the house to run errands and the pot went stone cold—amber to ebony. Warmed it up, added half and half and a little brown sugar and we’ve got sweet maple—not maple syrup, but deep maple wood. This is really fascinating stuff.

TheTeaFairy

Wow, it sounds more amazing by the minute!!

gmathis

Not my normal pick—I tend to prefer heavier Assams and teas that wear work boots; this was a sample from Single Origin and it was a pleasant surprise.

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Big ol’ long leaves just like the picture; I am going to have to think about this one a lot. Steeps to a rich, deep red orange and has the essence of citrus and sweet spice. But not perky cinnamon-orangey. Deep, dark spice. Nutmeg, maybe.

For sure, it’ll change any preconceived notions you have about Ceylon teas!

Sil

Hmmmm you’ve intrigued me :)

gmathis

Thanks! As well-steeped as you are, I take that as a compliment of the highest order.

yyz

Interesting. I have a Ceylon that believe it or not I brew gongfu style. It’s syrupy and fruity. This one sounds lovely.

Nicole

I am not a Ceylon person, but I recall liking this one.

ashmanra

I dislike high altitude Ceylons but love low altitude ones. This sounds like my cup o’ tea!

Sil

haha i haven’t tried a lot of teas… still so many to explore! but i’ve sort of stayed away from most ceylons (straight) so i’m intrigued enough to add to the list to try later!

gmathis

I think Ceylons get a bad rap because the description shows up on so many cheap B-grade teabags.

Sil

probably :(

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Caramel sweetness, fresh-brushed horses, barnyard aroma (that’s a good thing for you city slickers)…yep, exactly as advertised, though the barny stuff isn’t very prominent until it cools some. I’d add “weathered leather” as well. Say that five times fast!

Another thumbs up for Single Origin!

K S

Horses (excuse me… fresh-brushed), barnyard, weathered leather – Wow, rarely see those descriptions with a black tea. Awesome!

gmathis

It’s all subtle; not like getting whapped across the face with a feed bag. Someday when you have time for a long yarn I will have to tell you how kindergarten standardized testing ruined my life because I thought a picture of a pillow was a picture of a feed sack.

ashmanra

LOL! I feel your pain, gmathis. My kids were so upset with GeoSafari because it asked what room each thing would be found in. Our fireplace is in the kitchen. That was not the correct answer. I don’t know if they have gotten over that yet. Standardized testing is a travesty, because life isn’t standardized. I now award you belated feed sack points. With interest.

Nicole

Somehow I missed trying this one. I need to place an order with them anyway…

gmathis

The question was: Sally cried when she dropped this. There was a picture of an ice cream cone, and a picture of said pillow/feed sack. Now, I don’t know about you, but ice cream can be replaced. If I dropped a 50 pound sack of grain on my foot, I would cry!

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1800 tasting notes

Another evening homebrew experiment—honeybush with a couple skinny teaspoons of Pappy’s Sassafras concentrate. Works. Could’ve strengthened the sassy part some.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1800 tasting notes

One of you fine folks was talking up a lemon-pepper tea the other evening, so I decided to whip up a homebrew. A spoonful of some 52 Teas Lemon Drop Cooler (rooibos) with a smattering of szechuan peppercorns cheerfully smashed with a hammer after a trying and tedious workday. Results were positive; the pepper didn’t heat up the tea, but did add a little perk and zing to the smooth rooibos. Bet you could do this, too, with your favorite Cheapster Steepster lemon tea.

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I have been parsimonious long enough. I hoarded some Christmas funds and waited (f-o-r-e-v-e-r; I have needed some new tea for so long!) to place an order timed to arrive at the most seasonally depressing time of my year.

And yay! It’s here! New packets to paw through! First up was this really nice, mild Assam. Sweet and creamy, not a nip of bitterness. Not fruity, exactly; but some of you use raisiny to describe black teas and that might apply here.

I’d think about it some more, but…well, it’s gone. Turned out to be a guzzling tea instead of a sipping one.

Let me commend Single Origin Teas to you—very reasonably priced teas and speedy shipping—-worth a look, especially for black tea Steepsters.

Sil

nice! thanks for sharing. I’m hoping to try them eventually..when my cupboard stops multiplying when i’m not looking…

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This is fine stuff. Cocoa plus oolong, which grows oolonger as the cup cools.

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Boston Tea continues to impress with its reliable and adequate line of bagged teas. Quick, unpretentious, easy steepers, all of them. This EB is bright and crisp and brassy; not much going on in the bass line, but that makes stopping for milk unnecessary. A good morning grab-n-go.

Half a tumbler left. I shall revel in its adaquacity. (Thank you, News Radio, for one of my favorite unwords ever.)

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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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