1707 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Wheat Head by Red Leaf Tea
1707 tasting notes

Don’t see this one on the Red Leaf website currently, but I am pleased to have found a couple of cups’ worth in a tin that woozled itself all the way to the bottom of the basket.

Because its fluffy and doesn’t stay in the teaspoon well, I doubled up, kept water temp coolish and time medium-ish (about 2:20). Honey colored and sweet grain flavored. Lovely for a crispy leaf-blowy afternoon at—finally after a long weary week at writers conference—home. (My back yard sounds like Chex.)

Em

Woozled is a great word!

gmathis

Writer’s prerogative. ;)

Red Leaf Tea

I’m sorry but the supplier of this tea became to unreliable and we had to drop him and his tea along with him :-(

gmathis

Sorry to hear that. It was so pretty!

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Triply good because I am enjoying it at HOME out of my own mug instead out of hotel styrofoam.

Black tea buddies, this one is a good evening substitute. The scent is a little spicy and clovey.

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drank Green Tea Decaffeinated by Salada
1707 tasting notes

Not stellar, but not bad—a little of the sweet, cereally flavor associated with a better-grade green tea in this one.

K S

I recall saying this one was like a little oasis in a tea barren wasteland.

gmathis

One year, I got some Salada regular green for my m-i-l for a stocking stuffer and she went on and on about how good it is. At the time I snickered and just attributed to grocery-brand taste, but this was a real surprise.

K S

Oh I didn’t notice this was decaf. I’ve had the regular. M-i-l is correct. Now if I run upon the decaf one I’ll know to grab it as well.

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1707 tasting notes

Thought this sample bag from Spencer might be strong enough to overcome the unfamiliar water issue—and it does. The little bit of coffee residue from a shared Kuerig even blends in pretty nicely. Looking forward to a pure, unadulterated, familiar cuppa of anything very soon.

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Another “alien mystery bag” that supplied a pleasant surprise. Usually I avoid Yogi because of the ridiculously cloying licorice that shows up in most of their blends. No licorice in this one—and it does have a nice, light, fruit-juicy quality. Like Juicy Fruit fruit-juicy.

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Working outside my normal environs this week, but it allows me to pick through other people’s tea stashes, intrepid explorer that I am. Considering that this one was clumsily made in a Kuerig that still had some coffee backwash in it, it’s pretty pleasant. Never had ginkgo before so I’m not sure what my tastebuds should be hunting for, but the green/citrus combination does cancel out potential green tea bitterness.

May swap another bag with something of my own so I can try it in more…sanitary? fortuitous? circumstances.

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drank Awake by Tazo
1707 tasting notes

Wonder if the formulation of this has changed…it’s been a while since I’ve had it. (But then, we’re talking out-of-town water and styrofoam cups.) Strong and adequate.

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Ever notice how insomnia kicks in, not prior to a day when you don’t really need to be at peak performance, but immediately preceding a day that will be physically and/or mentally exhausting on general principles.

Yeah, well, after losing a wrestling match with the blankets last night and early morning, I gave up at 3:57 a.m. and realized my heart was going like I had been engaged in a WWF grudge match. So this was my morning tea instead of something caffeinated. It didn’t do a thing for mental clarity, but it did ratchet down the boogity-boogity adrenaline and palpitations.

If you have nothing else in your medicine cabinet this winter, get some of this and some peppermint and you’ll be well armed against 90% of what ails ya.

Spencer

Well-chosen! Pity about the insomnia, though.

gmathis

I think this one is like chamomile…there are a zillion different bagged varieties and tulsi blends, but for economy and effectiveness, you just can’t beat the straight-up stuff bought in bulk.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1707 tasting notes

It may be flavor inflation because it’s my put-your-feet-up tea after an extremely long travel day, but this is delicious. I need to get me a box for general pantry purposes. I need more tea. Yeah.

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Neither weather nor schedule (writing conference; intense planning followed by marathon knocking out of curriculum content) next week are conducive to much time outdoors, so I’m trying to tank up on fresh air—a teeny bit of leaf sweeping followed by a long session in the glider sopping up the gold and orange tree color that’s so strong you can taste it.

This is what I chose to enjoy while tanking up my personal solar battery. Smooth and gentle green tea, a little cereal sweetness to it. Ignore the package instructions (1 minute)—it takes two well, and it resteeps well. Perfect for an afternoon so quiet you can hear the leaves rustle.

Nicole

It has been an absolutely gorgeous autumn! Now, though, after our wind this week, a lot of leaves are gone. :( But it was a lovely day today!

gmathis

Down here, leaves were slow to turn, then gorgeous for about three hours, then gone! (I exaggerate a little—there are still some red maples hanging in there.)

Tea Sipper

I’m seriously lacking sun lately. Your day sounded so nice though!

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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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