1844 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
1844 tasting notes

Second experience with this one confirms that it stays on the light side of the Assam spectrum—but as weather attempts to mellow out some, I tend to gravitate that direction with morning teas anyway.

Been one of those weeks where I’ve had to gulp without tasting, so a slow-down cup this morning before long day of elder care errands is very welcome. Thanks again to scribbles!

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(This has been a good occasional sipper, but I keep forgetting I have it. Surely this does not happen to you.) How does one revive a tea that’s well past its third birthday? Well, accidentally steeping it for 20 minutes definitely ensures its potency… but with a little milk, it’s still got a bit of jig to it—the mint is still smooth and mild, like wedding butter mints.

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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
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Malty is the general go-to descriptor for Assam teas, but in my vernacular, toasty fits much better. Not burnt toast, mind you; lightly toasted. A “3” setting on my well-used and crumby Oster.

This Assam from Tao Tea Leaf is just that with a little sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Enough black tea kick to noodge me awake (I hate daylight savings time. Sorry, night people. I want my extra light in the morning!)

Thanks to scribbles for this morning’s cuppa.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I will now describe my " toasty" flavours with my toaster levels…mine goes up to 10, so that gives me a wide range of description, lol!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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So…have you tried the new Pepperidge Farms lemon/chocolate Milano cookies yet? You need to. They are the cookie equivalent of little chocolate dipped candy sticks I remember from childhood, and can occasionally find at Walgreens. (Reception candy sticks, I think.)

All that to say I decided to play with a tea equivalent. Half dried lemon verbena (some leftover leaves from our own K S) and half cocoa nibs. Long steep. A little sugar and we might have something here…

Sil

mmmmmm………..

CelebriTEA

Sounds yummy to me…
I love Pepperidge Farm cookies & lemon…yum!

Nicole

Oh… lemon and chocolate and Milano cookies… 3 very dangerous things. And reception sticks are one of my all time favorite candies – a Kansas City original, btw. :)

gmathis

I think I knew that…

K S

Oooh, I have both the verbena and the cocoa nibs. I never thought to try them together but I will now!

ashmanra

Ooo, I had lemon Oreos last week. I really must find these! I miss Opera Cremes…

K S

Tried this yesterday. Too much verbena. It always seems to overwhelm when I use it. I’ll cut back and try again.

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(Updated tea info with the description currently on Tao Tea Leaf’s website)

Scribbles is my tea hero this week, sending some treats I definitely couldn’t find in these parts and might not think to seek out. I am absolutely reveling in this one. The tea description says this contains the same leaves that grow up to be pu-erh. You totally get that.

But the first thing this cup made me think of this morning was this: melt butter in skillet. Stir in about a tablespoon of brown sugar. Grab a slice of dark wheat or rye bread and brown both sides until nearly burned. Lick the crust. That’s it.

Steeped plain ol’ western style, about 3 minutes, no milk or sugar. This is gooooood.

K S

Wow. Just wondering what my wife will say when she catches me licking toast? Your description reads like what was going through my head with Zhu Rhong but didn’t have the sense to type out.

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
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Tastebuds wanted sugar; bleary eyes and general disposition needed an adrenaline IV and a B12 shot straight to the brain. Compromised. Gently lemony-caramel with a reasonable amount of morning wake-up strength behind it.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Warm enough to walk outside. No parka, gloves, or earmuffs required. Mmmmmmm.

This was my treat when I got back: 2 parts straight honeybush, 1 part aging Adagio Caramel. Enough sweetness to “dessert” it up; hopefully, not enough caffeine to affect bedtime. I think we’ll do this one again.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Junkyard tea this morning. A little like a leather shoe with cocoa on the sole, but in a good way. Figure that one out :)

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This one is earning a place in my heart for “favorite flavored green comfort tea” (as opposed to “favorite unflavored green comfort tea” and “favorite comfort tea ever” and… Now that you think of it, I don’t believe I want a tea that I can’t consider a comfort tea.)

Sweet, not fussy for a green; lists heavily to the pineapple side. Oh, yeah, and it’s sweet.
Christina

I totally get the whole “comfort” thing. Does that mean that there aren’t any teas you save for special occasions, though?

gmathis

Good question. I suppose the special-occasion ones in my collection are those that take a little more attention to time and temperature. I’m a very lazy steeper :)

gmathis

P.S. Like the cat photo! Friend of yours?

Christina

Yup, that’s Gracie. I’ve had her since I was 13, and now she’s turning into a grand old (crochety) lady.

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Mercy, the size of the leaves when they unroll—big as spinach! Second steep is significantly more floral than the first—tastes a little like lilacs to me.

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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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