1835 Tasting Notes

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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After half a week of scurry-and-scream (work) and half a week of scurry-fret-panic-no-sleep (parent care), today is a blessing: weather rotten enough to justify staying in and time enough to make a cuppa something to enjoy slowly.

The vendor description calls this oolong " light creamy taste with a hint of marine." I get that, definitely the creamy part; however, my first taste association was sweet white grape juice. It’s not drying in the mouth at all.

Because I failed to completly read the label, I pulled the leaves out well ahead of the 5-8 minute recommended steep time (that’s definitely maritime tea!) but even so, it has a velvety, buttery-rich, texture and is plenty flavorful. Looking forward to the second submersion, cap’n.

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All kinds of dire rain-sleet-snow warnings; we will likely be buried by some kind of nasty precipitation by tomorrow, so in theory, I need to select my last decent cuppa before the power starts dipping. However, time o’the evening dictates decaf, so this’ll be it. It is a decent unflavored decaf that you can coax some stoutness out of with a longer steep. A little milk/sugar can also convince you you’re drinking the real thing. My two ounce package is disappearing at a rapid rate.

Atacdad

Would you order it again?

gmathis

I think so. Reasonably priced and one of the better unflavored decafs I’ve found. I’m still looking for one that tastes like boot-your-rear-out-the-door Assam, but I don’t think it exists.

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The best tea ever is the first cup you drink when you are safely tucked in your house when you’ve been riding the tired, chilled, and stressed roller coaster. Even if it’s bagged Lipton. In this case, it was a little tinned, bagged, mango green that isn’t very mango-y, but is chasing away the shivers. (If someone gives you this tinned variety, don’t throw it out; use it in a pinch, and enjoy the really cute tins.)

TheTeaFairy

I so agree!!! The comfort it provides is sometimes better than the tea itself :-)

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This is a decent, lightweight IB. This is not the tea to drink at 6 a.m. when it’s the only cup you’re going to get all day because your workday is screamingly nonstop from the moment you walk in and then when you get off you have to run screaming in another direction to take an elderly father to the E.R.

Thank you for indulging me in a bit of self-pity :) Surely there is hot water around here somewhere. I have a bag of Twinings on me….

scribbles

Oh no! I’ve had days like that…I hope your father is ok.

__Morgana__

Yikes. Hope your dad is ok.

Nicole

I hope things are better for everyone now.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I hope everything ends up ok.

gmathis

Thanks!

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Husband, Master of Spatial Relationships, noted that the round tags that came with the samples fit precisely inside the rim of a standard Mason canning jar. We tried it.

The tea itself is a surprise. Tightly rolled leaves, like an oolong, that huge-n up remarkably when you steep. Taste is sweet up front, dark in the back, but a little fruity and oolong-y in the middle. A whole flavor parade.

Resisting the urge to float my cork boat in it. Gotta get to work. Creativity on a deadline.

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Samples arrived this week and I am saving them for this weekend when I can take some time to enjoy. However, I have to say something about the wonderful packaging. I put together the little cork boat before I even looked at the packets. And with the cheerful nautical-themed tags and packets, this gets my vote for “most funnest sample packages ever.”

Avast and ahoy—-we’ll dive into ’em tomorrow.

__Morgana__

Now I want to start a tea company called “Talk Like a Pirate Tea Company.” Hehehe.

gmathis

With flavors like Bilgewater and Scourge of the Atlantic?

__Morgana__

Awesome! Or perhaps Aiiiiii and Pieces of Eight. LOL

Nicole

Earl Grey with Yarrrghamot.

Anna

Please don’t stop.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll buy that!

OMGsrsly

Dangers from the Deep? Black Pearl?

gmathis

Oh! Oh! Long John Silver Needle!

__Morgana__

Long Jing Silver!

gmathis

Dragon Aye-Aye!

Nicole

You could sell tea tins shaped like treasure chests. Only problem is that the Jolly Roger on food might make people think it is poison. :)

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1835 tasting notes

This little cheapie, dark and rich with just a little mineral, is further proof that prowling through the bins at your local indie vendor can pay off. Newbies on a budget—do some local exploring: it’s a great way to expand your tea wardrobe without deflating your wallet as much as you would with name brand mail orders.

(Not that we don’t love those name brands as well ;)

ashmanra

Sometimes I just have a hankering to try something I have never tried before. The budget beauties are a great way to satisfy the urge!

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Looks a little like salad dry in the pouch…definitely a woodsy flavor to it (drnking it with a chocolate chip cookie remedied any valerian mulchiness). So far I haven’t met a tisane that will put me out completely on its own—will have to report later on any possible zzzzz effect.

ashmanra, I put Tazo outside so I didn’t have any help steeping it :)

Anna

The word ‘pouch’ always makes me think of kangaroos, so it’s always very weird when I see it in other contexts. I just wanted to get that off my chest.

gmathis

Language is a funny thing. Packet, then :)

Anna

Haha, nooo, ‘pouch’ is fully legitimate in this context, and I LIKE thinking about kangaroos. Keep pouchin’!

ashmanra

Well, did you sleep? :)

gmathis

Ended up supplementing with a Tylenol PM due to a headache, so that sort of messed up the integrity of the experiment…

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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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