1788 Tasting Notes

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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Made this a little longer and stronger than usual today in hopes of focusing addled brain (“Oh my ears and whiskers, so much to do!”) and getting a lovely rye melba toast taste from it.

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Fruity and cheerful up front; little muscle to back it up when you swallow. Still trying to pick a Single Origin Teas favorite and they are all so good I’m hard pressed to decide.

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drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
1788 tasting notes

A surprise packet that had weaseled its way to the bottom of the basket. This is a nice take on EG for those of us who are a little wary of it. The orange peel ensures that the bergamot tastes like citrus instead of cheap cologne.

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drank Xiao's Blend by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1788 tasting notes

Nice. Like Adagio’s Foxtrot minus the alto notes of the rooibos. Thanks to Spencer for my first Peet’s taste test.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1788 tasting notes

You’d want something sweet and fragrant, too, if you were awakened at 4:15 a.m. by a rogue stink that made you panic that the central heat unit was burning…and then you realized that the stink was skunk skinking around outside somewhere. Love rural-burban life!

Since I first met Marco, I’ve also been introduced to several taste-alikes that are equally fruity and a little less persnickety (this one requires a careful steeping eye). H & S Tower of London comes the closest according to my palate. Still, Marco Polo is the gold standard that I judge fruit teas by.

Rosehips

I’m glad nothing was burning. I also love Marco Polo, but it is a little picky.

cteresa

skunk, now that sounds like an interesting event (there are none this side of the atlantic, it almost sounds awesome)! And yes, you need a nice cup to recover.

Do you find Marco Polo complicated? I have been mostly lucky, but might be just luck. Wedding Imperial, OTOH I find very very finicky but been treating (So far so lucky!) Marco Polo with a lot of abuse and it has been pretty forgiving. But then again, it might be a matter of water, tea really reacts differently to different tap waters!

gmathis

Awesome is one word I would not choose to describe skunk scent :) Fortunately, Tazo did not mistake him for a black-and-white bunny rabbit, so he moved on before long.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1788 tasting notes

Prompted/challenged/inspired by recent lavender experimentation, I attempted a little kitchen chemistry this evening:

1 teaspoon Mariage Freres Bourbon Rouge (rooibos)
1/4 skimpy teaspoon lavender
1/2 teaspoon cacao nibs

Ooohhooooh! The lavender gives the rooibos a fruity tinge rather than flowery, and you just can’t ruin cocoa. Did I say oooohhhhhoooo?

K S

Ooooohhhh! Sounds good. Not sure I have any rooibos left but I will be checking.

ashmanra

Oooooohhhhhhooo!

gmathis

This was a vanilla rooibos blend, so there was one extra flavor playing with the senses, too.

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This has turned into the evening go-to tea when I need a little self-coddling. Long tiring day, writing deadlines dogpiled on top of it, hubby under the weather (Dr. Tazo is taking care of him while I’m still working), the wanna-gotta-do list that’s so long it’s strangling me… any little bit of sweetness helps.

Can y’all find this locally?

OMGsrsly

I haven’t seen it, but I’m curious. I’m almost out of my home-mix, and buying pre-bagged chamomile would be easier.

gmathis

Last year, Wal-Mart had it—not sure what your BC equivalent store would be—but this year, had to hunt it down at a health food/natural grocery place.

OMGsrsly

We have walmarts. :) I just don’t usually shop there! I’ll poke around and see what I can find.

K S

If I don’t find the Twinings Winter Spice soon I will have to grab this one. Pretty sure I have seen it.

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Strong and bitter if you aren’t careful—but just what one needs on a rainy November Tuesday to work up the gumption to take a step outside. (Not feeling very gumptious yet. Maybe I need another cup.)

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
1788 tasting notes

Took a sample to work to lighten a dreary Monday. Even in a sloppy work-water microwave environment, this is luscious. Fruit and caramel in very pleasing proportions, although I might not have guessed raspberry had I not read the description. I haven’t had a disappointment from Nina’s yet.

Rosehips

Ohh, I really like this one too. Nina’s has got some winners!

ashmanra

My favorite Nina’s so far…but maybe tied with Japon.

gmathis

I think my fave-fave Nina’s has been the Nina’s Paris.

ashmanra

Would you believe I haven’t tried that one yet? :)

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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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