1693 Tasting Notes

We had just intended to go window shopping…wrong side of payday to do much more than that. But desperate times call for desperate measures, especially when your local shop is discontinuing your favorite bagged strawberry tea ever.

The upside, however, was that the 50-bag boxes were marked down to 99 cents. Two cents a cup. Take that, Cheapster Steepsters :) Dug around in the dregs of my purse for coins and small change and bought the last three boxes.

Worth it, even if I’m running on penny fumes. (Poverty builds character, right?)

Sil

haha awesome

Indigobloom

Nice!! penny for your thoughts? ;)

K S

The Cheapster Steepster bleachers are standing up and cheering – Woot!

gmathis

Ironically, this month’s sermon series at church: prudent money management. Today’s topic: being content with what you have :)
(Well, I guess I am. It is the last three boxes in town.)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1693 tasting notes

Second steep is still lightly caramel and absolutely drinkable in scent and flavor, but I kept thinking about the BAM! of the first cup the whole time.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1693 tasting notes

Fresh Brach’s Pick-A-Mix caramels. How did they pack all that burnt sugar sweetness into an unflavored black tea? Oh, wow! This is phenomenally good, terriharplady. Thank you for sharing a bit.

Sil

Another convert ;)

gmathis

How many decent steeps can you get out of one bunch of leaves?

Sil

western brew i’ve gotten up to 4? i think, though i vastly prefer the first steep haha. I can’t recall gonfu as western brewing is my favourite with this one.

gmathis

At the moment, good ol’ middle western style is all I can manage…neither the time nor equipment for proper gongfu.

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Trying to find an accurate descriptor for the week that doesn’t make me sound like the Queen of Hyperbole. It’s just been rough, personally, physically, and professionally: like your soul’s been dragged across a cheese grater. (No, that’s not adjectivally excessive at all.)

So there was nothing more appropriate to start bandaging the bruises at quittin’ time than a long, strong (8 minutes) steep of tulsi made gentler with a generous wad of homegrown lemon verbena (courtesy of k s). Coupled with a lap cat that makes paw circles in the air when you scratch in the magic spot, the acid adrenalin is starting to subside a little.

Rosehips

I’m sorry that your week has been so hyperbole inducing. I hope this weekend, and regular infusions of tea, will help.

gmathis

Thank you for the kind thoughts! (No exaggerations there.)

JacquelineM

Oh GG, I understand. I felt like someone physically beat me after last week! This week I felt I was only smacked around a little. Much love and sympathy :)

K S

Tazo and me are glad we could help begin the cleansing and hopeful de-shredding.

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drank Warwick Assam by Ahmad Tea
1693 tasting notes

A little sad to see hints of the bottom of the tin. This is a great pantry tea for black tea lovers—smooth, no bitterness requiring milk or sugar, easy steeper. Two minutes, ten; no matter.

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This is better with a longer steep. Easily more than five minutes this morning (was trudging more slowly than usual), and it is much deeper, juicier, with a hint of slightly overdone caramel toast at the back. It grows on ya.

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I’m missing a tasting note on this one. The one where I thanked a kind mystery donor for surprising me with a packet of this lovely stuff.

I was thankful for said donor again this morning when I just stuck my nose in the pouch and smelled it. So cocoa-y and burlap sacky.

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After a luscious, quiet, obligation-free weekend, I knew it was going to be a tough out-the-door this morning. So I deliberately laid out a “something different” that would dull the yuckies a little.

Wow, is this a something different! Lighter in color than you’d expect in an assam, a sweet mowed grain scent, and a flavor that I would’ve sworn was toasted marshmallow (I’m not that far off; I’m seeing “sweet potato” in some other reviews). As far as strength and kick, I think it’s more of a mid-late-morning-ish-elevensies potency, but that is not a commentary on its sweet excellence.

Thanks, terriharplady, for giving my sluggish brain and attitude a pleasant jumpstart this morning.

Auggy

That does sound delightfully different!

gmathis

Made my brain do a double-take. Was all primed for traditional Assam deep darkness, and whoa! Surprise!

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drank Focus by Tazo
1693 tasting notes

Monday holiday breakfast at Denny’s. Took this one because it steeps pretty well in questionable water temps. Good chocolate-orange and I think it does have a decent perk-up kick.

(And man, do I need to focus! Ever try to write directions for teaching kids a barn dance two-step when you could demonstrate it in three seconds?)

OMGsrsly

I’ve done that for medieval and renaissance dance. There are little pictures you can draw, but they’re even more confusing if you don’t know how they work!

gmathis

Yup! I settled for Step forward/feet together, step left/feet together, step back/feet together, step right/feet together. (Everybody swing your partner :)

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Getting braver and braver with this one…let it go a full three minutes. Now we’re talking. Tangy and a little sweet.

ashmanra

I really love this one! It is GREAT with Asian take out!

gmathis

It’s a good second-steeper, too.

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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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