1768 Tasting Notes

drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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Seen any on your shelves yet? Not here either, but some bags left over from last season. Perfect after a nippy walk to our little handkerchief-sized park and back, enjoying the fall decorations. (One of my favorites is the giant eyeball-on-a-stick somebody mounted in their potted plant. Just like Seymour :)

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drank Black and Blue by Remedy Teas
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Another unmarked baggie, but we’ll presume it was this one; same work friend has shared some other Remedy Teas with me.

A tea fail morning. Couldn’t get the eyes open, family talking to and over me while getting ready, so I let this go so long that not even a sploosh of half-and-half could counteract the bitterness. User error, not tea quality.

There is some good berry potential in here; it’ll just have to wait for a morning when better attention can be paid.

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drank White Chai by Unknown
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This was delivered to me in a baggie from a work friend, so I’m not sure about brand. I’ll check and correct if I discover the source. (Do y’all get teased by coworkers about trafficking in contraband?)

Leaves are big as the elm leaves starting to sprinkle around on the lawn. Let it go about 3:30; the finished product is deep golden blonde. The scent of cloves and cardamom is medium; the taste of them is mild. Light and pleasant without sweetener, but a little honey or brown sugar would turn it into sugar cookies.

Nicole

I do. Everyone who stops by my desk gives me raised eyebrows and knowing looks when I have swap baggies out… :)

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drank Blood Orange by The Republic of Tea
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Work friend gave me a bag to try, which I took politely and expected it to be so tart it made my eyes water. Not so. It is juiciliciously fruity; nicely robustly orangey without causing pain. Here’s to pleasant surprises.

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Squoze out a reasonable second steep from yesterday’s leaves. The sharpest citrusy edges aren’t there, but still fruity and extremely drinkable. This Mao Jian (Tazo pronounces it Meow Jian) has rejuvenated my interest in green tea.

ashmanra

Local Target – sold out of Pumpkin Pie PopTarts. Food Lion doesn’t carry them. Garner Target – SCORE! They had tons! Sent a box secretly on the plane to London for Anna’s birthday and left two in her cupboard for when she gets back.

K S

Pumpkin PopTarts? How did I miss this? Must find.

gmathis

Yes, you must. Nirvana in a rectangular pastry crust. I showed great restraint and picked up only one box. We made a special Target run this afternoon. Also happened to run into a grocery-shopping friend who handed me a $1 off coupon for Celestial Seasonings and said, “Hey, would you use this?” Fresh box of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride rode home with the Pop Tarts. Can you stand the excitement?

K S

Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled up and placed in one shopping bag! I checked our Walmart for the Sleigh Ride and Candy Cane Lane, not yet. I don’t know if they will even get them in. I will have to check in the college town up the road where I found a left over box this summer… and look for Nirvana as well :)

ashmanra

I have been looking everywhere I go for the Bigelow teas you mentioned, but none of our stores seem to have the Christmas teas out yet.

mpierce87

Around my area, I never see the Christmas teas in store until right before or right after Thanksgiving. I’m ready for some Bigelow Eggnog and CS Sugar Cookie. Oh and Candy Cane Lane! Must buy all the holiday teas – I need an intervention!

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You need to try this. That’s all there is to it.

As I was picking a couple of samples, the Single Origin proprietor recommended this due to my obvious preference for heavy and malty teas.
An excellent call. This steeps to a rich ruby-mahogany tint, and shows off best in the baritone range. I’m picking up red grapes, maple, good rye bread; things that make you hold your tongue like that. Thick, satiny texture.

The vendor description says it takes milk well, but some teas are just too tasty to alter. Thanks to Single Origin Teas—this is superb.

Sil

On my shopping list now!

Nicole

Oo. Missed this one. Gonna have to get some.

Tea Sipper

I don’t usually associate Ceylon with heavy and malty!

gmathis

Me, either. That’s why this was a surprise. Not as stout as an Assam or breakfast blend, but lots of taste in the lower registers. (Terriharplady does a wonderfully accurate job of describing tea via the musical spectrum—it’s catching ;)

mpierce87

Must try this one – I usually don’t prefer Ceylons due to the lack of malt.

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Peer pressure coupled with a tasty lunch of lemon chicken at the local Asian quickie place prompted this cup. This is just a plain ol’ pleasant, drinkable, slightly fruity green tea that is worth seeking out.

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drank Almond Cookie by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Way overdue trying and reviewing this one, but it called out from the stash while the Pepperidge Farm cherry cinnamon rolls were baking.

The cookie scent is spot on. It’s very almondy without being bitter or cloyingly sweet. First cup straight up, but seconds are going to get a little milk. Kudos to keenteathyme, the Creator o’the Cuppa.

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drank Calm by Tazo
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Still isn’t my favorite chamomile-based herbal blend, but its warm and gentle on a raw evening…even a little better when you leave a cinnamon stick in the cup. Tones down the insistent licorice.

For a while, Tazo was reading his name on the tea bag tag in the cup and nuzzling at it. He’s lost interest now and is napping in my lap like a lump of pumpernickel. Like I mind.

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Brrr! First cold snap. We tried to tough it out and forego turning the heat on last night; hubby woke up with a cold looking at he’d been hit by a truck, and my joints were screamingly painful. So WARM trumped any other tea quality this morning.

This is a decent morning cup that takes absentminded steeping well. Smooth, not sharp.

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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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