1844 Tasting Notes

Getting a little more sugar sweetness and scent from a short second steep, but we’ll probably have to start from scratch to test time and temp differences. I’m not a frequent multiple steeper, but to my bumbling taste buds, once green or oolong tea has “set,” the second steep doesn’t seem to change it a great deal.

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Oolongs get overlooked at my house a lot; chiefly because in my lopsided and ragged classification system, it rates as an afternoon tea and there aren’t a lot of spare tea-drinkin’ afternoons around here.

Couldn’t quite place what I was tasting until I read the tea description. Nutmeg and orange peel. Yep. Exactly. This appears to have multiple personalities based on the water temp—I went hotter and longer which resulted in the spicy vibe. Enough left in the little sample packet to try one slower and lower to see if I can hunt down the malt sugar.

As my mom’s condition declines more and more steeply, my dad is wisely starting to downsize and he’s asked my sister and me to begin sorting and saving what’s worthwhile from Mom’s sewing room, where she spent decades stitching quilts for friends and family and scores of little shirts and dresses that were packed in mission boxes for Honduran children who may have kids of their own by now. As I drink this tea, I’m pawing through a fruitcake tin of orphan buttons and a stack of paper needle packets from the 1950’s thinking how nice it would be to hear the whir of the sewing machine and the little metallic snip of her scissors.

Nicole

I feel for you having to go through this. Small comfort though it may be, hopefully tea can ease your thoughts.

ashmanra

Not long ago, I went through my mother’s button box just to organize it. It was always part of my life, but I think most people understand how a little something like that can bring back so many thoughts and feelings.

gmathis

A mason jar with her wooden spools is part of our living room decor. I’m thinking buttons would complement it nicely.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1844 tasting notes

Found some locally, relatively inexpensive. With life and all as it is, I justified it as “needing some comfort tea that I can just tuck in my purse and go with.”

Nice smooth “just tea.” Sometimes we all need that. Just a cuppa.

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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Don’t you hate it when you finally get a perfect cup of a sample tea that’s been elusive and hard to get right…and you discover you’re at the end of the sample?

The sweet spot was hit this morning…longer and stronger is better with this; the cocoa hints became cocoa statements at 5 minutes +. One more cup’s worth before the pouch is empty. Hope I do that one properly.

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Took one more vacation day to “rest” (read that: do half a dozen loads of laundry, change bedding, unpack, rake leaves, gather notes for next writing project due way too soon) and it’s time for a quick feet-up.

And so, in asking, “What would taste good with rake, broom, and leaf crispies?” I saw the orange tin out of this batch on my whatnot shelf and something made the mental connection that this would be tasty. It really isn’t bad for a cheapie gift set; nice orange-zest-peel flavor rather than eye-watering tartness.

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drank Golden Wheat Head by Red Leaf Tea
1844 tasting notes

Don’t see this one on the Red Leaf website currently, but I am pleased to have found a couple of cups’ worth in a tin that woozled itself all the way to the bottom of the basket.

Because its fluffy and doesn’t stay in the teaspoon well, I doubled up, kept water temp coolish and time medium-ish (about 2:20). Honey colored and sweet grain flavored. Lovely for a crispy leaf-blowy afternoon at—finally after a long weary week at writers conference—home. (My back yard sounds like Chex.)

Em

Woozled is a great word!

gmathis

Writer’s prerogative. ;)

Red Leaf Tea

I’m sorry but the supplier of this tea became to unreliable and we had to drop him and his tea along with him :-(

gmathis

Sorry to hear that. It was so pretty!

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Triply good because I am enjoying it at HOME out of my own mug instead out of hotel styrofoam.

Black tea buddies, this one is a good evening substitute. The scent is a little spicy and clovey.

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drank Green Tea Decaffeinated by Salada
1844 tasting notes

Not stellar, but not bad—a little of the sweet, cereally flavor associated with a better-grade green tea in this one.

K S

I recall saying this one was like a little oasis in a tea barren wasteland.

gmathis

One year, I got some Salada regular green for my m-i-l for a stocking stuffer and she went on and on about how good it is. At the time I snickered and just attributed to grocery-brand taste, but this was a real surprise.

K S

Oh I didn’t notice this was decaf. I’ve had the regular. M-i-l is correct. Now if I run upon the decaf one I’ll know to grab it as well.

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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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