1844 Tasting Notes

drank Holy Basil Spa Blend by Verdant Tea
1844 tasting notes

It may be because I’m enjoying this in my comfy chair with a bag of frozen peas tucked under my painful, twingey, raw-nervey lower back, but I can just feel neck, head, and shoulders un-knotting as I sip this herbal blend.

You don’t have to sell me on tulsi—it’s my tea tranquilizer of choice—-but the ginger and fennel pleasantly round off the lemon sharpness of the tulsi. Licorice is present, but not annoying.

Thanks again, Nicole; this was well timed!

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drank White Grape by ESP Emporium
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Dry, this smells lovely and sweet grapey; steeped, it holds up nicely as well. Even unsweetened, it has a sticky, lip-smacking sweetness and fruit punch short of flavor.

Thanks, Liquid Proust. After a weekend of heavy housework, which made me only moderately sore, yesterday, I bent down to adjust a sock and pinched a nerve so badly it’s been 36 hours of winching, ouching, and wallowing on a heating pad. Out here in the backyard, this was spring in a cup: a lovely something to get my mind off my miz’ries. (It would have been so much better if I had messed up my hip doing something daring—rock climbing…hauling my canoe off Elk River…playing soccer with my church kids…but a sock? Good grief.)

Liquid Proust

Glad you liked it. I also have the macabeo tea which taste similar to wine.

gmathis

Culinary Teas has(had? haven’t shopped there for a while) a very tasty and reasonably priced Canadian Ice Wine tea that’s also very grapey.

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Without sweetening, this is still a rich and creamy dessert tea, heavier flavor emphasis on the creamy than on the chocolate. That could change with the addition of sugar; I just don’t sweeten tea. Instead I splooshed in a little almond milk and it still made a pleasantly decadent breakfast for a slow Sunday morning.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Raspberry leaf for medicinal purposes tastes like the green leaf, not the red berry. As such, it’s not particularly tasty steeped on its own. Mint makes a nice complement, but sometimes it’s nice to have an herbal option with a little more punch. So I dumped in about a teaspoon of good ol’ Pappy’s sassafras concentrate. The chemistry is a little funny; makes the combo a little oily looking, but it’s quite tasty. Like spring in the Ozarks.

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Cheap, malty, takes long, unsupervised steeping well. Adequate.

sren

Long, unsupervised steeping :):):)

gmathis

(That’s code for I lost track of time because the sweater I originally put on didn’t match the shirt once I was under the bathroom lights and I had to go fish out another one, and then I had to check my desk for a piece of paper and the cat wanted to play and then I had left wet clothes in the washer and had to throw them in the dryer and…)

sren

This is why I like teas that resteep well, second chances :)

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Another goodie from ashmanra. The first adjective that came to mind after a 4-ish minute steep was pure. Crisp. Clean. No thickness on the tongue. It’s got enough strength to qualify as a waker-upper, but no muddiness or bitterness. (My sleepy eyes thank you!)

ashmanra

This one is good with maple syrup, too! Glad you liked it!

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This was in a happy box from ashmanra, a lovely antidote to a gray and grim, grizzly day. Bits of orange peel and other goodies with this spiced rooibos make it taste like the red tea version of good ol’ Constant Comment. Warming and sweet-smelling!

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Haven’t said much about this, but it’s made repeat appearances at the house now—it’s a respectable and decent black morning tea. Flavor strength is right in the middle, maybe pointing a scootch toward the dark/deep side instead of bright/brassy. Takes sloppy steeping OK. Those of you who’ve read more than three of my reviews know that’s a winner for me.

This morning, however, due to cloggy and lumpy spring sinuses, I’m getting banana vibes out of it. An unexpected tea adventure :) It’s me, not the leaves!

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Chose this for caffeine delivery rather than subtle flavor nuances. I love it that, though it’s double-strength caffeine, it still has a pretty gentle English Breakfast personality—doesn’t curdle your tongue with bitterness, even after a nice, long steep. Good with milk. Great when you have an 8:30 a.m. meeting and a 4:45 a.m. brain.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Temperate rain in the forecast caused us to pull out our potted mints that we had mulched and tucked on the edge of the carport to snooze out the winter. Removed the mulch to see what fared well…best out of the batch was the catnip. The cats found it immediately, and due to my incompetence with a camera phone, you all missed some of the funniest feline gyrations—they rubbed their muzzles in it, practically turning their heads 360 degrees to wallow in it to full effect; Tazo tried to climb in the pot…all to say, I got to steep me some of that when it matures this spring!

Inspired by their enthusiasm, I’m enjoying a sweet and fresh strong tisane with applemint from last summer’s backyard crop. Come on, warmth and sunshine!

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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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