1706 Tasting Notes

Still loving this one, though the bottom of the packet is getting dangerously conspicuous.(Don’t you hate it when that happens?) Fruity and impossible to ruin, strong enough to wake you without builders’ tea flavor strength.

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drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
1706 tasting notes

My son was given a Teavana e-gift certificate for a birthday present, and as he still calls my favorite beverage “water with aftertaste,” he served as the factotum for a nice little order. (And no doubt, will milk his kindness for all kinds of debt repayment down the road. He loves his mom :)

Chose this one because it sounded tasty and it was 75% off. One does not pass up a discount like that, does one? Especially as proud as Teavana is of their tea.

Anyway, the box came today (some of us would call that a God-hug; He knew what kind of lousy day I was going to have!) and I had to tear into it. This is, in fact, pretty tasty! Lots of cinnamon, lots of pineapple, the nutty part just brushes the top of your palate. But for a Cheapster summery option, it’s a good ’un!

yyz

Glad you had something come in to brighten up your day! Have a better day tomorrow!

Spencer

Time to break out the Red Rose.

gmathis

Spencer, I am loving my little unassuming RR bags! Finally found them locally, both caf and decaf. The decaf is a great base for all the minty things I’ve been growing on the back porch.

Spencer

I had no idea that they had a decaf version! Sounds wonderful.
Where did you find them, locally?

gmathis

Wal-Mart, of all places; also at a Food 4 Less, which is a regional chain that probably doesn’t go far enough west for you. Last box even had a little china sailing ship in it!

Spencer

Food4Less is here, too! I will have to take a look.

gmathis

Interesting! We’re weird. One of our favorite things to do on vacation is go look at “foreign” grocery stores.

K S

Just look? That is weird ;)

gmathis

On our usual vacation budget, we’re lucky to have gas money to make it farther than Granby, much less shop! (Next bump in the road over.)

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I think this one is better cold than hot. Like an unsweet Sonic cherry slush.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1706 tasting notes

Down to the last few cups’ worth in the tin, but today, I thought its fruity goodness and exploratory personality was fitting, as I have just received an interesting bit of genealogical news from my sister, who’s seriously into all that ancestry stuff—I am possibly the eleventh great granddaughter of Christopher Newport, a founder of the Jamestown colony and (drum roll)…a pirate! (See http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Newport_Christopher_1561-after_August_15_1617 if you’re into that history stuff.)

Sister insists that the connection is not perfectly verified at this time, to which I replied, “Aw, who’ll know? Let’s take it and sail with it, matey!”

OMGsrsly

Rrr, me matey. :)

TheTeaFairy

How exciting!!!

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1706 tasting notes

Tonight’s blend: pineapple mint and basil. Works well, but it’s very mild…loooooooong steep time and keep those leaves in.

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmmm…..

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drank Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey by Justea
1706 tasting notes

My eyes weren’t focusing too well this morning when I grabbed this packet not noticing the clearly written Earl Grey on it…so the strong whoof of bergamot caught me off guard. Lemon Pledge furniture polish strong. So I was a little suspicious from the get-go. Fortunately, it doesn’t steep as perfumey as it smells, though it was definitely floral bergamot rather than lemony bergamot. You EG folks will enjoy this.

Veronica

I like the sound of this one! On to my shopping list it goes.

K S

Loved this one. Lemon Pledge Bahhh! Glorious bergamot!

gmathis

I keep trying to like EG. Really. I feel so disloyal when I don’t.

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drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
1706 tasting notes

Because of the cherry/berries, I’ve been wanting to try this chilled. Because of the green tea, I’ve been hesitant to cold steep or prepare this as sun tea. Hit sort of a happy medium; gave it a 20 minute start in the sunshine, then removed the bags and chilled it. Little rock sugar (just a teaspoon to a quart) to chase off the bitterness and it’s mighty nice after a bona fide hot day of mowing and puttering.

The mowing, inadvertently and unfortunately, displaced a couple of adorable baby bunnies the size of Twinkies who have spent a good bit of the day quivering in the flower bed. Can’t seem to convince them that the abode of El Puma, the serial rodent killer, is not a prudent place for them to take shelter. Anybody want to volunteer for the Rabbit Relocation and Protection Program? I could ship them to you in a shoebox…

TheTeaFairy

Aww, poor little things…

mj

Oh no :-(. Poor bunnies. You could send them here! Bunnies. Are. EVERYWHERE

K S

El Puma? Tazo has company?

gmathis

No, that’s his nighttime street cat alias.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1706 tasting notes

Of all the plants in our back porch mint-speriment, the chocolate mint has flourished the most. It’s put out more tentacles than a kraken, so we’re trying a (Little Shop of )Horror-ticultural mutation: Set a pot next to it, anchored a couple of tentacles under an inch or so of soil, and are waiting for it to take root before cutting it loose and separating the pots. We’ll see…

Also, of the varieties of mint we’ve cultivated, this one makes the best stand-alone tisane—the chocolate flavor is truly and noticeably present, and though it’s mild, it does taste like mint tea instead of minty water. Come on over and I’ll cut you some sprigs.

TheTeaFairy

Please do!!!!

gmathis

Need to refine my drying technique so it’ll be mailable. I’d like it to be finer and crumblier than my first few attempts.

OMGsrsly

Oh geez, the images! :D

ashmanra

Should work! That is how my azaleas and Fairy Roses get propagated! (Can we say that here? LOL!)

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Well…‘tis the season; little warm for a hot cuppa anything, so there’s been a quart of this chilling in the fridge since Sunday (bags removed). Letting it set actually wasn’t a bad call; it’s the rich, thick peachy taste of a jar of preserves now.

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drank Green Tea by Unknown
1706 tasting notes

This one remains a mystery and I have been too lazy to take and post a picture. It is in a lovely white tin with blue roses and a medallion that looks like a Blue Willow china plate.
The only English on the tin and the inner pouch is a very awkwardly spelled description (lovely “flayour” and “tenderraw” leaves) that provides no further description of its provenance. The lid of the tin was sealed with a very prominent green “2014” sticker and it came to me via a friend’s hubby who was in China very early this year.

Anyway, it steeps to the color of champagne/honeysuckle and is heavy, satiny, and tastes like sweet hay. Made a whole pot so I could enjoy a regular cuppa and try chilling a jar as well. At the rate I’m going, there may not be any left to chill.

Edit after I Googled “2014 green tea blue and white tin” (sometimes you find stuff!) It appears to be a Bi Luo Chun: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/150g-Top-Grade-biluochun-Spring-2013-green-Tea-Chinese-health-Care-Weight-loss-Bi-Luo-Chun/1412979198.html

TheTeaFairy

That tin is so pretty!

gmathis

I have always loved the Blue Willow china pattern—that’s what the tin reminds me of.

ashmanra

That is beautiful! I use an odd assortment of Spode Blue Room dishes, mostly the floral series, that I collected at discount shops over the years. My only blue willow is a couple of pieces I inherited from my godfather, and he inherited them from his mother. I display those, but don’t use them.

gmathis

Lost the only BW plate I had in the you-know-what…ever watch Andy Griffith closely? That’s what they eat on for everyday!

yyz

I’ve always loved blue willow as well. I love these blue and white tons as well. They have almost sucked me into certain aliexpress purchases but so far I’ve controlled myself.

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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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