1718 Tasting Notes

Question: is the mark of a really good tea one over which you linger for a-g-e-s, carefully analyzing every little flavor nuance? Or is it the one you drank so enthusiastically and rapidly, you look at the empty tumbler and wonder, “Darn, where’d that go?”

This morning, Khongea Tippy Golden Assam (doesn’t that sound sophisticated?) fell into Category 2. Out of the potpourri of adjectives used to describe this one, oaky is probably the one that aligns the best. A warm flavor; not temperature, taste.

Delicious day-starter. So was the temperature. 57 degrees in mid-August? Preposterous!

K S

Answer: Yes!

OMGsrsly

It’s both! As long as you enjoy analyzing every little flavour nuance.

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If this breakfast blend is this good (which it is—dark tea fans, it’s worth seeking out), the Steven Smith straight-up Assam must be outstanding.

Smooth, bready. About 1/4 teaspoon left, which’ll do me a thimble-sized cup or add some class to the Junkyard Tea Mason jar. Decisions, decisions…

Veronica

I just found out that my favorite grocery store started carrying SST. I can’t wait to go get some.

gmathis

Grocery store envy!

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drank Ceylon by Nina's Paris
1718 tasting notes

This is a very smooth, up-quality morning tea with more sharps in its flavor scale than flats. Nice coppery color and taste. Kicks you awake with stylish pointy-toed girl shoes instead of ten-pound army boots.

If you haven’t had a chance to try any of the offerings from the nice folks at Nina’s, you need to. All winners so far!

ashmanra

I seriously need this one!

Veronica

That sounds so good.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Hah! I love your description of this one!

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Great googly-moogly, I am beat. Posted elsewhere that I’m still getting to know a new bunch of Sunday kids—just our second week—but mercy! If I could harness the kinetic energy in that room today, I could’ve water-skiied behind it!

Cap that off with a little shopping and trying to push mow grass with the consistency of wet, muddy yarn, and you’ll know why I’m going ahhh! (or owww!) with every sip of this, chilled.

When I put the jar in the fridge to steep last night, I snipped off a few bits of real vanilla bean. The result is a creamy fruity cool drink that reminds me a lot of the Monk’s Blend (grenadine/vanilla) from Culinary Teas that I bought by the pound.

This particular pouch of ToL is getting a little old; chilling it will be a great way to use it while it still has some oomph. (I don’t.)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Yum that sounds delish.

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Random adjectives: suede, burgundy, fruit, mahogany wood, smooth, rich.
Watched the sun rise as I sipped, that just took extra words away.

(thanks to Terri HarpLady)

Terri HarpLady

Glad you liked it! This is a really nice & complex breakfast blend, IMO, very well balanced too.
It was really fun putting a package together for you, & I love love love those cards you sent!

yyz

This is my favourite type of morning wakeup, enveloped in a quiet inspiring contemplative beauty sipping something warm.

gmathis

Terri, I rummaged through my Cricut dies, hoping I had a harp somewhere, even attached to a Christmas angel…no such luck. I have peas and corn to go with your radishes, though :)

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drank Orange Oolong by Savoy Tea Company
1718 tasting notes

More than really needed for one cup, but not enough for two…aw, heck, let’s just throw it all in and see what happens.

Figured an attitude like that would get me a bitter cup of citrus flavored mud, but with a 4 minute steep, we’ve got a nice dark toasty oolong with pleasant “show me your citrus peels” flavor. Sheldon would approve, even if it isn’t tangerine.

Anna

(Extra points for Sheldon!)

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Wish I’d had the brains to start it this morning, but I have a quart cold-steeping in the fridge with a few snips from a vanilla bean. Anticipation. . . . . . . .

gmathis

Ooh—hoo-hoo! Fruity and sweet. Just took a taste and saving the rest for a treat tomorrow afternoon. It finally quit raining and mowing the swamp is not going to be easy.

OMGsrsly

Reading the tea description, that sounds good!

ashmanra

You inspired me. I put some in to cold steep!

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drank Kona Cove by Savoy Tea Company
1718 tasting notes

Chocolate candy for breakfast this morning.

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The leaves in this small sample were so huge with some big stemmy pieces, that when I stuck this under the spouse’s nose for the obligatory you-gotta-smell-this whiff, he grabbed the pouch, stuck it under his magnifying lamp, laughed, and said, “That looks like what I just cleaned out of the gutters.” Son made “minty hot leaf juice” jokes.

Barbarians. Hmph.

The strong peppermint scent led me to believe that mint would lead the taste parade. Much the opposite. Long steep (5 minutes as recommended) at a lower temp, and it was the smooth, silky white tea that was predominant. The mint was present at the end of each sip, at the back of the tongue.

Which, actually, makes this a very lovely and mild evening sip.

ashmanra

I may have to get this one…

gmathis

It’s the sample o’ the month right now…

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1718 tasting notes

I knew this was one of Terri HarpLady’s favorites, but I didn’t peek at reviews this morning till after I enjoyed most of the first cup…it was so dark and sweet and rich with a something I couldn’t identify, but I could’ve sworn it was toasted marshmallows! So unusual and so good!

Then I peeked. No marshmallow—-so it must be the pu-erh in this blend that is the standout flavor. No matter how your tastebuds perceive this, it is definitely outstanding.

Sil

loooooove this one!

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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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