1707 Tasting Notes

drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1707 tasting notes

Junkyard Tea this morning. Getting a new flavor with each sip! Something cocoa-y, mostly, with a little Yunnan.

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I am always initially suspicious of Earl Greys—have encountered too many fussy, foppish ones that taste like perfume. This is a superb balance. Good, rich green tea is a solid foundation for not-too-much, just-enough citrusy bergamot.

I have made a new tea friend. k s sent a sample of this, which has been set back until there was plenty of quiet time to consider it. And thankful for the quiet I am. It’s been a wringer: Goodbye Day for this year’s crop of church kids, who were precious; they hugged me and I sniffled on them, then some time with my frail mom who is a little smaller and farther away every time we visit.

Grateful for the sound of rain, a quiet house, and this gentle cuppa, all of which are blessedly restorative.

K S

Gmathis, I don’t mind admitting I had tears in my eyes before I finished reading this. Glad I could help by supplying the gentle cuppa. I normally love my EG much bolder but somehow this just fits.

gmathis

They were all my favorites this year, but one of my favorite favorites, sandy-headed boy that is now a little taller than me and whose face is a hilarious echo of whatever he’s thinking, gave me a huge unprompted hug and said, “I promise to come back and see you.” I told him, “Scarecrow, I think I’ll miss you most of all.” He got it :)

The mom thing is a little harder to express. It’s just hard and I am inadequate.

K S

You expressed it completely. Embrace the moments.

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I think this was in a little package from azzrian that arrived while the weather was still cold—tried a cup and then set it back thinking it’d be tasty in hot weather.

And it is. Tasty. Not hot—we’re having a lusciously cool and sunny day in late July (mid 70’s).

Cold steeped this in the fridge, adding a little extra straight-up lemongrass from local herb place. Tart, but not unpleasantly so.

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drank Nina's Paris by Nina's Paris
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Much as I have tried to make it so, this is not a whap-you-in-the face fruity tea. However, it is an excellent, subtle tea with multiple delicate fruit flavors and a luscious scent. Let it be what it is and you will enjoy what you have.

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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The name of this one conjures up images of neither mist nor meadow. I don’t think any of the ingredients even grow in a meadow, unless it’s a safflower, maybe.

Vocabulary and imagery differences aside, this is still mightily tasty. Orange and almond sweetness; not a tart nor a pucker to be found. (I splurged and made sure a dried orange slice made it into my measuring spoon tonight. Hey, it’s been a rough week. I needed a little perk.)

SavoyTina

We did an on-line contest to name this tea and received over 120 suggestions. When we put it to a vote “Misty Meadows” won! Sometimes it’s just the voice of the people! Thanks for drinking our teas! Blessings

gmathis

I’ll have to keep a better eye on your website :)

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Weary, worried day left my neck and back crunkled like a wad of aluminum foil.

Thoughtful husband welcomed me home with a Yankee Candle Macintosh candle already burning and encouragement to sit, stare, drool, and relax. After all of the above, I combined a teaspoon of the no-name cut-leaf green tea Fox Farm sells in bulk and a touch less of the wonderful chocolate mint that k s recently shared. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I think chocolate mint could make grass clippings taste special. The Hershey-bar goodness that is highly noticeable when you try it solo is muffled by the green tea, but still a wonderfully refreshing, un-crumpling treat.

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This is a first-flush Darjeeling that isn’t on Culinary Teas’ website…can’t vouch too accurately for the age of the unopened package, but probably easily 2 years. It had just been neglected; I don’t reach first for Darjeelings too often.

Score one for proper packaging and reasonable storage…first whiff of the pouch had a delicious tangy/musty scent. (Only in Steepsterland does musty smell good?) Steeped at 5 minutes, it was grape-juicy good, minus the fruit. (Only in Steepsterland would people read that description and get it.)Not too astringent. A welcome change of wake-up pace.

Jason

gmathis: Did you rate this tea and then remove the rating? Trying to figure out if something is happening to people’s ratings….

gmathis

I typically don’t do numeric ratings, I’m too wishy-washy to be consistent. (Truthfully, I can’t remember whether I even noticed the slider bar this morning when I wrote this. Sorry about that.)

Jason

No worries! I was just making sure your rating hadn’t been deleted because some people are seeing something like that.

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drank Focus by Tazo
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Another sipdown yesterday—-busy afternoon decorating a kindergarten room for VBS (Colossal Coaster World—queue forms this morning!) and had a quart chilling in the fridge for when I came home to collapse. The apple half of it is much more pronounced, cold.

Can’t find it anywhere locally now :( May just have to cool my heels till fall for a re-release.

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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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