1803 Tasting Notes

Unless you are a huge stevia fan, it is so sweet and so prominent here, it needs taming down. In this case, 1 bag Sweet Harvest Pumpkin, 1 bag Darvilles of Windsor English Breakfast (strong dark stuff) and a little milk. Now it makes a decent October wake-upper.

TeaBrat

I agree, it is sickeningly sweet. ick!

tea-sipper

Stevia overload on this one.

gmathis

I’ve got some Adagio pumpkin pie that is older than I can count but still has a little flavor left to it; that may be another plausible toner-downer.

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Appreciating this one again. Takes milk OK (there are sugar cookies fresh out of the oven; milk just had to be part of the equation), but I think it is at its best unaltered.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1803 tasting notes

Just one addition to previous comments…I don’t think you can ruin this. Was slow to tend to it this morning and it just got caramellier. Mmmmmmm. Made Monday morning bearable.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1803 tasting notes

Long Sunday and I am worn out. Kid wrangling in the morning followed by a run to the nursing home to check on Mom followed by a run to the farm to do some running/fetching/carrying for tired and arthritic Dad. (Fun side note—Mom’s nursing home gets therapy miniature ponies. They bring ’em to the rooms like dogs!)

Couple all that with a really poorly-thought-out speed lunch at Long John Silver’s…ugh…I need tonickin’. So I steeped a strong infusion of chickweed and stirred in a spoonful of Pappy’s sassafras concentrate. The sassafras is a good mask for the chickweed—its pretty barky flavored, and between the two compounds, I am good for stomach ailments, arthritis, high blood pressure, and scurvy.

Nicole

Therapy ponies!!??!!! How awesome.

gmathis

Her other favorite is “Pretty Nails Day;” volunteers come by and do shiny manicures. I’m grateful for the people who are able to invest their time to do such small kind things.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1803 tasting notes

I’ve already enjoyed this a couple of times thanks to Terriharplady, but can’t find where I’ve noted exactly how much I’ve enjoyed it. Could it be because there’s a cat sitting on my hands that makes it a little difficult to type? (Yes, he’s still sleeping outside…breakfast date.)

The Verdant description for this one is caramels melting on your tongue. Perfect characterization. Big and rich taste. This morning, added a little half-and-half, which doesn’t hurt, but it’s already creamy enough on its own.

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it! :)

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Tao Tea Leaf
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As with most sipdowns, there’s just one pinch more leaf than you really need for a full cup, but you dump it in anyway…in doing so, the mineral background referred to in the tea description really stands out. I keep thinking it tastes a little like a silver spoon.

Enjoying it with my feet up for an after-dinner gloat. Actually made a plausible facsimile of restaurant Chicken Balsamico without trashing the kitchen or sustaining major grease burns. Score (a rare) one for the kitchen incompetent. http://www.carinos.com/chefsblog/post/2009/09/24/Chicken-Balsamico-Carinos-Recipes-for-the-Home-Cook.aspx

Nicole

That sounds like a tasty dinner!

gmathis

Hard to believe that there isn’t any other seasoning on the meat except a little salt/pepper. The balsamic kind of carmelizes. Was yummy.

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The more I drink this, the more I am in culinary awe of the maker: who sat down and thought Aprcots + chocolate = (approximately) nuts? Loving it with milk this morning. Have y’all tried this?

Sil

i like this one…it’s not blow your mind out of the water tea, but it’s decent :)

gmathis

Yep. Needed bagged because I slept in and needed a quick start; but something special because, confound it, it’s Saturday!

Josie Jade

Yum, this sounds delicious! I don’t know how I missed this one when I placed my last Harney’s order? I got the Ambessa Ligonberry one and wasn’t impressed. :(

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The premium, gold-standard, best-ever unflavored decaf black tea has not yet made its way over my threshhold, but this is a giant step toward it! My thanks to Single Origin Teas for a sample of a really nice Ceylon that hasn’t completely lost its mojo in the decaffeinating process.

Got sidetracked and didn’t time it real carefully—I think about four minutes. What you get instead of brown water is a pleasant, almost fruity flavor that makes me think a little of cloves and molasses and dark cherry wood.

Well worth the try if you’re looking for something decaf that still has some personality left in it.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1803 tasting notes

Flip through the reviews for this one…it is a kaleidoscope tea. Changes with every tasting and with every taster. Allspice. Cloves. Honey. Mushrooms. Sweet grass. Shoelaces. (No, not really.)

And who’s to say any of those descriptors are wrong?

Today my descriptor is “sunlight through gold maple leaves at 58 degrees.” It tastes like that. Really.

(Thanks again to Terriharplady for the sample, which is gratefully sipped down.)

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First, thanks to Single Origin Teas for the sample. They’re in Dallas. Texas tea. (Cue banjo…) (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) (Also tamping down the Princess Leia voice in my head saying, Help me, OP1!)

This is bright, brassy, perky, happy tea. Warmth in its overall personality. A little sweetness at the end of each sip. It’s understandable that the Single Origin description says this would welcome chai spices. Bet it would be pleasant iced, too.

Jury’s still out on the strength of the caffeine clout; first cup makes me lean toward a judgment call of “afternoon tea,” but it’ll be a pleasant afternoon if you spend it with a cheerful cup of this tea. You’ll like it. Trust me.

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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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