1736 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1736 tasting notes

Save Golden Fleece for a slow morning. This is definitely not one to gulp quickly while a travel mug while dodging crossing turtles (some days, my short morning commute is like Frogger).

This is gentle, honey-blonde both dry and steeped, rich and thick on the tongue and lips. Taste reminds me of sweet grain, puffed wheat.

Many of you have written long and lovely reviews of this one. Understandable! My thanks to Terri Harplady for yet another subtly satisfying sample!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This one definitely is for sitting down and enjoying!

ashmanra

We’re the crazy people stopping and putting them on the other side, and usually taking their picture as well. We have five box turtles, two western and three eastern, in our backyard that were more or less “rescues”. They get to live a pretty normal wild turtle life.
They are mostly unreleasable because two were brought out of their normal range and the others lost their habitat. Turtles shouldn’t be released outside of their normal range because they may carry diseases that are not common there so the present turtle inhabitants could all die. They don’t get exposed to a wide range of things because of their limited range, and are slow to heal because of their low metabolic rate,

gmathis

Slow healers. Makes sense ;)

Anna

Hm. This makes me wonder if there is such a thing as mock turtle tea, and, if so, what it could possibly taste like.

Lynxiebrat

I googled it, and at the top was The Mock Turtle Tea Shop, in Brighton, England. lol. I do like the name.

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Tao Tea Leaf
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An Ji Bai Cha Green Tea is a special green tea that contain an amount of amino acid, which is calming to the nervous system.

Some days God just looks out for you in ways you don’t expect. I closed my eyes, jammed my hand down to the bottom of the basket, and pulled this out. I need calmed :)

Furthermore, since little attention was being paid this morning, the sloppy user didn’t realize it was a green tea and dumped in just-off-boiling water and schlepped off for five minutes…and this is still fine, just fine. Grainy and toasty, like Wheat Chex.

Final pronouncement on the calming effect to be determined.

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One of those weeks when life is so messy that tea doesn’t taste.’Nuff said.

After crying on and praying with a couple of dear friends and a couple of hours of sun-room/cat/Oreo therapy with my surrogate mom, I’m slightly closer to functional. (When she picked up the phone the other day, I said, “Hello? Is this Rent-A-Mom?”)

So I celebrated slight functionality by closing my eyes, picking a bag at, well, semi-random from the tea swap basket, and here we are.

This one is so good and fleece-blankety, looks like Terri Harplady wrote a song to it in one of her reviews some time back. It’s well deserving of odes and kudoes—-big ol’ blonde leaves; bright and bronzey at the first of the sip, rich and cocoa-y at swallow time.

Had to leave the leaves at home, but I’m eagerly anticipating a second stanza this evening. Thanks, Terri!

Veronica

Sorry your week has stunk. I hope things are less messy very soon.

K S

Hugs and prayers sister.

tigress_al

Hope your week gets better!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

It’s a good thing you have people you can reach out too! Best wishes to you!

Indigobloom

big hugs for you! Hoping things get better soon xxo

gmathis

You all made me smile. Thank you.

Hesper June

So sorry to hear you are sad. I hope things get better soon!

Nicole

Sorry to hear. Good that you have a rent-a-mom though. Hope things improve.

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
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I have really been digging this one—light, almost citrusy green flavor with the kick of a good British breakfast tea.

The only downside is the steep time—just two minutes. Which means it can’t be left unattended while one schleps around the house in morning routine mode. Funny how something that piddly can make your groove un-groovy.

All the same, I want more next time I’m at Savoy; I’ll just save it for the mornings when the minutes don’t matter as much.

Hesper June

No. I know exactly what you mean.
I always set the timer and then estimate what I can do till the timer goes off.
If its a short amount of time you just end doing that impatient dance around the teapot, mumbling “brew, darn you, brew!”

ashmanra

I can pee and make it back to the kitchen in under two minutes. True story.

Hesper June

That is what I call a tea-drinkers super power, Ash;)

Terri HarpLady

I tend to wash a few dishes or something while I’m steeping. I used to got sit at my harp, thinking I’d have time to play something, LOL. I never did.

gmathis

Pee timing (chuckle). One of those things I never thought about much when I was 18.

Lynxiebrat

When I got a tea with that short of a steep time, I’ll grab whatever current book I’m reading or a magazine, lean against the wall where I can watch the stove clock and keep an eye on the time. Otherwise, I probably would forget!
If it’s even less then that, then I don’t even bother grabbing something to read, I’ll just count till it’s done.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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First time to cold steep in the fridge—apple, apple, apple; happy, happy, happy. (Oh, and there’s a little rose in there, too.)

Bonnie

Not weak apple for a change huh!

gmathis

Love apple teas but there is a surprisingly small number of good ones out there.

Nightshifter

Sounds lovely!

K S

Agreed. Get back to work! lol

gmathis

Smart aleck! Just posted on Facebook that I wonder if Moses was this beat after writing Genesis. Adapted one chapter for kids today, with posters, gameboard, and activities, and I feel like I’ve been dragged through the desert behind a chariot.

Bonnie

Ha ha! My daughter would sympathise with you.
She has 8 kids and has published 2 prayer books for teens. She just finished the dialog for a childrens radio theatre series (her husband has a studio recording set-up). I can’t remember having that energy although I must have had it. She gets up before dawn to pray which is key to it all.
It doesn’t matter that we know the end of the story with the good deeds we do. I know you matter though, and your spirit will shine.

gmathis

Bonnie, that’s so kind! Thanks. I moan and groan while I’m at the keyboard, but I love getting to do this. I have so much fun teaching my bunch of 10-year-olds, I want it to be catching. Way-y-y too few inspired and enthusiastic volunteer leaders working with kids at church these days. (Climbing down off the soapbox now.)

Bonnie

I for one have loved church from my earliest memories on. Almost nowhere else do the varied ages blend. Time is measured by prayers and Liturgies, births, weddings and funerals. Potlucks and music. Summer camp and rummage sales. Coat and food drives for the poor. Mosquito nets for Africa. Prayers and visits to the sick and dying. Fussy children. I do so love the holiness of Church!

gmathis

Friend, that is absolutely beautiful.

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Ohhhh, how I had missed this! And despite the reams of fruit-and-cocoa perfection I could write about it, must cut it short and quit stalling. Deadlines. It’s gonna be a duct-tape day. (…as in, duct taping oneself to the writing chair.)

Sil

good luck!

gmathis

If the weather were beastly hot or wickedly cold, it wouldn’t be a problem. It is sunny, cool, and crisp outside and I want to play!

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Enjoying the last of a sample Nicole shared some months back. Looking at the flavor lineup of Miss Gloria’s Tea House, which I believe used to be Tropical Tea Company, it looks similar to the lineup at Culinary Teas, which sells Metropolitan Tea…so when the dominoes all fall, I’m surmising that this is Metropolitan’s blend. Which is good. Now I know how to find it again.

All that to say that I woke up craving this. It is pineapple-sweet, not pineapple-cloying, and the tea base is very juicy and thirst-quenchy. Pleasant.

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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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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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