1771 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1771 tasting notes

Fresh Brach’s Pick-A-Mix caramels. How did they pack all that burnt sugar sweetness into an unflavored black tea? Oh, wow! This is phenomenally good, terriharplady. Thank you for sharing a bit.

Sil

Another convert ;)

gmathis

How many decent steeps can you get out of one bunch of leaves?

Sil

western brew i’ve gotten up to 4? i think, though i vastly prefer the first steep haha. I can’t recall gonfu as western brewing is my favourite with this one.

gmathis

At the moment, good ol’ middle western style is all I can manage…neither the time nor equipment for proper gongfu.

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Trying to find an accurate descriptor for the week that doesn’t make me sound like the Queen of Hyperbole. It’s just been rough, personally, physically, and professionally: like your soul’s been dragged across a cheese grater. (No, that’s not adjectivally excessive at all.)

So there was nothing more appropriate to start bandaging the bruises at quittin’ time than a long, strong (8 minutes) steep of tulsi made gentler with a generous wad of homegrown lemon verbena (courtesy of k s). Coupled with a lap cat that makes paw circles in the air when you scratch in the magic spot, the acid adrenalin is starting to subside a little.

Rosehips

I’m sorry that your week has been so hyperbole inducing. I hope this weekend, and regular infusions of tea, will help.

gmathis

Thank you for the kind thoughts! (No exaggerations there.)

JacquelineM

Oh GG, I understand. I felt like someone physically beat me after last week! This week I felt I was only smacked around a little. Much love and sympathy :)

K S

Tazo and me are glad we could help begin the cleansing and hopeful de-shredding.

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drank Warwick Assam by Ahmad Tea
1771 tasting notes

A little sad to see hints of the bottom of the tin. This is a great pantry tea for black tea lovers—smooth, no bitterness requiring milk or sugar, easy steeper. Two minutes, ten; no matter.

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This is better with a longer steep. Easily more than five minutes this morning (was trudging more slowly than usual), and it is much deeper, juicier, with a hint of slightly overdone caramel toast at the back. It grows on ya.

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I’m missing a tasting note on this one. The one where I thanked a kind mystery donor for surprising me with a packet of this lovely stuff.

I was thankful for said donor again this morning when I just stuck my nose in the pouch and smelled it. So cocoa-y and burlap sacky.

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After a luscious, quiet, obligation-free weekend, I knew it was going to be a tough out-the-door this morning. So I deliberately laid out a “something different” that would dull the yuckies a little.

Wow, is this a something different! Lighter in color than you’d expect in an assam, a sweet mowed grain scent, and a flavor that I would’ve sworn was toasted marshmallow (I’m not that far off; I’m seeing “sweet potato” in some other reviews). As far as strength and kick, I think it’s more of a mid-late-morning-ish-elevensies potency, but that is not a commentary on its sweet excellence.

Thanks, terriharplady, for giving my sluggish brain and attitude a pleasant jumpstart this morning.

Auggy

That does sound delightfully different!

gmathis

Made my brain do a double-take. Was all primed for traditional Assam deep darkness, and whoa! Surprise!

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drank Focus by Tazo
1771 tasting notes

Monday holiday breakfast at Denny’s. Took this one because it steeps pretty well in questionable water temps. Good chocolate-orange and I think it does have a decent perk-up kick.

(And man, do I need to focus! Ever try to write directions for teaching kids a barn dance two-step when you could demonstrate it in three seconds?)

OMGsrsly

I’ve done that for medieval and renaissance dance. There are little pictures you can draw, but they’re even more confusing if you don’t know how they work!

gmathis

Yup! I settled for Step forward/feet together, step left/feet together, step back/feet together, step right/feet together. (Everybody swing your partner :)

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Getting braver and braver with this one…let it go a full three minutes. Now we’re talking. Tangy and a little sweet.

ashmanra

I really love this one! It is GREAT with Asian take out!

gmathis

It’s a good second-steeper, too.

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Nothing but iced the rest of the day—carport thermometer registering at 102. It exaggerates a bit due to its placement, but hot is hot. Summer trying to burn itself out before September gets here.

At any rate, this one runs a little too mild for my breakfast preferences, but is a great cold steeper. Only a bit of sharpness.

Writing children’s activities with a farm theme. (ashmanra, you’re my muse. Lots of chicken and egg games. :) Sad to think that we’re raising a crop of kids who don’t know the pleasant smell of fresh hay, who’ve actually plucked a tomato bug off the vine, or hung out at the livestock barn at the county fair.

K S

Put a string on a June bug and fly it around the yard. Wow, where’d that come from? Not sure I would even know what one looked like today. I grew up on a small farm, chickens, a few milk cows, a pig, a couple ponies. Weeding the garden, breaking beans, canning. Now everything comes in a white box with blue letters.

gmathis

You haven’t lived until you’ve bottle fed a calf and (oh, the power!) driven a real tractor. (Doubt I could do either well these days.)

K S

I used to ‘drive’ the tractor for our neighbors when they put up hay. I couldn’t reach the pedals. They set the speed control and I just guided. Not sure what would have happened if I suddenly needed to stop – it never came up! ha. The bigger guys would walk along side the wagon and throw the bales up to the neighbor lady who stacked them on the wagon. Afterwards we would swim in the creek. Memories.

ashmanra

Anyone ever work on a farm and get so dirty that you understand why the special snack was a pack of peanuts poured into a bottle of Coke? You needed the cold Coke because it was hot, the peanuts had enough protein to keep you going until supper, and pouring them in the Coke meant your filthy hands never had to touch your food. This was usually done when harvesting tobacco, but lots of people here still do this, including my kids!

I was afraid of my grandmother’s chickens when I was little, even the hens. Now I find them absolutely delightful and hysterical. Bossy caught a big cicada today and all the other hens chased her trying to take it! Last week, Buffy caught a small snake and had the same ordeal. I would love to hear about your chicken games, G!

gmathis

I’d heard about the peanuts-and-coke thing but never had the pleasure personally.

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1771 tasting notes

Tastebuds could be off (chocolate chip cinnamon rolls do that to ya), but this isn’t nearly as Keemun-heavy as I recall from my first experience. At any rate, it’s a good, smooth morning tea. Predictably excellent—as are all the Ahmad varieties I’ve tried.

Terri HarpLady

That’s what Tony is drinking this morning as well!

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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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