1822 Tasting Notes

drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1822 tasting notes

This is so ubiquitously available in other parts of the world, I have felt a need to try it just so I can say I did. Thanks to Spencer, I have now been initiated.

And pleasantly so. Gave it a good long Monday morning I-don’t-wanna-deal-with-the-world steep. Side by side with a bag of Lipton, I’d say it’s a bit smoother, a scootch less acidic. Tried this cup straight up, but a little milk would be a nice accompaniment.

Though it isn’t easy to find in this part of the Midwest, it gets a vote here for “good pantry tea.” Hope yours is stocked well.

Indigobloom

Glad to hear you tried good ol’ RR :)
Funny thing is, both the Lipton and Red Rose brand are now owned by Unilever :P

K S

I know I have seen this locally – maybe Wal-mart.

Josie Jade

I love Red Rose! My grandmother used to use this tea and we would have a cup with dessert every afternoon. I had a whole collection of the little figurines that come in the packages growing up!

ashmanra

Harris Teeter carries it but I don’t know if you have those there.

gmathis

Know of one grocery across town with a fair “import” aisle; this could be on it. Have to look next time I can justify a run to the wrong side of the tracks :)

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
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I am far too impressionable. I lit a French Baguette candle, started working on Thanksgiving cards, which prominently feature pie; son walked in and said “Pushing Daisies!” So here I am marathoning several episodes instead of tidying my messy craft table.

Speaking of impressionable, if you saw a lovely bulk jar of pu-erh at your favorite local indie herb and tea shop for fifty cents an ounce, wouldn’t you bring home two ounces simply on the merit of cheap-itude alone? (And if you wouldn’t, don’t judge.)

Return on investment: excellent. Big, thick leaves; leans to the sweet-earthy spectrum instead of the minerally-cave water wavelength, although there’s a little mineral in the background. I’m seeing a few tossed-in cocoa nibs next cuppa.

Sil

lol awesome! yay for random teas

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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Tazo purrs like a Tribble. We let him in for breakfast because it is a nippy 48 outside and he (Who am I kidding? He spells I) was cold.

So we (that’s us, not the royal we) are enjoying this sweet, stout, rich, chocolately cup with a little swish of milk and a little scrap of peace. Again, this is not what one expects with a typical breakfast tea. It far surpasses those sleepy expectations.

Then…off to my 10-year-old bundles of mayhem. One of them, last week, demonstrated his skills in forward somersaulting, backward somersaulting, cabinet climbing, table diving, and chair balancing. Rough family life. He needs a lot of love. I’m praying for an ample supply of it.

K S

So, how cold does it have to get before you show Tazo the guest room? Who didn’t see this coming? :) They have a way of doing that.

As for the 10-year-olds you are a special sort of person. I would not survive one week. The only thing possibly worse is junior high. Not nice of me I know, but at least I know my limits.

gmathis

I love fifth graders—I really do. Around spring break they start turning like bad cheese, but that’s just part of the process. There are just a couple in this bunch that suck all the air out of the room. My usual no-fail lines to get their behavioral attention (“That’s so third grade”) aren’t even registering. I will not, however, concede defeat. Knowing what I do about middle school demographics, this is our last shot at really reaching them.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I am nowhere near the point I had hoped to be, to-do-list-wise, come sundown, but we try to let Saturday dinner mark the beginning of our rest day. Thus, I will pretend that the baskets of folded laundry in the living room are eclectic decorating touches and enjoy a little quiet with my feet up and a carefully hoarded cup of vanilla goodness (supply dwindling).

In honor of a deliciously chilly day, sun lowering beneath the flat layer of rain clouds draped over the sky all afternoon, I popped in a cinnamon stick while it steeped. Perfect scent of a cinnamon roll in the cup.

TheKesser

LOVE this post. Very nicely written.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Where did that second cup go?
And where did my Saturday go? Wasn’t it just 7 a.m.? I’m not done yet!!!

Anna

I think there might be a weekend grinch of some sort.

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Don’t let the “Assam” fool you: British builders’ tea this isn’t. Mild, sweet-potato, starchy, toasty tea it is. If your black tea preferences lean toward the lighter side, this is well worth a trial taste.

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Well, if I can’t find my apple chamomile at the store, this is a plausible substitute. Enough sweet fruit to tone down the chamomile; hopefully enough chamomile to tone down the tension after a long day.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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Woke up feeling like a 2 × 4 somebody pounded on then left out in the rain; so builders’ tea was in order. Heaping teaspoon of leaf; easily six minutes steep time. Strong as an ox, little milk. Hey, it got me out the door.

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Little skinny grassy leaves, about two minutes, and ooh! Serendipity! Instead of green-grassy-vegetal, we get sharpish-springy-fruity: golden raisins or white grape juice-ish. Not a lick of bitterness. Nicest surprise in a cuppa green I’ve had in a long while.

Greenies, you’ll like 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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