1852 Tasting Notes

drank White Chai by Remedy Teas
1852 tasting notes

I classified this one as “unknown” the other day because I hadn’t yet verified the vendor—but this is it.

This is a satiny white tea you can taste. The blenders are pleasantly light-handed on the chai spices, which give it a great October-evening personality, but don’t overwhelm the light tea.

For my Steepie buddies that love subtlety in their cups, this would be a great fit.

CrowKettle

Oh, that sounds neat!

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drank Kaporet Kenya by Single Origin Teas
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Dark burgundy steep; deep autumn fruit sensation on the tongue. Single Origin, this is ex0.c3222222222222222222222222222222222 (that’s excellent in cat typing).

Terri HarpLady

shshsh…..I don’t want Squishy the cat to know that cats can type too. There will never be an end to it…

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Predictable cookie goodness, but (sadness) the cool color-changing finish on my Dr. Who mug is starting to wear at the edges and it feels funny when I sip.

It’s a texture thing.

Tea and Trees

I just saw this at the grocery store about 10 minutes ago, I almost picked it up. However, I need to stop buying so much bagged tea. I’m getting lazy and haven’t ordered any in several months, my attitude is suffering because of it!

gmathis

…but it’s nice to be able to pick up a tasty, reliable bagged tea locally—no waiting, no shipping, no hassle.

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This one is still too tart on its own for this hibiscus hater, but a little maple syrup takes off the edge and turns summery tea into autumny dessert.

MsWhatsit

I tend to avoid fruity teas. I always feel the need to sweeten them. On the other hand, colder weather makes dessert teas very appealing.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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Seen any on your shelves yet? Not here either, but some bags left over from last season. Perfect after a nippy walk to our little handkerchief-sized park and back, enjoying the fall decorations. (One of my favorites is the giant eyeball-on-a-stick somebody mounted in their potted plant. Just like Seymour :)

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drank Black and Blue by Remedy Teas
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Another unmarked baggie, but we’ll presume it was this one; same work friend has shared some other Remedy Teas with me.

A tea fail morning. Couldn’t get the eyes open, family talking to and over me while getting ready, so I let this go so long that not even a sploosh of half-and-half could counteract the bitterness. User error, not tea quality.

There is some good berry potential in here; it’ll just have to wait for a morning when better attention can be paid.

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drank White Chai by Unknown
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This was delivered to me in a baggie from a work friend, so I’m not sure about brand. I’ll check and correct if I discover the source. (Do y’all get teased by coworkers about trafficking in contraband?)

Leaves are big as the elm leaves starting to sprinkle around on the lawn. Let it go about 3:30; the finished product is deep golden blonde. The scent of cloves and cardamom is medium; the taste of them is mild. Light and pleasant without sweetener, but a little honey or brown sugar would turn it into sugar cookies.

Nicole

I do. Everyone who stops by my desk gives me raised eyebrows and knowing looks when I have swap baggies out… :)

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drank Blood Orange by The Republic of Tea
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Work friend gave me a bag to try, which I took politely and expected it to be so tart it made my eyes water. Not so. It is juiciliciously fruity; nicely robustly orangey without causing pain. Here’s to pleasant surprises.

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Squoze out a reasonable second steep from yesterday’s leaves. The sharpest citrusy edges aren’t there, but still fruity and extremely drinkable. This Mao Jian (Tazo pronounces it Meow Jian) has rejuvenated my interest in green tea.

ashmanra

Local Target – sold out of Pumpkin Pie PopTarts. Food Lion doesn’t carry them. Garner Target – SCORE! They had tons! Sent a box secretly on the plane to London for Anna’s birthday and left two in her cupboard for when she gets back.

K S

Pumpkin PopTarts? How did I miss this? Must find.

gmathis

Yes, you must. Nirvana in a rectangular pastry crust. I showed great restraint and picked up only one box. We made a special Target run this afternoon. Also happened to run into a grocery-shopping friend who handed me a $1 off coupon for Celestial Seasonings and said, “Hey, would you use this?” Fresh box of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride rode home with the Pop Tarts. Can you stand the excitement?

K S

Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled up and placed in one shopping bag! I checked our Walmart for the Sleigh Ride and Candy Cane Lane, not yet. I don’t know if they will even get them in. I will have to check in the college town up the road where I found a left over box this summer… and look for Nirvana as well :)

ashmanra

I have been looking everywhere I go for the Bigelow teas you mentioned, but none of our stores seem to have the Christmas teas out yet.

mpierce87

Around my area, I never see the Christmas teas in store until right before or right after Thanksgiving. I’m ready for some Bigelow Eggnog and CS Sugar Cookie. Oh and Candy Cane Lane! Must buy all the holiday teas – I need an intervention!

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You need to try this. That’s all there is to it.

As I was picking a couple of samples, the Single Origin proprietor recommended this due to my obvious preference for heavy and malty teas.
An excellent call. This steeps to a rich ruby-mahogany tint, and shows off best in the baritone range. I’m picking up red grapes, maple, good rye bread; things that make you hold your tongue like that. Thick, satiny texture.

The vendor description says it takes milk well, but some teas are just too tasty to alter. Thanks to Single Origin Teas—this is superb.

Sil

On my shopping list now!

Nicole

Oo. Missed this one. Gonna have to get some.

tea-sipper

I don’t usually associate Ceylon with heavy and malty!

gmathis

Me, either. That’s why this was a surprise. Not as stout as an Assam or breakfast blend, but lots of taste in the lower registers. (Terriharplady does a wonderfully accurate job of describing tea via the musical spectrum—it’s catching ;)

mpierce87

Must try this one – I usually don’t prefer Ceylons due to the lack of malt.

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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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