1702 Tasting Notes

Husband and I took a much-needed, irresponsible, AWOL, just-us day in Northwest Arkansas today. Discovered The Fresh Market in Rogers, which is the identical twin of a Whole Foods with a different name slapped on the front.

The “big names” in the tea aisle made me dance and giggle—Steven Smith Teamaker! Two Leaves and a Bud! Adagio! Harney and Sons! And a handful of Ambessa tins, one of which just had to come home with us. A treat I can’t wait to break into.

MsWhatsit

I love the Fresh Market even though I hate the prices. Lots of neat stuff there.

Terri HarpLady

What??? They have Steven Smith Teamaker there? Whole Foods doesn’t even have that!

gmathis

Oh, yeah—could easily blow a week’s grocery budget on a handful of items there.

The Steven Smith varieties available were pretty basic—-an Earl Grey and one or two more.

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drank Calm by Tazo
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Work has been so mind-numbingly nuts of late I’ve been gasping for quiet and moments with no demands made of me.

Enjoying a few of those now, with a half-cup of Calm as a companion. Left the bag in, wonder if that’s the reason the licorice is coming through stronger than usual. The mint and other goodies in this blend keep it from getting too out of hand.

Fjellrev

Hope work will calm down soon.

gmathis

Thanks. Fiscal year end. (Working for a school district for decades, I would be a rich woman if I had a quarter for every time someone asked, “And what do you do all summer?”)

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drank China Lychee by Upton Tea Imports
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This one has been languishing unopened (that’s so wrong. Not opening new tea?) because my luck with Upton flavored teas has not been very good to date.

In this case, the advantage goes to Upton because I wouldn’t know a lychee if you bounced one off my forehead.

The unpleasant sticking point with the flavored Upton stuff is that it tastes very artificial and syrupy. This tastes floral, not artificial and not perfumey. Decent black tea base. Whether they’ve nailed lychee flavor, another expert will have to decide.

Could have good iced tea potential.

JustJames

i cannot recommend the butiki lychee oolong enough. god god… felt like star crossed lovers when i tasted it. best i’ve had by far.

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Hadn’t broken into the raspberry tin yet. Fair-to-middlin’ green tea base with a hint of a natural raspberry flavor. Not a bit tart. It’s time to try some from this assortment iced.

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drank Harmony by Remedy Teas
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Took the leaves home where I could study on them better. Hubby whiffed the dry mix and thought there was too much going on…and indeed, there’s a lot happening. Fruit—almond—cinnamon—cornflower petals. (Oh yeah, and some white tea in there, too.) But a nice, lower-caffeine change of pace.

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The pace at work the next three days promises to vacillate between screaminess and utter wild-eyed hysteria, so we’re at least starting the morning with a bit of calm and elegance before I start pulling my hair out in panic-induced wads.

This is sweet and subtle and cocoa-y. Stress subtle. Very good, but not for a morning caffeine jolt. Better for afternoon cookies, or for you gentle non-black-tea subtle people out there.

K S

I don’t miss utter wild-eyed hysteria at all. Just remain calm, and eat more cookies.

gmathis

I’m out of cookies, down to cracker crumbs, and the chocolate stash was gone last week. About to gnaw my own arm off at the elbow. Anybody have a muzzle I can borrow?

Hesper June

Oh, no! Thank goodness you still have tea! I hope that this stress ends soon for you.

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drank Harmony by Remedy Teas
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Work friend shared a generous sample of this one. It is gorgeous. You could put it in a jar and stare at it all day, it’s so colorful and zazzy.

And for a white tea, it does a good job of making its presence known. First cup was at work, so heated unevenly and with a bit too much water, and I still got a nice fruity-pie kick. Sweet but not tart.

Next cup gets more attention, less water, and is expected to be great.

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What wimps we are. Storms again (sigh); this time just wicked lightning and torrential rain—5" in 2 hours, give or take, power out for 2; Internet out for several; you’da thunk it was the end of the world. So hard up for entertainment, I was reduced to tying newspaper scraps to string and teasing Tazo with them. (He is still officially an outdoor cat, but I needed a diversion desperately.)

So grateful for a “normal” morning, a functional heating source, and decent tea. This one has been hard to pin down. Decent, but not stellar; something a little sweet and cedar-y or raisiny going on, too. May be the first entry in my “Junk Yard” tin I intend to start.

Nicole

You do realize that you have already passed several steps in the “the cat is an outdoor cat only” path to having an indoor cat… :)

K S

Should we start a pool on when she admits Tazo moved indoors? Giving gmathis the benefit of the doubt, I take the first snowy day. :)

gmathis

Only if I get a cut for providing the entertainment. Hubby’s allergies and my general aversion to litter box cleaning both pretty strong deterrents :)

Nicole

Yeah. My husband is allergic, too. Have I mentioned my 2 cats? :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m allergic to cats & I also have 2

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drank Berry Melange by Custom
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A couple summers ago, when kind Steepies helped me replenish my tornado-crashed pantry, JacquelineM tucked in a tin filled with odds and ends of berry-flavored teas that, shaken together, made a quirky mystery grab bag of fruit flavor. Just enough left for one last jar of sun tea. Chilled, it’s a lovely treat to spend the day with. (Writing and doing grungy housework via the carrot-and-stick method: Write, sip. Vacuum, sip. Fold, sip. Dishes, sip.)

Also builds a strong case for me, when the tin is finally empty, to start a “scrap” tin of my own. Waste not, want not.

Nicole

I have a scrap tin of miscellaneous blacks that I started awhile back. Things that are okay, but not awesome, that don’t have to be had by themselves to get any special notes out of. I have been using it to make iced tea with when I don’t want a fruit or vanilla iced tea.

gmathis

Iced tea is so forgiving, you about can’t ruin it. (Unless you threw in something smoky—can’t imagine that would be pleasant at all.)

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
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Slow Saturday morning start. Yum. The caramel stays on your tongue long after you’ve swallowed. Definitely not a tea to hurry through.

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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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