1718 Tasting Notes

drank Orange Creme Dreams by Talbott Teas
1718 tasting notes

My tin is getting a little long in the tooth, so I blew several spoonsful on a cold steep in the fridge. Not so much. I’m OK with chilled rooibos, this particular blend doesn’t handle it well. Too tart for my liking and smelled a little like stinky shoes.

Warm, it’s fine. Orangey, creamy, little tart but not obnoxiously so like it was this afternoon.

Sil

hot brew then cool it?

gmathis

Probably—that works better with greens, also. And there’s a good measure of hibiscus in this. Hibiscus never does what I want it to.

Sil

Heh this sounds delicious though….from the name. I am a sucker for orange cream flavour

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Well, poop. Just when I discover this makes a wonderful, apple-y summer iced tea, I also discover there are only two more bags in the box.

You really need to try this cold. I am, enjoying the quiet backyard after a rumpus, noisy afternoon at the movies with my menfolk. Oops…so much for the quiet. Neighbors, grandchildren, firecrackers. Happy 4th, y’all.

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drank Milk Black Tea by Nature's Tea Leaf
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Tazo the cat said I needed a cup of this today. (Yes, he’s still outdoors.) And then promptly tried to keep me from drinking it by head-butting my hands until I petted him according to his specifications. Both hands, full attention.

If you like cream in your tea, or sweet and pastry flavorings, this is one to try. Best with a very light touch on temp and time to keep the milk from tasting like hot milk, if that makes sense.

JustJames

you named your cat tazo? that’s excellent! this sounds like a tea i would like.

gmathis

Black shorthair, jade green eyes, a battle scar or two; it fit perfectly.

JustJames

excellent, and completely appropriate… does he/she steal tea when you’re not looking?

gmathis

Not yet. To the amusement of several fellow Steepsters, we have not made a formal full-time indoor commitment; just visiting rights.

JustJames

my grin has wrapped around my head two times, lol.

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87

This made a wonderful cold steep in the fridge. The apple comes through sweet and crisp. This has been a reliable and comfortably cheapster steep.

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This morning, I’m picking up some nice fruity tones along with the malt. If I were consistent enough to be consistent with numeric ratings, I’d bump it up a few numbers closer to the green smile.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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A few years back, we bought a peppermint plant at a local farmer’s market. At any rate, it was sold to us as peppermint. It was the only living thing we were able to salvage when house and yard were destroyed. Hubby put it in a pot, coddled and cultivated it, and we now have a healthy little crop in a bed nestled next to the new place.

It’s not peppermint. It’s spearmint. I would swear to it in court. Spouse continues to defend “Patty” as peppermint and will with his dying breath. (Funny what you take defensive issues over after 28 years of marriage :)

So, to preserve the peace, it’s just mint. Mild mint at that, but I used a tablespoon of dry and crumbled leaves to make me a pint of chilled tisane last night and it was refreshing, genus and species notwithstanding.

K S

I have some chocolate mint dried now. I just need to bag it. It is peppermint with tendencies toward chocolate. Doesn’t really taste chocolate to me but it goes great with puerh. Anyway hope to get some coming your way soon. Should make for interesting arguments… ur… I mean conversations around your house. I’m pretty sure my tulsi didn’t turn out well. I’ll try to steep some later tonight and check.

gmathis

Proverbs 19:11. Sigh.

K S

:) Proverbs 31:10.

Bonnie

I like pineapple mint too…have some dried as well as apple and orange mint. Went loco with mint varieties!

gmathis

I never realized there were so many “flavored” varieties—the apple sounds interesting!

JustJames

this made me grin. i have had more sage and basil species than mint, though i have had pepper, chocolate and spear mint. i used to make lovely cold steeps with a rare pineapple sage bush i had…

gmathis

Pineapple sage…that sounds lovely! I’m so horticulturally challenged, it’s a wonder we’ve managed to keep our plain old … mint … alive.

JustJames

this is going to sound like a smartass remark, but i’m dead serious: i feed all my plants tea. it’s the equivalent of compost water. and then i take the dregs and turn them into the soil. i get about 200 ft per year out of our wisteria on that recipe.

gmathis

It doesn’t—I know spent leaves make great compost. I should do that more regularly.

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drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
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Well, whaddya know…a sipdown. Haven’t had one of those in a while…

This one has been a nice, gentle introduction to the wild world of pu-erh, which I still don’t know that I understand. You experts with your sheng and shu baffle and impress me :)

At any rate, this is gently dark, accurately cherry; smells like pie. Pie is always good.

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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This is not my favorite H&S … at times, the honey flavor comes across as a little pharmaceutical; tastes the way Burt’s Bees lip balm smells like.
But in keeping with the “using up scraps” summer philosophy, I tossed a little in for a cold steep, and it makes a pleasant and bees-ey afternoon swig.

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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“Misty Meadows” sounds so much more refined than “green tea with almond and orange.” But orange and almond it is, and an excellent blend at that.

Almonds have this pesky habit of going bitter in a black tea. With the lighter temp and steep time required for green tea, the flavor is just perfect. Not sure the peppercorns are kicking in much kick, maybe a little uptick at the end of each sip.

Enjoying this on a morning when a quick wake-up isn’t necessary, but it’s definitely not a hurry-up morning tea. Much better for afternoons or “prevenings” when you have time to rock and relax.

Score another one for Savoy’s pleasantly-flavored green teas.

gmathis

Lazy prevening confirmation: still good on 2nd steep! Just cut back the amount of liquid a bit.

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Scraps. Chilled. Vanilla cream. Tasty.

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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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