1822 Tasting Notes

drank Green Spring by TeaGschwendner
1822 tasting notes

Down to the last part of a pouch of this … hunted it up deliberately. The weather is butterscotch today, and this is a perfect pairing. What’s butterscotch weather, you ask? Sunny, dry, cool; enough breeze to freshen your face, enough sunshine to keep your bare toes warm while Tazo takes a snooze curled up like a lump of pumpernickel in your lap. Butterscotch.

So is this amazing green tea. I don’t know if it’s the everlasting flowers that add the sweet-butter to it; don’t think I’ve ever had them in any other blend. It is, however, a little picky. Minute and a half steep time—and you’d better really watch the clock, otherwise it bitters up.

JustJames

lovely review…..tazo snoozing in the butterscotch weather…. =0)

gmathis

I felt decadent. Since I couldn’t get up, got to finish a book all the way to the end.

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One would expect, with the name of this particular tea, eau de Hershey bar. Not so, but that’s not a bad thing.

Take a really rich black tea base and tease it with dark chocolate. Just a hint—-like swishing a silk scarf along your cat’s back just to watch his tail twitch and his ears tingle. That’s the kind of whiff you get when you sip this one.

One suspects that the addition of milk would change the silk scarf into a flannel baby blanket. Haven’t tried that yet, but we’re gonna.

Thanks to Terriharplady. This was a perfect slow Sunday morning tea. (Which will perk up shortly with the addition of 12 to 15 ten-year-olds. My teaching partner describes working with this bunch as herding cats or cockroaches in zero gravity.)

ashmanra

Again, love your descriptions! Have fun cat herding!

Terri HarpLady

I like your teaching partner’s description, LOL.
I’ve decided I love Bolder Breakfast more than I love this one. I enjoy this one too, but Bolder Breakfast rocks my world better!

Sil

ditto on that terri!

gmathis

I think I agree—my first sip of BB and my eyes bugged out, thinking “man, how can they get tea to DO that?”

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This is very non tea-y, but I’m on Cup #3 and the brain cells are just not firing this morning. Trying to describe in print what I could demonstrate in a second and a half. Are these instructions clear enough for you to follow, especially those of you who grew up without seeing it demonstrated weekly by Mickey, Davy, Mike, and Peter?

Face forward with arms around your partner’s shoulders. In unison, partners throw their right legs forward and out (your right leg will cross your partner’s left leg). Then partners throw their left legs out and forward.

Thank you for the consultation.

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It’s so cool this morning, the quilt I just washed and hung out on the line is steaming—I can see its breath!

Sometimes, it’s less the flavor and quality of the tea than it is the aesthetics. Boiling a kettle instead of pushing a button, making a whole pot instead of a hurry-up cup, watching the Tardis appear and disappear on the mug (heat-sensing mugs kind of mess with the granny vibe, but hey).

But this morning, we’re not skimping on flavor or quality, either. This is good stuff, even though I under-leafed. Not getting the usual cocoa-coating in the mouth; leans more to the fruity side today.

Happy fall.

Terri HarpLady

Nice use of imagery! :)

JustJames

happy fall! halloween candy is already appearing all over…. your writing does make me smile =0)

gmathis

We went to Wally World today and there was a whole grab-yer-dollar aisle display of pumpkiny treats. I wanted one of each.

Fjellrev

The Walmart here still doesn’t have any Halloween candy. Bah!

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Lemon is my favorite out of this little gift tin collection. Pastry lemon. Not zinger lemon. Hubby made special stop at farmers’ market today to get petit fours from the German family that brings baked goods (wonderful almond flavor)—-lemon green complemented it nicely.

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Nothing new to say here; this has turned into the standby remedy for long and weary knots-in-the-neck days. If you haven’t tried it, there are dozens of branded and bagged tulsi, but I don’t think you can do much better than plain ol’ herb store bulk bin leaf.

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I need cookies. I need fudge frosting straight out of the tub. I’m making do with a nice gentle cup of this instead. This is as pleasant out-of-season as it is in December. Have you tried it yet?

K S

Can’t wait for this to hit the local shelves this fall.

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This one had been relegated to the back of the shelf for summer hiatus. It has been missed: bagged tea that is strong enough to wake you but smooth enough not to bludgeon you; not picky about steep times. With milk. Mmm.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1822 tasting notes

Doesn’t lose its punch on the second steep—I just made it in a smaller mug. Takes milk very nicely.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1822 tasting notes

Received this, with my thanks, from the JusTea folks in conjunction with a special campaign going on here: http://www.justea.com/

First cup steeped to a deep ruby-mahogany color. Light texture; dark flavor. Initial sip made me think, “Coffee?” Not exactly; more like dark rye or pumpernickel.

Will definitely appeal to tea-in-hobnail-boots lovers.

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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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