1873 Tasting Notes

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.


On my shopping list now!


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


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


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 ;)


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

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Peer pressure coupled with a tasty lunch of lemon chicken at the local Asian quickie place prompted this cup. This is just a plain ol’ pleasant, drinkable, slightly fruity green tea that is worth seeking out.

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drank Almond Cookie by Custom-Adagio Teas
1873 tasting notes

Way overdue trying and reviewing this one, but it called out from the stash while the Pepperidge Farm cherry cinnamon rolls were baking.

The cookie scent is spot on. It’s very almondy without being bitter or cloyingly sweet. First cup straight up, but seconds are going to get a little milk. Kudos to keenteathyme, the Creator o’the Cuppa.

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drank Calm by Tazo
1873 tasting notes

Still isn’t my favorite chamomile-based herbal blend, but its warm and gentle on a raw evening…even a little better when you leave a cinnamon stick in the cup. Tones down the insistent licorice.

For a while, Tazo was reading his name on the tea bag tag in the cup and nuzzling at it. He’s lost interest now and is napping in my lap like a lump of pumpernickel. Like I mind.

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Brrr! First cold snap. We tried to tough it out and forego turning the heat on last night; hubby woke up with a cold looking at he’d been hit by a truck, and my joints were screamingly painful. So WARM trumped any other tea quality this morning.

This is a decent morning cup that takes absentminded steeping well. Smooth, not sharp.

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drank Autumn's Walk by Custom-Adagio Teas
1873 tasting notes

Absentmindedly left this to stew while I took an autumn walk—and it’s now strong enough it would pass as caffeinated. Still hazelnutty good.

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Comfort tea in lieu of that tub of vanilla confetti frosting that’s unattended in the cupboard…


Is it back, or is this old stash?


Last of the old stash, but it’s back.

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What’s left of these leaves at my house is in the “slurp it before it passes on” category…but still not a bad morning tea. Since the leaves are losing steam, I used plenty and steeped long, and it’s still smooth and mild. No milk. Do you use milk with your keemuns?


Hahaha! I’ve been sipping a lot on «slurp it before it passes on» category myself lately!
I rarely put milk in anything… I think most keemuns I’ve tried would handle milk very well, definitely breakfast tea. But I prefer having mine au naturel :-)

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Nothing like sitting in front of the computer doing analytical left-brain things all day, then coming home and spending the evening milking what’s left of the other side to write creative kids’ activities. I am squoze dry. (The creative stuff is the most fun; wish I didn’t have to save it for the dregs of the day.)

And because the cookies mysteriously disappeared while I was at work—two dozen whittled down to two, this is the dessert I’m trying to perk myself up with. It’s not a bad little rooibos, Charlie Brown; it just needs a little love, a small cup, and the bag left in throughout. Not sure I’m getting much chocolate out of it, but it’s still OK for a dessert/nightcap.


Long days can be hard -- but good tea makes it better!

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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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