1693 Tasting Notes

Today’s tin was orange in honor of the orange-cranberry bread currently in the oven. (I am soon going to run out of things to bake to keep the kitchen warm!) Since it’s a cheapie, tossed two bags in my oversized mug, and instead of strengthening the orange as hoped, it made the cheap green tea base bitter. A little squooze of honey resolved that.

Not my favorite out of the batch, but again, I think it will be a good cheapster Steepster iced IF the weather ever gets warm.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1693 tasting notes

Second morning in a row. Big ol’ snowflakes (MAY 4!!) the size of your thumb falling in lazy 3-D on my recently mowed lawn.

We survived the night with space heaters and long johns, baked cinnamon Grands for breakfast, and put on the kettle.

This strong breakfast blend will knock the ice off your ears and probably unclog your drain, too, as stout as I steeped it this morning. With a little milk to take the edge off, it has a dark rye or pumpernickel feel to it.

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Two bags in a single cup. There’s the chocolate, finally!

Ze_Teamaker

It always seems like you have to use two bags no matter what brand of tea you are brewing.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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Last thing I need is more caffeine to make me more cranky and jittery than I already am, but it’s COLD. SNOW IN MAY IN SOUTH MISSOURI. And the blower motor on the central heat/AC chose last night to quit working.

So this works. Heavier on the ginger than the lemon. I still don’t think it tastes much like a cookie, but it’s still a favorite. Too bad it’s just a seasonal.

K S

Sounds like us a month ago. Feeling your pain. Normally, I anticipate your weather moving this way. This time, uhmmm, you can keep it – after the heat is back on of course.

Terri HarpLady

You guys got snow? In St Louis it’s just a gloomy drizzly day, which admittedly, I’m rather enjoying. Sitting here with a bowl of soup I made from the tops of last year’s collards, which are trying to go to seed.
Bummer about the heater…got a woodstove to snuggle up to?

gmathis

Not much, an inch or so that melted by mid-morning, but everything is damp and bone-deep chilly. With a little coddling, we may be able to baby heat along until (expensive, sigh) replacement part arrives next week.

Terri HarpLady

You can always spend the afternoon/evening baking, & then leave the oven door open when you’re done to let the heat spread. :)

gmathis

Big kettle of soup…Panera asiago cheese bread warmed in the oven…yep! This is survivable—we did a week without heat or electricity and 0 degree temps after the Great December Ice Storm of (five years ago? six?) That was no fun!

lijitmoose

FYI, this is a decaf tea. It even says so on the box. I hope you didn’t psych yourself into staying up because you thought it was caffeinated. Sounds like something I would do.

gmathis

Yes, it’s one of my favorite bagged decafs. I remember the day I wrote that note; I was freezing and had so much black tea I was bouncing off the walls like a pinball. May have to break some out for tomorrow. April snow predicted.

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drank Cocoa Tango by Savoy Tea Company
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Informal inventory of my decaf stuff reveals I’m way overstocked on rooibos/chocolate and rooibos/vanilla blends. Not a problem; drinking up the inequity will hurt no feelings here.

This particular blend smells luscious. (Yankee Candle, are you listening?) Thick, rich chocolate orange. Double up on the teaspoons, drop in a few extra cocoa nibs, walk away for 10 minutes…dessert!

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Several of you have made mention in various posts about the Tin of Tea that Never Goes Away - by some mystical multiplication means, there’s always just enough for one more cuppa.

That’s Tower of London at my house. But in this case, I am grateful for the Never Goes Away properties. It’s so fruity and luscious and stands up to absentminded morning preparation it is welcome here for a long, long time.

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Keeping a date with Tazo the cat. I promised that when I got home from the nursing home run this afternoon, we’d have a cuddle in the patio glider. Hardship, let me tell you…about 75 degrees, not a bit of breeze or dampness, just warm quiet afternoon sun. A blessing.

The date actually started a little later than intended…getting the truck stuck in 6" of mud behind my dad’s barn slowed down the drive home a bit. Tell you about it when my spouse is ready to look back on the adventure and laugh :)

I still don’t think this is particularly chocolatey, still just used 1 bag, but in a much smaller cup and left it in the whole time. Still a fair rooibos.

Nicole

My cat date today was letting them roam the backyard while I stretched out on a blanket with a book but fell asleep. :) Enjoy the limited number of spring days we’ll probably get this year. :)

K S

The weather GMathis gets, we usually get the next day. I have high hopes for tomorrow :) I’ll have to settle for the dog though as the cats will have nothing to do with me outdoors.

ashmanra

Hooray! I am glad spring finally made it to you!

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
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Believe this one deserves a position on the “can’t ruin it, good no matter how you steep it” list. Hardcore Assam/PG Tips lovers may argue it isn’t stout enough for breakfast (the golden monkey adds a little gentleness), but if you’ve got one eye open already, or aren’t in a tearing hurry, it’s a nice morning tea.

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drank Fine Ti Kuan Yin by The Tea Table
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Ti kuan yin tastes like Juicy Fruit to me, so I have a predisposition to taste that flavor, whether it’s present or not. In this case, it was strong and pronounced when this cup was fresh. After it cooled, not so much. More like sweet cereal now, but it has a heavy, silky feel in the mouth.

MsWhatsit

I’d probably like this one. Juicy Fruit was my favorite gum when I was growing up.

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I broke into the Mango tin this evening. Not being a mango connoisseur (if you can spell that correctly without Googling, I salute you!) I can’t tell you how accurate the flavor is. I’ve always thought mangoes tasted like darker, overripe peaches. But for a little tin of bagged gift tea with a green tea base of unknown and inexpensive origin, it’s not bad! Wasn’t bitter, didn’t taste artificial; might be tasty iced. If spring ever gets here some decade.

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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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