1802 Tasting Notes

drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
1802 tasting notes

Yesterday was just kinda stinky; so we’re trying to perk the day up today, even if it’s by artificial means. Wearing the Yellow Sweater (reserved especially for doldrum winter days; usually, it doesn’t come out until January) and broke the a.m. unflavored routine in favor of something nostalgic.

Constant Comment is chummy and reliable; not finicky on time and temp; enough orange and clove to warm up your mouth, but not to interfere or go bitter on you. It was my mom’s pantry standard when I was growing up. This bag was a snitch, but a box of my very own sounds tempting.

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drank Cherry Green by Simple Loose Leaf
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I have been remiss; k s sent this some time ago, but I have been short on sit-and-think time, and that’s what green teas require. I am decadently and greedily stealing some of that time this afternoon (burning a vacation day for some family holiday stuff). Feet up at 1:20 in the afternoon with Bob melting into a fur puddle on my lap. Have I introduced you to Bob? Scruffy, perpetually bewildered stray cat with no tail and Very Little Brain. Blame my husband.

But I digress. This is a fine green tea, and it comes through loud and clear underneath the flavoring. The flavoring itself is a little tricky to pin down. K S’s review nixed maraschino, but that cherry-on-top taste is what I’m noticing. Like cherry Life Savers or the tiniest hint of cherry syrup with your drink. Artificial rather than fresh off the tree, but not unpleasant or bitter. Bob sniffed it and says it’ll do.

ashmanra

What about Tazo? Does Tazo approve of Bob? Perhaps they could be Simple Cat and Helper Cat.

gmathis

El Puma and The Paw. Tazo retains alpha cat status and keeps his distance. Bob tags along after everything and everyone that breathes. He’s a needy little dude.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Pure laziness posting as “random” on my part; this is just from my generic stash of Tulsi leaves and I was too tired to actually hunt up the company source. Trying to get ducks in a row for a couple of days off work, I’ve been in complete “rev” mode all day and can’t un-rev. So I steeped this hard and long in hopes it will uncrimp the back of my neck.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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FOUND IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tabby

Hahaha, if I see this, I’m going to have to get it now.

Ost

Yah!!

Rosehips

This is a fabulous tasting note.

gmathis

One does not have to be wordy to be eloquent ;)

OMGsrsly

Woohoo!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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This morning, I was in dire need of raspberry leaf infusion for medicinal purposes, but straight-up, it’s not a happy-good-morning wake-up flavor. So I pulled out a bag of my old favorite Traditions strawberry tea and filled a DIY bag with the raspberry leaf. Pulled the strawberry out first and let the rest steep strong. Tasted pleasant and did the trick.

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It smelled like the real deal dry, all white chocolate creaminess; steeped, the stevia took over. Had to dump it. If you like heavily pre-sweetened dessert teas, this might be OK; if you want the freedom to sweeten lightly on your own, not so much.

TeaBrat

Republic of Tea is almost always a disappointment to me

TeaBrat

Republic of Blah… ;)

Fjellrev

Yikes. I nearly got tempted by their tins yesterday. I’ll steer clear!

gmathis

I remember when I was still a novice and thought RoT was the best of the best :)

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Way too much licorice and anise in this for me to be a fan, but I’m not going to waste a warm cup on a snowy day. Toned it down a little with almond milk and a sugar cookie. Sugar cookies fix nearly anything.

scribbles

Agree with the sugar cookies :) yummmmm

ashmanra

SNOWY???

gmathis

Three sloppy inches! Pre-Thanksgiving snow isn’t unheard of here, but it’s generally just flurries and dustings. We holed up for the after noon and watched the Hobbit.

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drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
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Hubby got this box of bags for himself…always makes me smile when he chooses a tea; it’s a rare and pleasant occurrence. Sticking with the recommended two minute steep yield, its mild and leans toward roasty-toasty rather than floral—definitely our household preference in an oolong. Pretty good stuff.

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Temperature is about 10 degrees warmer than it’s been all week, but the sky is heavy and gray and threatening snow flurries, which makes the chill penetrate deeper. I am freezing after a traipse out for lunch and a bit of shopping.

Correction: I was freezing. Starting to thaw out with this wonderful flavored green tea. It’s warm and creamy in texture, smells like maple walnut brittle, leaves sweetness on your tongue, and disappears from the cup way-y-y-y too fast!

tantonino

I’m afraid of what the rest of the week feels like!

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Ahhh—there’s the caramel! It shows up when you don’t leave the bag in the cup. I’m still trying to get used to the cinnamon, but it’s drinkable.

OMGsrsly

I saw the Christmas teas today, but they wanted $4.50 per box! Hopefully there are some left and they go on sale. :)

gmathis

Confounded seasonal marketing!

Suziqzer

Crazy isn’t it. Sometimes there are coupons for them.. Gotta keep an eye out though.

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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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