1850 Tasting Notes

Cheap, malty, takes long, unsupervised steeping well. Adequate.

sren

Long, unsupervised steeping :):):)

gmathis

(That’s code for I lost track of time because the sweater I originally put on didn’t match the shirt once I was under the bathroom lights and I had to go fish out another one, and then I had to check my desk for a piece of paper and the cat wanted to play and then I had left wet clothes in the washer and had to throw them in the dryer and…)

sren

This is why I like teas that resteep well, second chances :)

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Another goodie from ashmanra. The first adjective that came to mind after a 4-ish minute steep was pure. Crisp. Clean. No thickness on the tongue. It’s got enough strength to qualify as a waker-upper, but no muddiness or bitterness. (My sleepy eyes thank you!)

ashmanra

This one is good with maple syrup, too! Glad you liked it!

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This was in a happy box from ashmanra, a lovely antidote to a gray and grim, grizzly day. Bits of orange peel and other goodies with this spiced rooibos make it taste like the red tea version of good ol’ Constant Comment. Warming and sweet-smelling!

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Haven’t said much about this, but it’s made repeat appearances at the house now—it’s a respectable and decent black morning tea. Flavor strength is right in the middle, maybe pointing a scootch toward the dark/deep side instead of bright/brassy. Takes sloppy steeping OK. Those of you who’ve read more than three of my reviews know that’s a winner for me.

This morning, however, due to cloggy and lumpy spring sinuses, I’m getting banana vibes out of it. An unexpected tea adventure :) It’s me, not the leaves!

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Chose this for caffeine delivery rather than subtle flavor nuances. I love it that, though it’s double-strength caffeine, it still has a pretty gentle English Breakfast personality—doesn’t curdle your tongue with bitterness, even after a nice, long steep. Good with milk. Great when you have an 8:30 a.m. meeting and a 4:45 a.m. brain.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
1850 tasting notes

Temperate rain in the forecast caused us to pull out our potted mints that we had mulched and tucked on the edge of the carport to snooze out the winter. Removed the mulch to see what fared well…best out of the batch was the catnip. The cats found it immediately, and due to my incompetence with a camera phone, you all missed some of the funniest feline gyrations—they rubbed their muzzles in it, practically turning their heads 360 degrees to wallow in it to full effect; Tazo tried to climb in the pot…all to say, I got to steep me some of that when it matures this spring!

Inspired by their enthusiasm, I’m enjoying a sweet and fresh strong tisane with applemint from last summer’s backyard crop. Come on, warmth and sunshine!

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If you read my string of notes for straight-up tulsi, every last one is related to a rock-bottom, scraping-the-dregs-of-the-barrel physical or emotional trauma. Today is no exception. Daylight savings jet lag catching up with me; an unpleasant four-year-old tornado-related insurance headache catching up with us; it’s time to call in the big guns. I am grateful to have discovered a natural medicinal that won’t chase all the big uglies away, but helps to hold them at bay for a while so I can catch my breath.

Truthfully, I’m not sure what brand this is—it’s from the bulk bin at our indie grocery. (I’m not sure that San Francisco Herb Co. is their preferred supplier now.) But it’s lemony, clovey, warm and light.

K S

DST and insurance… sounds like you’re going to need more tulsi. Ugghh.

gmathis

In other news, our central heating unit caught on fire (well, sparks and stink) last night. Sympathy and “there, there’s” welcome.

OMGsrsly

OMG. Good luck.

sren

Oh noooo. Sometimes “when it rains, it pours” is more like monsoon season. ☕️ there, there…

K S

Well that stinks. Virtual arm around shoulder and a prayer for strength.

gmathis

Thanks for prayers and kind words—prayers are powerful; the words are comforting. Needed both! As of quittin’ time yesterday, both crises are under control. (Deep cleansing breath.)

K S

PTL! Our recent furnace fire was a locked up blower motor. Nothing $275 couldn’t fix. I’m OK with it. If we hadn’t been home when the house filled with smoke….

gmathis

This was a relay … motor replaced on New Year’s Eve … we’ll soon have a new unit, one part at a time.

ashmanra

Oy! Prayers, virtual hugs, and “this too shall pass.”

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1850 tasting notes

Ever find a basket of leaves on your kitchen counter that still look viable but you’re not quite sure what they were, and you’re too lazy to clean out the basket, so you just throw in a small wad of fresh generic Assam on top of it and steep it an indeterminate amount of time while you clean up after the cat, and you discover it’s really tasty?

Don’t say no, you don’t; you have. (Well, maybe not; perhaps you don’t have a cat :)
Happy Friday, all.

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Some mornings, you just need unleaded fuel. Expect no subtlety here; stiff, clout-you-over-the-head strong tea with a sharp little uptick at the end of the sip. Milk (almond milk) mellows it a bit, but doesn’t mask the strength. Recommended on icy 13-degree March mornings when you don’t-want-to-leave-your-flannel-sheet-cocoon.

K S

I envy you people that can take a full on frontal assault first thing in the morning. I have to ease my way into the day. First cup has to be something lightly charged for me. I used to wake up at my office desk around 9am wondering how I got there. Then the caffeine pile driving second cup could begin.

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drank Black & Green by Tetley
1850 tasting notes

This is turning into my go-to for a post-lunch pick-me-up. Just decent black tea with a little sharpness from the green that makes it a happy cup.

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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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