1740 Tasting Notes

drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Wouldn’t you know it…threw together a second steep of last night’s tulsi, some chamomile, and a spoonish of dried apple mint from the back porch, ended up with a cup of evening nirvana (I’d swear there was some vanilla voodoo going on in the background)…and paid absolutely no attention to the proportions or steep time so I may never be able to replicate it again!

Apple mint is much better dried than it is fresh, but the leaves are fuzzy instead of smooth like regular mint, so it looks almost a little moldy in the jar. In case you need to know.

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drank Golden Yunnan Black by Tao Tea Leaf
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Oh, the difference a minute or so can make! Generally, Tao’s Golden Yunnan has a rich, dark wood and fruitiness. It is a very good breakfast tea. Distracted and agitated this morning, walked off without watching the clock and now we have rained-on cowboy boots that have made one too many trips through the barnyard. (OK, I’m exaggerating a little, but it’s dark and strong!)

It’s just been that kind of week, and a strong sign that I should just rely on my can’t-mess-it-up teas until the weekend :)

albertocanfly

Love the rained on cowboy boots description! So adorable and pictorial! :]

gmathis

Aww…nobody’s called me adorable or pictorial in um, ever? That made my afternoon. Thanks!

albertocanfly

Well, it is true! Have a wonderful rest of your day! .

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
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This one is growing on me. Light on the steep time = rich and breakfasty.

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drank Sweet 16 by Savoy Tea Company
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This one smells and steeps like fruit punch. I was a little leery, since it contained green tea, of the recommended 4 minute steep time, but it worked well. The sweetness stays on your tongue, but doesn’t coat it like licorice. A tasty one for fancy cups and feather boas and sparkly junk jewelry tea parties.

mj

Grown woman here….still want to go to that tea party :)

gmathis

I love my sparkly junk jewelry :) Hubby’s grandma recently gave me a small treasure trove of 60’s-70’s era brooches, necklaces & scarves. So much fun to paw through!

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Too much licorice in this one for me to get very excited about it; all I had was skim milk so I tossed that in and it helped somewhat. It smells chocolatey, but I’m sure not getting it when I sip.

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
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This also makes a great, stout, get-you-back-on-your-feet sun tea: three bags to a quart; started it outdoors, chilled overnight. Tested after a warmish afternoon of traipsing around Northwest Arkansas shopping venues.

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drank Calm by Tazo
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What not to do with this one: do not attempt to tone down the l(ick!)orice with fresh pineapple mint and a slug of chilled apple juice. My tongue is still trying to shake off the taste of household cleaner.

On a temporarily brighter note: At the expense of personal sanity, family sanctity, and household sanitation, I am as of 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time NOT BEHIND ON ANY WRITING DEADLINES.

Christina

Congrats! That’s awesome.

ashmanra

WOO HOO!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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This has got to be one of the most oft-reviewed teas ever, so all I’ll say is that I’m glad to have some back under my roof. First time I’ve tried it in sachet form; the tin smelled just like a cookie jar. Don’t get too cocky and leave the bag in indefinitely; there is a point where it starts getting snitty on you.

mj

lol @ the warning

Sarsonator

Heh. Snitty is a great word!

Cameron B.

I’ve had this tea come out bitter several times. >:(

Miss Starfish

Thanks for the warning! I’ve been conserving my tin between it being the only decaffeinated black in the house and trying to use up other stock. I won’t hold off when I feel like it now (which should always been the way really!). :)

gmathis

Still wonderfully yummy, just needs a light touch with the timer. Bathing it for 30 minutes just wasn’t bright.

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
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Husband picked this up at Target (they’re developing an interesting little tea repertoire locally) with iced tea in mind. I left the bag far, far longer than the recommended 3 minutes, so this morning’s cup had a sharpish bite. All the same, it was drinkable and somewhat Assam-ish in personality. Will pay better attention next time.

gmathis

Much better when you pay attention. Timed at 3 minutes promptly, it is smoother, but still strong enough to get both eyes open at once.

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drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
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How much am I liking this tea? Enough to perform some mighty funky aerobatics saving the cup while at the same time jumping from the patio glider to dodge a yellow jacket who evidently liked the scent as well as I do. I refuse to be imprisoned in my own home by critter-bugs!

The nutty component (as opposed to the nutty composer of this note) is a perfect balance to the fruit flavors.

Hoping that the 75% off was just a lucky break when I ordered; not a sign that it’s doomed to be pulled from rotation.

Indigobloom

Hope you aren’t allergic to bees! :/

gmathis

Unfortunately, more susceptible than I used to be…with a creek bank on the other side of our street as well, there is plenty of wildlife around to feast on me.

Indigobloom

Oh dear. Keep an epi on you

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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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