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1631 Tasting Notes

Though white tea is in the lower end of my favorite flavor scale, this is definitely my favorite white tea ever. It tastes. Sweet hay. Smells like a barn on the first day of spring it’s warm enough to leave your jacket on the hook.

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Two bags are better than one. Two bags left in the cup while sipping are better than two bags. Leisurely watching Downton Abbey while sipping two bags left in the cup surpasses it all.

(Two bags left in the cup reminded me surprisingly of Vanilla Comoro.)

Sil

downton abbey…id rather be at home watching that than here at work heh

Em

Trying not to envy your leisure :)

gmathis

Leisure = completely and totally ignoring the crust forming on the kitchen floor, dry clothes becoming perma-wrinkled in the dryer, dishes breeding super-bacteria in the sink, etc….

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1631 tasting notes

Recycled Upton Amgoorie Estate Assam leaves (rich, dark, malty) with a half teaspoon of Lover’s Leap Ceylon from Capital Teas to brighten and freshen it up.

Result was a nice little breakfast tea; just not overly strong. Not bad for a half-awake schlep to the kitchen and half-hearted “eh, that’ll do” morning alchemy.

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I was beginning to worry when I didn’t see replacement boxes of this spring and summer staple appearing at the store. So I did a little happy whoop when we went in today and I saw a healthy stack of red-and-white stripey boxes smiling at me…and resisted the impulse to buy them all.

I haven’t tried it yet, but there were some happy purple-and-white striped boxes right next to them on the shelf, a blackberry version. Hmmm…could be tasty!

Sil

hmmm never heard of this brand but i do like a good strawberry black. I’ll have to see if i can spot them here

Azzrian

Strawberry black is one of my favorite tea flavors as well :)

Ysaurella

really Azz ? I should have sent you some Thé à l’opéra from MF !
Sil, I keep this information in mind :)

Sil

Ysaurella..yes please! Also, if you send a bit for Azzrian, I can always make sure she gets a cup to try :)

Azzrian

Oh thank you ladies!
Yes I am a sucker for strawberry teas then peach teas :)
Anything with either of those flavors and cream – OMG!

teabird

I might have to hunt this one down!

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Went to Fox Farm Grocery this afternoon and got a glimmer of hope for this one: the owner tells me San Francisco Herb & Spice has been out of commission due to some customs issues, but those are starting to work themselves out—tea shipments soon, we hope!

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I save green teas, largely, for Sunday afternoons, when I have time for one more cuppa than usual but don’t need to amp myself up on lots of caffeine.

This was the first one that shuffled to the the top of the basket. It’s my second go-round with these cute little yarn balls. I still prefer a steep longer than the recommended 1 minute—-I’ve been doing 90 seconds-2 minutes, but when I do, it’s light and rich (are those terms contradictory?) and silky. Not a bit vegetabley.

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Level teaspoon instead of heaping, 3 minutes instead of 4; now smooth, light and toasty.

I’m thinking perfection will be 30 seconds more + 10 extra leaves. I’ll go get my tweezers.

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After several weeks of scrimpily, scroungily sipping scraps of swaps and samples (say that five times fast!) I splurged with this sumptuous selection from Upton.

At 4 minutes, it steeps a deep burgundy-brown and tastes the same color. Rich and crusty-malty, and - just because I was very excited to open a new packet and was very generous with the leaf - almost on the edge of bitter. I think that can be fixed next time by backing off the measurements a bit.

gmathis

Second steep was much better. The edge was gone. (Usually I don’t like that in a second steep.) The residual bread-crusty taste makes me look forward to a cup done properly.

Which raises a question…once you’ve fried a tea on the first steep, are the leaves ruined from that point going forward?

Michelle Butler Hallett

I think that depends very much on the tea. I wrecked some ginseng oolong a while ago with near-boiling water and didn’t even try a re-steep. Maybe I should have.

gmathis

Guess it depends on how temperamental the oolong is. Good ol’ Assams don’t get their feelings hurt too easily.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Hahaha! They’re pretty sturdy.

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Was my handy in-the-purse bag for breakfast date at Denny’s. For what it costs locally ($7.99 for 20 bags), it’s a little pricey for a fair-to-middlin’ Assam. My previous notes include “toasty” and ‘wheaty" as adjectives. I won’t adjust that, but there are so many other kick-your-eyes-open breakfast teas I like better, this isn’t on the repeat list.

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Dear Gussie, what a week. I feel like something the cat dragged in. However, Lord willing, I have a lovely unscheduled weekend of “not much” ahead of me.

So in keeping with the no-thought, just-rest-and-be-comfy theme, this was perfect with my break and bake sugar cookies for dessert. The hibiscus gives it the tang of fresh blueberries without the typical nasty h-tartness.

Hubby and I were reminiscing about college days … remember when Red Zinger and Lemon Zinger were about all there was in the Celestial Seasonings lineup? (And back then, I drank them with no qualms about the hibiscus overkill.)

JacquelineM

I think it’s why I like hibiscus perfectly fine! When I was first on steepster and everyone was complaining about hating hibiscus in my mind I was saying “But it tastes like COLLEGE!” :)

gmathis

The reason I care for it much, much less these days is that it masks the other good stuff.

Michelle Butler Hallett

What a flashback. I drank SO MUCH Celestial Seasonings (and Stash) in university! Yes, hibiscus, which I no longer care for, totally tastes like libraries and quads and term papers and cement stairwells. Thanks for that.

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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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