1693 Tasting Notes

drank Hawaiian Dreams by Della Terra Teas
1693 tasting notes

What I woke up craving for breakfast was a week on a beach—pick a beach, any beach—with a stack of good books, sunshine guaranteed, and no work, family, or other obligations whatever.

What I settled for was a cup of this lovely tropical tea. Heavy on the coconut, mild on the pineapple, dessert-sweet. This one is well done.

Tea Sipper

Aw, that sounds nice. Books and the beach. :D

gmathis

Doesn’t it, though? I’d take a beach, a deck, a backyard, a hammock, a cabin in the woods, or a hole in a tree if it came with solitude and guilt-free time to read!

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
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Courtesy of ashmanra, something to smile about this morning. Love the way the golden monkey makes the Assam a little sweeter and juicier. I can see how it would be milk and sugar friendly, but you know me—prefer it straight up, no additives.

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74

Well, girls…after watching the calendar and drinking this for several consecutive evenings, I believe I can give it a thumbs up for doing what it’s purported to do! Symptoms reduced pretty significantly. Still looks like dryer lint.

Sil

lol mmm tasty cup of dryer lint!

Terri HarpLady

I used to drink lots of raspberry leaf, back when I was in my womanly prime. Now that I’m done with all that (halleluiah!), I don’t drink it anymore. In fact, I noticed I still had some in the cupboard, so I gave it to one of my daughters.

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drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
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Dry, this smells like fresh strawberry candy, or maybe the sugary strawberry beginnings of my mom’s homemade strawberry jam. The sugary-strawberry doesn’t come through as strongly once it’s steeped; just a pleasant light green tea base with a fruity aftertaste that stays on your tongue.

Perfect for a genuinely gentle, warm spring afternoon in my patio glider. I may never go inside.

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This little sample from ashmanra arrived providentially. Someone must have told her last week that I would have insomnia last night and need something substantial to prop me up this morning before heading to church and facing a roomful of fifth graders hopped up (pun intended) on Easter candy.

This is a wonderful breakfast tea. I’ve been smiling at the descriptors in other reviews: Fruity. Apple. Malty. (Oh yeah.) Rich. Smooth. All true. “George Clooney in a tux…” not sure about that one :)

I think this will get me out the door.

Happy Easter, tea friends. May it be a day that brings lasting joy.

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drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
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Second steep. Cherry dissipates pretty quickly, but it still leaves the nice pu-erh base. Not too muddy tasting.

And of course, it tastes better because…
a) it’s warm enough to taste it outside while watching laundry on the line fluttering gently in the sunshine
b) it’s sipped in the company of Tazo, our free-range, no-strings-attached, no-obligation yard cat. (Solid black. Citrus green eyes. Tazo just fit. No special emotional attachments to the brand.)
c) it’s accompanied by fresh brownies and a fistful of malted milk eggs.

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drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
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Amazing what happens when you read the directions. Two teaspoons. I had been way underleafing. Done properly (well, I never know if I’m doing pu-erh properly…) it tastes like a good slab of cherry pie.

Based on the NTL varieties I have tried, the one thing I’ve observed they consistently do well is create real-tasting fruit flavors. Not a bit of artificiality about this one.

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74

With honey. It certainly sweetens, but doesn’t mask the dark-green-leafiness.

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This came to me via a co-worker to whom it was served at a hotel in the United Arab Emirates. Looked up the company; it’s Singaporean and has a very tony, elegant website. Opened the pouch; beautiful fabric bag. Tasted the tea; flat.

It’s a basic, “brown” tasting breakfast tea, getting a little bitter as it cools. Kind of a disappointment, as I had anticipated something posh.

Ah, well. It’s still always fun to add a new one to the tasting list.

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Had an after-dinner cuppa with a squirt of experimental honey. It worked. The honey toned down the barkiness and made it taste more like the rough-shod cousin of a cup of chamomile. I’ll let you know if it makes me healthier. :)

Kittenna

Chickweed, eh? :P

Rachel J

LOL… Chickweed does not sound appetizing. ;)

Terri HarpLady

That stuff grows all over the place in my garden…

Kittenna

Hahahaha, I was thinking… new source of income – selling chickweed tea! Or dandelion. Thistle? Haha.

Terri HarpLady

I eat the dandelions in the spring!
I get thistles sometimes…

gmathis

It’s very Beatrix Pottery, isn’t it?

Terri HarpLady

Yup, all the way down to the bunnies hopping around!

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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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