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1625 Tasting Notes

Not much new or notable to say about this; it’s just such a happy little evening tea. Pick a dessert, any dessert, and it’s a lovely little go-with. Tonight we’re going with Pillsbury Apple Turnovers.

Wish I’d thought of it before the season was over; I should see if there’s any left at Food 4 Less.

CrowKettle

I stuck my nose up at this when I saw it in stores around the holidays but have regretted it ever since. It sounds really neat. Next year (hopefully)!

gmathis

Sometimes holiday blends are a little over-the-top to be enjoyable for more than a short time. This one’s a keeper, I think.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1625 tasting notes

Seems to me, and I’ve logged this before, that tulsi, with its lemony personality, is a perfect match for blueberry. (Though I did a quick search and haven’t found any commercial blenders who agree with me enough to package the combo.)

Tonight was no exception; I had a bitty-bit of aging Blueberry Cocktail from SpecialTeas, half-and-halved it with plain no-name tulsi from my local import grocery, and it was just lovely. A good nightcap for a brain that’s already flipped to TV test pattern listening to Lyle Lovett & Co. on Pandora. You couldn’t even get a blip if you hooked me up to a brain scan.

ashmanra

Let me see….nope, nothing. I bought some Tulsi. It tastes good!

gmathis

Could you tell if it had any (as Barney Fife would say) thera-petic effect?

ashmanra

I’m not sure! I don’t think I was tense enough at the time.

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Uh-oh. We’re down to skimpy-ration level. This is definitely going on the wish list, underscored in red.

The package recommends a 2-3 minute steep. Followed that recommendation this morning, and while it’s still lovely good, I believe I prefer it my way: dark and rich, more toward the 4-5 minute mark.

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This is a sweet and gentle little dragonwell; safe to drink in the evening.

(Just sniffled my way through Downton Abbey Season 3 Episode 4. I wonder what kind of tea Carson serves when…well, you know…happens.)

(Late to see it because weather messed up PBS reception last night and we got the dreaded NO SIGNAL signal. Put me in a vile mood all day until I could get my fix online. That’s just kind of pathetic, huh?)

Em

Sobbed harder than I have in a long time while watching it last night.

gmathis

…and I had even seen spoilers and knew what was coming.

Em

I’m surprised I missed spoilers. I had no clue. It felt like a personal loss to me.

JacquelineM

I’ve been crying for 24 hours now. I can’t even think about it.

Veronica

I missed the spoilers somehow, too. I was shocked and wanted to stop watching, but I couldn’t. And I cried. Good grief did I cry!

PositiviTEA

So I read this review about an hour ago while “working on homework.” I then realized that it was a perfect time to watch Episode 4, and now I’m pretty sure that I will never be able to finish me homework! I am far too emotionally compromised!

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…so I let the leaves dry overnight and did one more 2-minute-ish steep (the third one) this morning. Strange things happening…

First, this is getting darker with every steep. It’s almost ebony in color instead of letting up.

Second, I’m sitting peacefully in my happy chair enjoying a quiet house with the heater not running for a change and I hear this funny ringing sound coming from the end table. Specifically, from my tea mug. Warily, I pick it up. Yep, my cup is fizzing. High pitched snap, crackle, pop. Does pu-erh do that?

OK, even if it’s wrong, who doesn’t want to taste-test magical-colored ebony fizzing tea? Maybe it was the “bubbly” notion influencing my taste buds, but … yep … cola flavor.

This wins my prize for most humorously bizarre tea tasting experience. Honorable mention, anyway.

JC

Darker for overnight left over puerh is not unusual(unless you made some many steeps that there not much left in the tea anymore). When you leave it over night it was ‘steeping’ in the humidity that was left, so even if it dried up there’s a ‘concentrated’ steep waiting there. Don’t know about the sound… maybe just re-hydration of the tea?

gmathis

..which makes absolute sense. It was still pretty tasty! As for tea that talks, to confirm I hadn’t completely lost it, I stuck it in my husband’s ear. He heard it too :)

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You experts would snicker at the clumsy and inelegant way I handle this tuocha; impatient with all the shaving and chipping it takes, today I just broke the confounded thing into manageable clumps and put them in my trusty Mason jar.

But the nice thing about this is it takes “clumsy and inelegant” without batting an elephant eyelash. Prime steeping time appears to be right at the 2 minute mark; results in a lovely, almost syrupy, medium-dark cuppa sweetness.

JC

Make sure you don’t put a lid on the Mason Jar!(If it is for storage). Put a cloth with a rubber band on it, so it can breathe and ‘age’. Unless you are planning to drink it all in less than a year :P

gmathis

Gotcha. Appreciate the tip; tuochas are Advanced Level and I’m stalled out at Intermediate.

JC

Hey, it’s all about learning! No matter how much you learn, there’s always something you still need to learn.

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Turned off the alarm clock, sweet spouse let me sleep in, so I didn’t need open-yer-eyes-you-lazy-clod tea this morning for a change. This is pleasant, not too tart, but not artificially sweet. Tastes real.

If spring ever gets here, I would like to try this iced before my sample gets all sampled up.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1625 tasting notes

Decaf Korakundah is a variety I picked up at Savoy last spring, hoping for a decent plain black decaf. Not so much…it isn’t unpleasant; it just isn’t much of anything. Tastes watered down, even at full strength.

So to finish out the sample, I topped it off with half a teaspoon of Blueberry Black tea Nicole sent from, uh, I think, Tropical Tea Co. Now we’ve got a little something going. Kept steep time light, so I don’t think it’ll buzz me too much to sleep tonight.

Ellyn

silly question…how do i make words bold????

ashmanra

Not silly! Just type an asterisk before and after the word or words you want in bold. When you hit enter, they will change. Like this!

gmathis

Italics are an underscore before and after the word. For when you want to say, “I am reading a really good book called The Almond Tree. It’s making me Google 1955 Israeli-Palestinian history and feel embarrassed that I didn’t pay more attention in my post-WWII history class.”

Ellyn

thank you for the info!

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1625 tasting notes

Not my favorite; the honey flavor is awfully strong and can turn on you, but I’ve learned the work-around for this one. Light touch on time, temp, and measurement.

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Nearing the end of my bag; saving what’s left for stone-cold, wickedly grey, dreary evenings. (And the weather’s kind of yucky, too ;)

This is as close to coffee as I need to get. The chicory is just sweet enough to make additions unnecessary (though it’s tasty with milk and sugar). Roasty, toasty, and comfy.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I need to try this. It’s gluten free, and most chicory based coffee substitutes aren’t. Thanks for writing about it again!

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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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