1688 Tasting Notes

drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
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Almost like candy for breakfast. Nothing new to say about it after half a dozen tasting notes; caramelly, lemony. Only for mornings when there’s time to enjoy it. Because of where I buy it, when I drink it, I have strong sensory connections of leisurely days in the days of the Ozarks. I am in deep need of a strong dose of “somewhere else.”

K S

Hang in there g.

I got a brief ‘somewhere else’ moment a little bit ago. A childhood friend posted picks of our trailers on the campgrounds from another lifetime. Such wonderful memories from when life was simple and made sense… and dad took care of everything. All i had to do was ride my bike and have fun.

gmathis

Pre RV? Pop up tent trailers? My parents hauled one from here to San Francisco and back one summer. And—I can’t believe I’m remembering this—my souvenir from Chinatown was a tiny wooden tea set. I wonder what happened to it…

K S

tents, pop ups, & up to old 24 foot camper. Too bad you don’t still have the tea set. At least you got the cool memory.

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drank Sooth-me Tea by Steep City Teas
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This is definitely an herbal blend for chai lovers—lots of the same ingredients, leading loudly with cardamom. I’m catching the orange and ginger, and the chamomile is visibly present in the dry blend, but it’s overpowered by the spices.

A really creative change of pace from typical nighttime chamomile blends. Thanks, Steep City, for the chance to try it!

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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First, thanks to Teajo Teas. I needed a little cheer-up after this week, and the little padded sample mailer made my day.

First whiff out of the open packet reminded me a little of fruity chewing gum. (Peer pressure, based on other reviews, said it should have smelled like malt and hay.)

Regardless, it steeps up into a red-brown, fruity (yay…somebody else said raisiny; I’m not crazy!) cuppa. A little gentler than my usual boot-yer-backside-out-the-door breakfast preference. And I’m thinking it will be refreshing if the sample holds out long enough for me to try a cup chilled!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Homebrew experiment. Took a wild chance with roughly equal parts lemongrass, coconut, and toasted sesame seeds…a hat-tip to H&S Bangkok Blend.

Plausible. I liked the sesame part of each sip best, which makes me wonder if there’s something else it would jive with a little better.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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There are not adjectives powerful enough to describe how I loathe springing forward. Sorry, DST lovers. My poor circadian rhythms are in a tailspin.

Nothing’ll do but tea-based caffeine at its stoutest until I actually see daylight in the morning again. So this may be in the frequent-drinker lineup for a while. When you dole out the leaves judiciously, it has a little coppery-fruity foretaste. As it sits, it just builds more muscle. Muscle I need to drag me through the day, I think.

K S

For most of my life Indiana was on Indiana time. We never changed our clocks. I think we changed time zones or something. It actually got dark around 10:00 and it was daylight when I got up. A few years ago they changed us to eastern time for no good reason other than so they could play golf half the night. Yes, I’m grumbling. I don’t even have a job and I can’t adjust to time change. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Now that you have me wound, I guess I’ll make some tea… of course I was going to anyway :)

JacquelineM

I agree, agree, agree! HATE spring forward!! Give me back my hour!!!!!

gmathis

It’s a conspiracy. Night people. Bah. ;)

ashmanra

I love DST but wish we would just stay on it all year!

Azzrian

That one hour for me equates to about 5 hours.

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drank Orange Creme Dreams by Talbott Teas
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Hubby went peppercorn crazy at the bulk herb store and the pink ones were just so cute…

…that I crushed a pinch of them into this nice orangey blend, most often compared to Creamsicle flavor. Their presence was detectible when the cup was hot, less so as it cooled.

Which leads to a couple of questions for amateur or pro blenders and alchemists: 1) how many peppercorns does it take to really warm your cup up? 2) what kinds of tea do you or would you put a peppercorn in?

Sil

nomnomnom this sounds good!

Bonnie

Peppercorns in chai and chocolate (although I use something like a basket and play with the strength…this way you can pull the basket out.).

gmathis

I’m not much of a chai person, just in the dead of winter, but I have some Belgian Chocolate rooibos that might be good with a kick…

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This is my other alt-health experiment for girl stuff. Husband teased me; said it looked like dryer lint. (He’s right.) But again, health benefits outweigh attractiveness. Here’s a rundown: http://wellnessmama.com/5107/herb-profileraspberry-leaf/

It tastes like what you’d expect from a raspberry leaf—35% raspberry, 65% plant roughage. Not particularly sweet or bitter; just leafy. I’m thinking it might be really pleasant chilled come summer.

Indigobloom

I love it with some honey. Really works for those girly days! :D

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Updated to the correct supplier; it’s a bulk buy from my local bulky herb place. Cheap; $1.79 for 2 ounces.

Have been wanting to give this a try since I heard about it on Dr. Oz as a good appetite suppression/diet companion tea. (I don’t take Dr. Oz as a final authority; that’s just where it came to my attention.) However, it does sound like I’m drinking a cup of vitamins: Fresh chickweed contains high amounts of vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, D and B. Iron, calcium and potassium can also be found in chickweed.

So, there you go. From a health standpoint, it sure can’t hurt. From an enjoyment standpoint, it may take a little massaging. Straight up, it tastes like green wood soup with a little dandelion thrown in. Savory, not sweet. I’m thinking something fruity or flowery (apple? tulsi? lemongrass? lavender?) might tone down the barkiness.

Indigobloom

Neat! what is green wood?

gmathis

It’s what my imagination says it would taste like if you run out to the nearest tree, snap off a twig that isn’t dead yet, peel off the bark and lick it. (Not that I would ever try that ;)

Indigobloom

LOL I wouldn’t do that either, but I can certainly imagine what you mean!

ashmanra

I have spent many hours in my hands and knees pulling chickweed. I should have been making tea…

gmathis

When I was surfing to get a feel for the health benefits, I read something about it being used in salads…

Ellyn

I love your description!! I can totally taste it!

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I rarely sweeten my tea, but I needed something to convince my rotten sweet tooth that I really don’t need dessert. (That lovely spring-weather realization that one must streamline if one doesn’t want to buy a new wardrobe in slightly larger dimensions…) Oh, well, it’s supposed to get cold again. I’ll pile on another layer.

So I drizzled a little honey in the bottom of the cup before steeping this. Gives it enough extra sweetness to mimic an apple turnover.

Keep the bag in when you drink this one.

CrowKettle

I should pick this one up as a temporary chamomile- it sounds good (especially with the honey)!

gmathis

The apple flavor is nice—natural tasting instead of “flavory.”

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Need to finish the packet of this before it loses its Irish fling, and as it’s a little long in the tooth, need to step up the steep time and amount o’wee leafies. As it is, the creme gets you before the mint.

But today I would gladly imbibe generic-grade grocery store fannings as long as I can do as I just did…rocking slowly outdoors in my patio glider (first time in too many months!) watching the daffodils grow.

Sil

mmm outside…i went for a walk in the sun today too

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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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