1707 Tasting Notes

drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
1707 tasting notes

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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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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This is going to be an acquired taste, I think; drinking for the health benefits more than anything else. A deep forest-y taste; something an Ent or a wood elf might offer you to drink. Just now reading indigobloom’s comment from a previous note that it works with honey. Will try that next steep.

Indigobloom

LOL a wood elf, I love it! but you are so right… what a fun association to have with raspberry leaf tea :P

gmathis

…that or I can see a old mountain “yarb” woman wrapped in several granny shawls carrying a paper packet of this in her basket of remedies…

Indigobloom

ah that to! or from some old new orleans voodoo shop (because this stuff is magical, makes the pains go away!)

gmathis

Will be paying careful attention to the medicinal effects :)

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
1707 tasting notes

I’m finding something else to like about this time every time I drink it. Today’s “fave feature” is its flexibility…I was bumbling through the morning routine much slower than usual and a three-minute steep time stretched well over five. Still tasty and bright, not bitter. It isn’t bulldozer-strong, but an all-around good a.m. selection.

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I know I like this lean, clean dragonwell, but just now noticing that it’s being advertised as a digestive aid. After a large sweet-n-sour pork lunch with all the trimmings at a local Asian buffet, it is a comfortable topper…

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Snow. Again. It would be beautiful if it were December; now, it’s just an annoyance.

And I do have to go out in it soon, so something with clout is needed. Love this stuff. A little milk helps it stick to your ribs.

TheTeaFairy

Girl, I really dig what you’re saying! Snow at this time is not a pretty thing anymore… And there’s so much around here, I’ll be lucky to see the grass in july!

gmathis

The birds who came back for the season (a little too early) are making their opinions very clear this morning :)

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Yes, birds can be very opinionated!

Nicole

Agree. Sooooo tired of snow. And cold. And no sun. I have to shovel the driveway again today. Sigh.

Terri HarpLady

Getting ready to drag my harp out in it….

Tea Sipper

Yep, last spring was so early! Very spoiled last year.

gmathis

I think we lucked out—about an inch that’s beginning to melt already. Nicole, how much did you get?

Nicole

About 4 inches. But we lucked out and a guy just came around offering to plow the drive for whatever cash we had to hand. So, no more shoveling for me. I hope. :)

Claire

This is my go to tea when I just want to drop a bag in a teacup or if I need CAFFEINE.

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What wretched weather! Upper 30’s, sky like a wet gray blanket, threats of snow tomorrow, haven’t seen the sun since last Tuesday.

A copious tea day, but trying to lighten it up a bit this afternoon so I can sleep.

This is deliciously light, silky, and a little bit fruit-juicy. Is aging well; doesn’t seem to have lost any of its elegant punch after all the months I’ve had it.

K S

We have low 50’s and not a cloud in the sky :) Of course we are scheduled for 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow late. Seriously – does spring not know its late March!

gmathis

I am aching for the first Saturday I can hang rugs and bedding out on the clothesline to air.

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Just needed a cup of simplicity. Dark, strong, breakfast tea, no fuss. Light touch/short steep is good with these bags. But if you see this brand in the odds-n-ends shelf at a department discount store and wonder about it, it’s OK.

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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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