2042 Tasting Notes

Sipping an office castoff of indeterminate age, but it’s pumpkin season. What could I do?
Regardless of its age, it’s still mellow with a little bite (of cinnamon). I am, too ;)

ashmanra

I need to go to a Trader Joe’s! I was in one very briefly years ago, but had to run in and literally run right back out. We don’t have one in my town, but there is one where my daughter lives.

gmathis

Not common here, either—I think you have to traipse to St. Louis. I have read that there is a connection between Trader Joe’s and Aldi, which we do have. I don’t know either product line well enough to know if there is any comparison. (Dagnabbit…I was at Aldi this weekend and forgot to check their tea selection!)

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On workdays, for time, convenience and proximity, bagged stuff is just the better option. (Remodeling at work; have to walk a city block—literally—for kitchen facilities. So I perched a little Hot Shot in a corner of my office.)

Hubby brought this nummy Numi home, where it is welcome. It’s mild and easy to steep. Not sharp or tangy—the bass line predominates here, and I’d swear it tastes a little grapey. A decent cuppa.

ashmanra

I have good experiences with Numi. I am not too surprised that the EB sounds good. Will keep an eye out.

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drank Black & Green by Tetley
2042 tasting notes

You know how it goes…just when you decide something is tasty, or discover a hallelujah-it-fits style of skivvies, or a favorite candle scent, then somebody decides to take it off the market shelves…so goes (or went it) with this nice, work-friendly afternoon tea. Had been trolling local stores for ages with no luck…

…that is, until my always-thoughtful enabling husband of 33 years today surprised me with a 3-pack.

What’s the big deal here? Not so much green that it is hard to steep, not so much black that it overpowers the green; it’s just right, Goldilocks. A little weight on the tongue so you feel like you’re drinking the good stuff, even though it’s supermarket grade.

Some wives get anniversary flowers that perish in a week. I get three boxes of 72 bags apiece; I’ll be sipping and sharing for months. That’s love. Guess I’ll keep him.

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drank Palm Beach Punch by Tiesta Tea
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Happy September! I wish the weather was as ready for autumn as I am…but as we will be tooling around in flip-flops for a few weeks yet, I succumbed to the novelty of a fruity, summery tea yesterday. The huge orange hunks are what suckered me in. And the mention of carrots. It has to be good for me if it has veggies in it.

My package of Palm Beach Punch came from our (sort of) new Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage store in the bulk section, but as it has a “packaged by Vitamin Cottage” label, I’m assuming it’s a privately-labeled version of this Tiesta blend. Ingredients are nearly identical.

OK, enough with the introductory remarks. This lives up to its name: a nice mélange of fruit and berries without, as it advertises, tasting like Hi-C. Nicely balanced; no particular flavor overpowered the others. I’m thinking it will be tasty on ice.

ashmanra

I see it has beet root in it. Nice addition, I would think! I had beet root lemonade for the first time recently. Hot here still, hurricane coming, but in just over a week we have nighttime lows in the 60’s predicted! Hooray! We will look for the cool breezes together!

gmathis

Batten down and buckle up!

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drank Palm Beach Punch by Tiesta Tea
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drank Twig Kukicha by Choice Organic Teas
2042 tasting notes

For those of you whose tea choices are seasonally driven, this is a nice transitional summer-to-fall option (it was foggy and 72 most of the morning—yum!). It is roasty-toasty, woodsy, and sweet. Good on ice as well.

I love the notion of using all the scraps of a tea plant to make something tasty. My mom was a quilter and saved scraps; I do the same with remnants of my paper crafting projects—and quite often, the pieced-together leftover is just as pleasing as the original. That applies to this humble little kukicha as well.

ashmanra

First, it has rained or stormed almost every day so even though it is hot and humid, the dark clouds are making tea feel cozy as long as you keeo the a/c going. I am doing some comfort teas as well. And I second the statement that sometimes what you create from the scraps is as good as or better than the original!

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drank Twig Kukicha by Choice Organic Teas
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Succumbed to temptation (“no-tea-till-the-weather-changes” ban forgotten) when I found this at our local Tuesday Morning store (a.k.a. the place where I never go to buy anything I need, but always walk out with my hands full anyway).

Due to its sweetness, this would be suitable for a party tea with my new crop of fifth grade girls, but it has some grown-up merit, too. It’s a rooibos blend with fruits that aren’t tart, the honey feels thick and satiny, and the hints of ginger show up at the end of each sip, just warming your tongue a bit.

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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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