1983 Tasting Notes

drank Notting Hill by American Tea Room
1983 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of smoky stuff, so lighter is better here. Just a hair less leaf helped; I can actually detect a little of the separate ingredients’ personalities.

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Just wrote this one up for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, so I won’t repeat, but it’s nicely done. I’m usually a little leery of teas marketed largely on the basis of packaging—in this case a Scripture verse on each tag—but this is tasty and would be a nice and thoughtful gift tea, especially for a newbie or non-teaophile.

The box provides steeping instructions for sun tea, which I have none of (warm sunshine) to try. But for now, it’s fruity, naturally sweet, and a little bit of spring in a cup. Spring is coming, yes?

K S

Maybe I am not smart enough to navigate the site, but I couldn’t find this review.

gmathis

There’s usually some lag time between the time reviewers send one in and when it posts. Out of courtesy, I don’t cut and paste anything duplicate. (Thanks for looking, though!)

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Morning resteep. No severe reversals or personality shifts in flavor…wood, earth, cocoa, and minerals as stated in the description.

My husband loves all things “cave,” did some reckless amateur spelunking in the Ozarks back when he was younger and could fit through the crawl holes, so I read him the label that mentions the tea is cave-aged. He took one sip and said, “Yep, tastes like stalactites.”

Ninavampi

Stalactite tea! I love that neat little bit of info! : )

ashmanra

So….he licked a stalactite? O.o

E Alexander Gerster

Stalactites being precipitated from a mineral solution, I can definitely see how this “tastes like stalactites!” :) Your husband actually has good taste buds to come up with this description!
Now we all need T-shirts that say something like “I licked a stalactite,” or “Taste’s like stalactites to me!”

ashmanra

Oh, I would so totally wear that t-shirt. And it is quite true…well, that lots of puers and one or two other teas I have tried have a mineral taste. I like it! Maybe I should take up spelunking…

gmathis

I dunno … sliding around on your belly in cave mud, I’m sure some of it gets in your mouth!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Sounds good to me :)

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My experience with pu-erh has been limited and mistake-ridden; today’s goof being a 3-cup pot instead of a single so I could mess with re-steeps. And working with cakes or tuochas (did I spell that right?)—I just don’t have the hang of it yet. Ah, well; live and learn.

This comes on to you with the wet barn wood scent and up-front taste that is common to pu-erhs. But now that it’s cool, the barn wood is gone, replaced by a lovely dark caramel flavor. Nice hefty texture, too.

May save the leaves anyway for re-steep experiments in the morning. Special thanks to doulton for the opportunity to broaden my tea horizons!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1983 tasting notes

1 tsp. Belgian Chocolate (Savannah Tea Co.) + a scant 1/2 tsp. Earl Gray Melange (a tin of bits’n’bops courtesy of the lovely jacquelinem) = Eureka! I finally found an Earl Gray solution for my picky palate.

The hint of bergamot (instead of bergamot so strong it makes your tongue curl up) is a nice complement to the chocolate, and since I’m a chocolate plus citrus fan, this works.

Made my morning!

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drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
1983 tasting notes

Lots of Constant Comment comments today inspired me to make a tumbler for lunch. Bigelow pares the ingredient list down to a generic “spices,” but I think it’s not too much of a leap of logic to presume that since it’s the same maker, the spice content is highly similar to CC.

At any rate, it’s tasty. Today, I’m missing the orange flavor—previous notes I wrote about this one were more positive on the fruity aspect—but fighting a cold has removed all the subtlety from my taste buds.

ashmanra

Sorry to hear about the cold. That is when the orangey goodness would be the most welcome. Feel better!

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This is definitely one for the Cheapster Steepster notable list. $1.99 for — I think 20 — bags.

Haven’t done a side-by-side comparison, but this has a lot of the same flavor personality as my beloved Bigelow’s Eggnogg’n a few cents cheaper. Maybe not quite as sweet. (Of course, in my case, by the time you figure the cost of gas clear across Missouri to get to a Trader Joe’s, the economy just doesn’t make it feasible :)

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I’m not sure it’s an absolute and univeral rule, but I’m thinking “longer steep is better” with Keemuns. This one, due to usual morning ADD, steeped for nearly 6 minutes, and even with a bleary sinus-cold fug, I’m picking up all that deep, rich, burgundy, cedary background flavor.

A really good Keemun from a reasonably priced source.

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This was one of those contrary days when every time I opened my mouth to speak, frogs and toads came out.

So I decided a little evening sweetness might pare down my fangs and take the crank out of my cranky.

Have mentioned in a previous note that this is the rooibos version of Vanilla Comoro for you H&S fans, and I’m sticking to my story. Enjoying mine with a little half & half and a little peace & quiet. Here’s for a better day tomorrow. And if it isn’t, I’m just taking duct tape for my mouth :)

Janefan

well then that is one more reason I need to buy Vanilla Comoro! I really like this rooibos blend.

JacquelineM

I have to look or this one! Hope the frogs and toads have now hopped away!!!

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drank Green Tea by Bigelow
1983 tasting notes

I asked for un-rusted tea tins for Christmas from the “grannies;” my Mema thoughtfully filled a small one up with a couple of assortment packs of Bigelow bagged greens and herbals. Good for work.

This is just the good solid canned peas cupboard staple of bagged green teas. Vegetal, not real sweet, not real finicky on water temperature.

teawing

I have been revisiting some of the bagged staples of my tea conversion, and honestly forgot how good some of them are. None compare to a quality artisan crafted oolong, but who can drink them everyday? Not on my paycheck.
I lift my cup with you to bagged staples!

gmathis

Amen and amen. Maybe you and I can become the Steepster experts on cheap grocery store brands! (Our new little rural townlet has a Dollar General with lots of generic labels I’ve never seen before.)

teawing

I was in our local DG over the holidays and noticed THE EXACT SAME THING!
I am lamenting the last of my Twinings bagged Darjeegling at the moment. :)

K S

Count me in the club.

gmathis

Cheapster Steepsters unite!

K S

lol, we need T-shirts.

teawing

I love it! Cheapster Steepsters!
@K S with a cool logo…who is arts gifted???? Not me, it would be a stick figure and a tea cup… :)

K S

@teawing ha. Actually fits the cheapster motif doesn’t it?

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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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