1983 Tasting Notes

drank Queen Mary Tea by Culinary Teas
1983 tasting notes

A writing day today (I am writing right now, just not on assigned manuscript! :) so I chose something bright and straightforward. The “coppery” adjective in the Culinary Teas description is accurate, and it is still present after adding a little milk.

And boy, do I need bright and straightforward…writing morning began by electronically completely losing four manuscript pages (last Saturday’s full day of work). Praising the Lord for good old’ fashioned dog-eared hard copies so I can retype!

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
1983 tasting notes

Been a l-o-n-g week; reentry after the holidays has been nuts. So I needed something really good to coax me out the door this morning.

Thanks to the lovely jacquelinem, I have just that—a cup that starts out cocoa-sweet at the beginning with a tangy, fruity sign-off at the end. Really too good for a workday morning. Highly recommended.

The DJBooth

Ha reentry after the holidays that is great!

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This is a little aged and hasn’t been stored properly, so take these comments under advisement…

I believe/suspect Savannah Tea Company (Nashville) private labels the same blends used by Culinary Teas (Metropolitan) — and this one isn’t a bad one, there’s just much more mint than chocolate. Tea base is OK, not bitter, even when brewed loosey-goosey with microwave water.

It’ll do.

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Mmmm. Good, clear, authentic fruit flavors. Needs a muffin to go with it.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1983 tasting notes

There’s just something about January (in this case, the fact that they’re remodeling at work and we’ve been stuffed into temporary quarters with absolutely no natural light and bulbs the strength of a flickering match) that makes me crave sugar in any configuration, in obscenely large quantities.

Thus, I’m rummaging through my stash for the sweetest, stickiest flavored goodies I can find. This is tops in that category, and the decaf feature is definitely a bonus. Now if I could just stick to the tea and leave the dessert & candy alone…

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Sometimes, fine dining and home cooking options notwithstanding, you just need a couple of McDonald’s single hamburgers to scratch the dietary itch.

In like manner, fine tea options notwithstanding, sometimes you just need something old-shoe common to drink. This is it. Grocery store tea, little half and half, there you go. Of course, it doesn’t have the flavor depth of all our good stuff, but it is fresh and warm and no-fuss. All pluses on this last day of vacation before (sigh) real life resumes.

Jillian

I get that – it’s the same reason I still have a box of Red Rose tea in my cupboard. ;)

gmathis

I haven’t seen Red Rose in local groceries … around here, it would be considered “imported” :) and priced accordingly.

Jillian

I think it’s mostly a Canadian brand – they used to come with these cute little collectable ceramic figurines, though sadly not any more.

ScottTeaMan

Actually, the Canadian Red Rose Blend is different. Last time I bought a box I got a figurine. :))

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I’m still working on forming an opinion about pu-erhs; I don’t think I don’t like them, I haven’t yet landed on the flavor profile I like best.

But this one may be close to what I’m looking for. It’s light without the peaty, mucky taste I’ve come to associate with pu-erh. In reviews, I’m seeing flavor comparisons all over the map-minty, peachy, mushrooms (yuck, those sound nasty together, don’t they?)—and I’m not sure I noticed any of those, but it’s was lovely and cereally.

The fact that I was able to enjoy it my cozy chair with the sun on the back of my neck and a comfort read under my nose (Winter Solstice, Rosamunde Pilcher) for most of the afternoon yesterday may have improved the taste somewhat as well.

K S

Curious of your water temp and steeping time. Ashmanra used slightly hotter water and much longer steep than I used. It is interesting to see how a small change can affect the taste. This was a nice green puerh.

gmathis

Used my little Hot Shot, so just barely boiling, and uh, maybe 3 minutes on the steep time? (I’m wishy washy and don’t keep an eye on time and temp like I could/should.)

K S

I used to have a Hot Shot. I loved it. It started leaking and I couldn’t find a new one so I went to a kettle. Still I thought it perfect for the way I brew. As for time, I had to find a timer for my computer. I would start steeping and forget about it while working. No wonder black tea used to cause me great pain. I don’t think our temps are that much different. I will try a longer steep next time and see if I can pick up the cereal or even mint notes.

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As I expected, this improves with the addition of a little half-and-half. Sugar cookie sweetness.

My opportunities to visit and procure stuff from Trader Joe’s are few and far between, but tea-wise, their house brands seem to be consistently decent and consistently inexpensive.

May you find a few minutes today to recall the sweet spots (there were some, weren’t there?) of 2011. Be blessed, friends!

JacquelineM

Much love, and hopes for a really fantastic 2012!

Ninavampi

Happy New Years to you too! : )

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drank Notting Hill by American Tea Room
1983 tasting notes

Christmas continues. We’re finally opening up the last boxes of salvaged stored goods and our DVD of Notting Hill survived the storm. (The brownie scene is our favorite.)

So in honor of the occasion, I made a pot of this Notting Hill for breakfast and a morning of writing. Nothing new to add other than I prefer it on the lightish side; hints of smoke suit me far better than a cigar-infested cloud of smoke flavor. A good solid—masculine?—breakfast tea.

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I messed this one up - forgot how chintzy the Golden Moon sample packets were and did one cup’s worth of dry leaf in a two-cup pot before I caught my goof. Therefore, what I got was ultra-light with a little hint of grassy sweetness instead of the mellow, pineappley vibe the description teases me with. Pooh.

Golden Moon, be proud of your tea, yes, but put enough in your samples I can actually decide whether I like them or not! (Thank you for the opportunity to comment.)

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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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