1965 Tasting Notes

A longer review will be up on www.itsallabouttheleaf.com eventually, but I’ll log it quickly and mention this is loads better than grocery-store brand orange pekoe varieties. Perfect for milk. Nice with a little sweet 1/2 and 1/2 this morning.

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I’ve been dying to write this one up for several days, but had to consult with a buddy to see what loveliness lurked in the little foil sharing pouch.

This Keemun is superlative. The dry scent is pretty keemuny, maybe a little lighter than some, but don’t let that fool you. It is rich and brothy and has beautiful harvest-season burgundy grape notes to it. Straight up, no additives whatsoever.

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drank Body & Soul by Leland Tea Co
1965 tasting notes

My first experience with this was kind of meh-ish, but I got a newer, fresher sharing sample and like it much, much better. The fruit is a nice addition to the traditional chamomile-lemongrass mix; it gives this nice light herbal a little texture and heft that sticks to your tongue.

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drank Mango Ceylon by The Republic of Tea
1965 tasting notes

Pooh. It went bitter on me and I can’t figure out why. Couldn’t possibly be my disposition. (Spent a one-step-forward, two-steps-back morning trying to comprehend real estate paperwork with federal strings attached plus a run to the county courthouse to do whatever mysterious recording of said paperwork is needed go eventually get a roof over our heads. And that was all before reporting for the day job :) Our work microwave is actually strong enough to get water to a good rolling boil, so … oh, well.

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Still discovering things we haven’t thought to replace post-tornado; our pharmaceutical stash is pretty thin, so this is fast becoming my go-to cure for whatever ails me. Tummy, congestion, headache all seem to be lightened a little by a cup of this good strong mint. I believe those Ozark grannies and yarb women knew what they were doing :)

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drank Genmaicha Organic by TeaFrog
1965 tasting notes

Full review:

http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2420/tea-review-teafrog-genmaicha-organic-green-tea-2/

I’ve only had a couple of genmaicha varieties; this is definitely the better one.

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I was a little suspicious since the hibiscus was the first on the ingredient list, but lazy and in a hurry (are those terms contradictory?) so I just dumped the bag in the cup and stuck it in the work microwave.

Nice surprise. No tartness! Just good and fruity. Kudos to CS for a fruit tea that doesn’t break you out in a sour sweat.

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drank Bi Luo Chun by Grand Tea
1965 tasting notes

A nice, non-vegetabley green. It looks like frosty sage leaves, and is lip-lickingly sweet and nutty.

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Second steep was a pretty weak echo-cho-cho-cho… but OK.

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It’s fun to get a tea treat (thanks, Doulton!) that you have no preconceived notions about and then to be absolutely blown away by how good it is. As good as getting a birthday present.

This is an excellent pairing, It steeped almost a dark walnut color; smells fruity and barky. The first word that popped into my mind when I tasted this was “clarity .” It’s not murky or bitter (Darjeelings can turn on you if you’re not careful); must be the snappy Yunnan keeping it in line.

A lovely warm-me-up after being out on a chill and soggish day.

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drank Notting Hill by American Tea Room
1965 tasting notes

Rereading the descriptions and ratings attached to this one…tobacco and leathery adjectives keep coming up. Yep, it’s in there.

Perfect for an honest-to-pete, bona fide rainy day (we haven’t had one of those in a long while). No milk or sugar—smoke and dairy just don’t go together for me.

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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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