1983 Tasting Notes

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drank Decaf Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
1983 tasting notes

Wasn’t being particularly careful and let this go a little bitter; think the water was too hot. Still smells nice and tangy, and is a plausible substitute for its caffeinated counterpart.

ashmanra

I thought I didn’t like darjeeling, then discovered that I was making them wrong! I tried their Decaffeinated and like it a lot but their Decaf Assam was terrible IMO. Good to know this one is do-able.

gmathis

Wish I could find a good decaf Assam!

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Following a hint from cofftea, I doctored this up with some unsweetened coconut chips. Need to work on the proportions a little more, but it was a nice combo! May have to back off on the lemongrass, because this is pretty strong.

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“Surprising body” in the tea description must be a euphemism for “man, this stuff is strong!” Whatever I did, I did wrong because this is putting wrinkles in my tongue! (But I guess it’s doing it’s job if it’s waking me up, pleasantly or otherwise.) Do-overs pending.

KeenTeaThyme

Yikes! Maybe it’s best to cut the taste with some mint or something…

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My first taste of this one was on ice and thus, a little weak, but I was pleasantly surprised that the hibiscus didn’t make my eyes water. Appeared to be nicely balanced with the other ingredients. Have a full-strength bottle in the fridge for a second taste-test.

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drank Oolong by Unknown
1983 tasting notes

This still continues to be my favorite cheap-keep-the-canister-filled-at-all-times tea; someday I shall ask to see the bag so I can actually see the brand. (Yeah, I’m sure the store clerk will enjoy toting a 50-pound feed sack off the top shelf just to entertain the customer…)

In the meantime, I played a bit this morning and did 2 parts shaved unsweetened coconut chips to 1 part of these oolong leaves. I believe I’ve found a new favorite blend-in. Coconut and …. any suggestions?

Cofftea

Coconut + green chai + lemongrass … and maybe just a tiny pinch of curry powder? Or Coconut + a peanut butter flavored tea + chai spices + curry

ashmanra

Oh my! That sounds delectable!

gmathis

MMM! I happen to have a nice little neglected canister of lemongrass that may need my attention!

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I don’t know that I’ve ever done nine entire cups of tea in a day (would be up all night for more reasons than one, but that’s way TMI…sorry!) — but I’m going to, in small doses, see how this one lives up to its multi-steep claim. Steep #2 is as good and golden as the first, so we’re off…

gmathis

I’m on 4 or 5, lost count, but did two in a row to fill up a bottle for chilling (literally in the fridge and figuratively in the back yard) and it’s only lost a tad of its strength.

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Thanks to people in the neighborhood who decided to present a rock concert akin to Oompa Loompas playing AC/DC late, late, late last night (oops, early, early, early, early this morning)—and because I wrestled myself into a sleepless puddle attempting to call down blessings and not curses upon mine enemies—-I need a shot of coffee-kick energy this morning. Hoping that the mate induces a steady morning-long supply.

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
1983 tasting notes

This treat and review comes courtesy of ashmanra and it made my week! I adore (and there’s a vocabulary word I don’t throw loosely or often) coconut in tea, and with the almond and rosebuds to sweeten the deal, this definitely takes the wedding cake! I was so entranced with the fumes while it was steeping, I think I took it a little over the edge (almonds can go bitter quickly) … but I hope to rectify that with an encore cup soon.

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drank Green Tea by Bromley Tea Company
1983 tasting notes

I think this tea was brought by elves — found a 24-pack on top of my microwave and neither my husband nor I purchased it, but can’t remember for the life of us how it made it into the house.

A fair bagged green, not very strong, stereotypical middle-of-the-road vegetable garden taste to it.

ashmanra

That is too funny! I wish the tea elves would come see me, but I want to give them a list of what to bring.

Cofftea

Tea fairy!

gmathis

I don’t mind that they bring me tea, but I sure wish they’d clean my kitchen while they are at it…

Cofftea

LOL touche gmathis. Touche.

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drank Dragon Eyes by In Pursuit of Tea
1983 tasting notes

This one keeps getting relegated to the back, back, back of the cabinet. My previous note wasn’t very complimentary, but either it has mellowed or I have over the past few months. Just a short steep came up with a sweet raisiny flavor this morning that isn’t half bad.

gmathis

…and surprisingly nice iced.

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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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