2009 Tasting Notes

drank English Breakfast by Tea Forte
2009 tasting notes

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I waited till I had a whole afternoon to play with this one, primarily because I wanted to prep a decent review for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, and secondarily because I understand that pu-erhs keep going and going and going and going …. will be writing about it more gracefully elsewhere, but it surprised me that it wasn’t as peat-moss tasting as I had expected.

Geoffrey Norman

This stuff was bizarre for a sheng, but I still quite liked it.


I still consider myself pu-erh incompetent, but this was a lot better than my first experience, which was somebody’s bagged version and really did taste like mud.

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All the traditional chai spices were there, but pretty weak. May try again and double up the bags.

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Found a lookalike recipe for Starbucks Gingerbread online and actually attempted it yesterday (mind you, this requires measuring flour and “creaming till fluffy” — techniques which are the outer limits of my cooking ability) and this just seemed like the appropriate accompaniment. With a little honey, t’wasn’t bad.

The gingerbread wasn’t an exact copy, but again, t’wasn’t bad, either. It only collapsed a little in the middle.

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drank Buttered Rum Tea by Culinary Teas
2009 tasting notes

To be truthful, I no longer remember what brand this is - hubby bought it several winters back and it got dumped in a generic tin. Proof that old tea never dies, it just fades away. Now it’s just black tea with a hint of a suggestion of a memory that there might have been some butterscotchy flavor to it. But still…not bad!

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Chamomile pretty much tastes like chamomile with little variation. This one’s good and strong and sweet.

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drank Winter Spice by Argo Tea
2009 tasting notes

I’m always intrigued by herbal blends that don’t lead with lemon and chamomile. The cocoa and almond in this one is a nice touch.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Trader Joe's
2009 tasting notes

Used as a base for some of the strongest bulk peppermint leaves I think I’ve ever tasted. Wow (mint fumes making eyes water)! I’m awake now, anyway…

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drank Chamomile Citron by Tea Forte
2009 tasting notes

Review’s up at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. Starts something like this:

Many lemon-mint based herbal blends are pretty nondescript. It can be difficult to tell where one ingredient ends and the other begins. On the other hand, the ingredient line-up for Chamomile Citron is like a bunch of feisty schoolkids competing for your attention.

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drank French Vanilla by Hickory Farms
2009 tasting notes

The one thing about being a tea junkie … you turn into the dumping ground (ahem! recipient!) of all kinds of teas that co-workers and non-teaists don’t drink. In this case, some little packets of gift basket teas that evidently were part of a Hickory Farms goodie assortment.

This isn’t bad; the vanilla flavor is strong enough to counter the fact that the tea itself is a meh no-name black tea. A little creamer next time will probably make it palatable for office use.

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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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