2078 Tasting Notes

drank Strawberry Sensation by Ahmad Tea
2078 tasting notes

I don’t usually start a tasting note with “I’m disappointed,” but I am. I had high expectations for this. First cup I had at work and it tasted like Dawn dish soap, but I blamed that on poor break room dishwashing. Tried it again from home, and the first few sips were OK. Black tea first, then the strawberry. But as it cools, it’s bitter and there’s the dish soap again. Ah, well. Just part of a sampler, so I don’t have to feel guilty about disliking an entire box.

Can’t drink an Ahmad tea without thinking about our good friend K S … wish I could say things as kind about this tea as I would about him!

Sil

doh. dishsoap tea not so good.

Sil

also, seems weird ks isn’t around anymore…agree with the Ahmad tea comment heh

Tabby

That’s surprising! Everything I’ve tried by Ahmad has been good. :/

mrmopar

KS I miss him.

ashmanra

I miss KS. I bought a box of Ahmad Earl Grey in memory of him, just to try it since he loved it so much.

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drank Breakfast Blend by Numi Organic Tea
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This is currently on my list of easy out-the-door favorites; it’s strong with no bitterness, a little sweet, and a little malty. I tested it this morning for second-steep potential; it’s there, but do so in a small cup and leave the bag in.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Dagnabbit. Lost a whole tasting note. OK—rerun in 25 words or less:

Turyaga Very Berry. Valentine gift tea chest from The Enabler (hubby). Exceeded expectations. Gentle green tea and strawberry-blueberry flavor that was fruit punch, not tart. (That’s 26, but I hyphenated so I get the bonus deduction.)

ashmanra

Sounds good!

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Ever forget you had a box of tea shoved in the back of the cabinet? No, surely not you.

I rediscovered this last night, then immediately left to oversteep while I was cat wrangling (they have an evening monkey hour and engage in all kinds of mischief). I don’t generally add milk to fruity teas, but I did, and it was delicious. Apple pie a la mode.

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drank Spring Tea by Basilur
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I am done with winter. For that matter, I’m done with February and it’s barely gotten started. Therefore, I attempted a cup of spring this afternoon. This green/cherry blend makes me think “cherry blossom” rather than “cherry soda pop” (actually, it made me think a little about lilacs) and may need a little coddling—I was a sloppy steeper, didn’t wait for the boiled water to cool, and the base turned a little bitter. I anticipate this improving with practice and better attention.

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drank Winter Tea by Basilur
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I’m learning that Basilur’s flavor strategy is subtle and elegant. I don’t have an elegant bone in my body but I admire elegance when I see it. In this case, the cranberry sneaks up behind the tea instead of leading the parade. Fruity, not tart. Perfect to savor on a quiet Christmas afternoon. Hope your day was savor-worthy, too.

Evol Ving Ness

Happy Christmas to you, gmathis!

Nattie

Merry Christmas!

ashmanra

That sounds really good to me! Cranberry often needs to sneak up. It can be a bit too forward. Merry Christmas!

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Just after I got fond of this as an open-yer-eyes, boot-your-sagging-carcass out the door morning tea, it disappeared locally. Well, it appeared locally—a five-box case of it, mind you—under my Christmas tree this morning. Good gifts (not extravagant, good…there’s a difference) are my husband’s love language. I may just survive January and the seasonal affective mugwumps.

Rosehips

What a lovely gift!

ashmanra

Oooooh, that is a WONDERFUL gift!

Tiegster

ooohh, love this tea.

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drank Green Popcorn by Adagio Teas
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An Advent Calendar treat again; perfect for a quiet afternoon as our household settles down for a deliciously introverted Christmas. (That’s not a bad thing: married an only child, had an only child, there just aren’t many of us to make noise.) The cats are safely tucked in and curled up in their favorite spots, house smells like candles and cookies, and for a few shining moments, all the laundry is done.

That’s a long preface for a short tea commentary. The green base is light, thin and slightly sweet. The popcorn is , well, perfectly popcorny. Scent is sweet and toasty. Lovely.

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drank Winter Holidays by Basilur
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I’ve had a time chasing down a picture and company-provided description of this tasty afternoon tea—at the moment, what I’ve pulled in to the description is a picture of the gift box in which this is enclosed. What we’ve got is a tasty, not-too-heavy gentle black tea with strawberry and vanilla notes. Something you’d serve in Grandma’s teacups, although it was sufficiently tasty in a mug.

Also something I should’ve served this morning, when I took a tea party to my church kids. Nothing fancy, just an electric kettle and a cherry-wood box of bagged assorted oddments—flavors I thought would appeal to 10-year-olds. The big winners: Bigelow Eggnogg’n, Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Peppermint. (I told you, nothing fancy.) Oh, and one renegade who loved Tazo Wild Sweet Orange.

My girls were priceless when they walked in: “You brought real tea! Oh, and it’s in a fancy box!” Doesn’t take much to let young’uns know you love them. I think I need to do this more often.

tea-sipper

Love it. :D

Lexie Aleah

I’m surprised that one of of them liked that Tazo tea! What a fun idea!

Nattie

Ah what a lovely idea! ♥

ashmanra

I have never tried Eggnogg’n. Is it good? Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride will forever remind of KS.

tea-sipper

I was wondering what happened to KS and it says on his profile he passed away. I didn’t know this. Very sad.

gmathis

Eggnogg’n was my first “favorite” Bigelow holiday tea. I had some Sugar Cookie Sleigh ride and should’ve added it to the kid mix…I believe I’ll make a cuppa this afternoon in memory of KS. He is missed! Had a great impact on me, although we never met in person.

Nattie

I didn’t know KS had passed! ): so sad. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride was sooo good.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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I’ve had a lot of “candy cane” teas over the years that were just a renaming/relabeling of something already peppermint. Adagio does a better job of pulling in the creamy candy part. Reminds me of those puffy peppermints that come in a tub that melt in your mouth.

I love textured mugs—something to rub your thumbs on while you’re enjoying the aroma, and I’m sure this tastes much better because it’s in a raised holly-pattern Pfaltzgraff mug thoughtfully gifted by a friend.

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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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