2005 Tasting Notes

drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
2005 tasting notes

Hubby got this box of bags for himself…always makes me smile when he chooses a tea; it’s a rare and pleasant occurrence. Sticking with the recommended two minute steep yield, its mild and leans toward roasty-toasty rather than floral—definitely our household preference in an oolong. Pretty good stuff.

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Temperature is about 10 degrees warmer than it’s been all week, but the sky is heavy and gray and threatening snow flurries, which makes the chill penetrate deeper. I am freezing after a traipse out for lunch and a bit of shopping.

Correction: I was freezing. Starting to thaw out with this wonderful flavored green tea. It’s warm and creamy in texture, smells like maple walnut brittle, leaves sweetness on your tongue, and disappears from the cup way-y-y-y too fast!


I’m afraid of what the rest of the week feels like!

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Ahhh—there’s the caramel! It shows up when you don’t leave the bag in the cup. I’m still trying to get used to the cinnamon, but it’s drinkable.


I saw the Christmas teas today, but they wanted $4.50 per box! Hopefully there are some left and they go on sale. :)


Confounded seasonal marketing!


Crazy isn’t it. Sometimes there are coupons for them.. Gotta keep an eye out though.

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drank Misty Mint by Farmer Brothers
2005 tasting notes

Food service grade bagged herbal. Not especially strong, but drinkable. You can’t mess up mint much.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
2005 tasting notes

Equal parts this morning: some elderly Adagio Caramel plus some Ahmad Hampton Breakfast to put some meat on its bones. (Hampton Breakfast—now that’s one to boot you out the door. Strong stuff. Boots like Herman Munster’s.) Drinking it fast before I realize I should’ve put some milk in int.

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For a bagged, self-promoted hi-octane breakfast tea, Bigelow has done well. One would expect high caffeine to translate to tongue-shriveling bitter strength, but that’s not the case. Tastes like a decent English breakfast tea with a slightly sweet uptick at the end. Caffeine effectiveness yet to be determined.

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
2005 tasting notes

(The a.m. need for) Good Black Tea Week continues…flipping back through others’ reviews, that is exactly how this one is characterized. Not sharp or bitter, but strong enough to take milk well. No huge spectrum of flavors dancing on your palate, but it is far too early and too cold for dancing.


I’ve been leaning towards black teas this past week, too, as the weather went for a ride in a handbasket. Even cheapo black tea will do, as long as it’s got some punch.


Good for you :) No tea palate should be so sophisticated that it can’t appreciate the aesthetic value of a decent cup of cheap black tea on a raw day.

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
2005 tasting notes

40 degree temperature drop overnight plus the first day back at work after a lovely week-and-change off…need the heavy stuff today.

As preferences and tolerances change, I don’t consider this to be the strongest tea in my cupboard these days—there are others with more boot and more bite. But it’s sturdy and black; takes milk well and warms your reluctant bones. Who could ask for more.

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Holiday tea displays are going to be the death of me. Every time I stick my nose in looking for Ginger Snappish, I see something else that’s new, cheap, and…

I’m so used to drinking Celestial Seasonings bag-in, it never dawned on me to actually check or follow any steeping guidance from the box itself. The cup that resulted, then, leaned heavily to the cinnamon-apple spectrum with only a hint of caramel at the end of each sip. Still pretty tasty, and adds another herbal option to fall/winter sipping.

Rocking, sipping, cat snoozing in the sunny patch on the rug, watching Bob Ross paint happy trees, glancing at the happy yellow maple glowing in my front yard. Balm for the weary soul.

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The first tea in your own mug with familiar water after a long trip is always the best cup in the world. Enjoying the second eyes-almost-open steep; it’s still fruity, woody, and stout enough to gird myself for the dirty laundry that doubled in size and tripled in weight on the way home…

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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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