2005 Tasting Notes

Was saving this little treat from TeaBrat for an afternoon I could really enjoy it. This is one—feet up after a day’s worth of “get-to” puttering around the house (as opposed to “got-to” trudging through chores in the evening when I’m exhausted to start with).

My favorite lemon teas are those that have a lemon tart (pastry) personality instead of a tart lemon (painful) personality. This bagged tea fits Category A quite nicely; very light, very fresh, makes me crave lemon pie.

TeaBrat

glad you liked it :)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
2005 tasting notes

Junkyard Tea in a Mason jar after a long, humid day opening up a stuffy, stinky farmhouse to welcome 84-year-old dad home after a long absence. Still continuing to discover all kinds of unexpected treasures Mom had stashed away in the oddest places. Today, lodged between two afghans in the cedar chest, a handmade, never-worn vintage 50’s era shirtdress made of funky, swirly cotton fabric—and it just might fit. My sister thinks it was intended for my grandma, who was born in 1892.

caile

: ) Those type of treasures are the best!

gmathis

Too small through the shoulders :(

caile

Aw, that’s too bad! Maybe you could get it adjusted at a tailor or make it into a skirt or something. :)

TheTeaFairy

That is awesome, I love vintage clothes!

gmathis

Me, too. My favorites are long, swooshy rayon skirts.

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Scribbles shared a China black from Tao Tea Leaf that was so deep and rich I fell in love with it…was hoping that locally, I could at least make acquaintance with its peasant cousin.

So I picked this up last run to Fox Farm. It has hints of the toasty cocoa richness of the Tao gold standard, but just hints. All the same, an inexpensive (just over a buck an ounce) lightweight breakfast tea for the summer months.

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The novelty of “Hey! Look what’s growing on my back porch!” will wear off, but if you can’t tell, we’re having a blast with mint alchemy. Combined my favorite-ever cheapie summer morning strawberry tea with an orange mint stem—-oh, so nice! I sense a big jug of it coming, iced, this weekend.

Christina / BooksandTea

It’s making me jealous, though. Does the mint overwinter well? Can you take the pots inside and have fresh mint throughout the winter?

caile

I think it only overwinters in the ground, although I am still waiting to see if the one I planted survives. I think you can take the pots inside…(but need to water them once in awhile…or they dry out like mine did). ;)

gmathis

This is a new endeavor for us; we tried some peppermint in a flowerbed that didn’t fare very well this spring, but our soil is not very friendly, period.

ashmanra

I am making spearmint tea for the chickens right now!

caile

Lucky chickens! :) Does giving them the tea do something specific or do they just like it?

TeaBrat

I didn’t know chickens liked spearmint tea, that is so cute. :)

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87

Even better with a sprig of orange mint. Box getting low. Uh-oh.

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drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
2005 tasting notes

Cortisone shot in a shoulder with a messed up rotator cuff. Doc said a possible side effect might be a little insomnia tonight. Right now, I’m so beat, I can’t see how that can possibly be an issue…but as a precaution, I’ve been off caffeine all afternoon.

Sun tea’d a quart of this poor, undervalued, unloved bagged baby with a generous helping of sprigs from our applemint plant. (Me. Not killing plants. People who know me should be laughing in disbelief by now :) It was absolutely fine.

K S

I knew you could do it!

TeaBrat

ah, I hope it helps. I want some cortisone shots with my shoulder problems but Dr says none until August at the earliest.

gmathis

K S … we think the magic is the pots. Stuff we put in our ground is doomed. I have a flower bed by the front sidewalk that kills marigolds and zinnias.

TB…insomnia confirmed, but typical morning pain wasn’t there. It’s a temporary fix; I need to pretend I’m an invalid for a couple of weeks to promote healing. Life without shoulders the weekend we move elderly dad back to the farm. Ought to be interesting :)

ashmanra

Oh, no! I am sorry! Rest, and baby that sore spot. I had a cortisone shot once. I wrote outlandish, horrible expensive-to-implement business proposals for my boss (thank goodness, I never gave them to him) and ate EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!!!!

gmathis

Dr. didn’t recommend a sling, but it is hard not to instinctively use it. (I’m a lefty, but do most “chores” right handed.) Have moved mouse to left side and am propping with a pillow at my work desk. We’ll see how that works.

K S

I’m a lefty too. I also do many things right handed. My wife had surgery on both shoulders (different times) for torn rotator cuff. Cortisone did not help her at all. Hoping better for you but with what you have going on at the moment that sounds not so likely. Sorry for the pain. If it is any consolation my wife recovered very quickly both times after surgery. As for the ground – hey that’s what happens when you build over a nuclear dump site ;)

gmathis

Close. Former lead mining community.

K S

Eeek!

ashmanra

Another lefty here, also a mirror writer.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
2005 tasting notes

It sounded tasty: 3 parts pu-erh, 1 part cacao nibs, about 8 orange mint leaves. Cold brewed overnight in the fridge. Fully executed, not so much: too much pu, not enough mint. Oh, well…you can’t tell me master tea blenders don’t bumble a few while they’re practicing.

Won’t repeat those proportions, but it makes plausible backyard sippin’…currently the tidiest place in my little patch of earth, and I had to mow to make it bearable; the rest of the house looks like the leavings of a yard sale. Who are these wretches that keep sneaking into my house and discom-rupting it?

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drank Nina's Paris by Nina's Paris
2005 tasting notes

First, thanks to Nina’s for the sample!

My first thought after sipping this tea was, “Confound it, cat, would you QUIT scratching the doorpost? I have to sand and repaint!” My second thought was, “This reminds me of Marco Polo and Tower of London a little bit.”

Further thoughts confirmed that this is a little bit like an Everlasting Gobstopper—give it a few moments, and you’ll catch something else. What I took for lemon after it cooled was the orange; now that it’s nearly gone, there’s the cherry. Good cherry, not cough syrup. Lots of wonderful and subtly sneaky flavor changes.

I suspect this would be nice chilled, too, if the cold temp doesn’t completely overpower all the gentle fruitiness. Fruit tea fans should give this a try, for sure.

Suziqzer

Sounds like a treat !

gmathis

My memory’s slipping…I’ve tasted and reviewed it before (forgot) and compared it to Froot Loops. That’s probably an apt description as well.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
2005 tasting notes

A juggle-twelve-plates-at-once day at work followed by the aftermath of a bathroom install not going smoothly (aftermath=stressed spouse, late and improvised dinner, can’t shower). Don’t stand downwind.

Hoped that a cup of applemint with a basil leaf tossed in would be soothing and refreshing. Wasn’t as strong and medicinal as hoped, but still pleasant. Praying for a restful night and improved outlook come morning.

On a slightly more entertaining note, the neighbors’ chickens are laying and they shared. I made an omelet with slightly blueish eggs.

TheTeaFairy

I hope you get a well deserved rest…

The omelet sounds great, but I’m a little worried about the “slightly blueish eggs”, lol! Are they Blue Feet Chickens?

gmathis

They’ve got several denominations going in the backyard; not sure what’s what…the flock started as their high school son’s FFA project, I think. They were a little paler than robin’s eggs. Yellowest yolks I’ve ever cooked, I think.

Veronica

My friend had a Bantam that would lay eggs with a bluish tint. They were yummy. :)

ashmanra

I’m betting Ameracaunas or Easter Eggers. Neat! And I know what you mean – now that I have backyard chickens, my cake batters are the deepest golden yellow color. The yolks stand up so tall and are so richly colored, and I don’t even buy the feed with color enhancers. It is just because they free range.

Jillian

By blue do you mean the shells or the contents? /dumb city kid post/

Angrboda

This is another of the reasons we always buy organic eggs. Much prettier on the inside and the chickens are well looked after. :) (I can’t for the life of me understand why battery eggs are not illegal in this country. They ought to be!)

gmathis

Jillian, the shells…very pale. There were several varieties in the carton she brought me ranging from that color to golden toast. Looked like a little egg rainbow!

Jillian

Cool, thanks for clearing that up gmathis.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
2005 tasting notes

First run with our fresh chocolate mint leaves from our back porch container. Very very light flavor out of these small leaves; if you scrunch up your face and concentrate, you get the chocolate. Next cup, I will toss in some cacao nibs. That ought to make a squinch-free cup.

K S

It just sort of hints and chocolate to me as well, but it is a nice soft mint that goes great with puerh.

caile

I just bought a chocolate mint plant and am looking forward to brewing up some leaves this summer. : )

gmathis

Hubby caved and got us a pineapple mint, so we’ve got the full spectrum in our little container garden now. Will have to hone my drying/preserving technique now.

caile

That’s great – it sounds like you have a nice selection of mints now! I’ve smelled pineapple mint and it was lovely. I also have one regular mint plant that I got last year but am waiting to see if it survived the winter.

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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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