1983 Tasting Notes

Enjoying this very gentle, no-bite mint tea while I wait for my potted mint plants to prosper—one each of chocolate mint, apple mint, and orange mint.

Question for you proficient gardeners: the chocolate mint is actually in a small outdoor bed; we’ve been able to keep it frost-protected so far, but critters seem to be getting at it—some tiny buggy holes in the leaves. Suggestions for a safe deterrent?

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drank Silk Dragon by The Tea Merchant
1983 tasting notes

I can’t remember which one of you nice people shared your sample packet of Silk Dragon with me a while back, but I’ve tucked it away for a … actually, I don’t know why I didn’t tear into it immediately, it’s so tasty. All vanilly-like, and today, reminds me a little of birthday cake.

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Teabrat sweetly sent this succulent sample to savor (OK, enough alliteration) and it was (well, maybe just one more) superb.

I carefully stuck to low temp and short time and in return, got a sensory road trip down memory lane: I was responsible for helping pick and pit the cherries from my favorite reading tree. (What? You didn’t climb up to the first V-branch with a book you’d memorized because you’d read it so many times you could recite it?) Anyway, this tea tastes like what those fresh pitted cherries smelled like. Cherry perfection.

TeaBrat

Nice, I am glad you liked it too!

gmathis

There have been some long, impassioned Steepster conversations about the lack of really good cherry teas that don’t taste like cough drops.

TeaBrat

yeah I have noticed that myself…

TeaBrat

yeah I have noticed that myself…

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drank Golden Yunnan Black by Tao Tea Leaf
1983 tasting notes

As advertised, this does have a strong fruity-nutty-woody vibe; wood in the scent, dark dried fruit and walnut in the flavor. Definitely strong enough for a sleepy morning, don’t think it’d be improved any with milk. (Tea courtesy of scribbles; ability to enjoy it outdoors before 8 a.m. courtesy of a break in the weather!)

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1983 tasting notes

It can be hard to choose the appropriate tea in April—where it is warm and cold, not in rapid succession, but simultaneously: sun bright and cheery enough to make you hold your face at a 45 degree angle, but wind that turns the ankles you foolishly decided to bare blue with chill.

Splitting the difference this morning with scraps of this tin—it’s a strong one (for the chill), but makes a light and pleasant breakfast with milk (for the warm). Good and filling if you forgot your Pop-Tart.

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Must be the carob that does it—a pretty good (strong enough you can actually smell and taste chocolate) little bagged tea!

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This isn’t a tea for the faint of heart. Boot strong with steel toes. A good daub of half-and-half loosened the laces a little. Seek it out when you need your eyes pried open.

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This packet looked lonely and needed a little love. Sencha with fruit and flowers, although I will contend that pineapple is a misnomer because it doesn’t come through as the primary flavor. A more appropriate island-y name? Hmmm…Island Blossom; Hawaiian Lei…? Something like that. There’s enough to hang on to until hot weather (will there ever be hot weather? Remind me of that in August) and try chilled. Bet it’s better that way.

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Raspberry this afternoon; needed a lower caffeine fuel injection after a high-concentration morning trying to hammer out curriculum on a deadline. I liked it, but I think sippers who prefer their flavors precisely on target might call it mildly berry-ish rather than properly raspberry.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1983 tasting notes

3/4 straight-up unflavored honeybush; 1/4 orange spice black tea for a little zing and something to accompany the cranberry orange bread cooling in the kitchen and a little cat comedy: Tazo is rug surfing.

Rug surfing…you know, where you hunker down in the living room with your rear in the air pretending you’re a Puma, then you sprint as fast as your four legs will go until you hit the throw rug in the kitchen and slide all the way across the kitchen on it. Dare you to try it.

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Those wood floors + rugs are awesome cat toys. :)

Terri HarpLady

Hey, my kids used to do that too!

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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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