2005 Tasting Notes

(Yeah, I’m still here. I think.)

I’m still thinking on this one. Previous comments hold; it’s somewhat spicy, but spicy in the bass range—you get it at the tip of your tongue after you’ve swallowed. Don’t think it’s really strong enough (to my taste, anyway) for a breakfast tea. Maybe brunch or elevenses. Still a very, very, very good Ceylon!

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Ahhhhhhhh. Weather mild enough to work outside in shirtsleeves, finally able to continue picking up branch fallout from the ice storm a week before Christmas. This is my break and I am drinking it with immense pleasure in the patio glider. Just a good quality longjing with long, flat leaves and a little sweetness.

For second steep, I threw in a pinch of mystery white chai from a work buddy; there’s just a tiny hint of cinnamon in it now. Equally pleasant.


Jealousy! We are supposed to get a bit of a warm up this week – maybe into the 50’s by Thursday. Our branch fallout is still mostly snow covered. The patio glider and tea sounds so nice.

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drank Premium Green by Stash Tea Company
2005 tasting notes

Bagged grocery store version, returned (with apologies) to me by MIL…I forgot she can’t have green tea for dietary reasons. Nothing to sing show tunes about, but I might whistle a little about it under my breath. An OK mid-afternoon grab and go with low temp and short steep.

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For someone who doesn’t much do honey in tea, this nook in my cherry wood tea chest is emptying out fast! It’s gentle, nicely balanced, a no-brain steeper. Not nearly as syrupy cloying as the Ludens cough drops we’d eat full boxes of during the sermon on Sundays, but brings back that sensory memory.

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Challenged or inspired by all you sipper-downers; it’s time to follow suit and take back the kitchen. This is perfect for a mild and sunny day. Decent black tea base, sweet, natural-tasting pineapple.

If you’re interested in finding it, previous tracking down of this one led me to believe that it was a privately branded Metropolitan Tea blend. which is still available at several places including Culinary Tea.

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Non-teaist co-workers even commented on how lusciously scented this is—-it makes the whole room fragrant. Beautifully peachy. A Cheapster Steepster winner since you can pick it up inexpensively and locally.


nothing wrong with cheap as long as it’s good!


LOL. Another is Perfect Peach by Bigelow. Loved it since my teens.


I’ve got a couple bags of Perfect Peach I haven’t tried yet. Will take care of that soon!

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drank Marango by Savoy Tea Company
2005 tasting notes

Chose this one for its scent—-one of those you could just bury your nose in and leave there. Not being a mango expert, the fruit flavor reminds me more of apricot/peach, but it is deep and rich and sunshiny tasting. Nice change of pace.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
2005 tasting notes


Little bit of elderly Bourbon Rouge from Mariage Freres.
Scant teaspoon of cacao nibs.
Cinnamon stick.
Loooooong steep.

You, too, can do this at home :)

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This is a cup of cheerful. The sweetest, fruitiest, perkiest Assam I can remember having in a long while. Also a good and easy steeper; meticulous time management not required. Even better.


sounds delightful :)


I’ve really been talking up my stuff from Single Origin since I got it…it’s all very good quality and none of it is a bit finicky.


they’re on my list of teas to try more of once i get through a couple more orders…so i’ve been watching your reviews :)

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drank Forests Tea by Mountain Rose Herbs
2005 tasting notes

This came with two other Mountain Rose tea samples from ashmanra with a beautiful springy, yellow card. I set the card and packets out on the kitchen table to enjoy and I nearly had to to wrestle the tea packets away from Tazo. He was on the table (which he never is) sniffing and pawing away at them! Not sure which of the three teas made him so excitable, but I wasn’t about to experiment further, or I would have none for myself!

Never had a tisane with oak bark in it. Not one I’d pick to drink for pleasure, necessarily, but the spices and licorice made it passable.

Medicinal value on this one—jury’s still out. It takes a hammer over the head to knock me out. I don’t think “hammer” was in the ingredient list, so I wasn’t deeply unconscious all night. That’s OK—I have two more blends to try!

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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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