2009 Tasting Notes

drank Original Blend by Red Rose
2009 tasting notes

There are days—-most of you have been having them lately, too—-when refinement and subtlety and tenderly monitored steep times just don’t matter. And you get so tired and chilled that the first warm liquid hitting your dry throat and empty stomach is liquid ambrosia, brand notwithstanding.

One little bag of Red Rose did that on a beastly cold afternoon with office doors swinging open while they moved equipment in and out. I wouldn’t have preferred any other tea in the world at that moment.

scribbles

liquid ambrosia…so well said…I agree…sometimes brand just doesn’t matter

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
2009 tasting notes

I think every pleasant, sweet, toothsome, scrumptious, luxurious, satiny, pastry-like adjective in the book has been thrown at this one in the scores of reviews here. I am at a loss to add a new one. That does not, however, keep me from thoroughly enjoying this cup!

Rosehips

Hear, hear!

Anna

I think you mistakenly rated this. =)

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This was the freebie bag in the latest RoT catalog that landed in our box. It smells luscious—like a Yankee Candle. Flavor is not unpleasant, by any means, but not getting any caramel out of it. Saw another note that mentioned hazelnut, and indeed, that’s more accurate. The ingredient list puzzled me. I have no animosity against either blackberry leaves or carob, but wondered what they’re doing in a brew with this moniker.

Ah, well—it’s warm and sweet and I’m cranky and cold. Surely it’ll help with one symptom or the other.

(However, a disclaimer here: wasn’t paying attention to steep time; I may have gotten a bit too impatient.)

Nicole

freebies with catalogs??? I need to start getting the catalog!

gmathis

Usually one bag of one of their newer product lines each time.

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
2009 tasting notes

Snow, ice, wind chill advisories: another week requiring solid, sensible, stout black tea. This qualifies. Not quite as strong as my old faithful PG Tips; a little keemun in there to add a little perkiness to the dark base. Requires no special steeping attention—throw it in and go. That’s always a plus.

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
2009 tasting notes

This nearly invincible builders’ tea is reserved especially for snowy and weathery days. (Thus a small tin gifted by ashmanra months and months ago is much like Elijah and the widow’s jar of flour. Good story. You should read it.) Steeped it strong and black, let it go cold on my desk till it was stronger and blacker, sloppily heated it back up in the microwave—still drinkable and kept me propped upright all day.

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
2009 tasting notes

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
2009 tasting notes

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
2009 tasting notes

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
2009 tasting notes

So this is what I get when I sleep in an extra hour. Wake up and somebody’s been messing around with the sock drawer—the socks are still there, just jumbled up :) I’m not as browser-setting-savvy as the rest of you, but at least for uh, those of us who are no longer 18, this is a bit easier to read through bifocals.

Wish I could tell you more about this cheerful and pleasant pu-erh. It’s one you want when you’re hungry for tea, so rich and thick and sweet—-but just enough mineral in the background you remember that it’s pu-erh, not pastry. If any of you frequent Mama Jean’s in Springfield MO, it’s available in bulk there, according to the friend who supplied this to me.

Anna

Oh, nom.

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Wow: left the house to run errands and the pot went stone cold—amber to ebony. Warmed it up, added half and half and a little brown sugar and we’ve got sweet maple—not maple syrup, but deep maple wood. This is really fascinating stuff.

TheTeaFairy

Wow, it sounds more amazing by the minute!!

gmathis

Not my normal pick—I tend to prefer heavier Assams and teas that wear work boots; this was a sample from Single Origin and it was a pleasant surprise.

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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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