2009 Tasting Notes

Having an oh-my-ears-and-whiskers-I’m-late-must-write-no-time-to-steep afternoon, so this works well. Still comes out more floral than fruity, but with a light touch and cooler temp, it’s a good quality bagged tea that makes you feel like you fussed.

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Overindulgent snack days at work call for something light and mildly medicinal at home. Straight up lemongrass, no additives, clean and mildly sweet to compensate for too many Lil’ Smokies in barbecue sauce and Chex Mix.

Like chamomile and peppermint—it’s pretty hard to distinguish any major variance in lemongrass flavoring, so my Cheapster Steepster recommendation is to buy it loose and inexpensively at the health food store instead of boxed, bagged, and branded.


I totally agree about your recommendation.

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The problem with pearl teas is that you never come out with the right number at the end of the packet. So I popped in a Mandala Black Pearl and sailed the door with a cup of co-smoke-coa.


Love “co-smoke-coa.” :)

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First morning in days I didn’t need high-octane to wake up. This one is quickly turning into the “okay, let’s just get this one drunk up and over with” category, but it’s a plausible lighter-end morning tea.

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From my teapot friend. Straight up tonight; no additives. It’s rooibos’ perkier, slightly sharper cousin. (Rooibos is a sleepy granny cat; honeybush is a kitten chasing its own tail?) I’m exhausted this evening, but at least my tastebuds are peppy now.

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Much-postponed Christmas swap with a friend today; she’d been Goodwilling and I am now in possession of a lovely heavy white ceramic dome-shaped pot and cups and saucers with delicate sage green leaves that make me feel like I’m handling spring. The pot is great—I love friends who understand the value of utilitarian vs. cutesie things that don’t hold heat and you can’t pour out of.

Anyway….also a selection of four of her fave teas to try in said pot; all from our favorite local bulk jars. The manufacturer description is very accurate. The dry leaves are redolent of cloves. (Redolent—isn’t that a nice, relaxing adjective? And one I didn’t have to make up, either.) The steeped color is rich and sultry amber. Flavor—-succulent. The orange is pithy, not painfully tart; deep, sweet cloves that warm your tummy but don’t bite your tongue.


Yeah for the pot and cups! I almost picked up some china cups in Goodwill before Christmas. Walked out, then regretted not buying them. I didn’t need them but I have heard the size and shape of the cup changes the flavor. Everything I now use is mug shaped. I want to experiment. Next time I spend the dollar. Its all in the name of science really. :)

Have to admit I had to Google redolent.


Nice! Hooray for good teaware!

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While I don’t think I’ll ever manage to pare down my tea stash to the lean and mean chosen few that I really have the space for, of late, I’m finding myself gravitating to comfortable tried-and-true basics that wear as well as an old bathrobe.

This is one. Today, used a larger mug with the same amount of leaf, so it’s lightly-silk-and-toasty instead of the heavier cocoa-ness that comes out in a stronger concentration. And it’s still good.

I rarely mess with ratings and slider bars, but this one I’m dragging all the way to the end of the happy scale.

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Nice! I’ve never met a Fujian tea that I didn’t love!

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drank Green Tea by The Boston Tea Company
2009 tasting notes

Closest match I could find on the Boston Tea website for the bagged green tea in my little treasure chest.

Not as good as Boston Tea’s Dragonwell, but still a mild, unfinicky, slightly cereally green. Was perfect for an afternoon feet-up break from writing (deadlines looming) and housework (who let the floor get so skanky?)

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It’s shortcutting, but P.F. Chang frozen-section dumplings are pleasantly close to the restaurant original. This was a perfect “dessert” afterward; the lemony-mint makes a perfect digestif when you over-dumple.


Love the term “over dumple!”


Is it even possible to not over-dumple?


Not at my house!

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A sipdown of a really fine Ceylon—-smooth and deep, no bitterness. On the short list for a reorder.

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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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