2005 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
2005 tasting notes

I’m not the tea person who weighs, labels, classifies, catalogs, or scientifically approaches any of my brews…I’m the one with an unlabeled baggie of something that sort of looks like green tea with lemongrass that I might have gotten from a work friend sometime last summer, but eh, it still looks viable, so let’s give it a go….

And I’m glad I go’ed. Whatever I’m drinking, it’s a happy golden color, and with a squeeze of lime, it tastes like spring sunshine.

A little “random” never hurts :)


Who needs pretentious technicality! Just drink and enjoy. :D

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My favorite Assams taste like wheat toast. This does. Brevity rules.

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Problem solved. This one just needs milk. Even with a good dollop, it’s still strong enough to be a good unleaded morning eye-opener.

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The good part about ordering from Upton is the option to sample everything inexpensively—I treated myself to a box of goodies to combat the winter miz’ries. The other part about ordering from Upton is that their selection is so huge, I forget what I have and haven’t tried. So this one’s an accidental rerun.

Didn’t give it much love the first time around, some years back. Upon further reflection, you just gotta know what you’re getting into. This is an Assam/Ceylon blend; heavy (to me) on the Ceylon side. Stout and sharp with a little bitterness at the end. Clouts you awake instead of coddling you awake. We’ll give it a whirl with some milk tomorrow, but clouting is what I needed to get moving today.

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It rained all night; I’m wondering if I need to start gathering animals two by two. Got the cats already, except they’re both male…

Anyway, it’s a wet, sullen, chilly morning and a stout wake-up was needed. Pure Leaf is filling that bill pretty decently. Has enough bite to it (and usually I need morning tea with fangs) that I prefer it with milk. Nice to find a good morning loose leaf on the shelves at Walmart. Hope it stays there.

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The English Tea Shop teas I’ve seen and tried are generally part of a gifty-pack thing, the kind you find at TJ Maxx around Christmas time; teas that are generally enjoyable, but maybe slightly less in character than hardcore tea-ophiles like us prefer.

But I’m a sucker for a pretty package, and a dear friend set me up with a 12-pack of fun little cardboard pyramids containing various flavors of English Tea Shop offerings. (I’m keeping the pyramids. There’s got to be a game in there to play with my fifth graders.)

Of the ones I’ve sampled so far this is my favorite. It’s just a standard Ceylon that’s not bitter, not acidic, just right in the middly comfort zone. Took work microwave water abuse well. Prepared a little more carefully, I think it would be a nice afternooner with a little milk.

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I try every so often to understand white tea. It bamboozles me. Not being a particularly intuitive person, I don’t want to have to chase down whatever flavor is in my cup. I want it to find me.

I didn’t have to run quite so hard for this one, a thoughtful sample tossed in with a Nature’s Tea Leaf order. Leaves were huge and virtually untouched; some stems in the bundle as well, but that isn’t a turn-off. Steeped as precisely to instructions as my sloppy methods allow, it was a honey-goldenrod color, satiny in texture, and a little sweet and soapy in taste. Soapy in a good way. And cornsilky. A nice little spring break in the middle of a very weary week.


Oooh, I need to order from them again. I love one of their black teas for breakfast. Now to find which one…


My order was a large packet of Fujian Congou.

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drank Chocolate Kiss by Savoy Tea Co
2005 tasting notes

Best surprise Christmas treat to myself ever. (I had purchased a sample pack a good while ago, and it had woodged itself down to the bottom of the heap.) Unearthed it, opened it, and was transported to dark chocolate and strawberry rapture. (Or something like that.)

Has a nice thick creamy mouthfeel to it without milk. The strawberry tastes like strawberry and not soda pop syrup. Will hoard the rest and divvy it out parsimoniously over the next few weeks … Janu-weary often requires little treats along the way. This one will help beat the blahs.




Janu-weary…sigh. How appropo. We have had two days of rain, and the week will end with rain followed by wintry mix or snow.


Back to work today; a balmy 19 outside, warmest morning we can expect for the rest of the week. A good friend sent me a little post-Christmas treat: dish towel that reads “SUNSHINE is my favorite accessory.”

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drank Starry Chai by Good Earth
2005 tasting notes

I think this was a share from tea buddy K S a while back. Drank a celebratory cup after restoring the living room to (sort of) order, tree down, tringlings and trapplings up for another year.

Cherry with chai is an interesting concept.

My general beef with chai is that folks cardamom it to death, and it ends up tasting like somebody just dumped the contents of their spice rack into a cup. In this case, Good Earth was light on the cardy, light-ish on the cherry, and generous with good old gentle cinnamon. Took it without milk, and it didn’t need any. Would try this one again.

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This was a thoughtful “open one early on Christmas Eve” from my sweet husband. Sweetly scented cocoa both dry and steeped…is creamy on its own without milk, but a splash turns it into dessert mousse. Perfect for watching Tazo snooze in my lap and counting blessings.

Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness… May your home and heart be filled with grace today.


Love the Scripture.

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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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