1719 Tasting Notes

drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Petit Tea
1719 tasting notes

It says Om Tea on the box, by my recollection it is a division of Petit Tea.

If you are afraid of spicy tea, you’d most likely pass on this and that would be a shame. It is assam black tea, cinnamon, and black pepper. When the pyramid hits the water the aroma convinces you this is going to be a powerful blast of flavor. It is but not as the scent suggests. Yes, its cinnamon, and yes the black pepper has adds a little heat hit at the end, but neither are overwhelming, and most importantly you can taste the assam tea. I find that balance pretty impressive.

gmathis

Sounds tasty!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Started my day with my usual Deluxe Matcha – from Matcha Warehouse (Red Leaf Tea) – in a cold milk latte. This goes perfectly with an everything bagel.

Lunch at Cheddars where I love their iced tea (and ribs). The tea tastes mildly like hoji-cha (but not really) and mildly earthy. There is a nice briskness to it. The best restaurant bagged iced tea I’ve had.

At home now, more iced tea. This is a homemade blend of loose leaf black teas from The Persimmon Tree (I miss them). I use equal parts English Breakfast, Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling leaf to make a gallon and a half at a time. Makes me happy.

Barely made it above freezing today and all I’ve had is iced tea. Maybe this evening I’ll heat things up a bit.

ashmanra

Good to hear from you again! I just saw the Matcha Warehouse name change and I looked for my Tanabata Matcha but they have changed the names. I have a lot of Matcha right now, but I need to contact them soon to find out what is equivalent so I can reorder.

K S

I’m a little confused here, but Red Leaf Tea’s website appears to now be Matcha Outlet, and is probably also Matcha Warehouse on Ebay. I wasn’t paying attention when I started following links. I also did not see Tanabata. Oh, and it’s good to be back.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Whenever we go to a pitch in dinner (at church – wherever) my wife makes macaroni. The kids devour it. Why? It’s plain Kraft macaroni shells with Velveeta cheese. You know, real macaroni, not some fru fru pasta with a blend of gourmet cheeses and added stuff. Not that there is anything wrong with the fancy stuff, just don’t call it Macaroni around a kid.

That’s the way I am with my Earl Grey. I don’t mind fancier once in a while but it isn’t my idea of EG. This here, 4 year old tin (at least) and all, is plain and simple Earl Grey. I noticed today a bag of Splenda stuck between the tea pouch and the tin. I remember putting it there 1 1/2 years ago on our anniversary. We rented a cabin on the lake and sat on the porch swing watching it rain, while sipping tea. Priceless.

At the time I was so ill with respiratory issues, I thought it might be our last anniversary together. There, I said it. Had it not been for God’s grace and my family nurse practitioner it might well have been. She helped straighten me out. I fired my pulmonologist. A year later I started taking physical therapy to help build up my body muscle to help with breathing. For some unexplainable reason it had the opposite effect. I have spent the last 6 months in a battle. Simply preparing tea became too difficult.

I spent the holidays in the hospital on 15 liters of oxygen. They managed to wean me down to a manageable level to come home. I have since managed to further reduce my levels way down. Today I feel better than I have felt in a very long time.

When I decided I was ready to make tea tonight – first time in a couple months – I grabbed this one. After pouring it into my mug, I noticed the beautiful ruby color. I seriously was overcome with emotion.

Thank You is all I could think to say. I wrote all this to say, notice the little things in your daily life, like making tea, and be thankful.

gmathis

Amen. Have been concerned about you! When I talk to the Doc :) today, I’ll be asking for continued healing, friend. Savor every cup.

Fjellrev

Wow, I am so sorry that you went through all of that but that is amazing how you were able to pull through all of that.

Evol Ving Ness

Beautiful, beautiful post. Thank you for this. I am glad you are here. And making tea.

ashmanra

Oh my! I am glad you are better, and I will be praying for leaps forward! Big leaps!

Jason O'Toole

Thanks for the review…and the lesson on gratitude.

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drank Shou Pu'erh by Little Red Cup Tea Co.
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This is just a cursory review for now. Woke up this morning and realized I forgot to get milk last night. So instead of a matcha/milk latte, I’m having poo. I also had a bowl of brown sugar and maple oatmeal. The oatmeal kind of overpowered the tea. What I can tell you is the leaf had no fishy or otherwise offensive odors. It smelled sweet, clean, and leafy. Once brewed I checked again and no barnyard. It does have a pleasant shou aroma. The taste was clean and mild. It was probably sweet but after the oatmeal who knows. There was a mild amount of leathery notes. All in all, this seems to be a good everyday simple tea.

looseTman

Sounds promising. Have you brewed another batch w/o the brown sugar and maple oatmeal?

looseTman

KS, Any updates?

looseTman

KS – ???

K S

Has it really been 10 months? Goodness. I will try to have a pot or 10 of this early next week.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Who knows how old this tea is? I have no clue. I think I once shared some with Moses. Anyway, sealed nicely in a bag inside the tin. I used a little extra leaf, just in case. Added some sweetener and had a delightful cup of comfort.

mrmopar

So glad to see you back!

gmathis

Tea with Moses…did the Red Sea water enhance the flavor any? ;)

K S

No, it was some excellent spring water straight from a rock. Being old has its perks.

gmathis

(chuckle) Forgot about that. In fifth grade, we go straight from plagues to Red Sea to Ten Commandments and skip the ancillary stuff :)

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drank Yunnan Black by Little Red Cup Tea Co.
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This tea was sent to me by Little Red Cup and is the reason I have come out of tea note retirement. I love Yunnan tea. Assam is great when I need to wake up. Ceylon I like with flavors and is my base of choice for Earl Grey. Yunnan is my warm cozy slow down tea.

The leaf looks just like the picture. It is long thin light twists of gold and browns. I pretty much expect the leaf to look this way. What I did not expect, in addition to the malty, honey, scents, is a fruitiness that resembles grapes and a neat pepperiness.

I Brewed this strong (on purpose) and the cup is a deep reddish hue as opposed to the amber mentioned by LRC. The taste matches the aroma perfectly. There is a touch of dryness that may disappear if you don’t make it so strong.

It is a dreary rainy day here, and this Yunnan black is providing just the comfort I need.

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drank Primetime by Ahmad Tea London
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Well, that’s interesting. I just read my note for Ahmad Primetime when I drank it hot. It sounds amazingly like my comments on Assam 1860 iced. This one iced is OK but not memorable. Possibly it is just too weak. The color is bright orange/red. Hot it was so dark it had an almost a purplish tint. I have always been a big fan of Ahmad. I am going to take the blame for this one being kind of meh. I am now out of it, so I won’t get another chance to get it right.

mrmopar

Been hiding a while there fella…

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drank Black Tea by Assam1860
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Hi Peeps! I haven’t written a tasting note in months. Tea friends have been asking if I’m OK. Summer was so humid. I kind of got out of the habit and I have been battling health issues.

On to tea – I told the wife I was tired of soda pop (whatever you call it in your locale) so she bought a glass container with a spigot. It holds about a gallon and a half and sets in the fridge. Then I realized all she had for iced tea was Luzianne and Lipton. Neither of those would do. I dug deep in my stash and came up with Assam 1860 and Ahmad Primetime. Decided to start with Assam 1860.

The color is a beautiful dark cherry mahogany. Has a good clean smell. I never add anything to my iced tea and this certainly needs no help. I made it strong because that’s how I like it. It is brisk without being bitter. The taste is malty and leafy. I noticed the jug emptied pretty quick. This makes a solid iced tea.

ashmanra

Good to see you again!

Nattie

Welcome back!! Seems like a few of us have all came back at the same time (:

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drank Deluxe Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’m really fortunate that my tastes usually refer beer over champagne. it keeps me out of a lot of financial trouble ;) For me this is everything I want out of a daily matcha. The flavor is slightly unique and solid. It stands up well to milk or sweetener but is drinkable straight. i keep a one pound bag clipped in the freezer and a small quantity in a tin. Everyday begins with matcha and 95% of the time it is this one.

mrmopar

Hi brother. Long time.

gmathis

Was beginning to worry about you. Hope all’s well.

K S

This summer has been absolutely brutal on my lungs. I’ve been in respiratory therapy all summer and for each little bit of ground I’ve gained the heat and humidity have done their best to counter. Even playing guitar with the team on Sunday has been difficult, in fact I didn’t a few times. I’ve never smoked or been around chemicals. It just is what it is. Tea has not been a priority lately. I’m believing cooler weather will reignite some leaf passion.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I haven’t been on Steepster for a while. Too hot for tea along with too busy and health issues. This morning I sat on the porch trying to dry out my sinuses. Decided it wasn’t working. Besides I could smell the ash from the Amish home just down the road and it made me crave some Lapsang Souchong. This is a good one – sweet, not too smoky, and not BBQ. Unfortunately the sample does not have the company name on it and I have forgotten from whence it came.

Just stopped in to say hey. Now off to get some Benadryl.

looseTman Welcome back!! It’s not recommended to have health issues. Drink more tea!
KittyLovesTea

I hope you feel better soon :)

gmathis

Was beginning to worry a little. Good to know you’re still kicking. What are you kicking? :)

Fjellrev

Hope you’ll feel better soon, too!

ashmanra

Glad you are feeling well enough to get back on steepster! Yes, too hot! Now that it has dropped into the 89’s and low 90’s, the chickens think it is fall! We are enjoying this relief from the blast furnace heat we we having earlier.

mrmopar

Good to see you KS!

MrQuackers

Omg, I only considered Lapsoushong on a rainy day. I can totally see how “bonfire” tea would be good in extreme heat. Thanks.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

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