2335 Tasting Notes

drank Darjeeling by Choice Organic Teas
2335 tasting notes

Summer has landed like a hot, wet sack of mosquitoes; therefore, this one went straight to ice this morning. It isn’t a typically astringent Darjeeling (some of them make me feel like I’ve been licking Scotch tape), so it’s a good thirst quencher. Grapey but not champagne-y.

And, to borrow a leaf from Martin’s notebook, here’s today’s musical pairing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1K5qDUNiIw
(My dad would be so pleased :)

ashmanra

I mediately sent link to youngest. Right up our alley!

ashmanra

*immediately….then had Alexa play an Al Bowlly station. Then cried because she played you belong to me….

gmathis

Had the office to myself yesterday and listened to his orchestra at an obnoxiously loud volume level all morning!

ashmanra

I think Grace knows every song he recorded!

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drank Irish Whiskey by TeaMaze
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This one grabbed my hubby with its aroma alone, and a full tin made its way home with us. First steep is thick and creamy, chocolatey and bourbon. Second steep was thinner but still very nicely flavorful (I controlled myself and used a smaller cup this time.)

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drank Irish Breakfast by Natural Grocers
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My husband used to love Snapple cranberry tea (they have a cranberry/raspberry juice now, but it’s not the same).

At any rate, with summer weather finally coming at us, he is hoping to blend a taste-alike from scratch. This is what he brought home yesterday for its base, and I snagged a couple spoonfuls for my a.m. sip.

It’s a good, smooth, strong blend, with no particular in-your-face notes. Balanced and even. I steeped it strong with the intention of icing some down when I got to work, but that’s not gonna happen…almost gone!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Natural Grocers
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My husband used to love Snapple cranberry tea (they have a cranberry/raspberry juice now, but it’s not the same).

At any rate, with summer weather finally coming at us, he is hoping to blend a taste-alike from scratch. This is what he brought home yesterday for its base, and I snagged a couple spoonfuls for my a.m. sip.

It’s a good, smooth, strong blend, with no particular in-your-face notes. Balanced and even. I steeped it strong with the intention of icing some down when I got to work, but that’s not gonna happen…almost gone!

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In its heyday, I wrote odes and sonnets to this foolproof, goofproof, steepworthy, forgiving, bread-crusty brew. Just steeped my last full mug this morning, and by last, I’m afraid I really mean last, as it appears that Nature’s Tea Leaf is no more. Moral: things end. Make every sip matter.

ashmanra

Whaaaaaat? I didn’t know!

gmathis

I can’t find them online—no recent FB posts, “can’t be displayed” on Google. I’d love to be wrong.

ashmanra

I checked. Nothing. Their facebook page doesn’t show any posts since 2015 but I have looked at their page and I thought it wasn’t terribly long ago. They are GONE.

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Isn’t “tippy” just a happy word? It is, when applied to this particular Vietnamese orange pekoe tea—another discovery at the little TeaMaze shop last weekend.

My favorite black teas are those that prompt taste memories of dark, yeasty, wheaty bread. This one reminds me more of light biscuits or sweet cornbread with honey.

One teaspoon to 8 ounces of water yielded one very rich cup and one medium-bodied cup. Then I got stupid and tried a third steep in a 12-ounce tumbler (I’m terrible about underleafing), which resulted in what my son calls “water with aftertaste.” Lesson learned. Again.

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drank Pine Forest by TeaMaze
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Either you love Branson or you don’t…a two-mile carnival of touristy, kitschy shows and shops plunked down in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. Usually we go for the mountains and nostalgia—my husband and I met there. This time around, we put on our “tacky” and hit the strip. But in one of the little glitzy shopping centers is a gem of a tea shop called TeaMaze: quality loose leaf tea, both unflavored and creatively flavored, and a extremely knowledgeable owner who is a delight to tea chat with. (teamazeshop.com)

So I went a little overboard…and with the help of my beloved enabler, came home with more than intended, including this unusual and delightful herbal blend. It leads with deliciously sweet blackberry flavor with pine—yes, you heard me correctly—as a crazy good counterpoint. It does not taste like disinfectant. It tastes like pine and berries, or more poetically, like summer in the mountains.

Overboard, incidentally, was the theme of our little date-cation. We did the “Titanic” museum and attraction; the exterior is an approximate half-sized model of the real thing. As you check in, you’re provided with a boarding pass with the persona of a real passenger; at the end of the tour, you discover how your namesake fared. I am pleased to announce that both my hubby (a widowed farmer traveling in second class) and I (ladies’ maid to one of the socialites aboard) survived.

ashmanra

Hooray! I am glad you got to get away together! It sounds like you had a good trip! And +1 Branson for having a good tea shop!

Kittenna

There aren’t too many pine teas around – this one sounds interesting! Did you pick up any other unusual teas there?

Sounds like a fun date-cation! I feel like I need to have one of those sometime soon…

Martin Bednář

Interesting tea and interesting museum and…
interesting trip. Have a good time together!

gmathis

Kittenna, yes—this little TeaMaze shop has blends and varieties I have not seen elsewhere, as well as more traditional stuff. (Further reviews to follow.) It is, of course, tourist priced, but my initial sips have been happy ones. There was a jasmine purple tea that I didn’t bring home, but looked interesting; as well, the owner was very excited because she had been to a tea expo in Vegas and managed to speak for a kilo of yellow tea—on the way to her soon. There is a webstore, if you’re interested in a browse.

Sil

how fun!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I’m actually drinking a Basilur tea entitled New Year’s Gift, but as I can’t find a listing for it here or on the Basilur website, I’m assuming it was a temporary offering. A good one however—a good black tea base with sweet cherry (syrupy without being chemically artificial) and almond that is not bitter. Especially satisfying when taken in a quiet house after a day full of people.

(This concludes the tea comments. It’s OK if you move on from here.)

Day Full of People began with the memorial service for my sister. The family burying ground is three miles out on a gravel road that branches off a two-lane county highway in the little hills of Cedar County, Missouri. Floods have washed out some of the road bed, so you have to drive carefully, but the country stillness is breathtaking. We encountered a bald eagle, a wild turkey that flew over our vehicle, and a second wild turkey (so big it looked like an ostrich!) that flew in and landed on the far side of the cemetery immediately following the closing prayer, a little like a very rural Blue Angels salute. Shari would’ve loved it.

People Day Part 2 was a family reunion in the metropolis of Lockwood with cousins I haven’t seen since I was knee-high to that wild turkey. Plates laden with farm cooking—cornmeal-fried fish, homemade noodles, that cheesy hash brown casserole with sour cream and cornflakes on top that I can’t get my boys to eat…and a great deal of catching up and reminiscing.

A good day, but much to process. Glad I have a good cuppa and a few moments to do that now.

Roswell Strange

I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your sister; keeping you in my thoughts right now.

Kawaii433

:( (hugs)

mrmopar

Gosh, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers your way.

tea-sipper

I’D eat that cheesy hashbrown casserole. Never heard of it but it sounds amazing. Again, I’m very sorry about your sister.

gmathis

Thanks. She passed in March; we waited until this weekend to coincide with the reunion date. Worked out well.

derk

<3 to you and the fam

ashmanra

So glad you had a quiet moment and a cuppa. It must have been a very emotional day, remembering a sister who passed so unexpectedly, and seeing family you haven’t seen in ages. You described it so beautifully, but it was draining I know. Rest and refresh.

Kittenna

Hugs <3

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drank Tangerine by Basilur
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Well, either our garage sale was a bust (we MAY have cleared $15 after buying the price stickers) or a reasonable success (items not sold have either been delivered to Goodwill or are en route to the mission house at church)—but either way, I am beat.

Furthermore, this is the first day we’ve had actually summery weather (91 on my thermometer) with humidity in the mosquito-and-malaria range. (Don’t laugh, Rosehips—I know that’s not even close to your summer temps :)

Therefore, I don’t care what it is, it just needs to be COLD. However, this is a lovely afternoon treat from the fridge. Basilur threw in vanilla with this tangerine blend, so when it’s chilled, it tastes like a tangerine creamsicle. Delicious!

Martin Bednář

I used to drink lots of Basilur teas, but I can´t recall having this one :O

gmathis

We have a chain discount store called Tuesday Morning; it’s like a treasure hunt every time you go. You’ll never find the same stock two weeks in a row. We’ve been lucky to find a different kind of Basilur every visit.

ashmanra

I definitely need to head over to our Tuesday Morning then! I haven’t been in ages but I will go for tea!

Martin Bednář

I should move to US :D

gmathis

The Midwest would definitely be a change from your neck of the woods! I often refer to our little corner of Missouri as “the armpit of nowhere.”

Martin Bednář

Oh, I bet! I would like to see US at least once in my life. And I don´t mean tourist spots and traps.

derk

Martin, I’d give you a trap-free tour of northern California!

derk

gmathis, all your Basilur reviews have me wanting to go to Tuesday Morning for my next teabag run for the house.

gmathis

All this chit-chat prompted a stop yesterday. Alas, at the moment, none to be had at ours. Your results may vary, however!

Martin Bednář

derk: thank you for your offer. If it is going to happen, I will try to keep it in mind.

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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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