2408 Tasting Notes

drank Malty Assam by The Tao of Tea
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With a name like this, I expected to be able to pour this stuff straight on the counter and it would pile up in its very own mug shape. Nope.

That doesn’t mean it’s not a fine morning tea. A good Assam with a little bready sweetness; still drinkable after letting the last bit cool for a while (some Assams get so strong you could remove battery corrosion with them). I didn’t see any need to lighten it up with milk—just fine straight up.

Just opened the tin this morning, so there’s plenty left for tinkering.

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Another one I wouldn’t normally have picked for myself; it just fell into my husband’s shopping basket. I was a little wary—the strawberry/orange/lemon version of this line of Bigelow cold infusions is so licorice and and hibi heavy, I have to cut it with a bag of plain tea to make it drinkable.

However, there’s no licorice in this one, and the hibiscus/rosehips accentuate the lime rather than overwhelm it. Honeysuckle? Not so much. But this was a pleasant iced feet-up cooler after a busy Sunday.

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drank French Roast by Teeccino
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Earlier in the year, I snagged a box of Teeccino’s Dark Chocolate on an insane clearance sale and immediately fell in love with the just-like-eating-a-candy-bar thick chocolate goodness.

So, with a lucky-day $2 coupon from Natural Grocers, I decided to give a (cheap) trial run to their French Roast blend.

I am amazed—its color and texture remind me of the dark, stewed coffee my dad drank when he worked at the local post office when I was little. (He’d give me little sips just to watch me scrunch up my face.) I’ve never tasted a coffee-ier tea, and it’s decaf at that. This will be just lovely in a few weeks when there’s an honest-to-pete nip in the air.

ashmanra

I can smell it just from reading this. I hear the radio in my parent’s kitchen.

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drank Kali Cha by The Tao of Tea
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I looked back at previous notes about this oolong and chuckled a little bit, because in my head, I was composing a review that was almost 100% identical to the older one (pasted below). As my former boss once said, “You don’t need two tractors plowing the same field.”

This one is going to take some tinkering. Generally, I am not patient with tinker-needful teas. At four minutes with roughly the appropriate temperature (remember, I am a barbarian who does “kinda” and “sorta”) and a smidge less leaf than the tin recommends, this tastes much more like a Darjeeling than an oolong—and a rather bitter one at that.

I skimmed through other reviews, and another Steepster described it as an oolong evidently grown less than 20 miles from the Darjeeling region. That pretty much sums it up!

All the same, it was good to shake up my morning synapses with something different.

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drank Tuscany Pear by Thesaurus Tea
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My first review of my little sample packet earlier in the year mentioned that the flavors in this rooibos-pear blend were pleasant, but never really nestled together—two separate profiles competing for attention.

I accidentally found the glue that brought it all together—fresh comb honey! There was barely a teaspoon left in my sample, and I was afraid it would barely flavor the water. I gave the rooibos a five minute plus steep, then sliced off a thumb sized bit of honeycomb, and then (the comb residue was a little off-putting) strained it a second time. Bippity boppity boo; almost like a caramelized pear dessert now. If I weren’t so lazy, I’d go find a nice slice of cheese to accompany the last half cup.

derk

“then sliced off a thumb” – oh please please please don’t tell me she did that – “sized bit of honeycomb” – WHEW!

gmathis

As klutzy as I have been of late, it coulda happened!

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Things end (sigh). And since summer is—at least by the calendar, not by the thermometer—coming to a close, it was time to use the last three bags of my beloved Traditions strawberry tea. Last bags ever, as far as I can tell—the brand still exists, but not this pleasantly flavored, viably authentic strawberry variety. I cold-steeped my last Mason jarful and am giving it a proper and respectful sendoff from my rocking chair.

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drank African Solstice by Tea Forte
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I’m down to the “I really don’t know how I’m gonna feel about this” pyramids from my Tea Forte sampler, and I hesitated to give African Solstice a go, particularly when I saw that rosehips were a key player. I was braced for a mugful of tartness, but this is surprisingly sweet. My taste buds can’t detect anything but a general “unspecified fruit” flavor, kind of like that one single good chew of Fruit Stripe gum before it goes tasteless. Same with the roses—a nice team player in this rooibos-based blend, but they don’t stand out.

None of that sounded very complimentary, did it? It’s a really nice evening cup, especially out of my new favorite hissing mug (just the favorite one that hisses, not my very favorite). Go ahead. Say I’m nuts. I think this little ceramic mug, which had been stashed in storage for ages, was from a donation center when we were trying to cobble together a kitchen after our tornado. Brown with little curlicue hearts on it. I don’t know if it’s the porous texture of the ceramic, or the shape (it tapers inward the tiniest bit at the lip) or the slight flaw in the inner glazing … but whatever it is, it hisses when it’s full of a warm cuppa. Shhh. There. Hear it?

AJRimmer

Ha I have a Boba Fett helmet and shoulders-shaped mug from the 90s, and whenever I drink from it, the tea trapped in the shoulder region makes such a loud glugging noise as it hits the air. My family always jokes around asking Boba what he just said. So I enjoy my noisy mug too!

gmathis

Ah, affirmation! Thank you!

derk

I have a hissing clay teapot that I adore. Relaxing sound.

gmathis

It isn’t just me! Y’all don’t know how happy this makes me.

Mateusz

I have a set of 3 tiny ceramic tea cups. My favorite and the one I always use is the one that hisses. It adds character.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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A lovely Sunday afternoon: much-needed rain, a basket of ironing to soothe and unwrinkle me, and Victoria and Abdul to make me smile (Judi Dench is priceless). It could only be capped off by a British/Indian alliance like good old Typhoo. I have absolutely nothing novel or original to say about it, it’s just become a good friend. For this version, Typhoo uses Assam teas that are muscular enough to survive the decaffeination process and leave a little bit of dark-toast-crust flavor behind. Lovely.

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One of you mentioned trying this with bourbon sugar, which I don’t have, but it still sounded so good, I snagged a box for the house. It is balanced in favor of the cinnamon rather than the apple (which I was really craving) but it is a lovely herbal departure from minty stuff and overly spiced chai.

Evol Ving Ness

Bourbon sugar! That sounds interesting and likely, unavailable here.

This sounds like it has potential. Still, I worry about overly aggressive cinnamon and spice in CT blends.

gmathis

In this case, it’s just the cinnamon rather than the empty-the-entire-contents-of-your-spice-rack nastiness of CS Bengal Spice.

Evol Ving Ness

Hahaha, yes, you know exactly what I am talking about.

This sounds far more reasonable.

gmathis

I haven’t explored local shops to see if such a thing as bourbon sugar exists, but my husband did waltz home with a little bottle of—get this—coffee blossom honey. Haven’t opened it yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

Lexie Aleah

I’ve found honey powder and lavender sugar at little local spice shops before so bourbon sugar seems like something a spice shop might carry.

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I am a walking mass of itches and abrasions: nasty gash on my knee (bashed into the corner of my desk at work), sore vaccine shoulder, bug bites that make shoes and other apparel confounded uncomfortable, and I must’ve dropped my favorite blue wear-over-anything summer duster on the parking lot because it didn’t make it home with me. Oh, and did I mention my overwhelming case of self pity? ;)

It’s all light and momentary, but for the moment, I’m pampering myself a little, and this nice 52teas tisane is helping. What differentiates it from the usual crop of chamomile/rooibos/lemony nighty-night concoctions is a pleasant dose of marshmallow root that takes the edge off the tartness, while the rest of the ingredients (hopefully) take the edge off everything else.

I cheated—far too impatient this evening to wait the prescribed 8—10 minutes and pulled it at 5. Properly steeped, the blend may change personalities entirely. I’ll try that another night when I’m not distracted by a vampirous mosquito that is trying to raise yet another bump on me!

ashmanra

Congrats on the vax! I hope things improve and the beloved duster is found!

derk

May you get some relief this weekend.

gmathis

I found the clothing item … (ahem) … in the laundry basket. Oy.

ashmanra

Hooray! If I like an item of clothing, I keep it, patch it, wear it past the point it should be worn. Glad it has been found and can give many more years of delight!

Martin Bednář

I hpe everything is getting better now :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank goodness for tea! Hope today has been a much better day.

gmathis

Knee gash fading; however my ankles look like I’m wearing polka-dot socks;) And as to those pieces of clothing that actually fit…amen! I am turning into one of those “once you find one that fits, buy one in every color and wear them until Goodwill won’t even take them.”

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Steepster “geezer” (been reviewing here for more than a decade); tea barbarian who has no systematic method for storage, preparation, classification, or rating; lover of strong unleaded builders’ tea. Never quite grew up—I cut and glue, play with Legos, design kids’ curriculum, and play with fifth graders every Sunday.

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