2371 Tasting Notes

drank Singlo by Oliver Pluff & Company
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After complaining to you about the daytime tea stash, I did something about it and brought a few loose leaf packets to finish up…among them, this very nice “just green” tea from Oliver Pluff. It meets my standards by tolerating abuse and absentminded steeping and is more toasty than it is vegetal. OP calls it buttery and plummy—that may be a little ambitious, or that may be because I’ve let my supply sit too long, but it is a very nice change of pace.

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My work tea stash is kind of pathetic…refugee boxes and bags from home that I intend to drink up quickly and never do. This was in the stash, but still has a tiny bit of life left in it. Still smells nice and the cinnamon presence compensates for the decay of the black tea base.

Too bad Trader Joe’s discontinued this variety—was (formerly) a really nice wintertime pantry staple.

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drank Tangerine by Basilur
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Happy, happy, joy, joy … there were two tins of this in my Mother’s Day bonanza, and loose leaf to boot! It’s the same blend as the gift-box tea bags I have enjoyed in the past: black tea, tangerine zest, and a little vanilla, but the black tea base is stronger and the zest a little zestier—no doubt due to better quality leaves. Pastry and citrus.

I opened the tin at “tea party” time at work and blethered in ecstasy because I had expected tea bags rather than leaves, then my work friend (derk, she’s my Kiki) brought me back to earth by whiffing it and chortling, “It smells like men’s cologne.” Hmph. All the more for me.

Courtney

Each time I’ve tried to share tea with my coworker It’s been a similar response, but yay for more teas for you! XD

gmathis

She’s one of my besties…we’ve been working together so long, we act like an old married couple and we’ve come a long way—she used to touch nothing but Lipton!

derk

Everybody needs a Kiki.

ashmanra

That sounds delicious!

gmathis

I’ll endeavor to remember to tuck some into the next envelope headed your way.

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Hope you loved on your mom a little today. Moms leak if you don’t fill their buckets once in a while.

My bucket is brimming—between husband, son, and (ahem) cats (or so the gift tag says), I have a basketful of treats to paw through, including this dignified tin of black tea with the Royal Warrant. We’re huge “Keeping Up Appearances” fans, so Royal Warrant Tea holds a special place in my heart.

Other than the little niblet on Partridge’s website (East African, mountain grown), Partridge’s is a little sparse on information. I’ll take scent and flavor over information any day, and this is replete with both. It’s loose leaf rather than CTC, and smells like a bucket of buckwheat. The flavor is equally sweet and wheaty, smooth like velvet with a color like the dark cherry wood finish on my tea chest. Fine stuff.

AJRimmer

Happy Mother’s Day! I quote Keeping Up Appearances so often…especially her particular brand of backseat driving!

gmathis

I am certain this would’ve been even better had I steeped in my Royal Doulton with the hand-painted periwinkles ;)

ashmanra

I like the bucket and Hyacinth Bucket references together! Ha ha!

So glad your bucket got filled! May it ever overflow!

gmathis

That’s boo-KAY, dear.

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drank Dark Chocolate by Teeccino
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Every time I drink and review a chocolate tea, I bellyache that it isn’t chocolate enough. Well, the Hershey bar stops here. Wow. Thick, rich carob and chicory—this definitely hits the “unsweet chocolate bar” mark. I’m drinking this unsweetened, and there’s enough coffee-like bitterness to open my eyes a little, even though it’s purely herbal. With a little milk or as a latte, this is going to be just flat delicious.

ashmanra

Mmmmmmmmmm…..

Lexie Aleah

I didn’t even realize they offered this flavor!

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drank Hug in a Cup! by Cuppa Geek
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I couldn’t attend a bridal shower in TN thrown by a dear friend, so she sent a little bit of the shower to me in the form of a sample Hug In A Cup (she did a tea service featuring CuppaGeek blends with place cards including their descriptions).

I’ve read many reviews, including my own, that don’t get too excited about herbal chamomile blends. After all, it’s chamomile. But Nichole has added a very pleasant fruity-berry twist. The hibiscus and rose hips in my sample added color without a lot of tartness. A really nice nightcap if you’re tired of the usual chamomile-lemony-minty routine.

Sil

that’s a fun idea for a reception :)

gmathis

Bride-to-be is a tea lover, and the fandom blend references were a hit!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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We’ve got Steepster listings for Unknown Oolong, Unknown Green, Unknown China, probably Unknown and Discovered In the Back of My Closet; I was tempted to add one more classification for what I’m drinking this evening: Unknown But Delicious.

Work friend went to Hawaii and brought me a little packet of pearls simply labeled “Lady M,” which is apparently a high-end cake-and-goodie shop, whose merchandise is sold at Waikiki Tea Room. All this is strictly Googling and conjecture, because we’ve crossed paths and I haven’t actually been able to chat with her.

Whatever these are, and wherever these are from, they are exquisite little jasmine pearls about the size of capers that relax in a warm bath just like your neck muscles do in a tub full of bubbles. The jasmine is milder and less floral than other versions I’ve tried over the years—it has a buttery, fruity personality. Pineapple? That may just be the power of geographic suggestion.

At any rate, it’s a perfect cup after a high-intensity work week and I’m looking forward to hearing more about this tea’s provenance.

ashmanra

Sounds heavenly! Share when you find out!

gmathis

All those years of cozy mysteries paid off. Waikiki Tea Room is precisely where the tea came from, but she still couldn’t tell me much about the variety. More investigation to follow.

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I adopted this off the pay-it-forward table at work because…well…a perfectly viable unopened tin of tea. Do I need more justification?

Actually, with iced tea season almost upon us, I thought it would be pleasant this summer. But before chilling it, I made a conventional cup this afternoon. For a grocery store selection, it isn’t bad. The jasmine didn’t taste like guest soap. I was a little heavy handed on the water temp so it was a little bitter this time around, but next time, with a little more care, I think it will be acceptably leafy and vegetal.

A good cheap date, especially with your eyes closed, listening to the maple tree “helicopters” plinking on the roof.

derk

I closed my eyes and went right back to Ohio. Kroger, jasmine green tea, helicopters.

mrmopar

Yep its that time of year. Helicopters abound.

gmathis

Next up, cottonwood!

ashmanra

If I could be a real artist, the first thing I would want to capture in watercolor would be the green and pink helicopters fresh fallen and so delicate!

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Labor-intensive curriculum writing project done. Microwave, stand, and everything on it swabbed down. Living room vacuumed. Fresh sheets on the bed. A celebration is in order.

And, boys-a-dear, this is the tea to celebrate with! Upon opening and contemplating the bonanza of dried strawberries, chocolate chips, and rose petals in this CuppaGeek blend (dare I say masterpiece?), I couldn’t decide whether to steep some or use it for potpourri. The scent of real chocolate and real fruit (not syrupy candy flavoring) made me giddy.

The actual cup did not disappoint. I expected it to be a little oily due to the chocolate, but there’s just a little opacity. The strawberry is real, the chocolate (to me, anyway) leans a little to the dark side, and the rose petals just add a lovely element of fancy-pants.

I anticipate it to make a perfectly acceptable second steep, which is going to be needed very soon. This cup’s gone!

ashmanra

We always resteep this one and Ashman likes it with brownies, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate cake.

gmathis

Get thee behind me, temptation!

Kawaii433

Congratz on finishing your writing project!

gmathis

Thank you. Few moments in life are more satisfying than attaching those finished files and hitting SEND!

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drank Vanilla Peach by Tea Forte
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While this was a gentle and desserty afternooner, neither the peach nor the vanilla was a standout. I didn’t concentrate on it much (I was zoned in on a “25 Words or Less” episode) so inattention may have contributed. I’ve got one more little pyramid to try; we’ll see if conditions improve.

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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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