2652 Tasting Notes

drank Bella Luna Blue by Adagio Teas
2652 tasting notes

Blue just fits the mood tonight. This packet is getting a little old and tired. That fits, too :)
All the same, there’s still enough lemon in the lemongrass and berry in the dried blueberries they can both be identified, and it’s colorful and calming. As I mentioned in previous reviews, I’m also grateful for the omission of hibiscus.

Time to finish appreciating it or take a big batch to my Sunday kiddos for Christmas tea-and-cocoa day.

ashmanra

Tea and cocoa day sounds awesome!

Ashman has decided he really wants the refill for the Fortnum and Mason advent, which is over 600 grams of tea, so I have decided that all guests and students are allowed to open ANY doors and choose a tea they like to drink regardless of the actual date and we will share it out that way. I think the young folks will especially enjoy getting to open all the doors and find something they aremeager to try.

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drank Golden Snail by Savoy Tea Co
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Took the rest of this week off for mental health and a little R&R, and I had been saving the inaugural cup of these adorable little golden curls for a morning when I had a little extra time to enjoy them.

The rye bread scent was delicious from the moment the water first hit the cup. I pulled the steeping basket out of the mug, stepped away from the kitchen for a minute, and before I could get back, the scent had already captured my husband, he sneaked a couple of sips, and had already pronounced it delicious. That’s sayin’ something.

Crusty, wheaty, maybe a little bit of burnt caramel…it’s fine stuff.

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Lexia Aleah kindly shared this Beantown chai with me some time ago and I have inadvertently neglected it. However, with a welcome cold snap and two delicious days of drought-breaking rain, I have been on a chai kick.

The base tea reminds me of my beloved PG Tips—tiny little CTC nuggets that steep up strong: enough so that I had to abandon my intention to drink it straight and a little extra water and sugar.

I’m getting gentle hints of all the spices mentioned in the product description—sometimes when sharing small, mailable packets, it’s hard to fit in a representative sample of all the extra non-tea goodies. But I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Fresh out of the tin, this is no doubt a straight-up, well-balanced, classic chai.

ashmanra

Sunny and hot here, using lunch break to hit solar noon and make some vitamin D! That cold snap is heading our way, I guess, but I am liking things the way they are for now!

gmathis

Last week went from a record low of 24 Monday morning to afternoon highs of 85 on Sunday.

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One of our favorite Saturday mini-trips is to the heart of Jasper County, Missouri—drive past Kellogg Lake, Roffman’s Pumpkin Farm, and a couple dozen pastures, and you’ll eventually hit the Circle E Market—the area Walmart, so to speak, for our Amish and Mennonite neighbors. Home-grown produce, deli sandwiches with slabs of fresh bread, black stockings, wide striped elastic to shore up your suspenders, turnovers so good they’ll make you cry (especially when you wait to go until the afternoon like we did and they were out)…

…and tea! This was a happy new discovery in their bulk grocery section, and when I saw “carrot cake” I grabbed the bag instantly. Big ol’ hunks of fruit and carrot and white chocolate chips.

It’s pretty much as tasty as it looks. As always, I didn’t read the label and underleafed a little—they recommend 1.5 tsp to 8 ounces water; even so, every element of a good Sunday-church-potluck carrot cake is generously and accurately represented.

The bulk groceries at Circle E are wholesaler bar-coded and privately labeled with the store’s logo, but I’d sure love to know the provenance of this blend. I can’t wait to do a better cup with more leaf next time.

ashmanra

Simpson and Vail Carrot Cake Cupcake is astounding when you lightly overleaf it. It has a green rooibos base.

derk

I used to work at a market similar to your Circle E. When it was time to order maple syrup, I had to call a broker down in Amish country who would do the whole face-to-face with the people who tapped the sugar maples. Then like a month later, we’d get a delivery from the broker. Sounds like you had a nice outing :)

gmathis

It was a spur of the moment thing, so I didn’t have much allowance to spend, but the local honey and cider looked awfully good, too.

tea-sipper

The ingredients of this blend looks like it matches the Carrot Cake blend from Tealyra that I love, but that is discontinued from their site.

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I think it was Michelle that suggested combining Morning Thunder with another black tea to minimize the mate whang and and maximize the mate bang. Thus, after an inconvenient wake-up at 4:30 (no emergency; just husband and cats acting like it was daylight), I have a tumbler of Morning Thunder/Tazo Awake steeped to a lethal consistency close to hand. Results? Judging from the number of zone-outs so far this morning, I may just need to dunk my head in ice water ;)

Michelle

Wow that sounds potent. I think it was a rose hip/ hibiscus blend I used with the Thunder. Not sure my nerves could handle Awake and Thunder together. I go for a strong Assam (awesome tea) when I need a jolt.

gmathis

My dad drank coffee so dark it could crawl out of the cup…I absolutely can’t handle coffee these days, but the morning cuppa definitely needs tow chains on it! I wonder if Morning Thunder might pair nicely with something fall-ish, too…cinnamon, maple maybe? Will have to experiment.

Martin Bednář

I would try cloves instead of cinnamon. And maybe a piece of ginger.

gmathis

That sounds good, too. Thunder-chai!

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Well, cold and flu season is upon us — one of the three in our household is significantly under the weather, one is sniffling, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to follow suit. So I’m spraying, sanitizing, and Cloroxing like a woman obsessed, and following up with all things immunity-boostish.

So I’m glad I still have a few bags of this Immune Support variety on hand. It’s got ginger, turmeric, and black pepper to clean out whatever clogs you; creates a pleasant little throat burn on the way down. I wish they had tweaked it to be just a touch more lemony, though, to camouflage the mild metallic tang that must be the added zinc and/or supplemental Vitamin C.

I found this box at a Big Lots, which is often the last stop before a product is discontinued, but it looks like the TeaWell series is still readily available from Celestial Seasonings.

derk

Hope your crew is feeling better.

gmathis

(Knocking on wood) Almost normal now, unless you count my nearly giving my poor spouse a concussion due to a poorly organized and overstacked bookshelf… Thanks!

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drank Orange Cinnamon Chai by TeaMaze
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I don’t choose chai unless it’s freezing. It is. A balmy 32 F outside today thanks to a two-day freezer express from the Great North. (Thanks, Canada friends—it feels great! Now, at least. I will ask you to take it back in January.)

This chai variety smells like a pack of Big Red or Beeman’s Clove chewing gum in the pouch. Straight up at a five minute steep (my little drawstring filter bags are kind of thick, so they take more time than the seller’s recommendation), it leads with cinnamon and clove, but you don’t have to strain too hard to catch some orange essence.

Reminds me of an upscale version of Constant Comment, with the added benefit of not getting bitter when it cools—sometimes CC wants you to comment very quickly. A nicely done departure from the chai-dentical stuff that comes out this time of year.

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drank Caramel Buttercup by Savoy Tea Co
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The addition of milk turns this into a slightly less sweet take on caramel corn minus the corniness, although the butter flavor is very mildly salty, which fits the theme. Tasty and different!

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I absolutely love chocolate and orange together—my mother-in-law and I share a propensity to snarf boxfuls of those chocolate-orange jelly sticks without realizing how much we’ve just decimated.

However, the notion of chocolate and grapefruit never crossed my mind until we saw and sniffed this blend at the savoy shop. Straight off the steep, the grapefruit hits you first; however, after it cools, you realize there’s a really fine chocolate base underneath. The problem is leaving enough in the cup to allow some to cool. Good stuff.

Sil

oooh sounds intriguing. i too am a chocolate orange lover

gmathis

I tossed in a few bulk cocoa nibs and second steep was perfectly acceptable as well.

Skysamurai

ooo that is interesting blend!! Glad it sounds like it came out good!

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drank Butterscotch Blondie by Tazo
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Sometimes adding milk pushes a certain element of a tea to the forefront. In this case, it is just sweet and scotchy with milk. Still quite tasty, but every bit as good straight up.

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