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52teas 12 Days of Christmas Sampler 2012 – Day 2

I’m not a fan of Honeybush or banana-flavored teas. So, we’re off to a great start! :P I tried to remain open-minded while it steeped. Since I don’t make Honeybush often, I had no idea what the steeping parameters should be. I used 1 tsp in about 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes. I didn’t add anything to it.

The aroma coming off this cup is probably divine if you like this sort of thing. To me, it’s…not appetizing. It’s kind of headache inducing. :( Not good. The taste is quite surprising! I taste pineapple and banana and a hint of orange. If I don’t inhale the smell while I sip it, it’s actually pretty good! Wow! Who knew?

For someone who doesn’t like anything about this type of blend, this must be a great tea to change my mind! It’s not enough to sway me completely though. I’m not loving the banana aftertaste that’s lingering in my mouth ten minutes after a sip. Yuck.

It deserves a much higher rating than I’m giving it. So, take my opinion with a grain of salt. :) Now I’m off to go see The Hobbit!!!!!!!!!! I’ve only waited my entire life for them to make this movie. Oh, and this is my 300th tasting note. :D

Preparation
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Fjellrev

Congrats and enjoy the movie!

Invader Zim

Congrats on 300! and enjoy the Hobbit, although I think you should watch the movie 300 to go along with your milestone!

Indigobloom

Congrats on 300 reviews!! have fun at The Hobbit :)

CHAroma

Thanks all! :) P.S. The Hobbit is awesome!!! Although it does deviate from the book significantly. :(

Indigobloom

Oh no! I heard they did a pretty good job with the lotr trilogy. What happened with the Hobbit?!

CHAroma

Well, they made changes to LOTR too, but those changes made sense to me. These changes do not. The Hobbit is one of my all time favorite books. My mom used to read it to me about 6x a year when I was growing up. To me, it’s perfect.

So I’m kind of annoyed that Jackson made so many changes and added stuff that never happens. I suppose he did it to make the movie more interesting/suspenseful/action-packed. But I think it was better without all this added nonsense. Some parts of the movie are perfect, but others made me cringe.

I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it honestly. My initial reaction was shock. I don’t want to cite anything too specific in case people haven’t seen it yet. I hate spoilers. Let’s just say that some of the things that happen in the movie NEVER happen in the book. Jackson will find one or two random sentences in LOTR or one of Tolkien’s other works, and then he’ll fabricate what he assumes Tolkien alluded to. That’s taking A LOT of creative freedom in my opinion.

Then there’s the whole debate about how he filmed it: 48 frames per second instead of the traditional 24 fps. Now that argument I don’t understand at all. American television is broadcast at 60 fps. So, it’s not like the human eye isn’t used to watching something that fast. These people who say that watching the film at 48 fps made them sick and they had to leave…I just don’t buy it. What’s wrong with them? Do they get sick watching TV too?

Honestly, if people hadn’t told me that it was filmed at a different frame rate, I probably wouldn’t have noticed. And I’m a filmmaker. The whole thing is just ludicrous to me. I plan on watching it at least 4 more times in various theatres to see if I can even notice anything. The first time I saw it, I was only watching it for enjoyment, not to dissect it.

CHAroma

This is THE BEST article I’ve read on why Peter Jackson should NOT have made all the changes that he did to The Hobbit. Take the time to read this article and you will not be disappointed (it does contain spoilers though). I hope Peter Jackson reads it too and learns a thing or two about what fans want/need.

http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/18/the-worlds-biggest-hobbit-why-peter-jackson-should-not-have-supersized-bilbo/

Indigobloom

Interesting stuff! I haven’t read the book but hope to one day. Maybe then this will all have some context for me haha.
Silly how the frame rate is such a big deal but makes pretty much no difference!!

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Fjellrev

Congrats and enjoy the movie!

Invader Zim

Congrats on 300! and enjoy the Hobbit, although I think you should watch the movie 300 to go along with your milestone!

Indigobloom

Congrats on 300 reviews!! have fun at The Hobbit :)

CHAroma

Thanks all! :) P.S. The Hobbit is awesome!!! Although it does deviate from the book significantly. :(

Indigobloom

Oh no! I heard they did a pretty good job with the lotr trilogy. What happened with the Hobbit?!

CHAroma

Well, they made changes to LOTR too, but those changes made sense to me. These changes do not. The Hobbit is one of my all time favorite books. My mom used to read it to me about 6x a year when I was growing up. To me, it’s perfect.

So I’m kind of annoyed that Jackson made so many changes and added stuff that never happens. I suppose he did it to make the movie more interesting/suspenseful/action-packed. But I think it was better without all this added nonsense. Some parts of the movie are perfect, but others made me cringe.

I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it honestly. My initial reaction was shock. I don’t want to cite anything too specific in case people haven’t seen it yet. I hate spoilers. Let’s just say that some of the things that happen in the movie NEVER happen in the book. Jackson will find one or two random sentences in LOTR or one of Tolkien’s other works, and then he’ll fabricate what he assumes Tolkien alluded to. That’s taking A LOT of creative freedom in my opinion.

Then there’s the whole debate about how he filmed it: 48 frames per second instead of the traditional 24 fps. Now that argument I don’t understand at all. American television is broadcast at 60 fps. So, it’s not like the human eye isn’t used to watching something that fast. These people who say that watching the film at 48 fps made them sick and they had to leave…I just don’t buy it. What’s wrong with them? Do they get sick watching TV too?

Honestly, if people hadn’t told me that it was filmed at a different frame rate, I probably wouldn’t have noticed. And I’m a filmmaker. The whole thing is just ludicrous to me. I plan on watching it at least 4 more times in various theatres to see if I can even notice anything. The first time I saw it, I was only watching it for enjoyment, not to dissect it.

CHAroma

This is THE BEST article I’ve read on why Peter Jackson should NOT have made all the changes that he did to The Hobbit. Take the time to read this article and you will not be disappointed (it does contain spoilers though). I hope Peter Jackson reads it too and learns a thing or two about what fans want/need.

http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/18/the-worlds-biggest-hobbit-why-peter-jackson-should-not-have-supersized-bilbo/

Indigobloom

Interesting stuff! I haven’t read the book but hope to one day. Maybe then this will all have some context for me haha.
Silly how the frame rate is such a big deal but makes pretty much no difference!!

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.


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