1112 Tasting Notes

I’m having the most delicious savory breakfast! Queen Catherine, some Gouda cheese, and some multigrain crackers. The slight smoke in QC is mixing with the Gouda in such an amazing way! This would also make a great afternoon snack for those of you who might shy away from semi-pungent cheeses in the morning ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I could go for some gouda right now…Or any cheese, really

JacquelineM

When you have some, try it with a slightly smoky tea! Yowsa – I’m still thinking about how good that was!

ashmanra

I find that most teatimes are improved by the addition of cheese, no matter what kind of tea I am drinking but especially the heartier ones, as you say! I LOVE cheese! The daughters love it because they say when they cheese with their tea it makes the tea taste even sweeter. I concur!

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drank Fellini's Folly by SerendipiTea
1112 tasting notes

This one is so simple, and so GOOD. Refreshing yet comforting as an after dinner treat with a little sugar and milk. It almost tastes like a tea instead of a tisane!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Just as fine and elegant as ever! Really hitting the spot this morning – love that zesty bergamot. Adore that fantastic tea base!

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Thanks for the inspiration! I think I will have this one today for tea time!

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OH MY what a night I had last night! My coworker gave me some of this tea, and my husband and I had it last night. As I sipped the herbaceous and slightly menthol tisane, I grew very sleepy. I instantly fell asleep once I went to bed, and had the most vivid, intense, insane, technicolor dreams of my life!!!!!!!! I actually shot up in the middle of the night, woke my husband, and asked him if he was having the dreams of the century! He said, “No.” and went back to sleep! I followed him, and continued to dream, dream, dream!

When I woke up I looked in my herb books, but none of them recommended sage for dreaming. I guess I am my own special snowflake in this regard, because I never experienced anything like this! It did say that it was good for headaches – my husband had one last night, and I asked him if it felt better, and he said that it did!

I had one bag left over, and gave it to my other coworker! I am in no rush to go through that again!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LadyLondonderry

Part of me is tempted to try this stuff and see what happens, and part of me wants to stay far, far away from it! :)

Batrachoid

How odd. The only thing I can recall about white sage is its use in smudgin (clensing bad spirits from stuff). Hopefully it was a side effect of catharsis.

JacquelineM

Batrachoid – I was thinking that I was a dam about to burst because I had a very challenging week last week, and no time to deal with it mentally! I think the white sage probably, um, facilitated that! It’s got me curious about other herbal blends, that’s for sure!

LadyLondonderry – This has got me curious about other herbal teas that are “medicinal” like the ones offered by Mountain Rose Herbs. They have a Dream tea but it’s sold out right now! I’m going to keep checking up on it! I’ll let you know! Also, I remember you saying you had a twitter? What’s your name on there? I’d like to add you if you wouldn’t mind. I’m @jackiemania

LadyLondonderry

I just signed up to follow you on Twitter, Jackie! My name there is … my name (clever, I know!). First name is Nancy.:)

The only tea I’ve ever had from Mountain Rose is their jasmine green tea, but those herbal medicinals do sound intriguing, as do so many other items in their catalog.

gmathis

You know, despite my occasionally desperate efforts to find one, I have yet to get my hands on a magic put-me-to-sweet-and-unconscious-sleep tea. Too many years of Tylenol pm have made me immune? Best I can get is one that takes the edge off the frazzle while I’m winding down. (Which is always welcome.)

JacquelineM

gmathis – Mountain Rose has one that they nicknamed something like “Sleep like a rock” because it knocks you out so good! If I ever get my hands on some (it’s sold out!) I’ll send ya some to try!

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drank Golden Monkey by Premium Steap
1112 tasting notes

I forgot to log this yesterday! It was my delicious, nothing like a Golden Monkey, roasty and tangy friend all through the day. I think it resembles Emperor’s Red or Panyang Congu much more than any Golden Monkey I’ve even had. Nevertheless – it really hits the spot on a cold rainy day!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Mmmm! I found lots of specks again after making sure my leaves were shaken up good. It really makes the most delicious cup when there are lots of specks!!!!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
1112 tasting notes

Thought I might as well have a Simple Leaf weekend :) This tea is on severe ration – I probably have 10 pots left – forever! The thought makes me so sad, because gosh, what a tea! Roasty, chocolatey, chicory, caramel, earthy, DELICIOUS! Just simply exquisite. So unique. So good.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Mélange de Kashmir by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I haven’t had stovetop chai tea in forever (see recipe in tea description)! I’ve been drinking steeped herbal blends which are good, but as you know, ain’t nothin’ like the real thing! This was spicy and creamy and sweet (honey). A dessert in itself (and toast with butter and orange marmalade was a not so shabby accompaniment!). Truly one of my favorite treats in the world.

The only problem is that I had it at 9pm and was up half the night. I’m not sure how many times I have to do this to myself before I stop drinking caffeine after 5 when I know better! But…but…it’s the most delicious, and it was Saturday night, and.. but.. ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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Rainy cold day: perfect for a strong milk and sugar Indian tea to have whist curled up reading (Philip Pullman’s I Was A Rat! Such a funny, sophisticated, satirical little children’s book! I love it!). We haven’t had Mountain Malt in awhile and oh, was it delicious! Warming and invigorating. I can’t believe how flavorful it is at a mere 3 minutes! I’m glad I got the big pouch when I ordered since the Simple Leaf is no more :(

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kristin

Yeah, I am down to about 2 more cups on mine. Sad.

Kell

Love Philip Pullman!

ashmanra

I will have to look for it! Just finished Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown – read Go Over the Big Hill earlier this week or last? Not sure! Catching up with you on those!

JacquelineM

I was going to PM you about this book, ashmanra! Without giving anything away, the last sentence involves toasted cheese and tea and I instantly thought of you!

ashmanra

Too good to be true! I will definitely be looking for it! I am on my way to Barnes and Noble now – I will look for it there. If you didn’t already see my other post, just want to let you know that Mike Harney has offered to make me a pound of Tower of London in loose leaf! Hooray! If you post to his facebook post or contact them I bet they would make you some while they are at it! I think I know of three pounds being ordered so far…

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
1112 tasting notes

Woo hoo, it’s friday night and I’m having a pina colada! I lucked out with the magical pineapple chunk to coconut flake ratio, and oh boy is this tea absolutely perfect tonight. I thin 2.5 teaspoons of tisane makes the most amazing cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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