1322 Tasting Notes

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Ok I had a few hours sleep after my tank fiasco which was not an awful lot to run on today. Needless to say I have been sluggish and tired all day, sort of a lazy day but making up for it tonight.

My husband is now home after work with some sealant that says it repairs a tank within 48 hours. Last night we emptied half the water out and left it to drip over night. All our fish have been saved along with the majority of our shrimps and some snails. Our job tonight is to completely empty the tank and let it dry so we can find out where the leak is. That means sifting through the sand to find our assassin snails and my husband is just catching the last of the shrimp now. Shrimp are very fast!

We both have tomorrow off work so we should start the repair then. For now tonight we still have a looong night ahead of us. I’m going to try my best again to save what remains in the ruins of the tank.

To start us off we have a pot of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I have enough for one more pot too so I may take the rest to work as a treat.

JustJames

so glad everything worked out and there was no undue sashimi!

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drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
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Crisis. I am in a crisis. The problem? My large fish tank has a leak that is only small but large enough to be a major issue for the here and now. It’s 12:30am…no shops are open for help. I’ve had to take out all of my fish and put them into a small tank with water colder than they and I would prefer.

Probable outcome – Some fish are going to die.

The tank that is leaking has many snails and shrimps, they are simply too small to catch and it will be impossible to find them all once the water is drained as they bury and hide.

Probable outcome – Some snails and shrimps will die.

My aquarium is heavily planted with various kinds of plants. Most started out as a small bulb or patch but has spread. There is no room in my other tanks for any more plants.

Probable outcome – My plants will die.

Repair kits take a week to become safe before water can be introduced so I wont know if my tank can be repaired yet. I wouldn’t mind spending another £300 on one but the thought of losing my pets is painful.

Only thing I can do – Make a pot of tea and sit down. Try to relax and take things in their stride. I keep getting a lot of bad luck coming my way recently and it’s hard to take it all.

I chose this tea to help with my stress stomach ache and the mate should keep me awake for the next hour or two so I can continue to drain the tank and try my very best to save my aquarium friends, or as many of them as I can.

JustJames

okay, i have had fish tanks and i’ve had all sorts of this tank (pardon the irresistible pun. saran wrap pressed against the leak from the inside will hold it for a wee bit…. give me a second to double check something… the trick is to find something that works with water IN the tank, but is not toxic to your buddies….BRB.

JustJames

HERE IT IS! http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080923084415AAKF087 i have no clue how much it costs, but if you need it you need it.

good luck!

JustJames

BTW my first post should read ’i’ve had all sorts of THINGS tank and there is supposed to be a closing parentheses… we have a new puppy and i haven’t slept much!

Veronica

Hope everything works out!

ashmanra

Let us know how it goes!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oh poor fishies! I hope you can save most of them!

CHAroma

Oh no!!! That is a crisis!! I wish I was there to help you. :( I’d stay up all night with you trying to save those poor helpless animals.

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It’s been a while since I have wanted anything flavoured and this should be a nice sample to drink in order to get me back into them.

In raw form this smells like dark chocolate with super sweet fruit with a hint of rich licorice. Stronger than I was expecting but pleasant, so far I can’t imagine what it would taste like…dark and sweet I suppose. Also has a very dry sort of scent, almost dusty.

Once steeped this tea is golden brown with a sweet strawberry and cocoa aroma. It did smell more chocolatey in raw form and since steeping it’s brought the strawberry forward and lost the licorice. Very different than I imagined.

The first few sips reveal a light and sweet tea with notes of dark chocolate, berry fruit with a velvety finish. It’s very sweet and somewhat artificial tasting, more like strawberry sweets than fresh strawberry. It does also have a hint of sour which is possibly the raspberry but it only lasts a second or two. Also the chocolate is dry and nutty cocoa like.

After one cup I can now taste the licorice in the background of the cocoa making it dark and somewhat smoky.

Overall it’s a nice tea but a Love Elixir? Not for me anyway. It got me thinking though, what would my Love Elixir taste like? I think it would have watermelon, strawberry, banana, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank All Day Oolong by Teascent
1322 tasting notes

First infusion – The tea is amber in colour with a toasted rice and sweet floral scent combined into one delicious union. Flavour is strong with rich but sweet floral tones with a dry, perfume like quality and smoky, toasted wooden notes. It’s perhaps a little astringent, my preference would be a steeping time of 3 minutes.

The smaller the tea is inside the bags the quicker it will steep, for full sized Oolong balls I would say 5 minutes would be fine but this is very small and fine so personally it’s too long. I have one bag left and shall update this post accordingly in the next day or two with my findings on that.

Either way my thoughts on the first cup are pleasant, for a bagged tea it’s surprisingly fresh and has a lot of flavour. Would be perfect to carry in a handbag for a visit to a friends house or even a meal out where they don’t have your type of teas available. Much easier than bagging them yourself since not all empty bags/sacs are 100% sealed.

Second Infusion – Once steeped this tea is now yellow in colour (toned down from amber). Much lighter and more mellow which brings out the sweetness and last touch of toasted flowers. It compliments the first steep very well to leave you with a delicate sensation in the after taste as you finish this tea. I would say that two steeps was the correct amount, three would be suitable if you like your tea very light.

For pictures and more information please view my blog.
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2013/08/04/lazy-sunday-with-pre-bagged-all-day-ali-shan/

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As I open the packet I note dark green, brown and silver leaves that are thin, roughly 3mm long on average and squiggly in shape. On closer inspection I can note there are no stems or sticks.

In scent I can detect hints of wood, earth, musk and a subtle hint of sweet flowers. As a whole it reminds me of being in a woods or forest as it rains, the rich musky scent of those surroundings just reminds me very much of this tea.

In the booklet it has little notes to recommend 1tsp of tea with 95°C water for 3 minutes steeping time.

My teapot holds just over two cups worth of tea so I shall be using 2tsp of tea but shall keep the same water temperature and steeping time for the sake of this review and analysis.

Once steeped this tea is golden in colour with a delicate but sweet, floral and wooden aroma.

The first few sips reveal sweet wood with flowers which finishes as a dry nutty, muscatel combination. Very clean and on the lighter side but with real wood and muscatel tones. It does get a little sweeter and more floral as my taste buds adapt to it’s beauty but as a whole I would still say the wooden musk combination was the most dominant in flavour.

A second steep increases the wooden musk but is now not as dry as the previous steep. Whether that is because I am used to the musk or not I don’t know but it definitely seems less so. Still very wooden and sweet.

Overall I believe this to be a very nice First Flush Darjeeling and an excellent example of one being muscatel. First flush varies a lot to me to the point where some taste more grassy and floral than muscatel at all, it’s refreshing to be taken back to what I expect.

For more information along with pictures please view my blog entry.
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2013/07/31/tea-horse-monthly-taster-box-darjeeling/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
K S

Great review and love your blog.

Terri HarpLady

Yes, what a lovely blog! I haven’t tried anything from Tea Horse yet, so I’ll have to start haunting their site next, I suppose…sigh…

Dag Wedin

Jummy, Jungpanas first flush teas are superb :)

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Just quick notes for now. Had a few pots of this tea and I’m just not loving it as much as Dragon Tea Houses Bi Luo Chun. This version is much weaker and less astringent than I was expecting. That may suit some people but I liked having a green tea with a large kick, felt like I was drinking rocket fuel. This is just sooo mild though in comparison, not sure if it’s just regional or quality change but so far this is not something I would buy again.

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Ok so I have recovered from my bike injuries and as I was getting back to normal my cousin almost died on Friday night which has left me shocked and upset. He was drunk and punched a window which cut a main artery in his arm and cut through the muscle down to the bone. Very nasty and messy and the ambulance crew said they are surprised he made it because of the amount of blood he lost. We are not sure if he will have full use of his arm again but time will tell.

Then today as I was again starting to pick up a little I had my e-mail account hacked. They sent all sorts of porn messages and links to numerous people with my face on them! Quite frankly that left me stunned too but thankfully I managed to change my password and kick them off so it shouldn’t happen again. Lucky I managed to keep it at all.

So that’s my last few days, I hope everyone has been well.
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This was a free sample from a while ago and I had completely forgotten all about. Well I got a new Japanese (I think) teapot with flowers and built in ceramic filter which I have been using of late and it’s perfect. Anything large leaved or ball shaped works well with it.

In raw form these balls/pearls are very small measuring roughly 3mm – 4mm in diameter on average. Some have silver tips that shine beautifully amongst the dark green leaves and they smell strongly of Jasmine, rather fresh too. Not as fuzzy/furry as I was hoping for though.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a sweet and strong pure jasmine aroma. Very clean smelling and pure.

Flavour is floral, sweet, a little astringent and perfumey. Stronger than the smell and a little more astringent than expected. I brewed low and had maybe 13 balls in one large pot, enough for 5-6 cups….balance works with my other pearls. Perhaps this tea is the ‘cheaper’ version hence no fur on the pearls which would explain the taste. It’s not as sweet as I was expecting either but there is still a hint there.

I think I will stick with my Pearls from Teavivre and Dragon Tea house. These are just too rough. :(

Veronica

I’m so sorry that you’ve had such a rough time lately! I hope your cousin will be ok. That is such a scary thing.

Your teapot is beautiful! Love the different colors of green for the leaves.

momo

Holy crap that’s a lot to go on in a short time, glad everything is okay!

Nxtdoor

Must google "What’s a carboot? "

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Ok so I have recovered from my bike injuries and as I was getting back to normal my cousin almost died on Friday night which has left me shocked and upset. He was drunk and punched a window which cut a main artery in his arm and cut through the muscle down to the bone. Very nasty and messy and the ambulance crew said they are surprised he made it because of the amount of blood he lost. We are not sure if he will have full use of his arm again but time will tell.

Then today as I was again starting to pick up a little I had my e-mail account hacked. They sent all sorts of porn messages and links to numerous people with my face on them! Quite frankly that left me stunned too but thankfully I managed to change my password and kick them off so it shouldn’t happen again. Lucky I managed to keep it at all.

So that’s my last few days, I hope everyone has been well.
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This was a free sample from a while ago and I had completely forgotten all about. Well I got a new Japanese (I think) teapot with flowers and built in ceramic filter which I have been using of late and it’s perfect. Anything large leaved or ball shaped works well with it.

http://t.co/Xqw8wnLJxg

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Black by 52teas
1322 tasting notes

I haven’t been online for a while but should be getting back to normal very shortly. Whilst doing my CBT for a motorbike I had an accident that has left me bed ridden for almost a week. Whilst turning a corner I turned the bike too much and fell down with the bike landing on top of me. As a result my left leg is very badly bruised and swollen leaving me not able to walk and my back has succumbed to further damage meaning I couldn’t move really at all.

I am alright through, my leg is still bruised and my back is still stiff and painful but I can at least walk around briefly now. :) I have another bike lesson on 27th July so hopefully I will pass the test this time.

Not had many teas since it’s a 30 degree c at least heatwave in the UK right now and well the fact that I couldn’t walk means I couldn’t make any tea. I missed it so much.

This is my first tea to celebrate being able to walk and drink again. Yahooooo!

Side note – A spoon of sugar really finishes this tea off beautifully.

scribbles

Your accident sounds awful!! Glad to see you are on the mend. Heal well and Good Luck with your test!!

K S

That’s the spirit. Get back on that bike and ride!

Lala

Glad to hear you are on the mend!

Terri HarpLady

One time I dropped my Harley right in front of a bunch of old seasoned bikers in the motorcycle shop parking lot. Luckily I wasn’t injured, but I felt humiliated. Several of those guys came running up & helped me pick it up, & one guy said, “Don’t worry, honey, everyone of us has dropped his bike at least 2 or 3 times”.

Sorry to hear you got hurt. I admire your guts to stick with it!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to hear you are mending! Stay safe out there!

Sil

oh man i’m so sorry to hear this but glad that you’re ok and on the mend!

Veronica

Wow. Glad you are healing, and kudos to you for not giving up!

Kittenna

Sil – the story reminds me of that motorcycle accident you, me, and Indigobloom saw as we were walking to find supper in downtown Toronto. Eep!

KittyLovesTea – glad to hear you will be ok!

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I’m 28 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Cassie, Mr Sooty Pants,Ivory and Ollie.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.

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