4460 Tasting Notes

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Hurray! My taste buds are back in action!

I was really starting to get worried there, when last night I could still sense that my taste buds were still not quite working right. But, today, my husband took me out to breakfast and I could taste everything, and while I don’t quite have my appetite back to what it was (I couldn’t finish breakfast), I could taste all the wonderful flavors again.

But after breakfast I was still feeling a little weary so I needed a nap … so believe it or not this is my first cup of tea of the day! (The tea that they served at the restaurant was not worth drinking) And what a lovely cuppa this is.

This is a fantastic Darjeeling, MUSCATEL! A lovely muscatel note – sweet and fruity, with a fermented grape like flavor (wine-y), and also a very clean … almost effervescent kind of taste that ties into the astringency. That is not to say this is overly astringent, in fact, I find it to be very lightly astringent when considering this is a Darjeeling and I often find them to be more astringent than this. But the bubbly, I almost want to say it tastes almost like sparkling mineral water … and this taste together with the slight astringency gives it a very light, crisp, clean taste that is really quite lovely.

Notes of oak in the background, vaguely earthy … these flavors are especially noticeable in the aftertaste. A beautiful, complex cup.

It’s so nice to have my palate back!

Azzrian

Oh this sounds absolutely wonderful!
So happy you can taste again – a great tea to start back up with too!

LiberTEAS

Yes… I am so glad I can taste again… fully taste. Not muffled by what seems to be a blanket over my tongue. LOL! Really, the only symptoms that still bog me down now are my eyes (the conjunctivitis is REALLY putting up a fight), and my ears. I can hear certain sounds, but not all. I will be in the kitchen right next to my Breville and I don’t hear the “ready” bell from it. I can hear my husband in the living room right now as he talks to the TV, but, when he’s standing next to me, I have a hard time hearing him. Muffled ears … but at least not muffled taste buds!

Nik

Some snarky person (not I, of course) would have some choice words to say about you not hearing hubby when he’s right next to you. :D (I kid, I kid.) Welcome back, tastebuds!

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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I’m not sure exactly how this little bit of Strawberry Zabaglione found its way back into my stash… I was sure that I had sent the last little bit out somewhere. But, I’m glad I found it, because I wanted something like this so that I could test out my taste buds to see how they’re functioning.

I’m feeling so much better than I was, my ears are still what I want to call “cloudy” – where it feels like I’ve got ear plugs in my ears or something because everything sounds muffled. My throat feels better, my eyes are still very itchy and it takes every ounce of willpower that I have (and I haven’t a lot of it) to keep from rubbing them. I still have the occasional cough, but, really, the most difficult thing for me is my taste buds, because I have tons of tea to be tasting and reviewing here, and I need my taste buds to be functioning!

Well, I can definitely taste the strawberry and the creaminess of the custard. It’s yummy, although, it does still taste a bit muffled. sigh I guess no reviewing for today. But, it does give me hope for tomorrow. I think by tomorrow, I should be back in the saddle. At least I hope so!

Bonnie

Feel better!

Helena

Feel better soon!

Fjellrev

I’m glad you’re feeling better at least!

Azzrian

Ah darn and I thought you were so much better. Did I send this to you? I LOVE this stuff and usually always send it to people :)

LiberTEAS

No, this one isn’t from you. It was still in the original pouch… so it must have gotten hoarded by me! LOL

Thanks everyone… I’m getting there. My taste buds are almost there … just not quite.

Amariel

Seems scrumdidlyumptious!

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I think that my taste buds are back. I can taste all the elements in this tea, and they don’t seem like they’re buffered at all. I can taste the maple and the brown sugar, and even the oatmeal … there is a creaminess to the cup that comes from the malty tones of the Assam in the blend. I can even taste the slight fruit notes to the tea as well. If they’re not 100%, I’d say that they’re certainly well on their way … and doing much better than they were a week ago, or even a day ago!

Finishing off the last that I had of this tea … I enjoyed it while I had it!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ha! I JUST had actual maple and brown sugar oatmeal! haha :D

CupofTree

I think oatmeal is my favorite food group. If oatmeal isn’t an actual food group, it should be.

This tea sounds awesome!

Invader Zim

Yay taste buds!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I agree, CupofTree! :) yummmmm!

Nik

So glad you’re on the mend and that the tastebuds-brain connection has been re-established. :D

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Ooo interesting this one. I would have thought the maple would translate to tar in tea but I can see I was wrong. Sounds very sweet!

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drank Breakfast Blend by Custom
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I am slowly getting better. Today, I felt like I needed something warm and soothing for my throat, and I couldn’t think of anything as ginger-y as the ginger & honey crystals that I have in the cupboard. So I brewed up a cup of my ever changing breakfast blend and added about half a pouch of the crystals. This is very gingery, but, it feels so good on the throat.

mrmopar

hope you feel better soon!!

Terri HarpLady

ginger & honey crystals? Who makes those & where do you get them?
I’m glad you’re starting to feel better!

LiberTEAS

@Terri: I get them at my local whole foods. The brand is Prince of Peace – http://popus.com/ginger-green-tea-instant-ginger-honey-crystals/

Bonnie

Some other health food and vitamin stores have them too.

Ninavampi

Hope you feel better today!

Hesper June

Hope you feel better soon!

LiberTEAS

thanks everyone! I appreciate the kind sentiments.

steapshoppe

glad to hear your on the mend

Kashyap

heal up
and a great tea for recover: mix white chrysanthemums, honey, ginger, and mulling spices, steep together and enjoy….

Nik

I need to get me some of those crystals. Thanks for the info and hope you’re feeling better.

Sarah

Ginger and honey crystals sound amazing. Feel better soon (if you don’t already)! :)

LiberTEAS

Thanks – I’m getting there, slowly but surely. I went to the doctor yesterday and I have strep throat, nasal infection, ear infection and conjunctivitis. Not fun. But now I’ve got antibotics and codine to help me get better …

Nik

Oh my gosh, a quadfecta of cooties! Antibiotics, codeine, and tea: that’ll teach ’em. Wishing you a speedy recovery. =)

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I’ve been sipping on this since I woke up, I’m on my second infusion. The tea holds up pretty well in a second infusion … then again, my taste buds are quite impaired so take that for what its worth. At the very least, I find that the spice notes here are enjoyable and warming and soothing for my itchy throat.

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drank Melange Rooibos by 52teas
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Backlog: I actually found myself feeling unable to sleep last night, so I sought comfort with a cup of this tisane. I found it to be rather enjoyable and it could be my muted taste buds but, I seemed to really enjoy the way the flavor of the rooibos melded with the warm spices. It was a nice cup – soothing – and just what I needed last night.

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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This is the tea with which I’ve spent most of my afternoon … infusing the same leaves, no less. I managed four flavorful infusions – well, as much flavor as my taste buds allowed me to experience, anyway! I could taste the tea, though, and the lemon and the cardamom. This tea was very good company to me.

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Backlog: I started my day off with this tea. Unfortunately, with my taste buds being the way that they are, the only flavor I could pick up on was the cayenne and so the best way I can describe what I tasted was like drinking cayenne tea. At first, the burn was a pleasant one, but by the time I got to mid-cup, it became a bit too much for me especially since I wasn’t picking up any chocolate or tea or other spices.

I liked this a lot better when I wasn’t sick …

gmathis

I’m with you. The first time I tried this, I got more “burn” than anything else. Have been waiting for the weather to raw up a little to see if that changes my opinion any.

LiberTEAS

Well, my previous tastings of this tea were not quite so much cayenne. Well, no, they were still very much cayenne, but, I could taste other components as well. But with this cup, I could really taste nothing but the cayenne. And I am certain that my taste buds being impaired had everything to do with that.

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drank Mint Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
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Backlog: I started my day with this. It was very mellow and smooth, but due to the condition of my taste buds, I noticed very little mint taste. But I could taste the delicious bergamot, and I think that’s what inspired me to drink the lemon cinnamon tea that I had later.

BoxerMama

That sounds tasty!

LiberTEAS

It is a tasty tea. It’s much better when I can taste the mint, my inhibited taste buds sort of left me at that disadvantage with this tea yesterday. But, in my previous tasting, I remember tasting a pretty evenly matched mint to bergamot, and it was really quite interesting and lovely.

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Backlog: Another tea that I’ve been enjoying as I deal with whatever ails me. I could only taste barely there notes of the jasmine and the green tea, but I found it a comforting tea.

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