4830 Tasting Notes

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drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
4830 tasting notes

wheee! backlog from this morning and it was pretty darn tasty for a bagged tea today. Not sure if they put something in the water here or what today but it was a good morning. I have been finding however, that the tea that i brought with me, totally tastes different than when back home. I’m sure there’s some scientific reason like altitude or some such nonesense but i’m so tired i could hardly care. It’s green..it’s average…it’s here in china!

Indigobloom

might be harder/softer water! I noticed that when I was in the US vs Toronto

Sil

It’s bottled water :) so maybe, but less likely when compared to tap waters. You can’t drink anything from the tap here….and even though I’m boiling it, I’m sticking with bottled water. The tree hugging hippy in me dies a little every day when I see how many bottles are being used by everyone ( I can go through 6+ myself without drinking tea) but that’s the way it is…

Indigobloom

that’s sad. Even if they recycle, it’s a huge waste.

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74
drank Oolong Creme by Sloane Tea Company
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One more day….until the weekend that is. Having a nice cup of this while i finish up some work for tomorrow’s sessions. This is the last of what i brought to china of this tea but i’ve got a bunch left from my home stash – to the point of feeling bad that i haven’t had more time to enjoy a nice cup in the evening. We’re trying to plan a few things for saturday since i may have to spend all of sunday working. So maybe no great wall of china for me this trip. Maybe i’ll get lucky and be able to come back and have some time off afterwards. if not, i still can’t complain since i’ve had a great time here so far with what limited time i’ve had. Since it was a work trip, i’m happy for whatever i manage to do.

i needed this cup tonight…tempted to have another but i thinkit might get cold or i might crash before i get around to drinking it. :) It was a good thursday.

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drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
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I feel like i should just log this 14 times for every day that i’m here in China :) I’ve switched to this as my morning tea and apparently i’ve been too buy to really get to drinking my tea in the evening which sucks a lot. Some mornings i get a quick cup while i’m getting ready to go down for breakfast but it’s not happening a lot.

In any case… from the china files for yesterday (or your today, since it’s tomorrow here..haha hello this is the future calling..) anyway..omg i’m a little crazy. Yesterday i got to go to a supermarket that’s in the basement of the high end mall across the street from the hotel. It was amaazing! Pretty much kind of like those giant target grocery stores in the US. and then outside of the supermarket was even more shops. We had a blast and now i have a list of parisienne teas to check oon prices and reviews before i buy them lol

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
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So I wish i could do a comparison of this one and florence side by side, but since i only have this tea with me here – too bad so sad. This is a really nicely done chocolate tea. I have a tagalong thingy with me from winning the H&S contest on FB. I figured the sachets might do well for the travelling thing. In any case..starting to fade. Good night all…

P.S What i learned in china today. never let two men order your dinner…you’ll end up with too much food that’s nearly entirely meat. Also…deep friend whole fish? Not my thing even if it tasted good…they kept staring at me, with their mouths agape…yep. not for me lol

Ellyn

What other interesting food have you been able to try?

Marcel Duchamp

In Japan, I had gone to a fire & water festival and it was 100 degrees and they were waving around fried Octopus on a stick. haha. I looking forward to green tea ice cream, not octopus. ha.

Sil

Ellen – I have at least one new thing for every meal. So it’s pretty all over the place. Th other night it was a traditional fire pot meal….lunch was traditional yunnan soup…I’ve had breaded crispy banana thingy….beijings local alcohol etc… The food that they’ve been taking me to has all been at these little local dives. So nothing “touristy” just good food in these hole in the wall places. It’s been pretty fantastic :)

I pretty much told them, go where you want to eat, don’t worry about me – ill find something, or if its a typical style restaurant, ill just eat whatever’s on the table since its an order 15 things and everyone eats it all kinda thing. It’s also forcing me to just go for it, since I used to be a really picky eater. I’m actually proud of myself for trying the fish since every bit of me was like NOOoOoOoOoOooOooOoOoOoOoO…don’t do it! But I did lol

Nicole

I have been getting braver lately with what I’ll try, too. I’m finding things that I never liked when I was younger that I really like now. I hope I can stay brave for my next trip. :) I love that you are eating in little local places. My husband always wants to eat where the locals eat, too. :)

Sil

Nicole – it’s hard but i’m forcing myself and to be honest, there isn’t a single thing i’ve eaten yet that wasn’t tasty :) So it’s working out so far haha I’ll have pics when i get back. When i was growing up it was chicken and rice or beef and mashed potatoes. that was it. and cheese pizza. haha i’m glad i’ve moved beyond that lol

Ellyn

It sounds so exciting to try all new things – even when you have to push outside your comfort zone. It is so neat to hear about all of your (small, in between work) travel adventures!

Sil

well i’m glad someone’s enjoying my misadventures. just wish there was time for more…

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drank Minty Winter Wonderland by Tiesta Tea
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Evening tea! So tired from today’s events at work that I figured this might be a nice night cap with my giant bath. Nothing says relaxing time like a giant tub full of hot water and some tea….well wine might disagree but since they had me indulge in the local alcohol tonight, I figured tea was better.

I hope everyone has a lovely family dAy today, for those that have one.

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drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
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This was my official green tea thi morning that I was given when I went out of my way to specify that they give me not English breakfast lol. I’m thinking tomorrow I go for broke and ask for a gaiwan and see what happens :) it’s not a terrible tea as far as bagged teas go but I am for sure glad I brought my own tea. Especially since at this rate I’m not even going to be able to buy tea here unless its sold at the airport :(

On the upside? Traditional evening meal tonight that was pretty damn spectacular, so there’s no shortage of me trying new food ;)

Dinosara

If there’s even a grocery store anywhere near your hotel, I would pop out to it sometime if you get 10 minutes. The Carrefour near my hotel sold bulk loose leaf tea that was actually pretty tasty!

Indigobloom

baby steps!

ashmanra

Could you go to the tea shops and then tell everyone you were kidnapped by ninjas but escaped?

Sil

LOL ash hahaha. Oh man I can just imagine.
Dinosara yeah that’s on my list because I think there’s one across the street in the mall attached to work. I just have to find away to have some time on my own to check it out lol they keep kidnapping me until late :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Oh man had this this morning on my way to work…I’m really glad that I thought to bring tea with me, as much as everyone gave me grief for it. It’s been a crazy day and even after starting my day with other tea, I needed this one to jump start my day.

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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Night cap before bed. I also had “fruit” tea over dinner tonight which is super tasty but essentially tastes like really delicious hot juice. Dragon fruit, pineapple, tomatoes, orange all in a kettle and then as near as I can tell they add water to it. It was damn delicious.

The pollution is wreaking havoc on my lungs so I opted for a night cap of this tea before an early sleep.

Indigobloom

oh wow that sounds amazing. well, not the pollution part. Sad to hear about that!

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drank Oolong Creme by Sloane Tea Company
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I think I found out where they’re hiding the magic tea…exception was too exhausted this afternoon to try it. BUT I’m well prepared for tomorrow! But since I was too tired to e organized with tea upstairs, I’m having a cup of this in my room while I rest up for dinner. We hit the square AND the forbidden palace this afternoon so that was slightly tiring. Navigated the subway so I think I should be good to figure out getting to the tea market on my own….though I’m starting to worry I won’t have time for any of this fun stuff at the rate work may keep me busy.

Ah well, there’s a reasons I brought some of my own tea lol still digging this one! Creamy and delicious all in one.

Indigobloom

forbidden palace…. sounds like the name of a tea lol

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73
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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What I heave learned about china/beijing today:

Take advantage of uber nice hotels since what’s outside the hotel is pretty gross.
And secondly….as a white foreigner in said hotel, when you ask for tea with breakfast you won’t get a choice…they will bring you English breakfast twinnings….even if they have gaiwans and three different (at least) kinds of tea on their tea bar lol

So I had this. Wheee!

CrowKettle

Haha, lucky you.. My dad loves this tea. I hope your trip over was smooth and that you continue to have many more “exciting” tea experiences! ;)

ashmanra

Have the time of your life! Sounds exciting!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh I musta been lucky! I asked for tea for breakfast and they gave me dragonwell!

Terri HarpLady

Who would think you’d go all the way to China to get a cup of Twinings EB? ;)

Sil

I think I found “real” tea…though I’m not sure yet how to have it haha. Ill figure it out.

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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