5075 Tasting Notes

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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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99
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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74
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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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Sooo I’m in china, with a very limited amount of my own tea from home. I pretty much threw in some tea bags at the last minute and a few teas that are nearing sip down. It’s not going to be enough to get me through my entire time here, but im hoping that by the time the second week rolls around ill have purchased some new teas to take home with me :)

I woke up at 4:30 am here and haven’t managed to get back to sleep so I am just saying to hell with it and I’m going to get this day started. First some tea while I lounge about in this giant hotel room and te its a quick swim before breakfast #1. Apparently they also serve tea here every day in the executive lounge in the afternoon so ill be checking that out today for sure!

So far I’ve had only “Chinese tea” on the plane (they would give me nothing more specific than that) which turned out to be a mouthful of jasmine green something or other ickyness. That being said, I’m totally bringing home some “jasmin tee” in bag form for someone to try lol go go hotel room tea!

Edit: oh yeah…sip down! Haha

Alphakitty

I wonder why the default Chinese tea seems to be jasmine, much like the default Japanese tea seems to be genmaicha.

Sil

I’m sure there’s a reason…if I uncover it ill let you know haha

Nicole

The idea of “breakfast #1” seems to indicate there is a “breakfast #2” in the future. I like this vacation already. :)

Ellyn

Are you traveling for fun or for work? Sounds like an interesting trip already!

Sil

Oh there is Nicole…if I keep getting up this early it’ll be get up, go swim, whirlpool, sauna, breakfast 1, shower, plan the day, breakfast 2, go out…lunch, afternoon tea, swim, whirlpool, sauna….dinner, relax, evening snack…bed lol. At least on the weekend.

Work days will be sucker but hopefully still involve tea and swimming at least once haha

Ellyn – work for 2 weeks. Even though its Sunday we’re working this afternoon and because of the time difference I suspect ill be working a bit in the evenings during the week too. Lots of busy work but its still an experience that I won’t forget

Indigobloom

Is your bed round?? LOL take some pics!!

Nicole

You know how to travel. :)

Mercuryhime

I would suspect that the added flavors in jasmine and toasted rice hide the inferiority of the actual tea they are serving. But that just might be me being a pessimist. Plus it’s traditional but not “boring” like plain tea would be to non tea drinkers.

Mercuryhime

Also, have fun in China!

Sil

Haha IB…I have and will, ill upload when I get home since there’s no Facebook.
@ mercury could be but even at the tea bar downstairs they had “oolong, jAsmin and green” lol

Mercuryhime

So descriptive. haha I find that most Chinese people feel about tea the way westerners feel about wine. Some people are hardcore while others know there’s more to it, but don’t care to get into the details. For example, tell me it’s a sweet white wine, and I’m good. I don’t care how long it spent in a barrel or exactly which vineyard the grapes came from. For many people in China, tell them it’s a green tea and that’s all they want to know. But maybe the guy working the tea bar has more details for you. :)

Terri HarpLady

Are you gonna try to visit little tea shops, like the ones David talks about?

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Still trying to decide which two teas to bring with me. I know it’s silly but at the same time, how to narrow it down to just TWO! Black for the morning and a herbal for the evening. Had this one today to remind myself to relax and enjoy. I’ve been steeping it all morning so i’m a little hoped up at the moment. Starting to enter “OH MY GOD I AM LEAVING!” territory lol

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77
drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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SIPDOWN! well kind, but not really since it’s not in my cupboard BUT since this is my last morning with access to my tea stash, i decided to celebrate getting my cupboard down to under 180 before my trip with my last cup of the sample Stacy sent me of the custom blend we’re working on. Since we’re hoping to have it finished by the time i get back, i thought it was fitting. Plus i just wanted something tasty and delicious. :)

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81
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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mmmm having this this afternoon. I have a ton of things to do tonight when i get home – pack, charge camera, back up cameras, computer etc…, figure out my carry on…all that jazz! In addition, i need to make a decision on which ONE? TWO? of my teas are coming with me to china in the event that pollution causes me to have to stay indoors more than i’d like to.

Still enjoying this, and will look at picking up some more whenever i get down to New York, mostly because I don’t necessarily want 4oz.

Fjellrev

Exciting that you’re going on a trip!

Sil

China here we come! business trip but i’m really hoping i can get some time to myself. i hope. i think. though the pollution is really bad :(

Fjellrev

I’m sorry. Hope it won’t get too intolerable! I’ve never been to any Asian countries before.

Nicole

Good luck with the pollution and have as much fun as you can!!!

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74
drank Oolong Creme by Sloane Tea Company
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guys…i WILLINGLY chose to drink this today. In fact, i actually purchased MORE! of a GREEN OOLONG. Yeah, that’s right. I can get behind this tea. It makes me smile. It’s creamy and delicious and smells divine!

Raritea

Applause So glad that you’re starting to enjoy the green oolongs more!!

Sil

haha i think it might just be this one…and the green sparrow from butiki. You’re just hoping i’ll grow to love them and then buy lots to share :P

Kittenna

Now I’m curious about this one! Is it pretty much a milk oolong? Have you had other milk oolongs?

Sil

Uh the description says something about milk oolong from what I remember…lol. I just now it smells AMAZING…and so I bought more. 15% off which isn’t much but it’s something.

Indigobloom

It’s a milky oolong, but they fully admit to adding the flavour and use a different process than whatever they normally do, or so I’m told. I looooove this one to!!
Kittenna, you can have some of mine, but it comes in a sachet (I ripped mine open)

Kittenna

Haha. I am curious mostly because Sil likes it! I don’t frankly care if there’s flavouring in my milk oolongs as long as I enjoy them, lol. I don’t get flavouring-yuckies from the two milk oolongs that are my current faves (DT and Bon The Place).

Indigobloom

Ah. It’s different somehow. More on the cream, maybe? and silkier.
Not your typical MO but I can’t put my finger on why!

Sil

Lol glad me liking it causes curiosity. If you have it and can tell me about others I might like…I’ll try them. This one smells divine…though if you ask Ian he says it smells like a stick of butter lol

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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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