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drank Snow Dragon by Harney & Sons
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I haven’t had this in a while but for the past few days hubby and I have been making a large tetsubin of tea and doing yoga together by candlelight with Pandora playing before bed. I am trying to spring back from this blasted upper respiratory thing and get back in decent shape. I picked this one tonight. We typically have green, white, or oolong together, rarely black tea.

This still has a delicate creaminess, but I tasted something tonight I don’t remember picking up before. In previous notes I said it had a light nutty flavor, perhaps walnuts, but tonight I am definitely getting a fruity note. The last tea in the tetsubin was a plain Bai Mu Dan but I did actually make the tea in a smaller pot and resteep the leaves to combine the two steeps in the tetsubin. The last tea in that small pot was Palace of Roses, but I rinsed it before making this. I wonder if it still could have added flavor to the tea? If it did, it was a brilliant accident because this is amazing. I see another note that mentions this tea tasting floral. I feel like I am getting a light fruity note for sure. I will have to try this again and see if I get the same thing.

__Morgana__

Wow, the tea + yoga by candlelight sounds so wonderfully romantic!

Terri HarpLady

Awww, that IS SO romantic! :)

ashmanra

It is rather romantic, especially with Pandora playing my yoga radio station. Until an ad jars us to reality! We have the tetsubin behind us on the floor with our cups and we drink tea between sets.

Terri HarpLady

Nice! I use Pandora with my yoga practice :)

MsWhatsit

Sounds interesting. I love the name. Also, I hope you feel better soon.

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Congratulations to Teavivre for being named on the Top Ten Teas in the World list by Fox News! You deserve it!

I can’t believe I didn’t have this listed in my cupboard! I love love love Teavivre’s jasmine. The first jasmine I had as a newbie loose leaf drinker was not good – it was so perfume-y and fake it almost made me sick. I thought I would never have jasmine again, and then I tried Teavivre’s jasmines. I think I have had every type they sell. And it is almost a drug for me. I unwind and unclench and drift away when I drink it. Aaaaaaahhhhh.

I think my favorite is their Jasmine Silver Needle White tea, followed by Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls, then this one, then Silver Jasmine Green. The last one is excellent with a meal and so economical, but the others are my favorites for drinking alone.

JustJames

agreed! congrats teavivre!!

K S

I turned down jasmine the first time Teavivre offered a sample because of earlier experience with perfume fakery. I think I would reverse your top two and pick the premium over the white. Love them all almost equally except I haven’t tried the econo version yet. I have 100g of it but trying to get my out of control open stash whittled down a bit.

gmathis

It’s nice hobnobbing with greatness, huh?

looseTman

“Congratulations to Teavivre for being named on the Top Ten Teas in the World list by Fox News! You deserve it!” – Congratulations Teavivre!

TeaVivre

ashmanra,thanks for your lovely review. And thanks you all. Teavivre will continue to share more and more good teas with you- tea lovers, as well as provide good service all the time.

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I have been aging this one for a few years now. I have expanded my puerh horizons but I am far from an expert. There are so many flavors I can not equate with something else for a description, especially in a sheng.

I like to steep a shu puerh a nice long time, relatively speaking, and I don’t mind if the cup is inky black. I like it, whether it is horsey, mushroom-y, cedar-y, fallen leaves on a wet woodland path, or leather and barn. I don’t like fishy, not at all.

With a sheng I like to keep things a little milder. This one has now been steeped about nine times and it is still going. The color remains a light amber, and the flavor is hard for me to pinpoint. There is definitely a mineral aspect, like wet stone in a forest with deep shade, a fresh and natural taste, and a muted vegetal flavor. The minty flavor of a few years ago is no longer apparent to me, which could be due to my cold, but I think my sense of taste has come back. I am not getting camphor at all. I have a bit left to continue aging. It will be fun to see if it changes further.

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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I found the last little bit of this sample from K S in my box last night as I was sorting and set it aside to have in the morning. I was excited all night thinking about having it for breakfast. Ha! We tea people are strange beings!

This is Sweet Sixteen birthday weekend for youngest so we met big sister and her hubby at the beach for three days last week and then came home to have the weekend with my son, godson, and her best friend all staying for the whole weekend. Middle daughter already lives here. That’s right, bodies everywhere. I haven’t had a den in three days, but that’s okay. It’s fun!

Her friend doesn’t eat much, but she seems to like to try new “adult” things, so I offered her Bohea and gingerbread almond biscotti for breakfast. She thought it sounded good and accepted. I only had two teaspoons left but the package said it resteeps well, so I steeped it, poured it in a pot, and resteeped it, combining that into the pot as well.

The tea still had nice body and flavor. I found it to be barely smokey, if there was any at all it was mainly in the aroma, but it was sweet and good. I drank it plain, she took it with milk and sugar, and we dunked our biscotti happily through the whole pot!

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Still feeling a bit stuffy, blah, and icky. I can’t taste my Premium Silky Green so I made this to go with lunch since son said he would like green tea instead of lemonade. (Let me squeal with excitement here over that statement. The two eldest kids used to HATE all tea including sweet iced tea and now they ask for it for Christmas and birthdays!)

This one had the guts to go with our meal and not disappear. It is also a SIPDOWN, which is probably good since it is now just over a year old. I am beginning to think that it is time to seriously pare down my cupboard and keep a small number of dearly loved teas…and then I get on here and find ten more I want to try.

Fjellrev

Nooo, hope you feel better soon!

Terri HarpLady

I keep thinking I’ll narrow it down to ‘just the teas I really love’, & then I order more teas. At this point the number of teas I love has grown tremendously! LOL!
I hope you feel better!

gmathis

I still contend that tea packets mate and multiply in the dark when when we’re not watching.

Terri HarpLady

I think you may be correct GG

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My daughter and new brand new husband invited us to spend a few days at the beach with them, and I packed this as a never fail take along. I know it was good and I drank two whole pots of it while we were there but I still have a somewhat stuffy head and a cough and it is affecting my taste worse now than it did at the beginning of this cold over a week ago.

While we were at the beach, a dear lady who taught us to work with stained glass at her studio there died from lupus and complications of H1N1 virus. She never ever complained but just kept going and blessing people with her generous heart and her art. If you think of it, raise a glass to Pati and say a prayer for those who will miss her so much. She was an inspiration.

gmathis

Sounds like quite a vacancy to fill. Prayers for those who are missing her.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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drank Forests Tea by Mountain Rose Herbs
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This is another that JacquelineM sent a while back for hubby when he was having problems sleeping. She uses Fidnemed to sleep but her husband likes this one. I have had a head/chest cold and since this was formerly named lung tea I thought it might do me good.

We went to a movie tonight and I kept hard candy in my mouth the whole time and barely coughed. Then I had a Coke float when I got home since it is family night and we get an ice cream dessert. Apparently, the cold triggered spasms of coughing and my muscles felt like they were being ripped right off my bones. If cold set it off, maybe heat would stop it.

I actually like this! No honey or anything, just the tisane, and definitely licorice root saying “HERE I AM!” There is a momentary taste that makes me think of…laundry detergent? Some scent I am familiar with but it isn’t coming to me right now. The coughing has stopped, probably just due to the fact that I switched from a super cold beverage that was no doubt constricting my airways/throat to a nice, soothing hot one. I don’t think the ingredients in the tea would work this fast.

__Morgana__

Lung tea? Whew. Good thing they renamed it!

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So this is the tea I meant to drink two nights ago but I made Dream Tea instead. I remembered that the tea I had heard would knock you out was also called “Sleeps on Rocks” so I dug in my samples box until I found this.

This is the most unusual tea I have ever had. Some of the leaves were huge, others were so fine. I used a large basket with fine mesh. When I lifted the basket out of the cup there was a yellow liquor with a single hovering spot of red, like blood in the bathwater when you cut yourself shaving your legs. The red spot expanded until it slowly stained the whole cup. Wow.

From what I could smell, it was going to be a savory tasting brew. I almost added a bit of honey but then decided to treat it like a savory broth and not even try to pretend it was “tea”. I had no trouble drinking it down. I did have trouble functioning after that. My fingers felt a little….alien and clumsy as I ever so carefully carried the cup back to the kitchen. Hubby had fallen asleep on the sofa citing a headache, so I resteeped the leaves and carried him a cup. I told Mr. Picky not to sniff it, taste it, or say anything about it, just throw it down and go to bed. I don’t want him to get sick, too! He dutifully obeyed.

I went to bed and while I did not fall asleep right away I did utterly and completely relax and could indeed have slept on rocks without moving. Hubby’s head hit the pillow and the snoring commenced.

Is this stuff legal? You bet I am giving some of this to friends in stressful situations who desperately need sleep (bestie works hard and has a special needs son who now has seizures added) and could use a little safe help now and then. My hubby has a lot of trouble shaking a cough when he gets one, but what really throws him under the train is the sleep he misses. That part almost kills him. (Literally, he was hospitalized nine days with pneumonia years ago and got it again six months later.) I think with this in the cabinet, he won’t miss any sleep again.

gmathis

Interested.

boychik

On my shopping list. Thanks

K S

Skullcap, hops, and valerian… Oh my!

__Morgana__

The “hovering spot of red” that expands is fascinating. Have you tried again and did it do the same thing? If so, I’d love to see a video.

pyarkaaloo

this sounds like quite the experience! i could really use a decompressor in addition to my plethora of anxiolytics whose efficacy appears to be waning! love the description of what happened during the infusion…feel like trying this tea if just to witness that :)

ashmanra

I am guessing that a single small hibiscus blossom must have been right there. They can flood a tisane with such color. This definitely doesn’t taste like hibiscus, though. I am very stuffed up but still felt that it tastes more like a very natural broth made with exotic or heirloom spices and little salt, rather than tasting like a minty, chamomile sleepy tea. I really melted into my mattress, but I never take sleep aids so maybe I am more easily sedated. LOL!

ashmanra

Made it again tonight. Same color separation. When I draw out the basket, it is golden liquor with red at the bottom of the cup which then spreads to make a nice orange-red blend.

Fjellrev

Wow, I can’t get over your description of the liquor, down to its effects. I sincerely hope you and your husband will stay healthy, and this tea will help with sleep.

OMGsrsly

That is SO COOL! Going on my Mountain Rose order list. :)

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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