2197 Tasting Notes
I can’t believe this wasn’t in my cupboard. I bought a one pound bag because it did wonders for my dog’s feet. (Because it is so light, the one pound bag looks HUGE.) He has grass pollen allergies and had licked his feet raw last year. I read that chamomile could soothe it and bought the giant bag. I made the tea, let it cool, and soaked each doggie foot in a tall glass for about 30-60 seconds before bedtime one night. By the next morning, all the redness and weeping was gone. I pour it over him after his bath just for skin health and itching, too.
Well, now I need to drink it, and I am enjoying it immensely. I am making it, resteeping, and pouring it into swing top bottles that I refrigerate. It is so good and so cold when stored in glass, quite refreshing. I don’t get apple like lots of people do, but rather hay and minty light citrus.
But I am drinking it for a special reason. I have been on proton pump inhibitors for sixteen years. Yes, the drug that is supposed to be used for two weeks maximum. I had tried and couldn’t get off of it, although I got myself down to 20mg a day which is half of what they started me on.
Lest anyone think I was being a wimp, I can tell you that even with Prilosec I had heartburn and chest pain from esophagus spasms, nighttime reflux, bending over reflux, and would lose my voice from the acid washing up. And this all started back when I was really skinny, not due to being overweight.
I read a study recently that suggested that since acid is natural and needful, perhaps there is often a different problem. The most common is thought to be possibly an inflamed esophagus which can be due to allergy instead of acid. I decided to try again and this time, treat my esophagus with lots of natural anti-inflammatories. Thus the chamomile tea! And I am pleased to say that while I have had some rebound reflux, I can live with it and it isn’t constant. Also, Pepcid Complete knocks it out, and in five days I have only had two of those.
I am also drinking lemongrass tea made from the lemongrass I grow, and I drink it cold, too. I am replenishing my good bacteria with homemade yogurt and homemade water kefir.
The great thing is that I really love the cold chamomile tea and I love that it is making me healthier and helping me to get off of a drug that can be very bad for you in the long run.
As promised, I tried this cold. I had it hot first and liked it. Wow, that’s a lot of cardamom! Second steep was about ten seconds and the cup was inky black so I figured I would go for two more steeps and put them in the fridge.
Steep three was the normal orange black tea color, while steep four was getting rather pale. As strong as the flavor was, though, I figured it would work. And it did.
I poured both of those steeps into a mason jar and put it in the fridge. I had some with supper that night and the rest with lunch the next day. It was good and refreshing and I love having a flavored cold drink with no guilt, because part of me still wants to reach for the sugary things we used to associate with summertime. (Kool-Aid from my childhood, and my mom always added EXTRA sugar cuz she said it tasted better that way! Southern sweet tea that was so sweet it should have been called Tea Simple Syrup. Ice cold Coke in a glass bottle…okay, I still do that one sometimes, but we buy the Hecho In Mexico ones at Sam’s Club that are made with real cane sugar.)
Going to finish this box quite easily! Took some to Superanna and she liked it, and now need to share with my son and his fiancée, ChelseaR.
I have been drinking plain black tea with breakfast lately, but I am trying to shake it up by drinking different ones each day. Most of them have been reviewed a thousand times, and even though I am on my third tin of this tea I notice that I have only made one tasting note.
I really like this. I love a nice smoky Lapsang and was shocked to find out that a tea can be called Lapsang Souchong and not be smoky at all – as in, not in the least. This is from the region where they grow the tea normally made into smoky Lapsang, it just hasn’t been smoked.
And it is really good. The taste is very bright and the taste lingers for some time. It reminds me of some of the more roasted oolongs I have tried.
I made a gallon of this early this morning. It is about half gone because hubby and I are both working outside in heat and sun and keep coming in to rehydrate. I even had to turn the hose on myself so I could keep going.
I am so glad I have more of this. In order, I love Earl Grey Iced, Razzleberry, and Pink Lemonade of the SBT’s I have tried.
The flavoring doesn’t cover up the delicious tea base, and the pink lemonade part is sweet and not tart. Perfection.
This is getting old, but it was really tasty at breakfast. Then I worked my butt off cleaning my car, steamcleaning the mats, and cleaning the outside refrigerator. (Is that common anywhere but the South? My mom and mother-in-law had an extra fridge outside as well as a chest freezer for grains – we grind our own flour – and chicken feed cuz I buy the organic whole grain stuff that expires so I need lots of fridge and freezer space.)
Anyway, my face was so red I looked like a heat stroke victim. I took the leftover tea in the pot and poured it over crushed ice. This was unsweetened and very different from the iced tea my mother made that had three cups of sugar per gallon. Everyone loved her tea. But this was excellent plain. It made me growl a little it was so good. I think I’ll live.
And I am guessing that these teas are actually from Adagio.
I bought this as a special treat at The Fresh Market today, where the bad girl in me always wins and gets to put something we really don’t need in the basket.
I liked Emperor’s Pu-era by Numi but really disliked their Mint Puerh. I could have sworn that I had tried their Chocolate Puerh but apparently I haven’t because there is no note for it.
I love cardamom and recently had a white tea with coconut and cardamom that I liked a lot, so I decided to give this a try. I thought it was going to be sachets but it was teabags. Boo! I sniffed the bag and went MMMMM! at the powerful scent of cardamom followed immediately by UGH at the scent of their Puerh. I love Puerh. This one had a fresh poop smell, not the nice aged barnyard we know and love.
Happily, though, it tastes quite good! And judging by the incredible inky color of the first cup that developed so quickly, I suspect I will get at least two resteeps out of this. All in all, it’s a good tea to have on hand when you want something nice, good for your tummy, and easy as pie to make. Also a great no-hassle tea for work or to throw in a purse or book bag, since the bags are individually wrapped.
I am enjoying a second steep of this tea now, if rolling around on the sofa going “nomnomnom” is enjoying, and it occurs to me that I really truly do not believe this is a Puerh tea. Now, it might be Pu Er, as in, it was purchased in the tea trading town in Yunnan Province, China called Puerh, but I am convinced this is a Golden Mudan just like the one sold by Harney and Sons years ago. The company has this listed under both Pu Er tea and Black Tea headings. I think it belongs exclusively under black tea. There is no hint of she or sheng flavor, no appearance of Puerh, no extreme darkening of the tea when left for a longer steep.
Whatever it is, I love it and will probably buy more. But I still don’t think this is a shu or sheng Puerh.
This is my last little bundle of this tea. It is tied in a ball like a wonderful Golden Mudan that I had many years ago by Harney and Sons.
I do not really detect the Puerh in this, but I love…really, absolutely love this tea. It is on the lighter side as body goes and even the color is a tad light, but the flavor is so very, very good. It has a sweet, smooth brightness without astringency. I made it western style this time and have steeped two pots so far. I will be checking out the website right away to see if they still have this and how much it costs, because I hate to be without and it seems like a perfect summertime tea.
My eldest daughter took my youngest daughter to the Yucatan for a little adventure and I stayed home and kept the pup and the hedgehog. Today when I went to leave the animals and get my child back, this box was waiting on the doorstep! No, I didn’t open it! Never would I do such! But when they got home from the airport, eldest made a pot of it. She is a huge fan of mint and mint teas.
I am not a huge fan of mint or mint tea. I don’t hate, it just doesn’t appeal to me strongly, thought cool mint on a hot day can be very refreshing. So this was enjoyable, but not something I desperately have to have myself. I prefer spearmint to peppermint in Moraccan Mint tea, so the emphasis on spearmint in to pleased me, though the is peppermint as well. Alas, I didn’t pick up on vanilla very much. Perhaps if I had let the cup cool a bit I would have tasted it more. All in all a good cup, and if you love mint you can give it a try.