2214 Tasting Notes
I have been missing having a bowl of matcha each day. Somehow I just haven’t made time for it. I am trying to stay off Prilosec, and that is going okay I suppose. I still have a lot of heartburn from the rebound effect but I am combating with as many milder measures as I can.
Red Leaf Tea posted a really neat video on Facebook today about how they make matcha and bamboo whisks and it reminded me how much I miss my afternoon bowl.
(I am also trying to get off blood pressure medicine and it has actually been almost too low lately. I am guessing the reflux meds left me magnesium deficient and caused high BP and now it is getting better. My doctor always my tea was raising my heart rate and blood pressure. Today proved him right.)
I made a double sized bowl of matcha today because I haven’t had it in so long and also wanted to see how it changed my blood pressure. It was really relaxing. I took a break, turned on some spa music, meditated, and sipped my tea. It was as good as I remembered. This is one of the smoothest I have tried and not at all bitter.
My BP did go up – I checked it before and after, so I will counter that by trying to exercise more around tea time. Exercise always brings it down and both tea and exercise are good for me, so win-win.
Several reviewers found this to be sour, but I did not. I think I know why.
I made it by package directions, but I poured the first steep into a jar with some sugar and set it aside to cool. I resteeped and added part of the second steep to the jar to top it up, put it in the fridge, and poured the remaining part of the unsweetened resteep into my cup. I drank that cup hot.
I really liked it. Even with sugar added it is a far cry better for me than soda or KoolAid aand such, and it hits the spot on these hot summer days. Our forecast shows two days of 97F followed by five of 100F then two more of 98F. One forecast even gave us 101F for a couple of days.
I plan to sit in the a/c sipping cold tea and eating cold eclair pie as much as possible. Stay cool, y’all. I plan to try this with honey, too.
I received these wonderful samples from Teavivre, made notes on several, and then set the others aside because I was going off of proton pump inhibitors and was afraid green tea might be a trigger for stomach discomfort in the midst of rebound reflux. I shouldn’t have been afraid of this one. It is as smooth and sweet as can be and wouldn’t hurt a fly.
We had it with our meal of veggie lomein and orange chicken and it was a bit covered up. Now, long after the meal, I am sipping the tea that remained in the tetsubin and find it mild and soothing, sweet and slightly mineral. There is a hint of soft flower – orchid, maybe? Not overly vegetal, light and sweet and smooth without astringency.
The brewing parameters have changed since I had this four years ago but this is even softer. Excellent tea for stepping back into greens as I start eating and drinking more like normal again!
Thank you, Teavivre, for the wonderful samples!
This was the second tea we had during lunch, and for being paired with food I loved it! I already like lemongrass tea, and the mint in this made I truly refreshing. I also really enjoy licorice root, so bam bam bam, three hits. Definitely serving this to guests this summer and will probably need to reorder this one. We had it hot, and I am eager to try it iced, too.
I bought this exclusively because of the picture posted on Facebook, that beautiful curvy glass with fruit and clear straw colored tea with a little parasol in. But I also wanted to try lots of things I could enjoy iced in this scorching heat.
Today when it arrived I had someone coming over and didn’t have time to chill this, so I did the next best thing. I turned the a/c up so I could really enjoy it hot! I sipped some before lunch. I will try it again but I didn’t get the flavors other people got. To me it tasted like the juice when you make LeSeuer peas and add butter. It was earthy and yummy, and I thought it was something I would love to drink when I am in the mood for a green tea but maybe don’t want to upset an empty stomach.
With food I did not like it as well as by itself.
Tomorrow I want to try it iced and lightly sweetened, but after reading the benefits of lotus leaf, I will be drinking this a lot anyway even if I have to keep cranking the a/c.
I just placed a Teavivre order and I should have bought more of this. This is so good. This is a tea I can sip, but end up almost gulping because I love it so much. I bought a Ginseng Oolong from another company once and it didn’t hold a candle to this one. I think I gave it away, but I sure didn’t drink it.
This resteeps really well and seems to help when I feel a sore throat coming on or feel like I might be coming down with a virus. (I’m not, but it does seem to help.) I had it today in hopes of pacifying my still angry body, trying to adjust being without proton pump inhibitors after sixteen years. It is going well and I am nearing the time where rebound reflux is supposed to stop. Happily, I have not had reflux, only heartburn. And that has been pretty manageable.
I have been avoiding green tea and Indian tea as those have sometimes irritated my stomach in the past, and I am starting DGL later today to try to get my stomach lining happy and healthy.
Although this is far from my favorite 100% Keemun tea for drinking hot, it was where I got my start in loving Keemun back when I used to add milk and sugar. It is very economical and is drinkable as a breakfast Keemun even plain, but the way I like it is iced and sweet! It is pretty popular with the whole family, and a neighbor came over once and started bargaining with his wife about all the chores he would do if she would learn to make iced tea like mine. I told her to let him do the chores, but all she had to do was buy better leaf!
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.