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drank Bai Mu Dan by Samovar
911 tasting notes

I neglected to smell the dry leaf, but the leaf post-steeping smells super-roasty. The liquid smells very light, but similar. And when I say very light, I mean very light.

Taste-wise, this is surprising. I was expecting something sweet and it is, but I was expecting sweet flowery and this is more sweet starchy. Actually, it tastes like a diluted version of the liquid in the canned sweet corn niblets we used to get before I knew that, you know, corn was evil. (And I did love that corn juice so). But there is a slightly different note – a deeper, darker, more intense note – that the canned sweet corn juice didn’t have. I can’t quite place it but I’m guessing it is the roasted walnut bit they have in the flavor profile.

For such a light colored and scented tea, the tastes are very dark. It’s good but the connection my mind has made to corn is throwing me off. In my world, corn = evil. So I sip this and go “mmm, dark… sweet… oh crap, corn – EVIL!”

As it cools I’m getting more of the walnut taste (it definitely is the walnut they mention in the profile – it’s screaming walnut now but I’m not getting as much of the roasted as just straight walnut) than the corn taste and that helps with my mental aversion to it but I think I’ve already got a strong mental block against this tea so even switching to a more walnut taste isn’t making me enjoy it. The last few sips are sweet again but mixed nicely with the walnut. But again, the sweet flavor is very corn-sweet.

After thinking on it some, I’m not rating this tea. Because it’s too mixed up in my head with the evils of corn so nothing I give it would be fair. The walnut sweetness is really nice and the flavors are truly lovely so it deserves at least a green smiley but the corn connection make me think red icky face. But neither the green smiley face or red icky face would be an accurate representation of my experience with this tea. Sorry, I’m just too prejudice against the diluted sweet corn juice to rate this accurately.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

I gotta ask – why is corn evil? The whole corn syrup thing? Too carby?

Auggy

No, I love corn (well, I used to) but it doesn’t love me. I’m allergic to it and anything derived from it. And it is really hard finding stuff with no corn-derived ingredients and my frustration with that plus the horrible things it does to me has translated to hating all things corn (except cornbread – I’m just sad about that).

wombatgirl

Oh geez – that is a truly awful allergy. If corn syrup gets you too, that’s in EVERYTHING. Ick.

Auggy

Yep. And xanthan gum, ascorbic acid, maltodextrin, lecithin… a huge list of stuff you’d never think of (or at least I hadn’t). http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php It truly sucks.

takgoti

Sorry Augs, should have thought that one out better before sending it your way.

wombatgirl

Xanthan gum? Maltodextrin? Oh my gawd… you poor thing!!!!

Auggy

@takgoti – No worries! I think if I had had it 6months ago, the corn-ness of it would have made me fall in a bit of love. But now…

@wombatgirl – Seriously, it is so hard to find non-corn containing food. Thus my new hatred of corn. And my much more expensive grocery bill. Eeevil.

teaplz

Aww, sorries that this reminds you too much of the corn! Maybe you can look at it like a positive? Like, you can have corn-like flavor without getting the allergy?

Eh, I know how it is to have thinks make you sick, though, and transferring all the badness to that particular food. At least you appreciated the taste of this white!

Angrboda

Gosh, what an annoying and impractical allergy to have. My cousin (almost 11) can’t have eggs, and I thought that was impractical. I think you’ve got her well and truly beat here, with all those derivative products. :(

Auggy

Haha – I’d totally agree with the impractical aspect of it! A few years ago my mom was diagnosed with celiac disease so she can’t have wheat gluten. I thought that was a pretty horrid thing to get stuck with but I’ve reevaluated that since at least wheat is something that is recognized as a big allergy and corn not so much (even though it is in everything). Ironically, a lot of gluten free products use corn derived ingredients as thickeners and whatnot so getting a meal that both my mom and I can eat is pretty impossible. Holiday meals were so interesting this year!

Micah

Corn tea, huh?… That sounds just awful! In my head at least. It probably tastes quite a bit better than I’m imagining.

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wombatgirl

I gotta ask – why is corn evil? The whole corn syrup thing? Too carby?

Auggy

No, I love corn (well, I used to) but it doesn’t love me. I’m allergic to it and anything derived from it. And it is really hard finding stuff with no corn-derived ingredients and my frustration with that plus the horrible things it does to me has translated to hating all things corn (except cornbread – I’m just sad about that).

wombatgirl

Oh geez – that is a truly awful allergy. If corn syrup gets you too, that’s in EVERYTHING. Ick.

Auggy

Yep. And xanthan gum, ascorbic acid, maltodextrin, lecithin… a huge list of stuff you’d never think of (or at least I hadn’t). http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php It truly sucks.

takgoti

Sorry Augs, should have thought that one out better before sending it your way.

wombatgirl

Xanthan gum? Maltodextrin? Oh my gawd… you poor thing!!!!

Auggy

@takgoti – No worries! I think if I had had it 6months ago, the corn-ness of it would have made me fall in a bit of love. But now…

@wombatgirl – Seriously, it is so hard to find non-corn containing food. Thus my new hatred of corn. And my much more expensive grocery bill. Eeevil.

teaplz

Aww, sorries that this reminds you too much of the corn! Maybe you can look at it like a positive? Like, you can have corn-like flavor without getting the allergy?

Eh, I know how it is to have thinks make you sick, though, and transferring all the badness to that particular food. At least you appreciated the taste of this white!

Angrboda

Gosh, what an annoying and impractical allergy to have. My cousin (almost 11) can’t have eggs, and I thought that was impractical. I think you’ve got her well and truly beat here, with all those derivative products. :(

Auggy

Haha – I’d totally agree with the impractical aspect of it! A few years ago my mom was diagnosed with celiac disease so she can’t have wheat gluten. I thought that was a pretty horrid thing to get stuck with but I’ve reevaluated that since at least wheat is something that is recognized as a big allergy and corn not so much (even though it is in everything). Ironically, a lot of gluten free products use corn derived ingredients as thickeners and whatnot so getting a meal that both my mom and I can eat is pretty impossible. Holiday meals were so interesting this year!

Micah

Corn tea, huh?… That sounds just awful! In my head at least. It probably tastes quite a bit better than I’m imagining.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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