Boo my browser crashed during this note. Thanks to tperez for sending this in our swap. I was excited to see it included as I love the yabao from Verdant and this is very similar. Herbaceous and coniferous notes that remind me of sweet grass, rosemary, pine and artichoke. The only thing I can tell without doing a side by side brewing is that this doesn’t have the sparkling quality Verdant’s does, still wonderful though!

Last night I attempted to get tea drunk but did not get very far as it was close to Rowan’s bedtime and I was exhausted and ended up staying upstairs. I have revived the buds this morning and its just as good. I had an emotional breakdown yesterday after registering Rowan for preschool, not because I’m emotional about him growing up but because the class we wanted was closed and I had to choose between the morning class 8:15-11:15 or an afternoon class at a different location. I chose the latter initially for my sanity and sleep (we have some major schedule adjusting, Rowan is hard to get dressed and out the door and even though they are both three hours, 11 am seems like less of a break in my day. However this other location while part of our school district is technically in Cleveland on road I don’t care for and not at the brand new elementary school just 5 mins away).

I started sobbing on the way home, I pulled over to call the office saying I’d made the wrong decision but they had just closed so I left a message and sobbed some more, on the phone with the husband and my mom, through the drive-thru and over my shamrock shake. Anywho the lady called back this morning and switched him to the morning class at Grindstone. Crisis averted, going out to the Brew Kettle with my sister tonight anyway, beer not tea, she said there was a lot on tap right now that I would like.

Fjellrev

Whew, glad that was taken care of!

momo

Glad that worked out! I’d be curious to know what you drink beer-wise later that you liked, I love your taste in tea so I will also take suggestions in other drinks :D

Shmiracles

Ooo are we gonna talk beer?!?! I’m shmiracles on untapped too :)

Autumn Hearth

Thanks. Hmm untapped may have to check that out, I’m not on any beer sites, though I have reviewed a chai beer on here and would love to try other tea beer combos, would love to brew some too. It’s funny because I have siblings that are all around a decade older than me give or take that are beer snobs, I never drank light or cheap beer and went straight into the local and craft beer. I like mostly dark beers with high abv’s porters, stouts etc. especially bourbon barrel. I like red and brown ales too, winter warmers and beers with herbs and apices. I used to avoid IPA’s and things with lots of hops, however I recently sipped on an extra hop ale my sister was drinking and noticed coniferous notes like in Yabao and I really appreciated it (just like I didn’t like Chardonnay until someone mentioned buttery notes and I was able to draw a parallel with buttery tea). I don’t have a large vocab or technical knowledge compared to many. But will certainly let you all know what I enjoy tonight. And can share some more specific beers I like by name when I have time to make a list. As always I’ll be doing a flight.

Shmiracles

maybe my favorite beer is the Founders Breakfast Stout.
and this past weekend I had a Green Tea Imperal Stout by Flying Dog brewery that was mighty delicious. (and my friend who knows me well saw it on the menu and immediately texted me cuz it was tea & beer TOGETHER! hah he knows me well)

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Fjellrev

Whew, glad that was taken care of!

momo

Glad that worked out! I’d be curious to know what you drink beer-wise later that you liked, I love your taste in tea so I will also take suggestions in other drinks :D

Shmiracles

Ooo are we gonna talk beer?!?! I’m shmiracles on untapped too :)

Autumn Hearth

Thanks. Hmm untapped may have to check that out, I’m not on any beer sites, though I have reviewed a chai beer on here and would love to try other tea beer combos, would love to brew some too. It’s funny because I have siblings that are all around a decade older than me give or take that are beer snobs, I never drank light or cheap beer and went straight into the local and craft beer. I like mostly dark beers with high abv’s porters, stouts etc. especially bourbon barrel. I like red and brown ales too, winter warmers and beers with herbs and apices. I used to avoid IPA’s and things with lots of hops, however I recently sipped on an extra hop ale my sister was drinking and noticed coniferous notes like in Yabao and I really appreciated it (just like I didn’t like Chardonnay until someone mentioned buttery notes and I was able to draw a parallel with buttery tea). I don’t have a large vocab or technical knowledge compared to many. But will certainly let you all know what I enjoy tonight. And can share some more specific beers I like by name when I have time to make a list. As always I’ll be doing a flight.

Shmiracles

maybe my favorite beer is the Founders Breakfast Stout.
and this past weekend I had a Green Tea Imperal Stout by Flying Dog brewery that was mighty delicious. (and my friend who knows me well saw it on the menu and immediately texted me cuz it was tea & beer TOGETHER! hah he knows me well)

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Druid, artist, poet, mum, lover of tea, ritual and myth. I grew up on Celestial Seasons herbals but fell in love with straight loose leaf tea working at my local Teavana for a year. I am grateful for the introduction and the experience, but have moved on.

I see tea as an experience for the senses, I like to imagine tasting the land and the weather as well as the effect of sun, air, fire and the human hand. I have a soft spot for shu pu’er, yabao, scented oolongs, wuyi oolongs, taiwanese tea as well as smooth naturally sweet blacks, creamy greens and surprisingly complex whites.

I began ordering lots of samples from Upton to educate myself on different varieties of tea we didn’t have at work and have fallen head over heels for the unique offerings from Verdant Tea. I am learning things I like: buttery mouthfeel, surprising sweet or spice notes, woodiness, mineral notes, depth and complexity and things I don’t: astringency, dry and sour notes.

I collect tea tins and am in danger of collecting pots, though I am trying to restrain the urge due to current lack of space. I brew mostly in a glass infuser mug or a tea maker, only using cast-iron for company now (still need to get a gaiwan) and tend not to sweeten my teas unless they are British or fruity and iced, which is not often.

As far as ratings, I lack a definite system and haven’t been assigning numbers lately, wanting to spend multiple sessions with a tea first. I usually only log a tea once, unless it is a new harvest or I have significantly different observations, but will go back and edit or comment if I find something interesting or new.

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