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Recent Tasting Notes

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missB send this my way and i’m sorry to say that my review of this would be awful…so go read hers ’cause this review is like a giant DITTO! lol :) loved it

sooo…12 sipdowns today and i’m still ending the day 3 UP from my last count – 190

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58

Winner winner chicken dinner! That’s what this tastes like. — would prefer it as a brine.

Flavors: Chicken Soup, Saffron, Sage

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
mj

LOL

Cheri

Add some noodles next time. ;)

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I wanted some caffeine free tea after I got back from a wine wednesday at a friend’s place. I picked this one because parts of the packaging are written in greek and I kind of love foreign things. I also love Greek things, like especially their food but also their mythology. And also, you know, thanks for geometry and democracy and all that. But I digress. I’ve never had a saffron tea, but I do enjoy it in rice and paella! To me the citrus notes stand out in this tea but there is an “otherness” lurking in the background that mellows everything out. I guess this is what saffron tea tastes like? I’m not a huge fan of citrus, but I am enjoying this tisane. Thanks for the very interesting addition, Miss B!

Bonnie

I’ll have to check this out with my friends at the Greek Orthodox Church I attend. You might like Greek Mountain Tea also. It’s ancient, herbal and healthy (I like the taste). Noticed that you live in Minneapolis. My favorite tea shop (and tea) is located on Franklin St. (I think). I’ve been drinking Verdant Tea for 3 years and the owners are friends (David and Lily Duckler). They have tea sessions that are educational.

mj

I’ll have to check out Greek Mountain Tea. Thanks for the recommendation! Do you have a favorite brand? Verdant Tea is indeed located on Franklin St. I recently discovered it a short time after I joined steeptser, 2-3 months ago. I’ve been there once so far and really enjoyed it! I’m waiting for the regular laoshan black to come in before I make another trip. I’ve never been to one of their educational events, but that sounds like fun! I see they have an oolong tasting event coming up…I wonder if I can rope some friends into going with me.

Bonnie

Laoshan Black is a staple black tea and one that is best brewed in a pot, not a gaiwan. The Verdant website has a wealth of information about tea culture and YouTube video’s (podcasts too).
If you want to understand tea, this is the place to be. It’s not only about taste, but a grace that leads to peaceful humility. You can’t really appreciate tea unless you learn to become still with it. That’s not easy in our culture, and it’s the difference between coffee and tea in a manner of speaking. Coffee pushes you forward and tea rests you in the present moment.
I hope that I haven’t been too wierd here.

mj

Yes, I meant I wanted to wait until the Laoshan Black was back in stock because I want to buy some to bring home with me :-). I’m also running way low on Yunnan White Jasmine!
That’s a nice way to look at tea. I’ve actually read that even though tea is caffeinated, the theanine in it results in calm alertness, unlike coffee. I haven’t actually read the research the article was based on though.

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80

this is another from missb and i do prefer this one over the other. the lemongrass and spearmint is particularly soothing this afternoon. Quite a nice cup for a bagged tea :)

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74

missB sent this one my way and admittedly i figured these could be easy quick sipdowns while i made honey bran muffins :) It’s been a long day that’s not quite over but i am SUPER happy with how the house is starting to come together. I’m really liking the time we’re taking with everything…it’s just been fun.

This cup of tea? reminds me of cookies..or baking..or something, which i think is the result of the cloves in this one. Not a bad cup and for sure it’s an interesting one, so thanks for sharing missb!

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94

This tea is shockingly delicious. I’ve had it six times now (again, huge backlog) and every single time it’s blown me away. It’s sweet and gentle, and very surprising as to the flavor. It’s a hard one to describe, other than to say I associate this flavor with other saffron teas I’ve had in the past – however this is by far the best. This will be a staple in my cupboard now.

Flavors: Honey, Orange, Saffron

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

This sounds really good. I love saffron, but I’ve never had it in tea.

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81

Again, really tasty (although I prefer the Mint, Lemongrass and Saffron more). Slightly sweet from the apple, cinnamon and clove for a bit of… spice? Almost like a heavily mulled, spicy cider, with again that hint of creaminess from (assuming) the saffron. There are things in here I normally avoid (apple, hibiscus) and I still really love this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

Holy crap! This is really tasty. Shockingly, wonderfully tasty. I only get faint mint in here, it’s more a compliment than anything. Same goes for the lemongrass, and it’s creamy. Smooth. Clean. I think the saffron is the tiniest amount of anything in here, and yet, it pulls it all together… truly amazing. This is wonderful.

I was concerned about using one teabag for 12 ounces of liquid, even with the box saying use one teabag for 4 cups of tea/one pot. Honestly? This is perfect. I’m so surprised with all of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Sounds real good. I love saffron!

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94

I love saffron, but only recently – when I bought a couple of grams from the Iran Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo – did I realize one can infuse and drink it as an herbal tea. Nicely warming and soothing, especially with a spoonful of honey or yellow sugar. Reputedly good for feminine complaints. Permeates the entire kitchen, the charm of saffron being that it smells like nothing much very penetratingly. The Krocus Kozanis box conveys the scent even unopened in the grocery store, through the plastic wrap.

Greek saffron, according to the paper slip, has been in production since Minoan Crete (1600 BC) and is recognized as the best quality in the world. In my experience, every spice-producing country claims theirs to be the best, and Greeks claim everything of theirs to be the best and the oldest – but this stuff does punch above its weight. There’s a floweriness to it that makes one think of a living plant rather than a dry spice, and it’s not even whole stamens. Possibly the herbs and honey (boy is it honey-tastic) in the traditional recipe bring out the fragrance.

(Incidentally, the non-bookmark-friendly Flash doohickey on the Krocus Kozanis web site gives the following recipe for iced saffron fruit tea from scratch:

1/4g saffron
1 cup thyme honey
1 litre ice-cold water
3-4 slices lemon
5-6 slices orange
5-6 slices apple (unpeeled)
2 tbsp lemon juice
3-4 spearmint twigs, well rinsed

Soak saffron in a cup of warm water for a few hours. Remove from water and place in a sizeable glass jug with the thyme honey and ice-cold water. [Ed.— it makes no sense to me to discard the first infusion, but that’s what it says.] Stir well to dissolve honey and taste for desired sweetness. Add the orange, apple, and lemon slices to the jug. Add lemon juice and a few ice cubes. Finally, add the spearmint twigs and stir well.)

4.70$CAN for ten teabags is pricey, but saffron always is – and one bag should be good for several infusions, if my experience with the from-scratch version counts for anything.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
jeanz

yum, thanks for sharing the fruit tea recipe…i can’t wait to try it..

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