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One last try before it becomes swapping ammo :)
Simple yet tasty…see previous notes…backlogging…
Tea and Gratitude.
I had a bad day yesterday and I was prepared to log onto Steepster and bitch about my day today as well. Then I received a call from my husband at about 4:00 p.m. He called to assure me that I was going to see some terrible news reports, but that he was fine and would be flying back to LA tonight. My husband was on a research trip at the Reno air-show and a propeller came within 60 feet of hitting him. I’m so very, very, very, very grateful that he’s safe and coming home tonight. Yesterday was his birthday…
Ooooh Oolong is a tea that I’ve been saving (because I’m a nutter) for a time that I could really enjoy it. Today felt like the right day to finally try it. The magnolia in this tea is gorgeous and soothing. The aroma takes me back to my parents’ home in FL. My mother adored her magnolia trees and they were so fragrant in the summer. I would dangle my feet in the water off of their dock and watch the otters steal fish out of the neighbor’s nets. I’m sure that it was also super humid and that there were tons of bugs, but in my idealized mind’s eye I only smell the magnolias. This oolong is smooth, sweet, and the perfect tea for a celebration of gratitude. I’m so thankful that LiberTEAS was kind enough to share this fine tea with me. That LiberTEAS lady has been mighty good to me!
My heart goes out to the families of those who were injured, or worse lost their lives today in Reno. I vow to complain less and be far more grateful for the good life and luck I have.
Edit After my husband arrived home he told me that the propeller actually came with in 6 feet of his group, and that a guy standing 2 feet from him took a large piece of metal to the chest. That poor man.
I love this Oolong. The magnolia is sweet and light. A pleasant crisp note. Magnolia Oolongs are fast becoming a favorite of mine.
What a wonderful Yunnan! I really liked this one! It’s bold and dark and had a hint of crusty or bready like notes as well as tomato, perhaps…it was yummy and savory! I like this one and thank LiberTEAs for it!
I received a bit of this tea from Geoffrey – thank you! Sorry it took me so long to get to trying it!
This is a fine Yunnan. It has a bold, rich flavor. It is a bit astringent, but I don’t mind it. It has some really lovely spice tones to it, I could smell them before even tasting the tea. A beautiful tea with its own savory quality. I like it.
I came across this tea as I was going through my stash. It’s so good. Such a delightful Sencha.
I’m very sad that Urban Tea is closing! http://www.myurbantea.com
I prefer this one iced…but had a better cups-worth this past weekend then the last time I tried it! It was Sencha and it was Apple. What else could I ask for, eh!? :)
OK, so while I’m sipping this, I can’t help but hum this tune:
Why? I don’t know. Rooibos and Octopus don’t even sound the same. But, yeah, maybe it’s just late and I should go to bed. But, I still need to watch FRINGE! So no bedtime for me just yet.
I LOVE this blend. It is SO GOOD. I think this is my last of the samplings that I had from Urban Tea, but I do believe it is my favorite of the bunch. Delicious! I love the combination of coconut and lavender. It’s absolutely brilliant.
I finished up my little bit of this earlier today and it was good but I remember it leaving a peppery aftertaste. Please look at my previous tasting notes on this tea.
Finished up my last bit last week…backlogging…
Very Light in Color. Delicate in taste – but certainly NOT Lacking! It’s a buttery floral with a semi-sweet finish. Crisp from start to finish. Very Clean. Makes me smile!
A very pleasing Assam – it doesn’t have quite the body or texture of a typical Assam, but, perhaps that is one of the things I find pleasing about it. Not that i don’t like the “typical” Assam, but it’s also quite nice to find something a bit different too!
The flavor is very smooth with a pleasant malty note and a very well-rounded presence on the palate. There are intriguing notes of spice. It has a nice undertone of sweetness so it doesn’t require sweetener, however, it does take milk and honey nicely too. A good breakfast tea or early afternoon tea.
Backlogging from yesterday…don’t know how i forgot to log but I do remember it being light green almost gold green in color and a sweet-veggie flavor. Very satisfying…tasty!
This is a really good apple tea. I don’t find many apple teas that really impress me – and I realize that this is because I’m a bit biased when it comes to apple tea, because I had a stunning green apple tea when I was blending tea. But… it is time to move on from that place.
This has a really nice Sencha base that is light and buttery – it is a bit lighter in the buttery flavor than some Sencha teas that I’ve tasted – but it is still delicious and sweet with a creamy note. A light vegetative quality.
The apple is sweet and juicy – not very tart. It reminds me a bit of a golden delicious apple. I can also taste a bit of pear to it, but, it is very light and really complements the apple well.
I can see all of the ingredients! I can smell mostly the Cinnamon, Orange, Rose, and Papaya before infusing. After infusion is complete I can smell mostly the cinnamon and rose and maybe a little cranberry. It isn’t overly dark in color but it has a nice medium brown to it. As for the taste – the black tea is noticeable and yummy. The flavors are all good accompaniments! The orange is a juicy orange. The cranberry isn’t very bitter but fairly bountiful. The rose is a nice feminine touch. The apple makes your mouth water yet it’s subtle. The almond seems to linger more into the aftertaste and helps the cinnamon along the way, too. The cinnamon isn’t over powering and I really appreciate that! The Papaya and Peach are in perfect harmony and give it a semi-tropical type feel in the middle of the sip.
This is very nicely done! Full of ingredients and flavor but everything serves it purpose and well!
Creamy Mellow Black Tea with Gentle Raspberry and Cream Flavors. Smooth, Semi-Juicy – YUM.
Took notes on this one before leaving for Vegas last week. This was unique and tasty.
Ok so I lied…another review before my few days off…
This is a lovely Apple Sencha! YUM! 1 cup hot and another cold. I think I like it a little better cold but both are yummy. I can taste primarily the apple but can also pick up on the pear, too…I think the pear PAIRS with the apple nicely and just enhances the overall apple flavor in this.
This is a delightful raspberry tea. I like that the black tea base is an Assam rather than a Ceylon – this gives the tea a stronger presence and more depth of flavor. A very rich flavor.
The raspberry flavor is fruity, sweet, and finishes with a berry tartness that tickles the tongue. The creamy flavor is just right – not cloying or overdone. Pleasant.
I think I like magnolia blossoms. In any case, this is a lovely, sweet, crisp oolong with a stunning floral flavor. Most tasty.
Rich and Smooth! Not really chewy like some Assams I have had but unique and tasty. I do like this one quite a bit and thought it was about medium strength or a tad higher on the boldness/flavor scale. Pretty Memorable!
A nice, neutral, light Assam. Not overpowering or bitter. Doesn’t need milk or sugar, and just the thing for the first cup of the day.
My first encounter with Urban Tea. This has a powerful aroma and taste. Aroma is mostly Coconut and Lavender. The Taste is first and foremost Coconut and then the Lavender jumps in fairly fast after that first pop of coconut. The rooibos flavor isn’t as intense as most rooibos can be but it still contributes to the natural sweetness to the taste…without it I think the floral notes could be bitter and the coconut more intense. With all of these ingredients together it seems to all meet in the middle quite nicely!
This tea reminds me of a combination of Market Spice tea and a fruit tisane. It is very flavorful with a bold, spicy cinnamon flavor. Orange is the most prominent fruit, but I can also taste the peach, papaya and apple, and even a hint of the cranberry. Overall, the fruit medley is sweet, juicy and delicious, and the spices give it a really nice accent.
These flavors are quite strong, though, and do overpower the black tea a bit. I can still taste the black tea, but it is not the prominent flavor of the cup. Also not prominent is the almond. However, despite these flavor misses, I must say that this is a very delicious and creative cup of tea, and I am enjoying it.