1690 Tasting Notes

drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
1690 tasting notes

Top o’ the mornin’ to you. (yawn) We had hail in the wee hours and it sounded like a million leprechauns were clogging on my roof.

This was the first Assam I could lay my bleary eyes on, and I’m glad I did. Loving its texture—not too heavy, not too thin. Loving its flavor, which is still prompting me to use adjectives like bright and fruity (which I usually associate with Ceylon teas). Looking forward to a second steep this afternoon.

gmathis

Steep 2 report: holds up nicely! Has a bit of a spicy aftertaste now.

Shmiracles

bright and fruity leprechaun dance party! hail is the weirdest.

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Giving this an opportunity to prove its calming and anxiety busting properties. Flavor is growing on me. Sort of like a sharper and sterner version of chamomile.

I am a hairball of anxiety this evening. Cancer found in my mom’s routine x-ray; moving into lungs and liver. Looks like an additional round of bureaucratic warfare is looming to prove that we paid to have our post-tornado ruins privately bulldozed and that we don’t owe the city for (not) doing it. Just when I think we can finally put all that behind us…

My mom (82) is facing the news wonderfully: “I know how it ends,” she says. My God has promised to provide for my needs and I believe that includes whatever it takes to slog through another tornado-related worry. Now if I could just get the Not Knowing Monster to remove his fangs from the back of my neck…

If this is as calm-producing as purported, I may have to buy it and tulsi by the bushel for the months ahead.

(P.S. Speaking of needs provided for in wacky and wonderful ways…a neighborhood stray cat, black with a few streetwise scuff marks, wandered into my yard for a cuddle earlier this week and has extended his hangout. Climbed into my lap and did that paw-paw thing that lowered my blood pressure 10 points. I haven’t broken down and bought a bag of Fancy Feast yet, but a friendship may be developing.)

Azzrian

Blessings to you all.

OMGsrsly

Wishing the best for you. Kitty cuddles and tea are where it’s at.

Nicole

I hope things improve.

gmathis

Thanks, friends. Sometimes just whapping it all out on the keyboard lightens the load a little.

As far as which one de-acidifies the vinegar running through my veins, I think I’m still leaning toward tulsi as the better de-stress potion.

Spencer

I second the wise words of OMGsrsly. Hope all improves, soon.

Rachel J

Hang in there! Sounds like plenty of reason to feel stressed. I think the kitty is a sign. I hope you invite him/her to be part of your family. :)

K S

Sorry things are so tough. Peace be still.

As for the cat – you don’t own a cat. they own you. If this one decides to move in, its because it knows good people. Take it as a compliment and a gift.

We once had a cat that I got from the pound. One evening he scratched at the back door. When my wife opened it to let him in, she found he had brought home a young kitten. He brought it in and told us in no uncertain terms he was keeping it. We did not have a choice. George and Shadow were close family for a very long time.

K S

Oh, and feel free to pound away at the keyboard as needed.
you are among friends who would help if they could.

Bonnie

“I know how it ends” isn’t morbid, but of great comfort to your mother and a comfort to you. My mom wasn’t afraid and neither am I for the same reason. Your heart though is sad and heavy, and as KS said, we’re here for you. Steepster isn’t just about tea. We’re a community. God be with you and your mother.

Tea Sipper

I’m so sorry to hear about all this. I hope everything goes as well as it possibly can.

Indigobloom

I’m so sorry to hear that. Kitty and tulsi will help, and certainly the keyboard venting. We’re here for you xx

TheTeaFairy

You and your mom will be in my prayers… Agree with KS on the kitty situation :-) They do choose you and it is usually for the best! Glad it’s there to bring you a little comfort…

Donna A

I share the sentiments of Bonnie and Tea Sipper.

Shmiracles

Warm Tea Wishes. i’m thinking of you.

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
1690 tasting notes

Almost like candy for breakfast. Nothing new to say about it after half a dozen tasting notes; caramelly, lemony. Only for mornings when there’s time to enjoy it. Because of where I buy it, when I drink it, I have strong sensory connections of leisurely days in the days of the Ozarks. I am in deep need of a strong dose of “somewhere else.”

K S

Hang in there g.

I got a brief ‘somewhere else’ moment a little bit ago. A childhood friend posted picks of our trailers on the campgrounds from another lifetime. Such wonderful memories from when life was simple and made sense… and dad took care of everything. All i had to do was ride my bike and have fun.

gmathis

Pre RV? Pop up tent trailers? My parents hauled one from here to San Francisco and back one summer. And—I can’t believe I’m remembering this—my souvenir from Chinatown was a tiny wooden tea set. I wonder what happened to it…

K S

tents, pop ups, & up to old 24 foot camper. Too bad you don’t still have the tea set. At least you got the cool memory.

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drank Sooth-me Tea by Steep City Teas
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This is definitely an herbal blend for chai lovers—lots of the same ingredients, leading loudly with cardamom. I’m catching the orange and ginger, and the chamomile is visibly present in the dry blend, but it’s overpowered by the spices.

A really creative change of pace from typical nighttime chamomile blends. Thanks, Steep City, for the chance to try it!

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
1690 tasting notes

First, thanks to Teajo Teas. I needed a little cheer-up after this week, and the little padded sample mailer made my day.

First whiff out of the open packet reminded me a little of fruity chewing gum. (Peer pressure, based on other reviews, said it should have smelled like malt and hay.)

Regardless, it steeps up into a red-brown, fruity (yay…somebody else said raisiny; I’m not crazy!) cuppa. A little gentler than my usual boot-yer-backside-out-the-door breakfast preference. And I’m thinking it will be refreshing if the sample holds out long enough for me to try a cup chilled!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Homebrew experiment. Took a wild chance with roughly equal parts lemongrass, coconut, and toasted sesame seeds…a hat-tip to H&S Bangkok Blend.

Plausible. I liked the sesame part of each sip best, which makes me wonder if there’s something else it would jive with a little better.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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There are not adjectives powerful enough to describe how I loathe springing forward. Sorry, DST lovers. My poor circadian rhythms are in a tailspin.

Nothing’ll do but tea-based caffeine at its stoutest until I actually see daylight in the morning again. So this may be in the frequent-drinker lineup for a while. When you dole out the leaves judiciously, it has a little coppery-fruity foretaste. As it sits, it just builds more muscle. Muscle I need to drag me through the day, I think.

K S

For most of my life Indiana was on Indiana time. We never changed our clocks. I think we changed time zones or something. It actually got dark around 10:00 and it was daylight when I got up. A few years ago they changed us to eastern time for no good reason other than so they could play golf half the night. Yes, I’m grumbling. I don’t even have a job and I can’t adjust to time change. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Now that you have me wound, I guess I’ll make some tea… of course I was going to anyway :)

JacquelineM

I agree, agree, agree! HATE spring forward!! Give me back my hour!!!!!

gmathis

It’s a conspiracy. Night people. Bah. ;)

ashmanra

I love DST but wish we would just stay on it all year!

Azzrian

That one hour for me equates to about 5 hours.

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drank Orange Creme Dreams by Talbott Teas
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Hubby went peppercorn crazy at the bulk herb store and the pink ones were just so cute…

…that I crushed a pinch of them into this nice orangey blend, most often compared to Creamsicle flavor. Their presence was detectible when the cup was hot, less so as it cooled.

Which leads to a couple of questions for amateur or pro blenders and alchemists: 1) how many peppercorns does it take to really warm your cup up? 2) what kinds of tea do you or would you put a peppercorn in?

Sil

nomnomnom this sounds good!

Bonnie

Peppercorns in chai and chocolate (although I use something like a basket and play with the strength…this way you can pull the basket out.).

gmathis

I’m not much of a chai person, just in the dead of winter, but I have some Belgian Chocolate rooibos that might be good with a kick…

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This is my other alt-health experiment for girl stuff. Husband teased me; said it looked like dryer lint. (He’s right.) But again, health benefits outweigh attractiveness. Here’s a rundown: http://wellnessmama.com/5107/herb-profileraspberry-leaf/

It tastes like what you’d expect from a raspberry leaf—35% raspberry, 65% plant roughage. Not particularly sweet or bitter; just leafy. I’m thinking it might be really pleasant chilled come summer.

Indigobloom

I love it with some honey. Really works for those girly days! :D

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Updated to the correct supplier; it’s a bulk buy from my local bulky herb place. Cheap; $1.79 for 2 ounces.

Have been wanting to give this a try since I heard about it on Dr. Oz as a good appetite suppression/diet companion tea. (I don’t take Dr. Oz as a final authority; that’s just where it came to my attention.) However, it does sound like I’m drinking a cup of vitamins: Fresh chickweed contains high amounts of vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, D and B. Iron, calcium and potassium can also be found in chickweed.

So, there you go. From a health standpoint, it sure can’t hurt. From an enjoyment standpoint, it may take a little massaging. Straight up, it tastes like green wood soup with a little dandelion thrown in. Savory, not sweet. I’m thinking something fruity or flowery (apple? tulsi? lemongrass? lavender?) might tone down the barkiness.

Indigobloom

Neat! what is green wood?

gmathis

It’s what my imagination says it would taste like if you run out to the nearest tree, snap off a twig that isn’t dead yet, peel off the bark and lick it. (Not that I would ever try that ;)

Indigobloom

LOL I wouldn’t do that either, but I can certainly imagine what you mean!

ashmanra

I have spent many hours in my hands and knees pulling chickweed. I should have been making tea…

gmathis

When I was surfing to get a feel for the health benefits, I read something about it being used in salads…

Ellyn

I love your description!! I can totally taste it!

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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