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drank Gunpowder by The Tea Haus
1258 tasting notes

This was yummy. Toasty and smooth. A little nutty to. I bought it for making Morrocan Mint, but wanted to try it solo first. So glad I did!!! :)
Unfortunately it did make me a little nauseous. Hopefully the mint will cut that!

TeaBrat

I had a gunpowder recently that was so STRONG I just had to reduce the steeping time, I wonder if that would help with your nausea factor?

Indigobloom

I think it will try that Amy! also, the leaves are rolled so I might reduce the quantity as well- they had so little room to expand in the steeping basket!!

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes the nausea factor can be due to bad tea- stale or rancid. I heart Yunnan green teas, and I had a vacuum sealed sample from Upton’s a few yrs ago, and the sample tasted bitter. I thought I oversteeped it, so I lowered the temp & steep time (still really bitter). I few hours later I had some, shall I say…….severe intestinal irregularities!! The rest of the sample got tossed. ://

Indigobloom

I’ve experienced that as well… just a bad batch! but the nausea, I’ve noticed, seems to be caused by phenols that are activated by the initial oxidization and then burned off the more processed it is, but since green is the least processed (not counting white which isn’t at all), it tends to affect me the most. Oh well!

Kittenna

Hmm, I wonder if that’s why I felt a tad nauseous after having a large matcha latte? Or would the processing of matcha reduce the phenolics concentration? (I should know this… part my Masters involves degradation of phenols during processing! But nausea from phenols is out of my realm.)

Either way, tea has yet to give me any nausea/intestinal troubles to anywhere neat the extent that coffee does!

Indigobloom

Hmmm do you get nauseous from any other green tea?
I wonder if crushing the leaves to make powder would release more phenols…
That’s a cool masters degree!! I have a friend who did hers at Windsor dealing with toxicity in frogs. Poor froggies (I won’t get into what she did to them here!)
Anyhow, I find this fascinating… the whole phenol phenomenon and how it varies so much from one tea to the next!

Kittenna

I haven’t been nauseous from tea much, but I also likely haven’t consumed the quantity in one go that I did when I had the huge latte! It wasn’t that bad, though. Just a bit of an icky queasy feeling.

Thinking about it, crushing the leaves (and consequently consuming the entire things) likely would release more compounds! Er… grinding plant tissue into a powder may possibly be the way that I extract polyphenols from my samples (albeit with methanol; I assume tea polyphenols are more water soluble). . Such a bad grad student.

Yeah, I find it fascinating too. Hence my project being on beneficial compounds in asparagus, and (in part), the nutritional impacts of cooking! Semi-related to tea… :D

Indigobloom

Exactly!! not “too” bad but there is def that icky sensation…
I’ve had nausea from matcha once before but not this time, maybe because I’d already eaten dinner?
Well, if you ever figure it out… let me know! Mmmmm asparagus…

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TeaBrat

I had a gunpowder recently that was so STRONG I just had to reduce the steeping time, I wonder if that would help with your nausea factor?

Indigobloom

I think it will try that Amy! also, the leaves are rolled so I might reduce the quantity as well- they had so little room to expand in the steeping basket!!

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes the nausea factor can be due to bad tea- stale or rancid. I heart Yunnan green teas, and I had a vacuum sealed sample from Upton’s a few yrs ago, and the sample tasted bitter. I thought I oversteeped it, so I lowered the temp & steep time (still really bitter). I few hours later I had some, shall I say…….severe intestinal irregularities!! The rest of the sample got tossed. ://

Indigobloom

I’ve experienced that as well… just a bad batch! but the nausea, I’ve noticed, seems to be caused by phenols that are activated by the initial oxidization and then burned off the more processed it is, but since green is the least processed (not counting white which isn’t at all), it tends to affect me the most. Oh well!

Kittenna

Hmm, I wonder if that’s why I felt a tad nauseous after having a large matcha latte? Or would the processing of matcha reduce the phenolics concentration? (I should know this… part my Masters involves degradation of phenols during processing! But nausea from phenols is out of my realm.)

Either way, tea has yet to give me any nausea/intestinal troubles to anywhere neat the extent that coffee does!

Indigobloom

Hmmm do you get nauseous from any other green tea?
I wonder if crushing the leaves to make powder would release more phenols…
That’s a cool masters degree!! I have a friend who did hers at Windsor dealing with toxicity in frogs. Poor froggies (I won’t get into what she did to them here!)
Anyhow, I find this fascinating… the whole phenol phenomenon and how it varies so much from one tea to the next!

Kittenna

I haven’t been nauseous from tea much, but I also likely haven’t consumed the quantity in one go that I did when I had the huge latte! It wasn’t that bad, though. Just a bit of an icky queasy feeling.

Thinking about it, crushing the leaves (and consequently consuming the entire things) likely would release more compounds! Er… grinding plant tissue into a powder may possibly be the way that I extract polyphenols from my samples (albeit with methanol; I assume tea polyphenols are more water soluble). . Such a bad grad student.

Yeah, I find it fascinating too. Hence my project being on beneficial compounds in asparagus, and (in part), the nutritional impacts of cooking! Semi-related to tea… :D

Indigobloom

Exactly!! not “too” bad but there is def that icky sensation…
I’ve had nausea from matcha once before but not this time, maybe because I’d already eaten dinner?
Well, if you ever figure it out… let me know! Mmmmm asparagus…

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-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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