2244 Tasting Notes

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drank Pineberry Honeybush by 52teas
2244 tasting notes

Sipdown! 841. Hot/cold-brewed the last of this, and it’s much better this way, IMO. This tea is clearly meant to be cold; it tastes like bubble-gum/fruit punch.

So, guys… I think I may have “slipped a disc” in my back tonight flipping over a table (I wasn’t mad, I just screwed on the legs and was putting it upright!) Any suggestions on what to do? There’s intense pain in my lower back when I try to move, particularly bend down (and the longer I stand, the more my tailbone area starts to hurt too). I managed to take a couple ibuprofen and migrate bedding and my computer down to the couch (my bed’s on the floor, so I’m worried if I lie down I won’t be able to get back up). Currently lying on the couch… :/ This sucks.

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Iced 8 min or more
Nxtdoor

I really hope it’s not as bad as it sounds! That would be terrible :(

Kittenna

Yeah I was really hoping it wasn’t what it seems to be…. I think it may be a minor case in the spectrum of such things, but there’s still a fair bit of pain :/ And it’s not going away. Sigh.

JustJames

ibuprofen will take the swelling down. ice as well. try and sleep flat, and if possible don’t try to favour the muscles too much or you’ll make it worse. if you go numb in ‘the saddle area’ (as i was once told, check with a doctor. that said, while i’ve done it, i am not a medical professional. laughing usually helps me?

Lala

Use ice on your back, lay either on your stomach with a pillow under your hips, your back with you knees bent up, or on your side with a pillow between your legs. Avoid staying in a bent position because it will make it worse. It should gradually get better over 3 days. If not, seek medical attention. If you do numb in the “saddle area” which is the groin, or lose control of your bowel or bladder you need emergency surgery.

JustJames

oh dear Lala, you know this drill even better than i do by the sounds of it.

Lala

I work in health care. Ha ha. I frequently give this speech.

Kittenna

Thanks guys. Just grabbed an ice pack; no numbness or anything at this point which is good, but I’ll watch for it. I’m upright to eat (really hungry!) but will try the above lying-down methods once I’m finished. Blehhhhh, I didn’t think moving a table was heavy lifting :(

JustJames

Kittenna it should go without saying that if Lala works in healthcare, listen to her not me!!! LOL. i’ve only ever been the patient, not the consultant.

Lala

It not the heavy lifting, its the position that your back was in. You could do this just reaching for a piece of paper. Lift with your knees, not your back :)

Kittenna

Yeah – my roommate text-message-yelled at me for not waiting until she was home to deal with the table :( And she feels bad because she had been nagging me to deal with it (not that I blame her at all.)

JustJames – Don’t worry, I wouldn’t do just anything that was suggested :P I did Google as well, but it’s good to hear from people as well what has personally helped them (or, from someone who deals with these things personally).

OMGsrsly

Yep, what Lala said! I have a protruding disc and associated muscle issues in my neck that is healing slowly, and OMG the pain can be bad. Definitely take it easy for a good long while, and consider physio if you can find one that does active rehabilitation, to slowly stretch and strengthen.

momo

haha there is a hockey player who has the nickname “Pancakes”…he got it because he once injured his back while eating them.

I occasionally still get back pain especially in my car over speed bumps from a couple years ago, lying down and ibuprofen are best bets then.

JustJames

on the plus side: look at how many people care about you!

darby

I did this back in November (just moved wrong – no lifting) and was out of commission for over a month! Took two weeks before I could even get off the couch to get to a Dr. Try alternating heat and cold and go to a chiropractor if you don’t feel better in a week.

yyz

My sympathy! Hope the pain is manageable and that you recover quickly but having dealt with back injuries twice I know that it may take a while. The first time I hurt myself by falling down the stairs the pain didn’t last very long but I had reduced motion in my back for around a month and a half. The second time was during a training exercise at work It took me about a week to be able to bend again. I had prescription for the pain from my doctor, and I did do acupuncture and chiropractic treatments for the acute injury but what really saved me in the end was deep tissue and hot stone massage. Wishing you the best.

Angrboda

Ring your doctor and ask him if it’s something he wants to see. If you have slipped a disc, you absolutely want it looked at because you can get some pretty serious complications from that sort of stuff.

Kittenna

Yeah, I think I’ll make a doctor’s appt on Monday… ahhh, this is such bad timing for an injury like this!

Stephanie

Feel better :(

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Sipdown! 842.

Finishing off the last of this one in my possession. Sigh. It’s one of my favourites, right up there with Marshmallow Treat, but I’m too wary to purchase any more since I’ve hated all the recent genmaichas :/ This is pretty much like a bit less of a creamy Marshmallow Treat, plus some cherry flavour. (Good, real cherry flavour, not fakey maraschino stuff). Yum.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown! 843. Second try at this tea, thanks to Sil (and possibly TerriHarpLady).

I was still detecting a bit of soapiness in the aroma of the tea, but thankfully there isn’t any in the flavour. I have to conclude that when coconut in blends goes “off” or rancid, it develops a soapy sort of flavour. This tea pretty much does taste like a very much unsweet version of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai… less creamy, though, and more savoury. Sweetened, it’s probably pretty decent, so I may fiddle around with the rest of the cup if I get around to it, but I’d go for Zhena’s over this one.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Strawberry Orange Scone by 52teas
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Orangey and bakey… this one is pretty good :) Looks like I wasn’t particularly fond of this the first time I tried it, but I also steeped it for a mind-blowing 4.5 minutes compared to the 2 I used this time. I don’t particularly taste strawberry, but it tastes an awful lot like the (chocolate) orange scones my mom made a little while ago. And a bit reminiscent of Butiki’s Two Friends, at least in terms of the orange flavouring. Glad I have a cup’s worth left (well… maybe I’d rather a sipdown, but at least it’s a tasty cup that remains).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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44
drank Cranberry Black Tea by 52teas
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Thanks to momo for sending me some of this tea like… forever ago!

Hmm, interesting. A sweet sort of berry, perhaps not obviously cranberry.. atop a bit of an astringent black base. Not my favourite. Maybe this would be good iced? And sweetened?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Last Culinary Teas sample from Jackie T.

Hmm, initially I thought there was a creaminess, but then I only really tasted spice. And not quite chai spice either. No pumpkin either. I’m also not a big fan of sprinkles in tea… they make things gross and are totally unnecessary. If you want to make a tea pretty, put in flower petals or something.

Anyways, not really impressed with this tea. I’ve had better pumpkin spice teas.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
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I think I might prefer this one brewed for a bit less time than the “ice wine” brewing parameters. First infusion ended up being way too strong, but the second one is quite delicious. I thought that maybe I’d lost my taste for this tea, but I don’t really think so, I think I’m just not brewing it properly!

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This one was good. I drank it a bit absentmindedly while the boy was over, but I recall it tasting better than I expected; like a light, creamy toffee. The second infusion was also tasty! For some reason, I had previously dismissed Culinary Teas as being a company I’d perhaps want to order from, but I am now wondering if I’ve done so in error, because I’ve rather enjoyed most of the teas I’ve recently tried. The last one I have from Jackie is on the list for a bit later tonight (gotta get through some re-steeps of the previous ones first) – maybe I’ll check my swap list to see if I have any others lurking about that I could try.

Thanks again Jackie T :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Maple Tea by Culinary Teas
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I’m assuming that this tea is what I got a sample of, not Maple Cream. :D Thanks for yet another one from Culinary Teas, Jackie T :)

The first sip of this one, for whatever reason, instantly made me think of 52teas. My suspicion is that something about the flavouring is very similar to a 52teas blend… though I’m not certain which one. I’d say Pancake Breakfast, but I’ve actually only had that tea maybe once. It actually may be Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake (RIP) that I’m remembering.

Anyhow, this tea is probably better than the maple ones I have tried from Tealux, but it doesn’t quite satisfy me as a maple tea should. The flavouring is fairly weak (although not bad), and there’s some astringency despite my short steep. This is probably my least favourite of the five Culinary Teas I’ve tried recently (I don’t know if I’ve tried others previously… memory problems!) It’s still ok, though.

ETA: Bleh, not a fan of the second infusion. Astringent and almost no flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Another tea from Jackie T :D

This tea smells and tastes very much like other strawberry teas I’ve had recently. Like Yaya Strawberry (is that a tea? I’m too tired to look it up. Although whatever I’m remembering was green). Also like… something something Strawberry… something. From Sil. By Majesteas. Ah – Leslie Grove Strawberry Patch! There’s hope for my memory yet (watch me get it wrong).

Anyhow, basically yes, the flavour here is familiar. It’s candy strawberry. But the big difference I’m finding here is that there is very little or no astringency. Woo! Of course, it got only 2 minutes of hot water, but if my memory serves (hmm…), LGSP had some serious astringency issues. So, this tea is superior in that sense. However, I don’t think that this is much like strawberry shortcake… perhaps the strawberries on the top of shortcake, but I’m not getting any cakey flavours. DavidsTea’s Strawberry Shortcake was better in that regard for me.

Thanks Jackie!

ETA: Yum! Tasty second infusion.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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