1300 Tasting Notes

drank Oriental Beauty by Primula Tea
1300 tasting notes

I have had such a major headache the last few days that I haven’t cared much about writing tasting notes or even drinking new tea. It finally seems to have subsided so I am starting small.

This has a listing already under Primula but that one said it was a black tea. This one is green tea with jasmine. The flower is pretty enough but too tall for my 15 oz pot. The green tea is not tied as attractively as I normally see in these things but at least it did not fall apart. The taste is awfully light. Maybe this one is way pat its prime. Besides a light jasmine there is another note that tastes like globe amaranth to me, even if there is none present. I do not like globe amaranth. Fortunately that flavor is not so present as to prevent me from drinking the pot.

Kind of pretty but if you are really looking for a conversation piece, serve jasmine dragon pearls instead.

TheTeaFairy

Sorry about your headache, glad you’re feeling a little better…not used to not seeing your notes on my dashboard :-)

boychik

Im so sorry about your headache. pls see the doctor, pls.

Cameron B.

I’m very glad you’re feeling better. I have never had a migraine in my life, and I can’t even imagine a headache that lasts for multiple days. I hope it was a one-time thing!

K S

It’s not a migraine. I am one of those ‘lucky’ people who get to wear a CPAP mask at night. The replacement headbands don’t stretch correctly and so to stop leaks you have to tighten it up. When you do that it strains the neck and you end up with a horrendous headache that eases up as the day progresses. Then it starts again next morning. My O2 levels are fine (I’ve checked them), it is just the headband. I’ve bought off the internet without success. It’s time to pay 4 times as much and get one from the local supplier.

boychik

This is for sleep apnea, right? my BIL uses one, i can ask the model. He doesnt complain

K S

Yep, had it my whole life but didn’t know what it was until a few years ago. Headaches are common with bad headbands.

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drank Traditional Tieguanyin by Verdant Tea
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I put all my untried samples in the same box without thinking, so I am a little confused, but I think this came from CelebriTEA. She wrote Yummy :) on the packet and I would agree. The very strong wet leaf roasted scent had me a little nervous. Strangely the taste is nothing like the leaf scent. At first this is buttery, salty, savory. It does not remind me of kettle corn as it did others. This melts in to sweet and floral. The floral to me was green oolong not flowers but I liked it. Underneath the entire sip this has a nutty roastedness like the toasted rice in genmaicha. This is a good complex cup. Might even say it was Yummy :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Earl Grey Premium by Ocean of Tea
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5:00 pm and my first cup of tea. Not how I planned the day. I grabbed this thinking it was the last of it but was delighted to find I still have enough for one more day. This is a good solid Earl Grey. Bright and citrusy with a good black base bite. If you are only going to get one cup today, make it a good one. I just did.

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drank Cinnamon Black Tea by Enjoying Tea
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An ounce of this came with a recent teapot order. I only recall having two cinnamon black teas before. Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice (affectionately known as liquid Red Hots) and Bigelow Cinnamon Stick. That last one was one of my very first tea purchases years ago. It smelled good but became lacking quickly. This one the leaf appears impressive for an inexpensive black tea. Definitely not dust. There is cinnamon pieces throughout. In fact the leaf in coated in cinnamon powder. The taste is richly cinnamon but not over the top. It quickly fades to allow the Ceylon base to come through. This is tart from the Ceylon and causes a certain amount of cheek tingle. A little sweetener mellows it and does something cool. The Ceylon takes on an earthy quality that I have not experienced with Ceylon before. I did enjoy sipping this cup.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Took this one out of cold storage this morning as I finished off a tin of The Persimmon Tree Matcha yesterday. This was a Black Friday purchase. Freezer storage has not hurt it at all. I went a little easy on the powder today using a heaping 1/2 tsp. I had worked my way up to a full heaping spoon of the matcha. I originally started with only a 1/4 tsp.

I try to start my day with a glass of milk so I can take my morning medicine without it hurting my stomach. Milk is boring so I used to liven it up with chocolate. I haven’t touched the Hershey’s in months. I now use about 10 oz of 2% milk, a heavy splash of caramel syrup, and a lighter splash of vanilla syrup (both are sugar free). I used to mix in shaved ice. First thing in the morning that takes too much effort and just isn’t necessary.

Today I am using my new tiny nylon whisk I got at Bed Bath & Beyond to mix it together. (Thanks for checking into it gmathis) The whisk worked great and the nylon means I am not disturbing anyone with clanking of metal on ceramic.

The matcha turns the milk sort of a mint green, whereas this green tea powder turns it more clay/brown. Neither is the dark forest green of Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappuccino. I have learned to accept the difference. I have also discovered I like the taste of my concoction better.

I have never tried either as just a straight tea. With milk only and no syrup the matcha edges ahead slightly. Both, but especially the green tea powder, can cause stomach burn until you build up a tolerance, so start small. The difference in taste between green tea powder and matcha, when mixed as I use it, is pretty minute. Both make a satisfying drink. This is $10.90 for 3.5 oz the matcha is $15.99 for 2.5 oz. I have never used expensive matcha and at this point don’t find it necessary as I don’t drink it straight.

I am perfectly happy with either but this is less expensive – of course both last a really long time.

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
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Prepared this and while I was waiting for it to cool I was reminded I was driving her and the fur ball to the vet for a check up. So took one sip, whimpered, and walked away. Now we are back and its cold. You know what? It’s still really good. A little more smoky than any other Yunnan I have tasted but still a light touch. Caramel and honey. A much needed treat as I am not feeling the greatest but I am still meeting with a contractor tonight about building a porch across the front of the house.

gmathis

Ka-yum.

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Bi Luo Chun how I love you. This review is for the spring 2014 production.

When I first met this tea from Teavivre it was in January 2012, so it must have been a 2011 tea. I was blown away. This was a light bulb moment tea for me. I had been drinking bagged grocery store stuff prior to this. I had no idea green tea could taste so amazing. I likened the scent to Cheerios and the leaf to the appearance of upholstery stuffing. I remember resteeping it until it literally had nothing left to give.

Today the leaf is even more beautiful to me with its green and white fuzzy leaf. I notice the temp has been revised upward to 185 F. Pretty sure it was 176 or so before. I went with a 1 1/2 minute steep. The cup looks like white wine and the wet leaf is so aromatic I want to dig in with a fork and chow down. I resisted.

This is buttery creamed corn in a cup with the good kind of lightly bitter bite at the end. The flavors is light and refreshing. It does not overpower the senses, yet you don’t have to search for it either. Very near the top of my green tea favorites list.

Now for the awwww part of my note. Yesterday, as some may have read, we got a Chineranian puppy, which is a mix between a Japanese Chin and a Pomeranian. It is a little 2 pound fuzz ball. I was concerned how Spike our Chihuahua/Russell mix would react. He goes berserk when the cats even walk into the room when he has a toy or a rawhide treat in the floor. Within just a couple hours Buffy the Chihuahua Slayer was allowed to examine and play with both.

My son brought his big 60 pound dog over to meet Buffy. JJ is blind but he could smell her. So he wanted to nuzzle and sniff her up close. Spike growled. Protective and jealous. I think he is smitten. This morning I noticed Spike hanging half out of his bed to make room for his new puppy love. He gave me a pathetic “What are you gonna do” look that us guys understand. I laughed at him. Tell me about dog.

Lala

Glad to here all the family members are getting along.

TheTeaFairy

Awwwwwwwwww indeed!!!

SimpliciTEA

Great doggie narrative! Also, glad to hear you love this tea. I have had a number of Bi Lou Chun Teas over the years, and although the flavor of this particular one is not my favorite (I’ve tried both of Teavivre’s 2012 and 2013 harvests), it certainly does have a beautiful appearance.

Cheri

I like so much about this post. The first loose leaf tea, the description of this year’s fresh tea, the canine experiences. :) I’m glad the new puppy is fitting in so well.

Mercuryhime

I love puppy stories. :)

scribbles

That dog story makes me happy :)

Angrboda

Spike and Buffy. Brings me back to my BtVS days, that does. ♥

Stephanie

Buffy and Spike!!! :D

Tea Sipper

Oh my gosh, I’m awwwing just at the Buffy & Spike names!

K S

When we got the chihuahua, he fit in the palm of my hand. I named him Spike so he would have a tough name. Never made a Buffy connection at the time. The new little fuzz ball should be a blonde but she is black and white. The name was a joke but it caught on.

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drank Earl Grey K-cup by Bigelow
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My son insisted I needed to try this one. I appreciate him sharing with me but my lands this is gross. It is bitter, tasteless, and thin. No. Just No.

Roswell Strange

So, I read the name of this blend as “Earl Grey Fuck Up” and my first thought wasn’t, “Oops I read that wrong” it was “Wow, that’s some refreshing honesty on Bigelow’s part”. Th

Roswell Strange

**Thought I’d share.

looseTman

Another nominee for the “Hall of Shame”!

K S

I actually like Bigelow bagged Earl Grey. It is tasty for a bagged tea. This, even sugar couldn’t contain the tart nastiness.

Angrboda

I find those brewing devices with little cups to be generally worse than your average supermarket teabag. Still remember the first cup of tea I had in the hotel after we’d got married. It was… not worth drinking, really, and it tasted like coffee because the machine was used for all kinds of drinks.

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drank Lemon Ginger Black by EnjoyingTea.com
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A one ounce sample of this was included when I recently bought a teapot. I really wasn’t expecting much. I am pleasantly surprised. The leaf is much nicer looking than standard grocery store loose leaf yet the price is about the same. The brew color is a deep bright copper and the cup scent is almost like tieguanyin with lemon notes. Very interesting. The sip is also a pleasant surprise. The ginger and Ceylon hit first with bite. It makes my cheeks tingle. It is a little astringent but it is a Ceylon and I did steep it at least three minutes. A shorter steep might civilize it (I like it this way). The lemon is present but hides under the ginger until the aftertaste. It is never in your face. The Ceylon comes through throughout. I like that in a flavored tea – because its TEA after all. The leaf is nice looking. The cup is tasty and has depth. I am happily surprised.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Don’t you hate it when you are awakened at dawn by your phone beeping because the battery is low? I tried to ignore it for awhile. sigh.

I haven’t had much tea lately. I’ve been engrossed in a project – moving the church website. It was made extra complicated because it was on Wordpress with Godaddy and all the wonderful plugins, but it was getting expensive, now it is on Blogger which is free but limited gadgets and not really a static site platform. I made it work anyway.

I went looking for a tiny whisk yesterday to use with my morning cup of matcha milk. Couldn’t find one in our little town. I’ll look when I go to the big city. We do have a sort of small one that I used this morning. It made a nice frothy drink with everything dissolved. Giant improvement over the spoon I was using. My morning addiction has been fed.

Looks like my wife is going to win. I’m going to take her to town this morning to pick up a Chineranian. Apparently a cross between a Japanese Chin and a Pomeranian. I really don’t think we need another dog. She thinks Spike our Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix needs a playmate. I thought that was our job. What do I know. I joked the dog should be called Buffy. My wife liked the idea. I was just kidding

gmathis

Let me know if you find a mini-whisk at a retail outlet that might be in MO. I am looking for one, too.

K S

My wife is convince Bed Bath & Beyond has them. If you get there first let me know.

Nicole

Target/WalMart have had them when I’ve been looking for small ones. Not sure what you mean by “tiny” though. My small whisk is about 3 inches long (whisk part only). And I’m almost positive that I have seen the flat whisks at BBB – not sure what they are called but they are generally with the barware? Those flat metal disks with the circle of whisk attached? Seems like those would work well for matcha, but I’ve never tried it.

And Buffy & Spike are of course excellent names for a dog duo. :)

TheTeaFairy

Mini whisks are hard to find, I got mine at Homesense a little while ago, don’t know if they still carry them.
A new puppy! Joyful times!!!! (And patience :-))

K S

The whisk I started to buy at Walmart was nylon. Bamboo and milk can’t be a good combination – and I like the nylon idea with a ceramic mug. The Walmart one is the same size as the one we already have at home but ours is metal. If BBB doesn’t have something thinner and a little longer I’ll pick that one up next time.

Buffy is now kicking butt all over the house. Spike is not sure he is amused. Hope I survive.

gmathis

May give BBB a try tomorrow; close to church and hey, if I happen to wander into Michael’s, there might be paper crafting stuff on sale, and…

K S

Hope your husband contains his glazing over in Michael’s better than I. Usually I stay in the car and listen to the radio. We both prefer it that way. BBB I like. Lot’s of cool stuff to play with.

gmathis

Ah, I married an enabler with a somewhat artistic eye. He points stuff out to me :)

K S

I can do Hobby Lobby. Lot’s of fun stuff to play with in there as well. I just bought a dog that already pooped in two rooms. I get enabler. :)

Cheri

It’s just a puppy, right? Just testing boundaries. I hope to room pooping stops soon!

K S

Training usually doesn’t take too long. I actually find it funny.

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