1328 Tasting Notes

At first this is peppery with bite – not hot peppery, just spicy. Then the ginger, cardamon, and clove kick in to kick it up a notch. Under it I taste hints of apple coated lightly with cinnamon. There is pineapple and lemongrass here as well though I can’t single them out. The coconut adds just a touch of creamy to the mug. I would like the white base to be a bit more assertive but I really don’t miss a black tea base at all.

In other news, it is the 24th of the month and this will almost certainly be my last note until after the first of the month thanks to Verizon – the bane of my existence. I usually make it to the 30th. My son must be downloading games again. See you in July!

gmathis

Yep, we’re running into that a lot more frequently, too.

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I wanted tea this morning. Thinking hurt. This is morning tea. Strong but not bitter. Brisk. Astringent – like most breakfast teas. Woodsy. Malt in the aftertaste. Never thought to call it this but Awkward Soul is dead one with raisin late in the sip. Not likely destined to be anyone’s favorite tea but it is more like that friend that is always there for you that kind of goes unnoticed – and shouldn’t.

K S

I forgot to mention I noticed a lot of leather notes in this but no one else seemed to catch it, so maybe its just me.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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The keys are located just slightly different on this laptop than on the desktop. I keep hitting something with my pinky and sending notes into oblivion. So I will try again. I wasn’t ready to part with the Zenjala Bohea leaf from yesterday. It still had some smoky goodness in the aroma. So I added some Ahmad Earl Grey loose leaf to see if I might end up with Cowboy Earl. Sadly, the Bohea is too far gone. Happily this is Earl Grey. Doing the dance of bergamot joy even as you read this. May explain why I keep hitting the wrong key.

Inexpensive but solid loose leaf Earl.

Terri HarpLady

Tony’s favorite! :)

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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Today I prepared the last of this one. I made it last two years. I’ve changed my mind, this is my favorite from Zenjala. I am moving White Monkey into that second spot. This has a wonderful smoky aroma but it is not super intense. This is a milder version of lapsong souchong. There is also a hint of malt in the dry leaf. Brewed this is kind of sweet. It’s very easy to drink with no bite or astringency that I am catching. The smoke is more in the smell. You can feel the tea gently along the sides of your tongue. There is a fruity woodsy presence. This was one of my early ventures into loose leaf and it still stands the test of time. One day I will have more of this.

Veronica

I need to try this one! Yesterday I had the Bohea from Harney and Sons, and while it was nice it was missing the smokey note.

K S

Read the reviews for this one and the one from Teas Etc. Pretty sure they are the same tea.

Veronica

I’ll check out Teas Ect. Thanks!

ashmanra

Oooo, I love Bohea! I have the Pluff Tea one right now.

K S

Pluff Tea? Is that from the Bigelow plantation in Charleston?

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Hurrah! I seem to have my tastebuds back. Actually it was an impaired sense of smell due to allergens in the air. The wet leaf is intoxicating with its steamed vegative aroma. The sip is crisp with an edge. The leafy green scent is also present in the mug. There is a light butteriness, and a nutty element. Despite the description this is not a bold cup. It is one of those whose great strength is in drawing you in to relax and enjoy. It does it well.

Terri HarpLady

I hate it when I can’t taste or smell. It’s not fair!

K S

Especially when you steep something you know is wonderful and the lack of senses makes it just green tea. Arrgh! Might as well stick with cheap bagged stuff until it passes… Or Earl Grey. It can cut through the nasal nonsense.

Terri HarpLady

there you go! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is a well reviewed tea and I have nothing new to say about it. It is very good and worthy of the attention it has gotten. Rich and smooth.

I’m sitting here trying to relax by sipping Laoshan Black while I wait for 2:00 pm. I have to go to the vet and pick up Buffy. Poor little fuzz ball has a broken leg. Last night my son was trying to get his cat over its loathing of the newest member of the house. The cat was having no part of it. Of course Buffy loved the idea. So when my son stood up to carry his cat to safety, it jump from his arms and landed paw first on Buffy’s back leg. Her crying in pain was almost unbearable. It was ten minutes to five. We called the vet and they told us “Sorry we are closing. Bring her by at 8:30 in the morning.” If there were a better vet in town I would not go back. We bandaged her best we could and put her in her cage. I think Buffy slept more than we did last night. Jerks. What if that were a member of your family? On the other side of the argument – when we got there this morning there were 3 other injured dogs waiting in line… but still Buffy is just a tiny ball of fur… and she is ours.

Cheri

I’m so sorry to hear about Buffy’s injury, and doubly sorry there isn’t an emergency vet in town.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, poor lille Buffy :-(
Hope they gave her something for the pain…

Ysaurella

well it’s hard to understand a vet can say “sorry weare closing” in front of a real emergency. I don’t think they get so many emergencies they cannot cope with an additional working hour.hugs to Buffy

ashmanra

Oh no! Glad Buffy is on the mend. I know you must have been frantic. I am sorry.

K S

Poor little girl. We had to turn her into a conehead. She was starting to lick herself raw. Spike is terrified of the cone and Buffy knows it. Peg leg, cone, and all she still has the upper hand.

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Steepster
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This one came my way from CelebriTEA. I love jasmine pearls when they are done well. The peals seem smaller than others I have tried. Could be my imagination. They smell lovely. The bottom of the unopened sample pack was not completely sealed. That may greatly affect this review. After steeping the leaf really expanded. Almost completely on the first steep. Tastewise this seems kind of metallic tasting. Otherwise the jasmine is very nice. The one question I have with the Steepster samples is what’s the point? I mean, if this were the most incredible tea I had ever tasted, it appears it can’t be purchased anywhere.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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I continue to learn this morning. According to Teavivre, green tea powder is steamed not pan fried. I have no idea where the roasted nutty oolong notes are coming from. I prepared a mug with hot water using the amount of powder I have been using with my morning milk – about 1 tsp. The tea does not resemble the cup picture on Teavivre’s site. Their’s is bright algae green. Kermit would feel at home. Mine is murky deep olive brown and looks a little (lot) scary. What creature lurks beneath these waters. My mind wanders to Poke Salad Annie. The gators got your granny. Chomp. Chomp. I digress… So too much powder on my part I presume. The taste without milk, or other additives, is strong and bitter. Even with sweetener this is bitter. Wow. Time to cut back on the amount. I also need to dial way back the water temp. Teavivre calls for 60-80 C on the description. I was way hotter than that (d’oh). I probably won’t have this again today but I will change what I am doing next time and give an update. One of the things Teavivre suggests mixing this with is chocolate, so you know we are going there at some point.

ashmanra

I do 1/2 tsp. at 165F usually. Maybe that will help?

SimpliciTEA

When I had this tea it had a chalky taste to it. Admittedly, it was my first experience with a powdered green tea. I hope to try it again sometime, hopefully with better results.

K S

The powder works great as a base for my morning tea milk. This was my first attempt at drinking it straight. More trials are required on my part before making a conclusion. I didn’t notice it being chalky but then I whisked it really well.

SimpliciTEA

Interesting. I will have to try it with milk sometime (and perhaps whisk it better)!

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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I’ve learned two things already this morning and it’s not even seven. First, peaches and cream oatmeal sounds far better than the wretched stench that I just had in a bowl. Ick. Of course there are more packets of it than anything else in the box. So there’s that.

Second, a little tired of trying to stir green tea powder in to cold milk, I used some hot water first before adding milk. The hot water released a roasted almost dark roasted oolong flavor into my cup. Very unexpected. So this morning’s mug is not the frap alternative I’ve been drinking. I did have caramel and vanilla syrup in the hot mix as well. Later today I have to try this as just a tea.

ashmanra

They put soy and other crap in it. Not to make you jealous, but I am having oatmeal that I flaked myself from oat groats, made with milk, fresh blueberries, and organic granola. My husband actually PREFERS packaged mixes because he wants so much sugar in it. He will convert soon…..just as he did to good tea!

Cameron B.

Hah, the fruit & cream oatmeal variety pack was my favorite thing ever when I was younger, especially the blueberry. :P

K S

You know why cockroaches will survive a nuclear holocaust? Cause they eat crap. At least that’s what I live by. kidding (sort of) We put frozen mixed berries on waffles a few days ago. I sure hope your blueberries were more tasty than ours. More tart than anything. I picked them out and just ate the raspberries and blackberries. You are like a pioneer woman with the chickens and oat groats. Good luck with the conversion.

I love the blueberry & cream – give me more of it and way less peach. Just ewww. Sure hope the strawberry and banana are better.

ashmanra

The blueberries were good! :) I think frozen ones do tend to be more tart.
Funny thing, but hubby would buy the assortment pack at big box stores, but he hates the Maple one. He hates how the smell of maple syrup lingers. So last winter, to save him from the desperate mornings trying to choke down the maple flavor packet, I made big bowls of it and fed it to the chickens as a cold morning treat. HA! They loved it, but I don’t normally let them eat non-organic food. I found a cheaper multipack for hubby with no maple flavor so he is happy now.

K S

I bought a separate box of the maple and brown sugar. There is a cinnamon one I really like as well. I bought these when I realized the simple bagel and cream cheese smear was closing in on 400 calories. Most of these are 130 (worst is the maple @ 160) and they fill me up with my glass of tea milk. On days they don’t I have a 100 calorie low fat yogurt and I am still way under the bagel. Haven’t tried regular oats with fruit yet. Not that brave yet. Translation – the sugar monkey still hates the idea. I can’t convince him I’m not twenty any more.

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