1408 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1408 tasting notes

After my morning smoothie I still had plenty of time before I needed to leave to set up at 8:30 (that happens when you get up at 5:00), so I thought perfect time for some much neglected Green Tea with Earl Grey…. except I can’t find it. I know it is here. I double baggied it and put it inside an empty Teavivre pouch. I was certain it was on the desk. Came to the conclusion someone has too much tea and needs to go through it and organize. I plead momentary insanity for the first half of that statement and laziness for the need to organize. Chose the Earl Grey black instead because it sits out in the open in plain sight on top of the four foot high tea cabinet. Very satisfying for the EG cravings. So now this afternoon I either start going through my pile(s!) or launch Kerbals into space… who am I kidding, I’ll organize later :) I do hope to start boxing up some of the stuff I have been promising to send out in the next couple days. Things are becoming much less rushed now, so yeah for slowing down.

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After having a mug of Bailin Gongfu black tea early this morning, we did our usual Saturday breakfast out. I hated to leave the only steeped once leaf at home so I put it the infuser basket of this mug. When asked if I wanted my usual hot tea, I told them I just wanted hot water. They are so used to me they didn’t care. Poured the water into the mug and placed the lid on top the infuser. Worked pretty well. The lid then served as a tray to set the infuser on while I sipped. I do have a few complaints. The lid doesn’t fit securely, so don’t expect it to stay put in the car – it won’t. The handle is thin and oddly shaped. I think it was most noticeable next to the regular very heavy mug in the restaurant. Final complaint is it is normally $15. I only paid $10 so I guess I shouldn’t care. I was looking for a Finum basket and bought this instead for the same price. I’m content. The infuser mesh is fine enough to suit my needs.

After downing 3 mugs, I told our server to go ahead and bring my usual tea – Mother Parker’s Orange Pekoe in a bag. She actually brought me two. Score! Had one cup of it. Put the unused bag in my pocket. Then after a quick stop at Walmart, and another at Lowes, we went country cruising. By the time we got home I was very happy to see indoor plumbing!

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97
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
1408 tasting notes

This was one of the early teas I experienced when Teavivre first introduced me to fine loose leaf tea. I remember being blown away. I added some to my recent order as it has been a long time since I last had Bailin Gongfu and I wanted to see if it stood up to my earlier experience and my memories. The first thing I’ll note is looking back through my notes, this was usually accompanied with food – and almost always food that is bad for the waste line but good for the soul. I don’t currently have any good junk food, so sad as that sounds I’ll proceed. Opening the package fills my nose with cocoa. Brewed this is cocoa, malt, and honey. Man this stuff is almost like junk food all on its own without the bad stuff. It really is as good as I remember.

Cheri

This note made me really happy for some reason. :-)

Terri HarpLady

I love this note, you have such a way with words :)
I also picked up some of this again recently. Now I need to find time to drink it

Christina

I really want to try this and a bunch of other Teavivre blacks, but the sampler pack with this tea in it is sold out. :(

Tealizzy

I absolutely love this tea!

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The last couple weeks have been so hectic and stressful. Been at the doctor’s office more than we have been home. My wife has been in severe pain with acid reflux. They eliminated everything else before treating her. Thankful, but that was crazy. Then we have the building projects underway. Reroofing the mobile home should be done Monday then they start the porch on my house.

Point is, neither of us have been sleeping well. Last night we each had a mug of this at bed time. The next thing we know the puppy is fussing to be let out at 7:00 AM. Yeah Sleep!

Veronica

I hope your wife is feeling better. My husband went through something similar several years ago, and it was no fun.

Is the Valerian root in this blend strong? I’d like to try it, but I can’t get past the smell of Valerian root.

Cheri

Acid reflux is just awful. I’m sorry it took them so long to eliminate everything else before treating that, but I’m glad she’s starting to feel better.

mrmopar

K S , I had acid reflux terribly until I started drinking a cup of shou 30 mins before bedtime. It was so bad I used to wake up in the middle of the night with the reflux that would have me gasping for breath and unable to breathe for a few seconds. Have her try it for 2 weeks and see if it can help her.

Terri HarpLady

I also used to suffer with reflux, until I removed all the grains from my diet.
Regarding valerian, the aroma used to overwhelm me, but now I love it. Best sleep aid ever :)
Sending good vibes for both of you.

TeaBrat

I’ve had it too. Lots of culprits, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, garlic etc. Hope she gets some relief soon.

K S

I really wish my wife could drink shou for a number of reasons – most health related. Sadly, she can’t tolerate caffeine. She tries to watch everything she eats because of the reflux, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol. She avoids chocolate. Her only vice left is one cup of coffee a day. Glad I’m not in her shoes.

Terri, I’ve wondered if gluten free would help her. The sad truth is the good green leafy food she needs also attacks her. It isn’t fun to be allergic to everything.

Veronica – I have never been able to single out valerian in this or the Sleepytime Extra. This one is fruity with a (very light) touch of fennel. The Sleepytime is mostly spearmint. They are both good. This one seems more effective.

Terri HarpLady

I know about the being allergic to everything bit, I hate it. Here’s a page about problems with FODMAPS (veggies that commonly cause digestion issues)
http://chriskresser.com/got-digestive-problems-take-it-easy-on-the-veggies

K S

Thanks. I’ll give it a read.

Terri HarpLady

Might or might not be helpful, but you know, spread the love, right? :)

Veronica

K S – Thanks for the info! I’m going to pick this one up with my next Amazon order.

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Every review I have read on this one has been positive. This is another one. The leaf smells of fall leaves to me. It looks like bark flakes rather than white tea. The brew is dark honey almost ale. The taste is like sweet hay with grassy notes. Crisp and clean with a mineral fresh spring water taste under the hay. Fruity late in the sip. The taste is definite white tea though everything else about it keeps you guessing. Where silver needle and white peony to some extent are subtle and lean towards cucumber/melon, this one is bigger flavored and leans toward leaf and fruit. A nice peaceful treat on this hectic day.

Sil

i was going to pull this one out today but didn’t have a chance!

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drank Blue Mist by Simpson & Vail
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Found this in the drawer in a baggie. I didn’t even remember it. Read my tasting note from two years ago. Apparently it didn’t impress me back then. Today, the base tea is a really nice black with some good malt notes. The fruit smells tropical but light. Tastes even lighter which I am OK with as I’m not much on tropical flavors. The real problem is it leaves a taste in your mouth. Maybe because its old. Maybe because I just don’t like it. Two years ago when it was fresher I gave it an 80. Today, it wouldn’t be fair to give it a number.

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I was talked into this one by my wife and son. They loved it. Me not so much. I could not taste tea at all. The mint didn’t jump out but that was fine with me. The lemonade was the strongest flavor and it is tart. To me the other ingredients just reinforce the tart and it comes off as almost hibiscus like. Makes sense though as my wife likes hibiscus flavored herbals. Not for me.

Cheri

It sounds like it could be so good.

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The first cup is so intensely malt I was inclined to think the second was nearly malt free. Turns out there is still plenty. The secret is to put some distance between the first and second. The second does have a slight edge and tastes a little mineral, but the malt is still quite good in this one.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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I am wondering if Teavivre found a new supplier for this. This is a brighter green and has a lighter flavor than my last batch. I like this better.

Today the hammers and saws are supposed to start on my property. Reroofing our mobile home next door first, then I finally get my porch. May get loud around here for a while so I am enjoying the quiet peaceful morning with green tea powder and milk.

Cheri

I would love to have a nice porch. My dream dream house has a wrap around porch.

ashmanra

Mine, too, Cheri! Down here in the South EVERY house ought to have one, but not many do. What a dream that would be, a nice, deep wraparound porch!

K S

I agree about the wraparound, nice dream. Doesn’t fit our house or my wallet but I’d like to have it. When we lived in the mobile home we had a 10′ × 20′ porch built. I lived on it. The house is getting a 10′ × 38′ – the width of the house. Can hardly wait. I’ve always loved sitting on a porch when it storms.

Cheri

The cottage I spent all of my summers at had a screened in porch. It was perfect for watching storms from (unless it was really blowing) or sleeping on. One just had to be careful for drips. (This cottage was literally a tiny log cabin, and everything leaked.)

K S

Cheri, sounds like heaven… except for the drips.

mrmopar

We sit on the porch also during the storms.

gmathis

That’s the one thing I miss from our Shabby House summer—the deep front porch with a rocking chair and the way it sounded in the rain.

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This…Tea…Is…Awesome! I know I tend to love just about everything I try. But really almost everything I have tried of late has been really good. Admitting that – This one may well hold the record for the most malt I have ever smelled in a sample pouch. The leaf is gorgeous. I think it is better looking than the picture. Less orange, more tan, than Teavivre’s Golden Tips but every bit as beautiful. It tastes like liquid malted milk balls. I can’t decide if I am really tasting the chocolate coating or if the mental image is just too hard to shake. The first cup is super smooth with zero bitterness and zero astringency. The second cup is far less malt. It has a slight edge with a mineral note and a fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Stephanie

mmmm…tips

donkeytiara

you just cost me $38. drats….. :)

What-Cha

Thanks once again for another brilliant review Kevin. Thanks for the order donkeytiara, I’ll be sure to include some free samples of black tea.

K S

donkeytiara – Pretty sure this wasn’t that expensive ;)

What-Cha – my wife who seldom tastes tea (because of caffeine) took a sip of this and went, “Whoa!”

Stephanie – I’ll try and set a little back. Just don’t bank on it ;)

What-Cha

Wow, great to hear it induced such a reaction from your wife who isn’t a tea drinker. Although I don’t like to play favourites with my tea, I have to admit that it really is my favourite black.

donkeytiara

No, this tea wasn’t $38, but added to the rest I ordered…. :)

looseTman

Kevin, What brewing parameters did you use for your “Awesome!” cup? I just purchased some. Thanks!

K S

Looking forward to reading your take on this one.

gmathis

Just when I thought I was getting the new tea lust whupped into shape…

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