1254 Tasting Notes

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1254 tasting notes

Just got home from watching The Muppets Most Wanted. Many of the reviews of it are like the reviews for this tea. Are either the movie or the tea going to change your life forever? Of course not but I left feeling good. I laughed out loud more than a few times. As we left I overheard kids telling their moms they loved the movie. What better review do you need? This tea is pleasant and fruity. It makes me smile. Nough said.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

For those of us who grew up on the Muppets, they are almost like old friends. Anything with muppets in it makes me smile, from oscar the grouch to the mighty favog (SNL, first season).

K S

Yes to Oscar. I had to Google the mighty favog. I had forgotten all about that.

One of the complaints of the new movie is it lacks character development, but they are the Muppets. We do know them like old friends. Character development is more for new acquaintances. They sang, they danced, told bad jokes, Beaker exploded, you know Muppet stuff.

Now go away (in my best Oscar voice)

Sami Kelsh

I still want to be a Muppet when I grow up.

K S

Sami Kelsh, I was a Muppet for a while. Well not a real Muppet but I did do rod arm puppets on a puppet team at church. Not meaning to brag but I was really good at it. I had my first breathing attack while doing a performance at a teaching conference. I had to give it up shortly after but at least for a while I was a Muppet.

gmathis

I miss my Kermie…

Favorite Muppet ever is Muppet Treasure Island. Matter of fact, on bad days when Mom was so ill and when current stuff overwhelms me, my just-keep-going theme song was/is “There’s got to be something better…something better…there’s got to be something better than this!” (Glad there is.)

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My morning cup. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. Actually I guess I was thinking Constant Comment. Yes this does have some clove but it is subdued. What this brings to my mind is hot apple cider. That is a neat trick for orange. It is not bitter but there is some dryness. In fairness I used boiling water and the recommended temp is 195 F so the astringency may be my own fault. I like it but I am not in love with this one. To me it would be best suited for evenings sitting around a fire.

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So I steeped this up and set it on my desk while listening to Emmylou Harris. She is the voice of the angels, or at least I think so. Strange I would think this seeing how most of my music is ’70’s metal (Sabbath, Zeppelin). I found a 5 pack of her early albums today at Walmart. Wow she was really old school country when she started but what a voice. Then I got distracted trying to relearn an old Promise Keepers song our band did years ago that we can’t quite remember how it goes – I refuse to give up. Anyway when I picked the cup up it was almost room temp. Oops! It is buttery, green, and beautiful just the same. And now its gone. Emmylou is still here though ;)

Sami Kelsh

Emmylou is beautiful. I saw her live about, geez, 14 years ago? It was her birthday, so they sang happy birthday to her onstage, and her husband sent her flowers. It was really sweet.

K S

I have loved her sound since the late ’80’s when I bought the Bluebird album. Maybe someday I’ll get to hear her live.

gmathis

One of my favorite angel-voice recordings is “Trio” with Emmylou, Dolly, and Linda Ronstadt. It’ll just make you melt.

K S

Agreed. I used to have that album on cassette. I was amazed how much ELH sounded like DP on her first album – well Dolly singing Buck Owens. It was kind of funny. It wasn’t until the 3rd album Luxury Liner that her signature angel voice really came through.

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Started my day with this using yesterday’s leaf. I really could have used less leaf I suppose. Of course had I used less I might not be getting such good results. I bet there is an inch of leaf in the bottom of my press and some of the pigtails have still not unfurled. The ones that have relaxed are huge leaf. Today I started with a 45 second steep. The brew is still deep golden in color and still has a smoky aroma. There is no bitterness and even the sheng brightness is well behaved. Today this is nutty like almonds and melts into a green planty aftertaste that is almost like oolong. I am still getting a lot of cheek tingle and the dryness that comes with it. The brew is smooth and thick feeling.

I am almost a complete novice at puerh. I know what I like and know enough to say for me sheng is a more complex cup whereas shu tends to be stronger flavored. This sheng does not have the sharp edges or brightness of most young raw puerh. It is pretty mellow. Some of the notes are passing and subtle while others are obvious to me. All in all one of the most interesting raw puerhs I have experienced.

Over leaf and over steep!

Stephanie

I kind of like my shengs oversteeped, shhh ;)

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This is $10.99 for a 100g cake. Get some.

The dry leaf is smoky and citrus. I used more leaf than normal for me. It was probably 10g. I did not do a rinse. The first steep with boiling water was 1 minute. I know the puerh people did 15 second steeps but I live on the edge baby. Yeah, that’s how I roll. The liquor is deep golden and is dark and smoky with kelp notes in the leaf.

I could catch smoke as I lifted the cup but that ends the moment the liquid hit the lips. Instantly I got the creamy sensation of vanilla. This changed just as quickly to mineral, then again to a floral like orchid and maybe very light lavender. The sip finished with what for lack of better words was an ash like scent but it was way more pleasant than that sounds. This is a mellow cup of sheng. If you sip quickly it is like leather and spice. It made my cheeks tingle and filled the lungs with a cooling sensation.

Lots of leaf and longer steep = Much love for this one!

Stephanie

Oh man, where did you find it for purchase? Sounds good :)

Sil

nom nom nom this does sound great

Stephanie

Nevermind…I found it on ebay!

mrmopar

Not too bad of a tea.

TheTeaFairy

Hey, “living on the edge” is also my favourite brewing method , lol!
Sounds really good for the price, was it a lucky purchase or a studied one?

K S

I usually look up the recommended steeping directions then blow them off and do what I want. Not really but I did this time. I had a sample of this that as it turns out could have been split in half but I’m kind of glad I didn’t. Later cups were as good as the first. I intend to start with it again tomorrow.

mrmopar

Yep tea is a “personal” thing. Steep it like you like it. Glad the computer is back up!

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drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
1254 tasting notes

Not really sure how old this is. My oldest note says two years ago. Eeek. This has just been sitting on the shelf in an old Twinings tin. Today it called to me. One would think it would have lost its zip. It has mellowed quite a bit but Lalith at ETS loves is potent bergamot in EG. I don’t object. So even after 2 years this is as intense as most other brands are new. There is some orange rind in the mix that changes the profile away from the other brands. The white tea leaf is bigger and better looking quality than I recall. The taste has a peppery quality. This hit the spot.

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I’m baaaaack. My son and I built a new desktop computer. I used parts off my old system – power supply, cooling fan, DVD/CD player, the case from an old system my son gave me, along with his old graphics card. Then I ordered a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. I now have a monster system. Because I didn’t think it through, I bought Win7 64 bit. This meant all kinds of headaches with my older programs. To make it worse my old system had melted down making transferring data a real challenge. The last hurdle was moving my mail and address book without being able to launch Vista to do it. What a bear – and what fun. I’m weird that way.

Anyway, yesterday I had one cup of tea. Teavivre Keemun grade 1. I didn’t log it as I was still too preoccupied to notice much about it.

Today is my first day be able to pay attention so I grabbed this Yunnan. First off the price looks a lot higher than my general teas. Reading on, the recommended leaf works out to 2.5 g per 8 oz cup. That means this is roughly $0.75/cup. That is less than McDonalds charges for their corn syrup water or whatever it is. Resteeping twice brings this down to a quarter a cup. Who wouldn’t pay that?

OK, the next thing I noticed was this higher end Yunnan is made from a tree variety normally used for oolong. That is why the bud and leaf is so dark. I found this information on Teavivre’s website.

Opening the sample (provided by Angel), my sophisticated palate immediately noticed malted milk balls (with the chocolate) and Cheerios. Kind of makes me want to put both in a snack bowl for munching. Once steeped the aroma is brownies and honey. I’m gonna need a bigger bowl.

Tasting this really reminds me of honey without the sickening sweetness. The orange brew tastes like dark browned sugar or molasses. It kind of reminds me of a Fujian tea. There is malt and cocoa I think or maybe my mind just expects those notes. Very smooth. Easily drinkable. Some astringency but no bitterness.

SFTGFOP

welcome back! I’ve missed reading your reviews.

K S

:) thanks

ashmanra

It sounds truly “nonpareil.”

ashmanra

BTW: Fun? I would weep if I had to do anything more complicated than turn the computer off and on again. And sometimes then.

Terri HarpLady

Welcome back! Congrats on the new computer!! Upgrading can be a pain, but it the long run, it’s SO worth it.
This tea sounds interesting too! :)

K S

Have to tell on myself – when we were installing the RAM, I commented how amazing it is that they could pack 8 mb on one little stick. My son looked at me and said, “What is this, the 90’s? They’re GB’s not MB’s!” Yeah, that’s why he was there. lol. Once the hood is closed I can generally figure out how to make software and hardware work together.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, so exactly how old was your old computer?

K S

Uhm, well, I could still run DOS games. lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL!
My first computer had half a mg of Ram, can you believe that? That was before Windows, & everything was just DOS commands.

yyz

Memories. My first computer ran on DOS 2.0. It had been my uncles and he totally ripped off my mom when he sold it to her. Oh well.

K S

My first computer was a Commodore Vic 20. When was that – early 80’s?

The fried computer we just replaced actually had 1 GB RAM. I just had a brain fart and it amused my son.

Another true story – when I was working I helped introduce CAD computers in to our office. The first units were IBM machines and cost $20k each + software, in mid ’80’s money. We had 3 of them networked to a single 70 MB hard drive. yes MB. The IBM guy told us we would never need anything bigger. How times have changed.

Terri HarpLady

yyz, my dad sold me that crappy computer, LOL. He didn’t think I’d ever need anything more. He included a few games with it, with the favorite one being something called ‘FaceMaker’, I think.
I made him buy it back a year later, once I had a chance to look around & realized just how crappy it was.

yyz

Good for you Terri, my mother never said a thing to my uncle…
Sadly he sold it to her in the early 90’s. It was his second computer, before he got into Macs and after the commodore he built from a kit! Still better than the one one of my friends was reminiscing about where you would have to download each page of an essay onto cassette or it would crash. My uncle did include software, some games and an interesting diskette of early virus’s.

Terri HarpLady

A diskette of viruses? LOL!

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This is the first real tea I have since late last week. Finishing this sample off today. Then probably disappearing again. My desktop computer died. My son offered to help build a new one. The parts came in last week and I am still trying to get things set up and old things moved off the old hard drive. Maybe later today I can look up for more than the few minutes it took to enjoy this one. Nice easy to drink, kind of malty tea.

Sami Kelsh

I hope you get your computer sorted soon! hugs

SimpliciTEA

Good luck with your computer.

K S

Thanks. It has been mostly fun putting this together with my son, just time consuming. The big issue is the lack of backups (does anyone really back up their data at home?) I have almost everything up and working correctly now. I went from Vista to Windows 7 64 bit. I installed Thunderbird as my email program. It is my last hold up. Because I cannot launch Vista to export my messages and address book off the old hard drive, I cannot figure out how to import them into my new system – but I will.

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drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
1254 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea from The Persimmon Tree. If you have had the nice little decaf version from Tazo – this is nothing like that. Tazo is a light delicate little flowery tea. This one is bold and rich. The tea base is Vietnamese green tea which along with the lotus scent creates a star anise boldness with velvety vanilla and nutty undertones along with vegetal notes. It is just so good. It is more than making up for my earlier morning cups of meh.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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I have had this one often when we go out for breakfast. For a cheap bagged tea I used to really enjoy it. Lately it has become so meh. That is probably the worst thing that you can say about a tea. It doesn’t offend. It doesn’t satisfy. It’s just meh. I hate it when that happens.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah. I’m sure I’ve had this one loads of times, and it’s just… not memorable. Like, I can’t remember anything about it.

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