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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1163 tasting notes

Needed a little simple no fuss comfort before driving to class on a cold dreary overcast day. Is it spring yet? I didn’t think so. At least I have my bergamot to keep me warm.

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91
drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Between Nina’s and Ashmanra I am learning to be in touch with my more sensitive side. A few years ago I would have smelled the cup and said ain’t no way! Now, well, this is really nice. Rose, apples, and black tea. Not in my wildest dreams, but it works and it is good.

To feel a bit more manly while sipping I am trying to teach myself the bass part to Ain’t No Grave by Russ Taff (off Under Their Influence). It leans towards Zeppelin in places. We are thinking about doing a version of this in church. The ladies agreed to do this if we did a Gaither song with them but they want to tone in down a few notches. We have a drummer that plays professionally in a rock band. We have two metal head guitarists, and me (a punker and the least trained of the bunch). I think the odds of it toning down are pretty slim. Except, I am just not hearing it. Best I can tell it revolves around three chords. I am just not hearing the changes. One of the guys who will be playing guitar is normally our bass player. I guess I’ll have to have him give me a crash course so I don’t cause a train wreck at 100 decibels.

ashmanra

Lol! So glad you are enjoying it! Real men drink tea, but keep on thumping that bass. My husband always has looked hot playing bass, and throwing a teacup into that image would only make him more gorgeous! :)

K S

Find the photo of Ozzy and Slash sipping tea together, maybe it will inspire him. Not that I would know, but I am pretty sure your husband has to be hotter than either of them.

Another bass story – when I get tired trying to learn this song for church I have been thumping bass along with Geezer on Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules (don’t over think it). After the CD shut off, I asked my wife in the living room if I was too loud in the Den. My son yells down the stairs, “YES!” Weird, my dad always said the same thing. In fact he shut the power off to my room one day.

gmathis

Sorry about the Gaither thing…us little ol’ church ladies think Guy Penrod is just flat hunky.

K S

Gmathis it amuses me that I have no idea what a Guy Penrod is. :) The song is a typical 3 chord bouncy Southern Gospel. It does nothing for me personally but then it’s not about me. I’ll have fun no matter what we play.

gmathis

You need to sit yourself down in front of a Gaither concert, musical preferences notwithstanding. One of the Gaither Vocal Band, shoulder length gray hair and a scrizzly beard and a honey-smooth baritone/tenor that I’m sure has made even Episcopals raise their hands in church ;)

K S

Oh, I’ve saw him in the background on the Russ Taff video. I’ll try to Youtube him. Can’t let those partying Episcopals get one up on me.

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This is a really tasty treat. Technically a green tea, it looks for all the world like a white tea. The taste is far more pronounced than most white teas. This one I found to be highly nutty and lightly earthy. Very much enjoyed sipping this one. Nice sweet aftertaste.

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There is certainly nothing wrong with this. The addition of apple-honey flavor is welcome. It is a simple non-spectacular herbal. Sometimes that is just what you need. At $2.50/ounce it is reasonably priced.

gmathis

Apple! Where’d you find it, please?

K S

http://www.townshendstea.com/herbal-infusions/chamomile-classic
It just needs a little cinnamon or something to bump it up a notch.

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I was hoping for the Rice Chex and honey that gmathis got from this one. Alas I did not. I got mineral with a nice bite. The aftertaste is really sweet and lingers. For fun halfway through the cup I added sweetener and it became way overly too sweet. It did bring out more vegetal substance with fruity floral notes. While there is not a lot of depth, for the price, this would make a solid everyday green tea. I bet it is nice chilled.

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93
drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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Confession one: I noted this once before but after having the Jin Jun Mei which is very good but not overly strong flavored, I can still smell it on me hours later. Ode Fujian cologne? Mmmmm.

Confession two: If someone hands me a candy cane I always say thanks and then stick it in my coat pocket to be found weeks, months, or more later. Sad but true. If you hand me a cup of candy cane lane it will be gone it a few minutes. Of course it probably doesn’t hurt that sticking it in my pocket would make a horrible mess. :)

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93
drank Jin Jun Mei Waishan by Vicony Teas
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TastyBrews random steepings note inspired me to dig out this one. It is said to be of the lapsang souchong family. Today I have a little more experience than a year ago when I first got this. To me this is very similar to Fujian Congou. It is not a heavily smoky tea, in fact the smoke is more background and hard to detect. This is cocoa, malt, and grain. This is the last of the pouch but it will steep the rest of the day. Great start on the day. Thanks Tastybrew for the inspiration.

Sil

nice!

TastyBrew

Ha ha! Glad to have inspired! Yeah, I have to take a whole new look at the LS family of teas after reading yyz’s comment. I love the dark roasty chocolaty teas. This one sounds great too!

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I am still working on a full review but basically at first I thought this is a light solid everyday Chinese green. That said, I was playing guitar and let half the cup set. Once it reached room temperature the flavors really came alive. It took on an almost oolong floral quality. I know it wasn’t tainted from earlier teas as I washed my cup and press before I started. I really want to try this iced. I think it will be great. $8/3oz is pretty cheap for any tea that can taste this good.

gmathis

I really liked it—-and this from a non-greeny.

K S

Oh, stop me… so I guess that means around your tea stash it isn’t easy being green. Sorry, I begged you to stop me.

mrmopar

Hey today is Thursday, have you forgotten the usual today?

K S

ha ha. 45F and raining this morning. Actually we stopped so my wife could get her coffee. I started to get a hot chocolate then decided I was good without it. Just hoping for the return (even briefly) of warm weather and sunshine.

gmathis

:)The world was a much happier place when Jim Henson was around.

K S

Jim and his wacky world inspired me and my wife. I love all of the Muppets but Gonzo is actually my favorite. I used to do rod arm puppets at church. Not meaning to be arrogant but I’ve seen video of me in action and I was very good at it. My breathing problems hit me performing during a teaching seminar and I had to give it up. My wife use to make the puppets. She has way over 200 ‘missionaries’ located all over the world, including Russia.

gmathis

It’s a little counter-intuitive since I liked the original era best, but my soft spot is for Bobo the Bear from Muppets Tonight. Then Kermit himself. Hubby’s favorite is Johnny Fiyama (Muppets Tonight again).

K S

Loved Bobo on the show with Cindy Crawford. “Pretty Lady” My wife’s favorite was Sweetums. I’ve had multiple Tee shirts with Animal and Electric Mayhem. My favorite was Kermit Unpigged – Kermit sitting on a stool with an acoustic guitar. Wore it until it rotted off of me. Wish I could find another. Favorite Muppet episode was with John Denver – Grandma’s feather bed. You could tell he loved the Muppets. His eyes sparkled when he was on the show.

ashmanra

Muppets and John Denver. Life was good.

ashmanra

BTW, I recorded Take Me Home, Country Roads when I was a kid and the studio gave me tickets to see John Denver live with my dad and a friend. It was awesome. Those were his early days.

Stephanie

How did I miss a Muppet conversation!? <3

K S

Ashmanra – how cool! What a neat story.
Stephanie – its never too late to jump in!

gmathis

It was nine feet high and six feet wide and soft as a downy chick.. Are we dating ourselves or what?

gmathis

Hubby just had a great idea…a Muppet parody of Oceans 11 with Johnny Fiyama!

K S

I would totally go see this one and would gladly add the DVD to my collection. It does need Sal Minella and Rizzo the rat. Somebody call the Henson people and pitch this!

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89
drank French Earl Grey by The Tea Merchant
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I wanted something fun, not fussy, but good. Rummaging through the tea drawers I found I had just enough of this for one last go. It was just what I needed. More vanilla than earl grey but tasty all the same.

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drank Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea by Teavivre
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I agree with the other reviews – this is good.

What I really want to mention is this is the best example of why I love to use a clear glass vessel when I steep. The leaf is so interesting. It looks like a pile of knotted thread until you spread it out. Then it looks like fine green wood shavings. In the bottom of the press with a mug of 175F water the leaf comes alive and puts on an amazing display. It wiggles, like the blades of grass I watched as a kid when a bug crawled through. Then it intensified until the bottom was shaking and twisting like butterflies trying to free themselves from their cocoons. What a show – and then I get to drink it too! Thank you Teavivre.

TeaBrat

I love glass teaware but I always seem to break mine!

seule771

I have been drinking Green Tea by Trader Joe’s Specialty Teas in tea bag; not as enticing/inviting as your tea; but enjoyable to me.

I am easing off tea drinking; I should say have been easing off. It got to be too much. I lapse at times as well. I don’t like the wording “lapse”; I get those republican notice to renew my membership since it has “lapse”; irks me at times the things I receive. Sorry, not to do with tea. Clear glass has great effect for viewing of tea, but if it is very hot, how do you hold it?
One of the libraries that I frequent has some clear glass rounders with no handles; and when I saw them, they made me think for tea drinking. I may get two as I renew my friendship with them. They are not nice and not friends; they abuse me; all do. Happy teas. good review.

gmathis

Sometimes a little “tea vacation” helps you appreciate it more. (I don’t have the strength of will to vacation for more than 12 hours :)

K S

My tea vacations are never on purpose.

Seule771 and Amy oh, my press has a plastic frame around the top and bottom with a plastic handle. It allows me to pick it up and pour with out getting my fingers too hot and it also adds some protection for the glass. I bought mine at Starbucks – they are only $10 at our shop. The glass can break if you hit it wrong while cleaning. :(

SFTGFOP

I was just drinking this tea earlier today!

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