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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
1157 tasting notes

Back at Starbucks today to use the WiFi yet again. There are 145 videos required to watch for my class. I am still about 15 behind so I need to go again tomorrow. The ones I have not watched yet are needed to complete the assignment I am currently working on. Not sure how people with jobs keep up with the work load.

I asked for this iced. She didn’t listen. They had to redo it. I still can’t get over how different this tastes when you get fresh tea as opposed to the sun baked old boxes I have tried in the past.

I really am not as grumpy as I sound – just a little frazzled.

Sil

you can do it!

K S

Thanks Sil. I am enjoying the class. I do wish they would just give us the videos on a DVD. Sure would have helped. But then I would never have tried the earl grey again as I had pretty much sworn off Tazo – except for the green tea frap!

Sil

see! there’s benefits to even “the suck” lol But yeah…i will be here cheering on your progress! :)

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93

I have only reviewed this once? That doesn’t seen right….

I read a review I had written a year ago on another tea I had again a few days ago. What I was getting now was no where near as complex as then. I know it was a year ago but they were not even close. In fact almost none of my reviews in the last 6 months compare to a year ago. The big difference is the water source. A year ago I was using municipal water at work in town. Now I am using county water at home. Two different filtration plants, though they both source the water within a 1/4 mile of each other. So today I grabbed a bottle of drinking water and used it. It would be kind of expensive to do this all the time but it really seemed to help.

The leaf on this one is the most beautiful Bai Mu Dan I have encountered thus far in my journey. Once steeped the wet leaf has a warm spicy scent. The liquor is a sparkling clear yellow. The taste is gentle, woodsy, with some bite at the edge of the tongue. The aftertaste is lingering and sweet. A very nice cup for year old leaf.

Pretty sure its the water. Expensive filters are out of the question. So, what works besides getting a job in town :D I have a Brita filter somewhere that years ago when I bought it I could not tell any difference. Should I give it another try? What about adding a pinch of salt to counter the extra hard water? What do you chunky water people do to get a good cup?

Charles Thomas Draper

Pur filter. I like it…

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90

The last of the sample. It is about a year old. This is still really good. I over steeped on purpose to see what would happen. It is astringent but not heavily so. Despite this it is very smooth. My brain is too shot today to write a better review. This is a solid offering.

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91

Really belongs under chance combinations, oh well. I used yesterday’s leaf and added some dehydrated camellia flowers and two and a half leaves of lemon verbena. Sadly all I taste is verbena. Next time I’ll know better. Sounded like a good idea at the time.

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91

So I get to the den this morning, I’m thinking, "I really need a Yunnan or Fugian black. But there is a problem. I have a nasty I can’t think headache and my bag of black teas aren’t finding me. I did stumble upon this and it is one of my favorite Teavivre teas. The leaf is beautiful and interesting too look at. Once brewed it looks so fresh and spring like green. The wet leaf aroma is soup beans. I must be craving ham and beans with cornbread. The liquor is a lovely yellow. The taste is grain (Cheerios) and fruit. The aftertaste is lingering and sweet. This is a very gentle cup. My head is already pounding less. This will probably be my only opportunity for sipping so glad it was a good one.

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I was not on Steepster yesterday. After trying to catch up this morning, it appears yesterday was, “Look a squirrel” day around here. Yeah, you know who you are. Yesterday was low humidity, temps in the mid 70’s with a gentle breeze. Drove an hour and a half to the outlet mall. Yeahm used half a tank of gas so we could save $5 on shoes. It was a nice relaxing day that started with sipping a green tea frap on the way. It has been a while since I last had this. Either I forgot to tell them to use half the syrup or they didn’t pay attention. It was pretty sweet but tasty.

gmathis

We no longer have squirrels. Or field mice. Or voles. Or small rabbits. Tazo keeps bringing them to us and leaving them thoughtfully under my favorite patio chair.

K S

The ultimate sign of kitty affection! You are loved.

Years ago I had a cat, or rather George had me, that left his thoughtful gifts on the front step. I always had to check before going out the door. I would have preferred under my chair.

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drank Maiden's Mead by Blue Raven Tea
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This isn’t on the web site but the pouch was unopened. Possibly very old. The dry scent is kind of licorice. The steeped aroma is lightly floral – like a spring meadow. The sip has a bite of mildly astringent green tea – maybe I overheated or over steeped (190F – 3 minutes) – the primary note is ginger followed by a less pronounced and floral like honey. Late in the sip the licorice comes out again. This is well balanced, different, and interesting. I just don’t know if it appeals to me.

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93
drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1157 tasting notes

Went to bed at 11 last night. Woke up at 4. Not feeling so rested. Ahmad to the rescue. caffeine caffeine CAFFEINE oh, yeah, and there is some chun mee and light bergamot thrown in as well.

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My son brought this over today to share an afternoon cup. Ok, honestly I can’t taste the white tea in this but I’m not sure I care. This is wonderfully fruity. I left the pyramid sachet in the cup to see what would happen. It only got a little bitter but nothing harsh. I did use cooler water to steep. I wouldn’t crave this often but I wouldn’t turn it down either. Not to shabby.

gmathis

The Lipton pyramid bags are nice go-to’s of an evening when there’s no brain left to think with. Not even to steep with.

mrmopar

I think it’s great that you have passed this love of tea on. I also hope to be able to pass this on also. (I am working on the grand kids).

K S

gmathis – I should probably stock up on Lipton pyramid bags for my first cup, for when the brain is still tucked in and refusing to get up. Like today. Of course it is only 5:30.

mrmopar – he is still in the big flavors stage. Just can’t convince him of the beauty of subtlety. I guess that might be asking a lot of a hefty coffee drinker, but I keep trying.

mrmopar

I think you have got the “foot in the door” on this.

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