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1160 Tasting Notes

93
drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1160 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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92
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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Sorry Lala, no green tea frap today. :( My tasting notes have really dropped off and I am only taking one college class. Second week was a lot easier. I still had to sit in a public WiFi hot spot today to watch videos. Instead of the frap I had iced earl grey with one packet of Splenda. Saved enough calories to justify an everything bagel. Bagel was meh but the eg was a worthy companion to study time.

Lala

Well I just might have to have a frap for you then.

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91
drank Ntingwe Kwazulu by Taylors of Harrogate
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One of those what were you thinking mornings for me. There was more leaf here than I intended to use. This isn’t bitter but it is quite stout. Over leafing removes this from any resemblance to Assam – or Ceylon. It has cinnamon notes and something that makes me think dried tundra grass. Not that its grassy. Maybe it is just knowing this is a South African tea. Halfway through the mug I iced it. Much necessary. Wow. Don’t over leaf.

Leaving the rating from when I knew what I was doing.

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88
drank Moscow Nights by Tea Temptations
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I wanted iced tea to go with whatever leftover I just heated up. Some kind of spicy ground beef with cheese covered with sweet corn bread. But I digress. This iced is good but I like it better hot I think. The bergamot almost disappears and the smoke is not as layered. Good and satisfying but won’t ice it next time.

Anna

I envy anyone with cornbread leftovers.

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This is the first day in over a week I am not frantically running everywhere. I have been very lazy. Finally got around to breakfast and morning tea – at noon – A bowl of rice and a warm mug of this. I think I personally prefer the more boisterous premium version but this is exquisitely smooth. The liquor is so clear and sparkly yellow. The nose is buttery veggies. The late sip and after taste have just a light bite and the flavor really lingers long after the sip is gone. A really tranquil tea for my much needed lazy day.

Ysaurella

hooray for lazy days, the best ones :)

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90
drank Xinyang Green Tips by Peony Tea S.
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I woke this morning craving a good China green. While this was steeping I tried to fix my wife’s computer and toast a bagel. Pretty sure the steep time was ok. However, this marvelous tea does not go with bagel/cream cheese/blackberry preserves. Not even a little. It was like sucking on a dandelion stem. I made faces. So I shoved the bagel in my face and slowly tried cleansing my palate. I was halfway through the mug before it became the sweet buttery veggies with a cleansing bite cup I remembered. This is an excellent tea and I am lousy at pairings.

I have been going full speed since Tuesday. I spent this morning in the library watching video lessons for my college course. The instructor did send out an email saying he knew the first class session was like drinking from a fire hose. Pretty much sums it up. He gave us an extra day to complete our first assignments. I have just completed the background prep work so I can try to start on homework this afternoon.

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92
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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OK, I am sitting in Starbucks downloading a 2gb program. Looking around there are 5 other surfers in the room. I’ll likely be here for most of the day. So must have earl grey. I’ll have to ask them what they did differently – this may well be one of the tastiest eg’s I had. I can’t believe I typed that – it’s Tazo for goodness sake, but it isn’t anything like past experience. I am having it iced. The bergamot is strong and fruity with a hefty floral note late in the sip. It ends with a nice astringent bite that wraps the sides of the tongue. Majorly impressed.

Upping rating to reflect today’s icy cup – might be better if the solo cup were red.

Ysaurella

sometimes surprise is around the corner, isn’t it ?

canadianadia

I don’t think I’ve ever tried eg as an iced tea. I’ll have to give it a shot

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I had time for one cup this morning. Sad but true. The day is over and now that I am finally sitting I am too exhausted for another. Glad I picked an earl grey first thing.

I had to get a new computer today so I could do my college assignments at the library. My Internet is too slow and limited to watch the necessary videos or download the programs at home.

The new laptop came with Windows 8. What a were they thinking? I don’t want my computer to pretend it is a tablet/phone. I don’t mind it having the option. The kids will probably like it. For me personally I don’t care about apps. I use programs. This just makes working difficult. Aaacckk! Done griping.

mrmopar

I am with you. I feel like a #2 pencil in a .com world!

gmathis

We’re due for upgrades at work and I’m dreading it.

K S

Be afraid. Be very afraid. There is no start button. There is no shutdown button, well there is if you figure out how to find it. The start menu is now a cute bunch of blocks that you shove around like phone apps. It is just silly. I don’t care that I’m old school. I don’t want much. Just give me my desktop icon to start a program and explorer to keep things organized… and a shutdown button.

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