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1161 Tasting Notes

86
drank Ceylon by Nina's Paris
1161 tasting notes

How did they do it? How do you get this much flavor from such tiny tiny pieces of leaf? This starts lightly sweet, then passes through green and leafy, on through fruity and wine, down into toasty before ending in a nice touch of bite. It is very smooth – even the bite at the end is not harsh. Just a very nice cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Yes! I kept expecting more harshness, but it never came! :-)

Sil

Neat!

Stephanie

Ditto. Shockingly smooth! :)

ashmanra

Must obtain!

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90
drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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This was labeled as Taureau on the sample. My first review was eaten, amazingly not by Steepster this time but my crappy internet connection. Sigh. Short version: To my fellow Steepsterites who weren’t sure they wanted to try this one because it’s rooibos – you really need to reconsider. First sip reminded me of a light cup of wild strawberry. Not tart. Instead it is kind of mildly green. At this point I added sweetener – OH WOW! I don’t care if you normally don’t you need to sweeten this! Totally amazing. The cup explodes with strawberries and cream. I do get a woodsy touch of rooibos in the aftertaste but it blends so well even rooibos haters probably won’t mind. This is a caffeine free tisane I would actually look forward to sipping.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

It is quite good!

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93
drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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I have a stack of samples needing opened for review on the blog. This morning I just haven’t cared. This one was easy to grab and I don’t have to think. Hoping it motivates me.

This tea is like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It isn’t fancy or the best but to me it will always comfort and satisfy. Speaking of meatloaf – my wife makes it with oats instead of bread crumbs, and chili sauce instead of ketchup. It’s awesome. Last Sunday we had a pitch in dinner at church. One of the ladies made her meatloaf with BBQ sauce. It was also pretty awesome. I think I have an idea for supper… Man Fuel!

ashmanra

Now I want meatloaf.

Veronica

I make my meatloaf with oats, too. It’s really good (if I do say so myself). The first time I tried it I was unsure, but now I doubt I ever use breadcrumbs or my grandma’s favorite standby – Saltine Crackers.

gmathis

Mom’s recipe = 1/2 and 1/2 hamburger to ground pork. Y’all are making me hungry. (I am the only meatloaf eater at my house, so I have to make it on the QT or wait till I can eat it out, and restaurant meatloaf can’t quite cut it.)

K S

Meatloaf is the only meal my wife fixes that my youngest son will eat more than one serving. It is possibly my favorite comfort food and I have never had a restaurant version I even thought was tolerable. Problem is I have band practice tonight so I was just informed it ain’t gonna happen. I guess I’ll be playing the blues tonight. Tough to pull off in a worship setting unless you’re Mark Farner (Grand Funk) – Judgment Day Blues http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRTpIpaDoWw

ashmanra

Oh, gmathis, woe is me for I am the only meatloaf eater here, too! I made the first end in twenty five years just a few weeks ago and told them “hang it all! I have done without long enough! You know how to make a peanut butter sandwich!” What is better than warm meatloaf with mashed potatoes unless it is a meatloaf sandwich slathered with mayonnaise the next day? Sigh…

gmathis

KS — Ever listen to any Kaiser Mansfield? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUTK03sIsh8

ashmanra—You can keep the mashed potatoes and mayonnaise, but next day meatloaf slathered in ketchup will be served in Heaven. I am sure of this.

Claire

Now I’m hankering for meatloaf too, dangit! I like to mix in some sauteed finely chopped mushrooms, peas, and carrots. Perfect thing at the end of a long day.

K S

Too bad we don’t all live in the same neighborhood. Meatloaf and tea for everybody!

ashmanra

That would be awesome! :D

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88
drank Moscow Nights by Tea Temptations
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I hope to have a full review on my blog maybe tomorrow but couldn’t wait to mention this one. Tea Temptations appears to be the retail name that Empire Tea Services is now using. Maybe they always did and I didn’t realize it. ETS is focused mainly on wholesale, or at least that is what I think. This is the only tea business within a 100 miles of my home. Fortunately it is a really good one.

This, by my standards, is not Earl Grey but then they don’t call it that. The bergamot is light and adds only a light citrus breath towards the end of the sip. This is primarily a LS blended with Ceylon. The combination produces a sweet, moderately smoky but totally smooth, cup of rolling flavor. I don’t know how else to describe it. Maybe it is the addition of safflower and thistle but this keeps your senses guessing.

A nice change of pace for smoky tea lovers.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Silk Dragon by The Tea Merchant
1161 tasting notes

Very nice. Smooth creamy vanilla and light citrus notes.

gmathis

Ohhh…I miss this one.

K S

I am getting ready to send you some more mint. I’ll throw this in too.

gmathis

We found some choc-mint (and apple & pineapple) plants at local nursery; as late in the season as it is, they looked a little flea-bit…but at least I know where they can be found when we get another bed ready.

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94
drank Chocolate Peppermint by Tea Horse
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Just Wow! Best chocolate tea I’ve tried. Doesn’t make a mess in your pot or cup. I added Splenda so I got milk chocolate with just a touch of mint. Yum.

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93
drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1161 tasting notes

A good day. I had pork roast tonight. It was unbelievably good and juicy and tender. I fixed this tea to go with it. It held up nicely. Then I got two fig newtons and – Oh My! It brought the citrus and green tea flavors out like never before. Now it will be hard not to eat newtons with this tea.

Today, after only applying a little over four months ago, with no lawyers (one actually told me I didn’t need him) and no appeals, my disability claim was approved. It is humbling knowing 2/3 of those who apply are denied multiple times. I have never seen anyone, not in a hospital bed, move through so easily. To me the funny thing is I had to be forced to see I needed help and should apply in the first place. Now I have options as I go back to college and I can now (hopefully) afford insurance. To my faith friends – thank you!

TheTeaFairy

Such great news, congratulations and thanks for sharing…going through rough times, every inspiring story such as yours is a nice addition to my «strength bag» at the moment. Asking for help is the hardest thing sometimes, isn’t it?

gmathis

He can move mountains…even when they consist of paperwork.

K S

TTF – you know that is why I have been posting these personal things. Hoping it would encourage someone else as I go through it.

Speaking for myself I notice there is such a stigma attached to filing for disability. People assume a lot. It can make it hard to reach out.

G – Amen.

mrmopar

Great news!! He always comes through not always when we want , but always in his time. We are all “rough” till he puts us in the fire to forge us and make us stronger than we were before. I have talked to him about you and he has worked in our life. Always with us he is.

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84

I prepared this one again today. I used less leaf (one healthy scoop full – from the scoop that came with my press) and 180F water. This time I made sure to only go two minutes. The result is a lovely rose centered tea. The pomegranate is right beside but a step back from the rose. Both are balanced, not overwhelming, and I can taste the white tea base. There is a creaminess like vanilla surrounding the cup. All I can figure is this is from the pineapple. This is a very pleasant cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

This came in a mystery box from Katiek. Blue River Tea is new to me. The few ratings seem a bit lackluster. This tea looks much darker than most white teas. Very dark green (white peony?) It is large broken pieces.

The taste is nice. It is primarily rose (there are blossom pieces in the mix) and the pomegranate is actually in a supporting role here. There are visible pieces of pineapple in the mix but I can’t pick them out. I taste the white tea in the aftertaste.

The instructions say to steep 2 minutes. I went three or four. That was a mistake. This is fairly bitter but I believe that to be my fault for ignoring directions. The second cup was lifeless as I drained most of the flavors out in the first cup.

Tomorrow I will again and this time pay attention. Except for the bitterness, the cup was pleasant enough to warrant a retry. Holding off rating until later.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
K S

As the second cup cooled, the flavor came back. It is light but there is no bitterness. It added a peppery note too.

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90

Last Sunday we had a silent auction at church. There was a tea for one set that I came home with for $5. So for my second cup of Silver Needle, I used the cute little cream colored tea pot to steep. I never use a tea pot and now I know why. It worked fine but I would need to get a tiny strainer from the kitchen to keep leaf out of my cup. I am not so inclined. I’ll probably just move the pot to the living room for tea bag use or more likely put it on a shelf as decoration.

The tea turned out fine. Much like the first cup. I just prefer my French press, besides I like to watch the leaf dance.

Soap box ahead and not tea related – I am sitting in my den surrounded by pictures of my wife and kids – two sons now grown. I sit here today reflecting on the joy and the beauty that surrounded me over the years and realizing how I did not fully appreciate the moments. I was so wrapped up in trying to get ahead and trying to please the boss who never shared the same loyalty and respect. As a laid off old fart I’m begging you, don’t waste the years trying to please your boss or be too devoted to your job in general, if it is keeping from fully enjoying the moment – start looking for something that will. I have 2/5ths the income I had a year ago, no insurance, and I am 100 times happier away from the rat race. I just wish I had my sons to raise over. I would be there more for them now. I am sure some of you older folks know exactly what I mean.

mrmopar

100% percent agreed.

SimplyJenW

I have been out of the rat race for just over 15 years. And I am hoping I don’t need to go back. Even when my kids are grown, there are so many worthy places that could use a hand. College is just around the corner, though.

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