1521 Tasting Notes

Don’t you hate it when you are awakened at dawn by your phone beeping because the battery is low? I tried to ignore it for awhile. sigh.

I haven’t had much tea lately. I’ve been engrossed in a project – moving the church website. It was made extra complicated because it was on Wordpress with Godaddy and all the wonderful plugins, but it was getting expensive, now it is on Blogger which is free but limited gadgets and not really a static site platform. I made it work anyway.

I went looking for a tiny whisk yesterday to use with my morning cup of matcha milk. Couldn’t find one in our little town. I’ll look when I go to the big city. We do have a sort of small one that I used this morning. It made a nice frothy drink with everything dissolved. Giant improvement over the spoon I was using. My morning addiction has been fed.

Looks like my wife is going to win. I’m going to take her to town this morning to pick up a Chineranian. Apparently a cross between a Japanese Chin and a Pomeranian. I really don’t think we need another dog. She thinks Spike our Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix needs a playmate. I thought that was our job. What do I know. I joked the dog should be called Buffy. My wife liked the idea. I was just kidding

gmathis

Let me know if you find a mini-whisk at a retail outlet that might be in MO. I am looking for one, too.

K S

My wife is convince Bed Bath & Beyond has them. If you get there first let me know.

Nicole

Target/WalMart have had them when I’ve been looking for small ones. Not sure what you mean by “tiny” though. My small whisk is about 3 inches long (whisk part only). And I’m almost positive that I have seen the flat whisks at BBB – not sure what they are called but they are generally with the barware? Those flat metal disks with the circle of whisk attached? Seems like those would work well for matcha, but I’ve never tried it.

And Buffy & Spike are of course excellent names for a dog duo. :)

TheTeaFairy

Mini whisks are hard to find, I got mine at Homesense a little while ago, don’t know if they still carry them.
A new puppy! Joyful times!!!! (And patience :-))

K S

The whisk I started to buy at Walmart was nylon. Bamboo and milk can’t be a good combination – and I like the nylon idea with a ceramic mug. The Walmart one is the same size as the one we already have at home but ours is metal. If BBB doesn’t have something thinner and a little longer I’ll pick that one up next time.

Buffy is now kicking butt all over the house. Spike is not sure he is amused. Hope I survive.

gmathis

May give BBB a try tomorrow; close to church and hey, if I happen to wander into Michael’s, there might be paper crafting stuff on sale, and…

K S

Hope your husband contains his glazing over in Michael’s better than I. Usually I stay in the car and listen to the radio. We both prefer it that way. BBB I like. Lot’s of cool stuff to play with.

gmathis

Ah, I married an enabler with a somewhat artistic eye. He points stuff out to me :)

K S

I can do Hobby Lobby. Lot’s of fun stuff to play with in there as well. I just bought a dog that already pooped in two rooms. I get enabler. :)

Cheri

It’s just a puppy, right? Just testing boundaries. I hope to room pooping stops soon!

K S

Training usually doesn’t take too long. I actually find it funny.

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Regulars know I love Earl Grey. My usual mug has a Ceylon base to offer some bite to my lemony delight. I also love a good Earl Green when I can get it. I despise wimpy bergamot teas IF they call themselves Earl Grey (H&S I mean you) I also get offended if you change anything and still call it Earl Grey.

This one. This one smells so gloriously of bergamot when dry. Beautiful, beautiful bergamot. Once steeped it has some rooibos scent. It does say Rooibos in the name, so I am cool with it.

The taste is so Earl Grey that for a moment I forget it is not my usual cup. I taste no rooibos until the aftertaste. Even then it is covered in glorious bergamot. It is strong and sweet. To those who adore it, this is not overpowering, fake, or soapy tasting.

Earl Grey friends this one I could drink on a regular evening basis. So Good! If I weren’t afraid of upsetting the ratings police, this would get a very high score. Oh, what the heck, get over it.

Edit forgot to say thanks to CelebriTEA for sharing this one.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
K S

And tasting note 1200, done, and done.

boychik

OMG, 1200. Congrats!!!

keychange

Rate it whatever you wish :D. I love it when tea moves people to high ratings.

K S

I just made a second steep and iced it. Yep, I stick to my story. This is one awesome icy glass.

caile

Yay on 1200 notes! And nice you had a good tea to celebrate!

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1521 tasting notes

Continuing on with holiday teas today. I found this one in the box from CelebriTEA. I have to tell you this one brings back a flood of memories. I would never touch eggnog as a kid. It looked and sounded gross. My grandmother loved it. She added nutmeg and some form of alcohol to her recipe. It is the only time I ever saw her drink – She remained a lady. My Nana had a silver aluminum Christmas tree that looked like a painted broom stick with shiny sticks poking out everywhere. You didn’t hang lights on the tree, just a few bulbs. The tree rotated on its base. There was a lighted colored wheel that you pointed at the tree that rotated and made the sparkling tree change colors. Though I have never tasted eggnog, this tea reminded me of all those years at grandma’s house for Christmas with the family. We were poor but we still exchanged gifts and ate until it hurt. Then we would spend the rest of the evening telling stories and laughing.

As for the tea itself – bravo! Not only is it creamy and egg like, I can taste the Mao Feng and it is really good. What restraint to not over flavor this one. Truly an excellent job! Thanks for the holiday memories.

keychange

I love it when people share memories in their tasting notes. It really brings tea to life.

Cheri

I agree! I love it when a tea brings back a memory like that.

mrmopar

Poor people are never poor as the riches of a family is the best thing in life.

gmathis

Oh! The aluminum tree! One at my grandparents’ house, too, along with a very rectangular couch with itchy metallic thread in the upholstery and a funky, glittery plastic upholstered picture. And aluminum glasses for iced tea that sweated and made your teeth clank when you took a drink! (No, I’m not feeling nostalgic, not at all…)

K S

Oh yes! My grandmother had the red, green, and blue aluminum glasses. Awesome. Granddad used a green plastic tupperware cup he drank iced tea from. Yeah just like Si.

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
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Ok, I know it is entirely the wrong season for this. It isn’t even on their website until October. I had Mtn Dew for lunch and thought caffeine free sounded acceptable this afternoon. First off the leaf looks like snack food. Dry this is cinnamon and clove scented. Taste while hot – throw in a little nutmeg and some aftertaste heat from the ginger. Once it cools a little I get pumpkin under all the spicy goodness. That actually surprises me. I have had a lot of pumpkin teas that got the pumpkin pie spices right but never approached actual pumpkin taste. I think all the previous teas have had a black tea base. This is rooibos. That may make all the difference. And don’t wrinkle your face, Eeeeww rooibos. You really don’t notice it in the blend and bonus it does taste of pumpkin with lots of spice. It is not pumpkin pie but it doesn’t claim to be.

Terri HarpLady

I loved this one, & it’s made by a local gal, Katieri, who owns the tea company. Someone here in stl grows the pumpkins, Katieri roasts them, & then dehydrates them, or something like that.
Sadly, this tea won’t be back until Fall…sigh…

Cheri

I was drinking Christmas teas over the weekend. It’s all in what you’re in the mood for.

Terri HarpLady

That’s right! Maybe I’ll drink up some of my xmas teas next!

K S

I think the only other holiday teas I have are my nightly Celestial Seasonings stuff. Thanks Terri for sharing this. At first I thought traveling tea meant one of those boxes you all pass around. I found the website and thought a lot of it looked interesting.

Sil

My. Favourite. Pumpkin. Tea. Ever.

Terri HarpLady

Sil & I went through a bunch of this tea this past winter, & it was also a BBBBox tea for me, Sil, & TastyBrew. I kept going back to the store, & even got her to make an extra batch. It really is the best pumpkin tea out there, IMO.

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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I have had this ounce for almost two years. The last time I had it I thought there was enough for 1 more session. Turns out there was enough for two. O happy day! It still has its light smoky goodness. The base is starting to suffer from poor storage. It is in a mostly empty tin. Tins should have a vacuum pump in the lid. Is that possible without it costing a fortune? Anyway much love for this even in its weakened state.

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drank Cola Chai by Kally Tea
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Chai and I don’t relate well to one another. Normally I just don’t get it. I have had a white chai I liked. This is rooibos. I like rooibos but never crave it. There is just something about the combination of rooibos and chai that I find appealing. I found myself easily finishing this one. The spices are sweet and don’t overwhelm the senses. Cinnamon possibly being the most prominent but really they all blend well together. The rooibos is present mid sip. I think the vanilla (which I don’t taste) knocks the scratchy edges off, making the rooibos very well behaved. I don’t really taste cola other than as hints that may be subliminal because I expect to taste it. After the cup cools the spices grow a little stronger, but only a little, and I can taste ginger in the aftertaste. I found this to be one of the more appealing rooibos I have tried and amazingly it is a chai. Thanks CelebriTEA for sharing.

gmathis

Glad you mentioned Cola…I have some cola/rooibos that needs to be drunk up; makes a good cold steep in the summer. Which continues to elude us; we are now enjoying monsoon season.

K S

No, keep the monsoon. We are finally dry and warm. I hope it goes south of us.

The white peach I had recently was my favorite icy drink, though I never think to cold steep.

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drank Chamomile by Ocean of Tea
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We have tried to grow chamomile with zero success. My wife loves the stuff. So we always have some around. I find I seldom help drink it. I like it. It just never occurs to me to fix it. Not much of a lead in to this tasting note but let me say I enjoyed this quite a bit in the middle of the afternoon. Just got home from watching X-Men and thought a quiet moment was in order. This smells of tart apples, honey, and flowers. The taste is similar with a spiciness added. I also caught faint saltiness and hints of mineral. I used filtered water but can’t rule out the last notes being from our water. A nice calming cup.

Lala

I have some kind of chamomile that grows in my yard like a weed. I hate it, I am always pulling it out. I am not sure if it is “drinkable” kind. There are some varieties that can be poisonous so I am not too interesting in finding out which kind I have.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, same as Lala, it grows freely around the yard here too, but I hate the taste of chamomile. Want to trade places, KS?

K S

Winters are harsh enough down here. I think I’ll let you keep your wild (potentially poisonous) chamomile all to yourselves.

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As has become my new normal I started with this again today. Milk+matcha+caramel+vanilla=Yum.

Stephanie

nom nom nom

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Interesting. My first cup did not match other’s reviews. I got a very mellow rooibos with peppery notes – not hot and spicy, just nicely seasoned. I easily finished the cup. I decided the blend had settled so I poured the tin out into a bowl and mixed it with the scoop. This did change the flavor some. The second cup was light warm chocolate with hints of banana. The pepper moved to the back and meshed nicely. I could taste a light tartness from the apple at the end of the sip. None of the flavors stood out. It is just a nice mellow cup. The most interesting thing to me was how this worked to tame the rooibos. The aroma while steeping is unquestionably rooibos. In the cup it has the rough edges smoothed away. Everything blended together resembled almost a cherry flavor. I found it very easy to drink.

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I believe Bonnie wrote the definitive tasting note on this one two years ago. As I was writing my own review for my blog I kept noticing how nearly identical my experience was to hers – minus the sexy dating analogy (wow, hot stuff). For me this was a necessary session to overcome yesterday’s over indulgences. Way over did it. This one helped calm the stomach and left me with a pleasant calming peace that was remarkable spiritual like. I have never thought to actually use puerh in my private devotion time but maybe I will give it a go one day soon. Anyway, starts mellow with mineral, cedar, and horse tack notes. Blossoms later with bold flavors of browned cedar and horse tack. Then drifts back into more mellow but pronounced mineral and cedar, and ending with pleasant leather notes. Excellent cha qi.

TheTeaFairy

Inspirational.

mrmopar

Yum Yum!

gmathis

1 Timothy 6:17 …. the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. Pu-erh counts!

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