1250 Tasting Notes

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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I found this one to be thick like broth. It is buttery, vegetal, sweet, lightly floral. The aftertaste of the first mug is what I call geranium. Some call it latex. It is that quickly recognizable oolong taste. The second mug was similar with added mineral notes and lose the geranium. This is more of a contemplative cup than something to get you moving in the morning. I seldom want jolted awake so it suits me.

Having tried several oolongs in the last week or so, I think it is a toss up between this one and the Taiwan High Mountain oolong as my personal favorites. However, they were all excellent and all distinctly different.

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100
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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Yesterday’s leaf because I can and because it is that good.

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100
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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In my best Joe Cocker, Golden Monkey, “You are so beautiful to me…”

K S

I saw your comment about John Belushi, and that was exactly what went through my mind when I wrote this… and probably a lot more appropriate image of my best Joe Cocker.

gmathis

(Removed it, because upon further reflection, it really wasn’t that funny. So tired last night all my filters were off.)

gmathis

On the other hand, I have always had a thing for scratchy voices: Rod Stewart, Cocker, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell…

K S

Rod Stewart – Way back in time (almost to the troglodytes) when I was in college the first time, we had a radio in the drafting room – it was there for 5 minutes of Chicken Man – and every time they played Rod’s “tonight’s the night” the room full of guys would start singing along. The only girl in the class always turned red with embarrassment. I suppose today we could be brought up on charges or something but really it had nothing to do with her. She was just there.

gmathis

Chicken Man! (Why do I vaguely remember that and why is it making me smile?)

K S

He’s everywhere! He’s everywhere! You can probably find it on youtube but I don’t want to ruin my nostagic memories by listening – unless it was actually as good as I remember. Too risky.

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