1293 Tasting Notes

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Finished this off as my morning cup. Now I’m off for our weekly breakfast out with friends. I hope this is loaded with caffeine (but I don’t think so) as I only had three hours sleep. The house is too warm for me and every one else says they’re freezing. Strangely, a good cup of hot tea doesn’t add to my body heat and it does make me happy.

Terri HarpLady

We have water radiators to heat my old house, which is wonderful, but it gets so hot on the 2nd floor especially, so we keep them turned way down, just bringing up the heat in the morning (to 65), then down again once we’re all toasty. Of course, if we get some really cold weather, we might run them longer, but then people sometimes have to open their windows upstairs from time to time. My room is one the 3rd floor. There’s only a baseboard up there, but I almost never run it. I can’t stand to be hot, & luckily most of my family shares my preference for cooler fresh air.

K S

My internal thermostat is just off. I used to leave the house on winter mornings without a coat and I wouldn’t notice. The ride home in the afternoon was really cold. I blame the thyroid medicine I have to take. At night you can’t get it cool enough. I sleep with three fans on me. We agreed on setting the thermostat on 72. Nobody is comfortable but it is our best compromise.

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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Liquid crack. I know it is. I just can’t quit. Had with M&M chocolate chip cookies. That kind of swallows the vanilla up and intensifies the peppermint.

CelebriTEA

lol @ the liquid crack comment…hahahahaha
I have never been enthralled by a mint tea, but now this sounds intriguing :-)

Veronica

Ha! Perfect description. :)

Suziqzer

A Celestial Seasonings tea I haven’t tried. Now I might have to look for it.

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I’ll be honest. I have never gotten the first cup of this. I have tried for a month. I got it for my wife and I to share but as soon as the vanilla fragrance wafts through the house my wife pops in from nowhere and walks off with my cup. So this is based on the second steep. There are jasmine blossoms all through the mix. The leaf itself is larger pieces. Definitely not CTC. The taste starts like cotton candy then seems more like caramel. As the cup cools I can taste the base especially in the aftertaste. This is very tasty decaf or not. I can see why I am not allowed to have the first cup! :)

Veronica

My daughter does the same thing. She has a talent for knowing exactly when a tea is done steeping and then she swoops in and gets my cup. At least she says thank you while walking away. :)

K S

My wife has to avoid caffeine, so I figure this is a win if she enjoys it. A lot of decaf is a little icky.

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drank Rou Gui by Life In Teacup
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I don’t have a picture or a seller description for this one.

The dry leaves a big and dark. They turn black after steeping. While steeping the roasty aroma pours out of the press. This appears to be a medium-heavy roasted Wuyi oolong. The taste is not what I expected.

Sure it has the heavy dark roasted flavor but it also has a prickly fruity/floral thing going on that is somewhere between mango and geranium.

Next I added sweetener to see how it would react. It did not cover or bring out any flavors. What it did was warm the flavors so the melded together. The roasty notes a less dominant early in the sip and explode later. The fruity/floral is now more developed into something resembling tieguanyin.

If you like the darker oolongs this was an interesting one.

Terri HarpLady

I have been contemplating an order from Life in Teacup for quite some time.

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My oldest son came over this morning to help prepare for our thanksgiving dinner tonight. My youngest is at work. The oldest has to work thanksgiving day – stupid black Thursday. Next year it will probably start at Halloween. But I digress. I offered to make tea. My wife wanted Vanilla Bean decaf black tea. My son didn’t care, so I made this one for him and me.

He asked what it was. I read the label as he took a sip. He said, “That will do” as he turned and headed out of the room.

I inwardly sighed. Then it happened.

He stopped in his tracks and went, “Mmmmm, that really has a nice aftertaste. It’s flowery or something.”

Yes! Good tea not wasted!

Second story – a year ago our thanksgiving was stressful. I was losing my job and we were afraid we could lose the house. A year later the house is paid off, we are doing fine, and it looks like I have a part time job! Just enough hours to pay for insurance. That is all I really wanted anyway.

My point, if you are struggling this year and on the verge of giving up – hold on! Tomorrow is another day. A blessed day of thanksgiving to all my Steepster friends.

Lala

Congrats on the new job!

K S

Hilarious – my son just brought the cup back and said he “wanted more of that”.

Thanks Lala

caile

Yay – that’s great!

mrmopar

Blessings back to ya my friend!

TeaVivre

Happy thanksgiving. And I cannot agree with you more that Tomorrow is another day. No matter how bad off, we should hold on, at least there is tea that keep our spirits up.

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drank Wuyi Jin Jun Mei by Life In Teacup
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Remember a few mornings days ago when I needed black tea and couldn’t read the labels? This is the tea I was looking for then in my zombie like state. As much as I needed it, I’m glad I didn’t find it until today so I could enjoy it with my mind and senses in operating order. I think I could almost give up Earl Grey for Fujian black tea and this is a very tasty example.

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I must have just hit the sweet spot with this one. Steep was 3 minutes and the temp was around 195 F. The wet leaf takes on what I often call a beef stew aroma, others call it artichoke. I’ve never had artichoke so I’ll take their word for it. BUT on top of that wonderful green aroma this time I noticed an awesome floral note. I think Amanda called it orange flowers – yes exactly! When I sipped the hot cup my first reaction was beer but not really. Wine but not really. Good definitely. As it cools it becomes closer to the bi luo chun I had this morning but with a strong fruit/floral thing going on. Single Origin Teas says it reminds them of lychee. I have some lychee tea in my possession but have not tried it yet. To me it is almost mango or something. I did lightly sweeten this so maybe that is why all these new flavors are popping out. A truly cool tea that kept me interested the entire cup.

Since I had previously scored this I am going to boost the number a bit because this is very good. Even better than I remembered.

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91

My morning cup with yesterday’s leaf. Yes I was awake this time and yes it was delicious.

mrmopar

No syrup this time I see!

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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I won’t post every time I have this one for my evening cup – but right now I am still enjoying having found enough on the shelf to get me through the coming year. Love this stuff.

Bonnie

You need to come to celestial seasonings just to stand in the mint room.

seule771

I did view this brand name tea at the grocery store but I did not buy; now I wish I had. I will keep an eye for it; and cherish as you seem to be doing. I am hoping that it is not to syrupy and sweet but more like their peppermint tea or such. Thank you for sharing.

Bonnie

I think it’s like a peppermint stick. BTW the big double door warehouse mint room at Celestial Seasonings (about 45 min.from me) is the best part of their tour. You walk into a blast of mint scent in the extreme.

K S

Seule771 This has a decaf green tea base that adds some color but not a lot of taste, with peppermint (tasty and not overbearing), and a touch off vanilla. It is the vanilla that knocks it out of the park for me. There is no stevia or other sugary things added so you don’t have to add it if you don’t want it.

Bonnie I want to believe that would be awesome rather than taking what little breath I have away. Does it make your eyes burn?

Bonnie

No, your eyes don’t burn. It’s where the mint is stored, not processed. If you inhale you get that cool mint feeling though. What’s cool is how it fills your nose and mouth like a vaporizer but there’s no mist.

Bonnie

Are there flavors you have trouble finding? If so, they’re easy for me to get here close to the factory if you ever need to get some.

K S

Thanks Bonnie, I’ll keep it in mind. So far I am only addicted to this one and sleigh ride. Both are seasonal – I just have to watch for them. If I don’t stumble upon sleigh ride in the next month I have a market that will order it. I also drink Sleepytime extra but it is always available locally.

Suziqzer

Bonnie… I had to go and look to see where the C.Seasonings tours were. Too far for a nice weekend trip for me :( I grew up drinking Sleepytime and now my son loves it. I’ve enjoyed trying other flavors of theirs through the years and it would be fun to see (& smell)their factory & warehouse. If Hubby gets his trip out west that he wants, I might have to ask him to swing by for a tour there!

seule771

Hi all,
I am just reading of the Candycane tea comments. I don’t log in much anymore. I have yet to look for this tea to give it a try. One of you made mentioning of ‘Stevia’ about it not having any; as this is good. I don’t care for Natural Leaf Stevia or such at all. It has an after taste that cannot be undone. I am sorry to say. Another good comment was about the Vanilla contrasting nicely with the peppermint and this is good counterbalance as well.

I must remember to have a look for this tea when next I am in a proper grocery store. ALDI’s does not carry Celestial Seasonings of any kind.

I wish for you all a very happy holiday; and let us be kind to one another. I know I am sensitive and I take things wrongly but there are painful comments/innuendo applied at times here. Or it is all imagine on my part.

We minced of words and not of meat. Happy teas to all and a wonderful New Year.

K S

Happy Teas to you seule771. If you have a Target nearby they often have a selection CS offerings.

gmathis

seuele771, good to see you back. You have been missed! Sweetness and joy to you this Christmas!

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The moment my feet hit the floor I knew I needed a strong black tea. I got up, went to the fridge, grabbed the milk and chocolate syrup. Poured the milk and realized the chocolate syrup was actually pancake syrup. Another trip to the fridge and as I stirred the milk I realized it was not strong black tea. That kind of morning. Chugged the milk and started looking for the tea. Except I couldn’t read the labels, or at least my brain couldn’t decipher them. Decided on this as it was the first label that I understood. It is a beautiful tea even if it isn’t strong black tea. All that to say thanks Teavivre, the life you saved this morning may have been my own.

Veronica

Lol. I have mornings like that. Usually they happen on a Monday. :)

Hesper June

Sorry, I had to smile…last week I boiled the water, poured it into the tea pot, set the timer, poured a cup, then when I took my first sip…realized I never added the tea!!! I was drinking “steeped” hot water! Oh dear,some mornings I really wish I had a Jeeves to bring me tea

K S

Lol. At least you set the timer on that “steeped” hot water. I’m just not a morning person and apparently neither are you. :)

Hesper June

Actually, I am normally a morning person. But, apparently not that morning…Haha! If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at:)

K S

Other people?…. but that would be wrong (unless you’re at Walmart then it is a survival skill)

Hesper June

Lol! Very true, KS

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