1247 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Yesterday I reached the halfway point in my college class. I was so dizzy I had no business going – but I’m a guy, so I went anyway. Today I’m dizzy, and my head hurts but my ears are popping so maybe I can ride this out. I have been on oxygen for three years so I really have to be careful but I don’t want to spend $150 for $10 antibiotics if I can avoid it. Yeah, no insurance.

I’m having this today to test the nose and taste buds. I see no reason to drink expensive stuff if I can’t smell or taste it. Taster seems to be almost normal. As long as I don’t go for anything too subtle.

mrmopar

Hope you feel better soon!

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear your not feeling good. Sounds like bad allergies. We’re pretty much in the same zone, I think, & my allergies have been outrageous of late. So bad that I broke down & took Zertek. I don’t take it often, but haven’t been drinking my nettles, & I admit, zertek takes effect pretty fast & since I only take it once in awhile, it’s good for a couple of days.

K S

I take Allegra, Flonase, and Mucinex generics most days to keep me open. My youngest son who still lives with us has pneumonia. I’m keeping my distance.

gmathis

Ever do ear candles? There is no middle ground; either people love ’em or hate ’em.

Terri HarpLady

I used to used ear candles, a long time ago when my kids were young. They can be helpful, but I haven’t used them for a long time.

K S

hot wax in your ears? That sounds dangerously painful. I have on occasion pointed a hair dryer in my ear for several minutes at a time. Feels good while you’re doing it.

Terri HarpLady

Lol, the wax doesn’t actually go in your ears, silly!

gmathis

We swear by them (the heat and cylindrical shape pull the gunk out’cher ears), but I will never forget our first time. Concerned we might set off the smoke alarm, hubby (the patient) stretched out in the patio lounge chair so we could try it outside. Son, about 5 at the time, so concerned, he stood at the ready with a pitcher of water in case Mom set Dad’s ear on fire. Plus, if you’re as intrigued by gunk and grossness as we are, it’s kind of interesting to see what’s been lurking around the auditory canals and gets sucked up the tube.

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90
drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
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Absolutely my favorite from The Persimmon Tree. Tastes nothing like Tazo Lotus and I am ok with that even though it is one of the few I like from Tazo. Beautiful golden color. The base is sweet and green and the lotus is creamy spicy fruity anise. My happy cup for the day.

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drank French Earl Grey by The Tea Merchant
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I remember now why I don’t steep rooibos in my french press. I had to dismantle the whole thing and scrub it this morning. Ah well, it sparkles now so thanks for the motivation (sarcasm implied).

So after the cleaning ordeal I decided to peruse the stash for something not requiring a lot of attention, intellect, or clean up. Found this tucked in the back of a drawer. Its Earl Grey with vanilla. Shoot, I could probably brew that with my eyes closed whilst and at the same time toasting a bagel.

The bagel was delish and the tea spot on. Sometimes I amaze even me.

Very vanilla with lighter notes of bergamot. I can feel the tea base on the insides of my cheeks. A good first cup. Bonus – I still have enough leaf for next time.

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drank Pumpkin Rooibos by Fusion Teas
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So I found this fall rooibos blend in my stash and it appears to be two years old. Eh, I’ve had older. I also discovered we own an ice shaver. Apparently for years. How could I not know this? It’s fall outside and hot in the house so… I steeped a cup and poured shaved ice over it then added milk. I should have reversed the last two but I wasn’t sure of the proportions. Rooibos in a sealed pouch survived aging just fine. It’s tasty but not slushy enough. Good idea failed attempt. Next time I’ll know.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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Breakfast out tea. When they heat the water hot enough this is pretty good for cheap bagged tea. The first cup was not hot enough :( I made up for it on cups two and three.

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drank Cancer Tea by Solstice Brews
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Not sure what I did wrong this time. I never really got the caramel and pecans this go around. It was a little creamy with kind of a vanilla finish. That was enough to knock the edge off the rooibos. I have enough to try one more time.

gmathis

In theory, it sounds lovely tasty.

K S

The first time I enjoyed it quite a bit. This time was good but not great. It is hard to tone down rooibos.

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drank Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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I wasn’t sure what osmanthus was before opening this. As soon as I cut open the sample I had a pretty good idea. The bag scent was strongly floral to the point of almost perfumey. The scent reminds me of lavender, at least that is the closest comparison I can muster.

Despite the initial scent shock, the cup is much lighter in strength and flavor. It is osmanthus first and then the fresh green oolong quickly moves in to share the sip. Very sweet, coming from one with a sweet tooth. No bitterness. No rough edges.

This is very easy to sip. I had some doubts and apprehension at first but found the cup emptied in record time. For fun I did add sweetener later in the cup. It was almost too much even for me but the floral turned more into grape candy.

This is an interesting tea that I am going to resteep a few more times.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I don’t drink oolongs often. It isn’t that I don’t like them because I definitely love them. The problem for me is they resteep so well that I feel like I am abandoning them if I stop before the leaf does, which is almost always.

Accepting my lack of ability to commit to the entire journey – I opened this sample and prepared 12 ounces of water for my mug. Once steeped, I could catch the floral aroma across the room. The sip is different than the aroma. It is like sipping buttery vegetables (spinach?) with a hint of bite. This is definitely oolong tasting and not like a green tea despite the similarity of my description.

Initially it only seems slightly sweet. The floral aspect swells late in the sip then recedes into a long nice lasting fragrant much sweeter aftertaste. The second mug (also 12 ounces) was as delicious as the first. It would go at least once more mug (probably more) but I am walking away. But hey, if this were gaiwan style brewed I would be like eight cups in, so forgive my poor bladder.

The pellets become full leaves after they have relaxed. They look so fresh and green I could almost imagine they were just picked for this very mug.

Teavivre says this is a beginner Taiwan oolong. Obviously Angel has access to far better tea than I can buy locally as none of my beginner oolongs ever approached this level of depth and flavor. Yes, I have had more complex teas but that takes nothing away from this excellent everyday version.

Terri HarpLady

I can almost never commit to fully steeping out a tea, at least not as long as they recommend. Once the flavors start to subside, I tend to want to move on to something else. Which is too bad, because on the occasions when I have stuck around, interesting things sometimes happen with the flavors. oh well…

MegWesley

I’ve only been able to fully steep out a tea maybe three times. That is usually because I either get full or get tired of the taste. Or want to brew something else. But I do love oolongs!

K S

When I first was introduced to quality loose leaf (by Teavivre!) a couple years ago I would steep it for two days if it would keep going and it usually did. Nowadays two maybe three are about it for me. Back then I was chained to a desk all day, now I never seem to have enough time for serious drinking. Uhmm, I mean tea of course. ha

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Ok, what am I going to drink on our Thursday shopping outing when the temp starts to plummet? I can’t stand coffee and don’t like hot tea out of a paper cup. I have a lidded ceramic cup I could use but it doesn’t cool down fast enough for me. I hate winter already and it hasn’t even gotten here yet. :)

Oh well, I’ll figure it out.

Today I had the medium size (whatever they call it) with only one pump of syrup. I think I actually prefer the desert like sweetness of two pumps (if you don’t specify they use three). Anyway, with one the matcha is more earthy and green tasting though it is not bitter as I was expecting.

Lala

Have you tried the green tea latte? I think it tastes the same as the frapp, but just hot.

K S

Lala – do they use cooler water like they are supposed to with the frapp? Doable with my ceramic mug.

gmathis – Yeah, definitely a good idea. I hadn’t thought of this route and it does sound good. Wonder if they have little marshmallows?

gmathis

Hubby usually gets their salted caramel version—-his all-time favorite I think they called “signature blend,” which has now been discontinued. (But you can fake at home with two packets of regular Swiss Miss and 1 packet of dark chocolate.)

K S

My wife had a salted caramel today. She told me I could get it without coffee. I tasted hers, without coffee would be a good thing.

Lala

You would be able to drink it in a ceramic mug as far as I would guess. I have only ever had it in the starbucks paper cup.

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When I first tried this, my thoughts were I preferred the premium version. I’ve realized now the earlier premium was based on water when I was working and the superfine was home water. I have since fixed my home water with a Brita filter pitcher. Day and night difference. Seriously, if your tea always seems a little bland go get a filter. You will not be sorry.

So today I steeped this for two minutes in my press with 176F water. OH MAN! I can smell the butteriness across the room. This is very lightly golden colored and leaning towards green. The taste is so fresh and green. It is buttery and vegetal. A nice bite at the end. An excellent contrast to the smoky lapsang I just finished.

I have changed my mind. This is definitely tastier than the premium. Love! I’ll be sipping this probably until I go to class this afternoon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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