1418 Tasting Notes

Dark Tea! I haven’t had dark tea in a long time. This one dry has an aroma of old damp logs decaying on the forest floor. It is like the log was partially on fire the day before and the rain put out the fire and washed away the smoky ash before I stumbled upon it. Brewed up Western mug style this is orange tinted. The cup smells musty/dusty but not off in any way. The taste is old damp cedar with spicy undertones. I catch some sense of charcoal as I exhale. The earthy aftertaste lingers. I hope to try multiple steeps next time but today I a lucky I finally got to have one cup. Rather enjoyed it.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
1418 tasting notes

Remember me telling you about the ‘total tea girl’ server at our Saturday breakfast? As I crossed the river this morning, I remembered I did not pack tea as I promised. D’oh! Anyway our server today (a guy) brought my extremely preheated mug and a pot of already brewing tea to my table. I told him I was impressed. As he walked away I said to my wife, Steph must be rubbing off on the other servers. I took a sip and went Mmmmmm. Later total tea girl stopped by the table, I mentioned the morning cup. She told me when she saw us come in she started heating the mug. She added the other server asked her how come she made better tips than him. She told him it is because she goes the extra mile. When the guy came back to check on us, I explained to him how it really did make a difference. Progress has been made. Let’s see if it sticks. Now I need to pack up some teas and set it with the Saturday coupons. For cheap tea, when prepared going the extra mile, this stuff is pretty darn tasty.

Fjellrev

That’s some fine tea service!

Ysaurella

lucky you :)

gmathis

This is at a Steak and Shake, right?

K S

Yep, S ‘n’ S. Now to start working on them to restock the Darjeeling they used to carry. I’ve got a person on the inside now. ;)

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Thanksgiving with family was much easier than I expected. I think my brother actually was able to enjoy his day. We all ate too much. This morning I had pumpkin pie for breakfast because I could.

I decided to have an herbal in the middle of the day as this one is billed as restoring the digestive system. Seemed like a good idea. I often have peppermint tea at night (Candy Cane Lane!) and sometimes chamomile, I like it, I just like other stuff better. This one combines peppermint and chamomile and it works. It does have fennel and licorice root but before you go, “Eeeewwww”, they are very light background flavors and are muted by the lemon balm and peppermint. At first this is peppermint. Icy cheek tingling peppermint. Then you notice the apple like chamomile late in the sip. Below it is the mellow fennel/licorice root. At first I thought the lemon balm only served to mute the last two ingredients, then I realized I was catching it in the aroma all along. To me it says a lot when an herbal can bring this many layers to the cup. Very much liked this one.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Wheat toast drizzled with clover honey and my morning glass of green tea powder in 2% milk, with caramel and vanilla syrup. It sounds healthy, and whether it is or not, it sure was satisfying. We had our thanksgiving meal at home last night. My wife does some kind of spice rub on the turkey and it is delicious. Later today we will be at my niece’s were most of the family gathers for thanksgiving. It will be a rough one this year as we buried my brother’s wife and soul mate Monday. I don’t mention that for sympathy. I’m reminding you to be thankful for those who are with you – even if they occasionally drive you nuts. Be thankful for the memories of those who have gone on ahead. In all things rejoice. I say it again rejoice!

Stephanie

So thankful <3

Fjellrev

Beautiful note, KS.

ashmanra

Yes! God bless and comfort you and yours, my friend.

gmathis

Will be praying for your family as you notice the empty space during the holidays.

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Not what I was expecting. Dry it has a light scent of bergamot. Brewed it has a rooibos scent. Hot this is rooibos but rooibos mellowed. It does not have the typical overwhelming scratchy rooibos taste. Absent from my perspective is the citrus. I am certain that is what tames the herbal leaf. I just don’t taste it. Once the cup cools the bergamot comes out to play and it is pleasant enough. I liked this best at room temperature. If you are looking for a way to learn to like rooibos, this might do it for you. If you want a stout cup of herbal Earl Grey this is not it. As its own thing, I did enjoy this one.

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
1418 tasting notes

A beautiful cup of tea on a day when it was needed beyond words. Thank you ashmanra.

ashmanra

You’re welcome! >hugs<

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
1418 tasting notes

Our usual tradition is to go out for breakfast on Saturdays. Always the same place where I always order hot tea. Because of my wife’s craft shows we haven’t gone for a month. I was happy to see our server today is the same that told me she was a total tea fan girl. When I ordered she warned, “You know it will take a while because I have to warm up the mug.” When she brought it out the tea was already in the steaming mug and she placed a saucer on top as a lid after setting it down. Awesome. I told her how cool it was to be served by someone who ‘gets it’. She was busy so I waited for a slow moment and asked if she ever drank loose leaf. She does. I told her I would bring her a thank you package next time. She said her favorite is chai but she would try about anything. I might still have some white chai. That made her eyes light up. Now if she can just get the other servers trained in the ways of tea, this corner of the world will be better for it.

Even lowly tea-bag tea actually can be pretty decent if prepared correctly especially when served with a meal.

Ysaurella

oh my God there are a lot of corners of the world to train to get a decent cup of tea outside home…and big cities aren’t better at all. Lucky you to have found this charming lady.

Suziqzer

Yeah for a server who gets it. Maybe if she brags about her little package from you, the others there may be intrigued to learn as well.

gmathis

What kind of crafts? It’s heavy crafting season around here, too.

K S

I’ve tried talking to a couple of the other regular servers. Yeah, their eyes glaze over very quickly. This lady is a jewel. I get far better tea from the bag with her serving than I do at the coffee shop that carries tea.

gmathis – she makes doll clothes that fit 18" or American Girl dolls. If I understood imgur I would post a pic of a biker chick outfit she made. I picked out the pleather material and suggested chains. A lady at the Harley shop came up with other ideas.

K S

I uploaded a couple pics on picasa my wife took of her biker girl. I think you can view them. It is actually a lot cuter in person. Let me know if you can view them as I haven’t tried this before. https://picasaweb.google.com/112676022270636121955/BikerGirl?authkey=Gv1sRgCKmZlejRpMuvZA

gmathis

Now I remember—you’d mentioned it somewhere along the line. The biker babe is adorable!

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drank Mindful Morning Blend by Plum Deluxe
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Oh Poo! My teapot skills are terrible. I wanted to share this with my son this morning, so I made a pot full. A pretty insignificant pot full. Yesterday’s mug was so wonderful. I thought I added enough leaf today, but obviously not. I should have just brewed individual mugs. I know how to do that. Next time. Then he stomped me in Mario Kart 8. Finally, as he walked out the door he pocketed my Periwinkle tea. Hmmph! :)

Kittenna

:o That boy! Hahaha.

Tea Sipper

Aw, I’ve been wishing I could play Mario kart 8!

cookies

Your family stories are always so cute.

Tabby

Have you guys gotten the DLC? We’re loving the multi-colored Yoshies. :D

K S

With rural internet you have to be real protective of what you download. 1Gb is a lot of download. Is it worth it? My wife always uses Yoshie.

gmathis

I’ll take Princess Peach, thank you :)

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drank Mindful Morning Blend by Plum Deluxe
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I think I just fixed a mug of tea with bergamot that even Sil would enjoy (Yes, I believe in miracles). I personally don’t think of this as an Earl Grey. Yeah, it starts with Ceylon black tea and a very light hand on the bergamot, but it transcends from there. The addition of orange pieces and honey granules makes this smell so good I wanted to eat it. The taste is very similar to the aroma. The Ceylon adds something sort of an almost chocolate to the orange and honey. It has a vanilla feel and taste. I don’t know where the vanilla comes from but I enjoyed it more than any Earl Grey Cream I have tried. It accomplishes this with solid flavors that do not go over the top and heavy. Did I mention how good this smells?

Anlina

Wishlisted!

Sil

hahahahahaha

i dunno KS… i’ve only ever had like ONE BLERGAMOT tea i liked…

gmathis

You’ve read my comments about trying to like Earl Grey annually and failing…this, however, sound great!

ashmanra

Your description is reminding me of Gout Russe Douchka by Dammann. It sounds wonderful.

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I am not even sure how long it has been since I’ve posted or had real tea. Too much going on to sit and relax. Finally had a quiet moment. I grabbed this one because it was at the front of my What-Cha box. While not the greatest reason, it turned out to be an excellent choice. This is such a wonderful cup of green tea. Crisp and refreshing, light and lingering. Turns out this is just what I needed.

gmathis

Yay for quiet moments!

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