1673 Tasting Notes

drank White Christmas by Stash Tea Company
1673 tasting notes

Had this twice today. First with boiling water. In my defense there are no directions on the envelop. The taste is cooling peppermint with a light hit of heat at the end from the ginger. Kind of neat. I can sort of taste the white tea but not really except I taste tea in the aftertaste. It just seems muted – even with some sweetener added.

The second cup I used 160F water. The flavor of the tea is fuller and sweeter this way. It is still somewhat muted from the bag but otherwise a simple pleasant cup on a bitter cold snow blowing day. Days like this, I don’t miss work at all (OK that’s pretty much everyday).

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drank Earl Grey by Petit Tea
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This is an infuser system that comes 12 to a box. Each is individually wrapped and contains 2.5 g of leaf. The infuser appears to be aluminum with rows of holes. It is intended to be an upgraded replacement for bags. I used one infuser in a mug of boiling water. The dry stick has a strong bergamot scent. Once infused it is much more calm and refined. The tea base is a blend of Darjeeling and Assam. That makes a pretty solid combination. Where as my normal Earl has a harsh Ceylon edge, this is smooth and you can actually taste it. The bergamot is natural, bright and citrusy. Strong enough to know this is Earl Grey without assualting your senses. Yeah, so a little bit of a straying from my normal barbarian cup. I added a little sweetener halfway through the cup and in addition to being sweet, I think it broadened both the citrus and the base notes. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m actually pleasantly surprised. It easily made a second cup.

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drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
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This is a flavored rooibos herbal in a bag. The first thing I noticed when tasting is the lack of that harsh scratchy woody rooibos taste. I don’t even smell it. I like that. It tastes predominantly of cinnamon. What little (by my standards) heat I catch I think is the ginger grabbing as the cinnamon passes by. There is orange, chamomile, and anise that add sweetness without calling much attention to themselves. The lemongrass is more fill in than a real note. I thought it was a fun cup

Dad is coming home today so thanks all for the prayers and support.

mrmopar

Good to hear!

tigress_al

Great news!

ashmanra

I had missed this note! Good news! Also, did the rooibos not have that Robitussin taste? I don’t get woody notes from it, I get cough syrup!

K S

Rooibos is a flavor I usually can’t find words to describe. I can see the cough syrup analogy. To me, worse case, it is more like drinking cherry wood sawdust. Here I honestly don’t taste it at all. They have two versions – this one is decaf, the other, if I recall correctly, is black tea based. The taste is similar but different with each.

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drank Peppermint Bark by Bigelow
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O Ggmathis, why didn’t I remember your review before I brewed this one? On its own this is tasty but lacks a certain wow factor. Had I remembered her comments, I have a whole box of cacao nibs I could have added. Primarily, this is a light peppermint tea. It doesn’t beat you up with mint yet is obviously mint. A good balance in that respect. It is just the chocolate doesn’t reach that decadent level I crave. I added Splenda and it brightened the cup but didn’t really fix it. I may have to try this again with some Charlie Brown love added. Thanks ggmathis.
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Dad – there was no infection and no clear idea what was going on. One of his nurses told him she laid awake all night trying to figure out what to do for him. She told his family doctor her idea, who agreed to let her try. They treated his leg as if it were a severe burn. He immediately began to respond. After just a couple days the leg has gone from black and blue to nice and pink. Still looks kind of gross but nothing like it was before she treated him. He is walking all over the hospital wing now and making plans to come home. Truly miraculous.

Sil

that is AMAZING news…how incredible to have someone there helping your father out. So glad to hear the good news

mrmopar

Yay for the good news.

__Morgana__

Great news!

Evol Ving Ness

How wonderful to have especially caring medical staff engaged in promoting his recovery! Hurray! Happy for you and yours.

gmathis

Let me know if you want me to mail another bag :) I bought more. And thanks for sharing the good grandpa news! What an awesome nursing staff!

K S

So where did those extra G’s come from. LOL I’m going to look when I go to the big city later this week and see if I can find this one but thanks.

ashmanra

Wow, that is awesome news! Glad to hear your dad is getting better, and God bless that nurse.

tigress_al

That’s great news!

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You ever had a tea that you weren’t sure how to review? Yeah, this one. Most of you know I am addicted to Earl Grey. It’s way beyond passion. And not just any old EG. I want Viking Earl Grey. When I’m done with the cup I want to see the path the barbarian cup has cleared.

Jasmine, I have learned to love much more recently. As long as it is scented and not flavored, I am open minded.

This tea smells like a bergamot bomb when you open the package, but once brewed it becomes a gentle lamb of a cup. The bergamot is the lightest background note. I am not sure how that is even possible. The jasmine is slightly easier to detect and is quite natural.

What the cup really is about is the blending of Chinese black in the form of possibly a Keemun from the light smokiness, or a Yunnan based on the smoothness, and the controlled bite of an Indian tea, accompanied by a pleasant Chinese green that is especially present in the aftertaste. To this add a soft kiss of citrus and an equally gentle touch floral that emerge during the sip and you have this tea.

Non tea stuff – Went to see dad last night. It was the first time since his knee replacement that he looked and acted like himself. He was sitting in a chair, smiling and joking. He was also bragging on the 10 steps he took earlier in the day. The nurses say the doctor has been in his room but he never bothered waking dad to talk to him. We still don’t know what is causing the leg blisters. Still taking it one day at a time but cautiously optimistic that he is over the worst.

Sil

glad things appear to be going well for your dad

__Morgana__

What Sil said.

ashmanra

The tea sounds quite interesting, and the good news is welcome! YAY!

gmathis

My (sometimes surprisingly wise) son says this about our elders: “As long as they’ve got their moxie, it’s going to be OK.” ’

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I may have finally lost what little is left of my mind. While putting the bag in my cup I started singing “Sugar Cookie, you’re the one” to the tune of Rubber Ducky. So this may be followed with “they’re coming to take me away ha ha”, but I don’t care. So good. The yum is strong with this one! (Que Star Wars music).

Daylon R Thomas

I wanted to try that one for an emergency herbal. Now, I know it’s a good idea.

ashmanra

Family just got done praying for your dad. Keep us posted!

gmathis

That jingle will play through my head every time I have a cup now!

K S

Daylon – I buy this one, and candy cane lane, up in volume around the holidays so I can have them all year long.

Ashmanra – when the 3(!) young nurses came to take the cultures, they formed a circle around him and prayed first. Dad was comforted and deeply touched.

Gmathis – my job is complete. Now I won’t be the only one.

gmathis

I’m thinking the world could use a few more of those nurses :) That’s just beautiful.

ashmanra

Wonderful!

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Morning tea with a little sweetener accompanied by a sausage and cheese sandwich. My tea, that has been family so long I don’t care if others like it or not. This is Earl Grey to me. The Ceylon has a pleasant amount of bitter bite and the bergamot has a perfectly pungent aroma. Thank you very much.

Thanks to all who have offered well wishes and especially prayers for my dad. The nurse finally made the doctor order tests. It will take a few days to get results. In the meantime, I am trying to be properly angered without improper behavior. It may be just another day at work for the doctor but that is MY Dad in that bed. Mom said last night she tried to talk dad out of surgery during the holidays. He just wanted it over and done. Mom has a bad heart and I’m worried about the stress on her. I’m on a walker with an oxygen tank so there isn’t a lot I can do to help. Just trying to be there. Thanks again for the prayers.

boychik

I’m so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts

Maddy Barone

Oh, wow. Thinking good thoughts for all of you.

Evol Ving Ness

Sending good thoughts your way.

TeaExplorer

I went through something similar with my dad a couple of years ago, and I know how stressful and worrisome this can be. My thoughts are with you and your family, and I hope it works out alright for your dad.

gmathis

Peace and patience to you all while you wait!

K S

Thanks all. Dad’s family doctor checked on him today. She was more than a little unhappy. Looks like I can turn over kick some butt duties to her. The surgeon is ‘scheduled’ to make an appearance tomorrow. On the plus side, the therapist said he is making good progress with his knee despite the complications.

tigress_al

Praying for your dad to get the help and progress he needs

__Morgana__

Thinking about you and your family. Take care.

mrmopar

If you need anything let us know. Glad to help if we can, even if only for emotional support.

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drank White Christmas by Stash Tea Company
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Hmmm, a Stash tea I have never tried. Back a little more than half dozen years ago, Stash was as close to high quality tea as was available locally. Goes to show there really has been some progress around my little town.

This is a bagged tea. It is predominantly peppermint in taste. Maybe I catch a hint of the ginger or probably I just think I do because I know it is in there. Kind of the same with the white tea base – except I actually do taste tea, just not well enough to say it is a white tea. Nothing amazing but pleasant enough. Thank you Ashmanra for the retro cuppa.

Non tea stuff – my 85 year old dad had a knee replacement Tuesday before Christmas. Surgery went well. His knee looks good considering, but his leg looks scary. I didn’t want him to do this during the holiday as doctors and the regular crew are hard to locate. When we do corner them, they aren’t saying much. I think he has a major infection. It doesn’t seem to be in the incision at this point but below his knee to his ankle is really concerning.

Nicole

That’s a scary situation. Hope you can get some answers soon and things are okay.

ashmanra

Oh dear! Adding your dad to our prayer list for sure! Keep us updated!

tigress_al

Oh no :(. Get that checked out asap

mrmopar

I’m with ash, added him in.

gmathis

Praying in Missouri! Know firsthand the frustration of trying to get care (in our case in a rural hospital) on holidays and weekends.

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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Today I abused this tea on purpose. Over-leafed, over-heated, and over-steeped. I wanted to see what happens, you know, for science. As Adam Savage says, “Failure is always an option.” Prepared this way, the base behaves like a more typical Ceylon tea – with a hefty bite and bitterness. Normally I use abt 3 g for a normal mug (10 oz), and water at around 190-195 F, with a 3 minute max steep and it is always smooth and refined with a proper hit of Bergamot. Today was more like 5 g, full rolling boil, and at min a 4 minute steep. I drank all but next cup I’m going back to proper brewing.

Fjellrev

Sometimes defying the recommended steeping parameters leads to amazing discoveries so good on you!

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Just read through my old reviews of this tea and still agree with every one of them. Smells intense. Not for smoke weenies. Taste is milder, layered, and sweet. I miss you The Persimmon Tree.

Yesterday was the last of the Christmas music for another 11 months. Christmas music is brutal for a guitar and bass. I noticed even our professional level drummer was having a hard time making 12/8 timing fun.

Finished off this week, just me on guitar and one singer. She has an awesome voice. We did El Shaddai. It isn’t a Christmas song really, but fit the moment. I played fingerpick style. Our bass player is a much better guitarist than me, but when I finished, he looked at me and said that was an awesome job. Meant a lot coming from him.

Back to this tea – my wife hates it when I brew it. She can’t stand all that wonderful smoky aroma that fills the house. Mmmmm.

gmathis

(Lyrics to El Shaddai wandering through my head … absolutely fitting for a Christmas service!)

Jim Marks

Are you a fan of Upton Tea’s “black dragon”?

Also, amazed anyone still remembers El Shaddai.

K S

I have not tried black dragon but reading others reviews it sounds like a lighter tasty version. I pretty much like the whole range of smoky teas as long as it avoids ashtray.

As for the song, you know there are thousands of new ones written every year, but only a few have staying power. While this one isn’t my normal listening style, I did remember it. I also really enjoyed our arrangement of it.

ashmanra

I could hear Amy’s voice as soon as I read that. Black Dragon is an awesome tea that I had intended to restock for Christmas but got distracted and ordered other teas for youngest. It is one of her favorites. Big sis gave her two other Lapsangs, though.

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