1679 Tasting Notes

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
1679 tasting notes

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
1679 tasting notes

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
1679 tasting notes

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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drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
1679 tasting notes

Today is another mandatory sip what I really want tea day. I think I may have reached near saturation point on try every tea. So this one has been a favorite for a few years now. Of course the Persimmon Tree is currently on hiatus with no clue if or when they will be back. So I have been holding this one back. Can’t even explain why I love this. I think it is because it is so unusual. It isn’t really a floral tea, even if it is, and the green base has such a strong presence that I find comforting. I have two ounces and then I have to find a new source. I think What-Cha has this or a very similar tea.

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drank Malawi Zomba Pearls White by What-Cha
1679 tasting notes

Taking a break. I have been working on putting together Christmas chord sheets and learning to play carols since before Thanksgiving. Then in my free time I have my, much neglected of late, tea blog, and several forums I frequent, along with my Kerbal Space Adventures game to which I’m addicted. Somewhere in there, needs to be some tea, just for the pure enjoyment, time.

I finally set everything aside and dug into the mountain of tea until I found Zombie Pearls. I love this stuff. With the first steep, the little bug shaped pearls barely open. This always tastes crisp and clean. Today while this was steeping I grabbed a big spoon of peanut butter. As I was enjoying it, I thought I might be ruining the tea I desperately needed. Instead I accidentally stumbled upon the most perfect pairing, at least to my uncultured taste buds. The cucumber and other white tea notes rose above the peanut butter and really shined through.

If you haven’t experienced this tea type I highly recommend it – and peanut butter (in my case Great Value brand with the red lid). Yum!

TeaExplorer

Great Value brand with the red lid
Don’t sell yourself short … you are indeed a connoisseur :p

gmathis

It has taken me years to convince the hubster that Great Value stuff, generally speaking, is absolutely acceptable. We’re getting there.

K S

Once in a while I vow never again on a particular item, however much of it is identical or just as good.

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drank Mango Me Crazy by Good Earth
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As you may or may not be aware, I battle with respiratory issues. Well, during Thanksgiving my niece had a scented candle burning. It was a light cinnamon something and quite pleasant. Until I got up the next morning. I had a major flare up. Fought it with lots of drugs and anti-biotics. Was feeling pretty good until yesterday. We plugged in a couple air freshener night lights, and a few hours later I could feel it clogging up the lungs. So back on the drugs. I am telling you this so as you gather with family this holiday season that you might think twice before lighting that candle or setting out that potpourri if one of your guests has a weakened system or has asthma.

Anyway, this tea – from a bag. Smells pretty inviting. I have no idea what an actual mango smells like (I’ve led such a sheltered culinary life). This reminds me of peaches but more prickly and with some tartness. If that’s mango, then nailed it. Don’t read the list of ingredients or you’ll just go eeeewwww. OK I’ll tell you – hibiscus, rosehips, and chamomile are in there as well as stevia. (All together now – eeeewwww) The however is that it works here. What I taste is that sweet fruity tartness. It is actually pretty enjoyable. My only complaint is the bitterness in the aftertaste from the stevia. On the other hand, I think it is there to complete the tartness/sweet of the fruit flavor. I would like to try it without the stevia and see for myself if it is necessary.

tigress_al

My daughter has fairly bad eczema and it really flares up around heavily scented products like this as well. People (me included) sometimes don’t realize how sensitive people can be. Thanks for reminding people!
Glad you are feeling better!

K S

Thanks for sharing tigress_al. I learned something. Perfume smells don’t bother me personally. It is the oil or waxiness that gets me.

Maddy Barone

It’s especially hard for me because I can’t smell. I have no idea what it is that causes my asthma to kick in. But there are some sections of crafts stores that I’ve learned to avoid. Hope you’re feeling better soon, KS.

K S

Maddy, I can’t even imagine. I’m not good at avoiding the triggers and I can smell them.

Kristal

My mom is allergic to strong scents, so I hear you!

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A new to me company even if they have been around for years. Their website (tea-and-coffee.com) has some 700! different blends. This one smells so calming. I could set this out in a dish and just enjoy the aroma… or I could drink it.

The taste is more subtle than the scent suggested. Based on the ingredients, I was a little concerned it would be a big chai like smack to the senses. Nope. Just like the aroma, this is mainly a pleasant orange tasting tea with the spices filling out the flavor rather than trying to steal the stage.

The flavor kind of goes orange, cinnamon and clove, cardamom, then drifts into the slightest heat from the pink peppercorn. So subtle but a nice touch. It has a sweet lingering aftertaste.

I added sweetener and though it wasn’t needed, it took sweetening in stride. This is a pleasantly cozy cup.

Kristal

700! I may have to investigate!

Fjellrev

Wow, just bookmarked their site. So many options. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

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