1251 Tasting Notes

Yesterday I had the bagged version iced. It was good for the moment. Today we left home early and on the way out of town I grabbed one of these full leaf sachets iced at Starbuck’s. Iced tea seems to confuse them. That amuses me. I ended up with one iced tea and a cup of hot tea. The iced was nice and citrusy floral with lavender notes. Once I finished it, I grabbed the now cooled hot cup and yeah, I couldn’t drink it. I made a scrunchy face that lasted several minutes. I very seldom complain of astringency but this was like hyper astringent.

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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Another thanks to CelebriTEA. Much Thanks. I’ve mentioned this a long time ago but I cannot buy this in bagged form around here. Well, I can, but it is always spoiled. Too much heat, too old, direct sunlight? Who knows but the local bagged stuff is not good. So I open the envelope and it smells of floral bergamot (Yum). Steeped and iced – this is going well with lunch. This will do nicely until I am forced into Starbucks and have a cup of their over pricey but otherwise very good earl grey sachet.

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drank Darjeeling by Tea of Life
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This bagged offering came to me from CelebriTEA. I took her advice and only steeped this for 3 minutes at 180 F. Without additions this was pretty lifeless. I added Splenda and now I taste woodsy with cinnamon notes and light floral muscatel. Of course there is a lot of side tongue tingle. I don’t like milk in my black tea but I think that is what this is demanding. It isn’t the most horrible tea I’ve had by far but my thought is you can do better. I have no problem with bagged and I am a big fan of cheap bargain finds. My favorite cheap bagged Darjeeling is Mother Parker’s. This Tea of Life offering behaves more like a cheap aggressive Assam. This is the first time I have clicked the not recommended button. CelebriTEA called this a regret purchase. I’ve had more than a few of those myself.

Suziqzer

Two thumbs down .. Yikes.

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drank Special Blend by S&D TEA
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Today is our 33rd anniversary (applause applause). With the cold rainy weather we changed our plans and just went looking at dogs at the animal shelters. For some reason my wife thinks Spike needs a playmate. My opinion is, it will just eat my pretzels and poop on the floor but what do I know. Luckily – I mean sadly ;) we didn’t find any small house dogs she had to bring home.

In between shelters we went out for lunch at Texas Roadhouse. They have changed their iced tea since our last time there. They are now serving this brand. I am pretty sure it is because Cheddars next door is putting the hurt on them. I love this stuff. For a bagged tea this smooth roasty blend hits the spot. Steak was good too.

The secret to a long marriage? Early on we agreed, the lid goes down. That way no one gets a middle of the night surprise.

boychik

Wow, 33 yrs. Happy Anniversary and may you have many more years together!

keychange

Congratulations on 33 years and toilet seat mastery!

TeaBrat

congrads on 33!

Suziqzer

Congrats on the Anniversary! I like to look at other puppies too, but know I can’t bring one home… our Izzy is one dog enough for this household right now.

looseTman

After 33 years, what’s your all-time favorite tea that you both equally enjoy?

Nxtdoor

Wow. Congratulations. May you continue to enrich each other’s lives for many more.

TheTeaFairy

Aww, happy anniversary K S!!!

caile

Happy anniversary!!

mrmopar

Happy Anniversary! You guys are the testament to livin the good book brother!

gmathis

Applause, indeed!

Veronica

Happy Anniversary!

ashmanra

Woo hoo! Happy Anniversary, and hugs to you and the missus!

Angrboda

Happy anniversary. :) (Lid goes down in our house, although we didn’t really care about the seat position at first. One person remembering to lift or the other person remembering to put it down makes no difference, we thought. Then we bought two kittens, and one of them promptly fell in. :p )

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I wondered if this would ever happen. I had a Starbucks green tea frap yesterday. It was same as always but I found myself longing for this instead. After increasing the vanilla a little, this is a really good low calorie alternative that i actually like better.

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It’s cold. It’s raining. The furnace is running. I checked the calendar and it’s the middle of May even if I can’t tell it. Peach tea just says summer to me. So closing my eyes and pretending. Steeped this up and hot it is a light flavorful peach and white peony. Very pleasant. Very relaxing. Halfway through the cup I realized I was late for an appointment and had to abandon the tea. When I got home I decided to go ahead and taste it. Very happy I did. Once the heat leaves the cup the peach begins to jump and shout. This becomes the summer thirst quenching peach tea I wanted today. Cold and nasty outside but it’s summer in my den. This begs for ice.

caile

That is sort of how the weather was here yesterday, and I actually made iced tea just to have something summery. At least today it is sunny and starting to warm up I think. Hopefully the sun will be shining there soon as well!

Suziqzer

Crazy isn’t it?? Two days ago we were wearing shorts, today jeans and a sweatshirt… Brrr!!

gmathis

Frost this morning here, too. I think I’m glad all my mint-lets are portable so I can stick them in the garage.

K S

54F for a high and raining off and on again today. We haven’t even bothered with herbs this year.

caile

Aw, that’s too bad – still so chilly, especially when its rainy!

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I had my usual green tea powder and milk breakfast. Then started working on music for band practice tonight. I got so involved my wife had to shove lunch under my nose. I decided there was no point in tea if I wasn’t going to give it the proper attention. Now I am sitting back and checking my chord sheets so I had time for this one while making corrections. I had a little more leaf than needed but not enough to make two sessions, so in it all goes. I just reduced the steep time a little to compensate. Wonderful malt, molasses, and baked brown bread flavors today. This is a really nice Yunnan.

Now I’m off to the other room to make corrections on the desk top computer and print.

SFTGFOP

I still can’t get over their use of the word “Non pareil”

mrmopar

I think it translates to “Without Equal” but my skills are ages old..

mrmopar

I think it translates to “Without Equal” but my skills are ages old..

SFTGFOP

haha yep, but it is more commonly used to refer to a chocolate candy.

secondly Teavivre’s claim of “without equal” isn’t that strong in my opinion

K S

I had to look the candy up. I remember them from my childhood. I think they were called sno-caps or something similar.

I also looked up the word a while back when first used by Teavivre. Without equal seems correct. To me they are simply stating this is their top of the line grade of a particular tea. As a purveyor of tea they are hoping to make their offerings sound as appealing as possible. Since Teavivre is my favorite company for jasmine and unscented teas, the use of the word nonpareil works for me. I do tend to compare new teas I try to their tea. Feel free to have a different benchmark.

SFTGFOP

I understand that they want to denote their top tea, but I’m confused about why they use a french word (as they are clearly not a french company)

K S

Ah, this I can help with. From the first line on their About Us page: TeaVivre is a group of tea lovers and aficionados from China, Canada and France…

K S

Did you notice the company’s name is also in part French?

SFTGFOP

ah! That makes a little more sense, I hadn’t noticed that

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drank London Fog by Primula Tea
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Primula blooming teas are kind of hit and miss with me. This one I actually enjoyed. The flavor is light and sweet jasmine with the green tea also being soft but pleasant. I cannot single out the nasturtium flower taste wise. The display is not amazing but it is pretty. The tea is lightly tinted green. I don’t care for blooming teas that belt you with flavor because most of them are just barely drinkable. This one, while it was not outstanding, it also had nothing off putting in the taste. Strange as it may sound based on what I wrote, this may be my favorite from Primula.

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I think I have developed a new addiction. I have been starting every morning with this one mixed with milk, caramel, and vanilla syrup. I am also noticing the amount I add to the glass is growing each day. I am up to a lightly heaping tsp. I started with only 1/4 tsp. I have learned to appreciate the taste on its own merits instead of comparing it to my usual Thursday drink. The syrups are sugar free so the only calories are in the 2% milk but with the added bonus of the benefits of tea.

Stephanie

That sounds really good :)

K S

I’ve been offered fancier stuff, but honestly I am not sure I want to know at the moment. I am having fun in my blissful lack of knowing any different.

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drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
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There is no doubt this is beautiful leaf. The flavors are well blended. I would think with vanilla as the first word in the name that this would be far more vanilla. To me it was only a subtle hint of creaminess. Mainly this is ginger, orange, and cinnamon. The black base peaks out occasionally. I think that is my main complaint. I want less stuff and more tea. Good but not my thing.

Sil

haha and here i am waaaaating for this to come back sigh

boychik

That’s how I felt KS until I brewed it like chai. Milk, maple syrup, and tiny amount of coconut oil(they say its so good for you). It was delicious.

K S

I have never learned to really like chai. That probably explains my lack of enthusiasm for this blend. Weird. I tend to like everything else.

boychik

Chai is not my fav, I don’t even have it. Since I was stuck with this tea I decided to experiment. I gave it to try to my kids and hubby and they loved it. I sent the rest to Terri.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

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