1543 Tasting Notes

drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
1543 tasting notes

Yeah! I finally get to drink some tea! Check out the picture of this one. It looks alien. It smells delicious. I sipped this hot, but the taste reminds me of a grown up shaved ice drink. I imagine this would be awesome iced with a little sugar. There are several different berry and citrus ingredients in this. I personally could only separate out the blueberry. It all blends so perfectly, maybe too perfectly? Nice lingering aftertaste. I sipped this slowly and enjoyed every sip.

gmathis

Yum. Pretty leaves.

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Since I am not working, I have been going with my wife on Thursdays paying bills and buying groceries. I now understand why my wife thinks I am trapped in at least a 20 year old time loop. Wow, the world has gotten expensive. Should have been a 35 year old time loop – the music was better.

The weather was gorgeous this morning. Perfect for sipping on a sweet icy tea drink. I get this skinny without the whipped cream. Today it was too heavy on the syrup and too light on the matcha powder but refreshing none the less.

Now I am off to a meeting to learn to federalize my resume. I believe it is mostly pointless. I know how to write a resume. The problem is I need some skills updating. I can’t get that until fall. Why am I going? My Voc Rehab counselor says it will be good for me. When did she become my mother? My meeting is an hour away, so I guess I am not going to get real tea again today. sigh.

Reading back, I sound a little gripe-y but I really am not. I just want good tea.

gmathis

I am not the regular family shopper, so when I go along for the ride, there’s always some serious sticker shock.

TeaBrat

Good luck, looking for a job is painful, I hope you enjoy some of your free time if possible.

K S

The toys I am interested in, like guitars, telescopes, and computers, I have kept track of what they cost. Ground beef and toilet paper, while both are important :) i really didn’t care what they cost. Until now. Steak?!?! Holy, never gonna buy it again, Batman!

K S

Amy oh – thanks. It wasn’t a complete waste but not the eye opening revelation my counselor tried to convince me it would be. Stopped at a little car hop joint on the way home and had a nice tenderloin & fries. Good eats on a beautiful evening. Life is good.

gmathis

Guitars are outrageous. Hubby builds from kits and even unfinished parts price lists make me woozy. And brand name cereal? Ay-yi-yi.

K S

I bought an outrageously expensive guitar about 6 years ago for about 1/3 list. I may have had to eat a lot of food in a white box with blue letters but I have not regretted owning my personal version of Excalibur and I learned I actually like generic Cheerios better than the real thing.

CHAroma

I don’t mind the gripe. Everyone’s entitled to good tea! I’ve been known to gripe quite a bit on here myself. ;) Good luck with the job hunt!

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This is my third dragon well furnished by Teavivre. Nonpareil according to Wikipedia means ‘without equal’. This is a pre-ming tea. That means this is a rare high quality tea and a treat for me to get to try it.

The leaf is straight, flat, and emerald as it is supposed to be. Once the water hits it the aroma is an amazing steamed spinach. Love the scent. The first thing I noticed about the sip is it is very smooth and mellow. It is slightly sweet and has a milky like feel across the tongue.

I have also had the Superfine and the Premium versions of this tea. Each has the basic Long Jing flavor, yet each is different. This is the most mellow of the three. The Premium had the most bite. Teavivre says this has a chestnut like taste. I am not familiar with the taste of chestnuts, so I can’t verify the similarity. To me it is non-bitter Chinese grassy green tea with a woody/nutty kind flavor. The aftertaste lingers nicely.

It has been 4 days since I have had a good cup of tea. I have been too busy fighting a virus to even care about good tea (today I declare victory over you stupid virus). It was so tempting to just grab a low quality glass out of the fridge. So glad I took the time for this one today. A very nice cup.

gmathis

That’s funny…to me, nonpareils are those little flat chocolate candies with sprinkles. I was waiting for you to get to the sprinkle part of your review.

Ysaurella

you can copy and paste your comment in a new comment, amend it and post it…then you erase your previous comment …I did that a thousand times because of my Frenglish ! :)

K S

Thanks Ysaurella, I have no excuse except I hit post before I look. lol.

Edited comment in English (I hope): Ooooh, I love those! I just didn’t know what they were called. Its kind of the same thing only different. :)

gmathis

I rarely meet a type of chocolate I don’t like. (Even as we speak, recovering from a coma-like sugar buzz from a Boston Creme Pie cupcake from Smallcakes.)

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drank Decaffeinated British Blend by Tetley
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My interview went ok Friday but I won’t get the job. I do not have 3D drafting experience. The earliest I can take a class for this is August. I was afraid I was going to not feel well during the interview but I felt great, maybe adrenaline kicked in or something. Anyway after playing at church this morning I came home and hit the couch. After a 5 minute power nap I woke up and the crud hit me hard. I feel like %^&*#! Chased Advil with multiple Mtn Dews. Had to run to the funeral home for a church friend. Came home and plopped on the couch again, where I intend to stay. Now I am in need of iced tea. This was made. It is cold. Decaf is probably a good thing at this point. Hope tomorrow brings dry warmer weather and the end of crud.

Sil

Sorry you won’t get the job but at least you put yourself out there.

K S

It was pretty clear in their job description but I figured maybe I will be the best not qualified candidate they interview. :) Hey, can’t happen if you don’t try.

Nicole

Sorry to hear about the job. Hope you feel better quickly. Good luck in your continuing search. I didn’t know you were a drafter. What discipline? Civil, mechanical?

MegWesley

Well, the good thing was that you felt better during the interview. Hope you feel better soon. And you are right, nothing can happen if you don’t try.

K S

Nicole, 2D architectural sort of. I made drawings for a stone fabricator. I’ve worked on several buildings on Pennsylvania Ave in DC, and once on the Pentagon.

MegWesley, Exactly! One of the realities of life that escapes too many people.

Nicole

Ah, I started in civil and have ended up in structural. Bridges. Mostly in MO & KS but one in WY and the new mess in Arlington with all of their HOV lanes they have been putting in. :) Architectural drafting always appealed to me.

Rie

May tomorrow bring you better weather althroughout, K S! (^v^)/

CHAroma

Aww, shucks. I did the same thing when I was job hunting. If there’s even a small chance, I say go for it! Sometimes they’re willing to teach you on-the-job. Good luck on your future interviews! I hope you get a great job & feel better soon!

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This is the Spring 2013 production of this tea. The dry scent in the sample bag is slightly sour and reminds me of fresh baled hay. The aroma of the wet leaf makes me think stew beef and buttery beans. The liquor is light yellow green and very clear and bright.

The sip is crisp and fresh with a slight bitter edge with a mineral finish that I find produces a very refreshing mug. There is a milkiness to the feel. The taste is vegetal and what I guess is best described as nutty. I find it more savory than sweet. The aftertaste lingers nicely.

Going strictly from memory (usually not a good idea) of the premium grade I tried long ago I believe this version is brighter with less of a roasty feel about it.

I would not normally think to ice this, but as I was typing my notes the mug reached room temperature and I must say I really liked this cold.

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drank Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea by Teavivre
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I went looking for some Irish Breakfast but I am too asleep to remember where I put any of it. Note to self: Really shouldn’t hide your wake me up tea.

This one was setting out. I have had it open for almost a year. It still seems fresh as can be. A really good everyday malty black.

Went to bed last night at 10:30. Woke up at 12:30 thinking it was morning. Tossed and turned until 6:30 when I gave up. Definite need of a hefty mug of ambition.

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that tossing & turning happens, ughghgh. This is a lovely tea though!

CHAroma

“Note to self: Really shouldn’t hide your wake me up tea.” LOL!

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drank Nepal, Mist Valley by Simpson & Vail
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Went to bed at 11 got up at 3. I’ve done that for a couple days now. I haven’t felt well but not bad enough I knew what was wrong. Well, Tuesday I did have to break out the nebulizer to feel like I had any air in my lungs, but other than that I just felt – blah. I haven’t even felt like drinking tea or much of anything else. This morning I woke up with a stomach virus. I have a job interview Friday. I have to feel better (even if I don’t – you know). I don’t have all the training they are looking for, so really my only hope is neither do any of the other candidates. The earliest Ivy Tech is offering any courses I need to update my skills is fall. Classes had already started this spring when I was let go.

I’m rambling, sorry. I have a bunch of new teas to review and I just don’t feel up to it yet. Having this one to start my day. It is a wonderful cup of malt and cocoa and fruit. Smelled very earthy as I was brewing it. I have got to get some fluids in me and this is pretty easy on the stomach which I apparently need this morning.

I’m through whining now ;)

Sil

I hope you start feeling better. I will totally send good luck vibes your way for Friday!

gmathis

Whine all you like. I was just about to write a tasting note that started off roughly the same way. I still may ;)

Take care of yourself.

MegWesley

Good luck vibes going your way! Feel better soon.

Mercuryhime

Feel better! And good luck! You’ll floor them within your awesome personality. :)

Nicole

Good luck. Hope you feel better.

mrmopar

Best luck to you saying a prayer for your interview and to hope you feel better!

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Woke up at 4:00 AM. Tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t. Now it is almost daylight and I have to stay awake. This fit the bill. As long as I hold the steep time down this is wonderfully fruity and delish. Now that I have learned how to prepare it I am upping the rating. Sip down.

I am running (not literally) all day today, so this may be my only cup. At least it was a good one.

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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
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7:00 PM and this is my first cup of the day! I have been outside enjoying the sun all afternoon. It was around 70 and gorgeous, even built a fire in the pit and roasted hot dogs.

Kind of stuck on this tea lately. Moving on will be a little easier since a new box of Teavivre samples just arrived today. It only took 9 days to get here from China! Amazing.

gmathis

Yum—hot dogs are at the top of my hubby’s “can’t like an 18-year-old any more” list, and I’m overdue for one with spicy mustard and dill relish.

K S

I had them with a diet Dr Pepper. Pretty sure they cancel each other out… followed by, why are my pants shrinking. I’ll save you one next time.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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If I were to try this loose leaf version for the very first time today I would probably give it an 83 or so but it is my comfort tea so the high rating stands.

Today I poured it into my new double walled ceramic travel cup from Starbucks. It did not suck the flavor out of the cup like our plastic lined cups. It smelled like tea. It tasted like tea, and the ceramic felt good on the lips. The near boiling water made the rim very hot at first. Once it was cool enough to the touch, the tea was also cooled enough to drink comfortably. It fit securely in the cup holder of my car. I think I will like this cup. It did justice to my comfort tea.

TheTeaFairy

Yay, glad you got your ceramic travel mug, makes a world of difference doesn’t it?

Terri HarpLady

This is Tony’s ‘go to’ Earl grey right now :)
Glad you got the cup!

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