1546 Tasting Notes

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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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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
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Two days ago we had highs in the low 80’s. This morning it is 31. Spring come back. Oh well, the sun is shining and my head ache is gone.

I noticed I have not recorded a lot of tea drinking in the last week. I’ve had a lot of fast food tea and some Starbucks frappechino, but in general I’ve just been too busy.

My intent this morning was to have this make-shift gong fu style. That only works if you are awake and you only put a little water over the leaf. I poured my usual 12oz. Oops. So looks like mug style for me. No additives which is rare for me, and I don’t miss ’em, which is even more rare. This is a really nice Bai MuDan.

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A front passed through over night. By the looks of it on radar it probably hit most of you in the US from the plains to the east coast. The temperatures dropped back to early March levels along with a lot of rain. My head is about to explode today. Aaaack!

I needed something comforting with enough heft behind it to overcome the pounding. Excellent choice. Grain and malt, honey and cocoa, throw in some molasses for good measure, and you have this tea. This is an amazing black tea that is staple worthy.

Stephanie

Yep. Lots of rain in the midwest last night and MUCH colder now! Brrr, but yay nice hot tea :)

Terri HarpLady

I think our high was 54 today, but when my son Drew left for college this morning, he texted me from the bus stop, “Snow?”
Of course, it was just a few flurries. Lots & lots of rain here, all week (which is good for my garden). And yes, LOTS of tree pollen in the air. My hearing is crazy right now, everything echoes in my head.

gmathis

Hang in there—-if it follows the pattern it started here, there’s a day of cool sunshine coming. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the window today…my solar batteries are in deep need of a l-o-n-g recharge.

gmathis

…and as far as the tea goes, I put it on my birthday wish list, but neither of my guys got the hint. Maybe if I UNDERLINE it before Mother’s Day…

ashmanra

Clouds, rain, wind, lightning, tornado watches, then a temp drop of over 15 degrees here.

K S

gmathis – if my experience is any example you might just want to order this yourself. My family have never taken the hints or out right beggings. Pretty sure they would if they could buy it locally – which of course does not exist.

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drank Perfect Peach by Bigelow
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This herbal certainly smells peachy. I am not usually a hibiscus hater, but this would be greatly improved by removing it. Maybe if I mix it with some basic black tea I could learn to like it. Or maybe not.

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drank Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea by Teavivre
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Those of you who worry about expiration dates and such, do yourself a favor and move along. The leaf for this cup was first steeped 3 days ago. I left the lid off the press and this has been sitting quietly waiting until now. Time and air has definitely tamed the hefty malty and cocoa notes. My first thought was liquid milk chocolate. Not as amazing as when fresh but still very drinkable.

This is the tea I last had in a plastic travel mug. I went looking for a ceramic one yesterday but our local Starbucks was out of them. The price is so good ($10) that I can wait until they get them back in.

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drank Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea by Teavivre
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I had this for my morning cup. I did not have time to sit at home and sip. So I brewed a cup, poured it in a travel mug, grabbed my guitar and went out the door. This smells so cocoa and malt when it is brewing. I was so looking forward to it as I normally really enjoy this one. I was majorly disappointed to see how bad a travel mug sucks the life out of a cup of joy. I mean its not as bad as having it in a paper or styrofoam cup but sure isn’t the same as my ceramic mug. I did not realize what an important part of the flavor came from the sipping vessel used. I know a lot of you use travel mugs. Do you not notice the same thing? Maybe I am oversensitive, or maybe the convenience is just more important?

Mercuryhime

I stopped using travel mugs for this very reason.

K S

Thanks. I was afraid I was crazy… well I may be, but not about this :)

Ysaurella

sure vessel counts, same for colas when you get a plastic bottle vs a glass bottle…so different, more gas with the glass bottle.
In France travel mugs are now more and more popular but it remains rare. I always fear one user of these mug would accidentally pour down some burning coffee or tea on me in the train or bus !

ashmanra

I refuse to drink my favorite teas from a travel mug. I think the aroma is such a major part of the experience, and the travel mug reduces my enjoyment. It is just for delivering caffeine or for desperate times when I can’t have my cups.

Terri HarpLady

I have a ceramic travel mug that I use the most. I also have a stainless steel one. I have a few plastic ones, but i don’t use them.

K S

Once I got to set down before warm up at church I took the lid off so I could smell the tea because I totally agree about the experience. It still tasted flat in this plastic lined mug. I would rather have my Diet Dew than a flat tea.

K S

Terri – a ceramic travel mug??? I must look for one of these.

Terri HarpLady

A few years ago Office Depo had them. They have a rubbery sippy lid & sleeve so you don’t burn your hand. I bought a couple of them. I’ve broken more than one, & had to buy more. I think Starbucks has something similar.

ashmanra

I think Teavana has a Yixing or clay travel mug. I would still want the lid off for the aroma.

TheTeaFairy

KS, I totally agree! Here’s the ceramic one I own, it’s not spill proof of course, but it’s good enough if you don’t go for a jog of course! Here the link, but maybe you can find a less girly style I’m sure :-)
http://www.amazon.com/Spoontiques-Friend-Ceramic-Travel-Mug/dp/B000NDQOFE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1365987589&sr=8-3&keywords=ceramic+travel+mug

K S

Wow thanks all. I did a quick search and came up with this one
http://www.starbucksstore.com/starbucks-double-wall-ceramic-traveler-12-fl-oz/011014551,default,pd.html?navid=PDP#
I am pretty careful and wouldn’t be using it a lot anyway so the completely ceramic doesn’t scare me. I will be stopping in Starbucks in the morning to check this out.

Rachel J

There is one that is glass on the inside that I’ve noticed several people here like. I have one that is stainless steel inside which I don’t think changes the flavor of the tea at all, but I HATE drinking through the plastic mouthpiece thing. I use it to keep my tea hot, but pour it from there into a double walled glass to drink it.

ashmanra

They have this one at Tin Roof Teas as well as Teavana. It is tempting me…
http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-cups-mugs/travel-tea-tumblers/p/teafish-glass-tea-tumbler

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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
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I know most of you want a tea with ‘Grrrr!’ first thing in the morning. Not me. I like to ease into the day. I have been craving this one for a few days and I finally get to set down with it.

The scent of the wet leaf this morning reminds me of lazy summer afternoons breaking beans with mom and dad under the shade tree. I hated breaking beans back then, but somehow recapturing that moment in time brings me great pleasure as I sip today. I am also getting light cucumber notes. Not as intense as silver needle but still a beautiful white.

Something else I am noticing that I never paid attention to before – you know how shu often has that wonderful horse tack flavor? In this I can sense inklings or the beginnings of how such a flavor develops. It is buried under the hay, the grass, and the broken beans.

White tea may be subtle but it is deep.

TheTeaFairy

What a beautiful review KS… Also liking this tea a lot, I think I know how it makes you feel, I have a very similar memory to yours, at my gand parents farm, also breaking beans with my grandma, under a large maple tree :-) Somehow, nostalgia and tea go well together…

gmathis

Couldn’t stand snapping beans…too fuzzy…but I loved shelling peas when it was hot. Felt cool and soothing on the hands!

K S

beans, peas, didn’t matter. They were green and I didn’t do green back then. But after the gardening was done we broke out the croquette set. Simple times – miss them.

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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I love coconut. The dry leaf scent is coconut. The brew smells of pineapple. I hate pineapple. Going to be interesting seeing how this turns out. For as intense as the aroma is, the sip is much more refined and extremely tasty. Why did I doubt? I am pretty sure this is not what Nina’s was shooting for but this makes me think cotton candy at the fair. I love cotton candy at the fair, so that is high praise I think. I guess we all sense refined differently.

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