1560 Tasting Notes

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Warning! Warning! Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

After shopping today it was 80 and we were hot and thirsty. My son bought me and him one of these. He likes it. First, ingredient water, second is sugar, then natural flavors, and wait for it… Instant Tea. O Yum, this tastes as scrumptious as it sounds. Yes, sarcasm.

It is sweet enough to make your kidneys hurt. The taste is just odd. It is either a little soured tasting or they added a tiny bit of lemon flavor (natural of course).

I don’t know what my son paid, but it was too much. I appreciate his generosity so I accepted graciously. Again, he likes it – BUT – I am warning you good folks. Do not attempt this at home!

Lala

Well at least you have got Sheldon beat at understanding sarcasm.

gmathis

Sounds like the Red Diamond brand a bunch of my co-workers swear by for picnics and carry-in dinners. Blech!

Peppermint

Wow, it sounds like it was more like liquid sugar with a tea aftertaste. Gross.

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I just realized I am a little more Sheldon than I care to admit. Saturday is Mother Parker OP tea. This is Thursday so it must be green tea Frap from Starbucks day. Different is not good. They say it is, but it’s not. So anyway, Had this skinny, no whipped cream, and an everything bagel smeared with cream cheese. Over priced yes, but breakfast of champions. What an excellent combination.

gmathis

I had the same thought the other day when I sat in my “spot,” a glider with rocking ottoman and told myself, “Ahhh…0,0,0,0.”

K S

Were you sharing the glider with Zazzles… I mean Tazo? Cause I totally get it if you were.

gmathis

Tazo, by semi-mutual agreement, is Outdoor Only. But I do have a back porch rocking glider that qualifies as 0,0,0,1. Hubby suggested last night—a little late since we’ve already bonded—that we could’ve named him Schroedinger. Oh well, next cat.

Nicole

Mmm…. everything bagels are of the gods.

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94

Actually feeling like me today. No headache. No earache. Yeah! Sipping this one again today. Still tasty.

I picked up a bass guitar a few days ago. I can’t play bass – yet, but I have one. Today is the first day I have had a chance to thump on it. Used headphones so I wouldn’t annoy others or embarrass myself. A good time was had by all. Started with Paranoid. The bass line drives that song. Since I am not likely to work it in to a song at church, I guess I’ll finish my cup and go work on something more appropriate. Although we do have a punk inspired version of This Is The Day. Most fun you can have with three chords.

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! So glad you’re feeling better. Get some Nettles & start drinking it for those allergies!
The first step towards learning to play an instrument is having an instrument to play! :D

gmathis

A chorus I know! Please teach it to our house band :)

K S

First, listen to the Ramones ‘beat on the brat’ about a million times. Then, turn all the amp knobs to 11. Keep the tune pretty much as you remember it and let it rock. You ought to here our ‘Are you washed’ :)

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94

I have had such a headache for two days. It was making me nearly sick to my stomach. I barely ate or drank all day. This evening my brother gave me a bag of morels he and his wife found growing in their yard. They are huge. One made a sandwich. Snapped me out of my pain.

In celebration I fixed this tonight. I don’t know about the rest of you but I cannot bring myself to use as much leaf as called for on the instructions. 8g/8oz would make this $3/‘teapot’ (1 cup). I know it is a free sample, I just can’t. I used abt 3.5g (half the sample) and it is plenty hearty enough for me. I could sit and breath in the wet leaf all night, except then I wouldn’t get to drink it. This is excellent even fixed my way and it steeps 3 times.

TeaBrat

I hope you feel better soon!

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Just got back from town. It’s cool (my wife says cold). It’s dreary and lightly raining. This was the perfect tea for this moment. It is warm. The taste is fresh and green with enough bite toward the end of the sip, to make you take notice without crossing the line in to bitterness. Really hitting the spot.

Today we went shopping for our very first ever NEW mattress. My wife and I have slept on hand-me-downs our entire lives. We did own a new water bed years ago but that kind of doesn’t count. It will not be delivered for a week or so because we special ordered the foundation. But it is going to be awesome.

In the last month we have paid off the house, the truck, the tractor, and the credit card. The mattress is a small victory celebration. There is still a mountain of medical bills that we hope to conquer next. All this has occurred after I was permanently laid off. It does not add up on paper. All I know is we have been blessed beyond measure.

Ysaurella

congrats for the new mattress, hope you’ll love it because you know mattress …we only know after 1 week if we love it or not.

gmathis

Amen and Jehovah Jireh.

Terri HarpLady

New bed! AWesome!

TheTeaFairy

Sweet dreams on your new mattress!

Rachel J

Congratulations!!! That all sounds like lots of weight off your shoulders.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
1560 tasting notes

Three cups of this one to start my day. The first one, I was overcome by a spirit of stupid or something. I added cream and honey. OMGosh that’s just gross. I emptied the cup in a hurry so I could drink it dark and strong. So much beter. A good basic bagged black. Sometimes that’s what it takes to get the day moving.

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drank Bohea Tea Da Chi Gan by Vicony Teas
1560 tasting notes

Rummaging through my box of samples and found this one. Looks like I last logged this 9 months ago. The leaf is long for black tea and dark. The dry aroma is of grain. The brew scent is light smoke and malt. It is fairly sweet and lightly smoked. It reminded me of Bailin Gongfu when I last had it. Today I would say it doesn’t have the chocolate notes. What ever. This is a really nicely smooth satisfying cup. Two thumbs up.

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drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
1560 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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