1686 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Peppermint by Tea Horse
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Just Wow! Best chocolate tea I’ve tried. Doesn’t make a mess in your pot or cup. I added Splenda so I got milk chocolate with just a touch of mint. Yum.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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A good day. I had pork roast tonight. It was unbelievably good and juicy and tender. I fixed this tea to go with it. It held up nicely. Then I got two fig newtons and – Oh My! It brought the citrus and green tea flavors out like never before. Now it will be hard not to eat newtons with this tea.

Today, after only applying a little over four months ago, with no lawyers (one actually told me I didn’t need him) and no appeals, my disability claim was approved. It is humbling knowing 2/3 of those who apply are denied multiple times. I have never seen anyone, not in a hospital bed, move through so easily. To me the funny thing is I had to be forced to see I needed help and should apply in the first place. Now I have options as I go back to college and I can now (hopefully) afford insurance. To my faith friends – thank you!

TheTeaFairy

Such great news, congratulations and thanks for sharing…going through rough times, every inspiring story such as yours is a nice addition to my «strength bag» at the moment. Asking for help is the hardest thing sometimes, isn’t it?

gmathis

He can move mountains…even when they consist of paperwork.

K S

TTF – you know that is why I have been posting these personal things. Hoping it would encourage someone else as I go through it.

Speaking for myself I notice there is such a stigma attached to filing for disability. People assume a lot. It can make it hard to reach out.

G – Amen.

mrmopar

Great news!! He always comes through not always when we want , but always in his time. We are all “rough” till he puts us in the fire to forge us and make us stronger than we were before. I have talked to him about you and he has worked in our life. Always with us he is.

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I prepared this one again today. I used less leaf (one healthy scoop full – from the scoop that came with my press) and 180F water. This time I made sure to only go two minutes. The result is a lovely rose centered tea. The pomegranate is right beside but a step back from the rose. Both are balanced, not overwhelming, and I can taste the white tea base. There is a creaminess like vanilla surrounding the cup. All I can figure is this is from the pineapple. This is a very pleasant cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This came in a mystery box from Katiek. Blue River Tea is new to me. The few ratings seem a bit lackluster. This tea looks much darker than most white teas. Very dark green (white peony?) It is large broken pieces.

The taste is nice. It is primarily rose (there are blossom pieces in the mix) and the pomegranate is actually in a supporting role here. There are visible pieces of pineapple in the mix but I can’t pick them out. I taste the white tea in the aftertaste.

The instructions say to steep 2 minutes. I went three or four. That was a mistake. This is fairly bitter but I believe that to be my fault for ignoring directions. The second cup was lifeless as I drained most of the flavors out in the first cup.

Tomorrow I will again and this time pay attention. Except for the bitterness, the cup was pleasant enough to warrant a retry. Holding off rating until later.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
K S

As the second cup cooled, the flavor came back. It is light but there is no bitterness. It added a peppery note too.

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90

Last Sunday we had a silent auction at church. There was a tea for one set that I came home with for $5. So for my second cup of Silver Needle, I used the cute little cream colored tea pot to steep. I never use a tea pot and now I know why. It worked fine but I would need to get a tiny strainer from the kitchen to keep leaf out of my cup. I am not so inclined. I’ll probably just move the pot to the living room for tea bag use or more likely put it on a shelf as decoration.

The tea turned out fine. Much like the first cup. I just prefer my French press, besides I like to watch the leaf dance.

Soap box ahead and not tea related – I am sitting in my den surrounded by pictures of my wife and kids – two sons now grown. I sit here today reflecting on the joy and the beauty that surrounded me over the years and realizing how I did not fully appreciate the moments. I was so wrapped up in trying to get ahead and trying to please the boss who never shared the same loyalty and respect. As a laid off old fart I’m begging you, don’t waste the years trying to please your boss or be too devoted to your job in general, if it is keeping from fully enjoying the moment – start looking for something that will. I have 2/5ths the income I had a year ago, no insurance, and I am 100 times happier away from the rat race. I just wish I had my sons to raise over. I would be there more for them now. I am sure some of you older folks know exactly what I mean.

mrmopar

100% percent agreed.

SimplyJenW

I have been out of the rat race for just over 15 years. And I am hoping I don’t need to go back. Even when my kids are grown, there are so many worthy places that could use a hand. College is just around the corner, though.

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3:00 pm and my first cup of tea. sigh. Better than yesterday but not by much. Tomorrow is already set to be another busy one.

I used two heaping wooden spoons of leaf and let it steep the recommended 4 minutes. I am used to very subtle white teas. This is a little more pronounced though still light. Does that make sense? The main flavor I am getting is oats. There is also a peppery element. As it cools I get a fruity aspect along with a touch of earthy.

A nice afternoon cup.

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
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It is after 11 pm and I just finished my first cup of the day :(
I needed an Earl Grey. I was so desperate tonight that I honestly could not have told you this was decaf if I didn’t know. I noticed the bergamot is on the orange end of the taste scale. Twinings EG is more lemon to me. This is a lot closer to Lady Grey. Hit the spot tonight.

When you are too busy for tea, you’re to busy. Hope to do better tomorrow.

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drank Special Blend by S&D TEA
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Apparently I am now once again a college student. After getting registered I had a club sandwich a mountain of onion rings and this tea. I think I finally figured out why this appeals to me so – besides it is different than the usual restaurant iced tea. I think if I iced a Yammamotoyamo oolong this is what it would taste like. There is just something roasty/earthy about this stuff that appeals to me as an iced tea.

gmathis

Congratulations and good luck!

Veronica

Good luck!

Nicole

Congrats!

K S

Thanks.

mrmopar

Way to go!

wheezybee

That’s wonderful! Good luck!

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I got up and stumbled to the den in an early morning grrrr. Tea, must have Fujian Congou tea! Where is it? Look again. Nooooo! One more time. Dig deep. It has to be here (panic). Ooooh, glorious morning! I knew I had some of this left.

The ratings are a bit scattered, but I guess it depends on how you feel about Fujian black tea. This is really a good solid one. Molasses, caramel, malt, hints of yam, cocoa, even a wisp of roastiness. This just hits all my buttons.

I’m off to attempt to register for a fall course in 3D CAD modeling. I got permission from the Prof. to skip the prerequisites based on past experience. I am a little nervous health-wise but also looking forward to learning something new.

ashmanra

Oh, I thought this one was great!

gmathis

This was on my “please buy me a whole pound” Christmas and birthday wish list. Got ignored both times :( but next holiday I am going to highlight and put exclamation marks around it.

K S

Ask for money and buy it yourself – that’s what I do anymore. I gave up on the family grasping the need.

gmathis

Yeah, but then there’s nothing fun to open. Some things you just never outgrow…

Nicole

I find that with my family getting them to order online is the sticking point. They either never remember to do it in time or lose the site address. If they can go in person somewhere I stand a much better chance of getting the tea I want. :)

K S

Nicole, I agree. I just wish there was a brick and mortar within 30 minutes of home. I would get what was on my list then. Nearest place is 1 1/2 hours away. It’s a good one though.

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drank White Bud Puerh by Vicony Teas
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The leaf is from Friday. It’s Sunday now. I just hated to toss it. So… This cup was so caramel. Yum. And bonus, I didn’t suffer any ill effects. Score. Ah, life on the edge.

Charles Thomas Draper

What ill effects do you suffer?

K S

It was tongue in cheek. Using leaf more than a few hours old freaks some Steepsterites out. If I am leaving it overnight I drain it well and leave the lid off. I have never had problems other than occasionally a loss of flavor.

mrmopar

I re steep a lot of puerh overnight for the next day. So far so good.

Charles Thomas Draper

Absolutely. Steep it overnight or leave the leaves for the next day.

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