1645 Tasting Notes

90
drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
1645 tasting notes

You ever get so busy sipping tea you forget to sip some teas? I have several ounces of this awesome berry flavored tea and haven’t touched it in months. This is too good to forget. I keep it separated from the rest of my tea because the flavors are so potent they pounce on everything else. But it is so good. The cup itself is not overpowering at all. I need to put a posty note on my stash reminding of this one.

How do you store your highly flavored teas?

Stephanie

Sounds like a tasty one to try iced!

K S

It is tasty hot, iced, and all points in between.

ashmanra

This really is super! Tin Roof Teas sells it under another name, and when I get off “restriction” I might have to buy some!

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93
drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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So I hit the tea aisle yesterday and I find a box of this left over from Christmas. I’ve read the reviews. This can’t be that good. In the past I have walked straight past celestial seasonings because the boxes are too cute to be taken seriously. Having recently enjoyed Sleepytime Extra I decided to give this a shot.

Holy awesome peppermint blast Batman! Yes, this does live up to the hype. The vanilla is just enough to add some creaminess late in the sip. The cinnamon is barely detectable but probably just right in its supporting role. The green tea I only catch in the aftertaste. Frankly, I am OK with that. Did I mention peppermint? I think there has to be peppermint dust in the bottom of the box. Now I have got to find Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.

Bonnie

I’ve been in their ‘mint room’ which is sinus cleansing! They open huge warehouse doors inside the factory and BAM! It’s the best part of the tour.

K S

Opening the box was pretty cleansing. I can’t even the warehouse. I saw their plant on Unwrapped and was impressed with the operation. That is why I bought my first box of sleepytime Extra.

Hesper June

I have frequent headaches and sinus issues, I have found that smelling mint or chewing on a mint leaf will at least partially relieve some of the pain. I always try to have some sort of minty tea on hand:)

gmathis

I can’t remember my own name most days, so don’t hold me to this, but I’ll try to slip a couple Sugar Cookie bags in the mail for a sample taste.

K S

Hesper June – which type mint helps you most? I have not heard any one say this before.

gmathis – That would be awesome!

Bonnie

Might be having sinus migraines HJ…should check it out.All the health benefits of mint with headaches that I’ve read about are from rubbing it on your forehead with oil.

Hesper June

Yes, I get sinus headaches when the seasons are changing, also, I get lots of stress headaches.
I grew up around herbalists and I remember them saying things about using mint on headaches.
I have tried the applying mint externally and it did nothing for me, but if I drink a strong mint tea (Traditional Medicinals) or actually pluck mint leaves from my mint plant and eat them, I have found that personally eases my pain to at least half, sometimes more.
Also, some essential oils are okay to take internally under the tongue and this also helps me greatly. (But, PLEASE do your research on which ones are okay to do this with before using)
Peppermint is also great for nausea and indigestion.
But, if you have issues with acid reflux, I have been told it could irritate that.
`KS, I grow just a regular old peppermint and use that, also the teas and essential oils that I use, all contain organic peppermint.

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96

Tea of the morning with yesterday’s leaf. No brain power yet. Must have tea.

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96

Cup of the morning. It is a beautiful big blue sky kind of day. The rest of you can have your assam based breakfast teas. I prefer a kinder and gentler approach. I love silver needle. Thanks to Teavivre I love jasmine when it is the good kind. This is definitely the good kind. What a beautiful cup.

canadianadia

i like your new avatar image

ashmanra

I am having the bad kind of jasmine this morning. I tried cold steeping a super cheap one to see if that would salvage it. Nope. Teavivre Jasmines for me from now on! I love them all, and this is the only one I haven’t bought, only sampled, but believe it will be one of the first teas I buy when I start buying again.

I never told you this, but the first few times I saw your old avatar I thought, “Dude! K S looks just like Spock!” Give me a break, it is a tiny picture on my screen, and I did finally enlarge it and see that it really WAS Spock! :D

gmathis

Well, then…maybe I’ll change my picture to somebody younger, skinnier, and much more glamorous!

K S

@canadianadia – thanx I found it several places on a Google search so not sure who actually created it or for what reason – but its fun.
@ashmanra – Live long and prosper, dudette! The old Avatar was a picture I took of the action figure (its not a doll!) I was given on my 55th birthday.

@gmathis – Uhmm may I suggest Catwoman? :)

gmathis

Princess Leia, thank you. Or Queen Amidala.

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Last night’s bedtime cup. Helped me relax but alas sleep evades me or perhaps avoids, whatever.

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90
drank Xinyang Green Tips by Peony Tea S.
1645 tasting notes

Don’t you love unexpected surprises? Especially nice is when you are digging through your stash and find a tea you don’t remember having. Even better is when you find said tea to be extraordinary! The leaf scent is slightly sweet, slightly sour, and altogether aromatic. This brews almost clear with a clear yellow tint. The leaf aroma is buttery vegetables. The taste is sweet, creamy, and nutty. I seem to love this way more than the other reviewers but I think the same was true of the Teavivre version. Oh well. This is my idea of green tea.

TheTeaFairy

Hey, what’s up, where is the KS I know?? Oh, he’s a Tea-Rex now! Cute pic :-)
Nerver had this type of green before, your description makes it really appealing, will be added to the list!

K S

Can’t believe anyone noticed that quickly. The Tea Rex pic I stumbled on the other day and it made me laugh. After losing my job and trying to find a new one I discovered my skills are so out of date I am now a dinosaur who loves tea, so…

I am making arrangements to go back to college this fall to update my skills (toga toga). Honestly, I have so many physical issues that I don’t see how I can pull it off. I should have applied for disability a couple years ago but what person in their right mind wants to give in without a fight.

TheTeaFairy

Well for me, it’s easily noticable coming from a Steepster Regular as I see you on my thread every time I visit Steepster! Funny how we get used to «our people»! I myself am not here everyday but I always show up eventualy. I find there aren’t that many regular folks around here, lots of people come and go it seems…

I applaud the fact that you attempt to do something to better your life, it’s huge to go back to school. I understand that you have physical issues, and I really like your last words about that, never give up without a fight :-)

Bonnie

I was too old to fight anymore…but kudos to you!

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91
drank Ntingwe Kwazulu by Taylors of Harrogate
1645 tasting notes

This tea is from an estate in South Africa. It gives a whole new meaning to the term tea dust. How do they pack so much flavor in such tiny leaf. Taylors of Harrogate state this should be infused for 4-5 minutes. I remember only going two last time and thinking that was plenty. This morning I was too asleep to remove the Finum basket for several undetermined minutes. I was expecting a bitter nasty cup. Instead it is very good. Sort of Assam like but with a fruity quality. I still catch hints of clove and cinnamon way in the background that no one else is mentioning. A solid morning cup.

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91

I had a tamale, rice, and refried beans for lunch. Of course there were the obligatory chips and heavily cilantro laced salsa (Mmmmm). Oh yeah, and the necessary side of queso… And two tall glasses of whatever iced tea they served.

I have been craving puerh for days. This afternoon it is necessary. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.

A 2 minute steep produces a beautiful dark rich, red tinted, cup. The scent is horse tack and the taste is smooth, sweet, hay, fruit, and leather. I had forgotten how good this is. Perfection in a mug.

Time for my siesta? sí (I feel so multi-cultural, lol)

Nudging the rating upward.

Shelley_Lorraine

mmm, Mexican food. tamales and rice and ‘re-chewed beans’ (as my family has so fondly named them). And all I have planned for dinner is some kind of boring noodle dish. :(

K S

re-chewed beans is far kinder than how my wife (who hates them) refers to them. They can’t be good for you but who cares!

We were planning on meatloaf and smashed potatoes for supper. I suspect there is a PBJ in my near future instead.

mrmopar

Cilantro + salsa= good! Always have to use a bunch of it when I make my salsa.

K S

I made freezer salsa for a couple years but it turns watery. Never have tried a hot bath method. I grew my own tomatoes and cilantro. Tried growing serreno peppers but didn’t have the touch.

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97
drank White Bud Puerh by Vicony Teas
1645 tasting notes

I enjoyed the white tea I had yesterday so much I almost had it again, but I have been wanting a puerh lately. This tea settles both the cravings. This white bud leaf is processed like a raw puerh. It tastes mostly like a silver needle but slightly heartier, with some maltiness and a very mild sheng earthy quality. There is zero bitterness. This is very very good.

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90

This is a much needed cup of peace. I love white tea and this is a good one. Sweet, creamy, wonderfully fresh flavor.

The doctor at the disability exam was very nice and kept asking questions to bring things to my mind so he could write it down. After I answered his first question he said, well that pretty well explains it all. Then he added he would do what he could to fight the bureaucracy (his word not mine this time). We were three fourths of the way home when they called and said they just noticed I was supposed to have a pulmonology exam. I had to turn around and go back. Long day. I hurt all over now and am worn out. I am fully convinced the decision makers at the state level will deny my claim. Our state has one of the worst records in the nation. I will get it when it goes to the federal level but that may take a very long time and only the lawyer will make money off it.

The cup has really cooled off and is lightly peppery now. So good.

Nicole

Good luck

Stephanie

Yes, best wishes!

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