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drank Green Tea by Ahmad Tea
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Chinese green tea fannings in a bag. Ok, I’m biased towards Ahmad tea. They make some of my favorite bagged teas and my comfort loose leaf earl grey. That admission aside, this is way better than it has to be for bagged green tea. Seriously, have you had some of what passes for green tea in the grocery store? Most of it is barely recognizable as tea. Some of it even tastes like paint. This tastes like a simple Chinese green. It lacks depth but it will do when you need a fix on the quick.

gmathis

Remind me … do you pick up your Ahmad stuff live or online? I keep hoping I’ll find potluck when I go to TJ Maxx, but no luck lately.

K S

This one actually came from Brett, just forgot to mention it. There is a world food market about 30 miles from here that carries ahmad kind of hit and miss. I get it when I run across it. I have also bought a lot from Amazon over the years as well. I use to order the Earl Green in loose leaf a pound at a time. It was like $8. Shipping was #9. Still cheaper that way.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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I met up with a fellow former co-worker at Denny’s for breakfast and conversation this morning. We sat and talked over 2 hours. He has been unemployed 3 1/2 months now and says when his tax check comes in he will actually have more money in the bank than before he was let go (fired is what he called it). He added, tell me I’m not blessed. To which I add amen.

So I took this one with me and asked for hot water. The waitress looked at me questioningly. I told her I brought my own because, no offense, but your tea is really bad. She giggled a little and brought my water. As it turns out their tea is bad because its Lipton and it makes horrible hot tea, but the biggest problem is their water. My tea that I normally really enjoy, tasted of fish. Had this been the tea Denny’s carries I would have rated it 12. What a difference the water makes. Glad now I didn’t waste some loose leaf.

canadianadia

So true about the difference the water makes. Many times when I get hot water in restaurants it tastes faintly of coffee. That’s not great either, but it’s better than fish – ick!

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My wife used to make scratch coffee cake until we discovered Krusteaz cinnamon crumb cake mix at the Wal-mart. She mixed one up this evening and I slathered mine with butter. Wow! In combination with this tea I may have reached Nirvana.

gmathis

Love Krusteaz baking mixes. Makes it taste like you fussed.

ashmanra

I have never heard of them! Will have to look. I think my cholesterol went up just reading this, though. And after my physical today, that’s not a good thing. That’s why I’ve been drinking puerh all day! LOL!

Azzrian

Indeed Krusteaz is AWESOME!

K S

Krusteaz cornbread is the only brand my wife and I ever agreed on. I like sweet Jiffy mix she likes the unsweet dryer types. Not sure what tea cornbread goes with but I have been hankerin for a pot of beans.

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I know I tend to like just about everything I try, but I have yet to meet a Dian Hong I didn’t love. Yunnan tea just makes for a beautiful cup.

Terri HarpLady

I second that motion!

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drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
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More of this today. I really like the anise/licorice flavor over a really nice green base.

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drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
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The Persimmon Tree sent this for review. I will be writing a full review on my blog in the near future but I couldn’t wait. The smell is licorice – like black jelly beans. I love black jelly beans. The aroma turns floral in the sip. Then this wonderful light fresh creamy dreamy green leafy tea kicks in. The aftertaste drifts back into floral and finally black jelly beans. This is not like the tea bag lotus teas I’ve tried. This is Freakin’ Awesome. This won’t appeal to everyone but I love it.

Sil

Hmmmmm black licorice you say…. This might be right up my alley :)

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drank Organic Dehydrated Camellia by Teavivre
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Another from yesterday. I am still trying to learn the sounds of the kettle at home. I am not good at it apparently. I got the water too hot. This still tastes something like white tea but overcooked it takes on kind a a soft wood flavor. Definitely pay attention to the temperature.

I am finding this stay at home stuff is brain numbing. It has been less than a week and I have already lost all track of time. I have no idea what day it is until I hit the clock on the computer. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Fusion Teas
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From last night. I really like the combination of chamomile and vanilla – especially when the vanilla is not over the top. This is just a nice relaxing cup.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Teavivre Lapsang Souchong + Empire Tea Services Earl White. My plan was an uptown cowboy earl – rhinestone earl? lol :) Yeah, that was the plan. It smells lightly smoky and bergamot. The taste is kind of too little of everything. I steeped 3 minutes. This shouldn’t happen. It is like the two teas cancelled each other out. Both teas are very flavorful on their own but the combination is less than amazing. I be sad :(

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been experimenting with some lapsang combos lately, & a lapsang earl was in my mind, but I haven’t tried it…yet! The London tea room, here in St. Louis, has a blend called The Churchill, which is a blend of smokey black tea & bergamot. Perhaps I’ll try it on my next visit.

K S

Others have combined smoky with bergamot with great success. I think ETS’s bergamot is just unigue enough it doesn’t work.

Terri HarpLady

I think it’s a worthy experiment!

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Having this one again today. I made it with extra leaf and a minute steep on purpose. I wanted see what would happen. Having my fear of lapsang conquered – they don’t all taste like ashtrays! – its time to abuse this tea and see how it reacts. It passes with flying colors. The smoke aromatic but not overwhelming. It is sweet and reminds me of bacon. It does not mask the tea base. The base is fruity. There is no bitterness even over steeped. I wish I had read the other reviews. There is another element to the base I don’t know how to describe. It is kind of earthy wood or nut. Anyway ready to commit – this is quite good.

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