1645 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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This may be my only opportunity for tea today so I thought I would just have comfort tea. I have an hour or so drive ahead to get to a medical exam for disability. From what I read, the exam is a formality before I am denied. Why am I telling you this? My whole life I have tried to just blend in and be normal with only limited success. Now for the first time in my life I need to stand out and I am not such doing a good job of it. Bureaucracy is an interesting and completely impersonal thing. Also interesting is learning to accept yourself. The last 10 months have been an eye opener.

gmathis

Prayers.

Stephanie

Meh bureaucracy! :/

looseTman

I feel your pain. Do you have a good lawyer to guide you?

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81

It’s Thursday. That means green tea frap. Even my sweet tooth had too admit this was too sweet today. Tasty anyway.

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93
drank Jin Jun Mei Waishan by Vicony Teas
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I went to bed at 11. I have been awake since 2:30. At 5:30 I gave up trying and got up – sort of. While staring at the ceiling I decided I would start with a Vicony tea. Grabbed this one. Didn’t think about what I was doing and steeped it like 5 minutes. Uhmmm last time I used a 10 second steep. So it is a wee bit strong. Besides being sort of coffee like this is still intensely good. It is a LS but only hints of smoke. Mostly it is everything I love about Chinese black teas – chocolate, honey, malt, sweet potato. This is just the whole package. Last time I had this I steeped it 4 times. Given the length of the first steep today, maybe not as many. A truly excellent tea.

gmathis

I guess the upside of insomnia is more tea drinking time?

K S

I wish. It never seems to work that way. It just means I will have a headache later this afternoon. Instead of laying in bed worrying about things I cannot do anything about, why don’t I just get up at 2:30 have my cuppa and then go back to bed? Oh yeah, now I think of it.

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90
drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
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This morning my wife asked if I wanted to drive her to Ben Franklin. That may be a regional store, so it is like an old time small town general store – crafts to plumbing, it’s all there. Anyway, it was a beautiful morning in the low 70’s so I ask her to wait five minutes. I reused yesterday’s leaf and poured the tea into my ceramic travel mug. While she shopped for sewing items I sat in the car and sipped tea in the sunshine. I think I got the better deal. This is delicious.

KeenTeaThyme

You still have Ben Franklins?! I used to shop there all the time when I was growing up. The two local shops have since closed. Gone the way of MJDesigns!

gmathis

Loved ’em!

Janefan

I used to go to Ben Franklin’s as a child in MD. And, my first job was at MJ Designs. I’m not very “crafty” but I love people who are! :-)

K S

We are so red neck backwoods, they never got around to closing our store. No one buys much at one time but almost everyone packs a little something out. I love small town america – except for the whole you can’t buy tea within a two hour drive.

mrmopar

Love Ben Franklin’s, wish we still had one.

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90
drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
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While those of you who are slaves to your jobs were busy making someone else rich, the idle jobless among you went fishing. What a perfect day for it. Lots of birds and frogs chattering all around us. Great day. There was a Lilly pad in bloom. I kept looking at it thinking Mmmm Lotus. So here I sit with a mug. I am not sure what kind of green tea this is but I love it. Green, vegetal, and buttery. The lotus is hard to describe but excellent. It is kind of anise, kind of. It is just so good. I have been hoarding this one to make it last as long as possible. I can see this one being a staple when I feel safe in ordering again.

Stephanie

I’m very much a fishing novice but I renewed my license this week so we can go fishing this weekend! Did you catch anything?

K S

Oh, you noticed I didn’t mention catching anything. Well, I caught bait. My wife pulled in a really nice catfish and a couple keeper bluegill.

Stephanie

Nice! :D

gmathis

Retirement never sounded so good. In theory, I could finish my public school years in 2015. In reality, they’ll be hauling my dry bones out of there on a gurney…

K S

g that’s what I thought. I will be glad when things are a little more stable but I don’t miss it at all.

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89
drank French Earl Grey by The Tea Merchant
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And I thought yesterday’s morning cup of creamy earl grey was aromatic. Wonderfully strong vanilla and black tea. The bergamot is barely detectable until the cup is cool then it still remains in the background. Though I prefer my EG with much more bergamot this is still a very nice cup.

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91

The mint really has lasting power in this one. Peppermint on top with spearmint underneath. The chocolate curls disappear in the cup and add a good back flavor – which is about as chocolate as chocolate teas ever get in my limited experience. I am not really picking out the puerh in this first cup. A year ago I wrote I did. I’ll check again in the second cup. This is good enough to require another steep.

K S

Apparently I won’t get a second cup. I just dumped the basket all over the carpet. :(

Sil

doh!

Rie

I hope your carpet is at least pleasantly minty now. :D;

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92
drank Creamy Earl Grey by Zenjala Tea Company
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Up and moving (sort of) since daylight – its only 6:58 now. Bagel, cream cheese, and creamy earl grey. Excellent start to an excellent day?

This is light on the bergamot and the vanilla. That does not mean it is without flavor. Hint of citrus up front, tiny touch of bite later on, and light vanilla in the background. Easing me into the day. Ow yeah.

Now its time to go rock the casbah, or maybe just the congregation.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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I had three cups of this today. As you may remember, I complained yesterday about tea made at home not tasting right lately. This one was made with the north corporation water. We have south at home. It tasted ok but nothing special (in a cheap bagged tea sort of way). I am now leaning towards my allergy medication being the main culprit. Most of what we detect as flavor is actually smell. I think I am either going to have to drink powerful tea or loose the medication. Maybe I’ll try both for a few days.

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The dashboard is down and I can’t read any new reviews :( So I will write my own. This tea has its work cut out for it. While brewing it I fixed a ham and turkey sandwich with farmers market spinach, leaf lettuce from our garden, muenster cheese (should have used smoked gouda). I also poured on my new favorite – great value chipotle ranch dressing. It is not overly spicy. Just the right mix of spicy and creamy, but it is more potent than some teas could handle. The tan yang smells so good in the cup. Best of all the sweet potato and honey cut right through the sandwich when sipping. What a tremendous tea. Nudging the rating.

Ysaurella

awwww now I am craving for a sandwich like this and a cup of this tea :)
I have problems too but with notices today on steepster…

gmathis

I was with you right up to the chipotle.

K S

My old favorite was jalapeno ketchup. That or chipotle go on everything that chocolate won’t :)

Nicole

That sounds like a great sandwich!

ashmanra

Oh, man, I have GOT to get this one!

JJ Adkisson

You reviewed your sandwich instead of the tea :P

K S

JJ – my 6th logging of this one. After a while you have to get creative :)

Started following your blog by the way. Nice job.

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