1117 Tasting Notes
Today my spring allergies have kicked in to high gear, even the antihistamine I took yesterday isn’t doing anything. So I dug out my giant bag of loose dried nettle leaf from the local health food store (it’s been in my desk drawer for about a year haha) and I made a cup of that to see if it helps. So far my nose seems a bit clearer, although still itchy and feeling like it will sneeze. Ugh. At least warm liquids will help keep the sinuses flowing. I hope it helps a bit, going to be a long few months here with the early spring we are getting.
Haha and again I haven’t had this tea in ages. I needed a matcha bowl after lunch and a really hard run this morning – it was way too hot than my body is used to for running haha so I burned a lot of energy in this beautiful weather. I also have to do a bunch of yard work today so I need a bit of an energy boost.
For this being 2 years old, it made a surprisingly wonderful froth in the bowl. I whisked it up straight just with water, no additions. I thought the bitterness at the start was from it being old but I see I noted it in the previous review, so might just be the matcha. It is getting creamier near the end of the bowl :) I have been storing this in the foil bag in the tin tightly that I got it in, and in the fridge, so I’m hoping it’s still pretty fresh! Feels good, tastes good. Now off to my flowerbeds. See previous notes on this tea.
I’ve drank this tea once or twice and haven’t logged it yet. I am having it tonight as my first cup of tea this weekend…lol. And a tisane at that!
So onto the review. I don’t feel like doing a detailed one tonight as I want to get back into my book before bed, but this one is soo savory, I love it. If you like savory teas, you will enjoy. To me it smells like Christmas turkey and mint lol (from the sage). It’s more broth like than tea like. But it’s rejuvenating and soothing to me.
I saw some reviews saying this tea gave them odd dreams. I haven’t experienced that yet with this tea, but as it’s the first time I drink it before bed I guess we will see. I’ll have enough trouble sleeping with daylight saving time kicking in today (sleep time an hour earlier and I’m a night owl lol).
Anyways, this tea is tasty and caffeine free, which is just what I need right now. Very enjoyable for a bagged tea as well.
This tea is like an old friend. I used to drink this all the time before I really got into loose tea, especially the year back in university when I quit caffeine haha (also, a whole YEAR haha). It’s sweet, lemony, creamy, and actually pretty good for a bagged herbal. It is calming me down and warming me at work, as I am having a frustrating day between a project going poorly and the cold office. Happy I picked up a new tin of this on my lunch break. Yes, it was a bit expensive for what it is, but it’s tasty, so I will roll with it. See previous notes on this tea. (upping rating slightly)
Also, man, the last note I wrote on this was back when I only had 1 tea steeper….LOLOL. Now I have at least…6..I think, not including gongfu teaware. :D
I am drinking this tea in a futile attempt to warm up at work. IT IS SO FREAKING COLD IN MY OFFICE. It is probably a workplace hazard. Like seriously, my little heater has been running since before I got to work (someone else was freezing) and it is only warmed up to 70 around the heater. NOT at my desk surface, that is the heater on the floor, and my feet are still cold. I have my winter coat on. A lot of other people in the office have their coats on. To top it all off, I started sneezing uncontrollably and had to take an allergy pill just to be able to function. This is NOT right. Apparently the receptionist called the building manager but no word back on what they are going to do. This has been going on for over a year as well. It’s actually usually worse in the summer as the AC is even higher and we are all wearing coats at our desk in the summer. Shorts/capris? HAHAHA. I wish I could wear those to work comfortably. UGHHHHH.
Sorry for the rant. This ongoing issue is really grinding my gears. I want to get the Building Managers info and give him an earful (not just about the cold, but also about the recurrence of my asthma from air quality, etc etc….I won’t get into that again).
So yeah. THANK GOODNESS FOR TEA. It’s trying to warm me up and not really working, but it tastes good. See previous notes.
Also, typing has helped to slightly warm up my hands. Lol.
It’s finally slightly feeling like winter here today as in its snowing, tempo are still above zeto at least but it looks like winter at least. So I can take a break from my white teas and all spring like things and have a shou session! This is my first shou session since cutting back on caffeine back in December, so we will see how it goes. This tea is soothing, rich, delicious goodness, so smooth, so hoping the caffeine doesn’t cause problems. I’m finally using my little Crimson Lotus teapot to make this too, nice to keep my pots in use! I will enjoy a few cups of this and maybe read my book or just watch the snow fall. :D see previous notes on this tea!
Drinking a cup of this sans additions at work this morning. I might venture back into my regular black teas eventually, although I have been doing well with the lowered caffeine intake :) this tea is malty and good today. It would have benefited from a spot of sugar and milk, but I don’t feel like adding in calories today lol. It is also cold now, but still tastes good. The tannins did do weird things to my stomach, but I ate a snack with it and now feel excellent :D
It is lightly snowing out today and grey and blah, but I am feeling relaxed from the overcast weather. We have been having crazily above average temperatures and a severe lack of snow, so the change is not totally unwelcome (at least for me lol). However, grey days make me want to be at home relaxing reading a book rather than sitting at work starting on 5 new projects lol. But with these times, all work is good work! Anyways, enough of my blathering haha, see previous notes on this tasty tea!
It’s been a while since I’ve written a note, and to be honest I haven’t been drinking too much tea. I’ve been trying to increase my pure water intake rather than tea haha with my efforts to get more active (aka running 1-2 times a week outside, swimming at least twice a week). But it was so cold in the office today that I had to make a cup of this to sip while wearing my coat with the heater cranked. I’m pretty sure it’s warmer outside than in here lol.
This tea – nothing new about it, I’ve logged it countless times. Fruity, un-caffeinated, smooth and easy drinking. I am losing my infatuation with it, so decreasing my rating accordingly. But it helped warm me up! See previous notes on this tea.
I will try to log notes more frequently on here, I lurk and read lots still! :D
Edit – Happy note 1100 to me! I was going to try to hit that on my birthday, but I drank scotch that night instead of tea :P haha
So after about a 2 month break from caffeine, I have decided to slowly re-introduce it because I truly have a passion for tea and I miss brewing my good stuff :) so today I am having a western brewed cup of this lovely tea. 20s rinse and a 20s steep. Smooth, creamy milk chocolate flavor with a hint of mushroom today. I so missed my puerh!
Hopefully I don’t get too anxious reintroducing caffeine, and gone are the days I would have a ton of cups of tea a day, but my health has to come first. See previous notes on this tea!
Unfortunately this is the first note I’ve written on this tea, and I’m not really in the mood to actually review the tea, I am more posting this note as a tribute to the late Alan Rickman, my favorite actor, who sadly passed away today.
I’ll keep it short, but I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since about grade three. Read all the books multiple times, went to quite a few of the movies in theatres (I don’t think all of them) and have re-watched the movies countless times. And my favorite character in the movies is definitely Professor Snape. Probably mostly due to the fact that Alan Rickman did a STELLAR job portraying Snape, and I can’t even think of anyone else as Snape ever. And to this day, everytime I see the last movie at a certain part involving Alan Rickman (I won’t spoil, in case people actually haven’t seen all the movies) I break down crying my eyes out. Even after watching the movie so many times, I actually watched it over the Christmas break and broke down with my aunt and uncle there any everything lol.
And yes, Alan Rickman has done quite a few other movies, notably Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. And he was also a great villain in those movies as well. He has an excellent voice too, unique and recognizable.
But he will always be Professor Snape to me. Always.
So here’s to you, Alan. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the film industry and I am happy to have lived in a time where you were an actor. I will try to not be too sad today, but this is hitting me harder than I thought it would. I don’t have many favorite actors, and he was my favorite. Rest in peace.
Oh, and this tea is super gingery and spicy, I’ve drank multiple cups in the past but I will write a more detailed note later.