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drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
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I have really not felt like writing anything which is a problem when one has a final paper due Tuesday. I finally decided on a topic last night, and it all has to do with beer. I am AMAZED at the level of data one can find out there for this stuff. I’m going by political cultures of states to see if that affects the amount of beer consumed per person, the number of DUIs and underaged drinkers (both of these I figure will be lowest in moralistic states), and if restrictive alcohol laws stifle the economic impact of beer (which I figure will be higher in traditionalistic states). I think that I can make this 8-10 pages. YAY.

So I love orchids a lot but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything orchid flavored. It seems rather unusual. I was worried it might be too perfumey, but I was going to make it iced and take it with me to class so I wasn’t too worried.

It was actually really good. The floral notes are strong, but the apple and other fruit in here adds a welcome bit of sweetness.

This is another one of those where it really doesn’t even matter if there is white tea underneath it all. Super strong flavors and so much fruit just dominates. The hibiscus though is not there at all, I feel like the only thing it did was add a pretty rosy hue to the tea.

Lala

Sounds like a very interesting paper.

Lindsey

That’s actually a really cool paper topic. Based strictly on personal observation (no scientific data fo’ me!), I would bet that the more Christian state of Georgia has a higher rate of DUI than the less theistic states of Massachusetts, RI, and maybe even New Hampshire. I’d maybe even venture to say that Red states have a higher percentage of beer consumption than many blue states. I’d be curious as to what you uncover!

momo

I’m having to keep working on it because it’s supposed to have to do with state reforms so pretty much it all has to relate back to laws states have and doing all the states is going to be problematic haha.

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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drank Tutti Fruity by English Tea Store
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meh, it’s hibiscus with other stuff added in to pretend it’s not just hibiscus.

Lazey

Heh, love the description. I avoid hibiscus in most things.

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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When I drink this, all I can remember is the crepe I had in Paris, that’s all I taste. Crepes with maple syrup and pecans (the one I had in Paris was walnuts but pecans are superior anyway). Ugh sorry I have been having bad travel bug wants to go back feelings.

I hadn’t had this one for awhile and it just seems so much more mapley to me today.

Also I am so excited right now, I got a garden plot in the community garden my city FINALLY got started.

Tamm

My step-mom visited Paris and she always tells me stories of the food! It sounds simply beautiful.
What are you going to be planting? I’ve always found community gardens interesting. We don’t have anything like that here.

momo

I’m not sure yet, I’ve got a bunch of seeds still from what I planted on my patio as well as a bunch of tomato, bell pepper, and jalapeno seedlings I’ve been holding on to hoping I’d get a plot. I want to grow broccoli too at least since my parakeet loves it. I was thinking of getting asparagus roots too but I’m not sure if I will live specifically here long enough for them to become anything. I was also thinking a raspberry bush maybe, when I go to get everything taken care of I’m going to ask if they’re okay since bushes like that spread so easily but I’d loooove to have some berries.

Tamm

Those all sound so tasty! I didn’t know parakeets ate broccoli. I hope your weather hasn’t been anything like ours. We just got snow this morning and that is probably messing with a lot of people’s planting.

momo

Oh yeah, he loves it. I basically saw off the little buds or whatever that part’s called on the florets on top of his seeds and he’ll eat every bit over a few hours.

It’s been awesome here for at least the past 8-9 days. I was hoping to plant stuff in March but it was so cold then. As long as it doesn’t dip below 40 I’ll be happy, and it shouldn’t do that at this point in time I hope.

Rachel Sincere

Haha about the broccoli! My rat loves it but I hate it so whenever I get Chinese food I pick out the broccoli and give it to him. :-)

Lynxiebrat

Here in Michigan, most of us don’t start planting til late April/May. I wanted to plant some flowers in my yard, but since I figured we weren’t quite done with the cold, maybe I should just plant them in pots and put them in my front window…which does a fair job. I used to have a cat that loved to eat green olives…and he would pick out the pimentos! Another that loved cantaloupe.. So various animals/birds can definitely get into unexpected food.:)

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drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
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So I didn’t go to bed until nearly 5am because of a Formula 1 race, and then I had a weird dream where you could go to McDonalds and have Adagio tea. Because if you could sit down and have tea, a fast food place is the spot to do it.

I’ve been meaning to try this sample for awhile now, it smells amazing, but the taste is…very off. It tastes like pepper. Pepper and just a little citrus. It’s so definitely the oolong that is making it taste like pepper. And it’s kind of gross. I’m hoping letting it cool off will make it better.

It’s disappointing because I just picked up a six pack of San Pellegrino’s grapefruit soda for $1.50!! I don’t understand why it’s being discontinued because it tastes so good that I am drinking a second can today while drinking grapefruit tea and now I want a legitimate grapefruit.

My jaw is absolutely killing me tonight, and I don’t know what happened. I’ve had a problem that I’m sure is TMJ since I had braces and they put some robotic looking thing in my mouth to try to pull back an overbite. I’ve complained to my dentist before and I’m “too young to have jaw problems.” So if I end up at an urgent care place tomorrow because I’m crying we’ll see how that goes. There are periods where it’s feeling like it’s trying to separate from the rest of my skull, not even kidding.

Now it’s cooled and I still get the strong pepper notes. It’s not that terrible but I’d like just a bit more grapefruit from it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
TheTeaFairy

LOL, decent tea at McDonalds (a dream, momo, it was only a dream…)
Ouch! Hope you get that jaw of yours fixed :-(

My Friend Rashad

I love the grapefruit san pellegrino!

momo

@TheTeaFairy – It was so weird, they also were selling potato chips for $8. And you just picked your sample size bag and had tea. And it was a big deal in my dream, they were very busy just for this.

I gave in and took ibuprofen and it’s helped a lot, thankfully. Now I have to try to keep myself from rolling onto that side while sleeping, that’s now the real challenge.

@My Friend Rashad – I got it at Kroger and I’m gonna go check the other one I live by and see if they did it too. I hate discovering something is amazing and it’s going away. I love the blood orange one too but I’ve rarely seen this one before and it’s so good. I love that it has the bitter rind flavor to it too (which is probably why they were getting rid of it).

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I’m not sure how I steeped this the first time I had it, but I noticed there was a lot of green tea in there so I steeped it as a green. I wanted to have it iced since I noticed when I let it cool off completely last time around, it was delicious.

Indeed it was, this definitely is a nice, fruity tea for iced tea. I still really don’t know what a jackfruit tastes like so I’m going to continue to think it is this tea. It’s definitely got that tropical fruit flavor going on.

Next step: cold brew, for sure!

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drank Green Tea Kombucha by Yogi Tea
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I…don’t understand how one puts kombucha into a tea bag. I am pretty sure that’s some kind of ploy to get you to buy this one for medicinal benefits. Like similarly I’m not trusting anyone who claims to have yogurt probiotics in a tea bag either or something.

So no, this doesn’t taste like kombucha, and I doubt whatever is in here to pretend to be kombucha has any semblance of drinking actual kombucha because the whole point of kombucha is to have the live stuff in there. I highly doubt that stuff survives being turned into a powder or whatever’s going on in teas like this.

For what it actually is, it’s not too bad, but I think it tastes terrible hot. When I let it cool off, the plum and passionfruit flavors were stronger. Before it was just the lemongrass and mint with a little fruity aftertaste.

I wouldn’t drink this again.

Terri HarpLady

Even if they did dehydrate the Kombucha & bag it (which I suppose is possible), the heat of the hot water would kill any actual live cultures (if they survived being dehydrated to begin with). :)

Tamm

That’s a great point Terri! I know lots of people who make miso with boiling water and I always try to pass on it because I’ve read that temps. that high will kill the “good” stuff in it.

Terri HarpLady

Right! It’s the same with kraut. If your kraut actually has live cultures (I make my own), as soon as you heat it up, that’s gone.

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drank Thin Mint Green by The Tea Spot
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I really wanted green tea and mint this morning but I wasn’t feeling like something of the Moroccan Mint variety, so I was glad I remembered I had this. My stomach was not feeling good due to the previous night’s wine celebration of the Canadiens making the playoffs. Oops. So I really wanted mint to settle things down and since it cooled off from the rain (and barely took any pollen away, gross) something a bit toasty and nutty for a base sounded great.

So now that I am over the fact this isn’t going to have chocolate despite its name, I do quite enjoy it. It’s a nice, different take on a minty green.

I’m going to have to give it a try iced too. I was actually wondering about that earlier and I wasn’t sure how it might be, but now I’m thinking it’s a must.

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drank Jasmine Blueberry by Art of Tea
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I have not had the best of luck with the Art of Tea samples I bought back in November. Granted it also didn’t help it took them weeks to bother to send. This is the first of them that I have actually liked and I only have one left to try…

I didn’t think the jasmine was overpowering at all in this. Granted all the other notes for this are years old so maybe Art of Tea got the balance right finally. I’ve also had it for 4 1/2 months at this point. It’s a nice mix of fruit and floral, I think the blueberry was quite a bit stronger though with jasmine notes following.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Teas Etc Persian Lime + Mahamosa Spearmint

This was AWESOME. I made a quart pitcher of iced tea, and I believe I used 1 tbsp of spearmint leaves and around 2 1/2 tbsp of Persian Lime. I don’t think I added any sweetener to it, but I do remember that I completely missed starting the timer on my phone so I had to guess at steeping.

It turned out perfect so that was fine. The lime and mint were perfectly matched, I was worried I didn’t have enough mint in there but it was just right to give a burst of mintiness at the end.

I have no idea what else to say since it took me hours to finally finish this and this tea was from yesterday. Blah.

JoonSusanna

Well that settles that! I’m gong to need to get some more of that Persian lime as it will likely be my iced tea of choice this summer!

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