739 Tasting Notes

oh crap. i happened to look up a 50k training plan so i can KINDA get in gear for my race in 2 weeks. and it says i should do 18 miles this weekend (10 saturday & 8 sunday).
the problem is that this weekend is my boyfriend’s birthday and i’m throwing a party. 18 miles is very unlikely to happen. no matter how focused i think i might be. hell, if i run ONE of the two days i’ll be happy.
oh well. i’ll do my best! :-/ but yes i’m nervous.


the directions on this teabag say 5 min steep with boiling water. i just can’t bring myself to do that. so i did 3 min with less than boiling water. and i think that is a good steep. any longer and it would probably start to turn dry.
the scent of this tea is very strong and super peachy. PEEEE-CHEEEE.
a great summer tea for sure. what’s not to like?!?! i’ll answer you. NOTHING.
everyone will like this tea. it’s simply that easy to enjoy.
thanks TastyBrew!


“Weird Al” Yankovic – Another One Rides the Bus*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW_xH1YBZRo
live ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZkouut-9RQ

“We were pretty much scared out of our minds. I was straight out of college, and all of a sudden they were flying me out to New York to perform live on national tv – The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder. And I was wearing these horrible, crazy quilt velvet pants that a friend of mine had found at a thrift shop, and, you know, barefoot, frizzed-out hair. It was quite a look. Jon Schwartz is a serious talented drummer, and I had him on his knees poundin’ on my accordion case, blowing into duck calls, siren whistles. I mean, if you’re in my band you can’t have too much of a sense of dignity. (laughs)”
- “Weird Al” Yankovic, Biography interview

TastyBrew

I love Weird Al. I had all his cassette tapes growing up. I still can’t get enough of yoda.

Shmiracles

You make me wanna break the laws of time and space. You make me wanna eat pork.
…..

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drank Genmaicha by Kusmi Tea
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a good genmaicha. and a reliable and cozy genmaicha is always a nice cup.

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burnt cheese toast tea!
score. that is TOTALLY the scent. you nailed it TastyBrew haha (and thanks for the sample!)

brews bright golden yellow. and has a kinda oily texture to it also. which is probably why it lends itself to the baked cheese description so well. but don’t misunderstand, this is slight, and it’s not unappealing.
unique!! and nice as an herbal alternative. i’d drink this over rooibos anyday!

gmathis

Just finished a kids’ writing project about Madagascar—-the local drink in much of the country is made by deliberately burning leftover rice, then pouring water over it, straining, then chilling.

TastyBrew

I’m glad you like it! It’s such a funny tea and actually really like it.

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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
739 tasting notes

squiggle ropes. ANOTHER very very pretty tea.
hand-rolled and elegant. i need to buy a small glass globe necklace or something. so i can wear a little tea around my neck sometimes.
for me, this tea is mellow upfront. even the scent is just slightly malty. then it turns into a warmer flavor, maybe that’s the chocolate notes? ending with a little dry aftertaste, which i like.
gentle and dark. that’s my short hand.

i’m really glad i have a lot more to try of this sample from TastyBrew. i’m gonna try to wrangle my ADHD boyfriend’s attention for long enough to have him notice the leaves as they steep. cuz this is another one of the teas i’ll have to keep an eye on before he drinks it all up in a blink.

gmathis

A tea necklace! What a pretty idea! I have a pendant that looks a little like an upside down bulb from the TARDIS that has glitter in it. Something similar would be neat with a flowery tea in it.

moraiwe

Oh man tea necklaces would be awesome! http://www.michaels.com/Corked-Vials/sb2600,default,pd.html Something like these might work :)

Shmiracles

omg those vials are a pretty good option and probably very inexpensive. i definitely need to go to the craft store this weekend. (if i find an economical way to do this i’ll start adding them to every tea swap box i just know it!)

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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holy chunky chai. uh-oh.
it looks really pretty! but it’s intensity makes me anxious.
i wanna try everything and anything once at least. usually even 2 or 3 times. even teas i hate.
i’m very moody and who knows how i’ll feel tomorrow. :)

i loved yesterday’s chai. didn’t think i would but i did.
so today’s chai…?
i did not leaf this tea as heavy as they recommend to. i can do that on the second cup. this first cup i played it a little safe i guess. and i’m glad i did. cuz i’m liking this chai too!
i really must have just had bad chai luck in my past. too heavily spiced with no finesse or balance. but this one is bright and yummy! i still have the urge to add cream and a little sugar to the cup. but not cuz i can’t enjoy it as is. just because when i think chai i think chai latte.
i should do a soymilk stove steep.
this tea is really so very pretty.
it brings a lot to the experience.

thank you TastyBrew yet again xo

Alysha

Ooh yea try it with milk if you have enough left! I found it mellowed out the spice a bit and brought out the creamy coconut flavor

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drank Earl Grey by Utopia Tea
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okay team tea. get ready for lots of little cups of tea today. and little notes for each.
though i will probably cut them all kinda short. lots to do lots to do!
plus i stayed up until 1:30am reading fan fic. again.

thank you TastyBrew for this tasty brew.
it smelled way stronger than it tasted. which i’m happy about. cuz the scent is STRRRRONG but the cup is very pleasantly balanced and mellow!
goes great with my vegan chocolate fudge. yes fudge for breakfast. i know i know.

ps. i accidentally let the remains of my cup cool off, and i can see this tea would make a really really delicious iced tea. nothing added. (i think i know what i’m doing with the rest of my sample!)

Lala

Breakfast of a tea champion!

Tealizzy

Mmmmm, fudge!!

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this is a rooibos i received in a mystery swap with Shelley_Lorraine.
truth is, of all the teas i received from the mystery swap, this is the only one i already owned. i think that’s a great ratio! i received maybe 35+ tea samples, and only ONE was a duplicate. very very cool. (great job ladies!)
it’s always good to have herbal teas around. it’s how my whole tea adventure started, and they are something to look forward to as the evening gets quiet.
i don’t love any rooibos tea. but mint helps. i don’t, like, hate it, or whatever.
this tea is similar to, but better than the david’s tea mint chocolate rooibos i have. and i drink that one pretty often, so i predict that this one will be gone in no time.

finally got around to watching the “nightmare in silver” episode of doctor who.
we still don’t know who clara is, but i admit i do want them to kiss. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I watched 2 episodes tonight (I’m so behind): the ‘ghost’ episode, & ‘journey to the center of the Tardis’. :)

Shelley_Lorraine

ok, so don’t everybody gang up on me now, but what up with the Dr. Who fandom on Steepster? I’ve only ever seen one episode and I don’t remember being glued to my seat. Is there something about it that attracts tea people?

Sil

Aaah! I haven’t even started the current season….trying to hold out for the blu-ray….so desperate for more dr who.

Shelley – depends on which Episode you watched….seasons 1-2 are a little hokey and then they get progressively better.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, like some teas, Dr Who is an acquired taste, hahaha. I never watched the original series, but started watching episodes on Netflix a few years ago with my son Drew, starting with the 2005 season & working our way to the present. We dumped our satellite tv (1000s of channels, nothing to watch), so now we stream the newer episodes & watch on a computer.

Shmiracles

i can’t answer about Dr. Who specifically. but i’ll throw some thoughts out there..eh why not! (i’m feelin mega blabby.) (it’s my faux friday!)
i suspect that tea attracts a certain introspective and imaginative loner type of person. and things like sci-fi and fiction are a place where society can try out new ideas and think about issues/problems and new ways of thinking. while simultaneously escaping from society itself. (i know that’s a bit grandiose but whatevs)
is tea an escape? idk. probably for some. (the amount of time i spend on steepster avoiding RL i would say yes haha)
i WILL say, and some would agree, that tea is very British. and the second thing on the list of Very British Things is Doctor Who. (Third would be Sherlock Holmes IMO) trifecta of awesome.
okay okay I guess the Queen would probably be somewhere on that list too. probably.

Shmiracles

happy 50th anniversary Doctor!!

Shelley_Lorraine

Oh gee, but I do love a good sci fi! Maybe it’s just that I have a problem with British programing. They can be a bit weird. haha. I don’t remember what season or episode I watched, but I remember thinking that it was weird. My husband isn’t a fan of it either, so there’s been no motivation to give it more of a chance. My number one sci fi flick ever (and I could watch reruns for the rest of my life) is Stargate SG1. As fas as British series go, they make a mean fantasy series that Im watching now, Merlin. My mother says that her mother was into Dr. Who and that my grandfather wondered what was wrong with her. lol.

Shmiracles

i have been told i’d like Merlin a lot. because i loved BBC Robin Hood and my whole house watched Legend of the Seeker. kinda related in story telling types i guess. i’m sure i’ll get to it soon enough. (and then i will buy all the related teas)

Tealizzy

Shmiracles – yay for Legend of the Seeker!! Haha!!

Sil

bah..legend. that show made me annoyed. even though i came to be ok with it. deviate from the books much? yes. it didn’t upset me nearly as much as stupid dresden files though lol

Tealizzy

Sil – ya, we watched it before we read the books, so enjoyed it, but you are right, books are much different, and better, as usual!!

Cavocorax

Shmiracles – that’s the BEST trifecta!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Tea Guys
739 tasting notes

i decided to continue my chai journey! thanks to the yummy one i had earlier today.
but this was totally meh.

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oh this chai isn’t mega chai!
as far as straight chai’s go, it’s probably the most drinkable chai i’ve ever had.
granted i did steep it on the light side, but still. also after half a cup i added some agave and a creamer from the office break room. (hah i feel so clever)
i’m sure a large part of the fun i’m having with this cup is because my expectations were so low. but this moment has persuaded me to try more chais. which i think is a good lesson for the day. :)
thanks TastyBrew!! thank you thank you!


so, do we have any Steely Dan fans in the audience tonight?
Steely Dan – Only A Fool Would Say That
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTt-URVOYos

Shelley_Lorraine

dude, your just clearing through all the samples! How can you brew so much tea in such a short time? lol

Shmiracles

i’m a girl on a mission!! haha
also i have a desk job and a kettle in my office.
now come-on! these samples aren’t gonna drink themselves! :)
(i’m gonna get to yours next!)

Shelley_Lorraine

well, just don’t forget to take some time to actually taste each one ;)

Shmiracles

(don’t tattle on me, but i’m definitely more at risk of forgetting to do my work than i am of not tasting the tea o_O) i need a steepster intervention! refresh refresh refresh

Sil

i’m with you on tat one shmiracles! i love productive tea days. I just don’t have many 1 cup samples… most are a few

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drank The Liberator by Java Tea Co
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this tea is a bummer.
it has pieces of chocolate in it and everything. i dug one out of the bag and brushed the rooibos off before i ate it. and it was yummy. but the tea steeped? idk. it’s just kinda maybe flavored rooibos. and not interesting.
sad. i really like the theme and intention behind these teas. fair trade and not jittery inducing. but alas, it just didn’t work out.
thanks again and again and again TastyBrew!
i like trying new things, and wouldn’t it be boring if everything was top notch? dodge and weave, dodge and weave.

Terri HarpLady

If everything was top notch, some of us would really be in trouble! :D
Also, you have to have some less than ‘meh’ teas to help you define what ‘awesome’ is, in the same way that you have to experience ‘sorrow’ to really understand ‘joy’.

Sil

well said terri!

Terri HarpLady

It’s the oolong I’m drinking, speaking through me…LOL :D

Terri HarpLady

I think I was channeling some old wise Master, for a minute ;)

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THAT’S NUMBERWANG!

i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
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