767 Tasting Notes
i’m coming to the sad realization that i need to reduce my caffeine.
it’s going to be very hard.
very very hard.
i’ll start this week by not drinking black tea or the like after 2p, and no caffeine at all after 4p.
then next week i’ll do no caffeine after 2p.
i’ll try at least. try until i succeed.
sorry i just realized how dramatic this kinda sounds. BUT IT’S TEA WE’RE TALKING ABOUT!!
see, in 2010 i lost 60lbs and in 2012 i ran 6 marathons and an ultra.
and i used to tell everybody who asked that of all the healthy changes i made in my life, quitting caffeine was by far the best thing i’d ever done for myself.
quitting caffeine relieved me of my sad moods and general prevailing anxiety. it made my pms/pmdd almost go away entirely. it made me feel more whole. and i felt like i could do anything, any time of the day. (instead of feeling like i could do anything only after a cup or two of tea and only for some times of the day.) sure quitting removed those wonderful poetic highs, but it also relieved me of the grey and irritable lows. and if you know what i am talking about, then you know that the grey lows are nothing to mess with. they get in your skin, in your mind, and in your heart.
point is, it effected me in a very positive way. in fact, it’s what brought me to tea!! i became obsessed with herbal tea and bought as many kinds as i could find. then i branched out and had a white or two. maybe a green. and before i knew it i had 100 teas stocking my cupboard. oh lovely lovely teas.
but the honeymoon’s over, and i gotta reign it in.
i say this because i know you will all be able to relate or commiserate with me in some way. i’m not even slightly suggesting that anyone else should quit no way!!! and i will try to find a balance and a way to still drink tea regularly no doubt. just not as MUCH tea is all. just not as much.
Josie Jade and Cavocorax have been discussing Toasted Marshmallow recently and it made me wanna have a sip too.
i used a teabag for a change. i decided i’m gonna try using tea bags for teas that tend to have floaties and gummy residue in general. you know the ones. the gummy residue on top of some cups tends to really distract from the enjoyment for me so i’m sure this will be helpful.
the scent of this tea is really delicious and weird. it smells like marshmallows,… but it doesn’t.
it brews a golden foggy honey color. i guess it’s slightly too sweet of a cup for me. plus i wish it had more cinnamon in it. something sweet with a kick. i’ll try adding a cinnamon stick next time i brew this! great ideas, i’m full of ‘em!
i have a nice amount of this tea left and i’ll save it for dessert on the weekends. yummm
i haven’t even tasted this tea yet and i can tell from the reviews that i’ve oversteeped it…
aaaaand i did oversteep it. but i love the smell very much. and i’ll try again soon enough.
actually i just did a weird thing. i put maybe 1/3 a pack of splenda in my cup. i have spelnda in my desk but it was put there under a moment of insanity. i was not quite myself when it happened and i am NOT a splenda/stevia user. just to be clear of where this is coming from. but because of the over steep i figured i had nothing to lose so i added the tad of splenda and now the tea has no bitterness at all, and it’s not even really sweet! but it is still dry and the smell is still wonderful.
not that i’m gonna start using the splenda or anything, but i figured i’d get creative cuz it was already kinda not a good cup. and my experiment paid off :) cup of tea resuscitated!
good way to end the rainy blah work day that’s for sure.
i feel tired and nervous and wrong. off and wrong and i want to go lay in bed and be sullen. i oversteeped this tea but the berries and vanilla are still there. thank you thank you. i want this tea to comfort me. but it might be too tall of an order on such an overcast and drizzly day.
(i think i’m just too hungry and tired and it’s making me feel wrong. i ran 14 miles this weekend,didn’t eat enough last night to fuel my tired muscles, and stayed up until 1:30am because i made lunches for the week and tried to paint our renovated bathroom too late. also i’m out of my protein powder.)
chocolate and light. sssssslightest bit of mint.
it sweetens and it deepens.
matching the christmas eve sky.
here is a poem for you to enjoy.
by ee cummings
if in beginning twilight of winter will stand
(over a snowstopped silent world)one
spirit serenely truly himself; and
alone only as greatness is alone —
one(above nevermoving all nowhere)
goldenly whole,prodigously alive
most mercifully glorying keen star
whom she-and-he-life ifs of am perceive
(but believe scarcely may) certainly while
mute each inch of their murdered planet grows
more and enormously more less:until
her-and-his nonexistence vanishes
with also earth’s
—“dying” the ghost of you
whispers “is very pleasant” my ghost to
warning, fitness-centric post!
so first things first, i use myfitnesspal to try to keep reigns on my eating so that i don’t out grow my pants and so i can continue to progress at running. today i added a category for tea hah! it goes TEAS, breakfast, lunch, dinner. duh should have done that long ago.
i also add every tea i drink to the database, even if they are adagio fandom blends and i’m the only person who will drink them. i love seeing bilbo or sherlock names when i go to log food.
now, i have also registered for a relay race in October. it’s usually a relay of 12 people but this year we are doing and ‘ultra’ team which means we each run twice as much over the 30 hr race. about 33 miles each person is the estimate. since i prefer long distances i’d have it no other way.
we need a name for the team, so i’ve been brainstorming puns. the race is 6 people in a van, 1 person runs at a time, and if you can decorate the van for a theme it’s even better. the first round of punny names include:
The Hobbit: Van Unexpected Journey
VAN Hell Zing
The Van Who Wasn’t There
A Van with No Name
wow hah!! another one i drank for the first time almost a year ago.
and here i am kinda revisiting the tea. that taste in 2013 was just a sample i’m sure. this time i bought a 4oz tin. i guess it kinda stuck with me that whole time.
and THAT is why i want to declare that I LOVE my tea cupboard right now.
and i never realized it before but when you love your tea cupboard very very much, and you have a very big teapot you also love very much, and aren’t afraid to brew full pots and drink them down anytime you want, all the tea gets drunk much faster! and buying more tea samples and full oz of teas to re-fill the tins becomes an exciting and ongoing endeavor!
it took me over a year to figure out what it is that i like and to recognize a potential super favorite tea when i taste it. and i can also see how my taste is continuing to change. (like i never thought i would enjoy unflavored tea blends as much as i recently have. it clicked all of a sudden and now i’m inspired.)
this tea has a darkness about it. a moodiness. many of my other chocolate teas have a more playful and twinkling chocolate flavor to them. but this is a chocolate tea for adults. and exactly why i bought it to drink at work. because work is the place i’m most adult. ever.
(i’m gonna update my cupboard cuz i’m pretty sure it’s about to be swapping time!)
good morning steepsters!!
i love tea!
“What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
“All of them at once”
i steeped this one for a longer amount of time with water that was not boiling. in fact it was kinda just hot water. see, i was impatient and i had boiled the water 3 times already and forgot it every time. so i just used it at the temperature it was out of self annoyance. hah
ok. you were warned. just sayin.
Tea 1 Pu-erh Dante
giving Sir Guy a pu-erh makes complete sense. scents and flavors of damp forest and black leather. you sexy evil lonely man you. have i been biting your leather armour?
Tea 2 Tiger Eye
the tiger eye tea is chocolate and caramel tinged, which seems like mostly to serve as a vehicle to lessen the pu-erh and segue into the hazelnut. steady now.
Tea 3 Honeybush Hazelnut
basically the hazelnut part of this tea really kicks the ass out of any other smells in the blend, or maybe the hazelnut and chocolate and caramel all mix into one new beast. because it smells like over the f#ing top maple pancakes!! like wowza! like knock you over pancakes! like breakfast with Guy at his manor pancakes!? …maybe? … oh come here you big angry warm heart of a man you.
(the scent of hazelnut pancakes is NOT as strong in the brewed tea, though it is still perfectly present and i love it. i think milk and maybe a touch of sugar would really make this tea too delicious to bare, but i rarely add anything to my tea. also i really don’t think Guy would approve. he’s a no nonsense kinda dude ya know. also he’s the ‘bad guy’. and we all know bad guys don’t like sugar. though perhaps if i’m ever in the mood for some punishing i guess i might consider it.) (i know, i went too far there.) (i’ll revise this once my embarrassment kicks in.) (probably.)
poor Sir Guy, he’s constantly pulled between good and evil. between who he really wants to be and who he is. so beautifully conflicted. so totally goth. aren’t we all really? aren’t we all.
GREAT JOB ON THIS TEA EM!!
it’s like when you love a song so much that you wanna play it for the world to hear!
i wanna play this tea for the world to hear.
today i’m buying more.
this tea is ONE of a KIND!
Lapsang, Candy Cane Tea, and Ginger Tea?!?! all in one cup.
i still laugh when i read the ingredients, but it is really an amazing cup. not upsetting in the least. but it is quite feisty. and precarious. the lapsang is big on the nose, but really it’s the ginger that carries the whole cup. a little cinnamon pinch on the cheek & marigold flowers to pat you on the head.
smaug is a complex and quite lovable dragon.
smaug you are one crazy tea dragon and we will be friends forevah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
obviously i am the only one drinking this tea.
i never give teas actual ratings because it’s seems arbitrary to me. i mean it uses so many people and so many diverse opinions and tastes and they all end up in the same 15 point range that i don’t see how it’s very helpful. but whatevs. i’m not complaining, just explaining why i don’t really rate stuff.
BUT I’M GONNA GIVE THIS ONE 100 BOOM cuz everyone needs to try it at least once.
from the website:
1. lapsang souchong – famously smoky aroma and flavor. clean and slightly cool smokiness in the aroma, like menthol. Sweet, refreshing smoky flavor, crisp and edgy.
2. candy cane – Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with minty candy canes.
3. ginger – Fresh, warming heat of ginger with the rich tang of Ceylon black tea.