454 Tasting Notes

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
454 tasting notes

I had a whole pot of this today. Still love it. It is my traditional tea for a writing marathon. I don’t know what i will do when it is gone. Luckily I still have a good bit. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for hoarding! (except when it goes poorly, of course. but then, some of us like to live dangerously that way)

Maddy Barone

That is a concern, and that is why I think I should drink more of it. Hate to see it go, but it’s already almost two years old. And surely there are a million other teas that like as well.

Evol Ving Ness

That’s another thing. When I get obsessed with one, I need to remind myself that I am possibly overlooking all sorts of other lovelies.

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80

Since I like this one so well, I did not brew it during the David’s 24 days of tea. Instead I saved it for a cold evening of writing. This is that evening. ( or afternoon, since I got an early start on writing.) It’s been below zero (Fahrenheit) all day with windchills in the negative 30s. When the wind is light my apartment is quite warm. but when the wind is blowing, it doesn’t seem able to heat up. Not that I’m complaining! I have tons of nice warm things to put on to keep warm.

I know this tea isn’t everyone’s favorite but I really like it. A friend from Winnipeg picked 50 grams up for me and she’ll bring it when she comes to stay on the 26th. Since this is turning out to be a much colder winter than what we’ve had the last few years, I am enjoying drinking hot tea again. :)

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Went out for dinner in a private room at a restaurant. felt a migraine coming on. so I left early to try to beat the nausea home. Oh, god, if it weren’t for the pain the shimmery circular rainbows around all the light would be pretty. I mean all the lights. Street lights. Stop lights. Tail lights. Once I was safely home with meds taken and a cold wash cloth plastered over my eye, I decided a mild tea might be good. I chose this one for its convenience and anti-nausea properties.

Ugh. Awful. It is peppermint, but with a gross sick flavor at the end of the sip. By sick I mean vomit-like. I didn’t throw up so it’s not from me. Poured it out and am now making some ginger tea.

This one sounds like it should be so good, but it’s just not. maybe it’s just me though.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope that the ginger did the trick. I feel ya. And totally understand how much this sucks.

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A day ago it was quite warm and nice. Then that winter storm crashed through.And now, at least, my apartment is delightfully chilly even with the heat turned up to 75. (There’s a whole story about the maintenance insisting I keep my heat at 75 to prevent burst pipes. They pay for heat, so I have grumblingly complied while wearing Tshirts and shorts and sleeping with just a sheet)

Anyway, I brewed this one up this morning. I’ve been drinking mostly flavored dessert-y teas lately, but this morning I was eating my coconut lemon cookies and I decided I needed a straight black to contrast with the flavor of the cookies. The tea is aging. I’ve had it more than three years. But the flavor is still mellow and full. It was a perfect foil for the cookies. These cookies really are good. Here is the recipe if anyone is interested: https://www.shakentogetherlife.com/2016/03/lemon-coconut-sugar-cookies.html

I would love a tea with the flavor of the cookies. There is a sweetness followed by the tang of lemon. Not much of a tang, but enough to contrast with the coconut and vanilla.

Evol Ving Ness

Have you tried DT’s Lemon Pound Cake Oolong? No coconut, but pretty good.

Your maintenance people have a point. My pipes have burst more than once because I prefer to sleep in cool surroundings in flannel with heavy covers.

Maddy Barone

Yeah, I certainly don’t want the pipes to burst. And it’s pretty darned cold again. Sigh.

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85

This was my evening cup. I enjoyed this one the last time I had it, but this time I could really smell it. Yum. Completely yum. The maple of the syrup comes through very clearly, with coconut second. This time I didn’t get cardamom, but I got a hint of the eggy-ness of French toast. I have a friend that I think would love this, but I don’t believe I will share. This one is mine.

Kaylee

Some things are just too nice to share.

52Teas

For Christmas, “Santa” got me a new thermos-type of travel mug and this is the tea that I put in there this morning. The mug is fantastic – I pour the freshly brewed tea in the mug in the morning before I leave to go to my daughter’s place, and then by mid-afternoon, when I’m ready to start sipping on tea (I am not a morning person and nothing helps this … not even tea) the tea is the perfect temperature.

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I have never had genmaicha before. Not very adventurous here, which is why a sampler like the 12 Days of Christmas is good for me. It gives me a chance to try something I normally wouldn’t in a small quantity.

My sense of smell is slowly growing, so I got a nice whiff of banana when I opened the pouch, along with a sweet scent which must be the marshmallow. My sense of smell died shortly thereafter so I can’t tell you what the brewed tea smells like. I prepared it exactly as instructed to. After two minutes I hesitated because the tea was so pale. But since I was new to genmaicha I followed the brewing instructions to the letter. Surprisingly, it darkened as it cooled.

The flavor is tricky for me since I lost the smell before I could drink it. I think I can kinda get the banana at the start of the sip. The sip ends for me with a slightly bitter after taste. I don’t know if that is just me or not. So I’m not rating this tea yet. I’m going to try another cup later this week and see if it works better for me then.

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Last night I over ate at supper and was uncomfortable for hours. I had only one tea bag of this tea left. Was I hoarding it? Silly. I can buy more at the grocery store next time I go. There is something to be said for a plain bagged tea. There are not many that i like, but a decent peppermint tea is great. And Stash’s Peppermint is one of the better ones.

Oh, and my tummy did feel better afterward. Coincidence? I think not.

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85
drank Is It Autumn Yet? by 52teas
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I got my latest order from 52Teas. I know, I know, I wasn’t going to order any more tea, but when there are so many yummy teas available it is hard to resist! This one was the sample included in my small order so I decided to open it first.

Holy wow! This is one tasty fruit and spice tea. I have a little bit of my sense of smell. Not enough. it better get stronger. But there is enough that when I opened the pouch I was able to catch a bit of a heavenly aroma. it really, really does smell like fall. Juicy apple and pear, with warm spices. The leaf is beautiful. Lots and lots of cardamom and juniper berries. It brews up dark and rich. When it was still pretty warm the apple was in the forefront. As it cooled, the spices took center stage. I am so glad I was sent this as a sample. I don’t believe I’ve had a 52Tea that I didn’t like, but this one goes beyond like. It is exactly what a warm autumn tea should be.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I made a large pot of this for my visiting brother and I to enjoy last night. The kenalog shot (the steroid that allows me to smell for a while) is just beginning to kick in so I was able to smell it. The orange comes through nicely, a sweet tang of citrus. He and I enjoyed it very much.

Christmas is very cold here. This morning it was -18 F and the high is expected to be -7. Good tea drinking weather. For once I have time to actually sit and relax and sip tea instead of rushing here and there. Since we had the big dinner and gift opening last night, today my brother and I will watch TV and have a nice quiet time.

I wish all of you to have a bit of the same. Merry Christmas!

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100
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
454 tasting notes

I have plenty of advent calendar and 12 days of Christmas teas to drink, but tonight I wanted this one. I’ve spent many evenings drinking this tea to fuel me to write. Tonight was that exact situation. I still have a decent amount of this left. I’ve been hoarding it since David’s isn’t making it any more. (oh, no, they would rather come up with new, cloyingly sweet stevia-laden teas instead of selling this favorite. Not that I’m bitter) Anyway, This book is due to the editor tomorrow night and tonight I finally hit that magical moment in a writer’s life. I wrote THE END. Thank you, Cranberry Pear.

Evol Ving Ness

(oh, no, they would rather come up with new, cloyingly sweet stevia-laden teas instead of selling this favorite. Not that I’m bitter)

hahahha, yes, exactly that. don’t sell the favourites but rather sell the over-priced false tasting ones that all taste the same. end rant

Evol Ving Ness

And yeah you for reaching THE END and the beginning and the middle! Congrats!

Maddy Barone

Thanks, Evol. That blasted thing is off to the editor and out of my hair for at least a week. Let the holiday fun begin! (right after I clean. And put up the tree. And sleep. Please, dear Lord, let me get some sleep!)

gmathis

Few things are more joyful to a writer than hitting SEND on a finished manuscript! Hope you’re recovering and continuing to celebrate!

Evol Ving Ness

Sleep, yes, I feel you on that. I hope you are getting some seriously good rest.

Maddy Barone

Thanks, gmathis and Evol.

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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