drank Irish Whiskey by TeaMaze
1241 tasting notes

Rich, chocolatey aroma. I dunno if there is chocolate flavoring in this or if it’s only cocoa beans but I get some of that coconutty smell from chocolate scratch-n-sniff stickers and maybe almond. It also smells like irish cream . Taste is about the same intensity as the aroma, brisk, a little oily, reminds me of an irish coffee. So what did I do for this cold, wet evening? I added a half shot of bourbon (no Irish whiskey in the house) and a dab of thiiiick Three Trees vanilla almond milk. The bourbon overpowered everything, but now I’m sufficiently wound down from an exciting day. A Kiki review will be incoming when she’s in the mood for a black tea. Thanks, gmathis :)

Flavors: Almond, Artificial, Chocolate, Coconut, Dark Wood, Irish Cream, Tannin, Whiskey


It is a lovely cold weather brew!

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It is a lovely cold weather brew!

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If you’re an aspiring or current tea grower, let’s talk! I am slowly beginning a tea farm here in Northern California. Currently growing are young plants pulled from the ground and gifted to me after a visit to Fairhope Tea Plantation in Alabama. The parent plants are sinensis variety from a defunct Lipton research project. I’ve also started seeds from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. The types include Camellia taliensis, an assamica variety, and 3 sinensis varieties including “Small leaf” “Large leaf” and “Black Sea.” I also picked up 2 older plants from a a local nursery. They were grown from seed supposedly acquired from a tea farm in Washington. To learn how to process tea into different styles, I plan on traveling to China and Taiwan if/when COVID becomes a relative non-issue. I’m taking Mandarin classes to aid in this journey.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came, following a lone tin of some Tie Guan Yin oolong many years prior, in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most.

Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently. Drink a variety of teabags at work. Herbal teas/tisanes provide balance. Unfiltered tap water heathen (it’s good here).

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes.

One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.


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