2082 Tasting Notes

drank Summer by Basilur Tea
2082 tasting notes

I have re-entered this as a new tea; the current entry wouldn’t allow me to post to it. This falls in my non-scientific, loosey-goosey array of tea classifications as “tea party tea.” Good for recreational drinkers and non-teaists. Quite tasty; the strawberry is more “strawberry sundae” than actual berries themselves, but handled delicately (I need to back off the water temp next cup), something you could serve to your princess-in-training.

In other news, we are OK. Did you see the big red target in the center of the U.S. last night? Our area was the bulls-eye. No tornado damage in our little burg, but scary and significant about five miles up the road. We spent most of the evening pacing in front of our garage safe room, ready to duck and dash.

Once we did crash, we woke up to our little branch of Turkey Creek behaving more like Turkey Rapids. Our back yard is a mudslide, but on the bright side, no mowing this weekend!

Our community started taking action immediately: Hardware stores reopening late last night so folks could grab emergency supplies. Local independent roofer offering to tarp damaged homes for free today. Volunteer chainsaw crews ready to go at daybreak. I don’t like it that we are good at this, but it’s what our people do, and I am blessed to be among such kind and generous hearts here in flyover territory.

tea-sipper

Glad you’re okay!

derk

Good to hear you and yours are safe! It disheartens me when people refer to the middle of the United States as flyover country. There are some incredibly kind people nestled between our coasts. Glad to hear your community helps one another in times like this.

ashmanra

“Look for the helpers.” It always makes me cry. Glad you are safe. Been keeping you in my prayers through this rough stormy patch!

mrmopar

Glad you made it through it. And prayers for your area and the good people there.

Martin Bednář

You are safe! Thank you for this message. And I wish you that everything will be alright in whole your community.

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drank English Breakfast by Basilur
2082 tasting notes

I like my morning tea with work boots on; this is more like a pair of walking shoes—-another review mentioned that it leans toward Ceylon and not Assam; I agree. Tolerates a long and sloppy steep, however; that’s always a plus.

Actually, forget the work boots. So much rain in Missouri, we need hip waders.

Fjellrev

Aww, I wouldn’t mind a bit of rain, so please send some over haha.

gmathis

There were DUCKS in the neighbor’s front yard this morning, which was filling up with the contents of Turkey Creek. Plenty of moisture to share!

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drank English Breakfast by Basilur
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drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
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Tulsi is my go-to when I need a de-stress brew; but I generally steep loose leaves. This is a nice portable version, and the lemon/ginger is a perfect complement to tulsi’s natural lemony taste—more of that in this little bag than the tulsi flavor itself. Good for what ails ya.

ashmanra

I bought some because of you reviews. I like it! I often mix it with lavender.

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drank Raspberry & Strawberry by Loyd Tea
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Confounded blood pressure. Had to do an unwelcome run to urgent care for a nasty ear infection last week and got spoken to very crisply about the need for follow up with my regular doc. (Yes, I listened. Yes, I have an appointment scheduled.)

In the meantime, I understand that hibiscus is a good natural catalyst for BP reduction. That’d be great, if I liked hibiscus. So if I’m going to imbibe it, I’ll have to disguise it.

I tried a cup of this fruity stuff last night—another Tuesday Morning impulse grab—and it wasn’t bad. More raspberry than strawberry, still more tart than I prefer, but not so much that it makes your eyebrows sweat. It’s finally warming up to ice tea weather—I have learned that hibiscus is a little mellower when you cold steep it, so we may give that a go as well.

tea-sipper

Hope you feel better now, or soon!

gmathis

Thank you kindly. I can hear and my left ear is no longer swelling like Dumbo :) The BP is an issue caused largely by, um, no longer being 25.

Kittenna

Here’s hoping you can manage to drink some hibiscus, and that it helps! I know that sweetening it works well for me, but of course, adding sweetener brings along its own issues.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you will feel better soon. High blood pressure is scary stuff.

ashmanra

I have white coat anxiety, and my doctor made me start taking mine at home and writing it down. I was there today and they raised their eyebrows. It dropped twenty points when I got home.

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drank ToasTEA by Adagio by Teaware
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Belated and unexpected birthday surprise from a dear friend! (We used to honor the “two weeks either way and it still counts” rule; now it’s been extended to six months either way. Sometimes Christmas packages get mailed in September.)

Physical properties: Normally, I steep my go-to-work tea in a Tervis tumbler, and leave the leaves at home. But this ToasTEA thing is the bees’ knees, in that it has a steeping basket that screws into the lid. Since the tumbler is tall, you aren’t stewing your brew, and there’s a sipping filter that keeps you from swallowing leaves and allows you to re-steep at will. Add new hot water, flip it upside down, and there you go.

Thermal properties: I’ve been sipping at mine for an hour and a half, and it’s still fresh-cup warm.

Visibility properties: The flippy push-button lid, helpful for maintaining the thermal properties described above, gets in the way a bit when I’m driving. Guess I’ll have to take the route that has more stoplights.

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Yeah, I’m a sucker for clearance sales—but this was $1.75 at our Natural Grocers. You would’ve bought it, too!

And I’m glad I did … the whole bundle of ingredients together make a wonderful, soft, mellow, peachy cup. It leads with the peach and rooibos, nothing gingery or “pie-y” about it. Just good ripe fruit.

ashmanra

Oooo! I wonder how it would be iced?

gmathis

I’m thinking delicious…if our weather cooperates.

gmathis

Update: what I didn’t spill on myself was very good iced!

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drank Autumn Tea by Basilur
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Isn’t it funny that maple is generally considered to be a fall flavor, but the sap actually starts running in the early spring? Thus, I was actually a little seasonally late trying this one.

Even with sloppy steeping and work water, this was very good. I oversteeped, so the black base was a little stiffer than I intended, but the maple is maple-y without being cloyingly sweet. Looking forward to a better-supervised rerun!

Mastress Alita

As far as I’m concerned, maple and pumpkin are “anytime” flavors, and society will not convince me otherwise.

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drank Autumn Tea by Basilur
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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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