556 Tasting Notes

90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
556 tasting notes

This was my cold brew this week. It’s been really hot and muggy this week so a good cold tea was refreshing.

I haven’t been posting much the past few months. My mom had a severe stroke early in May. She held on for almost two weeks before passing away. Her funeral was a week later. I did okay with the grief for about a month, but for some reason the last two weeks have been really hard for me. I guess it takes a while for some people.

I have enough of this tea to make another 2 quarts iced. But I think I’ll go find something else to brew. Maybe that watermelon mint from Republic of Tea. It sounds refreshing.

gmathis

Maddy, so sorry to hear about your mom! Thanks for letting us know. Grief hits everybody differently, and often at the most unexpected times. Please know I’ll be praying for you as you are missing her.

Maddy Barone

Thanks, gmathis Prayers are always appreciated. Mom was 84 and had a good life.

Kittenna

Sorry to hear this, Maddy. Hugs to you and your family!

Sil

so sorry for your loss maddy. hugs

ashmanra

I am sorry for your loss, Maddy. Grief is a strange thing. My father died in 1988 and it was sometime in the 1990’s that I went through a terrible spell of missing him so much I felt I could hardly stand it. We had just moved into our own home and I thought of all the things we would have done together. It was much worse than right after he died. It will get easier. Look for the ball in the box video about grief if you haven’t seen it. It holds pretty true. Prayers for you.

tea-sipper

I’m so sorry for your loss, Maddy.

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95

I made this iced several weeks ago. I may have over done the leaf, because it was strong and very close to bitter. I’ve never had this one bitter before so I was surprised. Then again, it sat in the fridge for several days. I think this one is better (for me) as a hot cup on a cool morning.

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75
drank Moringa Mermaid by DAVIDsTEA
556 tasting notes

Wow, I can’t believe how many fruit infusion and/or herbal teas I have. I don’t have huge amounts of any of them. but I have enough that I need to start drinking them down. I decided to have this one for my evening cup, and I really enjoyed it. Lately I’ve been reaching for old bagged standbys like peppermint or Good Earth’s Sweet and Spicy.

I have entirely lost my sense of smell again -Darned allergies- so I can’t differentiate between the flavors, but it is nicely light and sweet. I think I’ll try this one iced next time.

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95

An excellent black tea. Smooth and rich and robust and not at all astringent. It is a glorious 62 degrees out there today, but it is breezy so I feel a little chill. This is just what I wanted today to keep me going.

There are several screaming children playing on the balcony below me. They’ve been playing out there for several hours. Not being a kid person. I dearly want to tell them to shut up. But I an’t really tell them to use their inside voices when they are technically outside, right? More tea.

Kittenna

It must be frustrating to live in close proximity to other people’s kids. I haven’t had that experience myself (only irritating roommates), but some days when my baby is screaming, I am thankful we don’t live in an apartment. I came home once and could hear him screaming from outside my house (not loudly, mind you). And he’s only a baby, with baby lungs. Haha.

Maddy Barone

It seems like there is always something or someone making noise wherever I live. So far this is the best place. No thumping bass, no kids running and screaming above me. I do have earplugs though, and I think they’ll get a lot of use until it gets too hot to have the windows open. Sure, I get annoyed, but they are just kids and s=kids should be able to play without some crabby old lady yelling at them.

Evol Ving Ness

Maddy Barone, I feel ya. I totally get it. I have earplugs and I have noise-cancelling headphones, but really, it is a drag, a massive drag, to have to constantly plan my life around filtering out the noise of other people and their children.

Evol Ving Ness

It really helps when parents and grandparents have some sort of agenda for keeping the kids occupied with other things in the world, ie. away from home so that the neighbours get a bit of a break.

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94

The snow is finally melting for the blizzard we had last Wednesday and Thursday. Man, I am tired of winter! The only good thing is a little more cold weather for hot tea drinking before I switch over to iced tea.

I dearly love this tea. So smooth, so creamy, so good. I bet it would be great iced, but this one is just too good for that. I mean, iced tea takes more leaf and I don’t want to give any of this one up. So I think I will re-steep and have another cup before bed.

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94

What a bad day. The weather was beautiful. Sunny and upper 20s. Church was good. But I inadvertently started a row online with some friends. I emailed them individually to apologize but no one is replying. I hate leaving things hanging like that. I want closure if not forgiveness. But I can’t force anyone. So I opened my last package of girl scout cookies and brewed half a pot of this tea. Yummy. It’s the best comfort available to me right now.

Evol Ving Ness

Perhaps they are offline or perhaps they just need a bit of time and sanity to mull things over. Give space. Hopefully, they will come around. Oh, and be kind to yourself.

gmathis

Sorry for the friendship frustration! Hope all is well—once the thaw comes, will you be prone to flooding? If so, will be praying for you to stay high and dry!

Maddy Barone

My friends and I have been able to discuss and all is well again. :)

The mayor of Fargo has signed a state of emergency. We will definitely have a flood. How bad we don’t know yet. MY dept at work as signed up to man the spider Monday morning from 10-noon. That is, make sandbags.

I’ve seen the pics of other places like Nebraska and my heart goes out to them.

gmathis

We’ve done the disaster thing personally (tornado rather than flood). It’s hard physically and emotionally. Praying. Keep us posted.

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90

This tea was a favorite years ago. 30 years ago I was served this when I was staying with a friend in Minneapolis. At that point in my life I wasn’t much of a tea drinker. Probably because to me, tea was Lipton. I’m sure there are plenty of people who enjoy LIpton, but to me it is bitter and astringent. So this herbal tea came as a pleasant surprise.

Yesterday I did my grocery shopping and I saw this tea was on sale for $2.19 a box. I completely ignored my vow to buy no more tea and put a box in my cart. Last night I brewed a cup. Ah. Just as cinnamon-red-hot-candy as I remembered. I just really like this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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80

I wanted a rich smooth tea this afternoon, so I decided on this one. It was the sample I received with my last WP order. I wanted rich and smooth and that is what I got. My sinuses are a little more open today so I was able to taste the complex subtleties in this tea. This is a superior tea.

We’re expected 8-10 inches moire of snow tomorrow and Sunday. I am going no where and doing nothing but sit, read, knit, and drink tea.

gmathis

You’re welcome for a visit in our neck of the woods. Nothing but a week of gray sky ahead, but at least the precipitation will be liquid!

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78

It’s back to being cold. Well, I guess it never stopped. But the weather called for the type of tea that warms you up. So I went looking for a chai. Found this one. It was good. It’s a decent tea, but it lacks a ‘wow’ factor. It was a Christmas gift, so I better drink it up. As I said, nothing wrong with it.

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100
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
556 tasting notes

I’m digging way back in the cupboard for tea lately. This was one of my first ‘real’ teas. I still remember having a sample at David’s Tea at Polo Park in Winnipeg. I bought a lot of tea that day, including this one. Although this tin is not the one I bought that day. This is a 100 gram tin I bought a while back when I heard Cranberry Pear was being discontinued. I wish they would bring this one back. Or maybe not. They could re-blend it and add stevia. :( :( :(

I brewed up a pot last night to have something warm and comforting to drink after a horrible day at work. Today was slightly better. Very slightly. So I think I’m going to take a hot bubble bath, then slather on on powder and lotion, brew a pot of something I haven’t had recently, and read a book.
Roswell Strange

I miss this tea so much ."

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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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