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drank Granola d'Hiver by Dammann Freres
1072 tasting notes

Advent 14.

I skipped one. Something about spitting profanities and crying from back muscle spasms. The Epsom salt bath helped to a small degree. The muscle relaxers prescribed don’t seem to be doing much beyond dulling my mental state and, with a bit of wine, helping me take cat naps. Ineffective: Icy Hot lidocaine patches, sipping hot magnesium citrate. Tiger Balm serves as a momentary distraction. Heating pad allows me to lie on my back to sleep. Lesson learned: after 9 months of not lifting weights (thanks COVID), do not attempt to do pull-ups. Do not hammer in the top section of a garage door seal at a weird angle on a ladder. Do not cut limbs from a neighbors tree at weird angles on a ladder. Stretch long and stretch often.

The tea’s good. It feels nostalgic. Woody, brisk, glassy and thick base black tea with a hint of baked bread supports the flavors. I get something grapey-dried berry and gentle sweetness mixed with hazelnut liqueur, espresso grinds and puffed rice. The swallow is somewhat dark-bittersweet like toasted buckwheat mixed with pecans roasted a touch too long and candied in maple syrup. It was a nice mid-morning tea and I get where they’re going with the granola profile. Simply well done.

Flavors: Alcohol, Baked Bread, Berry, Burnt, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Espresso, Fruity, Grain, Grapes, Hazelnut, Maple Syrup, Mineral, Nutty, Pecan, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Wood

White Antlers

Ugh. I have a herniated disc at L5-S1. Happened in my 30s. This will sound weird but when your back goes into spasm, drink a glass of water with 1/4 tsp. of pink salt dissolved in it. Not a cure but it eases the spasms. Try acupuncture, too.

Cameron B.

Oh no, drink lots of good tea and feel better soon! ❤

derk

Is pink salt the stuff used to cure meat?

Thanks, Cameron B. Each day is a little better and a good cup of tea like this definitely helps :)

Mastress Alita

Ouch, poor derk! Have a TENS unit? I like pairing one with the heating pad.

White Antlers

derk Not sure. It also goes by Himalayan pink salt. Trader Joe’s carries it.

derk

What’s a TENS unit?

I have a big rock of Himalayan pink salt, wouldn’t hurt to try. I was thinking pink salt was sodium nitrate/ite.

Mastress Alita

Stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It’s a (typically battery operated) device with a small pad you stick with a gel against the muscle area causing you pain, and you can adjust how much electrical stimulation you send to the area. I have a very special one that looks like a Wonder Woman headband for my migraines, even!

Martin Bednář

I wish you a quick recovery derk. I have a scoliosis and luckily so far I don’t have much pain. But long term sitting in front of screen, because of lectures or something is indeed a bad thing. My knees hurt now and then often too. I blame long sitting seasons.

I guess I have to try baths too; that sounds like a good idea — and move somehow more.

White Antlers

derk I hope today is a better one for you-pain wise. NAN03-well, chemistry was never one of my strong suits…

LuckyMe

Get feeling better derk!

tea-sipper

Too much work, derk! I hope you feel better quickly.

DrowningMySorrows

Ouch! Hope you’re feeling better now. Muscle spasms are not fun at all. I have a grouchy low back and hip (loooong story but don’t dislocate your pelvis trying to sit on a tall stool) and heating pads are my best friends. A foam roller or massage ball helps with working out the knots but using them isn’t the most pleasant thing. Much swearing and funny faces while using them but it’s easier to move afterward.

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White Antlers

Ugh. I have a herniated disc at L5-S1. Happened in my 30s. This will sound weird but when your back goes into spasm, drink a glass of water with 1/4 tsp. of pink salt dissolved in it. Not a cure but it eases the spasms. Try acupuncture, too.

Cameron B.

Oh no, drink lots of good tea and feel better soon! ❤

derk

Is pink salt the stuff used to cure meat?

Thanks, Cameron B. Each day is a little better and a good cup of tea like this definitely helps :)

Mastress Alita

Ouch, poor derk! Have a TENS unit? I like pairing one with the heating pad.

White Antlers

derk Not sure. It also goes by Himalayan pink salt. Trader Joe’s carries it.

derk

What’s a TENS unit?

I have a big rock of Himalayan pink salt, wouldn’t hurt to try. I was thinking pink salt was sodium nitrate/ite.

Mastress Alita

Stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It’s a (typically battery operated) device with a small pad you stick with a gel against the muscle area causing you pain, and you can adjust how much electrical stimulation you send to the area. I have a very special one that looks like a Wonder Woman headband for my migraines, even!

Martin Bednář

I wish you a quick recovery derk. I have a scoliosis and luckily so far I don’t have much pain. But long term sitting in front of screen, because of lectures or something is indeed a bad thing. My knees hurt now and then often too. I blame long sitting seasons.

I guess I have to try baths too; that sounds like a good idea — and move somehow more.

White Antlers

derk I hope today is a better one for you-pain wise. NAN03-well, chemistry was never one of my strong suits…

LuckyMe

Get feeling better derk!

tea-sipper

Too much work, derk! I hope you feel better quickly.

DrowningMySorrows

Ouch! Hope you’re feeling better now. Muscle spasms are not fun at all. I have a grouchy low back and hip (loooong story but don’t dislocate your pelvis trying to sit on a tall stool) and heating pads are my best friends. A foam roller or massage ball helps with working out the knots but using them isn’t the most pleasant thing. Much swearing and funny faces while using them but it’s easier to move afterward.

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Always open to gifting or swapping teas. I do send international when feasible. Please follow and send a message if you see a tea in my notes or cupboard that piques your interest.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came 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 puer, 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? Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

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. I might have attention issues. One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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