Weiner Tea

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

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Taint nuthin' like a good glass of Weiner Tea.

Margaret's Soother

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Hey, this isn't bad at all!

I shouldn't be so surprised. After all, I like peppermint, licorice, and cloves. So it stands to reason that I wouldn't mind them all mixed together.

So, thumbs up for the herbal. I might buy more of this.

Silk Road

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Silk Road is "a strong black tea from south Asia blended with natural ginger." It's new to me. One odd thing is that the instructions on the bag specify to steep it for 2-4 minutes. That's kinda odd, because black teas are usually steeped for 3-5 minutes. Green teas start at 2 minutes.

Personally, I usually steep for the minimum amount of time. The longer you steep, the more bitter the tea can become. However, if you don't steep long enough, then your tea won't be full-bodied.

I decided to follow the directions on the bag this time, steeping for a mere two minutes. The resulting tea is okay, but not great. The ginger adds a strong aroma to the tea, but I'm not getting much in the taste department.

(I should be clear here. When I say "the directions on the bag," I mean the storage bag in which the tea ships. This is full leaf, loose tea. No tea bags.)

Next time I make it, I'll steep it for the more traditional 3 minutes and see if that makes a difference. It could just be that the bag was mislabeled.

White Peony

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Right at this very moment, I'm sipping some White Peony.

This is a white tea. White teas usually cost a bunch. But this one is left over from the previous season. It also has a little more heft and body than a white tea normally has. It's sort of a light green tea.

Anyway, it's pretty good. And was cheap for a white tea.

Tea Purchase

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Rather than taking my usual route of waiting until I was entirely out of tea before buying more, I took a more proactive approach and made a major tea purchase last night.

The first order of business is to restock on my usual varieties. That means half a pound each of Black Velvet, Lapsang Souchong, and Russian Caravan. To that, I'm adding Downey Tip Green as a regular purchase. It's such a nice fresh green tea. And it's cheap. So I added a full pound to my order.

Why so much green tea? Well, I try to alternate cups of black tea with cups of green. It keeps me from getting too wired on caffeine. (Black has much more than green, but still much less than coffee.) Another reason to alternate is that both black and green teas offer considerable, but not identical, health benefits. The areas of goodness overlap to be sure. Still, drinking both regularly will give you a wider range of benefits than either alone.

With the usual suspects taken care of, it was time to try out some new teas. First, some new green teas:

Emerald Tips: "A light smooth green tea with a slightly sweet grassiness in the flavor." I went for just a small 2 ounce bag.

Pi Lo Chun: "This classic Chinese green tea brews up with a silky texture and a sweet, almost buttery note with a marvelous fresh, spring-like aroma." Ummm, buttery! Grabbed a quarter pound.

Silk Road: "... a strong black tea from south Asia blended with natural ginger..." Hard to go wrong with ginger, so we'll try a quarter pound.

Margaret's Soother: "This tea is a blend of organic peppermint, licorice, and cloves." I don't drink a whole ton of herbal tea. But this one sounds pretty damn good. Still, since I'm not an herbal tea nut, just a 2 ounce bag of this.

Now that looks like a good line-up of tea. And only $90.

What? Do you think $90 is too much? That's over 3 pounds of tea. A pound of tea makes about 200 cups. Even given my rather large tea mug, that's still at least 100 mugs of tea per pound, or 300 mugs for the order. We're talking 30 cents a mug. And that's for high quality tea. Try getting one of those Starbucks coffee milkshake thingies for 30 cents.

Don't Forget Tea!

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Just a reminder to myself to bring more tea into work this morning.

French Breakfast

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

What is a French Breakfast? Some sort of kinky sexual technique? (The mind reels. Leave suggestions in the comments.)

Well, no, it's today tea. For some reason, my brain keeps expecting it to taste like French Toast. It doesn't.

What it is, is a nice robust tea, with caramel undertones. It's considerably stronger than the other teas in the sampler pack. That might be because I've reduced the amount of water to the best level. Might not.

In any case, it's smooth yet robust. It's very tasty. It's just straight-up tea. I'm trying to find another adjective to use, but I'm coming up short. Maybe a bit woody? Just think rich and robust.

This is my favorite, so far, and the only one I'd consider buying in large quantities. It's a winner.

I'm guessing that the French in the title refers to the strong robust flavor of French Roast coffee.

And, for those that care, a real French breakfast is basically bread and coffee.

Not So Horrible Tattoo

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Despite finding this on Horrible Tattoos, I really like this Teapot Tattoo.

Not that I plan to get one, of course.

Pew Pew!

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

Just one more Gawker-related link: Space Invaders Water Kettle.

Oh, and if you're on Twitter, don't forget to follow the TeaSource feed.

Gingerbread Spice

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Category: Main

I don't usually buy Celestial Seasonings teas. Why not? Because they're crap in a bag, that's why. But we were walking down the International Food aisle at Ukrop's and I saw a box of tea called "Gingerbread Spice." Sounds good, doesn't it? So I bought a box. After all, it's pretty cheap stuff.

So was it any good? Well, it's hard to say. It did basically taste like gingerbread. But I just didn't like it. The tea was fine, but the flavors just didn't work for me in a tea format.

I'm trying another cup right now. We'll see if I change my mind.

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