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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writing Challenge - Dive! Dive! Dive!

Writing Challenge original post: Over To You, Ladies!

Xavier "I challenge @amazonv to write “Dive! Dive! Dive!”"

So Robert Godden insisted this be non-fiction.

At first I thought of the little diver steeper. Like the one found here: http://www.incrediblethings.com/home/the-tea-diver-is-made-for-tea-snobs/.

But since I don't own one that's fiction. Damn.

Then I thought about, thanks to reddit, the boston tea party! http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/30be3y/this_is_what_the_tea_looked_like_that_was_dumped/
Imagine being a diver in that mass of tea!
Fun fact the reddit post was wrong, it was loose leaf not compressed bricks.
Sadly, I wasn't there. Well, actually that is probably a good thing as they went all anti tea.

also XKCD https://what-if.xkcd.com/79/

Anyway

Fact ...

Diving.

I have someone (many actually) I know who dive, it looks fun! I have never gone diving myself.

Actually I am not permitted. I have glaucoma. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaucoma
Not supposed to jump out of planes or dive.

I used to pretend I was a mermaid in the pool. Jumping in and diving and swimming with my legs together, sometimes using game diving rings to keep them together.

Now a days there are all sorts of fancy mermaid things!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/185416254/swimmable-mermaid-tail-solid-color
I wish i were better at sewing

or crochet
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/crochet-mermaid-pattern/

but mermaids don't tie into tea, I don't think I drank tea while I swam, I believe my grandfather mostly liked to serve lemonade. Unless we went to a fancy tea - then I could have tea in lovely china cups.

Dive! Dive! Dive!

It makes me think of action! Adventure!
FLUKE
http://www.chrismoore.com/books/fluke/
A very fun and amusing book
I don't recall it having tea though

What if i go off another direction?
Dive as in to the ground, duck for cover!

I don't think I have done that often, perhaps when I played paintball.

Alas I have finished my cup of tea, Special Earl Grey of course as I am at my mother house, no diver in there.

Well hopefully at least you have had a fun run about the internet from the links above.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Golden Moon Tea Company Loose Leaf Pu-Erh Tea 'Pu-erh Cha Wang (2003)'

Tea Information:
Tea: Pu-erh Cha Wang (2004)
Type: Pu-Erh Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Golden Moon Tea Company
Purchase: Tea Insider Club
Description: Using fluffy golden tea tips, Pu-erh Cha Wang has a depth of flavor normally found in the highest Yunnan teas. Whereas most pu-erh's use a combination of machine processed teas from multiple farms, Pu-Erh Cha Wang uses only the finest hand plucked teas from a single estate tea farm. The result is a tea that is smooth, with a woody flavor that has hints of cirtus in the finish.
Origin: Yunnan Province, China

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fall leaves, fishy
Steeped Tea Smell: hints of sweet, and dry fall leaves, citrus
Flavor: sweet, bakey, woody, tangy finish
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet, barky, and slightly citrus
Liquor: dark, translucent, red brown

Resteep: 2
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 1 minute

more fall leaves, less woody, still tangy finish

Resteep: 3
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 1 minute 30 seconds

sweet, citrus, a little floral, still leafy and woody

Resteep: 4
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 2 minutes

sweet, floral

Resteep: 5
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds

sweet, very light, woody finish

i think it might handle another resteep, but I never drink that much of a tea during work!

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Golden Moon Tea Company Loose Leaf Pu-Erh Tea 'Pu-erh Cha Wang (2004)'

Tea Information:
Tea: Pu-erh Cha Wang (2004)
Type: Pu-Erh Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Golden Moon Tea Company
Purchase: Tea Insider Club
Description: Using fluffy golden tea tips, Pu-erh Cha Wang has a depth of flavor normally found in the highest Yunnan teas. Whereas most pu-erh's use a combination of machine processed teas from multiple farms, Pu-Erh Cha Wang uses only the finest hand plucked teas from a single estate tea farm. The result is a tea that is smooth, with a woody flavor that has hints of cirtus in the finish.
Origin: Yunnan Province, China

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fall leaves, mud, acidic
Steeped Tea Smell: hints of sweet, and dry fall leaves
Flavor: sweet, bakey, tangy finish
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet, and slightly citrus
Liquor: dark, translucent, red brown

Resteep: 2
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 1 minute

still good

Resteep: 3
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 1 minute 30 seconds

citrus and floral

Resteep: 4
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 1 minute 30 seconds

paler - should have done 2

Resteep: 5
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 2 minutes

pale

Resteep: 6
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Steep Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds

still pale, weaker

Stopped due to time constraints (leaving work) so not sure if i could coax another few out or not.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


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Steep 1




Steep2




Steep 3-6

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fine Words Butter No Parsnips

Robert, The Devotea, my partner in chaos, puts out a writing challenge.

So the shenanigans were to write about butter, no parsnips.

Luckily it was no parsnips as I can't recalling having eaten any of those - I likely have as I belong to Glade Road Growing CSA here in Blacksburg Virginia.

So this post will be lacking in tea, if you came for tea perhaps you out to wande roff now and make yourself a cup. I myself am enjoying some 1910: English Breakfast myself while writing. And some chocolate.

If you wish to read what others came up with for this intriguing prompt check out here: http://thedevotea.teatra.de/2015/02/27/fine-words-butter-no-parsnips/



So back to butter, since we can ignore the parsnips.

I have been told that when I was young I ate butter with a spoon. I know when presented with things to butter I may apply an amount that others find to be too much.

It's delicious, well good butter anyway.

I have heard of butter tea and butter coffee but will admit I have not tried them, I rarely bother with milk (unless it is chai) let alone fussing with butter.

But this rambly post will now wander to my family. Dad and Sister butter their toast in a very meticulous way. The toast must be warm. the butter must be even and thin to melt into the bread and not leave chunks unmelted. It takes time and effort to get right. When you are loved they might butter your toast for you, just make sure you butter the toast correctly for them if yo wish to return the favor or all hell will break lose.

This remind me of breakfast, buttered toast, eggs and bacon. Breakfast reminds me of earl grey. Earl grey reminds me of my mother. My mother reminds me why I started tea blogging - to find an earl grey that was not twinings (she was addicted). Becoming a tea blogger lead me to Robert and many other tea friends.

And now this post reminds me of if you give a mouse a cookie or a moose a muffin so I will stop there, and perhaps go make some buttered toast and have it with some earl grey.

Friday, December 12, 2014

52Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Cinnamon Pear'

Tea Information:
Tea: Cinnamon Pear
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of August 25, 2014
Sweet, juicy pear paired (pun totally intended) with some warm cinnamon and premium black teas. This is a delicious tea–hot or iced. With premium black teas, freeze-dried pear pieces, cinnamon chips and organic pear and cinnamon flavors.

Ingredients: Premium black teas, freeze-dried pear, cinnamon chips, organic flavors.

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, sweet, smokey
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, bakey
Flavor: bakey, cinnamon, sweet fruity finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, yet sweet
Liquor: beautiful red orange brown!

the smell originally had me feeling this would be much fruitier than it was.
It's still good, but a subtle blend.

7th day of the 12 teas of christmas

Post-Steep Additives:
sugar
not much change

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.



52Teas Loose Leaf Honeybush Tisane 'Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake Honeybush'

Tea Information:
Tea: Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake Honeybush
Type: Honeybush Tisane (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of September 30, 2013

I’m really late this week. I’ve been sick with a nasty stomach virus. I apologize for the delay. I’m afraid there will be no video this week. I’m still not feeling so hot, but I want to get this posted for you guys. I was going to release this last week, but I decided to run with the candy corn tea instead.

This week we have caffeine-free honeybush blended with ginger, cinnamon and organic flavors, including cheesecake. I figure I don’t have to say much more than that, but it is AWESOME. Get some today. I will probably be catching up orders this weekend or Monday. Be well.

Ingredients: Honeybush, ginger, cinnamon, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 8 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Sweet. Ginger. Cinnamon
Steeped Tea Smell:Ginger. Cinnamon. Woody
Flavor: Woody. Cinnamon. Hint pumpkin. Ginger finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: Watery cin ginger after
Liquor: Translucent dark orange brown

6th day of the 12 teas of christmas

Post-Steep Additives:
sugar
More pumpkin and cinnamon

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

2013


2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

52Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Frankenberry Black Tea'

Tea Information:
Tea: Frankenberry Black Tea
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of October 21, 2013
If anyone from General Mills is reading this, please don’t sue us. My wife suggested we rename this tea Frank’s Berries so as not to get in trouble with the cereal company, but (and maybe this is just my dirty old man mind, but) “Frank’s Berries” just doesn’t sound right to me. ‘I like Frank’s Berries hot with a drizzle of honey…’ Uh, yeah, just doesn’t sound right.
This tea, on the other hand, is nothing but right. We’ve paired our premium black teas with freeze-dried strawberries, marshmallow root and organic flavors, including a touch of malt to give it a cerealistic (ie realistic cereal-like) flavor.

Ingredients: Premium Black Teas, marshmallow root, freeze-dried strawberries, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 5 tsp
Water: 1200ml at 205°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: alcohol, sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sour, berry
Flavor: bitter, astringent, sour
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter berry
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

do not like

5th day of the 52teas 12 teas of Christmas

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 750ml at 200°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: alcohol, sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sour, berry
Flavor: astringent, sour, a little bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter berry
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

better at 2 minutes, but still a bit too astringent and bitter without sugar etc

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Nov 2013



Dec 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

52Teas Loose Leaf White Tea 'Apple Jack’s Apple Harvest Shou Mei'

Tea Information:
Tea: Apple Jack’s Apple Harvest Shou Mei
Type: White Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of September 15, 2014
Dear Princess Celestia Readers,
I’m not really a brony. I wouldn’t be ashamed to say so if I was, but I think it would be an insult to the passion of real bronies to claim to be. Instead, I am the father of a seven year-old daughter who LOVES the ponies. I have seen enough episodes (several of which I have seen countless times) to understand the passion of the true fans. It is a beautifully animated, well written, acted and produced series.
I actually created this tea and THEN thought it would be fun to tie it in with Apple Jack. I thought that perhaps my daughter (and maybe a few other people out there on the wide web) would get a kick out of it, no pun intended. I sincerely hope that the powers that be don’t sue us–remember, friendship is magic, and I don’t have any money anyway. Incidentally, thanks very much to Ketcham1009 for the beautiful vector art licensed under creative commons.
The Tea
YEE HAW! Listen up, everypony: this tea is a delicious blend of hay-like shou mei white tea, freeze-dried red-delicious- and granny smith- apples and organic flavors. This tea tastes like heaven and is great hot or iced. Don’t be surprised if drinking it leaves you uttering strange phrases like, “What in the hay is going on?”

Ingredients: Premium white tea, freeze-dried red- and granny smith- apples, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 9.5g
Water: 750ml at 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cucumber, sweet, floral, green apples
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal
Flavor: vegetal, floral, sweet, fuzzy
Body: Light
Aftertaste: green apples
Liquor: lovely dark orange-brown

I love My Little Pony! Sadly this tea isn't very apple-y

Post-Steep Additives:
sugar
more apple-y and sweet, less floral and vegetal

I think this would make a great iced tea, however it is chilly out

also this is the 4th day of the 12 teas of Christmas

Resteep:
Water: 750ml at 180°F
Steep Time: 3 minutes

a little more vegetal and astringent

Resteep:
Water: 750ml at 180°F
Steep Time: 4 minutes

not much flavor, but lots of color

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Oct 2014

Dec 2014