I love the purple-leaf (Krishna) tulsi or holy basil. This was an outstanding batch of it, I think I still slightly prefer the stuff from Upton Tea Imports; it's unparallelled. But Mountain Rose is cheaper and has a coarser leaf (which I like). #tulsi#holybasil#herbaltea
Today I saw a red-necked grebe in the Schuylkill river in Philadelphia. I've been surveying the Gray's Ferry Crescent trail, a 0.6 mile stretch of trail, newly added from reclaimed industrial land. The list of birds seen in this park is now up to 93 with the addition of this species. #birding#philadelphia#grebe
I think this is a good move--Solitary Confinement is well-researched as creating severe psychological problems, and being ineffective as a disciplinary measure, and a correctional measure (i.e. it makes people MORE likely to commit crimes when released, which is not what we want). Common sense reform--I want to see all states move in this direction. #prison#prisonreform#solitaryconfinement
Tried this out of curiosity (and b/c I love Ahmad's other teas). Smells very strawberry-ey, like strawberry jam or pie. The base tea is bold and has some bite, but not much aroma. Probably good if you want a strawberry flavored tea, but not my thing. #tea#strawberry#strawberrytea
Disappointing, tasted like that fake green apple flavor from candy, base tea seems weaker or less present relative to the flavoring. I do not recommend this one. I prefer all 3 other of Ahmad's fruit-flavored black teas. #tea#apple#ahmadtea
A bold and malty Assam black tea, good if you want a strong breakfast tea. Smooth enough though to be brewed with more leaf and a longer steeping, if you desire an extra-strong tea. Easy to brew. #assam#tea#organic
I really dislike this "What's hot and recommended" feature that I recently saw putting posts in my Google+ feed. I've disabled it by going to the page and turning these posts off. I noticed it because I noticed some irrelevant posts or posts that I disliked appearing in my feed. I don't want to follow or read what's popular, I want to read what I choose to read. There's a reason I don't follow all the most popular or big-name people on this site.
I loved all there of these teas, and I like how this post by +Jen Piccotti describes these teas side-by-side. They're not exactly the same tea, there are other variables, like cultivar, but I think the teas were still a beautiful illustration of the effects of different levels of roast on an oolong.
Yeah! I also think cultivar often has less of an impact on flavor than roasting level...and I just checked and all of these teas are from the same region in Taiwan, I think probably from the same farm, so the geographic variability is minimized. Eco-Cha only sells one tea from a different region, their Da Yu Ling, which I Haven't tried.