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I ate chocolate last night. It was the deep dark dairy free & barely sweet kind from a local chocolatier, Kakao. I also ate a few bites of coconut milk ice cream. I normally don’t eat any sweets, not even a lot of fruit, as it isn’t good for me, but the revelry of Pirates brought out a surge of daring, bold, & reckless behaviors in me.

NaNoWriMo began at midnight, & I WAS going to write my first 2000 words (like I did last year), but I’ve also been working on making sure I get enough sleep & do my yoga, so I went to bed instead. I slept like a vampire at dawn, & woke a little groggy at 8:00, with my guts & head achy, ah the price we pay for sugar consumption. But I did my yoga, meditation, & journaling. I ate my BAB (Paleo-speak for Big Ass Breakfast), I taught my first student of the day & we shared a pot of English Breakfast (two leaves & a bud). Now on with the day. I wanted something deep, dark, & grounding. Plus I’ve been reading David Duckler’s notes on his trip to China, & the comments from Wang Yanxin about using more tea for less time. I also read the notes on the Verdant site regarding this tea.

I’ll admit, I’ve had this tea sample for awhile. David included it as a freebie in one of my orders & I’ve been a little nervous about trying it. It is described as "musty, sparkling, linen, cedar, stone, rock sugar. Normal people probably wouldn’t want to drink that! LOL!

I opened the package to find a most beautiful tea, deep mahogany, nice & leafy, a slightly musty aroma that left my nose with a salty sensation (not smell). Following the XingYang workshop recommendations, I put the entire 5oz sample in my 4oz Gaiwan, gave it a quick rinse, but only steeped for 1 minute. It tasted like a revelation. 2nd – 6th steeps for 2 minutes. I’ve drank them all & savored every moment of each sip. This is what I needed this morning. This will carry me into my day. I have no words for this tea, it tastes exactly as described. It is so smooth, so clean, it feels ancient like the earth.
Steeps 7 – 9 @ 3 minutes each: just wonderful. I feel that this tea is more about sensations & images than taste. A bright sparkling quality has risen, & I’m loving it. For me, today, it is about Mindfulness, groundedness, acceptance of myself, & Tea. I love this tea.

Bonnie

This is a perfect tea for writing. I have been restocking this one as my favorite pu-er not just for taste but it has mystical properties (odd for me to say) but I mean that in a more scientific way. The way this pu’er soothes my mind is as relevant as how it tastes.
All the best to you in your writing!

Terri HarpLady

steep 10 @ 5 minutes: My mouth is seriously tingling!

Bonnie

I have the largest size of this, seriously. I mean it when I said it’s my favorite. I call it my party pu’er. I used to give samples away and was left without any for myself. Now I’m stingy!

Terri HarpLady

I know! I’m serious considering the 100 g…how big IS that? I mean, space-wise? How does it come wrapped? I drank some other teas for awhile, & now I’m re-steeping this again! :D

Terri HarpLady

After going away from it for awhile steepings 11 & 12 @ 5 min each have almost a sweetness, a hint of cedar, mineral, & the tingle!

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Bonnie

This is a perfect tea for writing. I have been restocking this one as my favorite pu-er not just for taste but it has mystical properties (odd for me to say) but I mean that in a more scientific way. The way this pu’er soothes my mind is as relevant as how it tastes.
All the best to you in your writing!

Terri HarpLady

steep 10 @ 5 minutes: My mouth is seriously tingling!

Bonnie

I have the largest size of this, seriously. I mean it when I said it’s my favorite. I call it my party pu’er. I used to give samples away and was left without any for myself. Now I’m stingy!

Terri HarpLady

I know! I’m serious considering the 100 g…how big IS that? I mean, space-wise? How does it come wrapped? I drank some other teas for awhile, & now I’m re-steeping this again! :D

Terri HarpLady

After going away from it for awhile steepings 11 & 12 @ 5 min each have almost a sweetness, a hint of cedar, mineral, & the tingle!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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