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I have 4 confessions to make:
1. This is the first year I participated in “Black Friday”, ever.
2. I made up for all previous years of non-participation.
3. I bought a ridiculous amount of tea, including several pu’ers, & a few tea paraphernalia items that I had been drooling over.
4. I also bought myself a Roland AX Synth. Little Terri & I have wanted one for years, and one of the best parts of being a successful self-employed musician is I get to decide how to spend my money! I LOVE new toys!! AND it’s a tax deduction too, cuz you can bet I’ll use it at gigs at some point! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaXw9rWqGtw

So, a busy day: I played a gig, got a massage, went to the Salt Room to improve my breathing, & my AX arrived!! My son Drew & I have been playing with it all evening.

I’ve also been drinking this Shu. There weren’t any instructions, so I started with 5g in 4 oz of water, 2 quick rinses, and off we go! The first couple of steeps were 4 seconds. They looked like coffee, and although they were potent, they were also amazingly smooth & not bitter at all. The initial aroma was of a well aged wood mulch, with a sweetness to the smell.
Flavor-wise, it started out a bit woodsy, with a slight sweet spice, and as I went through the steepings it gradually took on a creamy texture, & a sweeter vanilla flavor. My AX arrived just as I poured maybe the 7 or 8th gaiwan into my cup, and in my excitement, I left it sitting and it got cold. Let me say this, when I finally came back and drank it, it felt like I was drinking a glass of milk! The later steepings have continued to have a creamy texture, and a vanilla caramel sprinkled with sea salt kind of taste. Not to say that it’s actually salty, but more that my taste buds are taking turns twinkling on and off, like they would if salt touched my tongue. So it’s kind of sparkly fairy-dust tasting!

This is, of course, a young puer, so it doesn’t have the skull shining effect (yet) of Old Banzhang or Willow Grove, or some of the others I’ve tried, but it did open my head a little, and now I’m gonna go play my AX! Rock On!

MissLena

Gah your’s and Bonnie’s review of this tea are making me even more anxious to get mine of it!! Oh, the anticipation..

Bonnie

Glad you mentioned the milky, creamy, buttery part that I also noticed when my 5th steeping (or maybe 6th) was sitting and got cold when I was writing my review. (I like to have some next me) Anyway, I didn’t mention this, YOU did! And, I smelled the vanilla in the leaves (I didn’t talk about the leaf scent either). Love reading your notes and everyone elses!!! Congrat’s on the AX!

Terri HarpLady

I also forgot to mention that it was a very mouth watery kind of tea!

Bonnie

Very true, mouth watery…smooth.

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MissLena

Gah your’s and Bonnie’s review of this tea are making me even more anxious to get mine of it!! Oh, the anticipation..

Bonnie

Glad you mentioned the milky, creamy, buttery part that I also noticed when my 5th steeping (or maybe 6th) was sitting and got cold when I was writing my review. (I like to have some next me) Anyway, I didn’t mention this, YOU did! And, I smelled the vanilla in the leaves (I didn’t talk about the leaf scent either). Love reading your notes and everyone elses!!! Congrat’s on the AX!

Terri HarpLady

I also forgot to mention that it was a very mouth watery kind of tea!

Bonnie

Very true, mouth watery…smooth.

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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!

Location

St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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