It’s Tony’s 61st birthday!! I’m taking him out for dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant at 7:30. Meanwhile, I’m finally getting around to sampling this Sheng. The dry leaf has a spicy smell to me, with a hint of vanilla!

This tea is very clean & bright tasting, almost lemony in the way it makes my mouth feel! My mouth is watering like crazy, & I have that sparkling sensation. It’s crisp & sweet & fresh & mouthwatering!
I’m on the 3rd or 4th steeping, & it’s so juicy! There’s also a spicy edge & not only that, I’ve been kind of drowsy all day, with low energy, no matter how many cups of tea I drank. Now I suddenly feel exceptionally alert! I feel very focused!

Which is good, because I have an orchestral part to learn tonight! For the next 2 evenings I’ll play a cantata with a church choir & small orchestra. These gigs are fun, but they always send the music at the last minute. So for the next hour I’ll be sipping this tea & practicing!

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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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