The January tea of the month reserve club package arrived last week. Part of me feels that being a member is perhaps more money than I should be spending, but so far I have not been disappointed!

When I opened this first one, I was immediately caught up in the aroma of the dry leaves. Smokey & sweet, it brought up images of kettle corn, being made in large kettles the old fashioned way. The smokiness made me thing of a fine pipe tobacco as well. There are other faintly familiar aromas that I’m having a hard time placing. Like canned condensed milk (crazy, I know, but there is a hint of it) This is a very complex & interesting tea!

5G of tea + 4 oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 4 secs (+ 2 secs each steeping)

I’d like to say at this point that I have not always been all that into Lapsang Souchong. Having said that, I’ve been sitting here, sipping cup after cup. I’ve never steeped Lapsang this way, & I was missing out!
The smokey flavor is there, especially in the initial steepings, but not in your face.
There is a real nice sweetness that expands with each steeping. It brings to mind the aforementioned kettle corn, with it’s caramelized brown sugar.
I lost count, but after several steepings there is a creamy mouthfeel & the sweetness lingers, making me think of some kind of vanilla pudding topped with brown sugar that’s been given the flambe treatment. The smoke is still there, but in a very pleasant subtle way.
In the later steepings the sweetness gradually dissipated, giving way to a ‘rocky’ taste, a bright feeling on the tip of my tongue, & yet there were still sprinkles of sugar on top.
I actually made it through 15 courses, although admittedly I only drank about half of some of the cups, combining the 2nd half into a jar, which is in the freezer to chill. I’ll report on that in a little while.
A very yummy tea! Thank you David & Wang Shilin! I will savor it!

Sil

Gah! I’m still waiting on mine to arrive! whimper first month I’m getting it so i’m stupid excited!

Terri HarpLady

I enjoyed last months offerings, but to be honest, I think this month will be even better! I’ve still only tried one of them, but they all sound interesting!

Sil

I jumped on the band wagon this month in part because it’s the winter months. I’m not as big a fan of the greens/spring time type teas so i figure now would be a good time to try it and see if i can continue to afford this treat.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll look forward to reading your notes, as I feel our tastes are similar :)

Sil

i think it might have come today…but no one was home to receive it so now i have to wait until tomorrow lesigh

Sil

inorite!

Bah! Also the post office just randomly decided not to let me know they had tried to deliver something back at the beginning of January…so it was sent to the undeliverable hell…and they MIGHT be able to get it for me..but it may take 3 weeks. And the sad part? no one cal tell me where the package is from… Also i got the final notice yesterday…which told me they were going to return the package on january 5th…. 10 days past sigh

Terri HarpLady

:(
all I can do is offer a hug {{{{{Sil}}}}}

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Sil

Gah! I’m still waiting on mine to arrive! whimper first month I’m getting it so i’m stupid excited!

Terri HarpLady

I enjoyed last months offerings, but to be honest, I think this month will be even better! I’ve still only tried one of them, but they all sound interesting!

Sil

I jumped on the band wagon this month in part because it’s the winter months. I’m not as big a fan of the greens/spring time type teas so i figure now would be a good time to try it and see if i can continue to afford this treat.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll look forward to reading your notes, as I feel our tastes are similar :)

Sil

i think it might have come today…but no one was home to receive it so now i have to wait until tomorrow lesigh

Sil

inorite!

Bah! Also the post office just randomly decided not to let me know they had tried to deliver something back at the beginning of January…so it was sent to the undeliverable hell…and they MIGHT be able to get it for me..but it may take 3 weeks. And the sad part? no one cal tell me where the package is from… Also i got the final notice yesterday…which told me they were going to return the package on january 5th…. 10 days past sigh

Terri HarpLady

:(
all I can do is offer a hug {{{{{Sil}}}}}

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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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