Working my way through the TOMC box, this one is from January.
Initially, I didn’t like this tea. Everyone else loved it, & I was like, “This is my next to least favorite from Verdant, only superseded by Earl of Anxi”. I guess the problem was that I tried to steep it like Laoshan black, & that was a big mistake! This is a black tea, but it needs to be handled with kid gloves, it’s very sensitive. I’m feeling sensitive today, so maybe we make a good pair this afternoon?
5G + 4 oz Gaiwan (quick rinse) X 4 – 6 sec steepings
I drank the rinse water. It tastes like french bread with butter, kind of like the formosan I just drank. Very mildly malty/yeasty.
1 – This is nice. I taste malt, butter, honey, & an essence of chocolate creeping in.
2 & 3 – More of the above, plus a little more roasty, & a nice tongue thickening sensation.
I have tons of things I should be doing…it’s still too wet to garden, so I’m off the hook there. I have several gigs coming up that require specific pieces, most notably a church gig (the only way they can get me to church is to pay me to come play). For that one, I’m working on Bernstein’s Chichester Psalm 2, which is choir, piano, & harp. It’s not a particularly difficult piece, but still takes time to figure out how I fit in. That’s one of the reasons I love youtube!! I can listen to it while I look over the music to find my place!
4 – nice tongue tingle, a little bit of a wuyi rock kind of thing coming into it.
5 – then 6 – this has been a nice session. I’ve been sipping, listening to that piece, looking through the music. I guess I’d better go sit at my Harp & try it out! I’m making this sound like a drudgery, LOL, but I love playing my harp, & doing so has the ability to elevate my mood better than anything else. My other mood elevators are: Tea, Food (preparing, thinking about, eating, & sharing), & gardening (which is really part of the food category anyway!).

I think I need some Sheng…sigh…

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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!


St. Louis, MO


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