I’ve gone through several steepings of this one today, western style.
It’s not the bold & daring type of tea I usually start my day with, but I hadn’t drank it in awhile, so today was the day. This is a tea that is more about effect than flavor, in my opinion. It is a beautiful with beautiful leaves, very rustic looking. The flavor is of olive oil & grape, & it is both mildly sweet & savory.

I’ve enjoyed this both western & gongfu style, with the gongfu brewings being the much more esoteric, but even this morning, after 3 western re-steeps, I have a nice Chaqi feeling, & it’s as if I can hear the voice of Master Han (Solo), “feel the force flowing through you, Child.”
And then Kwai Chang Caine chimes in, “Yes, grass hopper, feel it move through you like music through the wind.”
Which reminds me, I’m suppose to be practicing right now!

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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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