When I was in college there was a co-ed group of kids who rented a house together & called it the GDI (God Damn Independents) House, a non-frat that would accept anyone, male or female. Their only real activity that I know of was partying, & although I was quite the partier, I was even too independent to join them. I’ve never been much of a joiner, although I did eventually join NA, LOL, & Steepster, of course.

I tell this story because in my mind, Master Han is the GDI of tea growers. He’s also the great Han Solo of tea growers. I’ll buy anything he comes up with, & I do. This is the tea of the morning, brewed in my 4oz blue lotus porcelain tea pot, with a quick rinse & multiple steepings in rounds of 3 (one in a cup, 2 in a cheap white porcelain cream pitcher I got at Target). My formula:
7G tea + 4oz teapot (rinse) X 15sec (+ 15 sec per each additional steep)
I’m not sure how many rounds I’ve done so far. This tea starts off bright like a ceylon, kind of grapey, & settles into a sourdough bread mode. It is very different from the profile I tend to prefer, but is very savory & satisfying, a rebel among black teas, daring to be different & unique. It also packs a pretty awesome tea-buzz!

I’m gonna finish sipping a few more cups, then it’s off to the shower & then to UMSL (University of Missouri St Louis), for my student’s Jury. She will play the Hindemith Harp Sonata, 1st movement. Here’s a link, if anyone would like to hear it! By the way, that is NOT my student, LOL, & we’re only playing the first movement this semester. Next semestor we’ll finish the 2nd movement (which is brilliant!), AND her senior recital as well!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k09wqNGV_Lc

NofarS

There is something about this tea that reminds me of olives and olive oil. Not a bad thing. I do agree that it is unique among Yunnan’s – haven’t had anything like it before or since

CharlotteZero

Your description makes me want to try this tea again. I didn’t care for it much the last time I tasted it, but maybe it was just my expectations getting in the way, because it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting…

Rellybob

I loved the link! It was beautiful. Whenever I watch a harpist I am in awe you all are not crippled from carpal tunnel!

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NofarS

There is something about this tea that reminds me of olives and olive oil. Not a bad thing. I do agree that it is unique among Yunnan’s – haven’t had anything like it before or since

CharlotteZero

Your description makes me want to try this tea again. I didn’t care for it much the last time I tasted it, but maybe it was just my expectations getting in the way, because it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting…

Rellybob

I loved the link! It was beautiful. Whenever I watch a harpist I am in awe you all are not crippled from carpal tunnel!

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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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