drank Rou Gui by Life In Teacup
3005 tasting notes

I’d like to thank KS for sending me a sample of this one to try out. I’ve wanted to try several of the teas from Life in Teacup for awhile now. I love Roasty Wuyi oolongs! Opening the package, the smell of the dry leaf is yummy fruity & sweet, like dried apricots have been simmered down to a rich compote. The dry leaf is a rich mahogany color, long twisted strands. Poured into a hot dry yixing, the aroma quadrupled & became thick & tangy. A quick rinse, which I drank (how could I not?) yielded a hint of what was to come. Let the steeping begin!
5G + 4oz yixing (rinse) 10sec/20/30/40/50/60/2min/3min/4min/5min…

10 sec – This is a sweet infusion of hazelnut butter & gently tart apricot. With each steeping new layers were added: creme brulee, a sprinkle of cinnamon. Steep number 4 took on a shiny smooth quality, like obsidian. Then the tanginess faded briefly, replaced by a creamy pudding. Then the tanginess returned, so that my mouth felt as if I’d been eating tart berries. The last steepings were like a sweet nectar, a gentle sweet artesian spring, flowing into a rock fountain, with faint notes of peach, hazelnut, & cinnamon.
…sigh…

K S

Wow, can I borrow your taste buds?

Starfevre

Your ability to identify flavours leaves me in awe.

Terri HarpLady

All I can say is it works better some days than others. In the dead of winter, when I’m not having any allergies, & I have time to just relax, I can taste all kinds of things. I’ve always been hypersensitive to tastes, smells, sounds, textures, etc. Otherwise, we can probably attribute at least part of it to my heavy use of hallucinogens in my youth ;)

Starfevre

I’m hypersensitive to tastes but I’m shit at actually identifying them. :(

Starfevre

Possibly my youth needed more hallucinogens. I had none except the nyquil that one time I had a fever of 103.

Terri HarpLady

I often notice tastes that seem familiar, but I can’t quite place them.

Amariel

Sounds yummy!

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K S

Wow, can I borrow your taste buds?

Starfevre

Your ability to identify flavours leaves me in awe.

Terri HarpLady

All I can say is it works better some days than others. In the dead of winter, when I’m not having any allergies, & I have time to just relax, I can taste all kinds of things. I’ve always been hypersensitive to tastes, smells, sounds, textures, etc. Otherwise, we can probably attribute at least part of it to my heavy use of hallucinogens in my youth ;)

Starfevre

I’m hypersensitive to tastes but I’m shit at actually identifying them. :(

Starfevre

Possibly my youth needed more hallucinogens. I had none except the nyquil that one time I had a fever of 103.

Terri HarpLady

I often notice tastes that seem familiar, but I can’t quite place them.

Amariel

Sounds yummy!

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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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