3091 Tasting Notes

For the last couple of days I’ve been starting my morning with Tibetan Butter tea, only using coconut oil instead of butter. I like it! Actually, I have a few ideas for other substitutions that I want to try: Coconut butter is one obvious one, along with cashew butter, which I think would be decadent. It also occurred to me earlier today that duck fat makes an excellent butter substitute, & I think I have some in my freezer, so maybe I’ll try that one next week.

It makes for a satisfying & substantial cup in the morning, with a foamy head reminiscent of hot chocolate, & I’m thinking I’d like to steep some tisane cacao with the tea, & I bet THAT would be amazing. More to come!

Ubacat

Is this a Tibetan Butter tea? I’ve never tried a Tibetan butter tea.

Sil

huh interesting

Stephanie

Neat idea Terri. I have a little Hei Cha so I ought to try it!

Terri HarpLady

Uba, its a Heicha, & somewhere on the package it says something about making butter tea with it, although previously I just drank it plain

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I love the way raw puer clears my head & brings me back to life after a long day.
This one is no exception.
I actually starting sipping on this yesterday afternoon, & now I’m back for more.
The initial flavor reminded me of pineapple, and was sweet, & it’s still sweet.
I’ll keep sipping.

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I love this tea.
I always enjoy Jin Jun Mei teas, & I’m really enjoying this one. I’m enjoying it right now. It’s awesome. I know I should say more, but that’s all I got. Now for another sip…

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3091 tasting notes

Personal rant, not meant to offend anyone: I really wish that the owners of tea companies would put their teas in the database. I get tired of having to enter the info on every new tea I sample, and sometimes lately I don’t bother to write a review, because I’m busy, I’m tired, & I don’t really feel like doing it. I’d rather just enjoy the tea.

And I did enjoy this one, another sample from the tea club. When I opened the envelope, the aroma drew me in, heady & rich, almost like a perfume (but not grotesque, like perfumes are to me). Multiple steepings carried me through the morning & had a cool soothing effect, like the feeling of clay, even though the tea was actually hot, of course. Kind of sweet, reminiscent of Mandala’s Black Beauty (but different), never bitter. It’s lovely..

Cheri

I had this yesterday but didn’t put a review in because well, I didn’t have the time or the energy to add the tea to the database.

Terri HarpLady

exactly! :)

Terri HarpLady

oh! I just realized I have tea cash to spend! Happy birthday to me!

looseTman

Happy birthday Terri!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Tman! It’s not until the 27th, but that’s almost here!

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This is for the mini-cake of the same name, which was included in the January edition of the tea club.
7G + 4oz or so yixing (rinse) X 15/30/45/60 sec, etc…

Wood…that’s the first note here, deep woodwinds come to mind, & some low strings. This has a pleasing darkness to it, like a rich well aged compost, that you can’t help running your fingers through & smelling before you mix it into your garden. I’ve had a rough day, & it is immediately grounding & satisfying, welcoming me home. There’s a darkness & slight bitterness to it like a cup of coffee, or a square of unsweetened high quality dark chocolate.

This tea doesn’t have any unpleasant qualities, however there is a slight metallic taste, at least to my tastebuds. It’s in the background, with a silvery quality to it, as if a bright sounding flute tried to join the soothing ensemble that I have created in my mind, & I’m not sure how I feel about it’s presence.

Imagine yourself in the cool dark by a lake, surrounded by trees, feeling soothed & at peace. Then you notice a neon light, flashing through the trees. It’s not quite what you had in mind, but you do your best to ignore it. Anyway, that faded after a couple of steeps, and now my ensemble of mellow sounds is playing more softly, and includes a loaf of nutty whole grain bread, a hint of clay, & well oiled & aged leather.

And I’m getting a pleasant buzz, so my day is much improved. :)

Tealizzy

Love this note!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s lovely!

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Normally I avoid teas like this, as I know they are laced with artificial BS, but my son Leif (age 22, big fan of Teavana since they first opened their doors in St. Louis), was making himself a cup, & the aroma was so alluring that I just had to try it. He made me a cup too, & although I know I probably won’t ever drink it again (& if I do, it won’t be the same), today is was an awesomely decadent indulgence. Just for today…

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I’m enjoying a rare quiet afternoon, several students have cancelled today, for various reasons (mostly probably because they didn’t practice over the break, & don’t feel like going out in the cold). So I’m cuddled up at my desk with this tea, & I’m loving it. It’s rich & thick, with a deep quality to it, a depth whose essence makes me think of the deep color of mahogany, or the sound quality of a bassoon. It’s not really something I can put into words, but it is much much more than taste, or even texture. It’s a beautiful thing :)

Mikumofu

Beautiful description!

MissLena

Mm this sounds so good. I should break into my bag of this soon :)

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This tea is always a pleasure to drink, & this morning is no exception :)

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Yesterday I stopped by the London Tea Room. I was in the neighborhood, & still have some credit left on my gift card from there, plus Tony was almost out of his beloved Jubilee. While I was there I picked up a bit of this tea, which is a Scottish breakfast type, bold & malty, with a fair bit of smokiness to it as well.

Sil

yay for gift cards with money on them!

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It was part of my pay from when I played there last. Month :)

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A lovely pot of tea with breakfast, for what more can I ask?

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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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