3004 Tasting Notes

I went with 9G in a 125ml yixing this afternoon, and as before, the dry aroma was salty, shroomy, with a sweet molasses undertone.
The brewed tea was wonderfully warm & nourishing, & reminded me of a cup of ovaltine.
Anybody remember ovaltine?

Sil

it’s still around! lol go go ovaltine!

Terri HarpLady

Really?
So it stood the test of time, eh?

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Thanks to Nicole for this sample.
I drank this one this morning while fixing breakfast. It was a pleasing first cup of the day.

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I ordered a sample of this one last week during the sale, & this is an interesting tea!
The dry aroma is a little ‘well aged barn’- like, & when I warmed the leaf up & breathed in its essence, I picked up soft notes of tobacco, purple plum, & smoke….well, not really smoke…maybe charcoal?

I steeped in matching rounds of 2, pouring from my yixing into a mug.
The first mug featured a very mild cup with hints of charcoal & slight bitterness, & instant 3rd eye opening vibes. While I was steeping the next 2 rounds, all of my chakras started to open, from root to crown, like the blooming of flowers, in a psychadelic kind of way.
The 2nd cup sent qi rushing throughout my body, making my extremeties giddy, almost as if every cell in my body was laughing. My injured hand was especially lit up, really buzzing with unsummoned reiki, so I went with it, opening to the healing that I feel was being offered. I’ve been doing a lot of Reiki on myself lately, & this evening especially I feel like the nerves in my finger are waking up.

I often wonder if these experiences are as outlandish to others as they seem while I’m experiencing them, or maybe I’m just having flashbacks to my old hallucinogen days, LOL.
Either way, this was a very dynamic session, possibly my most potent tea experience to date.

Flavorwise, this was hard for me to nail down. The best word I can think of is smooth. I used 5 G in a 125ml yixing, & although there was a very slight initial bitterness, the rest of the cups were mellow, with kind of an old fashion white bread & creamy nut butter taste…or maybe sunflower seed butter. Later steepings started getting a sweet aftertaste, but I can’t really identify it with anything, at least not at this moment. I have enough to sample this a few more times, & it will be interesting to see if this experience repeats itself.
Nice clear energy & headspace in the afterglow.

boychik

I didn’t detect any bitterness or charcoal. Should I send you my sample? I got it fr Mandala, could be diff storage.

Terri HarpLady

it might just be my tastebuds tonight. It wasn’t objectionable, in any way. Maybe we should each send to each other, for comparison?

boychik

Deal. But I need some time. Some family matters. In a few days I will let you know. I tried 2010 version, similar but something missing. not there yet. Btw I got me a brick ;)

Terri HarpLady

let me know how much you used, & we’ll swap an equal amount.
No prob on waiting, & congrats on your baby…, I mean tea brick ;)

boychik

Terri, lets not worry abt amount. I got 500g lol

mrmopar

Well 500 grams won’t last but a day or two…………..:)

TeaBrat

Oh my.. u made me go look at the sale :)

boychik

@teabrat, they sold out, i got it fr Mandala.
@mrmopar, always happy to share ;-)

TeaBrat

@boychik – thanks for the info but I need to resist ;)

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I’m enjoying the quiet of the morning
yes, Sil, I know it’s almost 10:00 here, but Tony’s still sleeping :) he needs his rest!
This is a pleasant tea for a relaxed wake up, & although I do prefer it in a gongfu session, it’s good western style as well.
I know my finger is healing, because as of yesterday it is starting to itch like crazy, on the in side!

Sil

haha i’ve pushed past tired – i’ll crash tonight.

Cheri

That is such a weird feeling.

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My 3000th tasting note!

Damn this tea is good!
I love a lot of different full leave single origin type teas, but admittedly, I also love a good blend, something that combines the best qualities of 2 or more teas into one cup. I’ve been a fan of A & D ever since I tried my first cup of Tiger Assam, & I never miss picking up a can of whatever their latest combo is. This one takes the cake, as far as I’m concerned.

Let me get something straight. We’re not talking about refinement here, we’re not talking chocolate, pastry, & cream. We’re talking bold & brash, leather & leiderhosen clad manly men with full beards, hoisting goliath sized ornate ceramic steins, dripping with artisanal beer. As soon as I opened the can, I could smell hops & malt, with brats on the grill, & I can swear I heard an oom pah pah brass band playing in the distance.

This tea is savory & bold, & although the initial aroma portends smokiness, the taste isn’t that apparent. To me its heavy on the malt, slightly bitter like hops, leathery, chewy & a little sour like thick old world rye bread, & I warn you, it packs a serious punch!
Don’t drink on an empty stomach!

And of course, I love the little presents the A & D boys always include. This box came with a cute little German style rubber ducky. :)

OMGsrsly

WOO!!! Yay 3000!

Fjellrev

Congrats! Yay, this sounds great. I just may need to get it after all.

Sil

oh god… i’m going to need to buy this..aren’t i..

OMGsrsly

Yes, Sil! Buy it! :)

Kittenna

Oktoberfest blend! Ah!! Sil, if you get it, dibs on a sample please. It’s probably too strong for me, but I feel compelled to acquire a taste.

Sil

will do. I’m trying to hold out… i need another 4oz tin from a&d like i need a hole in my head…but you know…

Stephanie

I need it for the ducky! Love your review :)

Terri HarpLady

:) the ducky is adorable

Tea Sipper

Happy 3000!

Roswell Strange

WOW! Congrats on 3000th! Big landmark :)

Sil

also… i totally didn’t register this was your 3000 lol congrats my tea sister!

K S

A&D should pay you to write for them. Awesomely manly picture you’ve painted.

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Im enjoying a few steeps of this. The leaf smelled a little fishy, but the actual tea is not. Its kind of a milk chocolate, but very clean tasting, if that makes sense to anyone. The chaqi is having an effect of making me want to just lay down & take a nap.
I really want to…
I probably need it…
But a friend is com in over to help me dig up sweet potatoes. I’ll be working left handedly, with a plastic bag covering my right hand. And don’t worry, they are pretty close to the surface!

Tealizzy

I noticed a calming feeling with this one too…need to get some more. :)

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3004 tasting notes

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I dont tend towards a lot of flavored teas, but this one is tastefully & gently done, & will be just right for the ride to work. Flavors of chocolate croissant with hints of vanilla & marmalade. Morning indulgence :)

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Today is Parent Teacher Conferences at the school, & although very few of my Harp students’ parents will stop by my table, one of the other teachers is picking me up shortly.

I’ll be glad when I can drive again, but Im grateful for her willingness to carpool.

This is my favorite Butiki Blend, which I have hoarded for awhile, no flavors added, just tea. Robust, tart, perfect in the morning. It’s almost gone.

Ost

I have Butiki’s Malty Irish Breakfast, if you like that one. Not sure if it’s close to Irish Breakfast. But I can send it to you if you want-I’m not a huge fan of it.

Terri HarpLady

Seriously? I’d be glad to receive it, if your sure, & would be glad to reciprocate with anything you like from my cupboard :)

Ost

Cool!I’ll send you a message! :D

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I’ve been sipping this one for hours.
It still tastes good.

Stephanie

How are you feeling Terri?

Terri HarpLady

I’m doing ok, thanks for asking :)
I’m still in denial about having to let go of a gig on nov 8th, & every time I think about it a string breaks on my harp. 3 strings broke in the last 24 hours, so I think my Harp is saying, “Don’t you even THINK about it!”

Terri HarpLady

One of my college students came over & replaced a string for me this afternoon, then she tuned my harp. As soon as she sat down to play, another string broke. LOL. She replaced that one for me, & about 10 minutes after she left, another one broke. That shit never happens! Plus all of my strings are less than a year old. So I guess its some kind of auspicious sign…

caile

Oh my, I think you’re right – your harp is telling you to be patient and heal before trying to play too much. :)

Sarsonator

Harps never lie! :p

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys :)

Parsifal

How’s the finger?

Terri HarpLady

with pins sticking out the sides, it looks like some kind of Frankenfinger, just in time for Halloween. Gratefully, the pain level has gone down!

K S

Frankenfinger :) lol. Glad the pain is under control. I broke my arm at the shoulder a few years ago. After a couple weeks I figured out how to get my electric guitar under my arm and I played with the praise team with that broken arm (not well, but I played). Not saying it was a smart move, just that I understand your desire to get back at it. When you are driven, you can get quite ingenious. Just don’t make it worse.

Terri HarpLady

For now, I’m being good…sigh

Cheri

I’m happy to hear about the pain level being much better. Do what your PT and doctor say to do, and don’t even think about playing that gig. Listen to your harp!

carol who

Glad that you are healing :-) As everybody else says… don’t push it. Let yourself heal.

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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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