3071 Tasting Notes

I came home from my errands & made a pot of soup, using parsnips, carrots, onion, garlic, & broccoli from my garden, plus one of the last store purchased japanese sweet potatoes. I say one of the last because sometime in the next few weeks I’ll dig up all of the sweet potatoes in my garden. I’m keeping an eye on the weather, because they do not like a frost at all. I’ll never forget the year my sons & I were out there in the dark, as it quickly got colder, digging in what was gratefully a nice loose bed, groping with our hands to find them all. Hopefully it won’t be quite like that this year!

Cool damp weather requires delicious nourishing soup! It also lends itself to shou, & this one has a nice earthy & nourishing feel to it as well.

carol who

Will you be sending all of us some of your soup? It sounds wonderful! Imagine a Traveling Soup Box…

boychik

Mmmm soup, mmmm shou. Two excellent choices;)

Terri HarpLady

You guys will just have to come visit St. Louis, & we’ll have a bowl while you’re here :)

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I had to be out & about for awhile, running various errands, so I made a go cup of this one. As far as vanilla teas go, this is the most vanilla-ey vanilla tea I’ve got. I overtea-ed a bit, so it was kind of strong, but "that’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it!

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After a breakfast of eggs Benedict over asparagus, (Yes, I make a killer hollandaise, just in case you were wondering), my friend & I sat out on the front porch, sharing a pot of this oolong. Maybe I should have used more leaf? It was kind of light, & not as sweet as I remembered, but still pleasant to drink. Its been pleasantly cool in St. Louis this morning, cool & damn, due to the crazy storms we had here last night. Perfect weather for holding a hot cup of tea in your hands, relaxing on the front porch, & sipping to your heart’s content.

Ysaurella

I want to have breakfast with you Terri ! Oolong and eggs Benedict over asparagus…mmmmm but after the storms…

Terri HarpLady

Come visit St. Louis! My son Drew is study French, so he can practice having conversation with you while I cook :)

Terri HarpLady

I still hope to eventually open a bed & breakfast here, once my kids get out of college & move out…

Ysaurella

sure I need to see St Louis…I unfortunately only visited New York in the USA…Still have a lot of other towns and places to see

Lariel of Lórien

I’ve flown into St. Louis a lot. So the air port is alright. They also have that cool arch.

mrmopar

Hollandaise recipe please….

Terri HarpLady

As you wish, MrM. I don’t really measure anything…
4 egg yolks (do whatever you want with the whites…you can make meringues!)
juice of half a lemon, or more to taste
pinch each of salt, cayenne, & white pepper
A couple of Tb of butter, Ghee, coconut oil, or other buttery type of substance…
I used this today, & it was very tasty https://store.nutiva.com/buttery-spread

Whisk that stuff together until smooth in the top of a double boiler, start heating the water underneath, & have the following things close by:
some more buttery stuff of your choice
very hot water
optional: dill, garlic granules, capers, or other flavorings you like

so the water is getting hot, you’re just gonna slowly whisk the egg yolk mixture. I don’t have any real measurements to offer…I usually add another spoon of ‘butter’, then as things start to thicken a little, add a little (like a TB) of the hot water. Keep whisking. Maybe add a little more butter, then water, until you like the thickness of it. Turn off the heat, remove from heat, taste, & make any final additions: a little more lemon, salt, etc. We like a mix of dill weed, garlic, & sometimes capers.
I think this is the recipe I originally started out with:
http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/eggs-benedict/
If you have leftovers (highly unlikely), use it as Mayo.
Also, don’t get any of this on your forehead, or you might lick your brains out!
Enjoy!

caile

Your breakfasts always sound so delicious!!
That buttery spread looks good too – I’ve never seen it before.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! :)
I think it’s pretty new, I just noticed it the other day.

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This has been a lovely lovely tea drinking day!
I started with a gongfu session of this one. IMO any other way of preparing it just wouldn’t do it justice. A friend came over for breakfast, & I shared cups of this one while I was cooking. This tea has a refreshing quality to it, the taste is sweet like a plum sake (I’ve never had that, but it is as I imagine it would be), also savory in an herbal kind of way. There is also great energy, somewhat like a sheng.

boychik

One of my faves. I had it today too

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This is a delightful tea!
The dry leaf smells like almost nothing, with a faint hint of the air, maybe the morning after the lawn is mowed.
I warmed the leaf in the yixing, then lifted the lid, stuck my nose in there, & breathed slowly. The aroma is kind of sweet & tangy. I want to say Beefsteak Tomato.
The early steeps were mellow & sweet, with a slightly bitter after taste.
After a few steeps it took on a creamy vanilla mouth & slight orange taste, reminding me of the 50/50 dreamsickle ice cream bars.
Then it morphed into a fruity apricot & cream dessert, sweet & a little tangy, with a building tongue tingle & a good head vibe.
I’m still enjoying it. It’s still apricot cream, but maybe a little spring wood taste…

Tealizzy

That sounds amazing!!

Terri HarpLady

It was one of 3 teas in Puerh Sampler #8 from Life In Teacup :)

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
3071 tasting notes

ohhhh yeahhhh….sigh…..
my monthly session with this wonderful hoard worthy tea…
ahhhhhh….

Starfevre

I just brought some of this to work today after not touching it for a long time….weird.

Lariel of Lórien

The name makes me want to watch Jason and the Argonauts.

Terri HarpLady

smiling at both of you… :)

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My friend Lisa is visiting & she picked out one of my Gaiwans & said, “What can we brew in this?”. That particular Gaiwan is one I like to use for the greener oolongs in my collection, so I handed her the box & said pick something. This is the one she selected, & we spent the next 30 – 45 minutes laughing, sipping, & enjoying this tea together.

Admittedly, I’m not as big of a fan of the greener oolongs. It’s not that I don’t like them, there is nothing about them that I dislike. That just don’t excite me as much as other teas do. But I do have a quite a few of them, this one being a remnant from the Verdant Reserve TOMC, which I really enjoyed being a member of.

This tea is delicate, with a light bread like taste, some buttery-ness, & lilac florals. There is just enough of this for one more session, & I’ve started a new Sipdown Extravaganza box, for some future sip down event, so into the box it goes!

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I tried something different with this tea today:
11 pearls in my mug, 2 min – yum & awesomely rich & delicious
repeat @ 3 min & 5 min
This kept me happy for most of the morning
rich, sweet, malty, & delicious

OMGsrsly

How big is your mug? :)

Terri HarpLady

10 oz or so :)

OMGsrsly

That is a lot of pearls! I’m gonna have to try. :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ll admit that the 3 min steep was a little intense, hahaha, but still extremely satisfying!

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Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for a sample of this tea!
(I wrote this review earlier, but for some reason it didn’t go through. I’ll try to recreate it)
This is the taste of fall: dried straw, lights smoke, dried fruits, raw shrooms. There’s also a bitter greens edge to it, which I rather enjoy.
I steeped 5G in my 125ml yixing, combining 2 steeps to a mug. The first round made me want to take a nap, with a powerful head energy, watery eyes, & lots of yawning. The 2nd round was fairly astringent. Round 3 was lightly sweet & woody, reminding me somehow of sassafras root, with a head clearing peaceful mellow vibe, & I’m on round 4, with is sort of a sassafras/licorice combo, with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Today I celebrated 31 years of freedom from active addiction…unless you count tea, tea wares, gardening, & food, LOL.

mrmopar

Way to go! I still struggle with one at times myself…

Fjellrev

So proud of you, Terri!

Starfevre

Congratulations, that’s quite an achievement.

caile

Congratulations!!

Terri HarpLady

thanks you guys!

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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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