2859 Tasting Notes

drank Fujian Beauty by Tealux
2859 tasting notes

Another one from TeaFairy
This is a tasty cup, with the main features being a honey & fruit aroma.

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OK, I admit it. I loveblack teas from Yunnan.
I also love pretty much every black bi luo I’ve ever had, & this one is no exception.
Deliciously honey malted, with an almost creamy mouth, it’s naturally sweet, pastry, yumminess.
Thanks to TeaFairy for my first sample from whispering pines.

MzPriss

I like this one a lot too and I am sad it’s out of stock :(

MzPriss

Yay! :)

MzPriss

Brenden – Can you put me back some(more) GO to go with a July 1 order that will include the Bi Luo so I don’t have to do two? Pretty please?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You mean blend it now and set it aside for you? I’m sure I’ll have plenty of GO left on the 1st :)

MzPriss

Oh OK – I just didn’t want you to run out before I did my order – because that would make sad.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh, no worries :) I’m all loaded up on the stuff! :D

MzPriss

That makes me happy. I want some to put back for later because I love the way it changes over time. Happy Solstice Brenden

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Happy Solstice to you, too! And also Terri! Golden Orchid has hijacked your post. Oops :P

TheTeaFairy

Black Yunnans rock, So glad you liked it Terri!

How bout Ailaoshan black, will you have plenty as well, or should I consider hoarding some more?

TheTeaFairy

That makes me happy (might still hoard just a little on july first though, I’m insecure)

MzPriss

Laughs! You remind me of me

TheTeaFairy

Haha! And you of me :-) lol, now that we have TONS of tins, why not hoard right?

MzPriss

We’re prepared anyway. Although I have things to go in pretty much most of the ones that are coming

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried the Golden Orchid, but tomorrow I’ll probably sample the ailaoshan black :)

TheTeaFairy

Hope you like it Terri!

I’m having the rest of Yi Mei Ren from YS that you sent me. When I reviewed it a few days ago, I wrote that it reminded me of Oriental Beauty, it’s even more the case tonight, so sweet and honey like, I’m loving it!!

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drank China Keemun by Zen Tea
2859 tasting notes

This tea comes from The TeaFairy.
I decided awhile back that I would dedicate my weekends to sampling teas from various tea trades, so this weekend I brought samples from Boychik & TeaFairy with me to Tony’s house. We’ve been sitting around in our PJs, just goofing off, sipping teas, & being couch potatoes.
This is a sweet Keemun, with a slightly tart fruitiness, taste of brown sugar, & just a little smoke.

TheTeaFairy

Yay, it’s PJ day!!!

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Another one from Boychik, thanks!
No real comments about it, at least not yet, except to say that it was enjoyable.

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After breakfast tea, another generous sample from Boychik.
This is a lightly smokey tea, & by that I mean not really smokey at all, maybe just a hint. Add an overlay of tart & tangy, from the blood orange, & there you have it. :)

Sipdown: Tony took a whiff of this & decided he wanted to try a cup for himself, so I brewed up the rest of it for him. He likes his tea with some of that crystal sugar in it, & I’m happy to report, he said it is “Delicious!”

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Another tea from Boychik, I went with a lower temp on this one, & it was gentle & tasty. I know I should probably give a better description, but that’s all I’ve got right now, it was a few hours ago that I drank it.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Happy to read that you enjoyed the tea. Cheers!

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Having my first cup of the day, from a trade with Boychik.
I’m sure I screwed this one up, either too much tea, or too hot of water, because it’s quite bitter. Luckily I have enough to experiment with, & I’ll make a note on the Baggie to do so.

boychik

Terri, JW recommends 175-180F 2.5 min and 30sec increase with resteeps

Terri HarpLady

Aha!
What about quantity?

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

I would also recommend that the water be below 190 (175-180 would be ideal) and that you use the standard English volume of 1 tsp. per 6-8 oz. Cheers, Joe

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The Day She Planted the Sweet Potatoes
Parts Three, Four, Five, Six, & Seven
To make a long story short, after several trips to Lowe’s I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to give each sweet potato it’s very own raised circular bed, although 12 of them did get their own private circular beds. Also, it was starting to look like rain. Also, I realized that if I picked the Napa cabbage (which I needed to pick anyway, & start a batch of spring Kimchi), I could plant 4 plants there. And I was gonna be harvesting Garlic soon, so I could plant 4 plants in each of 2 of the garlic beds (a little companion planting, right?).
Here’s what happened next. I opened the little box, which had 6 cute little bundles of sweet potato slips. There were suppose to be 4 of each type. In reality, there were 10 – 12 of each!! OMG! I don’t have anywhere else to plant them, so I clustered a few together in each prepared place. Just as I started planting them it started raining like crazy, of course!
When it stopped raining, I went outside & planted the rest of them. I was finally done at 9pm, & I think maybe that was the filthiest I’ve ever been, LOL.
My reward for this very long day was a hot shower, followed by this cup of tea.
That’s all I got.

Veronica

I hope you end up with an amazing harvest after all of that work!

TheTeaFairy

Now what, Napa cabbage? Is there something you actually don’t have in that magical garden of yours?
I love Napa so much, I stir fry it at least once a week…I also like to “mandolin” it in salads, so yummy crunchy!

Terri HarpLady

Veronica: me too! It’s always more fun when that happens! Plus, I’m really excited to taste all those different varieties!
My dear Fairy: I’m not growing okra. I have grown it before, but not lately. I’m also not growing corn, it’s too much of a prima Donna, & I can’t eat it anyway, LOL. It dawned on me today that I haven’t planted green beans yet this year. I’m not growing eggplant either. Or potatoes. I need to take a photo series & start sharing them on my Terri’s Airy Fairie World blog. It’s been months since I posted there.

TheTeaFairy

Will have to check that blog of yours :-)
(Loving the name!)

TheTeaFairy

Do you have a link? Didn’t see it in your profile…

Terri HarpLady

Terrilangerak.wordpress.com

TheTeaFairy

Lol, you cave me only an email address ;-) I want to SEE it!!!

TheTeaFairy

(I meant “gave” of course)

TheTeaFairy

Ah! Okay, got it!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I love the blog and all the wonderful pictures, please post moooore!!!

Ok, after watching, I can’t help showing you the only thing I grow except herbs, cause well, they pretty much grow themselves, I’ve got nothing to do with it…also, a picture of my cat…cause she looks so much like one of yours!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14286269407/lightbox/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14286119358/lightbox/

Terri HarpLady

Yay for sunflowers! I planted 2 varieties, years ago, one bigh yellow from a package, & the other a red one from a friend’s garden, & every year they come back. They’ve been cross pollinating all these years, over & over again, & each one has retained different traits, but they are almost always VERY tall, so I always move them to the fence & run a few strings, otherwise they come crashing down. I love sunflowers because they attract so many bugs & birds, & my beloved goldfinches.

Terri HarpLady

And your cat! Definitely looks alot like my son Leif’s cat, Gizmo! He is the son of a black smoke persian I once had in my family, who managed to sneak out the doggy door & have a secret trist with a neighborhood alley cat. Se la vie!

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The Day She Planted the Sweet Potatoes
Part Two
I have various ways I grow sweet potatoes, & of course, every year is a different experiment.
Usually I create a Playpen out of moveable wire fencing, put it somewhere, add a bunch of compost, etc, plant the potatoes, & hope for the best. This works really good if you plant them in the middle of a leaf mulch pile that is 1.5 or more years old. The worms have already done their magic, so there is actually soil there instead of just clay.
I’ve also made a playpen around well established beds with a fair amount of success. The potato vines love climbing, & you can pretty much plant them & then walk away for 3 month, just giving an occasional drink if it doesn’t rain.
My best sweet potato haul was a raised bed made out of straw bales. I made a thick layer of cardboard across the bottom, & filled the form with various layers of soil, compost, manure, etc. When we were ready to dig up tators, we were amazed to find some that were the size of a newborn baby!!! And guess what? They weren’t ideal for baking, but they were great cubed up & fried, although it took every skillet in the kitchen to cook them. We’d eat as much as we wanted for breakfast, & then make a coconut curry for dinner, adding the leftovers, plus greens, shallots, etc.

So this year’s sweet potato experiment: I already have 8 wire frames that I used to grow potatoes in. I no longer grow potatoes because my feet hurt when I eat them, although I do still occasionally eat them anyway, especially if I find volunteers in my garden somewhere. The frames are circular, roughly 3 feet across, 2 feet tall. My plan is to put those frames in various locations around the garden, line them with cardboard (I save cardboard all year for these little projects), & then fill them with the usual mix of growing stuff, then plant one sweet potato slip in the center of each one.
In 3 months I’ll let you all know how this experiment turned out!

So while I’ve been eating breakfast & drinking this tea, which is a great breakfast tea, with a nice punch, & an earthy quality that makes it perfect for a gardening day, my 2 sons have been putting together another 8 wire frames. (4 foot tall cheap fencing wire, cut long ways so that each section is 2 feet tall, & then cut into 10 foot lengths, more or less). Our first run to Lowes will be to get more fencing, because we need 8 more frames.

K S

Trying to wrap my head around the straw bales bed. The straw is under the cardboard? Did the potatoes actually grow in the straw, or above it?

K S

Oh, and looked at your blog. Your garden is amazing.

Terri HarpLady

The strawbales bed: I arranged several straw bales in a square or rectangle formation, lied cardboard on the ground in the ‘crib’ area, filled it with soil, planted the tators, & 3 months lator we started removing bales & digging out a ton of tators!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & thanks for visiting my blog! :)

K S

Thanks for answering too many questions – Uhmm, here’s another. How do you keep critters out of everything? The deer eat our baby plants and the rabbits chew on what the deer miss. Our garden (other than the potatoes) usually look like the work of Oliver Wendell Douglass.

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The Day She Planted the Sweet Potatoes
Part one
In spite of not being able to sleep until after 2am, I woke up at 8:00 & watered half of my garden. I keep hoping for rain, but we haven’t gotten any for the last couple of weeks, at least nothing that counts. I also drank a cup of this tea while I was standing around with the hose, assessing my plan for the awesome day. I’m not quite sure where we’re gonna put all these tater plants, but it will be so.
I’m pretty certain that when Teavana first started carrying these pearls they were of a much higher quality, & much sweeter & more flavorful. Of course, in those days my tea tasting had never included amazing things like LB, so what do I know?
This is an ok tea, & although I used to get 2 or 3 steeps out of it, now I can really only get one decent cup. Good for drinking while walking through the garden.

Lee

Have you ever had a Hannah Yam? They are white skin,,,white potato looking flesh. They are not as sweet. Taste like a sweet potato and a yellow potato had a baby,,,,sooooooo yummy!!!

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t had those, Lee, but one of the varieties I’m planting, Nancy Hall, sounds similar. http://www.tatorman.com/nancy-hall/
Also, the Bunch Porto Ricans are real light http://www.tatorman.com/bunch-porto-ricans/
Right now I’m eating a Japanese sweet potato, chopped & fried in coconut oil, with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Have you had those? They are red or sometimes purple on the outside, white on the inside. They are more starchy, so when you fry them they get a little crispier texture. Baked, their texture & taste kind of reminds me of chestnuts.

Lee

Oh yes, I’ve had the Japanese purple ones too. I love those. I get them at Whole Foods. I wish I could grow them but I have things like Meyer lemon, pomegranate, kumquat, fig, Buddha’s hand,,,things that grow well in the desert so I guess I can get my potatoes at the store lol. Your fried potato sounds delish!! I usually slice and bake in the oven with grape seed oil and they are crunchy. I had one for lunch yesterday! So good!!

Lee

Yes those Bunch P. Ricans look just like the Hannah Yam!! I bet you love those!!

Terri HarpLady

I’m looking forward to trying all of these varieties. I’m still not sure where I’ll store all of them if I get the huge crop I’m hoping for!!

Terri HarpLady

I love my meyer lemon, key lime, & kumquat mini trees! They have to come inside in the winter, but right now they are really loving being outside!

Lee

Oh cool! U have mini trees? I have a Kaffir Lime,,he is the only one I have in a pot, he is a baby. Do you get lots of fruit with them being in a pot? It’s probably sort of like bonsai for them because they can get so big in the ground.
Cool. BRB,,,going to my exercise,,lol

TheTeaFairy

Every time I start catching up with my Steepster reading, I get so hungry!!!! (Oh, FYI, I have four cans of coconut milk in the fridge ma’am :-))

Terri HarpLady

Lee: These are all dwarf trees. I have a constant supply of Key limes. I get about a dozen meyer lemons per year, usually ripe in December, although you can leave them on the tree for awhile. The Kumquats are also usually ready around the Holidaze, with a 2nd flush a month or so later. I love them!
TeaFairy: Hahahaha! I’ve got a few cans in there too!

Lee

Oh dwarf trees,,,cool!!!!

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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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