2918 Tasting Notes

I’ve bitched about making tea at Tony’s before, & I might as well admit that I’m a grumpus today, although I’m trying to get over it. Anyway, I took the kettle off the heat before it reached boiling, & even let it sit for a minute before I steeped my tea, but for some reason this cup came out incredibly bitter. That pisses me off, but I’m sure it’s not the tea’s fault, cuz I enjoyed it before. Sorry for the crappy review, Stacy.

MzPriss

I’m sorry Tony has crap water :(

Terri HarpLady

I don’t know if it’s his water, or just me, lol

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I’m recuperating from a 5 hour gig last night. (Just for the record, WTF is up with auto correct these days? It just tried to turn recuperating into * recto opera* . Seriously! )
A 5 hour gig is a very long gig, for a harpist anyway. It was a fun gig, mostly Jazz & Originals, & I got to really crank up the volume on my Electric Harp. Maplewood, where I live, is the first suburb west of St Louis city, & this is our big annual event, a huge art show, with one of the main streets blocked off, music everywhere, food, belly dancers, hula hopers, all kinds of art on display, all kinds of artists in the act of whatever art they do. They call it Let Them Eat Art because the event is loosely based on Bastille Day, with crazy contests like The Marie Antoinette hairdo contest (think huge tall crazy white wigs), dog contests, etc.

Lots of fun for the entire family, & I’m sure there will be lots of photos too, cuz I think they have a photo contest as well.

Regarding this tea: it’s still good tea, but not the same as the original zhu rong I fell in love with.

MzPriss

Gigglesnorting HARD about recto opera!

MzPriss

Terri – what time are we drinking Moonrise tea?

Terri HarpLady

Good question! I think we are all on different time zones. I’m Central…

Terri HarpLady

The moonrise is at 8:30 tonight in St. Louis.
http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/usa/st-louis
You can use this site to find out your moonrise time.
I’m thinking we should each drink it as our moon is rising? :)

MzPriss

I’m Central

MzPriss

(but am still laughing about recto opera because I have the sense of humor of a 14 year old boy)

MzPriss

Sunset is 8:35 here and moonrise is at 8:46 Central Daylight Time

OMGsrsly

I’m kind of curious as to what a recto opera might be… :)

Terri HarpLady

OMGsrsly, I thought about that… I came up with a scenario that would be SNL skit, no actual singing, just a lot of very loud farting & sub-titles?

Priss…you’ll like this https://www.facebook.com/Rock101Van/photos/a.380578777807.159246.91251252807/10152356768247808/?type=1&theater

I’ve been laughing to tears over it for days. I can’t get it out of my mind, & every time I smile Tony says, “You’re thinking of that damn dog thing again, aren’t you”

MzPriss

OMG OMG I snorted my NST right up my nose!! For real LOLing. Those could have been my dogs saying that. ahahahahahahaha!

OMGsrsly

Haha. Good one, Terri. :D

Terri HarpLady

I don’t even have to look at it to laugh, those dogs smiling faces are ingrained in my mind forever.

MzPriss

And they have clothes!!! I’m still giggling

Terri HarpLady

As if that’s not enough, Tony turns to me every now & then out of the blue & says, “Shut up, Mike” hahaha

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I crawled into the bathtub with this & one other tea around noon for a nice hot soak. This is such a lovely dessert like treat, especially with a drizzle of maple syrup stirred in.

MzPriss

Terri-style. And FoxyRoxy style as well….

Sarsonator

This post has so much awesome, I can barely stand it!

1. This tea wins the tea name of the week award. Foxy Roxy? Love it.
2. Next, you took a bath at noon and had a soak and a cuppa. I think it’s genius.
3. You drank it Terri-Style, which seems like a perfect fit for this tea.

You clearly know how to start the weekend off right. I’m impressed! :)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, this is my favourite banana tea! And FoxyRoxy, well…I guess it is kind of foxy, isn’t it? :-)

MzPriss

It is Foxy in the extreme Foxy way

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Tony became a gramps last night! His daughter & her wife had their first baby, a little boy, & of course, he is adorable!

On another note, Leif (my son, age 21) & I made an awesome breakfast frittata this morning, & I enjoyed my half with a pot of 1910, the quintessential English Breakfast. Next up: Bubble Bath.

Ysaurella

Congrats Tony !

Sil

WOOHOO!! grats to Tony!

scribbles

Congrats to Tony!

caile

Congrats! :)

OMGsrsly

Congratulations to Tony (and his daughter’s family!). :)

MzPriss

Awwwww PapaTony. Congratulations! And the bubble bath sounds like a perfect idea.

mrmopar

Cigars please all around….;)

Terri HarpLady

:)
Thanks everyone! He’s feeling pretty proud

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This tea was my gardening companion of the day, as I watered the Southern Hemisphere, ate a few blackberries, pulled a few weeds, picks some tomatoes, cukes, & red russian kale, & really just enjoyed the early morning. I’ve been waking up earlier lately, no matter how late I stay up, but it feels good to get out there in the morning.

When I opened the tin of this tea, I had a vision of cinnamon toast, which I sorely miss. That image stayed with me while I sipped both steepings of these leaves, and it was good.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
2918 tasting notes

I’m trying MzPriss’ combo of this tea, steeped with Black Beauty, following her suggestions of (1T Special Dark + 8oz water X 3min) + a big pinch of Black Beauty X 3 more minutes.

It’s potent!

MzPriss

It is – did you like it?

MzPriss

OMG Terri – I do that in SIXTEEN oz of water I am so sorry – I make it in my big mug – did I put 8 on my post? * spanks self * Very sorry :(

MzPriss

Did it curl your eyelashes up tight?

Dexter

(Do I have Black Beauty in the house? – I HAVE to try this….)

Terri HarpLady

Hahaha…I probably just assumed it was 8oz…actually my cup is more like 10, but still…
The resteep was still pretty potent, but you know what? They were both drinkable, & all in all, it was definitely a wake up call for the afternoon!
LOL

Spencer

Oh my…this sounds delicious. (And I would totally use 8oz.)
So, shall this special blend be called “Darker Than Black?”

Garret

Special Beauty, perhaps?

Laughing as I read this thinking about two things: 1) MzPriss spanking herself and 2) how much faster my 5k race times would be if I drank 8 ounces of this about 20 minutes prior!

And being that life is one big experiment, I’m just gonna have to try. Not try spanking myself, but rather drinking said concoction before race time.

You all crack me up!

MzPriss

Garret – I call it Dark Beauty. And it’s so fine! Two of my very favorite things in one cup of delicious comfort. Let me know what you think.

Garret

Waiting for the tea to finish brewing here in the shop. Doing your experiment with a brand new customer. Can’t wait to sip it. Will let you know!

Garret

We love it!!!!!!!!

Spencer

MzPriss, this might call for an official tea database entry for Dark Beauty!

Spencer

Along with instructions on how to brew it.

MzPriss

I can totally DO that – I have this most morning of my life because it makes my world a better place :)

Spencer

Yay! Link?

MzPriss

I haven’t done it yet – because I’m in the middle of a project – but I promise I will

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Thank you to Green Terrace Teas for sharing samples of your teas, including this one.
Sometimes I like to sit with my cup of tea while it’s still too hot to drink, & just hold it under my nose & breath it in. When I did that with this cup, it was like I was breathing in the essence of a bowl of cream of wheat, drizzled with honey, & topped with a big spoonful of peach preserves. The preserves are melting, from the heat of the cereal, & it’s like anticipating that first bite of a favorite childhood comfort food.

Yup, the pretty much nails it.

boychik

This sounds delicious. My samples should arrive soon.

K S

How long did you steep this one?

Terri HarpLady

I went with a heaping tsp (probably more like 2 tsp) in 8 oz at 3 min.
I think next time I’ll go with a TB

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Trying out a sample of this, & I want to have more to say about it, but my sipping reverie was interrupted by a client dropping off a harp for restringing, & I lost my train of thought.
I adore both Fujian & Yunnan Blacks, so there isn’t even a chance of this tea NOT being a winner, since it combines the best of both worlds. Toasted honey wheat bread, molasses, chocolate, a lovely thick mouth… sigh…

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I do hope all of my teas make you sigh of contentment :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m saving the manistee moonrise for the full moon :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

That’s a good idea :) It’s a great evening tea, too!

Terri HarpLady

& the full moon is this weekend

MzPriss

I got my first order of Manistee Moonrise and I think saving it to try for the full moon is a great idea

Terri HarpLady

I think we should make it a steepster thing. Everybody who has this tea should drink it as the moon is rising tomorrow (friday) night.
Actually, I can’t do that, I’ll be playing a gig…
Well, I think the moon is officially full on saturday at 7:20 am, so how about Sautrday night as the moon is rising?

MzPriss

That is a BEAUTIFUL idea! I’m in

Terri HarpLady

Then it’s on!

TheTeaFairy

Well I would happily join you lovely ladies, if my order wasn’t being held at Customs…so can I take a rain check and join you for the next full moon?

Terri HarpLady

Maybe we’ll make it a monthly Full Moon Festivity?

TheTeaFairy

That would be awesome, Love the full moon!!

MzPriss

Awesome idea! Fairy maybe there will be a full moon miracle and it will come today or tomorrow

Nightshifter

I was wondering how you would rate this one. Sounds like it is right up there with the kind of teas we both love. :)

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A lovely mellow tea, served to myself, my daughter, & one of my students this morning. It was great with a breakfast of savory sweet potatoes, bacon, & eggs.

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This tea was my companion in the garden this morning. The task at hand was to water the Northwest Quadrant & dig up the rest of the garlic. While doing so, I came across a burrow of baby bunnies, in a little hollowed out place under the straw. I admire their cuteness, but didn’t touch them, & gently layer the straw back over them & went on with my work.
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I grew 6 kinds of garlic this year! My whole house reeks of freshly dug garlic, & that is awesome! There’s lots of hanging & braiding to do, & hopefully I’ll never have to buy garlic again!
Lovely tea, by the way. I’ve reviewed it plenty of times, so that’s all I’m saying.

boychik

So cute! What’s your secret of keeping garlic ! Mine stunk the house and hubby said its either him or garlic. I bought a lot on farmers market

mj

Those bunnies are so adorable :-)

K S

Just read your Golden Monkey/breakfast post, now this one – I’m jealous of both.

Ubacat

Oh, those bunnies are so cute.

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I’m hanging it from the pipes in the basement, at least for now. There are photos somewhere in my FB page of the first garlics & shallots I harvested this year & braided. So the soft neck garlics are being braided, & the hard neck ones are just being hung up from string until they dry out, & then I’ll cut the stems off & put them in a basket, I guess.

boychik

Ok I have to put them in a basement otherwise … I don’t mind the smell actually but I have allergies. I should look up pics on FB

Terri HarpLady

While you’re there, friend me!

MzPriss

BABY BUNNIES!

Terri HarpLady

We have so many rabbits in my neighborhood already, it’s ridiculous. They aren’t even hardly afraid of people, they are out all day, but at night it’s like they are taking over the place, they are everywhere.

OMGsrsly

Makes me think of my time at UVic. It got to the point where the university set up a spay/neuter plan for the rabbits. Catch, fix, release. They were burrowing under a couple of the old buildings, but people got so upset with the idea of a cull.

Terri HarpLady

We also have foxes, hawks, owls, raccoons, & coyotes in the area, & although a lot of people are freaked out about that, I personally love having so much wildlife around, & of course rabbits are food for all those other creatures.

OMGsrsly

We ended up with one or two cougars living on campus, which was a little worrisome because they can be large and dangerous cats. Puma. Those things. :)

Terri HarpLady

We get reports of mountain lions in St Louis county every so often. :)

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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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