2855 Tasting Notes

I’m not really much of a fan of flavored green teas. I made a travel mug of this to drink on the way to the wedding I was playing. It was an hour’s drive away from St. Louis, so it was nice to have a hot cup to sip. This is a nicely crafted tea, with a nutty & creamy flavor, & I still have enough to drink it a couple more times, but admittedly it’s not among my favorites. But I don’t hate it either!

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I steeped up 2 teas to take with me today. This was actually the 2nd one, which I put in my insulated cup, so that I could drink it on my way home. Tea stays hot forever in that thing! Although I’m not generally a huge fan of earl grey type teas, I really enjoy a cup of this once in awhile, especially lightly sweetened. By the time the wedding ended, this was just right for sipping on the way back home.

Bonnie

I know…this one is more than Earl Grey…like rose and peppery spicy.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Friends!!!

Tony & I just shared a decadent breakfast of Eggs Benedict with asparagus, crispy potatoes, & all the other stuff, including my kickaxx homemade hollandaise. YUM! A strong & flavorful Assam was required, of course, & this one fits the bill!

Now I’m off to go play a wedding, with a one hour drive in each direction. That will fill my afternoon, but it’s a lovely day, the leaves are starting to turn, & it’s a rather scenic drive.
Savor the moment!

Sil

have a great afternoon!

JustJames

yum! and thank you for the holiday well wishes!!!

gmathis

Not much tree color down here, but the fencerows are turning red with sumac.

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This used to be my most favorite Chai, & I used to have a major chai addiction. I don’t drink Chai often now, & it’s just not the same without my old friend, french vanilla soy creamer. I gave up the creamer, & I just don’t drink very much chai now.

Dag Wedin

oh chai prepared with milk is just so good on a chilly afternoon :)

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I agree, but being allergic to milk sucks! Almond milk chai usually just doesn’t seem to cut it for me, I enjoyed that soy creamer, but it’s full of additives & sugar. Sometimes I used canned coconut milk, but rarely.

Dag Wedin

Aha. I understand. I to prefer to use natural ingredients, so many additives and artificial flavoring nowadays.

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Enjoyed a cup of this earlier, while we’ve been watching the Cardinals play against the Dodgers. Last night was the 1st game of the National League series, & the game went from 7:30pm until 12:30am, 13 innings in all. The cards won last night, 3-2, & today they also won 1-0.

Indigobloom

13 innings? I thought it was 7, so that means 6 in overtime, wowsa

Indigobloom

oh wait, no maybe it was 9?

Terri HarpLady

It’s suppose to be 9 innings! In the 3rd inning the were tied with 2 runs each, & it stayed that way until the cardinals FINALLY scored a run in the 13th. Whew!

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We’re back from breakfast. I won’t bore you all with the details of the bagged breakfast blend I drank, which was acceptable, but not extraordinary.

Now it’s bubble bath time, & I brought some of this to Tony’s. Lapsang, Assam, oolong, & shu puehr, blended so there’s just enough smoke, just enough Bass, just enough earth, just enough sweetness. I keep planning to add a little maple, but it really is tasty just like this.

Terri HarpLady

Just visited the tea spot website. This is another one they don’t sell in a tin…

Sil

i really wanted to try white lion’s pumpkin tea…but they only sell i in sachet form.

Terri HarpLady

And if it’s those ‘silk’ sachets, which are really made out of plastic, no thanks! I was digging in my compost pile yesterday, gathering up a few buckets of compost for my newly planted garlic, & found several of them in there. :p

Terri HarpLady

I like this Russian Caravan. It’s loose leaf, but comes in 3 sizes: 4oz, 1lb, or sample size (about 5 cups worth).
Did I send you any of this yet? If not, I have enough left for 1 cup. I’ll toss it in your box :)

Terri HarpLady

This is another sample I got when we placed our awesome order.

Sil

nope haven’t tried this one

Terri HarpLady

you will :)

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First cup of the day, trying to wake up. I have a bit of a headache & will have to wear sunglasses, as I’m having the photo sensitivity problem this morning. Otherwise I’m good! I’m relaxing in my PJs with this tea, listening to Tony play some Blues guitar. What could be better, right? He recently added a 3 string cigar box guitar to his collections, & although he doesn’t like performing in public, & just likes to sit around playing for his own (& my) enjoyment, he’s a damn good slide player. I did get him to play a couple tunes with me one year at my birthday gig. Maybe I can talk him into playing some blues with me at this year’s birthday gig (which I’ve been working on setting up this week).

This tea is delicious, a sweeter Assam, not so bold, but rich in the mid-range. I just realized I only steeped 3 min, & the suggestion is 3.5, so maybe later I’ll drink another cup & give it a little longer.
For now, time to put some clothes on & go to breakfast.

Butiki Teas

Feel better! :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! Breakfast & tea always help tremendously!

Butiki Teas

They really do. :)

Amariel

I also had a headache this morning. Normally, a nice straight, strong black is my remedy. Today it was a mix of Saigon Chai and Golden Phoenix pu erh. Did the trick since I wanted the spice for the sinus help and ginger for the tummy.

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Enjoying a cup of this before I actually start moving towards getting ready to go. I went with a Tb this time, I think I gave it 4 minutes, & it’s a nice rich & dark cup, not particularly bold, but nicely full mouthed & malty.

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I’ve had students all morning, & have to get ready to go play a wedding shortly. I wish I had more to say about this tea. I drank it during the morning, & I enjoyed it. The dry leaf smelled like dried fruit, at least I remember that, right?

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“What a lovely way to start my day! Thank you for bringing me a cup of this, little terri” Ms Theresa said, in an unually good mood.

Little terri just smiled. And sipped. She knows a good thing.

gmathis

Glad to see the two of you getting along so nicely ;)

Terri HarpLady

Little terri is just trying to butter her up, lol. We saw an olive tree (yes, the kind the grows real olives that you can cure & eat), & it’s an adorable dwarf that will be perfect with the dwarf kumquat, meyer lemon, & key lime trees that we already have in our collection. Hopefully I can fit it into my sunroom, because after basking in the glory of summer, they all come in for the winter, & it is starting to get a little crowded back there. I also want a ‘tea’ tree, because wouldn’t it be fun to grow your own real tea? I already have a bunch of tisanes in the yard, why not a little tea tree too? I love my little dwarf trees! I ate the last ripe kumquat yesterday, but there will be a bunch of them ripening right around the holidaze, along with the lemons. I have TOO many key limes, I need to start using them more often because that tree blooms like crazy (& has terrible thorns). So, yeah, we’re buttering her up so we can buy that olive tree.

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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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St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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