3071 Tasting Notes

Why, oh why, didn’t I buy a cake of this when I could? It doesn’t make sense, it’s so delicious. Of all the Shu puers I’ve had, I’m pretty sure my most favorite ones were all from the Xingyang workshop.
This one has such a wonderful creamy texture, & the flavor is sweet. Today I’m getting vanilla custard layered with bananas & a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s subtle, but it’s there. Such a lovely treat.
5G in Yixing (rinse) X 5sec/10/15/30/45/1min…

In the later steeps there is a light woody incense, & the sweetness & creamy texture linger.

TheTeaFairy

Yummmm :-)

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I got home from my gig this morning & had breakfast with my son Leif (he fixed it, BTW). I also had a pot of this. It’s rich, it’s malty, it’s chocolatey in a grown up chocolate kind of way. This would be a sipdown, except I actually have more of it on order, along with a few other goodies from the Tea Spot.

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And this was the tea I sipped on for the duration of my 1.5 hour gig this morning. See previous reviews for more info…

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I’m backtracking from this morning. I drank this on my way to the brunch gig. It’s a bright & bold breakfast blend.

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This is such a tasty smooth tea, my first cup this morning while I was stumbling around at 5:30 am, trying to get ready to go play my Harp for another early morning brunch gig.

Sil

i drank this today toooo

Bonnie

Yummy!

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I love this tea! I love it so much that I bought a ridiculous amount of it back when it was available, enough that I got the awesome little box it came in, plus maybe a an oz or so in the verdant pack. I covet & hoard this, & today I finally opened that special box. I’ve been sipping this since I got home from my gig, & will keep sipping for awhile yet.

Sil

you should remind me to try this some day..in my cupboard but haven’t tried it yet..

Terri HarpLady

Hey Sil, you should try that tea… ;)

Sil

Hey Terri…you should tell me how the select membership goes since it’s not applicable to canadianites haha stupid orange button… i hate that

Terri HarpLady

I thought you were having your select membership sent to my house.
BUT, I was thinking since you joined the steepster blends club, & I joined the select club, we could just split both.

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I’m using the Steepster app, while I wait for my breakfast to arrive. I played another early morning gig today, out the door at 6:30am. The teasI brought along this morning were laoshan black & laoshan black chocolate genmaicha.

Terri HarpLady

Actually, it wasn’t LB, it was Zhu Rong!
I need a nap!

Kaylee

The app did that thing again where this has a 50 rating.

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I just finished playing my first HoliDaze gig of the year! It’s for a company that manages several commercial office buildings. For the next 3 mornings in a row I’ll play in the lobby of one of their buildings from 7:30 – 9:00 am. They set up a breakfast buffet so that the various tenants can fill a plate, get coffee, tea, or juice, etc. I’m rarely awake this early, so I needed plenty if tea! This was one, an interesting blend with a flavor profile guaranteed to wake up my taste buds: chocolate, caramel, cream, malty bread, earth, pepper…it’s as if verdant combined all of my favorite teas into one cup…oh wait! They did!

Kaylee

Why did you rate this a 50?

Terri HarpLady

I didn’t, lol, I’m using the iPhone app. It must have automatically gave it a rating. I don’t usually rate teas. I’ll have to see if I can fix that…

K S

HoliDaze gig – my sympathies. The musicians on our praise team glaze over at this time of year. Shame on us – I know a lot of people really like carols. There is just only so much you can do (and get by with) on traditional classics. Trans Siberian Orchestra we are not. We do have a ‘We will rock you’ version of O Come Let Us Adore Him, and a pretty uptempo version of Angels From The Realms Of Glory. Then it is back into auto-pilot.

Bonnie

I was wondering…

ifjuly

I was all worried the new batch was bad or something, and I just ordered 2 oz of it. Phew. Ha.

boychik

you scared me for a sec. i just placed an order for this blend too.

Bonnie

KS the only time we Ever sing anything other than Byzantine Chant is after the Liturgy on Christmas. It’s really special to sing a few old carols a capella in the candlelight. There has never been a time where I didn’t want to be there in all my 65 years.

Terri HarpLady

Fixed it!
I actually enjoy playing holidaze music of all kinds, so much so that I recorded a Christmas CD a few years ago. I end up being very busy usually for the first 3 weeks of December, & this year promises to be no different (& it’s a good thing…I gotta pay for all the tea I ordered!).

gmathis

Having been raised on hymns in decent four-part harmony, I ache for an occasional dose of tradition without benefit of a screen or a soundtrack. Bonnie, your services sound lovely!

K S

I know I am in the music minority. I have no sentimental or memory attachment to most Christmas music. I was 35 when I started going to church. Musically I will take attitude over harmony any day. As for the holidays, Alvin and the Chipmunks say Christmas to me. Cantatas, choirs, etc just don’t move me in a good way. I do my best not to ruin it for others. I probably sound like the Grinch but honestly I am very traditional when it comes to Christmas. It is just that my traditions are different than the majority.

gmathis

Celebrate however makes your heart dance. My Christmas epiphany moment is in the middle of the Dickens stage show at Silver Dollar City listening to Tiny Tim sing. I cry on cue every year. :)

K S

Love it! Somehow Tiny Tim and Dickens just makes sense. I would enjoy this tradition with you!

Bonnie

I was decorating yesterday (snow and a big cold snap is on the way with a 50 plus degree drop in temp all at once) so I set Pandora up for crooners Christmas (Bing, Perry Como etc.) and Smooth Christmas (Buble etc.), and Russian and Byzantine Chant on my TV (Commercial Free). Now when I drink my tea and read what’s happening here on my Kindle, I’ll have mood music, snow out the window and tea! Living the good life!

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I just finished breakfast: omelettes with Brussels sprouts, leftover crumpled sausage, & garlic. Tony had dilled havarti on top of his, & toast with jelly. I only had the omelette, which was plenty, believe me, but I’m finding myself feeling resentful regarding food today. I want what I cannot have, & it pisses me off. Not at anybody, just really at my food sensitivites & at the consequences of dumb choices on my part recently. There, I’ve vented.

Anyway, breakfast was very tasty, & I’m following it up with this equally tasty smokey tea. It is a sample size, sent to me from Sil, & as a Lapsang, it is the perfect blend of smokiness & sweetness. A little maple syrup would be a wonderful enhancement, but honestly, it’s lovely rich cup as is. Even though I’ve already spent more money on this weekend’s sales than I ever imagined spending, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to stop by Teavivre’s cybermonday sale & get a few things, including some of this!

Holly Faye

This tea is a WONDERFUL lapsang! I can’t get over being impressed every time I sip it.

TeaBrat

I feel ya on this one. Food sensitivities are a total drag!

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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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