3007 Tasting Notes

A nice Shu, sent to me by Spencer, that is earthy & woody, with a little camphor in the later steepings. There were some chocolate notes somewhere in the middle. I gave a quick rinse, then steeped in my yixing: 15 sec/30/45/1min/2min/3min etc.

In these later steepings, it’s mellowed to a nice semolina sweetness, with a creamy texture. Still sipping…

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I shared a pot of this with my student today. He really enjoys the smokey teas, & honestly, so do I!

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This is a nice tea, compliments of the leaf hoppers, with its lovely honey sweetness & hint of coriander (at least that’s how I taste it). It does have a gentle pastry quality as well.

I’ve had my lunch break, which naturally took way longer than I intended, but I should be able to get in at least 30 minutes of writing now, then I have a wedding client coming at 2:30. Where has the day gone?

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This one is a trade from Spencer. It’s a lightly refreshing gently fruity & sweet one, which was nice to sip on while I was practicing. My daughter, who recently moved back in with me (along with my grandson), woke up, & we ended up visiting for a little while, so my 45 minute practice session ended up starting about 15 minutes late, but I skipped the 15 minute break & played 90 minutes instead. So I’m basically back on track, more or less. My next 45 minute ‘work’ session will be working on my nanowrimo novel, but the truth is, I need a little food first, so that session will probably also last 90 minutes.

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First tea of the day, this is a lovely gentle assam, sweet & fruity. There is a yeasty malty taste, reminding me of fresh baked honey wheat bread. There is also a ‘cheesy’ quality to it, kind of a rich thickness, a little tangy, almost like a cheese spread, or a nutritional yeast spread. Although this is not a bold tea, it is a complex tea, nonetheless, & a tasty one.

Today, in an effort to get some things done, I’m returning to my practice of 45/15. That’s 45 minutes of doing something useful, like practicing for the upcoming HoliDaze season, or working on my Nanowrimo novel, or deskwork, returning phone calls, etc. The 15 minutes is my hourly break to make tea, visit you guys, etc. I spent the first 45 journaling & doing yoga, etc. The 2nd 45 was fixing breakfast. Next up, 45 minutes on the harp! Here I go!

Indigobloom

That’s an awesome idea! I should try that :P

Terri HarpLady

Being self employed, especially in the arts, it becomes ridiculously easy to accomplish nothing…

MissB

I’ll second the self employed working in the arts bit! Mind you, I do have days where I spend six hours straight working and completely, gloriously lose time… I like your idea Terri, I may need something to remind me however.

Terri HarpLady

When I’m really on my game, sometimes I set alarms in my iphone, to help keep me on task, because I’m one of those easily sidetracked people. Usually once I sit down to play (or redesign my website, or garden, or whatever) I get caught up in it, & hours can go by. Today it was a 90 minute session on the harp, then lunch, then instead of 45 minutes of nanowrimo writing, I ended up returning phone calls (& booking a couple of gigs in the process :). I still want to get at least one 45 minute writing session in today, but I still have another student, then a rehearsal with my trio from 8 – 10, so we’ll see. Thus is the life!

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sipdown!
This afternoon was the St. Louis Harp Society Fall meeting. I’m the president (no real power, I just set up meetings & recitals & such). I brought my own tea (& I’m glad I did, there was nothing that interested me there), & this was still in my purse from yesterday, so I polished it off.

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I’m taking a break from my novel. One of my main characters is brewing sheng in her yixing right now, & although I’d also like to be sipping cups of sheng, for now I’m going with green tea. I’ve always kind of enjoyed this one. The sencha is very clean, the cherry is not cough syrupy, there’s a light floral. I’m not as in love with it as I was when it first came on the market, but I enjoy an occasional cup.

gmathis

There was a time when I thought RoT was the pinnacle of tea-itude, too. How times change.

Spencer

Funny thing…that is what I thought, when I got into tea, as well. “Wow, that RoT stuff is amazing, but sooo expensive.”

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It was the best tea available to me at the time, not to mention their awesome packaging.
How times have changed!

Mrose

what novel were you reading?

Terri HarpLady

Mrose,
I was writing the rough draft of a novel for NANOWRIMO – National Novel Writing Month :)

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I’ve been working on my NaNoWriMo project for the last hour or so, & drinking a pot of this tea. It is a peppery chai, which I kept from the Here’s Hoping TTB.

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
3007 tasting notes

I actually started the day at Tony’s, drinking a cup of Butiki’s Irish Breakfast, because that’s what I have there. Now I’m at home. The Harp Technician, Ed, is here. He comes to town every year, making adjustments on the big harps (kind of like going to the chiropractor), so that they sound their best. I recently restrung my harp as well, so it will be in top condition, just in time for all the HoliDaze gigs.

Nothing to say about this tea, as I’ve reviewed it many times, & I’m suppose to be working on my novel right now!

Indigobloom

the harp doc is in! ;P

Terri HarpLady

lol, yup! I think his email address is ‘harptweak’ :)

Indigobloom

haha! love it!!

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I am a fan of Fujian Blacks, especially Jin Jun Mei.
That’s all I can say right now. I’m suppose to be working on my NaNoWriMo project, which I’m painfully behind on…

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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

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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