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2475 Tasting Notes

drank Gingerade by G.T. Kombucha
2475 tasting notes

Upon arriving in FL I was immediately slammed with allergies, almost instant overall irritation & swelling, along with sinus & bronchial crap. This happens every time I come to visit my folks. My healing plan has been rest, stay in air conditioning, Nettles & Elderberry teas, & a daily pint of Kombucha, sipped throughout the day, because my guts hurt too. I’m finally getting my appetite back, & starting to feel better.

I like this kombucha. So far this has been the only flavor I’ve liked, & I love ginger, so that should be no surprise. I also got a bottle of GT’s Third Eye Chai, which I’ll probably report on tomorrow.


Hope you’re feeling better! I know how miserable sinus issues can be. Actually, even though I wasn’t the biggest fan, I ordered the Davidstea stormy night because of just how much it helped. It tastes pretty good with some milk and sweetener and it really opened me up!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks. I finally broke down & started taking zyrtech, as much as I hate any & all meds, this is ridiculous. I asked for the strongers over the counter, the pharmacist recommended this. Hopefully I’ll notice a difference! :)

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Now that I’m starting to feel better & getting my appetite back, some tea is in order. Dad was especially interested in learning more about Chaqi, so I made some of this Sheng to share with him.

This is a nice mellow Sheng. It has a very soothing quality to it. Dad & I shared 6 steepings, combined 3 at a time in a 1 C glass measuring cup. He says he enjoyed it. I asked if he wanted to follow up with some shu, & he said, “Maybe tomorrow” & then disappeared into his office (presumably to see if it makes any difference in his Reiki/crystal work/or whatever he’s doing back there).

I’m still steeping.

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This tea is from my trade with NofarS. Thanks!
I’m drinking this today as a tribute to the Queen of England signing the gay marriage thing. I actually thought it would be an earl grey type blend, but happily, it is not! It’s actually a blend of Assam & Yunnan, nothing particularly special, but satisfying. What’s nice about it is that both varieties stand out in their own way.
God Save the Queen!

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
2475 tasting notes

Oh…I did drink this in the morning. Luckily there is enough to sample it again, because I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to NofarS for this sample!

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I haven’t really drank very much tea today. I feel like crap. Mom took me to the health food store (the throbbing of my head increased in the short time we were out, damn allergies) to get some nettles & elderberry. I immediately started brewing strong concoctions of both. My final cup of the day is yet another cup of Bengal Spice (celestial seasonings). Now I’m going to bed.
Tomorrow will be a better day. :)


I’ve been wondering if nettles really work or not. Let us know!

Terri HarpLady

It does Stephanie. I’ve used Nettles for years. The only problem is once I start feeling better I tend to taper off my usage, & then my allergies come back :p
Today I am starting to feel better. I just need to keep it up.

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I don’t travel well. It’s just a fact. It’s not that I don’t like traveling, it’s more that my body is ridiculous. Any movement in any direction results in new allergies, issues with drinking water, etc.
I arrived yesterday & within no time was sneezing, eyes watering,lungs burning, all the classic symptoms. I forgot how crappy bottled water makes me feel. No matter how much I drink, it doesn’t slake my thirst. Luckily my parents got a new water filtration system, & so far, so good. There are 2 cats who know I’m allergic & will do anything to torment me. The air in this house is hot & stale & I feel claustrophobic. Also, due to the time change, overall irritation, & a very late night planning & executing an awesome tea order (YEAH), I stayed up lake, tossed & turned, etc. Enough bitching, thank you for letting me rant!

Otherwise, it is awesome to be here with my folks. Dad & I spent a couple of hours talking about esoteric things (Reiki, crystals, spirit guides…stuff like that). Mom & I are gonna do something today, I’m not sure what yet.

I’ve been sitting here slurping this Assam, from my awesome trade with NofarS, & even though I over-tea-ed it a bit, it is deliciously rich, bold, malty & sweet. All the things I want this morning. Well…all the things I want in a tea, anyway!


Oh no – that sounds horrible with the allergies, but seeing your parents must be nice!

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Hanging out with my folks watching the All Stars Game, & sipping this tea. I love this tea! I love baseball!


Don’t know why but I like this one too.

Terri HarpLady

I love the gingeriness of it, & it’s bold enough that I feel like I’m getting away with something, plus I enjoy a tea with chicory root, always have, always will. In fact, I have some straight roasted chicory that I want to start adding (a pinch at a time) to all the lame rooibos blends, to see if it improves their flavor. :)

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I’m hanging out with my folks. They are both coffee drinkers, but my dad is also interested in learning more about tea & trying some teas out. I served him a cup of this, & he likes it! :)


That’s exciting! I love it when people are open to trying tea, and then like it. I have trouble getting them to try it.

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No flight would be complete without a venti iced soy chai from Starbucks, although I’m finding it to be much much sweeter than I recall. I’ll slowly sip this all the way to FL, while reading “The Tea Goddess”, a book I dloaded to my Kindle a few months ago.


Terri……the tea spot is having a 2 day 20% off sale……..

Terri HarpLady

Really? What do WE want besides Bolder Breakfast & The Chocolate O? To hell with my hiatus, I’m on vacay…

Terri HarpLady

Also, a chic that works there offered me a bunch of samples…anything you want to try?


Wow – you have to buy 3oz? Do you need a third? :P (Oh god, I’m awful at not buying tea)


I’ll get a pm going when I get home. Yes to those two 100%

Hiatus be damned since they rarely do straight up sales

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Sitting at the airport, eating my banana muffins & sipping this. It’ll do. BTW, there’s way to much tea & paraphernalia in my small suitcase. Hopefully the peeps who go through luggage won’t freak out.

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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!


St. Louis, MO



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