2855 Tasting Notes

I enjoyed this tea earlier in the afternoon. It kind of reminds me of Laoshan Black, only less sweet & more dark chocolaty. It is delicious!

TastyBrew

I just tried this same tea from Yezi Tea. Funny! Theirs is super tasty too!

Dexter

I did not need to know that Yunnan Sourcing has good black teas. I’ve really only looked at their pu’erh. I am so not allowed on their site…..

Terri HarpLady

TB: the B box is on it’s way to you with some tasty teas from Yunnan Sourcing. The next couple of rounds will be from them :)
Dex: yeah, I’m not allowed on their either! Don’t tell Ms Theresa, but little terri & I placed another order there this weekend, lol. They have some really fine black teas! Let me know if you want samples :)

Dexter

Thanks Terri, but my other side is freaking about how much my cupboard just exploded. I need to get a grip on this situation. I placed 7 orders last month, a TTB, and 4 swaps, and there is still a growing list of teas/companies I HAVE to try. Ugggg. I need to drink what I have.
Love how little terri and you out vote Ms. Theresa. I think I need to find a third. LOL there are just two of us arguing….

Terri HarpLady

Truth be told, I placed 3 orders over the weekend: Taiwan tea crafts, yunnan sourcing, & verdant (had to have the new big red robe, ya know?). Now I’m suppose to be on Hiatus, but it’s so hard…lol

Dexter

Ya I know…. Taiwan Tea Crafts is the big one calling my name right now. Not doing it. They will still be there next month – at least that’s what I have to keep telling myself.

TastyBrew

This is why I love our little bbbb. I get a sampling of teas from places I really want to try so I don’t have to buy ALL the tea right away :-)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I love our box! I’m drinking one of your teas right now, TB!

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This tea has been known to send me into a Haiku writing Nirvana, and if it was snowing outside, that would probably be the case. But the reality is, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon & I haven’t really accomplished anything. Well, that’s the case if I don’t count the novel outline I spent 2 hours on in my bedroom, several tea blend samplings, fantasizing about a music video I want to make, making breakfast, & starting dinner in the crockpot. So I guess I have done a few things, but none of them, other than eating, are the things I had planned to accomplish today. I think I have enough caffeine in my system now, so I’m going to go do the most important one: Make a bank deposit!!

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I’m trying to get myself to drink things that I don’t always drink, & I have this Yerba Mate sample from the Tea Spot, & it’s not in the database. And I’m tired of adding teas to the database, so here we are. I guess I’m being lazy here.
I’m also not really digging this tea, & I would hate for the first posting about it to be negative, so there’s another reason.
Anyway, it’s ok, probably good quality, but not my thing. Kind of bland & grassy.

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Custom tea experiment #3 of the morning. This is a lovely tea, but just not the right one for my blend (I didn’t think it would be, it isn’t bold enough).
NEXT!

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
2855 tasting notes

So…I’m experimenting with my tea blend idea.
I can’t tell you what’s in it, but I know what I want it to taste like.
I just have to find the right tea base. This is my first attempt, and although this is a good tea, & combined with my secret ingredients it tastes pretty good, (in the voice of Obie Wan Kenobi)
“That’s not the tea you’re looking for.”
NEXT!

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I’m finally eating breakfast!
I stepped out the back door, dug up a sweet potato & a red onion, picked a couple of poblano chilis (this year’s poblanos are crazy hot!), & made a bowl of breakfast hash, more or less, topped with a couple strips of bacon & eggs. This will hold me for hours!
Meanwhile, I drank this tea while cooking & contemplating my new book idea & Stacy’s contests. I have an idea for a tea, but it requires a smokey base, so it probably won’t happen :/

The truth is, I’ve already won the jackpot with this Irish breakfast, which wasn’t my idea, but is a perfectly bold & delicious breakfast blend! Thanks again Stacy!

Butiki Teas

Well, I believe we could do a smokey base. I’m pretty sure I can acquire a variety of smoke flavors (ex. pine smoke, oak, cedar, etc).

Stephanie

I’m intrigued by the smokey tea idea :)

Kaylee

Barbeque flavor! Hey, if it works for chips…

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I am awake, but I feel as if I am still dreaming. I had a really bizarre dream & woke up groggy. Next thing you know I was journaling, & next thing you know I have an outline for my next writing project, including insights into some of the characters. NaNoWriMo starts one month from today, & I had planned to write the sequel to the novel I wrote 2 years ago (never mind the fact that that novel (also based on a bizarre dream) & the one I wrote last year (also based on an equally bizarre dream from back in my 20’s) are far from finished!).
So now it looks like I have a whole new story to tell, which has nothing to do whatsoever with any previous idea I’ve ever had. It’s crazy, it’s out there, & it emerged from the Void while I slept, to taunt me.

My first cup of the day. I read Dinosara’s review up in my room & said to myself, “I wanna cup of that.” I can’t believe it’s almost noon. I brewed & drank this tea as if dreaming, & I’m still dreaming that story in the back of my mind. I need tea & food, & probably will have to carry my journal around with me all day, jotting down more crazy outline ideas, more character notes, more scenery, etc. The creative process sometimes consumes me, & this morning I feel consumed!

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I drank this throughout the late afternoon & early evening. I was teaching & needed a little pick me up. The first couple of steepings gentle cereal & mineral, with a sprinkle of salt.
Gradually a lemony mouth developed, followed by camphor which had a pleasant tongue & lip numbing effect. Later steepings were dry & made me think of chalk.

This is not a very good review, perhaps, making the tea sound wierd, but I did enjoy it, LOL.

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One of my harp students, a gentleman who teaches Anthropology at a local university, likes smokey teas. So today I served this one. It’s a really tasty blend of teas, including Lapsang Souchong. It was a big hit! :)

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I’ve set a new goal to drink one of my TOMC or TOMCR teas a day, at least during the week. So this is the one today, from the April Reserve box. I know I drank this once before, but for some reason I didn’t leave a tasting note. I probably didn’t know what to say. I still don’t.
It’s a lovely lightly roasty Wuyi oolong, with a mineral taste, a delicate floral incense feature that lingers, & a nice thick tongue.

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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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