3005 Tasting Notes

Why am I awake? It’s only 9am!
Oh yeah, it’s due to the time change last week…
Oh well…might as well have tea…
I’m at Tony’s, & I’ve been keeping a tin of this here for awhile.
This is on my favorites list of breakfast blends.

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While I was at traveling tea, I bought several samples. I promise if I actually buy a larger amount, I will add a page for them. I already tried 2 of them:
Peachy peach is a rooibos peach blend (duh). It’s nice enough, using real peach pieces

Pumpkin chai is the bomb!! It’s also a rooibos blend, with locally grown & dehydrated super thin pumpkin slices & chai spices. I must have more!

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I’ve decided I really love this blend.
That’s pretty much it.

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I stopped by the Traveling Tea company, a local tea shop.
I bought several samples, & so far I tried the Golden Halo Organic. It’s a nice little yunnan. Sorry I’m too lazy to add a listing for it, I get tired of doing that sometimes.
http://www.traveling-tea.com

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drank Darjeeling #1 by thepuriTea
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One of the problems with being self-employed is that it’s easy to just goof off an entire morning, with little to nothing accomplished, & I’m sorry to say that is the case today. I’ve spent the entire morning mainly sitting here (and by ‘here’ I mean the dining room table, where my laptop usually lives), just drinking tea, reading posts of FB & steepster, reading emails, & eating breakfast. I’ve also been doing laundry in the background, almost done with that.

A part of me wants to feel guilty (that would be Ms Theresa). In her opinion, I should have been practicing for one of my upcoming performances, or paying bills, or working on my novel. She’s probably right, but I’ve been exhausted for the last few days, & little terri & I agree that we needed this goof off morning. We had a good breakfast, some tasty teas, accomplished a few sipdowns, & all of my laundry will be clean. So there, Ms Theresa!
AND this is another sipdown! 197!

As far as Darjeelings go, this is a pleasant cup. Not bold or deep, but lightly malty & sweet in a fruity kind of way.

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A few days ago I was musing on reading leaves, & commented that the leaves in my cup formed the shape of a seagull, & that a bird symbolizes the arrival of a message or package. Wouldn’t ya know, that very day I received my tea trade from Spencer!. Also, that very same day, the box Sil had sent to me over a month ago, which we were both mourning the loss of & were convinced that it was lost, was returned to her. So maybe I have a future reading tea leaves? :D

I’d just like to say that Spencer is an interesting dude! I posted a pic of the box he sent on my FB https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

And I am really enjoying this tea! The combination of Jin Jun Mei (which I love), with ceylon (which I’m not entirely crazy about, but will drink, & besides, it’s not too prominent here), & Malty Assam? Yeah, Baby, oh yeah! Thanks, Spencer! This is my first tea from Pete’s, & I’ll definitely be looking to grab more of this one!

TeaBrat

IF you like lapsang blends I can send you a sample of the Peet’s Scottish Breakfast.

Sil

Is peet’s something we can get in US and/or canada? I want tea! i’m itching to buy things teeerrriiiiiii…esp since i found mariage freres and fortnum and mason here in toronto.

MissB

I swear there used to be a storefront Peet’s in Vancouver, however I’m struggling to find it now. You can order from their website though, and it’s USPS shipping. http://www.peets.com/tea.html

TeaBrat

@Sil – Peet’s is a US coffee/tea chain, I don’t think they have any stores in canada but I could be wrong

Terri HarpLady

Amy, I would love that!
This anniversary blend is very tasty, IMO, especially if you enjoy Jin Jun Mei, which I do.
Sil…looks like it may be time for us to split orders again…:)

TeaBrat

terri, send me a DM with your address!

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Another Sipdown, Sil! 198!
This is a really nice Keemun, beautifully balanced & delicious.
I thank Little Red Cup for this generous sample, & will no doubt have to add this to my ordering list.

Sil

i really like this one… i think i just sent you another one from them. i think

Terri HarpLady

I really like this one too. This is the only sample I got from them.

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
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Sipdown! I’m at 199 teas!
I’ve enjoyed this black tea, which is rolled up in the ‘spring snail’ style. The flavor is very savory, it still reminds me of fire roasted chilis & masa harina, lol.

Sil

proud of you lady! I’m at 160. BUT i have a long weekend… plan is to get back to 150 at the very least..but maaaybe i can do 140

Terri HarpLady

Wow! Just wow, Sil, you rock! :)

Terri HarpLady

Right now it feels like it would probably take a miracle to get down to 150, but if I ever get serious about drinking up all of my Verdant tea club teas (both classic & reserve), I could probably do it. :D

Sil

i felt like it would be a miracle to get there…but i did it. I really need to take some time to drink my reserve club teas. Maybe i can do that this weekend. have a verdant reserve focus

Terri HarpLady

I though maybe next week I might try that…or else in January, LOL, when I have nothing better to do than drink tea, & prepare for my annual Birthday Gala Gig

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Earlier in the evening I was feeling very exhausted, & although I had a rehearsal beginning at 7pm, I really just wanted to go to bed. Around 5 I started drinking steepings of this Sheng, a generous sample sent to me from Nicholas @ Misty Peaks. I used 4G in my yixing, gave a short rinse, & started steeping at 10 seconds. Although this is a young sheng, it has a very smooth quality to it. I’ve had some young shengs that were really grassy & brassy, with a potent bite, if you know what I mean. This is nothing like that. It’s very mild, a gently sweet cup with a mineral quality, & some citrus like edge, & I enjoyed numerous steepings. My energy was revived, & the rehearsal went well.

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Sipdown!!! yeah, that brings me to 200 teas in my collection!! Maybe I can get one more sipdown in today, just to take it to 199…maybe.

This is not a bad little tea, sent to me quite awhile back, from my tea sister, Sil.

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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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