2967 Tasting Notes

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I’m just finally getting rolling. I stayed up til 3 am (AGAIN?), reading through the Harp part for Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Of course, that was after the Cardinals won the 2nd game of the World Series (for the uninformed, Boston won game 1), then Tony & I had to stay up to watch Jimmy Fallon, cuz we love Edward Norton. Then I came home & played my harp. I told myself I was just gonna take a peek at the music, & even though some part of me knew that was BS, once I opened it, it was on the music stand, & I was playing it.

I don’t know how I’ve played the Harp for 35 years & never played Ceremony of Carols (shaking head in disbelief), but I’ll be playing it this year, possibly for 2 different groups!

So I’m celebrating with this tea!! This is definitely at the top of the list of my most favorite black teas, most favorite Verdant teas, most favorite teas period, jostling for position with a few others. Like a scalper who buys concert &/Or Baseball tickets & then sells them at a ridiculous price, I really stocked up on this one (although I’m not planning on selling any of it, LOL). There are many many other black teas that I enjoy drinking, and a fairly long list of black teas that I absolutely Love, but something about this one stands out, for me, & it’s wonderful!

ifjuly

I totally agree. I didn’t think I could love a tea from Verdant more than Laoshan Black, but then they amazed and surprised me all over again.

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:p
yeah, I’m still not really a fan of earl grey.
Maybe I should add this to the grab bag in the BBBB?

Sil

I’d take a sample. I don’t like earl greys. But im alwayswilling totry

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Drinking a pot of this, while doing the prep work for dinner, although it’s another ‘low & slow’ type meal, & because I was busy doing other things, it won’t be ready until probably 9pm, lol.

Last night’s dinner was also way behind schedule, so the boys ate egg salad. I went to Tony’s to watch the first World Series game (if you’re from Boston, go ahead & gloat), & Tony fed me dinner. When the dinner at home was finally ready, I had the boys let it cool & then stick it in fridge. For breakfast today we reheated the slow-oven BBQ pork steaks, & had crispy potatoes (not good for me, but so damn good),& a pile of chard from my garden. I know that’s not what Normies eat for Brekkie, but it was amazing!

This tea is ok. I got it from my tea sister Sil awhile back. While it’s hot is a little bright & nicely lightly floral, but as it cooled down, the floral turned to an almost soapy perfume taste. :p

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This is one of BoxerMama’s offerings for the BBBB (I miss you!!!).
The Shu base of this is a nice one, no off tastes or anything. Layered over that are chocolate & coffee flavors. I added a little Maple syrup & yum!
Sipdown!

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drank Ying De No. 9 by Jiangtea
2967 tasting notes

I’ve been working my way through the BBBBox, & this one is from the 2nd round, contributed by TastyBrew. I enjoyed a 16oz pot of this with my breakfast, & while teaching my first student of the day.

What can I say about it? I don’t know, LOL. I wrote a pretty good review of it last time. It’s a tasty black tea, like so many others, with a little bit of a peppery edge, & a little bright.

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Hmmmm…not really sure what to say about this cup of tea.
It’s lively! My taste buds feel like they are wiggling around, almost like I’m having a carbonated beverage.
It has a wild fruitiness to it, an almost unruly taste.
It also reminds me of beer, kind of a slightly bitter hoppiness to it.
That was the 3min steep.
While I’m waiting for the 5 min resteep, I’m measuring out tea for the Bodacious Babes Black Box :D

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I’ve been drinking so much black tea lately! I’ve been on a serious black tea roll, which is fine since I have tons of black tea here, & I love it so much, but I feel like I am neglecting some of my other wonderful teas, so I brewed a cup of this, western style, & although it does remind me of Laoshan Black, it definitely does have a pineapple fruitiness, & in the resteeps there is a butterscotch taste. I originally got some of this through the TOMC, but am glad I also picked up a little more so that I can enjoy having it in my collection for awhile.

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The Chai Tea experiment:

So yesterday I alluded to a homemade coconut milk creamer of sorts, which is included in an online recipe for Chai Thai tea.
I made the creamer yesterday, & tried it in a cup of hot tea. Today I decided to try the iced thai tea that it was really meant for, using this Bengal spice, which was brewed yesterday & chilled overnight.
It’s ok…I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’ll probably try it again, using actual Chai. I may try making the creamer again, with just with vanilla in it for flavoring.
For anyone who is interested in the recipe, here it is:
http://paleoparents.com/2011/chai-thai-tea-for-the-tribe/

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I’m feeling a little bit like I might be coming down with something, although it may just be another allergen in the air. To play it safe I’m drinking cups of Elderberry, which has proven to me over the years to be an excellent anti-viral. I’m also using this sinus spray called Boogey Buster, which is made with thyme oil & other things. It burns like hell, I hate it, but it really helps to keep the head open.

gmathis

My Mema swears by elderberry for flu prevention. Memas are rarely wrong :)

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It’s the stuff! If you already are coming down with the flu, drinking Elderberry will sometimes nip it in the bud. We drink it often in my house for flu prevention this time of year.

MsWhatsit

Everybody’s posting recipes for Elderberry syrups, which of course are sugary. Nice to see there are alternatives.

Terri HarpLady

Yup! I just put a Tb of the dried berries in my cup, add hot water, leave it to steep for awhile, then enjoy. Sometimes I add a little stevia, but not usually. It can also be combined with black or shu, or whatever. I usually drink it straight.

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This is one of Tasty Brew’s offerings to the BBBBox!
I’ve been excited about trying Yezi teas, & would like to request some of their samples, but I haven’t yet.

This one is tasty, with a dark chocolate flavor that reminds me somewhat of Laoshan Black.

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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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