3074 Tasting Notes

drank Organic Green by Tazo
3074 tasting notes

I got home a little while ago for the concert, which was awesome! The choirs at UMSL are amazing, I love the choir director (who is also the head of the music department), & I really enjoying playing with them. On the way home, I bought myself a ridiculous amount of Sushi, which I’ve been pigging out on while reading steepster reviews & drinking the very last cup of this green tea, which for a bagged green is ok. I don’t plan on purchasing more, because I have tons of amazing greens around here, but I figured I might as well polish this off, & so there it is: sipdown!

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I’d like to start the day by saying, “Thank you Sil”
Thank you for being the best tea sister ever, & for sharing this teavivre order with me. Even with the crazy postal mix ups, its SO worth it. This cup of tea is lovely, a perfect start to what will be a busy busy day with me cloistered away in the practice room at UMSL, followed by a rehearsal with the choir, followed by more cloistering, a lesson with my student there, dinner at a BBQ joint nearby, a little more practice, & then the concert tonight. I’m bringing my laptop, just in case I have time to take a break from playing music & work on my novel a little. That’s my day. This tea is wonderful. Like a comforting baked sweet potato, straight from the oven. So rich, malty, & soothing.

Nightshifter

Ooo, I can’t wait to try this one!

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I got a sample of this from a local teashop. I’m trying to drink more non-caffeine teas in the evening, & so here we are.

This resembles the herbal teas from my hippy days, & initially I was a little put off by the aroma of spearmint. But actually, it’s pretty good as an after dinner tisane. One good thing I can say about the Traveling Tea Company is that their teas are Organic & Fair Trade. And they are less than 5 minutes from my house.

http://www.traveling-tea.com/

ashmanra

Hubby and I drank this one with Sandy and he was traumatized. He said it was like being forced to eat a bouquet of flowers. I liked it, and had hoped to dry the leaves and put them in a potpourri warmer in my bedroom, but had to nix that idea since he was emotionally scarred.

Ysaurella

I read Evening in Missouri…but why ???? I’m sure Montana is lovely !

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A tasty treat from Sil!
Thanks!!

Shelley_Lorraine

gee, what kind of a tasting note is that? ;)

Terri HarpLady

I know I should offer more description, but all I can say is this: One of my students has a french au pair nanny who brings her to her lessons. I might ask her to pick up some of this when she goes home for a visit. We’ve had some nice conversaions about tea, & what a wonderful company mariage Freres is.

Sil

I figured she was saving her. Words for nanothingingmajiggy

Shelley_Lorraine

I’m just used to more words here from Terri, granted they are usually more about gardening and music than about the tea. . but hey it’s something! I just like to give her a hard time :)

Terri HarpLady

Ughghgh I’m so behind on my NaNoWriMo project. I hate to think it, but I might not finish by the 30th this year…I’m just above 12000 words. There is still a bunch of music to prepare for upcoming concerts, including one tomorrow! Oh well, thus is life…

Sil

shelley – agreed..it was either that or she REALLY hated the tea and didn’t want me to know since it’s one of my favourite chocolate teas ever…

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I loved it. Did you read the part about getting the nanny to try to get some when she’s in france? LOL

Sil

yes but THAT wasn’t in the tasting note

Shelley_Lorraine

alright you two, get along :p

Sil

always… as much as a pain in the ass little sister can with her big bossy older sister grin

Shelley_Lorraine

Hey!! I’m the oldest sister and I’m my littlest sister’s favorite! (^o^)
ok, I’ll shut up now. But I expect more entertaining notes from Terri in the future!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll do my best! LOL!
Sil, I think you’re the same age as my oldest daughter, so theoretically, I could be your mother!
But I like being sisters better!
Shelley, I’m also the oldest sister. One of my sisters is on Steepster, MsWhatsit. The youngest sister is not, but I think eventually she might be.

Shelley_Lorraine

The sister of whom I spoke is on here too, but not active. she drinks tea b/c I drink tea and she joined steepster b/c Im on Steepster (sweet little 15y/o protégé she is) but I coudln’t get her motivated to keep a tea log. She has a single tasting note. But she reads mine sometimes. she is ‘mountainfountain’ with an avatar of her super creepily cute cat ( the archetypal cat of so-cute-its-scary).

Sil

Terri…i have one pain in the ass mother…don’t need a second one giggling I have no siblings!

Terri HarpLady

That’s good, cuz being a mom sometimes gets a little old. Especially with 3 of my adult children living here with me.
I’m much happier being a sister!! So we will continue on as Tea Sibblings, LOL.

Sil

haha love you lady! hug

Terri HarpLady

Back at ya!

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This is another Teavivre sample from Sil. I love samples from Teavivre, they are always so generous, & the quality is excellent. This one is no exception. The tea is in nuggets, & once steeped it is an iridescent green. Although I don’t love ‘green’ oolongs as much as I love the more roasty ones, I do enjoy them from time to time. This one has a buttery floral aroma, with a light floral taste. The flavor is also both sweet & savory, with a thick sensation. A pleasant afternoon cup.

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
3074 tasting notes

I’m having this one again today, in part because I brought plenty of it with me, & also because…well, because it’s really really good! I do have some other teas with me to sample, but I’ll get to those in a little while :)

boychik

The only ones I tried Teavivre. Those were amazing. Did you have a chance to compare ?

Terri HarpLady

I’d say that Mandala’s is the most savory of the ones I’ve tried.

boychik

On my list then ;)
Btw do you know if Mandala is doing Black Friday sale? I’m dying to order some stuff from them.

Terri HarpLady

Like you, I’m waiting to see! :)

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Back when I was still eating grains, I used to make an awesome breakfast cereal in the crockpot overnight. It was steel cut oats, a mix of water & knudsen’s peach/apple juice (or apple juice), slices up dried apricots, & cardamom pods. In the morning I’d saute some frozen peaches in a skillet, with a little more cardamom, to add to the bowls. It was one of the favorite breakfasts in my house, topped with a little vanilla soymilk (or french vanilla soy creamer), & maybe even some toasted pecans or walnuts.

So the Cardamom in this is really reminding me of that. I really miss breakfasts like that, but I don’t miss my guts hurting. On the other hand, a bowl of warm peaches sprinkled with cardamom & a few toasted nuts is still a nice occasional treat. I like Cardamom. I don’t use it often.

This tea was decent, especially when I added a little stevia to bring out the spice. Thanks to my tea sister Sil for the generous sample!

TheTeaFairy

Yum, I might try that recipe! Never thought of the crockpot as a breakfast maker, great idea:-)

Terri HarpLady

Oh, the crockpot is great for cooking breakfast cereals! I used to set it every night before bed. There was the peach one above. I did a similar one with Diced apples, steel cut oats, apple juice, & cinnamon stick. I also made savory congee in the crock, using short grain brown rice. In the morning I’d stir in spinach or other greens, & make a savory soy sauce with garlic, ginger, etc to drizzle over it. Top with crispy onions, nuts, baked tofu, tempe, or whatever you like. I miss meals like that.

TheTeaFairy

I often do your apple version (use soy milk instead of apple juice) but on the stove, will start a small batch in the crockpot before going to bed tonight!
I understand why you miss this type of comfort food, you stopped ALL grains, even gluten free?

Terri HarpLady

“No” to all grains for me. Initially it was just the ones with gluten, but I’ve come to find that they all make my guts hurt, some worse than others, & they tend to give me acid reflux, which was a total surprise.

TeaBrat

I love cardamom!

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I still feel that if I had ordered a custom breakfast blend from Stacy, it would have been this. I love it so much!

Butiki Teas

Unfortunately, this version won’t be around for much longer as we have run out of the Hattialli and won’t be able to acquire more until next harvest. In the meantime we will be doing another Irish Breakfast version that utilizes the Dinjoye Assam, which is very tasty but is not similar to the Hattialli.

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The last cup of tea I drank yesterday was Teavivre’s Lapsang Souchong, so when I first took a whiff of this in my cup this morning, I was certain that I hadn’t washed my finnum well enough last night. I often soak my tea steeping baskets overnight in water, to leach out any flavors that have clung to them, & last night I didn’t do that.

However, that is not the reason I was smelling smoke! This tea IS rich & smokey, & it’s also quite bold, deep, & daring. There is also a shiny high note, rather astringent, which makes this a better tea for me to drink with breakfast, as opposed to drinking it in bed before breakfast. Too much of a tea such as this one before breakfast can result in my tummy hurting. Definitely right up my alley otherwise, though!
Thanks to Amy Oh for this sample! :)

TeaBrat

glad you liked it. :)

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Another sample from my most recent box from Sil.
If you had told me a few years ago that I would grow to love smokey teas, I’m not sure I would have agreed. They used to kind of freak me out, but now I love them. Sometimes I like to sweeten them, which brings out a deep caramelized flavor. Yum! Right now I’m drinking this one plain, & it is very satisfying. I’d like to try it with Maple…if I could just get myself to get up off the couch & walk to the kitchen…ok, I did it, & OMG this is tasty!

TeaVivre

This tea has a heavy flavor of smoked and pine, which is suitable for people who prefer strong flavor.

Terri HarpLady

I guess that would be me! :)

TeaVivre

Yes, this tea is for you. :)

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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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