3091 Tasting Notes

I wanted Shu this evening, & I was gonna head back to Tony’s, so I brought one of these tuochas along. They are handy to have, easy to deal with. I steeped it in a cup for 3 minutes. I re-steeped it for 4, & then 5. Sure, I have way better Shu’s in my collection, but this one will do for today. Smooth, rich, earthy, grounding.

Courtney

Your recent pu’erh tea notes are somewhat intriguing me to just maybe branch out again into pu’erh. Hmm.

Terri HarpLady

I really enjoy puerh. Shengs give me a sense of clarity, Shu’s feel very grounding. :)

Courtney

I made the mistake of trying Aloha Pu’erh as my first ever. I’ve steered clear ever since but perhaps my wariness is fading. I’ll have to check into them more :)

Sil

courtney doooo eeeeet!

Courtney

What do you recommend for starting off Sil?

Sil

i really like manadala’s puerh to be honest. So far they are my favourite, though verdant has had some enjoyable ones too. Special Dark, Noble Mark…phatty cake…uh… man there are a bunch. Garrett will also help you figure out what might be appealing to you if he gets a sense of what types of teas you like – he helped me out! I am totally disorganised these days but i can send you a couple samples in the near-ish future if you bug me in a week or so

Courtney

Haha okay. I will screen shot to even remember myself! Thanks :)

Terri HarpLady

I second everything Sil just said! :)

Dexter

Third….

Robbie Connon

I’m no expert on pu-erh, currently sampling stuff from advice from a vendor to get my head around it, but from my knowledge of Verdant and puerh, I’d try somewhere else! Not that their tea is bad, but they are terribly misleading and overpriced because of it at times (I have experience with their oolongs, and word has it they are worse with puerh)!

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Another tea from Sil. I thought this would be a sipdown, but there is still enough left for one more cup, so I put that last bit in my ‘sipdown’ box, which I started awhile back. Any tea that only has enough left for a cup, or maybe a 16 oz pot, is getting dropped in there. There are only about 5 of them right now, waiting to be picked off one by one, or maybe for my next Sipdown Extravaganza (I haven’t had one of those in awhile).

I met with a bride & groom a little while ago, booking & planning their wedding for next September. They paid their deposit using my Paypal swiper! So now I have a little money in my PlayPal account! I’ll let it sit there for now, & hopefully it will build up by the end of the month for some awesome tea orders! Meanwhile, I’ll keep sipping!

Sil

I think we may have decided to tie the knot on sep 19 after all.

Terri HarpLady

sigh…except I won’t be able to come play :(
The wedding I booked today is on sept 20th

Sil

haha well i’ll keep you posted. I’m beginning to think eloping is looking really good..

Terri HarpLady

You could always come get married in St. L!

Sil

i think we’ll likely get hitched here in toronto. Our friend is getting married in July in Cape Breton on a friday which means summer high season wedding 1400 just for our flights. As such, i doubt we’ll be going even if ian is supposed to be a groomsman. He has school exams that week as well. So we’ll likely stick to home base as much as possible but then i’d like to take 2 weeks off to travel – though that might have to wait until ian has school break heh

Terri HarpLady

When does Ian graduate?

Sil

oh god…seems like forever from now. I think? he’s got another year and a bit? if we were to get married in september, he has a week break in October that we could take advantage of for a bit of travelling…maybe stay in the US and do a road trip sort of deal until he graduates and then do a 2 week europe sort of trip as a graduation present for him :)

Terri HarpLady

Cool!!!
I think you guys travel more than anybody I know :)

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Sipdown!
This one is from one of several trades I’ve done with Sil.
It’s not bad, but not something I’d crave or ever purchase.

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Why am I awake so early on a Saturday morning? …yawn…
Because Tony & his best friend Deer Hunter Dan are going to Cabela’s.
It’s bow hunting season, & Dan decided his 20 year old bow needs to be replaced. I was gonna loll around in bed alone, but I figured I might as well get up, work on my nanowrimo novel for a couple hours, treat myself to brekkie, & then I have a client coming at 2:00 to plan a wedding.

So I’m sitting here, bleary eyed, yawning, with bed-head, and the final cup of this tea, Sil’s contribution to the BBBB. It’s bold, with an almost coffee-like bass note. It is also fairly astringent, & this morning I can almost hear a trumpet playing revely in the frozen campground of my mind. I can also feel the caffeine rising in my bloodstream. Sipdown! I’d like to get down to 200 teas by the end of the weekend.

Lala

Ha ha. I went to Cabela’s today too! There is way too much stuff in that store.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it’s huge!

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Sipdown!
Not really much to say, but that’s not because I didn’t enjoy this!
I gave the tuocha, which is really a good size & looks almost like a brownie, a rinse, & then steeped it in a mug for 3 minutes. Then I steeped it in another mug for 4 minutes. I took both mugs with me, to sip in my bubble bath. It was exactly what I needed!
After the bath, I had a bite to eat, then steeped the tuocha again for 5 min, & then again for 6 min. I’d probably give it another steep, but I’m at Tony’s now.

Thanks for the sample, Garret. When I’m allowed to order tea again, if you still have these, I’ll probably pick up some of them!

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Enjoying a cup of this before I crawl into the tub.
It is delicious & soothing.
Sorry, that’s all I have to say.

Fjellrev

This one is gorgeous. :)

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I had to leave the house for a couple of hours, which ended up being more time consuming than I intended, & other than teaching a lesson, I didn’t accomplish anything: didn’t make it to the PO (for those to whom I promised I would, you know who you are), didn’t make it to the bank (luckily I get auto-deposit from both University jobs, so money made it there without me), didn’t stop by the store, etc.
This delicious tea accompanied me on the first leg of my journey. The student whose home I went to offered tea, with a limited cupboard (I’ve become such a snob, geez!), but I did manage to settle for Celestial Seasoning’s Tension Tamer. I use to love it, now it’s just so-so…
Now I’m home. I guess all of those errands will have to wait until monday, because I want a bubble bath, & I need to write about 1400 more words before I go to Tony’s.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
3091 tasting notes

My first sipdown of the month, leaving me at 217 teas in my collection.
This one was from Cavorcorax. The name of the tea brings to mind those pearl teas that so many of us love, but this is really more of a black bilochun “spring snail” style. I made a 16 oz pot of it, followed by a resteep. Excellent with breakfast, & now I feel a little more energy.

I really need to get moving! I’ve been slacking all morning, which Ms Theresa is grumbling about in my head. So much to do, & yet I have basically done nothing, save feeding myself, drinking tea, & goofing off on FB, Steepster, the NNWM site, & a few other places. Time to get a move on!

Sil

man you’re getting close to 200! that’s exciting :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! I’d like to get down to 200 by the end of next week, at least, but of course, I don’t really have that many teas that are at sipdown level…sigh…

Sil

i’m kinda tempted to see if i can get to 150 by the end of the weekend…. heh….

Terri HarpLady

Go for it! :)

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First tea of the day, first tea of the month.
I think my tastebuds are a little off this morning, as I know I’ve enjoyed this tea before, but not really getting much today. It doesn’t taste bad, just not as nuanced as before.
Blame it on the Revelry of Pirates last night, see my facebook for photos https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I ate some amazing (but too sweet) dark chocolate from a local chocolatier last night, as my treat, & within 15 minutes had terrible muscle cramps/kinks in my neck & shoulders on the left side. It’s the sugar, of course, does it to me every time, but like a mother who forgets just how intense childbirth is, I tend to downplay the consequences of poor choices in my mind, only to remember them when the suffering begins.
I’m better now, though somewhat groggy & unproductive.
More tea…breakfast…more tea…

JustJames

i’m off sugar and on xylitol now….. i think of you lots! feel better!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks James!! I almost never eat anything sweet, & but once in awhile some crazy part of me (addict) talks me into it. I don’t feel too bad, now that I’ve had a good breakfast, but am mostly irritated at myself for it.

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Another Sipdown!
I kept this from the Here’s Hoping TTB awhile back, & this evening I figured it was time to give it a try. I’d been curious about these mandarin puerhs for awhile.
Honestly, it was ok but nothing to get excited about. But still interesting to sample. I’ll try almost anything once!

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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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