3071 Tasting Notes

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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Another tea from the BBBB, thanks to Sil.
Oohh, Ahh, I love Assam. This was my breakfast pot of tea, & although I don’t have any real notes to share, it was bold, malty, & delicious!

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drank Dian Hong by World of Tea
3071 tasting notes

Another busy day!!
This was my first tea of the day, one of Sil’s offerings in the BBBBox. I drank it, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can’t really say what it was like, because that was hours ago! :)
Luckily there is enough for me to drink again, & hopefully have time to comment on.

MsWhatsit

Some days I’m in it for the tea. Other days I just want the hydration and/or caffeine. Those latter days, I often end up inhaling my tea and not remembering a thing about it.

Terri HarpLady

I like to sip tea while I teach, but since I’m teaching, I’m busy analyzing & evaluating my student’s playing, so I can’t analyze the tea, but i still enjoy it!

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Last night I restrung one of my Harps, staying up until 3am to get the job done. This afternoon I knew I wanted some Sheng, & this was the only selection from the Sept Reserve TOMC I hadn’t tried. So I’ve been enjoying this all afternoon. I don’t really have much to say about it, other than it’s pleasant, lightly sweet, & I can taste the similarities between this & Master Han’s Wild picked Yunnan. While I was sipping it I was practicing Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” for a performance the first week of Dec. I was retuning my Harp over & over again, because new strings take forever to settle down. I was returning phone calls, & booked a gig for May. I was talking to a potential new student. I was doing other things too. Next time I’ll try to be still, so that I have more to share.

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I came across this recipe for making iced Thai Chai. It calls for a homemade coconut milk creamer, which I had to make a half batch of, just to try it out. While I was making it, I started thinking how nice a hot latte would be, & so this tea became the first latte.

The coconut milk has a pleasant oranginess to it, which goes nicely with the Bergamot, & I added a little more sweetness to the cup. Not something I’ll be drinking regularly, but fun to try. I’ll let you all know how the iced chai comes out once everything cools down.

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Now that the weather is cooling down, the boys are drinking more tea again, reminiscing about our past Adagio fandom orders, & all that. Drew has all of his classes on Mon, Wed, & Fri. Leif’s classes are on Tues & Thurs. Everyone has been fending for themselves for breakfasts lately (we have a rule in my house, which I call, “Find it, Kill it, Cook it, & Eat it”. Of course, nobody in this house is killing anything, but we have had that rule for a long time, & all of my kids know how to fix food because of it). Leif is on ‘Fall Break’ from his college, so the 3 of us had a nice breakfast together, which included a huge sweet potato that I dug up yesterday! Leif selected this tea & brewed a big pot, which we all enjoyed. It’s a light tasting cup, with a very bright, tart, & fruity flavor. I still haven’t tried it iced, but I bet it would be tasty that way.

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This is one of those sad sipdowns, where I’ve been hoarding the last cups-worth for awhile. And now it’s gone. I drank this last cup with a touch of Maple syrup, just cuz it’s so damn good that way!

Today is 22 days since I’ve ordered tea from anywhere. I’m at 214, or at least that’s where I think I am, lol. I’d really like to order more of this from Stacy, along with some of the newer things she has, but I’m still really trying to be good!

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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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