3001 Tasting Notes

Some of us have been talking about comparing all the ‘pearl’ teas to one another. This one is nice, bold enough, but with sweet fruity nuance. I steep 6 pearls in 12oz for 3 minutes, resteep for 5. The first steeping is sweet & malty, the second holds just a little bitterness but is still very drinkable. I think maybe last time I drank them I said I was gonna try a single steeping of 4 minutes, & I forgot to do that. Maybe next time…

caile

I was actually wondering about pearl tea and why that method of rolling is used… to maintain flavor perhaps?

Terri HarpLady

I always just figured it was either for novelty, or to make it easier to carry the tea around, lol.

caile

lol!!

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Yum!
Yeah, I’ve realized that I love Fujian Blacks (& Oolongs).
This is thick, malty, a little peppery, & I love it!
’nuf said.

NofarS

I was wondering about this tea, particularly in comparison with Verdant’s reserve Jin Jun Mei. Is it worth a try?

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t actually compared them, although I enjoyed both of them. My favorite Jin Jun Mai to date was still the Verdant Wild Picked Jin Jun Mai, which is no longer available (at least for now). I have also ordered some of the other Jin Jun Mei’s from the Yunnan Sourcing page, & when they come I’ll have to compare them all, I guess! Or maybe just enjoy each one & not worry about it? Or both! Yeah, both!

NofarS

Sounds like a great plan :)

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I woke up with a bit of a headache, so I brewed a cup of this tea & crawled into the bathtub. It is one of the teas from the first round of the BBBB, contributed by Tasty Brew, & although I’m not in love with it, it’s a pleasant cup, perhaps a little on the floral side today. I’ve written a better review of it previously, I’m sure.

NofarS

Hope that you feel better

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! It’s what I call a ‘hollow’ headache, meaning I feel as if my skull were hollow, with photo-sensitivity too. It doesn’t really hurt that bad, it’s just ‘there’, if you know what I mean. A good day to drink tea & sit around listening to harp music as my various students come for their lessons.

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drank Bedtime by Yogi
3001 tasting notes

Not really alot to say about this tea. I’ve been staying up way too late, & although it won’t knock me out, it doesn’t have any caffeine, so if I stay up again late tonight, at least I can’t blame it of tea!
I used 2 bags. I like licorice root, & it gave me something to sip during the block party. I like my neighbors, but don’t really know them all that well, even though I’ve lived here 12 years. Everyone is always so busy, including me. I found out this one chick who is a religious fanatic makes her own kefir & cultured veggies, just like me. I might get a kombucha starter from her. The guy across the street & a few doors down is a professional cellist, who knew? We might get together & jam. There were other revelations, and a good time was had by all!

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I’m trying not to ingest any more caffeine tonight. I’ve been staying up til 2 & 3 am for several days, which is great for creativity, but not so good for getting things done in the real world.

I just realized my neighbors are all out in the street. Looks like we’re having a block party, & once again I didn’t read the email.
I sent the boys out with a bowl of homegrown cherry tomatoes to add to the food pile. I’m headed out there with my cup of tea. I don’t eat off buffets usually, too many things I’ll probably regret. But I’ll have this tea!

Terri HarpLady

I’m not a very good neighbor, LOL. I’m not mean or anything, but I spend a lot of time oblivious to the world around me.

Cavocorax

You guys have block party’s? That’s awesome!

Stephanie

You must live somewhere cool :)

Terri HarpLady

I live in st louis. Block parties are pretty popular here. Tonight is National Night out, or something like that, so lots of neighborhoods are throwing block parties. The Mayer came & brought a bunch of Maplewood T-shirts (technically, I live in Maplewood, which is the oldest suburb of St. Louis), the fire department brought their truck & gave the kids who were riding bikes new helmets. The cops stopped by. The block was blocked off so the kids could ride their bikes up & down the street. This is a nice neighborhood & everyone is pretty nice. It’s all old houses built just before the turn of the century (the old century, not the newest one, lol). So my house is 120 years old or so. I love it here. A nice quiet neighborhood.

Cavocorax

That sounds really cool!

Terri HarpLady

Next year when we have our block party (first tues in oct), you guys can all come! :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh wow.. I wanna see a pic of your house, Terri.. lol Is that weird ? If it is, I didn’t ask.. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I’ll try to post one on my facebook, LOL
There are lots of pics of my gardens, etc, but none of the actual house. It’s not fancy, it’s just old ;)

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For some reason tonight this is not as lemony as I want it to be. I think maybe my taste buds are still jaded from my sipdown competition with Sil.

Sil

hey don’t be blaming me!

Terri HarpLady

no blame! :)

Sil

i’m worried..i think i have mail to pick up tomorrow..which might be tea…

Terri HarpLady

LOL! BTW, I finally successfully paid for my order from TTC. I’m not sure what the problem was, but I swapped a few emails with guy & we worked it out.

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I enjoyed this tea earlier in the afternoon. It kind of reminds me of Laoshan Black, only less sweet & more dark chocolaty. It is delicious!

TastyBrew

I just tried this same tea from Yezi Tea. Funny! Theirs is super tasty too!

Dexter

I did not need to know that Yunnan Sourcing has good black teas. I’ve really only looked at their pu’erh. I am so not allowed on their site…..

Terri HarpLady

TB: the B box is on it’s way to you with some tasty teas from Yunnan Sourcing. The next couple of rounds will be from them :)
Dex: yeah, I’m not allowed on their either! Don’t tell Ms Theresa, but little terri & I placed another order there this weekend, lol. They have some really fine black teas! Let me know if you want samples :)

Dexter

Thanks Terri, but my other side is freaking about how much my cupboard just exploded. I need to get a grip on this situation. I placed 7 orders last month, a TTB, and 4 swaps, and there is still a growing list of teas/companies I HAVE to try. Ugggg. I need to drink what I have.
Love how little terri and you out vote Ms. Theresa. I think I need to find a third. LOL there are just two of us arguing….

Terri HarpLady

Truth be told, I placed 3 orders over the weekend: Taiwan tea crafts, yunnan sourcing, & verdant (had to have the new big red robe, ya know?). Now I’m suppose to be on Hiatus, but it’s so hard…lol

Dexter

Ya I know…. Taiwan Tea Crafts is the big one calling my name right now. Not doing it. They will still be there next month – at least that’s what I have to keep telling myself.

TastyBrew

This is why I love our little bbbb. I get a sampling of teas from places I really want to try so I don’t have to buy ALL the tea right away :-)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I love our box! I’m drinking one of your teas right now, TB!

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This tea has been known to send me into a Haiku writing Nirvana, and if it was snowing outside, that would probably be the case. But the reality is, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon & I haven’t really accomplished anything. Well, that’s the case if I don’t count the novel outline I spent 2 hours on in my bedroom, several tea blend samplings, fantasizing about a music video I want to make, making breakfast, & starting dinner in the crockpot. So I guess I have done a few things, but none of them, other than eating, are the things I had planned to accomplish today. I think I have enough caffeine in my system now, so I’m going to go do the most important one: Make a bank deposit!!

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I’m trying to get myself to drink things that I don’t always drink, & I have this Yerba Mate sample from the Tea Spot, & it’s not in the database. And I’m tired of adding teas to the database, so here we are. I guess I’m being lazy here.
I’m also not really digging this tea, & I would hate for the first posting about it to be negative, so there’s another reason.
Anyway, it’s ok, probably good quality, but not my thing. Kind of bland & grassy.

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Custom tea experiment #3 of the morning. This is a lovely tea, but just not the right one for my blend (I didn’t think it would be, it isn’t bold enough).
NEXT!

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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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