3050 Tasting Notes

A quick backtrack off yesterday, because I DID drink a lot of tea!
Crazy me, saturday night I stayed up til 3am, because I decided to redo my entire Bridal Fair display, & there were things that I needed to do at the last minute. I’m not always great at thinking very far ahead.

So yesterday I got up at 7, took a quick shower, & brewed 2 steepings of The Black Lotus. 1.5 went into my go cup, the other .5 was drank while stumbling around the house, loading the final bit of stuff into the car, etc. The go cup of tea was enjoyed while driving & unloading my gear into my booth. Then I went to breakfast. My first 2 cups of tea there were meant as a test of the water, using tbags that were in my purse. I drank a cup of Tazo Awake (pretty bitter), & a cup of Twinings English breakfast, which was acceptable. Then I pulled out the Anxi Fo Shou, had 3 cups of that (3min/4/5). Thank you Verdant Tea!
Then I poured 6 Mandala Black pearls into my portable brew basket on top of the Anxi & ran 2 more steeps (4/5), refilling my go cup, & savoring the last bit. This kept me happy for an hour at the Bridal Fair.
I was able to refill my cup with hot water at the fair one more time, dropping 2 Tazo Chai bags in there with some stevia.
Final tea of the day, once it was all over with & I was at Tony’s house in my pjs, a lovely cup of Bilbo Brew.
A long day, but luckily with some tasty teas, & hopefully profitable in the long run as well.

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Yesterday was a lonnnnng day. Today I’m pampering myself. I slept 10 hours, & I’ve been drinking this lovely tea for 2 hours. I put 5 G in my blue lotus 4oz mini-teapot (which I absolutely love, Garret), & have been doing incremental steepings. The first one was for one minute, but I tasted a small sample every 15 seconds, lol, & they were all yum! I added 1 minute to each steeping, & they’ve all been delicious. Next time I’ll probably go with shorter steepings from the get go, & not add time as quickly, but that’s one of the things I love about tea drinking: the experiment.
The earliest cups were butter & honey with a little shroom.
This built to a maltier shroominess, & the cup I’m on now is an electric tongue tingler, if you know what I mean. I feel a nice energy spreading throughout my body, something I really needed this morning, & a reminder that tea is more than just flavor. This one is tasty AND has nice Chaqi!
And now I’m

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Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad sipdown, ;_;
I’ve been resteeping this all afternoon…I’m still resteeping. I’ll keep resteeping until there is nothing left…

Sil

Then toss the leaves to brew overnight!

Sil

Er into cold water

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We’re having a pajama day, laying around watching Loopers, & I’ve been enjoying this lovely Dragonwell, as an after breakfast cup. The flavor is beautifully vegetal & buttery, with a nice thick mouth.

Thanks again to Angel & TeaVivre for this sample!

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Oh Baby!
This was my tea to drink while I was fixing breakfast today.
Oh Cara McGee, if you’re on steepster, I hope you have a happy birthday.
I love this tasty tea, yum yum yum.

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This is a lovely morning tea, nicely bold & flavorful. I need to remember 2 things:
First, add that extra half tsp!
Second, don’t drink before breakfast, because Ceylon on an empty stomached makes me queazy!

Must have food!!!

Addendum: I drank a 2nd cup with breakfast, with the extra 1/2 tsp. The perfect accompaniment to Yum!

Sil

mmmmmm foood!

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I just got home from playing a wedding & cocktail hour, it was outside & it is hot, with allergens abounding, so now I feel exhausted. I have a bridal show to play on Sunday, & there are actually things I need to do regarding my display, but honestly, I don’t feel like doing anything. I did just print out 300 business cards, & I’ve been drinking this Shu.

It’s been awhile. This was one of the March TOMC offerings, & I bought a little more of it, but I really wish I’d gone ahead & purchased a cake while I could. Anyway, I rinsed & steeped 5G for 2 min/3/4/5 in my Yixing. Each cup was delicious. That’s all I got.

JustJames

i loved this one…. pretty sure it’s all gone. you’re making me want to go check! lol.

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I woke up, knowing I’d have a busy day ahead of me:
10-11:30 Students
noon to 1:30 get my ‘coin’
3 – 7 wedding & reception

Amazingly, the students all texted me to reschedule, which I gratefully did. Now I have a little free time to relax. I’m relaxing with this tea. This is my after breakfast dessert tea of the day. I believe I’ve decided that this year’s Imperial Summer Blend is even better than last year’s version. It’s currently out of stock on the Verdant page, but I hope hope hope they will keep it around, or some future variation of it. It’s delicious. It’s right up there, or at least close, to Sichuan Caravan, which is my favorite Verdant Blend EVER, which I am also waiting for them to bring back.
My steeping parameters today: 1Tb + mug X 3/resteep 5
Sometimes I will do 3/4/5/6 with this tea, & I’m sure a Gongfu sessions would be lovely as well, but I only have time for 1 more cup, so I’m on the resteep now. This is a rich, roasty, earthy, chocolate/malt/caramel/fruit cup that is bold, mouth filling & bright. Not only does it taste good, if feels good too. A perfect breakfast blend, as far as I’m concerned.

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First cup of the day, bold, sweet, slightly astringent.
Delicious.

JustJames

this one makes me happy…. and if my wife is in the mood to stray from her coffee routine, then she gets into my tin!

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Here I am again…the only person reviewing one of the Verdant Reserve TOMC teas. Oh well…This is from the FINAL month of the Reserve club.
Inspired by KS, I was determined to make it through the full 15 recommended steepings, & I did.
The dry leaf fragrance was rich & fruity, with roasty peachy notes.
Following suggestions, I heated my little pot, added 4G of tea, put the lid on for a minute to heat the leaf, & then took another whiff. OMG! This is like smelling the best incense & some peach dessert in the oven at the same time.
After a quick rinse, the aroma was rediculously awesome, like peach jam with a little orange marmalade mixed in.
I’m not going to bore you with notes on every single steep, even though I actually wrote them down. The early steepings featured a very ‘fresh’ taste, lightly fruity like dried peach, a little citrusy too, but all very delicate. The ‘after aroma’ in my sinuses was really amazing, again like an wonderful incense. By the 3rd cup a camphor-like essence rose, which gave a tingling sensation to my sinuses, soft palate, & lips, but the background of dried peach & the tangy citrus mouth were still present. During the next couple of cups the roastiness evokes a fruity wood in the smoker, at least in my imagination. My tongue became tingly & tart. There was a briefly astringent cup, & then sweet peach, drizzled with OJ, grilled over a fruit smoke fire.
In the middle tastings the fruit flavor changed, the roastiness faded. By cup number 10 it was all delicate sweet fruitiness, & I developed a craving for pancakes. I took a break from tea sipping, made a batch of almond flour pancakes, consuming massive quantities with apricot jelly.
Then I resumed my steeping. The last several cups had a kind of cereal like taste, a little metalic, slightly astringent, with a tinge of bitterness & brightness, like grape peels.

Whew! BRBGGP!! ;)

TastyBrew

I tried this, but Dancong is totally lost on me. I’m sending it to my brother, he loves them. I’m glad you like it! I’m curious to see how the reserve club is going to reinvent itself. If they make a reserve club based around only black teas, my head may explode in excitement.

Sil

it’s up on the site now silly. essentially there is no reserve club. they will source reserve teas and people can buy them. looks to be 20$/oz

NofarS

Wow. I didn’t know that they were shutting the Reserve TOMC. I left because it was too expensive (I had the bundle for about 6 months), and it looked successful enough.
Terri, the Dancong – it sounds amazing!

Terri HarpLady

I really have to be in the right mood for them, because the flavors tend to be very subtle.

K S

15 steeps – show off :)
BRB ?
GGP – must be gotta go p!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, KS, more than once!

Terri HarpLady

I’m pretty sure there is an ancient chinese saying that goes like this: “You drink tea, you go pee”

K S

inscrutable :)

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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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