3091 Tasting Notes

Another bold brekkie tea from the BBBBox, this one from BoxerMama (I miss you so). I made another 16oz pot, which fills my 5oz blue cup, roughly 3 times. Drew stole 1 cup, but Leif missed out, so I got 2!

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A few months back, Sloan had a big sale & I was in WANT mode, their teas sounded so wonderful. Luckily my dear friend & tea sister Sil saved the day (and my wallet) by offering to order some things & send me samples.
Thank you Sil!
As it turned out, I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the Sloan teas I tried, except this one, which she sent in the BBBBox awhile back. And of course, that’s probably because it’s just tea, a potent Assam without anything added or taken away. Very robust. I made a 16oz pot of it, poured myself a cup, & that’s all I got because my sons, Drew & Leif, each had a cup too. Now it’s gone!

Sil

i find while their teas are nice, they’re only worth it when you can get a really good sale. they’re otherwise pretty expensive.

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I drank this over the afternoon, & although I enjoyed it, I don’t really have anything to share. It was tasty, building up to a sweet kind of creamy vanilla mouth, & some fruitiness. I don’t know what else to say, but luckily I have enough to drink it again, so hopefully next time I’ll have more to comment on.

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I shared a pot of this earlier today with one of my students. I’ve really gotten to where I enjoy a robust smokey tea. This one qualifies.

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This has been a busy morning! First I dropped my car off for an oil change, then I had consultations with 2 different brides & their mothers. The first bride came at 10. She drank ‘Refresh’ by Tazo, her mother drank Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach black tea over ice. I drank a cup of Laoshan Black.

The 2nd bride came at 11. We all drank Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black. They loved it!

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This afternoon when I got home from my gig, I wanted shu. Plain & simple.
I have a sample of this from Garret, actually I have 2 samples, so it was time to give it a try. I used a Tbl of nuggets, in an 12 oz mug. I gave it a rinse, then a 3 minute steep, with a 5 minutes resteep.

Initially, it was kind of musty, but it had an earthy grounding element, a deep flavor, and a rich & almost buttery kind of mouth.
That’s all I have for now. :)

Garret

Hi Terri!! Interesting that you got the “musty” note… This tea was quite moderate in fermentation which can smell more like old leatherbound books sometimes. Perhaps that is what you were picking up on.

As far as tea nugget – in China I learned that 3 rinses with full rolling boil is essential. The nuggets (and this one especially) are very tightly compressed under the heat, humidity, pressure that occurs in the pile fermentation. I typically steep this one after the rinses for a 1 to 2 minutes at a pop, unless I am looking for something a bit bolder, then I steep longer and do fewer steeps.

This one never reaches the “in your face” level without using lots of leaf and super boiling water. It is a more mellow ripe tea experience. I had alot of bricks of this pressed and am about to put them on a blowout sale because we need to move some inventory to make room for all the other teas coming this way!!

Thanks for writing this up!

Grateful,
Garret

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Garret!
Just for the record, I don’t want you to think I didn’t enjoy it! When I think of ‘musty’, in my mind that is old dry books in a library, kind of ancient feeling. Very different from, let’s say, a moldy or mushroomy smell, for instance. ‘Earthy’, for me, brings up imaged of well aged compost, being layered onto the beds in my garden in the spring, with all the fresh aroma of fertile earth. ‘Grounding’ usually implies an earthy bassnote. These are all good things, for me, as a gardener, to describe. I have enough to sample it again, & will probably try your suggestions the next time. :) Enjoy the day! Thanks always for the tea, the trivia, & the happiness! :)

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I’m not really much of a fan of flavored green teas. I made a travel mug of this to drink on the way to the wedding I was playing. It was an hour’s drive away from St. Louis, so it was nice to have a hot cup to sip. This is a nicely crafted tea, with a nutty & creamy flavor, & I still have enough to drink it a couple more times, but admittedly it’s not among my favorites. But I don’t hate it either!

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I steeped up 2 teas to take with me today. This was actually the 2nd one, which I put in my insulated cup, so that I could drink it on my way home. Tea stays hot forever in that thing! Although I’m not generally a huge fan of earl grey type teas, I really enjoy a cup of this once in awhile, especially lightly sweetened. By the time the wedding ended, this was just right for sipping on the way back home.

Bonnie

I know…this one is more than Earl Grey…like rose and peppery spicy.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Friends!!!

Tony & I just shared a decadent breakfast of Eggs Benedict with asparagus, crispy potatoes, & all the other stuff, including my kickaxx homemade hollandaise. YUM! A strong & flavorful Assam was required, of course, & this one fits the bill!

Now I’m off to go play a wedding, with a one hour drive in each direction. That will fill my afternoon, but it’s a lovely day, the leaves are starting to turn, & it’s a rather scenic drive.
Savor the moment!

Sil

have a great afternoon!

JustJames

yum! and thank you for the holiday well wishes!!!

gmathis

Not much tree color down here, but the fencerows are turning red with sumac.

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This used to be my most favorite Chai, & I used to have a major chai addiction. I don’t drink Chai often now, & it’s just not the same without my old friend, french vanilla soy creamer. I gave up the creamer, & I just don’t drink very much chai now.

Dag Wedin

oh chai prepared with milk is just so good on a chilly afternoon :)

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I agree, but being allergic to milk sucks! Almond milk chai usually just doesn’t seem to cut it for me, I enjoyed that soy creamer, but it’s full of additives & sugar. Sometimes I used canned coconut milk, but rarely.

Dag Wedin

Aha. I understand. I to prefer to use natural ingredients, so many additives and artificial flavoring nowadays.

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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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