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Can you spell ASSAM?
I think I am in super taster mode for ‘bitter’ today. Most of you probably know this, but there are basically 5 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, & Umami (the savory taste). In Ayurveda & some other Asian cultures there are 6 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter, & Astringent. Anyway, this is a bold & somewhat bitter cup, & the last tea I drank was also a bitter cup. Either I’m really picking up the bitter taste today, or I’m over-leafing, or I’m just drinking bitter teas, LOL.

Sometimes when I am tasting the bitter taste, I take a moment to ask myself, “Am I feeling bitter/resentful towards anyone or anything?” (including myself) If I am, I take a few moments to wish that person happiness, prosperity, good health, etc. If there is something I need to do or say, the best thing is to just do it or say it, & then let go & move on. In this way, tea contributes to my mental state, but giving me a moment to reflect, by reminding me that I have choices today.

caile

That is such a nice idea when drinking bitter teas!

Terri HarpLady

:)
It goes with another practice of mine, when I’m craving sweets, I ask myself if I am lacking sweetness in my life. Regardless of the answer, then I take a few moments to reflect on the sweet elements of my day…the beauty of my home & garden, the beauty of music, the sweetness of my children/grandchildren/students/& others faces. The smell of flowers, colors of nature. There is a lot more sweetness in the world than just the taste: sweet sounds, visuals, words (like poetry), touch, etc. Usually when I’m craving the sweet taste, I’m feeling unsatisfied in some way, which means I need to slow down & appreciate the sweetness of my life. Then if I still want it, I can have pancakes or something, lol.

caile

Hehe – I just took a brownie out of the freezer to thaw as I wanted something sweet! And I was drinking a sweet tea just before that! I think I better start using your practices. :-)

K S

Terri, I read through all the reviews today and checked them off but had to come back and read this one again. I love your questions to yourself. What a wonderful practice. It is interesting how a quite moment with a cup of tea can connect us to the deeper things of life. I will try to remember this post and do likewise.

Terri HarpLady

Savor the moment!

MsWhatsit

I liked the idea of considering the need for other kinds of sweetness in my life. I ought to try that too.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Good reflective posts and comments. ♥ Thx !

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drank Ying De No. 9 by Jiangtea
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I’m on a mission.
A mission to drink tea!
Last night I came home from Tony’s & did my monthly tea inventory, updating my collection list & printing it out. Last month I started with 343 teas in my collection, & through a series of sipdowns, got it down to 260. Then the Here’s Hoping TTB arrived. Then the BBBB arrived. For photos, stop by my blog, “Terri’s Airy Fairie World”, [email protected]. I promise I won’t try to sell you anything, get you to enter a contest, or whatever.
Anyway, I also went a little nuts & ordered some stuff. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I know it will, so I went ahead & put it on the list. I’m officially starting the month with 307 teas in my collection. Also my tea collection printout went from 19 pages to 16 pages.
Progress, not perfection!
Of course, this list doesn’t include the entire HHTTB, just the teas I’m planning on keeping. It also doesn’t include the crazy box of teas that I know Sil will bombard me with sometime soon, LOL.

I’m mostly dedicating this week to sampling teas from the HHTTB so I can get it back in the mail, & the BBBB, & also finishing my Sipdown Extravagana on NofarS’ teas, so I can send Sil a crazy box myself.

This tea is the 2nd offering from TastyBrew in the BBBB. It is a mix of straight & curly leaves, in shades of black, gray, & tan, with a bright aroma, kind of high pitched (sorry, I tend to experience sensations in musical terms). I steeped 2 tsp at 3 minutes, with a re-steep at 5. The first steep was a little bitter & peppery initially, & then sweet. The 2nd steep was similar, a little thinner & less bitter & peppery, but still very drinkable. It’s not a bad tea, but not destined to be a favorite. Of course, my tastebuds change from day to day, so probably next time I might notice some different features!

Lala

That’s a pretty intense sip down to get rid of that many teas in one month. Bravo!

Sil

Yay! I’m still under you lol.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Lala!
Sil, I love you, & I know where you live, mwahahahaha

Sil

Hahahaha I love you too Terri!

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BoxerMama’s 2nd offering to the BBBB.
Due to my milk allergy, I’ve never had Tiramisu. That’s probably a good thing, because I’d be making it all the time & weighing in at 300 lbs in no time. Luckily, there are teas that taste like decadent desserts, & although I shun most of them because of artificial flavors, there are a few exceptions. So this tea has a decent puerh base, free of funky odors & tastes. The prominent taste is coffee, with an unsweetened cocoa powder backdrop. It’s actually a little bitter, & pretty satisfying to me right now. If I added sweetener that would probably bring out more creamy cakey flavors & it would be more dessert-like…or not. I might try adding a little maple on the resteep, just to see how it turns out…& maybe some of that left over coconut whipped cream…hmmmmm….hopefully it won’t ruin it!

Sil

final tally for me is 226 until cavocorax gets here with the samples from omgsrsly and our purchase from bayswater. so much less than i thought it would be haha

Terri HarpLady

LOL, tonight when I get home, or tomorrow morning, I’ll update mine & we’ll see where I stand. :)

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drank Rizhao Black by Ali Express
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This tea was included in the BBB Box by Tasty Brew.
It’s an interesting tasting tea, with a chocolatey taste, plus something else that is vaguely familiar that I just can’t pinpoint. A nice cup!
I’m not familiar with Ali Express, & although they aren’t just a tea co, I added them to the vendors list, so that I could add this tea.

TastyBrew

Yeah, this one reminds me of a mellower laoshan black. Almost like the laoshan roasted oolong and a touch sweeter.

Sil

looking forward to seeing this one come my way :)

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Dammit! Apparently Steepster ate my note on this…aughghghgh!
I’ll try again…
This is one of Sil’s offering to the BBB box. I sampled it while creating a decadent breakfast of gluten free crepes stuffed with mixed berries, coconut whipped cream, & a drizzle of maple syrup. I also made breakfast sausage patties from locally raised ground pork. Now we’re sitting here, fat & happy, watching the baseball game in our PJs.

I love history, & I love that the Antarctica expedition had their own tea blend with them. I don’t know if this is a true re-creation of that blend, but I love the name, & the resulting tea is bold, smooth, & well balanced. I have a big enough sample to try it several times, so perhaps I’ll give a more detailed description next time.

Sil

haha i guess i should get around to drinking/reviewing this one soonish lol

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I brought my bag of teas from the BBB Box (the 3B Box…the Triple B Box?) to Tony’s. I figured we’ll be eating a decadent brekkie, sitting around in PJs all day, watching Baseball from noon on (Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds), & hopefully I’ll post a blog entry (I’m a terrible blogger, it takes me forever to create a post).

So, this tea is from BoxerMama! I couldn’t resist starting with it because the name “Scottish Breakfast” is, at least in my mind, synonymous with the word “bold”. And it is! It’s a well rounded cup, with a nice dark chocolate liquor low end, a malty middle, & the high end as fairly bright, my least favorite feature, but it doesn’t ruin the overall cup. I steeped a rounded tsp for 3 min. It’s a little on the astringent side, but definitely lives up to it’s name! Thanks BoxerMama!

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This has been an exciting weekend for me! Of course, the things I’m excited about might seem odd to the rest of the world, but you, my dear Steepsterites, will understand perfectly, LOL.
First, the HHTTB arrived Friday. I’ve already sample several things & will plan on getting it back in the mail by the end of this week.
Secondly, the BBBB arrived on Saturday! It’s basically a 4 person TTB, focused mainly on full leaf black teas, but with some flexibility. It took about a month to complete the first round, & we’re on our 2nd round now.
And finally, I realized that today is my 1 year anniversary of joining Steepster!!! So I’m celebrating the day by drinking awesome teas! I thought about doing a favorite tea countdown, but the truth is, there really is no #1, there are several, LOL. Also, I’m at Tony’s, so the majority of my tea collection is 5 minutes away at my house.
Luckily I have this wonderful Assam with me, & it IS on my list of #1 favorite teas, so it is my first cup of the day. A lovely cup! A delicious cup!
If I get my act together, I’ll try to post pics of the tea boxes on my blog later today.
If you’re a newby & have no idea what those initials stand for:
HHTTB = Here’s Hoping TTB
TTB = Traveling Tea Box
BBBB = go ahead, guess… ;)

gmathis

BBBBBBBB—-that’s what I did with my lips yesterday after teaching a roomful of half-fifth graders, half monkey children! :)

looseTman

Congrats on your 1-year Steepster anniversary!

Tea Sipper

Congrats on one year!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’m backtracking here. I drank a couple of cups of this during the afternoon while I was practicing & getting ready to go play a wedding. It was delicious, as always, with it’s rich roasty chocolatiness. The bride had 3 special requests for the ceremony:
“Your Song” by Elton John for the entrance of the grandparents, bridesmaids, & groom.
“Something” by the Beatles for the entrance of the Bride.
“Accidentally in Love” by the Counting Crows for the recessional.
I find it hard to believe that I only drank 2 teas today, complete with resteeps of course. But they were 2 delicious, satisfying teas, so no complaints.

Also, when I went home to get ready for the wedding, I discovered that the BBB Box arrived yesterday!! Yay!

Sil

Yay for the BBB box!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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First tea of the morning. I really love this tea, but I realized this morning after brewing in the mug that I love it so much more when I choose Gongfu over Western. So many of the buttery sugary subtleties that make this tea such an awesome experience are muddled in the cup.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy my tea this morning, of course, I’m just saying it would have been better if I had used my Gaiwan.

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One more tea from the HHTTB.
This is pretty tasty! Of course, I love Ginger, I love ginger snaps, ginger bread, ginger root tea, so how could I not love this too? I added some sweetness to my cup, & it was dessert!

TeaKlutz

Ooh, I think we still have some of this left in the cabinet at work… may have to try some come closer to the wintry months!

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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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