2955 Tasting Notes

I don’t have to do anything.
That’s not entirely true…there is a list of things I should do, but years ago someone said to me, “Don’t should on yourself”. LOL
I have one thing that I know I’ll do this afternoon: season 2 yixing pots & drink from them. Yes…I am confessing, Sil. In a moment of crazy compulsiveness I placed a Mandala order last Friday, that including 2 more yixing pots. I had been contemplating them for awhile, I love my other tiny teapots so much, & when I went to shopmandala.com to order the blooming black, I was like an alcoholic in a blackout. The next thing you know I was staring at my receipt, wondering WTF happened??? Oh well! Thus is life. I’m really not allowed to order any more tea or paraphenalia for awhile.

Before I get started on seasoning pots, I’m enjoying this tea! I like to pack my little blue lotus porcelain pot (same size as a yixing, but suitable for whatever I feel like steeping at the moment) about half full & do lots of short steeps with this tea. I’ve got a pretty good tea-buzz on right now!

Stephanie

I have Mandala order jealousy! ;)

Sil

oh terri….someday i’ll have a tea pot to season. Until then i’ll live in envy lol

ifjuly

me too, Stephanie!

ashmanra

This happens to me on nights when I can’t sleep. I find myself online shouting, “Buy ALL the tea!”

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

I’ve been banned from tea as well. My 4 year old looked at my husband tonight and said " You should let mommy buy more tea"…..domestic triumph

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I used to have a Harp program in the St. Louis Magnet Schools Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) Middle School (Carr Lane) & High School (Central). The VPA schools were the crowning glory of St. Louis Public Schools, with amazingly talented students in all forms of art: dance, music, visual, drama, etc. We also had the highest test scores in the district, & our school motto was, “Smart through the Arts”.

The district went into disarray, & as cuts were made & the schools went downhill, along with the pressure to make everything you teach somehow fit into ‘preparation for standardized testing’, & a new principal at the middle school who did everything he could to dismantle the arts from the curriculum, I quit a few years ago. I had given it 12 years (part time), I have students studying at colleges here & there, & I feel grateful that they keep in touch.

Today I met with the new principal at the middle school, who wants to start my program up again. This was our 2nd visit, & he is a graduate from the VPA program & even studied Harp (under a previous teacher). He really wants to have Harp available again, AND he’s a really nice guy! So, we talked about my ideas for how the program could be even better than it was, and he’s looking for funding. I leave it to the universe to decide, knowing that either way, all of my needs, desires, & dreams are abundantly fulfilled.

What does all this have to do with this tea? LOL
I steeped this before I left the house for 3 min & resteeped for 5 min, combined both in my porcelain lined stainless steel cup with a little stevia, & this was my driving tea today. Chocolate rice crispy treats!

Ysaurella

when I was 7, I had a friend called Gwendoline and she was playing harp (funny because at this time in TV we had a kind of cartoon with a Gwendoline playing harp : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwvwu_les-bubblies-generique_fun)

their parents lent once the harp to the school director to expose in her office and it seemed to me it was the more fantastic music instrument on world, something like a graceful shock

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

They sold out of this in the 25% off sale and I’m just WAITING for it to come back into stock. Hubs should have let me buy it when I had the chance!!!! Augh!

Terri HarpLady

Ysaurella: I love that! I posted it on my FB
Ali: have you tried it yet? If not, I have just enough for one more cup & would be glad to share it with you, especially since we live in the same state!

Lily Duckler

Fingers crossed – having your program come back would be so excellent!!

Terri HarpLady

Lily: More money for tea! LOL
Actually, I would only probably be there 1 morning a week, so not really much more money. But I’d be able to get things started again! My ulterior motive is this: one of my former students from that program is attending Ball State, where she’ll graduate in a year or so with a music ed degree. She wants to come back to st louis & fill my old shoes at the middle school, & I’m really trying to set the stage for her to have a full time program there. Call it a graduation present! She’s a wonderful young lady who has worked hard, & deserves every opportunity that can come her way. :)

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

ah!! that’s so nice of you! Twould be awesome! Because sadly no, I have not tried it

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So of course as soon as Garret mentioned these last week, I had to place an order, right? I’m not really a big fan of blooming teas, but this is a blooming black tea, so that’s my excuse!

These are malty little flowers with a sweet backdrop! I’ve tried them 2 ways this morning:
First, while I was fixing my breakfast (leftover homemade soup), I put one in my little glass gaiwan, which I don’t use much because it gets way too hot! But it was perfect for this because the flower bloomed nicely! I did 4 steepings: 1min, 2min, 3min, 4.
They were all tasty, but I think #3 was my favorite. I can foresee just blooming a single flower in a 4oz cup for 3 or 4 minutes, when I want something quick & easy, just a small cup of tea.

Then I put 3 of them in my regular cup & steeped 4 minutes. That one was my true favorite, with the full richness of what these little cones have to offer! The final cup is a resteep of all 4 cones @ 5 min, & that’s pretty decent too!

Garret

HI Terri! Just sent a package out your way! You should see your “lost” goods very soon! Thanks so much for your reviews, your passion and your continued support of our business. I truly appreciate it!!

Terri HarpLady

You bet Garret! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve gotten from you so far, so I plan to keep coming back! :) Enjoy the day!

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I think this is sipdown #7 today, although I’m not quite sure, LOL.
I’ve had these tuochas for awhile, & that first 1 minute steep is a little on the watery side for me. I gave the 2nd steep 1.5 min, 2 for the third, 3 for the 4th, & 4 for the 5th steep.

Leather, Oak, sweet earth, & semolina are the tastes I received.

Cavocorax

7? Good job!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Cavo! Of course, my Mandala order came, so I had to add 5, LOL.

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I wanted to share a pot of this with one of my students, so I did!

Sil

terri…i have too much tea whimper

Terri HarpLady

sil…me too…sigh…

Sil

it’s all over my table right now.. i’m trying to pull out things for the travelling tea box. and then find all my 1-2 samples and get them in one place…

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Sipdown #6 of the day!
Once upon a time Sil sent me a sample of this, & I liked it so I bought some for my very own. This is the last of it!
This tea combines the richness of premium Taiwanese Assam with a bold thick dose of chocolate & the brightness juiciness of oranges!
Well done!

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Sipdown #5
Thank you Stacy for sending me a sample of this tea.
I’m not always a big Ceylon fan, but I wanted to try it anyway, because it’s in Stacy’s Irish Breakfast Blend, along with Khongea Golden Tippy Assam, & Hattialli Golden Lion Assam. I love that blend, so I figured I should try this tea by itself. Actually it’s pretty nice!

It’s not a bold, wake me up, breakfast tea. It’s a very clean & sweet cup, very light on the tongue, leaving the mouth with a juicy sensation. The flavor is crisp & bright, & slightly fruity. I can see why it compliments the other 2 teas in the Irish Breakfast Blend!

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Sipdown #4 (I think I’m on 4).
This is a sad sipdown, as this really is a tasty tea!
This is one of the first Wuyi’s I fell in love with, & although it may not be as fancy & complex as some of the other Wuyi’s I’ve drank since then, it is delicious & wonderful. The main thing that comes to mind with this one is the banana pudding my mom used to make, with the vanilla wafers. Yeah, I bet your mom made it too!

Sil

i’m jealous of your sipdowns..

Terri HarpLady

yeah, but didn’t you get a bunch in over the weekend? :)

Sil

uh… yeah but net total for the weekend is an increase in cupboard size lol AND my orders came in today…sooo yeah i’m anticipating being at 220 ish when i get home…

and i need to get through a few more teas from the box so that i can mail it out this week

Terri HarpLady

Counting today’s Sipdowns so far, I think I’m at 278, with a Mandala arriving today, which will basically cancel out today’s sipdowns. Still, it feels good to let go of small quantities & if I can ever get myself to stay on Hiatus for awhile, I’d really like to get down to 200 or less.

Sil

i received 13 teas today… plus kittenna has said i can sample her teas…so that’s another 20 to sample before i can get back to my own teas…in addition to the travelling tea box at my house right now…with a swap from kaylee and dexter in bound sometime this month. oh and did i mention MY verdant order in coming..and the BBB box… eep!

Terri HarpLady

I’m only laughing because I was in your shoes last for the last 2 weeks! I had both boxes, verdant orders, etc. I was so busy sampling everyone else’s teas that I couldn’t drink my own!
My Mandala order arrived today!

Sil

i really want to place another mandala order….and shanti tea has a few things i want… sigh

Cavocorax

Awww. There’s just no winning eh?
Once Kittenna finally rescues her teas, and you ship that traveling box back out you’ll be back to drinking your own tea and your numbers will drop. If not, just stick ‘em in an envelope and I’ll make them disappear. :P

Sil

Haha cavo…you are welcome to come shop at my house anytime…there are very few teas you wouldn’t be able to take several cups of

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

will have to try this

Terri HarpLady

This one is nice, but admittedly, I love Master B’s Jin Guanyin & Shui Jin Gui Wuyi better!

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Sipdown #3 of the day.
This is a sample sent to me from Stacy.
I’m not going into a lot of detail, but it has a very clean vegetal flavor to it, & a sweetness as well. It made a very light cup, which I steeped in my test tube steeper.
Thanks Stacy!

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Sipdown #2 of my Monday Sipdown Extravaganza!
This is another one from Sil. It’s also a very bold & brisk black tea, & although this one is chopped up as well, it’s in bigger pieces that are more recognizable as ‘tea’. Malty, Oaky, & bold.

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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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