3069 Tasting Notes

I am awake, but I feel as if I am still dreaming. I had a really bizarre dream & woke up groggy. Next thing you know I was journaling, & next thing you know I have an outline for my next writing project, including insights into some of the characters. NaNoWriMo starts one month from today, & I had planned to write the sequel to the novel I wrote 2 years ago (never mind the fact that that novel (also based on a bizarre dream) & the one I wrote last year (also based on an equally bizarre dream from back in my 20’s) are far from finished!).
So now it looks like I have a whole new story to tell, which has nothing to do whatsoever with any previous idea I’ve ever had. It’s crazy, it’s out there, & it emerged from the Void while I slept, to taunt me.

My first cup of the day. I read Dinosara’s review up in my room & said to myself, “I wanna cup of that.” I can’t believe it’s almost noon. I brewed & drank this tea as if dreaming, & I’m still dreaming that story in the back of my mind. I need tea & food, & probably will have to carry my journal around with me all day, jotting down more crazy outline ideas, more character notes, more scenery, etc. The creative process sometimes consumes me, & this morning I feel consumed!

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I drank this throughout the late afternoon & early evening. I was teaching & needed a little pick me up. The first couple of steepings gentle cereal & mineral, with a sprinkle of salt.
Gradually a lemony mouth developed, followed by camphor which had a pleasant tongue & lip numbing effect. Later steepings were dry & made me think of chalk.

This is not a very good review, perhaps, making the tea sound wierd, but I did enjoy it, LOL.

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One of my harp students, a gentleman who teaches Anthropology at a local university, likes smokey teas. So today I served this one. It’s a really tasty blend of teas, including Lapsang Souchong. It was a big hit! :)

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I’ve set a new goal to drink one of my TOMC or TOMCR teas a day, at least during the week. So this is the one today, from the April Reserve box. I know I drank this once before, but for some reason I didn’t leave a tasting note. I probably didn’t know what to say. I still don’t.
It’s a lovely lightly roasty Wuyi oolong, with a mineral taste, a delicate floral incense feature that lingers, & a nice thick tongue.

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Problem solved. This is the tea I was seeking.

Donna A

This is a favorite of mine too.

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I’m still trying to find the tea I want today. This one is a good diversion, especially lightly sweetened, but still not really what I’m looking for.

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drank Peach Oolong by Art of Tea
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I used to be in love with this tea, back when I first bought it. Admittedly, I’ve had it for awhile, & so today I am counting it as a sipdown. Farewell, old friend.

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My kitchen is swept & mopped, & I just spent the last hour cleaning my dining room, so now the table is no longer covered with the overflow of my tea drinking life. It feels good to have a straightened up a little. At least it’s a start, right?

I made a couple of steeps of this, mainly because it is one of the sept TOMC selections, & the only one I hadn’t drank yet. It is a high quality tea, but once I sat down with it, I realized it’s just not what I’m in the mood for. I’m a little tea-ed out after the weekend. Just not really sure what I want to drink next.

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drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
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Getting ready to mop the kitchen, I think I have enough caffeine in my system now. This is a really nice & smooth cup of boldness with a little smoke, coffee, & chocolate in the flavors.

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It’s the last day of the month! I keep trying to make the last day of the month my day to clean house, complete any loose ends, etc. Today I’d really like to accomplish some things, & I have no students until 2:30, so hopefully I’ll get a move on here shortly. But first breakfast & more tea!

For all my love of full leaf individual teas, I also love a good blend. That’s exactly what this is too! It’s bright, it’s rich, it’s earthy, it’s bassy. It’s also sweet, clean, fruity/winelike. What more can I say? Nothing. So I’ll finish this cup. And my breakfast.

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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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