3010 Tasting Notes

Sipdown.
I just reviewed this a few days ago. It’s very tasty!

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nom nom!!!
I feel like cookie monster right now, this tea is so delicious. When I saw it in the Here’s Hoping TTB, I immediately said to myself, “That’s MINE! mineminemineminemine!!!”
I want to thank the people who had that box before me, you know who you are (awkward soul, claire) for including some really wonderful teas that I wanted to try!! Usually by the time the box gets to me, it’s just a bunch of chemical laden cast offs that nobody wanted, so I’m generally disappointed. THIS time was different, & I really am grateful. So again, I thank you!

Yes, I took all the awesome stuff from the box, & I would feel guilty, but as Tea Sipper will discover, I loaded it with goodies just for her! So I am absolved of all guilt! LOL, I also tossed in a few castoffs of my own, which aren’t bad, just not to my taste.

Today I poured the whole sample into a cup, steeped 1 min/2/3. All steepings were AWESOME! And it’s a sipdown, leaving me with only 265 teas!

Today is my youngest child’s 21st birthday. His name is Leif, & I posted his pic on my FB https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak. He’s a great kid, in his 3rd year of college, & although he looks like a stoner, he’s actually as straight as they come, AND he drinks tea.
Feel free to wish him a Happy Birthday.

K S

I used to have hair like that. Actually it was to my waist. Nowadays it is mostly down the sink. I miss my hair. Jealous.

Terri HarpLady

In my house we refer to that as ‘Robert Plant’ hair. My oldest bro had the exact same hair. Leif’s hair has been long most of his life. in 4th grade he begged me to let him die it blue, so for his birthday we bleached & then died it midnight blue. Over the next month it fades down to a soft blue, then we died it again. We re-died it a few more times, & then he let it go. Eventually we cut out the remnants of the treated hair. That was his last hair cut. It’s hard to be a rebel in my house, because almost anything goes. The only real rule is no drugs or alcohol on the premises. And be nice. And Be responsible for yourself & your stuff. Oh, & BE yourself! That’s pretty much it.

Shelley_Lorraine

My brother has the exact same color of hair and almost as much curl, but it’s more wave really. He lets his grow to shoulder length, but sometimes cuts it short. When my husband first met him, he thought for sure that my bro was a stoner because of his voice/accent. 8 years later, my husband is still suspicious, but I try to convince him that its just the rocky mountain outdoor dude voice. :) It doesn’t help, though, that my brother just acts plain weird, seriously on-another-planet weird. :)

Bonnie

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and keep your cookies away from mommy!

ashmanra

I love your rules! The friend who introduced me to my hubby had waist length hair and it was luminized, so it was deep, shiny black with almost a blue sheen! He is now bald but that looks great on him, too. He really pulls off bald! He misses his hair, though.

TeaVivre

Happy birthday to your to your youngest child :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks for the birthday wishes for my son Leif!
And Angel, thanks always for the wonderful tea! I split an order from TeaVivre with Sil recently, but I’ll probably have to place another one before long for myself!

TeaVivre

Terri, thanks for your support on our teas. We will continue to share more and more good teas with you- tea lovers, as well as provide good service all the time.

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Geez, I guess I’m not the only one who hasn’t drank these August teas yet?
OK….here goes…

This is, first off, a gorgeous tea, IMO. It’s real delicate looking, in shades of palest greens, cream, & sage highlights. The smell is of delicate greens & cream. The brewing suggestions are my least favorite green tea brewing method: fill a 8oz glass cup with 195 degree water & sprinkle the leaves on top. Start sipping, blowing the leaves away until they sink, add more water as needed. This rarely goes well for me. By the time the first cup is cool enough for me to take a sip, it’s usually very bitter, no matter what tea I use. I’ve tried this method with Jingshan & Dragonwell both, & so I usually use my glass steeper instead.

Since there’s enough of this for me to sample it a couple times, I went ahead & followed the instructions this time. Doing things this way has it’s appeal, of course, because I get to watch the leaves doing their underwater dance, floating up & down in a random dreamlike way. There was a point where all the leaves were laying on the bottom, except for one that was standing on it’s tip, fully unfurled like a sail! Or maybe a seaweed frond.

This first cup was a little rough for me. By the time I was able to sip it, it was fairly potent, green, & kind of bitter. Then I started noticing the taste of lavender, which is a little out there for me, but ok. Each time I added water to the cup the flavors got a little milder, the 3rd of 4th cup has kind of a citrus flavor. I ended up enjoying it ok, although next time I’ll return to steeping in the test tube.

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I awoke this morning, having made a decision to work my way through the Verdant TOMC bundle from August…finally! I’ve drank Zhu Rong a couple of times (& purchased enough of it to probably keep me set for life), and had cups of Yu Lu & Bai Mu Dan (a couple of days ago). Today I’m working on the Reserve club teas: Wang Yanxin’s Jin Jun Mei, 1st picking Jingshan Green, Haixintang Banzhang Mountain 2007 Stone Pressed Sheng, & this 15 year aged Tieguanyin.

What to say about this tea? I’ve been through several steepings & I would describe it as a very refined cup. The roasting is very light, the taste is gentle & sweet. The floral qualities are alluded to, but not dominant & more like a very light incense, which I can feel as a sensation in my sinuses.

Admittedly, tieguanyin is not one of my favorite teas, although I do enjoy a cup here & there. Having said that, this is a very mild cup, with a ‘pure’ quality to it, as if I were drinking from a mountain spring.

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If I ever meet Wang Yanxin, I’d like to give her a big hug.
Her Jin Jun Mei is wonderful. I also have a secret stash of Yanxin’s Reserve Shu, which is lovely. I think she has excellent taste in tea, & have loved every tea that she’s been connected with (Golden Fleece immediately comes to mind). OK, I admit my relationship with Yu Lu Yan Cha was a little rocky at first, but I’m over that. It’s delicious.

This tea is everything I want it to be. A rich thick mouth, sweet honey that lingers, & a little tangy pepper in the later steepings. I’ve been drinking it most of the day.

TastyBrew

I LOVE this tea.

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I suffered a near tragedy this morning. I was prepping my little blue lotus teapot for gongfu steepings of this awesome tea. My little teapot came with a pretty yellow leash the helps keep the lid in place when you are pouring the tea. I learned right away that it is best to detach the lid from it’s end of the leash when not in use. Also, the leash can be used with my Yixings as well (a nice bonus!). Here’s what I’m talking about:
http://puerh-tea.livejournal.com/101478.html
That site actually gives instructions for making one! yeah!

SO…the double strand that runs up the center of the knots accidentally got pulled most of the way out! Aughghghghghgh!!!
At first I though all was lost. I tried using tweezers to fix it, & that didn’t work. Then I remembered my crochet hooks. I used to crochet a looong time ago, & still have my hooks, just in case I ever have time to take that art up again. Of course,the smallest hook was missing. The next to smallest was small enough. I won’t bore you with the details, but it took awhile, with a few mistakes, but as they say in the i ching, “Perseverence Furthers”. (No, I don’t not throw the
i ching, but my ex hubby did & even went as far as to grow his own Yarrow so that he could do it authentically with yarrow wands).

So now my little lid leash is healed. This tea is the awesome reward.

Stephanie

What a cute lid leash!

ashmanra

Love it! I want to make one!

Terri HarpLady

The only problem with the one in those instructions is I don’t think the leash is removable. But still, pretty cool, huh? And adorable too!

Bonnie

And Pioneer Tea Woman Saves The Day! Watch out Terri, Dancing With The Stars might call you for the next season as they did Bill Neigh the Science Guy!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I seriously doubt it, Bonnie!
Not to say that I can’t dance, as I studied Ballet & Tap when I was young, and I’m a former Belly Dancer, among other things. As long as nobody touches me, I can move to the music, & I love dancing. As soon as someone tries to dance with me, I can’t keep the beat, develop 2 right feet, loose all sense of space, & along with any sense of grace. It’s terrible. Oh…& as Tony has discovered more than once, & descend into hysterical laughter too. Of course, he loves it, & anytime we go out for music, he’ll pull me onto the dance floor at least once for a slow dance, which is ok until he starts trying to do fancy stuff.
Let the laughter begin.

Sil

I totally picked this tea for the morning too terri!

Bonnie

Once I was at a Middle Eastern Festival in Lost Altos, CA at the Orthodox Church of the Redeemer. Some lady refugee friends of mine from Iraq pulled me to the stage to dance in front of everyone. Next thing I know, some men with swords were dancing with me and little girls belly dancing around. Yikes…I felt stupid and clunky! Sadly, someone torched the church not long after that, right before Easter. The whole surrounding community…Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Buddist, non-religious… rallied to support the people after such a horrible act and the Church was rebuilt.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like fun! I’m all for cultural exchanges & celebrations of all kinds! What a bummer that someone torched the place, but I’m really glad to hear that the community pulled together!

ashmanra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24998856@N06/9920422813/
Thank you, Terri! That was fun! I just made a large one out of black hemp twine, and now I will try a small one for my Yixing with mercerized cotton and blending filament!

Terri HarpLady

Nice Job! And pretty teapot too!

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I’ve been sipping this tea for an hour or 2.
It is sweet, smooth, & has a pastry quality to it.
The flavor is a little flat, but I’m pretty sure that is because my yixing is sucking up a lot of it!
I have enough to sample it again, but I’ll wait awhile & give the yixing time to absorb flavors from other Shu’s as well.
Then we shall see!
Much thanks to Garret for this generous sample!

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This is the final tea from the series of teas Sil & I sampled from TTC.
How to describe?
Delicious!
This is one of those ‘bug bite’ teas, so the honey sweetness is there, along with the stone fruit ‘jaminess’ of #154, & a hint of coriander (or at least what my tastebuds translate into coriander!). This also has a nice thickness to it. It’s really very tasty!

Sil

i think for the price, i like the others better in terms of value for money..though this is a nice treat from time to time heh

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This is another interesting tea from TTC.
It’s very smooth, sweet, & again fruity, but not in the same way that the other ones were, & a little tangy. And once again, there is something I taste that I recognize, but can’t quite place.
These teas from TTC are a challenge to my taste buds, as they are very different from what I tend to drink, basically a while new genre of black tea, at least for me.

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Following the same steeping parameters as for the other TTC teas today.
This medium roast oolong is interesting. The dry leaf is curled up, like a floral tieguantin might be, but instead of the beautiful jade green, it is more of a tan/brown color palette. There is a taste here that I immediately recognized, but could not place. Then all of a sudden there it was: Strawberry! The roasty taste is mild, & brought to mind toasted walnuts, which made me long for a walnut pastry with a creamy filling & strawberries on top! Wouldn’t that be lovely!

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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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