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2483 Tasting Notes

Bilbo has returned!
Say what you like about Adagio’s tea base, which admittedly leaves room for improvement, but this tea is absolutely delicious! This is my own personal favorite Cara McGee blend, & although I tend to start my day with a nice bold unsweet black, I do make exceptions. Drew & I fixed breakfast & he actually picked the tea, which we drank a rather large pot of. This blend is a bold Irish breakfast, with sweet potato, vanilla green, & cinnamon. Lightly sweetened with stevia, it was the perfect accompaniment to the hearty Frittata we whipped up.
It’s also very tasty straight.
We all love this one so much that we bought the 6 oz tin, which apparently is no longer available.

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This tea has come up a few times recently on here, & so I decided today was the day to bring it out of hiding & enjoy it.

“No MOAR hoarding!” I can hear Sil shouting all the way from Toronto.
“My Preciousssss….” Bonnie calls out from Colorado.
Ah, but this IS the exception, Sil.
Sorry Bonnie, this is my Birthday Present.

I’ve been sipping from these leaves for hours. I kept sipping while a few students came & went, tea & music go so nicely together.
I took a break from the leaves & worked in my Blackberry patch, pulling weeds, repairing trellis, training the canes, & inhaling the aroma of the mulched leaves & such that cover the ground beneath my berry bushes. The aroma reminded me of this tea. It reminded me that this tea was waiting for me. I finished my work & returned to the leaves, & I’ve been sipping ever since.
I’m still fairly new to Puerhs. This is the oldest Shu I’ve had. This is also the best Shu I’ve had. I love this tea.

Sil

Today would be a day for me to try some of my
Puerhs except going to the hallway for boiling water is annoying. I really hope they can fix this today. Fml.

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Sipdown!
An earthy, musky, mouth filling cup!

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I got home from the PO to discover that my Adagio order has arrived!
This was the first tea I wanted to sample, which is silly because I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas & especially not berry flavored stuff, and
this is a blend of blackberry (black tea), raspberry patch, & wild strawberry. So why did I buy it? LOL, cuz I loved the name & the description. How could I not?
It brews up to a deep red, resembling thin blood, LOL.
I made a small pot, which was shared with Drew & one of my students. Everyone agreed it was tasty, resembling a mixed berry jello in flavor (with stevia added). I think it will be especially good over ice!
@ Sil: Of course! I’ve started a new box for you, BTW. It may be awhile before I send it, but I’m just gonna throw samples in there as I try new things until it’s full enough to ship. :D

MsWhatsit

I don’t blame you for being taken in by a name like that. I’d want to try it too.

Terri HarpLady

A special bonus: After you steep the tea, the re-hydrated apple pieces are very tasty!

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Sipdown!
Bright & fruity, & the rest has been sent on a journey.
Onward!

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Sipdown!
Gradually working my way through the smaller quantities of tea. I got this one at the farmer’s market from the booth of a local tea company. It’s nicely bold, with a little maltiness.
The rest of this tea is on it’s way to Israel!

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
2483 tasting notes

Sometimes when I need to get some things done, I’ll pick one thing, set an alarm for an hour, & just work until the alarm goes off. I get a 15 minute break, & start again. That’s what I’ve been doing today. I started with the kitchen & then moved on to my sun room. My sunroom houses a variety of plants, & over the winter it becomes especially crowded when I bring in my 3 dwarf citrus trees: A Kumquat, a Meyer Lemon, & a Key Lime. I ate the lemons & limes in the fall, & I’ve been enjoying a kumquat once or twice a week for a few months now. I moved all 3 plants to their summer location the other day, & now I’m cleaning up their mess. The floor in that room, which is really just an enclosed porch with lots of windows, is littered with leaves & flower petals. Break time came, & so I have enjoyed the sipdown of this tea.
According to Teavana, this is the same tea they use for their Black Dragon Pearls, which they are no longer carrying. The reason they are no longer carrying it is because they can’t find it at ‘a high enough quality anymore’. That’s what they told me. I loved those pearls. They say this is the tea they are made from, but quite honestly, it’s not the same, IMO. However, it’s not a bad cup, but like all things Teavana, there are much better teas out there in the world, especially for the price.
Timer just went off as I was taking my last sip, so back to work for me!

MsWhatsit

I haven’t tried any teas with Monkey in the title. They always smell kind of weird to me.

Terri HarpLady

Like Monkey poop? hahaha

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This morning I fixed & enjoyed breakfast with my son Drew (24). We had sweet potatoes & a frittata, & he picked out Bolder Breakfast for a large pot of tea to share. His tea tastes are beginning to change from sweet to savory. This is one of his current favorites, a somewhat malty deep & earthy cup with a dark chocolate essence. Previously he liked it sweet, now he likes it as is. Gotta smile :)
As a parent, I’m really enjoying the metamorphosis of all 4 of my children. When you’re 18 you think you’re an adult, but in most cases throughout your 20’s (and 30’s sometimes) you’re really just crossing that bridge from childhood to adulthood. Sure, you have all the legal rights to drink, vote, take out loans, etc, but for the most part, those are just rights to screw up so that you can learn from your experiences. (I know this from my own experience).
Both of my sons are in college. They were raised in a fairly progressive liberal household by an organic gardening (now formerly) vegan old hippy recovering addict semi-buddhist yogi musician mom.
So when your kid comes home from college & says, “I guess we’re slow food locavores, eh?”, you just have to smile. “Pretty much, except for tea”. I’ve never believed in cramming dogma down my kids throats. I’m a free-thinker, & I want them to be free thinkers too. And they are. It’s extremely gratifying watching them develop adult minds, as the wheels in their minds begin to turn & they figure out what they believe, who they are, who they want to be.
This pot of tea with my son made my day!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2483 tasting notes

A good tea to start my week with!
I’m feeling highly unmotivated, like a few others on here today, I’ve noticed. I drank a few steepings of this while fixing breakfast, & I love every sip. That’s all I’m going to say, because I’ve written quite a bit about this tea, & we all know by now how wonderful it is. :)

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Mystery Sample #3 from Sil

I fully expected this to be a green tea, since the wrapper was green, but then again, one never knows, right?
It’s a decent green, with the flavor of spring peas & a nice thick almost resinous mouth.

Thanks again Sil :)

Sil

This came in a package that contained teas for all seasons. Jasmine (spring), oolong (fall), puerh (winter) and green(summer). So those will be the other mystery teas lol

Terri HarpLady

I’m pleased that I guessed them all. I only received 3, no Jasmine.
I can see the bottom of the box you sent now! LOL!

Sil

haha must have not thought you’d like teh jasmine one. it comes in a white bag lol

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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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St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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