2952 Tasting Notes

drank Organic Chai by Tazo
2952 tasting notes

Last tea before I go home, load up my harp, & go play a one hour gig at a nursing home. I forgot to bring tea to Tony’s last night. Luckily I always have something here, though not much. I still like Tazo Chai. I used to drink it with french vanilla soy creamer & stevia. I also used to drink iced chai latte’s with extra pumps & soymilk at Starbucks. I actually had a pretty bad habit with those a few years back. Now I only have one when I’m at the airport, it’s part of my airport protocol to drink a chai while I’m waiting to board the plane.
Today I"m drinking my Chai with a little stevia to bring out the spices. No soy or almond milk, no creamer. I could put coconut milk kefir in it, but last time I tried that it just didn’t work for me.
Go Cards! 5 – 0

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A perfect brew to have with a decadent breakfast of gingerbread almond flour pancakes with maple syrup, bacon, & eggs. The tea is a mix of irish breakfast, sweet potato, & vanilla green. Since I was already having a sweet brekkie, I left the tea unsweet & bold. Now we’re watching Cardinals baseball, hoping they will sweet the Pirates. I won’t get to watch the whole game, because I have to go home soon to get ready for a gig, but they have a good start so far, 2 – 0!
Go Cards!

Dag Wedin

Wow i´d go for a breakfast like that anytime. Sounds delicious!

Terri HarpLady

Nothing better than good food!! :D

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First cup of the day.
I’ve written multiple reviews on this one, so I’ll just say, “I still love it”.
The hardest decision I have to make: do I fix brekkie in my pjs, or do I put on street clothes so we can go out?

JustJames

i vote for pj day. they’re important for sanity. =0P

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It was PJs & pancakes! In a minute I have to go get ready for a gig, otherwise it would be PJs all day.

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It’s hot in St. Louis. It hasn’t rained in weeks. I just got home from playing at a wedding, & I’m just chilling out, being grateful for air conditioning. I’d like to take a nap, but there are things to do.
So I’m sampling this Sheng. Again, the word “Restorative”, comes to mind. I’m on the 6th or 7th steep, & all I want to do is sit her & breath. Breath & sip. This is another Sheng that is fairly young, but not harsh in any way or form. It’s like the waters of a sweet spring, with a mild sourdough bread to it, a light fruitiness (peach?), a clean mineral taste, a delicate vegetal taste, and a creamy thick sensation.
So soothing, so ‘clean’, like fresh linens.
I changed up my steeping parameters for this one, just kind of following my intuition. I went with 3 Grams of tea in the Gaiwan. The first round of 4 steeps (1st one alone, next 3 combined in a pitcher) was 4/6/8/10. 2nd round 15/20/25/30. 3rd round 35/40/45/50
Now I’m in the later steepings. My tongue is tingling, & I feel like I’m drinking a very creamy mushroom broth. How can something be clean & creamy at the same time, you ask? Only in the world of tea, my friends.
A very nice Sheng!

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This was included in the BBB Box by TastyBrew, who added a ‘grab bag’ feature! I’m not always a huge Darjeeling fan, but I have to admit, this is pretty tasty this morning! It has a bit of that earthy ‘gutsy’ kind of character that some darjeelings seem to have, maybe a little on the acidic side, kind of an oaky tannic taste. There’s also just a hint of a floral in the back of my throat & a pinch of salt on the center of my tongue. I’m not sure that I’ll keep it. It depends on whether Sil or BoxerMama want to sample it (let me know). As far as Darjeelings go, this one is ok. There are several others in the grab bag as well.

Now it’s time for me to play dress up, load up my harp, & go enjoy playing at a Catholic wedding (not full mass, & I’m grateful for that as I’m not really wanting to sit through a long service. No offense to the Catholics!)

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Last week I went on the Yunnan Sourcing website. I’ve been haunting that site for awhile, reading about the various Puerhs they offer, but on this particular evening I was looking for something interesting to share with the ‘Babes’ (BBBB). Since we’re all lovers of the dark side, we’ve more or less committed our box to mostly unflavored black teas, along with some puerh, so I had been checking out their black tea offerings, & I knew which ones I wanted. I started filling out my shopping cart, of course I was only gonna get 2 teas, but then I saw this. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Jin Jun Mei, & what can I say? Rich malty goodness, a little sweet, a little peppery. Anyone who has read my post over the last 2 days knows that I went a little overboard in the ordering department, but all the teas I ordered sounded SO GOOD, and they ARE! I still have 2 sheng samples to try out, but I’ve been pleased with my order, AND it didn’t break the bank either!
So now I have enough tea to share with my Black Box Buddies for the next couple of months!

TastyBrew

Did you order from the US site? I think they’re based out of Portland. I wonder if I could just “pop-in” on them. They have a lot of teas I want to try. I should check it out… And I’m just discovering my love of Jin jun mei.

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Just don’t go buy the teas that I’m planning on sending you! LOL!

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My new friend Scott sent me a sample of this with my order. I drank many many steepings all evening. Before I started I was pretty drowsy, but that changed nicely. The dry aroma was so soothing, the tea itself was so restorative. I used to prefer Shu over sheng, but now I love them both.

Thank you Scott!

Bonnie

Me too on preferring shu over sheng…but I must admit that I still am suspicious. Sheng can sneak up and pop your tastebuds with a shy dry smoke in an acrid assault. (Granted some less than stellar shu can be too sour or flat if I’m being fair and honest)

Terri HarpLady

I know what you mean Bonnie, & my early Sheng experiences were not particularly favorable, most likely because I used too much leaf and/or steeped it too long. When I get a new sheng now I smell it, & if the smell is very raw/sharp, I start with 2 G. This one had a lovely fresh aroma, so I went with 3G. I also started with very short steepings (after the rinse). The first round of 3 steeps was 4/6/8. The next round 10/12/14, etc.
I kept adding 2 sec until I got to 30.
Anyway, this was a very nice Sheng, especially considering how fresh it is! Hopefully next time I can be more descriptive, but the main thing that came to mind was ‘restorative’. And it was!

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I just got home from playing a wedding in the Lobby of the Fabulous Fox Theater! I love the Fox, it’s been years since I played there, but 2 of the guys from the stage crew remembered me! That was really nice!

Anyway, what better to come home to than a steaming hot cup of tea, right? I’ve been working my way through the box from Yunnan Sourcing, & this one is next. I think my favorite selection (so far) is the Wild Tree Purple Varietal Black tea of Dehong. Of course, I’ve only drank it once, and I have enough to sample it several different ways, along with the other teas I purchased. And speaking of black teas, I just noticed Yunnan Sourcing has all of their black teas on sale until sept 12. The promocode is black10 (how’s that for enabling?).

Anyway, this tea is nice too! There is a nice dark chocolate depth to it, an earthy sweetness, a sweet roastiness, & a satisfying mouth that reminds me of a really awesome 97% gourmet cacao, kind of thick, & almost a powdery feel too.

I put off ordering from Yunnan Sourcing for a long time, but I’m very pleased with everything they sent to me (still have a few other things to sample), & I think Scott & I will be great friends! ;)

Stephanie

How neat! I’ve been to the Fabulous Fox before. Took a weekend trip to see Louis CK and had some beers at Urban Chestnut. The lobby is gorgeous. Good times! Yum, the tea sounds great too. I will have to check out Yunnan Sourcing…

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Another tea from my new friend Scott @ Yunnan Sourcing, this tea is delicious! It is rich & sweet, with essence of chocolate, maybe a hint of floral but more in the mouth than taste (as if that makes sense), & a lovely fruitiness. There is also that bit of honeyed coriander, telling me that the tea leafhoppers probably paid a visit, and that’s a good thing!

Sil

this is a new order isn’t it woman!

Dag Wedin

Oh, missed this one. Wu liang mountain produces very nice tea. Try the high mountain oolong sometime :) Just as good as any alishan iv´e tried.

Terri HarpLady

Sil: from a week ago, when I went off the wagon! LOL
Dag: I’m just getting started with the blacks, & a few shengs, but will be looking into that!

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I have a new friend. His name is Scott Wilson. I don’t know him, he doesn’t know me, but his name is on the box that came in the mail yesterday.
My son Leif called out, “Hey Mom, who is Scott Wilson?”
“I have no idea.”
“Well, you have a package from him. It’s from Portland, OR.”
“Hmmmm….maybe that’s the awesome garlics I ordered to plant in my garden this fall?”
Yes, I did order some amazing sounding garlics with names like Duganski & Spanish Roja. I ordered garlic bulbs like I order tea (like I do almost everything), with wild abandon. There were a few I really wanted that were already sold out for this year…dammit!
“Oh well,” I told myself, “just start with a few, & add those other ones next year.” I think I started with 5, LOL. I’ll plant them in separate areas of my already huge garden in a few weeks, along with the multiplier onions I bought. I’ll also move my shallots & egyptian walking onions to a new ‘neighborhood’ in the garden. I’m still fighting myself over whether I should order the french gray shallots…I have shallots, of course, but they are not ‘gray’ shallots…

Meanwhile, it turns out the box was from Yunnan Sourcing!!!! My first ever order from there. So Scott is my new friend, even though we may never meet, because he sent me tea! Hi Scott! I’m sending you a hug!
This is one of the teas I bought to share with my Bodacious Babes! The purple tea I drank yesterday is another. This is a really lovely tea tea, sweet with a honey essence initially, & then the flavor leans to a rich maltiness. It’s not an incredible bold cup, but if I wanted that I’d be drinking a cup of Assam! This tea reminds me of Golden Fleece a bit, both in appearance (although not as golden), & in taste (although perhaps not quite as nuanced). I’ll have to drink more, of course, & I can!

Dag Wedin

This is a favorite of mine. :)

Terri HarpLady

Today I went with short steeps: 1 min, 2, etc.
Next time I’ll break out the Gaiwan & take more time with it.
It is tasty! :)

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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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