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2483 Tasting Notes

I’ve been having horrible allergies all day. After chanting the merits of Nettles as an aid for allergies & getting several people to drink them, I’ve been slacking on my own Nettles consumption, & my allergies hit me with a vengeance today. Luckily nettles work fairly quickly, if you actually drink them, & I started drinking them again this afternoon. The tree & grass pollens are ridiculously high, and I played an outside wedding today, so I feel irritated from head to toe, eyes watering, can’t quit yawning. But I feel a lot better than I did earlier today. I’ll need to be consistent with my Nettles for awhile.

This evening I enjoyed a cup of this Egyptian Licorice tea, which I’ve been drinking for years. It’s naturally sweet & pleasantly spicy. I’ve written more extensive reviews of it, I think. It’s tasty!

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Sipdown!
This was nicely smokey today!

Sil

my tea cupboard is jealous of your sipdowns… not sure if i’ll even get one in today.

Terri HarpLady

You should see my cupboard! It’s starting to look a little raggedy, I’ve been polishing off a lot of odds & ends, if you know what I mean. :)

Shelley_Lorraine

Gee, you got some serious detailed tasting notes going on here recently :p

Terri HarpLady

yeah…LOL…I actually almost combined all three posts into one of my ‘Random Steepings’, I feel like such a slacker. I’ve been so busy with my garden, company, rehearsals, etc. I’m still drinking a ton of tea, but by the time I get a chance to log on, I can’t really think of what to say, so I’m just keeping it simple.

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Sipdown!
A nicely balanced cup.

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sipdown!
A nicely energizing brew, not bad tasting either.

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I finally got a chance to dig into the TOMC bundle, & this was the first one I wanted to try, as I love Dian Hongs.
I didn’t take any notes, just brewed multiple steepings back to back. On each steeping I poured half into a tiny cup & the rest went into a pitcher. Those tiny cups cool quickly so that I could have a small sample of each. Then I went & sat down & relaxed, drinking from the pitcher. Then I started the process again, refilling the pitcher 3 times over the course of a few hours.
I can’t say that the flavor & aroma were all that different from Golden Fleece: rich & buttery, with a breadlike aroma, very croissant-like. Later there was a hint of chocolate, but it wasn’t really all that present to me. A tasty tea, a visual novelty, a pleasant relaxing break after a few hours of gardening.

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drank Masquerade by Indie Tea
2483 tasting notes

I took one look at this one & decided I probably wouldn’t like, LOL.
I wasn’t even going to try it, but I figure, what the heck?
So, I actually like it :)

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So the other day I used the rest of the sample in the TTB-A to make a cold brew of this, & then promptly forgot all about it. I think that was on Friday. I’m drinking it now, with a little stevia, & admittedly, it’s delicious! Very refreshing, kind of like koolaid for adults. It doesn’t really taste like wine to me, but that’s a good thing! :D

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Sipdown!
This is yet another sample sent to me from Sil :D
A tasty blend of black tea, a little cocoa, & spices, most notably Cardamom.

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After Julianna left, I ran through several Gaiwan steepings of this one. I’ve reviewed it more extensively before. I wanted something unflavored & natural, & this hit the spot.

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My grand daughter Julianna (age 8) came over for a little while after school & we did the same kind of sampling that Leif & I did earlier:
4 oz Gaiwan + 1/2 tsp or so tea, steep the usual time for each tea.
We drank our of tiny cups, & I let her pick any teas from the TTB-A that she though she might like. Here’s what we drank:
Oriental – Mariage Freres
Classic Phoenix Oolong – Element Tea
Bossa Nova Oolong – Teagschwinder
Coquelicott Gourmand – Damman Freres
Hazelnut Mate – Fava Tea
Candy Cane – 52 teas
I believe that’s everything we sampled! She was kind of a grumpus when she arrived, but by the time she left she was happy as a lark! :D

Shmiracles

wow she knows how to pickem! she obviously has naturally good taste.

Terri HarpLady

and she loved every single sip!

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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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