2971 Tasting Notes

Another sample from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
I’m probably using the wrong heading for this, as the label says “White Matcha Sample 3”. But I don’t care. There is no entry to match the label, & since this is from Red Leaf, this will be good enough.

I don’t know if this is stale, or what. When I opened it, it smelled like a jar of lipton instant ice tea. I treated it like I treat regular Matcha, whipping it into a foamy cup in my Matcha bowl, & it was terrible, LOL. At least, I didn’t care for it at all. Now I know. ;p

Indigobloom

I had a white matcha, it was nassssssty. Ended up giving it away to poor Kittenna :P

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Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
It’s been awhile since I had a Gyokuro. I do enjoy them. It’s a very pale infusion, a very sweet spring green color. The tea is like a thin Matcha, very green & delicious.

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Another selection from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
My daughter Ari showed up this morning, so of course we had some tea. This is one of the selections, which for me was kind just ok. Ari really enjoyed it & had another cup over ice, which she liked even more.

Bonnie

It’s good to cook with, I put an infusion in pancake batter.

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drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
2971 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping TTB
MMMM, it’s been awhile since I drank a houjicha, & it is perfect as a genmaicha blend! Beautiful & roasty!

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I hate when my notes get evaporated. I posted on this one earlier today, & I’m sure it was a divinely inspired post, but I don’t remember what I said, & it’s gone, so…whatever…

I do recall that I enjoyed this cup of tea though :)

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Another darjeeling from the Grab Bag. This one is a 2nd flush, with a richer muskier taste, thicker mouth, less astringency, & it’s rather fruity as well. I now have the hang of Darjeelings, at least as far as the brewing is concerned. I’ve been giving them 190 for about 3 – 4 minutes, & that seems to result in a pretty decent cup of tea.
As this one cools, I’m getting a very bright almost lemony sensation towards the back center of my tongue that lingers after the sip.

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I’m starting the day with samplings from the grab bag Tasty Brew added to our BBB Box, so that I can get this box in the mail! This one has a definite apple peel taste, with a bright grapiness around the sides of the tongue. It’s a little on the astringent side, & I’d probably better eat breakfast before I sample any more, LOL, as my stomach doesn’t take well to astringency when empty.

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Last night I ate a bunch of Blue Diamond almond & rice crackers. That turns out to be a mistake, as I woke up with a headache & my guts have been hurting all day. I gave up grains (among other things) nearly 2 years ago, & every health issue I had has gone away since then, every ache & pain, etc. So every now I then I think, “I haven’t eaten THAT for awhile. How bad can it really be?”
It’s always a mistake. The worst one was the english muffin I had about 15 months ago. I suffered for that one. Never again.
Oh well…we live, we learn, right?

As soon as Stacy said she was working on this blend, I wanted it. The Irish Breakfast came out so good, I knew I’d love this one too. I drank a cup yesterday evening. I drank a cup today after the gig. I didn’t really think about the various tastes, I just needed to chill out & this tea became my chill out tea. The familiar rich sweetness of Taiwanese Assam, the grounding earthiness of Keemun, & a little brightness too. It’s a tasty brew & I’ll probably be more descriptive in some future post, but for now I’d say it is a very nicely balanced & blended tea, because none of the components stand out on their own, they fit together like a puzzle, creating a smooth,malty & sweet cup.

Sil

I just asked stacy to add an ounce of this to my order. that makes me happy!

Terri HarpLady

You being happy makes me happy :)

Sil

Awe shucks. You say The nicest things..

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I made a mug of this to take to the gig, & I still love this tea!

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drank Organic Chai by Tazo
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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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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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