3005 Tasting Notes

Little terri & I are staging a rebellion this morning, just thought you’d like to know. We spent the last 2 weeks (under Ms Theresa’s orders) drinking an endless number of sipdowns. Now admittedly, some of them were quite delicious, especially those coming from our awesome trade with NofarS. That project ended last friday, just in time for the Here’s Hoping TTB box to arrive, followed by the BBB box on Saturday.

According to Ms. Theresa, we have to sample ALL THE TEAS in the HHBox. We already sampled ALL THE TEAS in the BBB Box first (she thought we should do the HHBox first…control freak!). So Ms. Theresa is saying things like:
“You might never get a chance to sample these again! I thought you said we had to try ALL THE TEAS?”
“I might like one of these. I won’t know if we don’t sample it!”
BLAH BLAH BLAH…”
Ms. Theresa yells a lot! If you don’t know her, she is the critical office lady in my head, the residing adult in there too, & even though she is sometimes mean, she has mad skills as an office lady, designing my website, my wordpress, all the forms I use, paying bills, balancing the budget. She’s just not much fun.

So me & little terri are rebelling. We don’t want to drink ALL THE TEAS, we just want to drink OUR teas, because they are awesome! That’s why we are drinking this cup of tea. Shhhhhhh…don’t tell Ms. Theresa!

K S

Someone is going to get grounded.

tigress_al

Lol little Terri rebels a lot doesn’t she ;)

Terri HarpLady

All the time! She is a rebel without a clue! ;)

ifjuly

I totally know this feeling/urge. I’ll dutifully (and to be fair it is a lot of fun most of the time) sample a zillion things I know I NEED to get to ASAP for whatever reason (freshness, I need to know if I like something particular that’s on sale or about to go out of stock, etc.) and then I’ll be rebellious and naughty one morning and just be like “screw it, I’mma have a big ol’ mug of [tea that is in no danger of going stale anytime soon and really ought to be set aside for a while].” I hope you loved being a rebel, hee.

Tea Sipper

Oh my gosh… trying all 98 teas in the HH teabox? That is way too much of a project. :D

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This was my final tea of the day, from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
The first steeping was really creamy, that was the one thing that stood out to me. I didn’t take any notes, as I was teaching during this time, but the flavor was wood & sweetness, like maybe raisins. There was more to it than that, but that’s all I can think of for now. I love the box it comes in, which I noticed from the picture. This was a small sample, 5G, & although I tend to go a little heavier with my Shu puerhs, it was very nice, & a sipdown for the HHTTB!

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Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB:
Arianna & I shared a small pot of this.
When I think of truffles, I tend to thing ‘chocolate’, like a chocolate bonbon filled with caramel or something.
This is the other kind of truffles. The kind you use pigs to find.
It’s buttery & savory, & Ari, the chef, said it did have a certain truffle like flavor to it. We both enjoyed it.

Tea Sipper

What?!?! This means NOT the chocolate truffles? I haven’t tried the others, so I never would have guessed. haha

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Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB. This one doesn’t have a page, & quite honestly I’m feeling a little drained this afternoon, so I’m just putting it here.
English Breakfast teabag from Den’s Tea.
I am a fan of breakfast blends at times, so I couldn’t resist giving this one a try, plus it was one of the only unflavored black teas in the box. It’s not bad, kind of like a tea you might get if you asked for tea at a restaurant. Rather generic, but acceptable.

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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
3005 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 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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