3071 Tasting Notes

nom nom nom nom
I’ve probable cause to claim this cup as me favorite mate!

JustJames

added to december’s shopping list, lol.

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Let me tell you true. Once a mighty storm blew up around me, the Kracken rose & swallowed up all me mates & ship, and only I survived, afloat on drift wood until I felt sand between me toes. Marooned, I was, with nothin’ but coconuts & fish, an endless beach of palm trees & coves. Hopeless, it was.
Ah, but luck would have it that I chanced on a treasure so vast, so rich: casks of the finest rum that had washed ashore.
Coconuts & rum, love, is there more to life than that?
“Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirates Life For Me”

caile

lol! I’m going to make this one later!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I be tempted to pick me up a case o’ this tea later.

Nxtdoor

Coincidentally, my boss has an eye infection and his doctor gave him an eye patch to wear. I’m beginning to wonder if his doctor is effin with him. Lol

Nightshifter

Best tealog ever! :)

Lariel of Lórien

Drink this while watching Pirates of the Caribbean?

Terri HarpLady

LOL! My sons & I are planning our 2nd annual Halloween pirate event. Last year we all dressed up as pirates & spent the whole night singing pirate songs while we handed out candy. This year we want to make the porch look like a pirate ship…somehow…Maybe turn some sheets into sails, hang a jolly roger flag…still working on all that. :)

Terri HarpLady

Regarding this tea, I thought it tasted terrible, LOL.

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

hahahahaha!!!!!!

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Me Friends, twas Morning that I set sail alone,
on a Journey to parts unknown.
Twas early, twas dark, & without me compass I’d be lost, but for this cup of grog.
She’s a real eye opener, this one, both bold, malty, & bright. Onward through the fog…

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
3071 tasting notes

Ahoy, Pirates & Lubbers alike! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, & I’m sailing on me ship, the Black Pearl. A true beauty she is, with full malty sails, a sweet breeze blowing, & a bold deck! So raise your cup high in her honor, me friends, & shout out a bold & hearty ARRRRRRR!!!

Join me in the day of revelry, debaucherie, & wild abandon!
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/howto.html

Skulleigh

Arrr! That be my ship too! :D

caile

raising my malty cup of tea – arrrr ahoy!

Stephanie

What an appropriate tea ;)

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

hahaha! what whit!

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One final cup this evening, something sans caffeine (cuz lets face it, I’ve had way too much caffeine today!).

This is a very nice creamy lemony tea from a local tea company. For more info about Trail Lodge Teas, here’s the link:
http://www.traillodgetea.com/

Tealizzy

I was looking at their website, and everything looks yummy. Not that I need another company to be tempted by! ;)

Terri HarpLady

The owner is really nice. I see her at the farmer’s market, & usually end up buying something.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got this, the peach melba, black raspberry white, & a few others. Let me know if you’d like to try samples of them, I’d be glad to send them your way. :)

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A Tale of 3 Yixings – Chapter…uh…6?

Today I bathed my Shu Yixing in this tea, which I haven’t drank for some time. It’s a really lovely Shu, with sweet caramel, molasses, & raisin notes. I enjoyed several cups of it for myself, & the rest went into a bowl. This tea really reminds me of Boston Brown Bread, which I used to absolutely love. I used to bake it all the time for my kids when they were young, before I had to give up all things with gluten.
Se La Vie, right?

MsWhatsit

I’m looking forward to cooler weather so I can try some similar blends for the taste adventure…Aw, who am I kidding? I just want to review a Shu tea so I can make puns about it.

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A Tale of 3 Yixings – Chapter 5

The 3rd Yixing is a red Zi Ni Shi Piao. I’ll post a photo of all my babies some time soon. Last night I seasoned this one with the finest & oldest Shu I’ve ever had (& gratefully still have some of), this Xingyang Golden Leaf. I am amazed everytime I drink this tea. I feel as if I’m in the akashic library or something. This tea evokes an ‘ancient’ feeling & imagery, & I love it! So what better tea to share with my Shu Yixing, what better tea to bath her in? Of course, I drank my share of the tea, how could I not?

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A Tale of 3 Yixings – Chapter 4

The 3rd Yixing is a red Zi Ni Shi Piao. I’ll post a photo of all my babies some time soon. Last night I seasoned this one with the finest & oldest Shu I’ve ever had (& gratefully still have some of), this Xingyang Golden Leaf. I am amazed everytime I drink this tea. I feel as if I’m in the akashic library or somethings. This tea evokes an ‘ancient’ feeling & imagery, & I love it! So what better tea to share with my Shu Yixing, what better tea to bath her in? Of course, I drank my share of the tea, how could I not?

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A tale of 3 Yixings – Chapter 3

I gave my green yixing another bath today, using this Sheng, which I have plenty of. The first couple of times I drank this one, it was WAY TOO INTENSE! Very loud, very bright, very brash. I’m grateful to say that it has calmed down considerably! The flavor is kind of nutty & aromatic, like eucalyptus or maybe camphor.

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A Tale of 3 Yixings – Chapter 2

In a moment of wild abandon, I bought 2 more yixings last friday from Garret, & they came yesterday. Of course, I couldn’t wait to make them my own, so yesterday afternoon/evening I started the seasoning process, boiling them (separately), & then giving them each a bath in tea. I wanted each one to have their very first christening with the finest tea I have, although part of me said, “just used something you have a lot of”. Another part of me wanted that first pot to be extra special.

The pot I picked for Shengs is of green clay. The first tea I brewed in it, taking time to savor a few sips from each pour, was the oldest Sheng I have: 1996 wild Picked Mengku. It’s a lovely Sheng, so very mellow, sweet, & creamy textured. Of course, the yixing added a rocky taste. I filled a bowl with tea, also reserving some of the best tasting cups to drink. When the tea got cold, I removed the pot & let it dry out.

I still have some of this Sheng left, & I’m going to save it for awhile, & then really enjoy it once my yixing is really ready, but I don’t regret using some of this fine tea for my green yixing’s initiation.

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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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