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2511 Tasting Notes

TTB-A Sample # 17
Smokey, minty, interesting.
The Lapsang is definitely the prominent prominent flavor, but I felt the mint in my sinuses too. Not bad, an interesting change of pace.

Shmiracles

my re-order of this tea arrived this weekend! whooten whooten!!

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We are up to sample # 16 from TTB-A
Leif was really curious about this one. I thought it would be boring.
Turns out, we both enjoyed it. :)

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Leif & I are cleaning house today. The kitchen is done, as is my studio. Now we’re taking a break, & sampling a bunch of teas from the TTB-A, so that I can send it off. We have 6 gaiwans lined up, using 1/2 tsp or so per Gaiwan This is our first sample.
This one is fairly astringent & has a hint of apple, which would probably be more prominent if we added sweetener, but both of our 2 oz cups are already empty.

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This was actually my first cup of the day, steeped for 1 minute. I have additional re-steepings that I will get to later.
It’s not the bold in your face kind of tea that I’ve been leaning towards lately. This is more of an introspective type of brew, with a grapey flavor, a lively tongue tingle, & some serious chaqi.

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Leif & I have been enjoying breakfast together (Drew is at a summer college class). We’ve also been perusing the Adagio Site, planning our next order. So far it looks like we may go with the following:
Bilbo Brew – re-order
Tardis – Re-order
One of the Team Fortress Two’s fandom blends for Leif
Avada Kadavra (I just have to have it because of the name…lol)
More Cowbell (gotta have it!)
I have to remember to send a $5 off coupon to a friend. Anybody else want one? :D

Regarding Kili – it’s a blend of Ceylon Sonata, Vanilla, Oriental Spice, & Ginger. It’s not bad, nicely gingery. Leif likes it with creamer. Decent with breakfast, especially a sweet breakfast like pancakes, but we both prefer Bilbo Brew, in part because of the Assam base, but also just because it is tastier!

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Another Sil’s Samplebox Sipdown.
This is a very nice lightly roasty oolong. There is an undercurrent of fruitiness, a tongue tingle, & although it’s not a true Wuyi, it does have some of the rockiness to it.
Thanks again, Sil!

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Another Sil Sampler Sipdown.
Without a doubt, this is my favorite sample from 52 teas. Honestly, I haven’t really tried that many of Frank’s teas.
This one is quite tasty!

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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
2511 tasting notes

I’m finally getting my tastebuds back.
I may never eat grapefruit again…
I made a nice big pot of this to enjoy in the bubble bath. It was very pleasant. Early on I tasted sweet juicy apple. I don’t know if there’s actually apple in there, lol, but that’s what I tasted, along with a gentle black tea & caramel.
This is a sipdown from the Super sampler Sil sent me. Thanks again!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2511 tasting notes

I haven’t eaten grapefruit for awhile. Did you know that eating grapefruit, or drinking it’s juice, or drinking water with slices of grapefruit will make your tea taste more bitter? I learned this lesson yesterday & this morning. Tony is really into fruit water right now, & fruit water is very tasty, indeed. It’s especially nice after working out & very refreshing. Unfortunately, if it has grapefruit slices in it, it kind of ruins the taste of tea, especially flavored teas. I had a glass this morning (luckily I had my first cup of tea of the day first), & immediately realized that the center of my tongue retained the bitter taste.
I made a cup of this tea, which is NEVER bitter, & sadly, today it is. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the cup while fixing breakfast, & am sipping the re-steep while watching the recap of last nights Induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Thanks to the grapefruit, it’s not nearly as awesome as usual, but I know what it REALLY tastes like. I was hoping eating breakfast would cleans my palate, so to speak, but no…
I hope this passes soon, as I was planning on doing a major sipdown today!

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
2511 tasting notes

First cup of the day.
Damp earth, peat moss, shrooms, hints of rose & plum.
A pleasant prelude to breakfast.
:)

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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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http://www.harpsinger.net

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