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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I still have a ton of teas from my swap with Sil, & I was digging around for a ‘dessert’ & decided to have a cup of this.
I love strawberries. Up until last summer about a 5th of my garden (which is huge) was named ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Strawberry season always startsed with everyone at my house excited, picking, eating, coming up with ways to enjoy the ridiculous bounty of berries. At the peak of picking season, we had to pick them twice a day. Soon nobody liked them anymore, nobody wanted to pick them. “Can’t we just let the birds & slugs have them?” one of the boys said. We’d freeze enough strawberries to enjoy for the rest of the year in smoothies, etc. Sadly, last year’s drought killed most of my plants. There are a few, so I’ll get a berry here & there, plus a few alpine strawberries. I need to start a new berry bed this year, but this time I’ll try to keep it more manageable.

I’ve never had strawberry rhubarb pie. I like this tea, the berry is there, along with the crust, & a pleasant tartness, but there is a bitterness & astringency that I don’t much care for. Looking at the ingredients list, I’m not really sure where the bitterness is coming from. I’m still glad to try it, & I have enough left to try it one more time. Thanks Sil :)

Sil

Hmmmmm maybe its the base not agreeing with you.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

After I drank this, I realized that it tasted exactly like the strawberry sour gummy straws I used to eat in high school. That tartness is kind of addicting. Sorry to hear that the bitterness didn’t work for you, Terri.

Terri HarpLady

yeah, IDK…I like the Khongea golden tippy, so not really sure.
I don’t remember it being this bitter when I drank it the first time. It could even be a result of what I had for dinner, you know, maybe my taste buds that pick up bitter are just switched on high tonight.

Terri HarpLady

So I may have diagnosed the problem, LOL.
Tony’s been making fruit water alot lately (slice up fruit, add to pitcher of water, stick in frig to chill, enjoy). Yesterday’s fruit water included grapefruit, orange, & lime, & it was quite tasty. We had a glass after we got home from the pool hall. A little while later I drank the Ruby Pie. I’m thinking the grapefruit made my ‘bitterness’ taste buds over active maybe.

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I can’t believe I’m still drinking this from my generous trade with Sil!
Tony & I played pool for a couple of hours this afternoon, & I’m pleased to say I kicked his butt several times! Once at 8 ball & 4 times at 9 ball. I’m feeling pleased with myself, & yes, I’m gloating!
This tea, with its bold maltiness, was my reward upon returning home.
Thanks again Sil!

Sil

glad you like it. the only downside to their teas is everything’s like 100g purchase but she’s very generous with samples if you pop by the store.

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and this one is awesome too!
Not as crazy-bold as some of the other assams I drink, but gently sweet & malty & a nice tea to just relax with. More love.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Starting my day with a cup of this. I’ve been drinking a lot of Assam lately, so it feels like a change of pace. :)
This tea has such an amazing aroma, it always blows me away with the scent of chocolate & bread. I always wonder if the sprinkle crushed cacao nips all over the fields where it is grown so that the plants absorb that essence into their roots.
The first initial sips are more green bean like, but as I continue sipping there is a cumulative effect, as my mouth comes thick with bread & chocolate, buttered whole grain toast & a fine dark chocolate, or perhaps a dark chocolate croissant. The flavor lingers. I resteep.

Sil

Lol if I get desperate I may need youto hit me up with some. It’s out of stock magically. On verdants website BUT not until June! Since I’m getting tea from my parents this weekend as well…

Terri HarpLady

mini-trade? :)

Sil

of course…once i get my tea from my parents since there’s some in there i’ve already earmarked for you

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It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, who knows why.
I love this tea! It’s a blend of black teas, plus some Shu, AND chocolate. It’s properly bold & malty, & nicely chocolatey too. The mouth-feel of this is so rich & full.
I made a nice big cup to sip on while driving to play a wedding.

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Getting ready to load up to go play a wedding, & the tin this tea comes in caught my eye.
Exactly what I needed.
To me, this Assam is like comfort food.

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
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I’m having 2nd breakfast.
After the first breakfast, the boys & I worked out in the garden for about 3 hours, clearing a pretty good size area of weeds, setting up a ‘playpen’ for sweet potatoes to grow in, & transplanting sunflower seedlings to grow along the back fence so that I can have a wall of sunflowers again, & tie them to the fence when they get too top heavy.

I’ll upload more pics to my FB soon, but I’m happy to say things are starting to shape up out there! Still a ton of things to do, more things to plant, etc, but at least I can see the progress.

This Golden Monkey is pleasantly Malty & tasty. Teavana is no longer carrying Black Dragon Pearl, & they claim this is the same tea, but it never tastes the same to me. Still, a decent cup.

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Sipdown!
The boys & I are enjoying our final pot of this Clara McGee fandom blend. It’s been a fun blend: lemony, sassy, a little creamy.
We’re also contemplating our next Adagio order, reading about the 3 Clara Oswin Oswald blends, & finishing our breakfast.
Next up: out into the garden! So much work to do!

Shmiracles

Oh no. Did you say there are Clara blends. Blerg. I’m better make my boyfriend hide my credit card hah.

Terri HarpLady

There are 3! Hahahah

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First cup of the day, believe it or not. I’m kind of getting a late start on things today :)
Sweet, earthy, smokey, tasty.

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I have so many awesome teas here to choose from, many which I haven’t sipped in quite some time, & yet I found myself wanting this one again today. I sipped my way through several Gaiwans full over the course of the afternoon, sharing some with a student who appreciates fine tea.

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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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