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2517 Tasting Notes

Leif asked me to log 2 teas for him from TTB-A:
Candy Cane – 52 teas – steeped for 3 minutes – nice peppermint flavor!
Ice Cream Cake – David’s – very sweet on it’s own, as might be expected. The bits of freeze dried ice cream & rainbow sprinkles dissolved to sweeten the whole cup. No sweetener needed. He added creamer, which brought out the flavors even more.

Indigobloom

you’ll recruit another one yet Terri! ;P

Terri HarpLady

LOL, all 4 of my kids are tea drinkers, & 2 of my grandkids as well.

Indigobloom

oh wow that is awesome. I hope they all come live here on Steepster with us!!

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A few days ago the TOMC bundle box arrived from Verdant. I took a peek at the sampling pages, but haven’t actually opened any of the teas just yet. I’ve still got tons of samples from Sil, I have the TTB-A, I have a garden I’m still planting, I have gigs, students, & I’ve come to the conclusion that there is only so much tea one can drink in a day.
And quality is better than quantity.
Which is why I’m drinking this one.
If I was going to study with a tea Master, I think it would be Master Bi. I’ve decided he is the Guru of Tea, at least for Wuyi Oolongs.
This tea, which I have sampled already before (& purchased more of…twice), is probably the most nuanced tea I’ve ever had.
This tea is about an amazing aroma, a total mouth filling sensation, a aroma & sensation that rise into the sinuses & fill them with a perfume that is thick, heady, fruity, floral, sensual, & lingering.
Initially it kind of freaked me out.
I love it.
When I do gongfu sessions, I tend to get bored with most teas after awhile. This is one that I can continue to enjoy for hours. I very rarely give teas a rating, but this is THE top wuyi oolong, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t believe a wuyi can get any better than this. I think this is as close to an authentic Big Red Robe as anyone can get.
It’s awesome!

Indigobloom

wow I don’t think I’ve ever seen you give 100 to any tea, ever! or anywhere close lol

Terri HarpLady

I usually don’t even give a number rating. But there are a few really awesome teas… :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Certainly an inspired review! :-)

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This is such a lovely tea.
I shared 2 pots (steep & resteep) with one of my students this morning.
A nice thick mouthfeel, a slightly bold depth, a rich middle. It doesn’t have a super bright high note, but that’s ok with me, as I’m more into the middle & lower ranges in my taste anyway.

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ahhh, good morning!
Bills pd last night? “Check”
Yoga done this morning? “Check”
Bold & earthy cup of tea to start my day? “Check!”

It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, & I love it! This tea doesn’t have the frills of a Yunnan, not quite as in your face as an Assam, but I feel that it is more like the A than the Y.
It really almost reminds me of blackberries, in a way. There is a fruitiness to it, a richness. Otherwise, I feel that it’s fairly balanced all the way across the board, from low to high. A very nice deep cup that is fulfilling, yet doesn’t scream it’s name.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh this one sounds good! Blackberryish and earthy? Right up my alley.

Shmiracles

i’m sure jealous of your yoga.

Terri HarpLady

Fuzzy: I’d be glad to send a sample
Shmiracles: Today it as balancing poses!

Rie

Glad you had a good morning, Terri!

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I spent the afternoon drinking multiple steepings of this lovely tea. It’s been quite some time since I pulled this one out, & it was such a treat. It still makes me think of banana foster (even though I’ve never had it). It’s sweet & fruity with a vanilla texture. It also makes me think of caramelized roasted peaches with ice cream. Of course, I’ve never had that either. Very tasty.

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I’m back from my gig, & of course, I love what I do, so it’s been a wonderful afternoon!
My first tea upon arriving home is this Bilochun, which I haven’t drank for some time. My usual method for steeping this tea has been in the Gaiwan, but today I’m in a ‘no fuss’ mode, so I made it in a cup, allowing 2 minutes. It’s every bit as delicious, & nicely satisfying. It still reminds me of Congee (a rice porridge I used to enjoy for breakfast all the time…see my previous post of this tea for the recipe). The flavors of tender sweet spring greens, brown rice porridge, & butter melted on top are so comforting. There is also a Hazelnut taste that grows in the aftertaste, lingering even after the cup is gone. I re-steep & enjoy the 2nd cup as well.
A wonderful tea to come home to.

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After sampling 7 small cups of tea from the TTB back to back this morning, I needed something a little more earthy & grounding to drink before I headed out to play my gig. I have a whole collection of both Shu & Sheng Puerhs that I haven’t been drinking much lately. I don’t know why.
I will chalk it up to busyness/laziness. I just haven’t been in the mood or had the time to pry off & weigh a chunk of tea, go through all the motions of multiple steepings, etc. My focus has been more on trying to sample everything in my 200+ stash of teas & samples at least once a month, & on sipping down as many of the smaller quantities as possible so that I can start narrowing it down to mostly the teas that I love the most (there will still probably be 200 of them, LOL).

So, I wanted Shu, but I didn’t want to ceremony today. Just a nice cup to ground me & cleanse my pallet, more or less. That’s when Tuochas are so nice, & this one in particular is a fairly nice one. Earthy, rich, & sweet, with hints of chocolate & the earth.
Just what I needed.

Sil

i’m with you there…i have some lovely puerhs waiting for me to try and i just havent had a relaxing moment to sit with them yet…

Dag Wedin

Yeah i know that feeling.
So nice to have a sitdown with good tea, preferably with company or a good movie :)
But when time feels like it´s running short a single infusion in a large cup will do!

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Backtracking, this was my 2nd cup of the morning, enjoyed with breakfast.
A nice bold & lightly malty cup.
Sorry for the lame reviews.
:)

Rellybob

Lol “lame reviews”- its all I’ve been doing lately too.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2517 tasting notes

A nice little start to my day.
I’ve reviewed it before.
It’s tasty.

Terri HarpLady

Not exactly a Haiku, :)

Sil

it’s a TEA-KU!

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No 12 from TTB-A
I have to confess, I’m really enjoying sampling teas in this way!
These little cups hold just enough tea for a quick sample, & if it’s something I don’t care for, I don’t feel so bad dumping it out.
The one is not getting dumped! It’s tasty!
:)
And that’s enough sampling for now, I have a gig in a little while, the monthly tea party at the nursing home. Time to get ready.

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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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