3015 Tasting Notes

This was actually ok.
Until I accidentally knocked my cup over, spilling tea all over the place
dammit

TeaKlutz

ARRGH! Spilled tea is the WORST! (And far more worth crying over than spilled milk!)

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From the HHTTB
(Shrudging shoulders) meh
I really had hope for this one

Sil

Awe…this one sounded tasty!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I had a sip of this one, I agree on the meh.

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Here’s a Sipdown from the HHTTB. I figured there wasn’t much left in the package, so I might as well give it a try. It’s ok. I’m not really getting much from the Shu, it’s mostly just flowery. I do like some florals, roses & jasmine included. I love lavender, but NOT in tea or food, just bubble bath or the essential oil aroma. Luckily, the lavender isn’t particularly prominent in this blend. Anyway, it’s a pretty blend, but not something I’d ever purchase.

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Here’s a sipdown from NofarS.
Since most of the HHTTB teas I brought with me this weekend are flavored, I thought it would be nice to bring something along to use as a pallet cleaner in between them, kind of like the way they serve sorbet in between courses at fancy restaurants. I keep a Gaiwan at Tony’s, so after a rinse I combined a couple of steeps (10 sec, 15, 20, & 25) into one mug to sip on while we watch Lonesome Dove. I’m not used to sheng in the tuocha form, & although I’ve had sheng that were more amazing, this one is pretty nice! And convenient, since I don’t have a scale here. Thanks Nofar!

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The Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box arrived yesterday! WOW, it’s HUGE!
I immediately sat down with my laptop & 2 additional boxes. I put all the teas on my futon, (photo coming soon), & then made a list of all the teas, dividing them between the 3 boxes:
“No Thanks” went back into the original box. This is anything with artificial flavors, or just something I have no interest in, for one reason or another.
“Sample” I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. These are teas that might be interesting to try once, but once sampled will most likely end up in the “No Thanks” box.
“This one is mine” Originally titled, “I’m keeping this sh*t!” I guess you know that those are the ones I’m keeping to drink after the box is back on it’s way.

I’m at Tony’s for most of the weekend, with the exception of leaving for part of tomorrow to go play a wedding. I brought several of the tea samples with me, & I included the fig formosa in the sampling category because I love figs, especially fresh figs, & I figured, “Why not”. Unsweetened it is meh ;p
Sweetened, it tastes like grapejuice. There is oolong in there, but I’m not sure where. There are lots of flowers. Definitely going in the “no thanks” box.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Woot, the teabox arrived! it is quite a monster, but yeah, quite a bit I wasn’t into either, but there was crazy amount of selection for sure.

Tea Sipper

THAT is an awesome system! It helps all the choices from becoming overwhelming.

Terri HarpLady

Given the number of teas in the box (98), it seemed like the easiest way to handle them! It really is an amazing array of teas, with something for everybody!

ashmanra

This has to be the very same one I bought at Tin Roof Teas, even has the same name. Definitely tastes like grape juice, and doesn’t scratch my oolong itch at all. But last week I had people over and three of them drank 96 ounces of this. I really hoped for lots of fig flavor, but I got grape Kool-Aid or Dimetapp vibe more than anything else.

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First cup of the day, bold & beautiful!
As I’ve said before, I enjoy a good breakfast blend. I’m especially excited about Stacy’s new English Breakfast blend, The Black Lotus, which I’m sure I’ll be destined to love.
Confession: I’ve been on an ordering binge this week…it’s not over yet…

Sil

Oh god terri….

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be sure to send you samples of everything :)
Mwuahaha

Sil

Haha well there are a few I icked up this weekend that will be coming your way too heh love trying out new companies and I splurged a little :)

Terri HarpLady

Just proves we’re on the same page!

Sil

And both destined to never have small cupboards….

Tea Sipper

I know… all of the new Butiki blends sound amazing and I’ve heard there are some even tastier blends that are being created!

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I also made a cup of this. I really enjoy this, it’s naturally sweet & if you give it an extra minute the banana & nuts flavors become more prominent.

Claire

I just ordered this on Friday – so excited to try it!

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Mmmmmmmmm, this is tasty! I made a go cup of this today to drink on my way to UMSL to meet the new Music Dept Head, & hang out with my Harp student there.

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Yu Lu & I have had a rough relationship. I’m sure it’s all my fault. I treated her like Laoshan Black, using way too much tea & oversteeping. I didn’t like her very much at first. I don’t drink her very often, because she is fussy & I am busy, & I am prone to getting sidetracked. I also can’t drink from her leaves on an empty stomach. Today is probably not the best day for Yu Lu, but as I open the package the dry aroma is just so wonderfully heady with chocolate, and sweetness, and we have gradually developed a better relationship, so here we go. I gave her a quick rinse that I drank (Yum), and then:
5G + 4oz adorable blue lotus porcelain teapot (that I LOVE) X 3 sec
That one went into my blue cup, & I steeped 2 more @ 3 secs & combined them in a pitcher. Sometimes I am amazed by just how much flavor you can get from leaves with short steeps! This tea is immediately mouth thickening & rich & sweet & creamy & chocolatey.

I started a third steep, my phone rang, it was one of my booking agents regarding a wedding…
Sidetracked
Yeah, that steep went on for a couple of minutes or so, long enough to get a slight bitter & citrus edge to it, dammit. And that pretty much ruined my session, as the leaves had given up all their glory, & the next attempted steep was meh.
This is a lovely tea. Not my favorite tea from Verdant, but we have come to a point of understanding. She is definitely a tea for a day when I can actually do nothing for a little while. Or maybe next time I drink from her leaves I’ll work at my desk, & ignore the phone.

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I crawled out of bed this morning, make a cup of this using 6 pearls at 5 minute steep, drew a bubble bath, & … morning nirvana, folks. The tea was perfect for the moment, sweet & malty. That’s really all I can say!

High Adventure

Bubble baths and tea are the best combination!

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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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