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drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
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From the Here’s Hoping TTB
MMMM, it’s been awhile since I drank a houjicha, & it is perfect as a genmaicha blend! Beautiful & roasty!

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I hate when my notes get evaporated. I posted on this one earlier today, & I’m sure it was a divinely inspired post, but I don’t remember what I said, & it’s gone, so…whatever…

I do recall that I enjoyed this cup of tea though :)

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Another darjeeling from the Grab Bag. This one is a 2nd flush, with a richer muskier taste, thicker mouth, less astringency, & it’s rather fruity as well. I now have the hang of Darjeelings, at least as far as the brewing is concerned. I’ve been giving them 190 for about 3 – 4 minutes, & that seems to result in a pretty decent cup of tea.
As this one cools, I’m getting a very bright almost lemony sensation towards the back center of my tongue that lingers after the sip.

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I’m starting the day with samplings from the grab bag Tasty Brew added to our BBB Box, so that I can get this box in the mail! This one has a definite apple peel taste, with a bright grapiness around the sides of the tongue. It’s a little on the astringent side, & I’d probably better eat breakfast before I sample any more, LOL, as my stomach doesn’t take well to astringency when empty.

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Last night I ate a bunch of Blue Diamond almond & rice crackers. That turns out to be a mistake, as I woke up with a headache & my guts have been hurting all day. I gave up grains (among other things) nearly 2 years ago, & every health issue I had has gone away since then, every ache & pain, etc. So every now I then I think, “I haven’t eaten THAT for awhile. How bad can it really be?”
It’s always a mistake. The worst one was the english muffin I had about 15 months ago. I suffered for that one. Never again.
Oh well…we live, we learn, right?

As soon as Stacy said she was working on this blend, I wanted it. The Irish Breakfast came out so good, I knew I’d love this one too. I drank a cup yesterday evening. I drank a cup today after the gig. I didn’t really think about the various tastes, I just needed to chill out & this tea became my chill out tea. The familiar rich sweetness of Taiwanese Assam, the grounding earthiness of Keemun, & a little brightness too. It’s a tasty brew & I’ll probably be more descriptive in some future post, but for now I’d say it is a very nicely balanced & blended tea, because none of the components stand out on their own, they fit together like a puzzle, creating a smooth,malty & sweet cup.

Sil

I just asked stacy to add an ounce of this to my order. that makes me happy!

Terri HarpLady

You being happy makes me happy :)

Sil

Awe shucks. You say The nicest things..

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I made a mug of this to take to the gig, & I still love this tea!

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drank Organic Chai by Tazo
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Last tea before I go home, load up my harp, & go play a one hour gig at a nursing home. I forgot to bring tea to Tony’s last night. Luckily I always have something here, though not much. I still like Tazo Chai. I used to drink it with french vanilla soy creamer & stevia. I also used to drink iced chai latte’s with extra pumps & soymilk at Starbucks. I actually had a pretty bad habit with those a few years back. Now I only have one when I’m at the airport, it’s part of my airport protocol to drink a chai while I’m waiting to board the plane.
Today I"m drinking my Chai with a little stevia to bring out the spices. No soy or almond milk, no creamer. I could put coconut milk kefir in it, but last time I tried that it just didn’t work for me.
Go Cards! 5 – 0

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A perfect brew to have with a decadent breakfast of gingerbread almond flour pancakes with maple syrup, bacon, & eggs. The tea is a mix of irish breakfast, sweet potato, & vanilla green. Since I was already having a sweet brekkie, I left the tea unsweet & bold. Now we’re watching Cardinals baseball, hoping they will sweet the Pirates. I won’t get to watch the whole game, because I have to go home soon to get ready for a gig, but they have a good start so far, 2 – 0!
Go Cards!

Dag Wedin

Wow i´d go for a breakfast like that anytime. Sounds delicious!

Terri HarpLady

Nothing better than good food!! :D

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First cup of the day.
I’ve written multiple reviews on this one, so I’ll just say, “I still love it”.
The hardest decision I have to make: do I fix brekkie in my pjs, or do I put on street clothes so we can go out?

JustJames

i vote for pj day. they’re important for sanity. =0P

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It was PJs & pancakes! In a minute I have to go get ready for a gig, otherwise it would be PJs all day.

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It’s hot in St. Louis. It hasn’t rained in weeks. I just got home from playing at a wedding, & I’m just chilling out, being grateful for air conditioning. I’d like to take a nap, but there are things to do.
So I’m sampling this Sheng. Again, the word “Restorative”, comes to mind. I’m on the 6th or 7th steep, & all I want to do is sit her & breath. Breath & sip. This is another Sheng that is fairly young, but not harsh in any way or form. It’s like the waters of a sweet spring, with a mild sourdough bread to it, a light fruitiness (peach?), a clean mineral taste, a delicate vegetal taste, and a creamy thick sensation.
So soothing, so ‘clean’, like fresh linens.
I changed up my steeping parameters for this one, just kind of following my intuition. I went with 3 Grams of tea in the Gaiwan. The first round of 4 steeps (1st one alone, next 3 combined in a pitcher) was 4/6/8/10. 2nd round 15/20/25/30. 3rd round 35/40/45/50
Now I’m in the later steepings. My tongue is tingling, & I feel like I’m drinking a very creamy mushroom broth. How can something be clean & creamy at the same time, you ask? Only in the world of tea, my friends.
A very nice Sheng!

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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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