2948 Tasting Notes

I’m not really recording my teas in the order that I drank them in. Oh well, I’m sure nobody minds :)

It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this one, & I don’t know why! This is a really delicious & relaxing cup of joy, & if I’d had time for a bubble bath, this was going to be my bubble bath tea, but I didn’t really have time, so I drank it while I was washing my face & brushing my hair. I’m not a huge fan or bergamot, but I don’t find the bergamot to be all that far forward in this cup. The chocolaty Laoshan black blends beautifully with the rose petals, bergamot, & orange peel to make a really nice treat. Sometimes I sweeten it, but today I drank it as is, & it was perfect.
Usually I steep a heaping Tbl for 3 minutes & then resteep for 5. Today I cut to the chase, did one steep at 5, & I loved it SO much. I’ll probably do it that way from now on!

Sil

blaaaaaah

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This tea is from the February TOMC (classic), but I also had 2 samples of it that were included in my Verdant orders. My friend wasn’t sure if she’d ever had oolong, so I pulled out my little porcelain blue lotus teapot & served her some. We went through several steepings & she loved it, so I also gave her the other sample, because I still also have some in my TOMC file. Even after she left I’ve drank several more steepings. I reminds me of sourdough bread & savory roasted veggies.

Sil

you keep making me feel bad that most of my reserve teas are still unopened..

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After my friend & I drank the Licorice Twist, & made a pot of this to share. She loved it! I love it! Win Win!!

Sil

i still need to make this brewed in milk

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
2948 tasting notes

A fellow harpist came over for tea today. I let her look over my menu (the printout of my tea collection), & this was the first tea we picked. Turns out she is a fellow licorice root lover! Yay!

So the is a sipdown, & it is from a sample that BoxerMama sent me months ago, & it’s not something I’d buy, but my friend enjoyed it & now it’s gone! Thanks BoxerMom!

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
2948 tasting notes

So far, I’ve decided this is my favorite of the Dragon Pearl teas. I still have a few more to compare, & I enjoy them all, but if I were to make a list of favs, this one is currently at the top!
I steeped 5 pearls in my mug for 3 minutes. I resteeped them for 5.

Rich, Malty, & delicious!

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Yay, I won the Haiku contest!! The winning Haiku was for this tea. I felt like I should do something to celebrate, so I picked the last of the peaches from my peach tree, made an amazing peach cobbler from this recipe http://www.ovenloveblog.com/grain-free-peach-cobbler-paleo-gaps/#comment-10526, & I also made peach coconut milk ice cream.
I just had my dessert, & enjoyed a cup of the Tippy Golden Assam with it, taking photos etc for my blog, Terri’s Airy Fairie World! My blog is new, I’ve only posted twice. Last night I posted a tour of my garden, with photos of lots of yummy things. If you’d like to visit:
http://terrilangerak.wordpress.com/

If all goes well, my next post will include the peach cobbler & ice cream recipes, the Haiku, & a review of Khongea Tippy Golden Assam :)

Thanks, Stacy, for the fun contest & all your wonderful teas!

Stephanie

You have a peach tree! I’m so jealous! Congrats on the haiku contest :) I’ve been buying local peaches and canning them this week. I did some jam and pie filling :D now I want to make ice cream next….sounds good!

JustJames

congratulations! nicely done… can’t wait to read your haiku. do you think you’ll put it to music?

Butiki Teas

Congrats! :)

Alysha

Congrats on the win!

tigress_al

Congrats on the contest! Your blog looks great!

Indigobloom

What was your Haiku? I’m impatient and probably won’t get to see it til next week, with my schedule :P
Congrats!!

Terri HarpLady

Here’s the Haiku:
Life can be bitter
and yet bitter reveals sweet
Life is bitter sweet.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks everyone!

Indigobloom

Aw I like that. Bitter Sweet ;P
Mine was more about shamelessly promoting tea (and maybe Stacy!) haha

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Sipdown!!
I think that leaves me @ 308.
This is one of the last teas left in the first box Sil sent to me, LOL, I plan to finally empty that one this week!
Nice strawberry flavor, decent black tea for a backdrop. I’m not really getting a sense of champagne, but I love Christopher Walken, so thanks Sil for sending me a generous sample!

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It’s been awhile since I drank a cup of this, & although I used to avoid smokey teas, I’ve begun to develop a taste for them. I drank this while cooking breakfast, so no analysis or anything, but I can say without a doubt that this is damn fine tea!

Indigobloom

I fall in and out of love with smokey teas. Right now I’m just starting to like them again

Cavocorax

I’m the same way! I have about 2oz of Russian Caravan to drink up so it’s a good thing I’d getting more into smokey teas again!

TeaBrat

I am the same way too. I like them a lot when the weather is cold and rainy.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’m just like you guys. Sometimes I really like them, other times it’s, “no thank you”.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I have yet to find a smoky tea I like.

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I’m trying to drink things I haven’t drank in awhile, so I still have of this. Last fall I bought an oz of all of the fall verdant tea blends, this being one of them. Usually if I’m going to get a sample of something, I want to sample it more than once, so rather than get the 7G, I just go ahead & get an oz.
1Tbl + 8oz X 3min (resteep 5)
Although I love xingyang puers, this blend is just ok for me. I like the resteep better than the first steep, more of the puer comes out, along with the cinnamon. It’s a pleasantly sweet & refreshing cup for sure, but although I love fresh mint in a salad, & sometimes a few sprigs in a cool glass of water is nice, I’m not a big fan of mints in my teas usually.
Still, it’s not bad & I think I have enough for 1 more cup.

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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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