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2483 Tasting Notes

I had a cup of this with breakfast this morning. I’ve reviewed it several times, so there really isn’t much to say. Kind of an ‘even’ tasting blend, a little smokey, a little bright, mostly kind of in the middle flavorwise, if that makes sense.

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This is the 2nd time I’ve drank this tea.
Dry, it has an earthy, mushroomy aroma.
The first time I used a formula of 5T + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) & then steeps of 10, 20, 30 secs, etc.
This time I realized there were actual instructions on the package, suggesting 1T + 8oz X 15sec (then 30, 45, etc)
It was nice, smooth, but a little weak for my tastes.

I’ve probably been drinking too many xingyang Shu’s, following their guidelines of more tea & longer steeps. Maybe I’ll try this one like that the next time.

Bonnie

I thought the same thing.

Garret

This has been the tea I’ve been having before every workout or run each morning for going on two months. I sometimes veer from the recommended brewing on the package and do a longer first steep… I’ll do the two boiling rinses of 5 or 10 seconds and then steep it for 5 minutes or so to get a bold and strong cup. Then I steep it again for 10 or 15 minutes and drink that during my workout. I’m a bit obsessed with it obviously because I have several hundred teas in our pu’er vault.

I look forward to seeing what you think when you brew it long and strong.

When it comes to making recommended steeping instructions on our packages, it’s tricky, because we have many customers who want mellow tea. So we use the recommendation as simply a place to start.

Joy to you both!!

Terri HarpLady

:D Thanks Garret! It’s all a divine experiment, right? :)
Enjoy the day!

Bonnie

Terri, I think both of us should just look in the mirror before brewing tea, huh! You, Garret and I would get along just fine.

Terri HarpLady

Savor the moment, right?

Garret

you both should get a really nice mirror, park yourselves in front of it and see all the beauty reflected in it. that’s what I think! tea optional for this exercise, but encouraged :)

Terri HarpLady

Oh, tea would definitely be a part of THAT experience! :)
I think the three of us should someday get together, brew up something awesome, & sit & smile at ourselves in the mirror, kind of like an episode of The Californians (SNL), only without the drama, LOL :D

Garret

Oh, but if we were all together, we would need no reflective surface as we would be a mirror for one another with smiles, joy and laughter ensuing. Unless you count the surface of the poured tea as being reflective, that is :)

Terri HarpLady

You’re awesome!

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I wanted some sheng, & this one was up next, so there it is.
4G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) x 4 – 6 sec
The flavor of this sheng is still very green, like newly mown hay, but also slightly sweet like clover, and there is a brazzy edge, especially at the beginning, but it cleared my fuzzy head nicely, & I feel a nice lively energy throughout. That’s why I wanted sheng! :)

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Working my way through the TOMC box, this one is from January.
Initially, I didn’t like this tea. Everyone else loved it, & I was like, “This is my next to least favorite from Verdant, only superseded by Earl of Anxi”. I guess the problem was that I tried to steep it like Laoshan black, & that was a big mistake! This is a black tea, but it needs to be handled with kid gloves, it’s very sensitive. I’m feeling sensitive today, so maybe we make a good pair this afternoon?
5G + 4 oz Gaiwan (quick rinse) X 4 – 6 sec steepings
I drank the rinse water. It tastes like french bread with butter, kind of like the formosan I just drank. Very mildly malty/yeasty.
1 – This is nice. I taste malt, butter, honey, & an essence of chocolate creeping in.
2 & 3 – More of the above, plus a little more roasty, & a nice tongue thickening sensation.
I have tons of things I should be doing…it’s still too wet to garden, so I’m off the hook there. I have several gigs coming up that require specific pieces, most notably a church gig (the only way they can get me to church is to pay me to come play). For that one, I’m working on Bernstein’s Chichester Psalm 2, which is choir, piano, & harp. It’s not a particularly difficult piece, but still takes time to figure out how I fit in. That’s one of the reasons I love youtube!! I can listen to it while I look over the music to find my place!
4 – nice tongue tingle, a little bit of a wuyi rock kind of thing coming into it.
5 – then 6 – this has been a nice session. I’ve been sipping, listening to that piece, looking through the music. I guess I’d better go sit at my Harp & try it out! I’m making this sound like a drudgery, LOL, but I love playing my harp, & doing so has the ability to elevate my mood better than anything else. My other mood elevators are: Tea, Food (preparing, thinking about, eating, & sharing), & gardening (which is really part of the food category anyway!).

I think I need some Sheng…sigh…

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This is another sample from Sil. Thanks!

Opening the baggie, it smells kind of fruity.
I measured out a heaping tsp & steeped for 3 minutes (after drinking I read the instructions, lol…suppose to be 2 tsp (1 sec rinse) X 2min steep…oops!).
The resulting tea was delicious anyway. It reminds me of french bread, with butter spread over it. It’s very smooth, a little malty, sweet even. There is a bit of an ‘ocean’ taste to it, nothing overly objectionable, but noticeable.
The resteep was very mild.

MsWhatsit

You sound like me. “Directions? There were directions? Oops!” More often than not, I just boil the water, dump in the tea and hope for the best…

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drank Exotic Pear by Butiki Teas
2483 tasting notes

I served this tea to one of my students this morning, drinking a small cup for myself as well. Measuring it out, the yellow flowers are unruly, doing everything they can to fill the teaspoon, so I have to take them out of the bag first, then measure out the tea, then break off a clump of flowers & add it to the steeping basket. This tea has suck a clean & fresh aroma, & although it isn’t a favorite, my student loved it! She is a love of light teas such as this, so I gave her the rest of the bag. She was delighted! I claim a sipdown! Now I only have 282 teas in my cupboard! :)

Sil

haha it’s a race!

Dinosara

Sil, you just have to compete with everyone. :D

Terri HarpLady

It’s on! Haha!

Sil

it’s the only way that I can put my mind to things to get them done…well at least in the case of tea drinking….though at least with terri it’ll be less of a OMG MUST DRINK! since there’s no deadline lol we can just race!

Sil

PLUS it totally makes for more excitement in tasting notes :)

TheTeaFairy

The fact that you serve tea to your students is awesome :-)

Terri HarpLady

I think it is needed!

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drank Assam by The Tea Spot
2483 tasting notes

I am a grumpus today.
I had insomnia until 3am, mostly due to allergies. I forgot to drink my Nettles for a few days, & my allergies came back yesterday with wild abandon. Gotta get back to brewing my ‘medicine’, cuz I hate feeling irritated from head to toe, & that is exactly what allergies do to me. It’s a whole body experience, not just sinuses.

So this was my first cup this morning. I steeped, & resteeped, & crawled into a hot tub of bubbles with both cups of tea. I realized once I started sipping that I wasn’t really in the mood for something this strong, but I drank it anyway. This is a bold brew, this is what Irish Breakfast is suppose to be (although I find most of them to be lacking). There is a very bright fruitiness to it, & it’s malty. I probably over t’d it a little, because it seemed especially brash this morning, but that also might be due to my over-sensitive allergy riddled cells screaming, “too much stimulation!!” about basically everything.

MsWhatsit

I picked up some nettle the other day. Thanks for mentioning it, maybe now I’ll remember to brew a batch.

Sil

almost made this today…almost :)

Terri HarpLady

I brewed up the last of mine & it will be ready to start sipping in a little while. I gotta pick up more!

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Sil, you are now my best friend!
This tea is SO AWESOME!
I opened the package, & the smell is AWESOME!!!
It smells like butterscotch chips. It smells like cake, & a creamy frosting. It smells wonderful!
I steeped it, & I love it. My son Drew walked into the room & said, “What is that awesome smell?” I allowed him to sample 1 tsp of my cup of tea, & he said, “We MUST get more of this.”
He’s right!

Sil

Hahahahahaha so glad I was able to send that off to you. The resteep is pretty good too, which is rarely the case with della terra (in my opinion, but I seem to be the odd man out when it comes to della terra)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! I went ahead & tried for a resteep, & it was tasty too!
Most of the time with flavored teas, I don’t bother.
Thanks again! You are awesome!

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drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
2483 tasting notes

So this afternoon I reached into my Verdant TOMC box. I have the box arranged with dividers, so I can work my way through each month. After I sample them, I move them to the back of the box. I’m back to January again, & that means Yu Lu Yan Cha, Anxi Fo Shou, & Chai Spice. Last time I tried the Chai Spice with the Yu Lu. This time I’m having it with the Anxi. It’s a very tasty & complex blend, & the Fo Shou is so awesome on its own, so deeply satisfying. The resulting cup was rich & spicy & substantial, almost like a chocolate chai!

Fjellrev

Yummy, I still need to try mine! Stupid hoarding.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I know what you mean!

teabird

I loooove it with the Anxi – almost like chocolate chai is right!

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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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Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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