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2497 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2497 tasting notes

And so it comes to this.
The Moonlight White cake was roasted winter squash, even some roasted green beans near the end…
The Silver Buds Yabao was a creamy cooked grain…
And Golden Fleece is the golden mushroom gravy poured over the top…buttery, sweet, savory & earthy, so satin smooth, so satisfying.

It also feels like a flaky buttery pastry, not physically, of course, but it brings that to mind for me. The mouthfeel of this tea is so thickly satisfying!

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Everytime I drink this, the flavor automatically just seems SO familiar. It’s a cooked breakfast cereal: Cream of wheat, or maybe steel cut oats, cooked overnight in the crockpot. There is a pool of butter, a drizzle of honey, a puddle of soymilk, & a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s a winter morning’s bowl of soothing porridge, bland but warming.

Someone else described it as a Snickerdoodle cookie, & I can agree with that as well. It’s very pleasant, & there’s a hint of pine. Where the Moonlight white cake was roasted winter squash, with roasted green beans being added in later steepings, this is like the bed of grains you might have underneath it.

Lily Duckler

Yum! Love your description here, Terri. I was just thinking about what tea to make this afternoon, and you’ve decided it for me.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Lily! It’s fun going back through these TOMC selections. I think that particular month (Dec) was especially well balanced :)

Cavocorax

Ok that sounds pretty amazing. I might have to sample this!

Kittenna

To me, this kind of reminds of Christmas/gin because of the juniper notes. I’ll have to try it again though – don’t think I’ve had it in probably 8-10 months (except as an ingredient in a couple blends, where it’s tough to tell where flavours are originating).

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I joined the verdant tomc back in Nov. I sample each month’s selections, & then I hoard them. It’s a habit I’ve been trying to break, in more than one area of my life. So as of a few weeks ago, I’m trying to make an effort to work my way through my entire stash, including the TOMC. Today I’m focusing on November, & this is one of the teas from that offering.

I’ve reviewed it before, & while I was sipping it today, I made a few notes in my tea journal (I have journals for everything).
dry smell of canned milk
wet smell of winter squash
steeped: mildly sweet, soothing, tastes like carmelized winter squash.
After drinking through several steepings, I checked my notes on steepster from previous steepings, & I’m pleased to say that they were pretty much the same!

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Another sipdown, bringing me closer to my next Butiki order
:)

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Time for some green tea. Verdant has the best green tea I know of.
I used to drink a lot of green tea, but I don’t drink it as often now. I have a theory about that. For a number of years I was completely free of all substances (just for the record, before that time I spent several years of wild & crazy partying). So, no sugar, no caffeine, etc.
I only drank herbals teas.
Then I discovered green tea, which I initially didn’t like the flavor of, & in fact, the effect of the caffeine freaked me too.
But good addict that I am, I kept drinking it, & grew to love the lively sensations.
Then it was orchid oolong…green tea became less interesting…
Then a roasty peach oolong…
Then iced ginger peach black tea…
Then hot & bold black tea, the love of my life. Malty, sexy, Yeah!!
Oh, & now puers…earthy, lively, 3rd eye opening, energizing!
My theory?? Oh yeah…Uh…well… it had something to do with caffeine content, along the lines of the tendency of addicts to develop a tolerance to their drug of choice. Of course, now we know that caffeine content isn’t as predictable as originally thought, so that probably shoots down my theory, which was that as soon as my addict brain got a hold of something more potent, it started saying, “I want more of THAT! The other stuff is boring.”

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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First Sipdown of the day!
I served this to my first student of the day. Most of my morning & early afternoon students are adults of various ages. I knew that she would enjoy this one, & I also had a cup. It’s yummy creamy goodness!

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So I finally opened the TOMC box & started looking through it. This tea was in there, which I already have in my cupboard, which at first irritated me, but ultimately, it’s more tea for me to drink, & it is a tea I enjoy, so really, it’s a good thing!

I enjoyed multiple steepings of this, western style, while cooking my breakfast. I’ve already reviewed it a few times, & it is good.

BTW, everytime I see Master Han’s name on a package, I think of Han Solo. If he had been the one to study with Yoda, he would have become Jedi Master Han! :)

Terri HarpLady

plus Master Han is also a Tea Hero, at least in my mind ;)

Lynne-tea

Yay! Whats the other teas in this months box?!

Terri HarpLady

Lynne, here’s the list:
For the TOMC:
Master Hans that I just reviewed
Golden Buds Shu puer xingyang 2010
Qianjiazhai Old Growth 2012 Sheng.
Dunno if you’re in the Reserve TOMC,but here’s that list:
Taiwanese high mountain oolong
Ten year aged Tieguanyin (light oxidization)
Master Bi’s Jin Guan Yin Wuyi Oolong
Master Han’s Silver Buds 2010 Sheng
And there you have it!

Lynne-tea

Awesome thank you so much!! YAY!… I wish I was in the reserve club.. I love silver buds. I am thankful that I at least am in the TOMC though :)

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I thought I had reviewed this already, but I guess not!
My daughter Ari & grandson Kyzer came over & we fixed 2nd Breakfast, so of course, this was the appropriate tea for the occasion! Irish breakfast, sweet potato, vanilla, & cinnamon! Add stevia & yum!
Ari is the kitchen manager for a restaurant that serves amazing waffle-based dishes, both sweet & savory, & I’m helping her to come up with some waffles that are gluten & dairy free. We sampled 3 different recipes:
1 The almond flour pancakes from elenaspantry.com – these are my go-to paleo pancakes for when I need a treat for breakfast, any time of day.
2 A variation on the above recipe, substituting half of the almond flour with Hazelnut flour. I once made pancakes that way, & they were a real taste treat!
3 The pumpkin waffle recipe from paleOMG.com – This one was the winner, hands down! NOM NOM NOM! Her recipes rock, & although these waffles were a little more tender & fragile, they were out of this world!
Bring on the bacon, the maple syrup (just a little), & the tea, of course! Bilbo would have been proud!

Claire

Terri, do you follow http://thedomesticman.com/? Russ (the man behind the curtain) posts some wonderful gluten free recipes.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…haven’t been to his page yet! Here I go! Thanks for the lead, Claire!

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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I had to go deposit some checks in the bank, & I always enjoy a sweet tea to drink when I’m driving, so I brewed some of this Chai. It’s actually a fairly decent Chai, at least in my opinion. Tasty with stevia.

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I’m backtracking through my day.
My student ‘D’ is a middle aged college prof who enjoys tea, so I’ve gotten in the habit of making tea to share with him during his lesson. Today it was this green, which was just 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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St. Louis, MO

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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