2951 Tasting Notes

I’m sitting here polishing off a sweet potato before bed. I just got home a little while ago from playing a gig & I’m not drinking any tea right now. But I drank ALOT of tea over the last 24 hours. It started yesterday when my sister arrived with her 2 adult children. I have 2 sisters, one is on steepster & goes by the name MsWhatsit (everybody friend her all of a sudden, it will freak her out, LOL). So it was my other sis who came to visit, & I’ve been introducing her & her kids to all the crazy teas I obsess over, so of course, we had to have tea last night, right?

I passed around my ‘menu’ of 300 or so items, each person picked one. My niece picked Adagio’s Almond Oolong. Then out came the gaiwans! First we drank Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mntn Dancong. Several steepings later we started another Gaiwan with Master Bi’s Jin Guanyin. We drank both of those for awhile, comparing flavors, etc. Next up was some Qianjiazhai Old Growth ’12 Sheng, followed by & interspersed with Xingyang Golden Buds 2010 Shu.

It was really fun to serve tea to everyone. They all think I’m some kind of tea expert now, LOL. We got to sample a lot of tea, & everyone went to bed waterlogged, about 2am.

This morning the fun started again.
My nephew & I fixed breakfast & drank a pot of Laoshan Black together, with resteeps. Then he wanted to try something smokey, so I fixed a pot of A & D’s Caravan. He decided he doesn’t really care for smoke.
Everyone wanted Bilbo Brew with breakfast.
Once breakfast was over they headed for home (Mansfield). I went to the Chiropractor.

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Thank you Garret for including a generous sample of this tea in my last order!

I haven’t really been drinking that much Puerh lately, & I’m trying to add it back into my life, as I really enjoy it. This one is a deep dark chocolate brown, with beautiful strands of gold weaving through it. It has the aroma & flavor profile that I tend to love, kind of a buttered semolina taste with a pinch of salt. It has a nice grounding feeling initially, & then the qi starts circulating. Although it’s earthy, there isn’t any ammonia, fishiness, or barnyard kinds of things here, but more of a warm forest floor feeling.

Terri HarpLady

I guess I should mention that I followed Gongfu protocol here, using 7 G of tea, 4 oz Gaiwan, short steepings, gradually lengthening the time.
Next time I’ll try it with a longer steep, for comparison.

Bonnie

YEH, I haven’t had puerh much lately either…waz with that?

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I finally got a chance to relax & run through several gongfu steepings of this one today. The predominant element was a clean earthiness & a minty fresh sensation.

Edit: AND the flavor of Hominy (grits). That came up in later steepings.

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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
2951 tasting notes

For those who haven’t ordered from thepuritea yet, each of their teas are offered as a 1oz sample, or in quantities of 4oz, 8oz, & 16oz.
The sample comes in a little pillow box with 2 foil 1/2 oz packets. I ordered several varieties this way to split with my awesome tea sister, Sil. It will be easy to just tuck her foil packets into the next package I send to her. No baggies required.

To use, I just cut the end off the little bag, remove the amount of tea I want, then gently fold it over & tape it shut. Alternately, you could put it in a baggie, or if you have a little tin sitting around, put it there.
They give free shipping if you spend $50. Also, if you buy 4oz or more of a tea, they send you a free sample of the same tea, so you can try the sample & if you don’t like it, you can send the unopened bag of tea back for a refund. I think that’s a pretty cool deal :)

This tea is a sweet malty golden yunnan curls type. I brewed it twice.

The first time, I used a Tb of tea, steeping for 2 min, & then 3.
The first steep was deeply malty with a little, smooth & fruity. The 2nd steep had a wood element to it, & pumpkin seed essence. Both were richly flavored with a little butteriness to the mouth.

Then I tried a heaping tsp, steeped for 5 minutes. Wow! Malty, fruity, yummy, not a hint of bitterness, & in the background the distinct taste & tongue-feel of licorice root! Totally unexpected! It doesn’t have the sweet aftertaste of licorice, just the forward taste, if that makes sense to anyone, LOL.

NOTE Ignore the licorice comments, & read further comments below. :p

Cavocorax

Mmmmm. Sweet yunnan curls! Sounds delightful.
Also, I’m big on licorice.
I saw the pics from the order – the packaging was very pretty!

Shelley_Lorraine

I like this curly tea too! I’ve only had it once though and I didn’t detect licorice. I’ll have to brew some again later today and see what new flavors arise as the first cup never tells everything. :)

Sil

Ooh I like the split half ounce thing :)

Terri HarpLady

OK….now you will all laugh at me…
Turns out, somebody (who drank So Long & Thanks for all the Licorice) didn’t rinse the brew basket well enough…lol, so the licorice flavor, which seemed so amazing, really came from that.
I realized it this afternoon when I was getting ready to brew something. I picked up that basket to rinse it, & it still smells of licorice, even after rinsing a couple of times. Now it’s soaking in hot water. I may have to add baking soda.

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Drew & I had breakfast together this morning, & he picked Bilbo Brew. I love this blend, but when we run out I already have plans for improvement, LOL. I’d like to swap out the green vanilla for a black vanilla. I don’t really like combining green & black teas in the same pot, as their brewing parameters are different.

Tealizzy

Ooh, did you see the trailer just came out for the second Hobbit movie? :)

Terri HarpLady

No!!
I just FINALLY watched the first one! I had to re-read the book first :)

Shmiracles

i saw the trailer and it was almost too much!!!! so excited!

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We also enjoyed some steepings of this one, which has a tangy-er fruity-er taste to it. I have work to do, so I’ll leave my description at that, for now.

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Sipdown!
This is a lovely tea that I have already reviewed several times. I steeped the last of it to share with a student. Gently floral with a taste of almond.

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It’s been a busy day!
First, I actually left my house at 8:30 in the morning to meet with the new principal of the Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) middle school in St. Louis’ Magnet school system. For about 12 years I worked there part time teaching Harp. I had 10 students per class, with 3 classes (6th, 7th, & 8th grade). During the time I was there I had some really awesome kids, some of whom still keep in touch with me from time to time, & some who continued their studies with me at the VPA high school, & are currently studying Harp in college (Ball State, Webster University, Lincoln U). Sadly, the program began to fall apart, as we got a new principal who had no interest in the arts & set out to remove the “smart through the arts” emphasis. I quit, as it was a miserable environment. So now there is a new principal, who attended the VPA program years ago, & his big goal is to get the school back on track. He would like to start my Harp program up again, among other things. We had a nice visit.

Then I played at the nursing home, then at another event. I knew I’d be out & about for awhile, so I brewed up a strong batch of Tardis & then iced it down. I carried it around with me all afternoon in my venti sized double walled starbucks cup with a straw. It stayed nice & cold, & it is delicious as an ice tea, SO good. Leif agrees, he had some too.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Sounds like exciting stuff in the works! Music is essential!

High Adventure

School without the arts should be a crime! I try to work in art and music as much as I can with my first graders, but there is no formal curriculum. Sad!

Terri HarpLady

St. Louis’ VPA program was really awesome at it’s highest point, with 2 elementary schools, a middle school, & a high school that all included a wide array of arts. At the elementary everyone learned to play an instrument, & got a chance to try out various other arts. At the middle school they could choose 2 arts: music (vocal, string, band, harp, piano), dance, theater, audio visual, 2 different art approaches (one more focused on sculptural mediums like clay, the other more focused on drawing, painting). We had the top jazz band, flags & stuff like that in the district. The high school included all that, plus a fashion design program & who knows what else. All the music teachers were top notch musicians, performing locally on the jazz scene, or as soloists, or as part of some ensemble or other. I won’t go into the many reasons the programs have gone downhill, but it is a shadow of itself & a shame.

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Another tea I enjoyed earlier today. I love licorice. I love Chai. This tea is especially nice with a little sweetener (stevia, in my case).
It’s yummy.

Nxtdoor

I swear my next butiki order will be massive.

Terri HarpLady

it happens…lol

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Backtracking from earlier in the day. There is only one thing more for me to say regarding this tea (having already written about it several times).
“I LOVE IT”
:D

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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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