3071 Tasting Notes

This was the third tea of the evening.
This is a savory oolong, & the main flavor I’m picking out is of lightly roasted veggies, green beans especially. Also sourdough bread.
There is also a floral element & a metalic sensation that I’m not really into.

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I spent the afternoon sipping on 3 different cups. The first one was the silver buds sheng from Mandala. I’m still having a cup once in awhile, it just keeps steeping!

The 2nd tea is this Tieguanyin, from Feb TOMC. It’s a mild cup, lightly green & floral, with a creaminess too it. Flavorwise, I’m tasting oatstraw, & as I continued it took a bit of a fruitiness & even a bready kind of taste.

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One of the things I like about Shengs is their ability to clear my head. Even though this one is “Sheng Lite”, it still has that ability. I just drank it the other day, but this is a new month & it is the first one on my Sheng list, going alphabetically (by brand).

I’m really enjoying it!

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drank Classic Black by Art of Tea
3071 tasting notes

I got this in a trade with TastyBrew.
I brewed a 16oz pot of it to share with my student, & we were both surprise to note a noticeable fruity flavor to it that the scent did not imply. The flavor also had a really nice fruitiness, probably blackberry.

I know for a fact that Drew polished off the Tardis Blend yesterday, (Sipdown…already accounted for in my list), so I’m wondering if he didn’t rinse the pot well enough? Or maybe the steeping basket? I’ll probably mention it to him, for future reference, but to be quite honest, it really was tasty!

I have enough of this to have it one more time, & I’ll know for sure then. Thanks TastyB!

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This was sent to me months ago from Bonnie when I first joined Steepster back in September. Thanks Bonnie!

This tea is one of those that requires sweetener to bring out the flavors. It’s been so long since I drank Rum that I can’t really recall the taste, even though I was at one time a fan of Meyers Dark Rum. The last time I drank this one was in observance of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19th). I was gonna cut & paste my post from that day, but I couldn’t find it.

Nxtdoor

This is a favourite of mine. Maybe just nostalgia, it was one of the first teas I had when I started my loose leaf tea journey. But I always replace it when we’re low because if I can’t decide what to drink, I can always rely on this one!

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Another tea I haven’t drank for at least a couple of months. This was one of the first Puers I drank, all of the early ones being a mix of Shu puer & some other ingredient. I’m finding that now that I’m used to drinking Shu, I don’t really care so much for the blends…with the exception of Bolder Breakfast (the tea spot). This is still a decent tea, although when it runs out I won’t replace it. Very orangy, better with stevia, IMO, although I’m getting where I don’t like that so much either. Maybe next time I’ll add a little Maple instead.

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Organic Champagne Oolong Darjeeling – Republic of Tea
I bought this tea a number of years ago when I was a huge Republic of Tea Fan. I haven’t drank it in…uh…a couple years? LOL, it’s sealed in one of their tins & worked it’s way to the back of the cupboard, & I rediscovered it awhile back, but was avoiding it because I knew it was old. Since I’m into some aged teas now, it’s time to give it a try :)

I’m not adding it to the database because it is no longer available, but according to the label it is from the Ambootia Estate at the foot of the Himalayas. There wasn’t much aroma of the dry leaf, & actually this is a pleasant, mildly cereal type cup, with no bitterness or stale taste to it at all.

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I haven’t drank this in quite some time, & I’ve never eaten wedding cake, so I really have nothing to compare it to. Unsweetened it is a little cakey, with a hint of caramel & vanilla, & a little roasted chestnut. If you sweeten it, it’s a twinkie (I haven’t had one of those in about 30 years, but you never forget what they taste like).
This is not something I’d ever crave. It’s funny how small samples like this last forever!

Tea Sipper

It’s a nice day for a… white wedding. :D

Cavocorax

Hahaha. I was thinking that too!

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
3071 tasting notes

In my effort to drink all the teas, I’m going to drink a flavored black tea once a day. Normally I’d drink 2 or 3 straight blacks, as I just am not that into flavors (although I seem to have plenty of them…).

I originally ordered this sample, along with several others, to try out a variety of Adagio teas, & also to have some fun experimenting with combos. I’m actually too busy to do alot of experiments, so I might as well just start drinking those teas up, right?

This isn’t bad. It’s actually kind of interesting. The flavor reminds me of whipped cream.

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First tea of the day!
Last night before I went to bed, I re-organized my Tea Menu, deleting anything I no longer have & entering the new offerings. The current total is 308.
I think I need to set a goal to have my tea collection include only as many teas as I can drink in a month (sampling each one once, that is, not sipdowns).
I’ve also noticed there are several teas that I never drink, & I should probably give them away to somebody, because I doubt that I will ever drink them.

These Black Dragon Pearls are ok, but I’ve realized they are not my favorite. Do I have a favorite? Not yet, I’m working on that! :)

Nxtdoor

I know what you mean. If I count only the teas I know I will drink, and remove those “what are these still doing here?” teas, all of a sudden my choices are way more limited. Also, I have teas I have to be in the mood for. If I only count my “I can drink this anytime teas” I don’t have that many!!

Terri HarpLady

I love so many teas, & of course I want to try everything at least once. Add all the trades, & next thing you know, you have 300 teas! :D
My current count on straight black teas (not counting samples from friends, just the ones on the shelf) is 32. That’s one a day, plus an extra. I have 5 whites, so I can get away with 1 per week…more or less. I’m trying to be methodical about this, but I’m a chronic Right Brainer (with occasional bouts of intense Left Brain action, such as the making of this tea list).
I need to start a ‘give away’ box with teas that I either don’t like or am indifferent to.

Cavocorax

A give away box us a good idea. I need to let go of the teas I don’t care for – write them off ad a mistake/lesson and move on…

Terri HarpLady

Maybe that’s how TTBs get started? :)

Sil

Cavo….we do that with th group here… If you want to g rid of something, stick it on the spreadsheet and if anyone want to try it or take it they indicate….otherwise, unless its a tea that I HATE, I try to hit the swap thread every couple of months

Cavocorax

Haha, Terri. Maybe?
And that’s really smart Sil! I think we have so.e of that on the bc spreadsheet, but I haven’t utilized it.

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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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