2954 Tasting Notes

Brett, from Tribute Tea, sent me some free samples of teas that aren’t actually on his site yet. This is one of them. The dry leaf is fresh & green, & the tea is sweet & a little buttery, very enjoyable. I don’t have much else to say, but it’s because I’ve been watching baseball & knitting like a fiend while drinking this cup. The Cardinals swept Denver, & the sock is hopefully gonna be finished today…finally!

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
2954 tasting notes

Another tea I drank earlier today, this is a Taiwanese hong yun type, I think. Thick, rich, & fruity, today I’m really enjoying it’s sweet decadence. It brings to mind a fruity plum jam.

Sometimes I don’t enjoy taiwanese blacks as much, & I think it’s because I have a tendency to use too much leaf, & they don’t respond well to that. Today I was a little more conservative with the tea quantity, & the result was delicious.

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I must have over-tea-ed this one, which I drank with breakfast today, because it was a little on the bitter end of things. Still good with breakfast though.
I need to learn to follow directions better :)

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I’m enjoying a delicious cup of this tea, along with a deliciously relaxing Sunday morning.
Toasty, malty, nice tongue tingle, a little spice, a rich resinous feel, a sweet aftertaste.
Kind of like having a bowl of oatmeal, drizzled with bee pollen, cinnamon, & honey, & a piece of toast.
Now for breakfast…

Fjellrev

Marvelous description. ;)

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I had a little time to kill between weddings, so I came home to relax for half an hour, & made myself a cup of this, which I got in my last YS order. I do enjoy chrysanthemum, & of course, I actually have some here, so I guess I didn’t really need to buy a 100 G brick, but it is beautiful to look at, & I am always & forever curious, so I bought it.

I probably should be doing this gongfu, but I don’t want to take in TOO many liquids before the 2nd wedding, so I went with a western steeping of it for 3 min.
And…I don’t really know what to say…lol. It isn’t knocking my socks off, but it also isn’t gross in any way either. Very smooth, very drinkable, I’m getting a bit of a head rush, along with a nice tongue tingle. My sinuses are opening, & that’s a good thing. As I’ve said before, I think Sheng pure helps allergies, & now I guess some Shou Puerhs also are helpful, or maybe its the chrysanthemum flowers? Anyway, flavor wise, I’m having trouble pinning it down…
roasted hominy…a rich soil…a slight bitterness like hops…
my cup is empty, time to go play the 2nd wedding. I’ll try to return for a resteep or 2 later.

Tealizzy

I thought the Shou I had earlier was helping my nose, so you might be right!

gmathis

What a lovely weekend to get married! (Of course, I’m a little biased. Ours is tomorrow—29th.)

Terri HarpLady

Happy Anniversary, GG!

Terri HarpLady

I’m home from the wedding now, drinking a resteep.
Again, I’m just not really sure what to say about it. I’ve been outside so my congestion level has risen, & almost instantly upon taking a few sips, I feel like it has an antihistamine effect.
The flavor is similar to before, a little less ‘soil’, & the chrysanthemum is more present. The texture is shiny, lol, & a little drying. Instant tea buzz, BTW.

Now to pack some teas for Tony’s house, cuz in about an hour I’ll step into a 36 hour pajama party with good food, baseball, tv, reading, cuddling, & probably a bubble bath. I need a day off (although I did play hookie to hang out with Sil), & I’m taking it!

Ubacat

Terri , do you find you can breathe better with the shengs? I have asthma and it seems like some shengs (not all) help with the breathing.

Terri HarpLady

Uba, I do!
I’d like to drink a sheng every day, because I really feel that at least some of them help with my allergies. I really should start documenting it better.

Ubacat

I should do that too. I found Mandala’s Wild Mountain Green Raw 2011 seems to help. I’ve been taking supplements to help breathe better too. They help but I have to remember to take them daily.

Terri HarpLady

right! That’s my problem, remembering to do things.
Probably the one thing that helps my allergies the most is Nettles tea. If I brew a Qt & drink it each day, or at least most days, it really makes a difference for me.
I use 1/4 cup herb to a quart of water, let it steep til it cools down, put the jar in the frig, & strain it as I use it, spreading out small cups of it throughout the day. It’s actually pretty good cold.

Terri HarpLady

Admittedly, I haven’t been drinking it lately, due in part to my schedule getting so crazy.

Ubacat

I’ll have to try that. Thanks!

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I have 2 weddings to play this afternoon.
The first one is a Catholic wedding Mass at 2:00
http://www.slu.edu/college-church
This is an amazing church!
(That’s coming from a non-religious, semi-buddhist irreverent musician)
The 2nd one is outside at a golf club, weather permitting (I’ll need my fingerless gloves).
http://www.forestparkgc.com/weddings.html

I can’t drink too much tea, because:
1. Sil & I drank so much tea yesterday, I’m still peeing
2. Once you start playing at a wedding, you better hope you don’t have to pee, unless you are wearing a catheter & bag (NOT, LOL).

So this is my final cup of the morning. Really, I’m being a copy cat cuz several other people are drinking & posting about it, so why not me?
It’s rich, it’s hot, I like black tea, & I like vanilla.
Since my Senses are somewhat senseless today, that’s all I got.

Sil

hahahahaha

Ubacat

Wow! First one is a really fancy church. I’d love to take pictures of that.

Yes, agree about GO. Just had it yesterday and today. Now Hubby is demanding my last sample cause he smelled it this morning and wants it. lol

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So far today I’ve been just laying around at my house, but I finally made some breakfast & have also been enjoying 3 & 5 min steeps of this tea. For some reason, it’s not as wonderful as I remember it, & seems kind of weak, even though I know I used the same quantity I always use.
It’s probably because my tastebuds & sinuses are allergy-affected.
OR maybe there was a higher ratio of white tea in that TB.
Who knows? Who cares?
It still tastes good, & although I drink hot tea year around, I especially enjoy it when the cool weather arrives, & it is pleasantly cool & wonderful here is St. Louis!

My visit with Sil was awesome, but short. We laughed a lot, & we drank a bunch of tea!
If you’d like to see a video of her playing my small harp, here it is:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204087208195877&set=vb.1095023403&type=2&theater
:D

Sarsonator

That’s so cute! It’s wonderful that you guys got to hang out and drink tea together. I’m a little jelly!

Also. That’s a SMALL harp??? LOL

Sil

yes…it’s the small harp LOL

Terri HarpLady

Actually, I have several that are even smaller, but they are all rented out to students. That’s the one most of my students play.

Terri HarpLady

I’m still thinking that when my kids all (finally) move out, I should turn this place into a bed & breakfast.

Sarsonator

Terri, that would be awesome. Can I make a reservation now? :)

Terri HarpLady

(Turning to open my calendar)
Sure!

Ubacat

Play the harp in the morning with some good tea and I’ll book my next vacation there!

Terri HarpLady

If you guys don’t want to wait until my kids move out, you can always sleep on the futon, although it’s not really all that comfy, & there’s no real privacy, LOL.

Sarsonator

LOL. That’s a very sweet offer, but I think I can wait :p

Terri HarpLady

:)
That’s probably for the best. I’m not going anywhere!

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I have become Comfortably Numb…

I’d like to thank Gingko from Life in Teacup for sending me a sample of this. I was curious about it, due to their blog, but they don’t offer it on the website, so I feel very fortunate to be able to give it a try.

We’re enjoying back to back steeps of it, maybe on #5 & 6, & although it’s not particularly potent, it has a pleasant sweet cream kind of taste, & vanilla mouth. A gentle maltiness is also there, & the chaqi sensations are outrageous. My chakras are all pulsating on high.

Sil & I have to leave for the airport pretty soon, but this has been a really fun, albeit short, day. :)

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We’ve had a couple of steeps of this one.
Mi Lan Xiang always reminds me of grapefruit, with a little floral laced in.
That’s really all I can think of to say, LOL. Hopefully Sil has more insight into this one.

Sil

nope, not me :)

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Sil is Here!!!
We’re having tea! Of course we are!
This is a sample of 2 different versions of the same tea, which I got from Life in Teacup.
One is dry stored & the other is wet stored. We’re drinking them side by side. I have the dry stored in my mixing & the wet stored in an earthen gaiwan. Each tea has it’s own pitcher that holds 2 steeps, so we’re doing 2 steeps of each tea in each round, combining those 2 steeps in their respective pitchers, & sipping them side by side. Is that too complicated?
I’m not gonna be overly eloquent.
The dry stored version is my preference of the 2, at least initially. It has a bit of a metallic sensation on the end of the tongue at first, which I feel later translated into more of a camphor quality. The wet stored initially had the taste & aroma of a root cellar, & cedar. And dirt.

We’re on the 3rd round. (which is technically the 5 & 6 round of each).
Now the dry is becoming sweeter, the wet has a very strong tongue tingle.

Anything I say from henceforth might sound like utter nonsense, because I’ve got a hell of a tea buzz going on now!

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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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