3065 Tasting Notes

Earlier today my friend Lisa & I sampled the Duck Shhh Dancong from the White2Tea tea club. There isn’t a listing for it, & I don’t really feel like adding one right now, but I’m happy to report that it was tasty, with almost a milk chocolate kind of essence, & no, it didn’t really taste or smell like duck droppings (ok…I don’t know what that would taste like, but I’ve ducks before, so I do know the smell, LOL).

This afternoon I’ve been enjoying multiple steepings of this oolong, with it’s bakey warm taste, smooth greens, & a roasty nutiness, its a pleasantly warming & cozy afternoon tea. I swear I taste a hint of nutmeg in it this afternoon, & that’s one of my favorite spices. Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for the sample.

Sil

would it be one i should look in to you think?

Sil

haha and i’m referring to the duck one not this tea

Terri HarpLady

I don’t know if they are selling it. It came in the TOMC. I have enough for a 2nd try, so I’ll toss it in your box :)

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Just stopping by for a minute to say good morning, while I enjoy a cup of double knit. It’s easy, & doesn’t require any thinking, which is handy this early in the morning when I’m trying to get out the door to play gig #4 of the Harpy HoliDaze!
And here I go…

Stephanie

Good morning! :)

Skulleigh

Hope your gig went well!

Terri HarpLady

It did, thanks! Tomorrow I have a lunch time gig, & another one in the evening, & then saturday night it’s electric harp & flute classic rock duo at the St Louis Art Museum. Then I have Sunday off.

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I enjoyed multiple steepings of this oolong over the afternoon. The leaf is vibrantly green, the flavor delicately vegetal & lightly floral. Each cup became milkier in the mouth, with the 3rd steep being my most favorite. Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for the generous sample.

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Hello Steepster!
I’ve been missing you, my tea friends. Life has been busy, & will continue to be for the next couple of weeks, as the Harpy HoliDaze gigs started yesterday, with me playing from 7:30 – 9am in office buildings, but I have a few minutes to stop by, read a few reviews, look at some instagram pics, & comment about this tea.

This is a lovely oolong, kind of nourishing today, & a pleasure to drink multiple steepings of after I came home from this morning’s gig. Something about this tea reminds me of rice crispy treats. I haven’t had them in years, but that’s what this tea brings to mind, today, anyway: popped rice, marshmallow cream, & a kind of fruity sweetness.

Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for including me in the oolong sampling.

Kittenna

How’s your finger holding up?

Sil

my life misses you.

mrmopar

We miss ya!

Terri HarpLady

the finger is coming along. It’s sort of currently fixed in a rigid hooked shape, but I’ve been assured that if I keep doing my painful PT exercises it will eventually soften up. I have exercises that force it to bend further (using the other hand to bend it, I can’t get it to move on its own), & exercises & a little appliance to force it to straighten, which it also can’t do on it’s own…yet! Meanwhile, I’m playing my gigs, & even though harpists don’t pluck with their pinkies, it does have a little bit of an effect on my 4th finger.

Sil, send me your address. I still need to send you your tea, plus if you want any other teas, let me know. We need to hang out! We haven’t hardly talked since you came to st louis, & that’s way too long!!!

MrM, awesome car, Dude ;)

Sil

Facebook doc has my address…..wil try and remember to message you again when I get to work with it haha

Kittenna

Glad to hear you can play again :)

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I had a wonderful day with my family, (4 adult kids, 3 grandkids, various significant O’s), with lots of delicious food. My last cup of tea today was this one, my favorite rooibos blend, an all natural combo of real roasted & dehydrated pumpkin (locally organically grown), pepita seeds, ginger & spices. It is delicious. It is made by a local company.
At this point I have to publicly apologize to Sil, because I still haven’t mailed her half of the order off. Sorry sister, I will hopefully get to the PO this week!

Sil

Do not worry about it. It’s been a busy time. I have a box for you as well, but I’m waiting for one more thing to come in the mail so I can add that surprise for you.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends, & I’d like to extend my gratitude to the rest of the world for putting up with us, LOL. I’m also grateful for many things, including my quiet neighborhood, in a city that is struggling with violence & craziness these days (St Louis).

I’m starting my morning with a gongfu session with this beautiful beautiful tea, so luscious & rich. It is creamy & malty, with elements of sorghum, hints of Vanilla, citrus, & pepper, & excellent Cha Qi. Thick across the palate, with a pleasant tongue tingle, & a rich bee pollen sensation, followed by a very clean finish. If I had to pick favorite black teas (which gratefully I do not), this would be on that rather long list!

Now to leap into action: I have pies to make!

Tealizzy

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Good luck with your pies!

Stephanie

Happy thanksgiving Terri :)

Roswell Strange

Happy Thanksgiving <3

Fjellrev

Happy Thanksgiving, lovely!

Lala

Glad to hear from you Terri. I have been thinking about you this last week while I watch the news. Happy Thanksgiving.

boychik

Happy Thanksgiving !

Terri HarpLady

Thanks everyone!! :)

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This tea starts out with a heavenly delicate floral scent, especially if you dump into a preheated gaiwan & let the leaf warm up. I went with a series of short steeps, which started out a comforting creamy vanilla pudding with a gentle floral overlay, & gradually became rice crispies (the flavor, not crunchy).

This is a lovely soothing oolong. Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for the generous sample.

Cheri

sounds delicious!

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This is an appealing & potent Sheng, a little tangy, a little incense-like, a tad of bitterness, & excellent energy! It carries a somewhat resinous sensation & taste, reminding me of my hash smoking days.

mrmopar

I thought hash was a breakfast thing. "p

Terri HarpLady

It is now, MrM, LOL

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This is the first tea I’m sampling from the White2Tea TOMC.
The dry mini bricks are very very dark & fudgey looking, with an aromatic wood/camphor & earth aroma. There are 2 10G squares, so I decided to go with 2 different steeping methods. For the first try I used 10G in my regular mug, giving it a quick rinse & then 15 sec steeps, increasing time as needed.
The early steeps were a light shroom broth, & a sweet bready after taste.
This built over time to a rich & very dark cup, very smooth, reminding me the feeling of unsweetened cocoa powder, with a taste of dried black figs, & blackstrap molasses.
It was very rich!

So I started this yesterday, drinking several cups. Today I gave the leaf a rinse & am enjoying it some more. I started on it when I got home at 3:00 & I think I’m on my 3rd cup. It’s still very dark, damp wood, tobacco, light camphor, & this last cup was kind of like cream of wheat with agave, & a little bit of a light shroomy broth.

The 2nd mini brick will be gongfu steepings in my yixing, sometime. I might have to pick up some more of these in the future.

Sil

i’m afraid to get this tea of the month since i have so many puer samples i need to drink up first…but this sounds so nice!

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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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