3005 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
3005 tasting notes

I’m having 2nd breakfast.
After the first breakfast, the boys & I worked out in the garden for about 3 hours, clearing a pretty good size area of weeds, setting up a ‘playpen’ for sweet potatoes to grow in, & transplanting sunflower seedlings to grow along the back fence so that I can have a wall of sunflowers again, & tie them to the fence when they get too top heavy.

I’ll upload more pics to my FB soon, but I’m happy to say things are starting to shape up out there! Still a ton of things to do, more things to plant, etc, but at least I can see the progress.

This Golden Monkey is pleasantly Malty & tasty. Teavana is no longer carrying Black Dragon Pearl, & they claim this is the same tea, but it never tastes the same to me. Still, a decent cup.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Sipdown!
The boys & I are enjoying our final pot of this Clara McGee fandom blend. It’s been a fun blend: lemony, sassy, a little creamy.
We’re also contemplating our next Adagio order, reading about the 3 Clara Oswin Oswald blends, & finishing our breakfast.
Next up: out into the garden! So much work to do!

Shmiracles

Oh no. Did you say there are Clara blends. Blerg. I’m better make my boyfriend hide my credit card hah.

Terri HarpLady

There are 3! Hahahah

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81

First cup of the day, believe it or not. I’m kind of getting a late start on things today :)
Sweet, earthy, smokey, tasty.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100

I have so many awesome teas here to choose from, many which I haven’t sipped in quite some time, & yet I found myself wanting this one again today. I sipped my way through several Gaiwans full over the course of the afternoon, sharing some with a student who appreciates fine tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Sipdown!
After visiting the college & running errands, I returned home to teach. I shared the last pot of Ms Li’s Dragonwell (from last year) with a student. Drink up the old, make room for the new! The new version of this is waiting patiently in the TOMC box. Maybe next week I’ll have a green tea drinking day…

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Hey Steepsterites!
It’s been a long day. I had to go over to the University for my Harp Student’s end of the semester jury. If you’d like to hear the piece she played, “Clair de Lune sur l’etang du Parc”, by Marcel Tournier, here’s a youtube of someone doing it (not my student)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWvwWHCF11Y
I made a 16 oz go cup of this blend, which is actually pretty nice. There’s just enough Keemun in there to give it a sweet, earthy & slightly smokey leaning.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

The boys & I shared a pot of this with breakfast. Irish Breakfast, spiced apple chai, hazelnut, marigolds & cinnamon. Bold enough for breakfast, but also nicely sweet (especially with stevia).

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

First cup of the day!
This is a blend of Silver Needle, Darjeeling, & Kenyan teas put together by the London Tea Room (based here in St. Louis) in commemoration of the engagement of Prince William & Kate.

I’m not as into blends as I once was, prefering to enjoy each variety on it’s own merits, but this is a pleasant combo.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Leif asked me to log 2 teas for him from TTB-A:
Candy Cane – 52 teas – steeped for 3 minutes – nice peppermint flavor!
Ice Cream Cake – David’s – very sweet on it’s own, as might be expected. The bits of freeze dried ice cream & rainbow sprinkles dissolved to sweeten the whole cup. No sweetener needed. He added creamer, which brought out the flavors even more.

Indigobloom

you’ll recruit another one yet Terri! ;P

Terri HarpLady

LOL, all 4 of my kids are tea drinkers, & 2 of my grandkids as well.

Indigobloom

oh wow that is awesome. I hope they all come live here on Steepster with us!!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100

A few days ago the TOMC bundle box arrived from Verdant. I took a peek at the sampling pages, but haven’t actually opened any of the teas just yet. I’ve still got tons of samples from Sil, I have the TTB-A, I have a garden I’m still planting, I have gigs, students, & I’ve come to the conclusion that there is only so much tea one can drink in a day.
And quality is better than quantity.
Which is why I’m drinking this one.
If I was going to study with a tea Master, I think it would be Master Bi. I’ve decided he is the Guru of Tea, at least for Wuyi Oolongs.
This tea, which I have sampled already before (& purchased more of…twice), is probably the most nuanced tea I’ve ever had.
This tea is about an amazing aroma, a total mouth filling sensation, a aroma & sensation that rise into the sinuses & fill them with a perfume that is thick, heady, fruity, floral, sensual, & lingering.
Initially it kind of freaked me out.
I love it.
When I do gongfu sessions, I tend to get bored with most teas after awhile. This is one that I can continue to enjoy for hours. I very rarely give teas a rating, but this is THE top wuyi oolong, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t believe a wuyi can get any better than this. I think this is as close to an authentic Big Red Robe as anyone can get.
It’s awesome!

Indigobloom

wow I don’t think I’ve ever seen you give 100 to any tea, ever! or anywhere close lol

Terri HarpLady

I usually don’t even give a number rating. But there are a few really awesome teas… :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Certainly an inspired review! :-)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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!

Location

St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer