2973 Tasting Notes

Here’s my first cup of the day.
I went a little crazy on the amount of leaf, So it’s really very bold & kind of brash today. I’m feeling the brightness & astringency of it in my sinuses, & my throat is getting dry. The flavors are of malt, oaky tannins, & sourdough rye bread. I know I’m making it sound bad, but it’s actually quite good, LOL! I much prefer the premium Taiwanese Assam, however.

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Sipdown of the day #5
I went with a heaping Tbl & steeped 4 minutes this time. That extra minute made all the difference, as the toastiness of the rice enhances the already roasty laoshan black flavor, & I can really taste the chocolate too. The resulting cup was sweet & wonderful!
Definitely a re-order…sigh…in june…

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Sipdown #4
I went ahead & steeped this 4 minutes, & IMO it made all the difference! The banana flavor really came out. Very delicious & the perfect tea to bring along when I left the house this for the afternoon. This will definitely be a re-order in June.

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I’m claiming this 2nd sipdown of the day for Leif, who enjoyed this tea more than I did. He says, “It’s actually pretty good with stevia & french vanilla coconut milk creamer.”
And now it’s gone.

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Sipdown #1 (for the day).
This Tea was shared with me by Sil, so once again, thanks my friend!
Not bold or malty, but a mild cup that it somehow sweet & a little marine-like. What I’m getting is a slice of a good quality french bread slathered with lightly salted butter. Yup. There is also a hint of stone-fruit in the background.

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I’m enjoying a cup of this as my first cup of the day. It’s a big departure from the bold Assams & mouth filling Yunnans that I usually start my day with. The initial flavors while still hot are making me think more of green tea, with essence of spring shell peas & asparagus, which seems really strange.

Letting the cup cool down a bit…

Now I’m starting to get the hint of peach. This is probably more suited to be an afternoon tea for me. It is nicely mouthwatering too. I mistakenly brewed it at boiling (oops!), but it didn’t ruin the flavor at all. No bitterness or astringency, just a mild & pleasant cup.

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I still haven’t tried this blended with either of the TOMC teas from Feb, but was looking for something without caffeine, & also trying to work my way through ALL of my teas this month, so I gave it another try by itself. It’s ok. I had forgotten there was frankincense in it, but during the last couple of sips, a perfumy taste arose & I began to feel a bit quesy. I had the same problem with the Earl of Anxi.

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Like most of the other steepsterites, I prefer the non-upgraded version of this assam, however, this one is also decent. I drank it this afternoon while I was working on cleaning my office, which keeps getting better. I can actually walk around in there now! :)

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2973 tasting notes

Sipdown #3 (I think that puts me at 220)
Really just drinking this to lessen the load on my cupboard a bit, but it is kind of tasty, in a bright fruity pipe tobacco sort of way. It will be good to sip on for the next hour or so while I run errands!

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Sipdown #2
My son Drew & I LOVE Dr Who (& who on steepster doesn’t, may I ask?)
So of course, we had to have this blend last season, sob…
The boys & I are in sipdown mode, so Leif made a nice big pot of this to drink during breakfast with our pancakes, & it was spot on! Slightly bold from the Irish brekky, a little blueberry, & little earl green. Fruity, tangy, & daring! I loved Amy & Rory… ;_; I miss them…

Tamm

I miss them too ;_; I liked them much more than the newer episodes so far.

Terri HarpLady

The new companion is a cutie, & I’ve heard we’ll be getting a new Dr…

Cavocorax

A new Dr? Oh man. Oh man! I thought they’d do something fancy for the 50th anniversary but I didn’t know if they would go that route.

I’m about 2-3 episodes behind though. I better catch up soooon.

Tamm

Really? O.o Matt S. has been it for a long time now!

Terri HarpLady

I’m also a couple of episodes behind. We don’t have cable or satellite, so we watch the episodes on the internet. As for a new Dr, that’s what my son told me, based on stuff he read online I think…we’ll see! :D

Cavocorax

Exciting. I love Matt Smith, but I’m open to change!

Tamm

They have so many great British actors right now that I’m sure whoever they pick will be great! I’m one episode behind atm.

Terri HarpLady

Matt Smith as grown on me, but I LOVED David Tennant :)

Tamm

Oh, me too! I watched Matt Smith’s first though, oddly.

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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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