3048 Tasting Notes

Leif & I did some work in the garden, pruning out the old canes in the blackberry patch, removing weeds, & repairing the trellises. A storm came up, so we weren’t able to finish the project, but we got quite a bit done, & it already looks so much better. The blackberries are starting to flower, & they always look so beautiful. I’ll make sure & post a pic to FB later in the week.
So…it was raining, with thunder & lightening. We came in & enjoyed a couple of pots of tea together. This was the first, & it was actually pretty nice, IMO. I’m one of those people that prefers vanilla ice cream over any other flavor (coconut milk ice cream, that is). So this has a creaminess to the taste & was rather enjoyable. If I was Christopher Walken I’d say, “Needs more Vanilla”.
Otherwise, it was nice.

Fjellrev

Nothing like a scoop of vanilla ice cream. :)

Tea Sipper

oh no! I just thought of “Needs more cowbell” today while I was listening to a song with cowbell.. really that happens with any song with cowbell, I guess.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I actually ordered a tea from Adagio called, “more cowbell”.
Me & my son were messing around on the adagio site, & typing in random names for teas, just joking around, & there it was! Of course, I had to order it!

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Another Sipdown, this time it was Leif’s. This is a pretty tasty blend of Irish breakfast, spiced apple chai, & some Hazelnut. Leif & I both enjoyed this one, but we didn’t choose to re-order. By far the best Hobbit blend was the Bilbo Brew (Irish breakfast, sweet potato, cinnamon…I think I’m leaving something out, but it is quite tasty, especially with breakfast).

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Drew drank the last of this, so I’m logging a sipdown for him.
However, we re-ordered, so he’ll have more by the end of next week.
Not my favorite Adagio blend, as the coconut flavor makes me think of suntan lotion, but I wasn’t the one drinking it, so it’s all good.

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Om NOM nom slurp…burp…
I’m on location at The Bottleworks, home of the Schlafly beer brewery. I don’t drink, but their food is good too. I’ve been pigging out. The tea selection here is the Numi box, which is usually acctable, but currently mostly empty. Luckily I had an envelope of this in my purse, & my little portable brew basket, so I’m happily slurping.
This is such a lovely black tea, so rich in flavors: chocolate, caramel, nuts. I can really agree that it resembles German Chocolate cake, & I really love it. It also resteeps well. I,ve enjoyed 3 steepings @ 3 min, 4, then 5. Satisfying!

Ysaurella

you have a little portable brew basket AND Anxi Fo Shou in your purse…:D Terri TeaLady !!!

Terri HarpLady

:D Gotta have it!
Of course, people at the restaurant probably always think I’m a nut, but what other people think is none of my business, right?

Terri HarpLady

Here’s the brew basket I’m currently using. It’s pretty handy.
http://theteaspot.com/tuffy-tea-steeper-steepware.html?catid=251

Ysaurella

that’s handy sure, and you’re right, don’t care what people think, YOU drank good tea and not them :p

Terri HarpLady

Exactly! :D

High Adventure

Portable brew basket, what a good idea!

Terri HarpLady

Gotta have it!

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I’m having a quiet morning at Tony’s house. He just left for the country with his best friend, they’re going to start an old tractor for the friend’s dad, & having a guy day. I’m relaxing with this tea, contemplating breakfast, & just chilling. I plan to leap into action soon, as I want to spend the day in my garden with my son Leif.

This is one of my favorite teas right now. Of course, I have several favorites, LOL, but this one is definitely among the elite overall, & as far as Assams go for sure. It’s bold, malty, earthy. The flavor is very full, & very tasty. I’m down to a quarter of a tin, I drink this way more than any of the other A&D teas I have, because it’s the best!

Terri HarpLady

The re-steep is actually pretty good too!
I’m sipping it, contemplating whether I should:
- fix myself breakfast from Tony’s paltry cupboard
- go home & fix breakfast from my ample hobbit-like pantry
- goof off for another half hour & then take myself out to breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast joints (opens at 11). Admittedly, I’m feeling lazy & that third option is really appealing to me right now :)

Sil

how’s that office cleaning going? :)

Terri HarpLady

hahaha…shhhhh, you’ll wake Ms Theresa!
Actually, I managed to get the taxes put away, cleared all the piles of stuff out, my desk looks good, & I vacuumed. There’s still file boxes & drawers I’d like to go through, but I’ll take those one at a time, & probably a large majority of stuff will go to recycling: manuals for things I no longer own, for example. BUT I can walk around in there now! That’s an improvement, right? I haven’t set up my tea cabinet in there just yet…but I did clear a space for it! :D
This week got complicated early with a visit from one of my sisters. Leif & I spent all day monday cleaning the house, she came monday night & we stayed up til 3, tuesday was spent cooking & all 4 of my kids & 3 grandkids came for dinner.
Weds dropped my sis & her son at the airport, then spent the day teaching. Thurs Leif & I gardened all day. Yesterday more gardening & played a wedding. I can’t believe the week flew by, & I’m grateful that I have nothing of any importance on the calendar for the next few days. I need a vacay!

Terri HarpLady

I looked in Tony’s frig again…meh…guess who’s treating herself to brekkie?
:)

Sil

haha tell me about it. no release this weekend but i’m supposed to be doing some testing for next weekend’s release. I feel like i’ve been working every weekend forever even though we went home for a visit last weekend. Hoping we can maybe take a road trip at the end of june…. then mom wants her and i to go vacation in maine or something to do some hiking…

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I’ve been having horrible allergies all day. After chanting the merits of Nettles as an aid for allergies & getting several people to drink them, I’ve been slacking on my own Nettles consumption, & my allergies hit me with a vengeance today. Luckily nettles work fairly quickly, if you actually drink them, & I started drinking them again this afternoon. The tree & grass pollens are ridiculously high, and I played an outside wedding today, so I feel irritated from head to toe, eyes watering, can’t quit yawning. But I feel a lot better than I did earlier today. I’ll need to be consistent with my Nettles for awhile.

This evening I enjoyed a cup of this Egyptian Licorice tea, which I’ve been drinking for years. It’s naturally sweet & pleasantly spicy. I’ve written more extensive reviews of it, I think. It’s tasty!

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Sipdown!
This was nicely smokey today!

Sil

my tea cupboard is jealous of your sipdowns… not sure if i’ll even get one in today.

Terri HarpLady

You should see my cupboard! It’s starting to look a little raggedy, I’ve been polishing off a lot of odds & ends, if you know what I mean. :)

Shelley_Lorraine

Gee, you got some serious detailed tasting notes going on here recently :p

Terri HarpLady

yeah…LOL…I actually almost combined all three posts into one of my ‘Random Steepings’, I feel like such a slacker. I’ve been so busy with my garden, company, rehearsals, etc. I’m still drinking a ton of tea, but by the time I get a chance to log on, I can’t really think of what to say, so I’m just keeping it simple.

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Sipdown!
A nicely balanced cup.

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sipdown!
A nicely energizing brew, not bad tasting either.

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I finally got a chance to dig into the TOMC bundle, & this was the first one I wanted to try, as I love Dian Hongs.
I didn’t take any notes, just brewed multiple steepings back to back. On each steeping I poured half into a tiny cup & the rest went into a pitcher. Those tiny cups cool quickly so that I could have a small sample of each. Then I went & sat down & relaxed, drinking from the pitcher. Then I started the process again, refilling the pitcher 3 times over the course of a few hours.
I can’t say that the flavor & aroma were all that different from Golden Fleece: rich & buttery, with a breadlike aroma, very croissant-like. Later there was a hint of chocolate, but it wasn’t really all that present to me. A tasty tea, a visual novelty, a pleasant relaxing break after a few hours of gardening.

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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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