2859 Tasting Notes

I haven’t been drinking as my puer lately. I’ve been busy, & playing around with the Gaiwan takes attention & time. For the same reason, I’ve been neglecting my greens & oolongs, because I like them best steeped that way.

So today while I was teaching, I really wanted some of this! I peeled off a T of it, steeped 3 minutes, & it was delicious!!! Bold, smooth, with that vanilla sensation (not the flavor), & sweet too.
Second steeping: 4 min, 3rd @ 5min. Still awesome, just what I needed.

Rachel J

Tea while teaching is the best. Really makes the time go by more pleasantly. Not that I dislike teaching but since I do over four hours straight starting around 3pm every afternoon after spending 8 hours with my one year old, well let’s just say I need my tea — especially when I’ve got a student who didn’t practice. ;)

Terri HarpLady

Definitely! I have students Mon, weds, & thurs from 10am -7 or 8pm, with an occasional break here & there. As each student arrives, I make tea for myself while they warm up. If the student is an adult, I make tea for them as well. And we have tea parties!

Rachel J

Sounds great!

Terri HarpLady

The best part is, while I’m making tea they don’t think I’m listening, hahaha, even though some have been coming to me for years. So I can gauge their progress before they get nervous. :)

Garret

Terri! Thanks for the write-up on this tea! I am excited to tell you that I had secured the rest of the ripened material for the Phatty Cake and also acquired a grade 3 leaf from the same producer and am doing a new cake called “Phatty Cake: The Sequel”! I’m pumped… it’ll be similar, but the blended tea will have some variations to the Phatty Cake. The cakes are getting pressed in China next week. Can’t wait to get them! Wishing you great joy!

Terri HarpLady

Cool Garret!
Keep me posted!

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I served this to one of my students today, & he loved it!
Without a doubt, this is the BEST earl grey I’ve tried so far, & although my relationship with the earl has been a little rocky, I’m starting to enjoy my time with him, when he doesn’t taste phony.

One of the thinks I like about this one is the boldness added by the inclusion of Assam!

ashmanra

Tea with students! Love it! I have one who now stays for an extra hour and a half and we schedule her lesson just so we can have a nice long tea time! :)

MsWhatsit

I rather like Earl Greys. They remind me of Starship captains. Also my son, who likes his with extra bergomot.

Terri HarpLady

Ashmanra: Yeah, I like serving tea to my adult student especially. Everyone needs a cup of tea, right? :)
Sis: This one is particularly nice! :)

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drank Blackberry by Adagio Teas
2859 tasting notes

My next gardening tea of the day, which I enjoyed with some stevia. It’s very juicy, & has a decent berry flavor IMO, although to me it tastes more like boysenberry.

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Sipdown!
I’ve had this awhile, I think I bought it last summer at our first every family reunion because I ran out of tea. It is acceptable as a bagged breakfast blend if I use 2 bags to a cup. So I used all 3 bags that were left in my insulated starbucks thingy, & out into the garden we went. Teas stay hot forever in that thing, so I worked out there for a couple of hours, sipping & wedding, sipping & shaping beds, sipping & enjoying the cacophony of bird sounds that I love so well.

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Drank a couple of steepings of this, & it was ok, a little smokey, but now I want MOAR of something to drink while I’m in the (very wet) garden…

Melissa Russell

This is my first time tasting this and it IS smokey. I put this into one of Teavanas Washi tins that I previously stored a heavily smoked Yerba Mate in. I cleansed it thoroughly, even with vinegar, and I thought it still held a faint scent of it. I thought this tea was tainted because of it until I read this. It might still be; I can’t be sure because I’ve never had it before.

Terri HarpLady

Or maybe a little of both? :D
Welcome to steepster!

Melissa Russell

Thanks! Yes, maybe both. :/

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Just what I needed to start my morning!
As always, I went a little heavy on the tea, & it was a bold & tasty cup!

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Admittedly, this was my least favorite of the three, which was unexpected, as I love ginger! The truth is, it wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t really all that gingery & was really kind of heavy on the nutmeg.

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This Peach Melba was also quite good, with a juicy & bright flavor!

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So today I discovered ‘Trail Lodge Tea’, a local company who was selling tea at the farmer’s market. Most of their ingredients are fair trade & organic, which is a plus!

This was the first one I chose to sample, & it was quite nice! It really reminded me of lemon pudding, both in the flavor & the smell, possibly with a graham cracker crust (but I might have imagined that).
I tried all 3 of the rooibos blends, & this was my favorite.

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This evening I got in a few more hours of gardening, still working on weeding the gazebo so that I can replant it. After I came in a storm brewed up, & our power went out for a few hours! Leif had just made a pot of this tea, which is an interesting blend of black tea, chai, apple, & hazelnut. The boys & I sat around drinking tea by candlelight, & it was really very nice.

Sil

That sounds like a lovely evening:)

Terri HarpLady

It was really kind of nice! I rather enjoy a power outage once in awhile, so long as it doesn’t last too long! We keep a pretty heavily stocked deep freeze!

Sil

haha at the moment we just have the freezer above the fridge so we can manage in most cases :)

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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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St. Louis, MO

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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