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drank Awake by Tazo
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In an effort to save some of my tea samples for when my tastebuds are actually working, I rummaged through Tony’s cupboard & found a few bags of this. At least it’s bold & black!

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I’ve realized a few things. The main one is that I need to quit trying to review new teas when I’m spending the weekend at Tony’s, except maybe in the dead of winter when there is snow on the ground. I think there are 2 reasons, & both of them effect my sense of smell & taste. The first is simply that my allergies are worse at his house. He uses a window unit for air conditioning in the bedroom, so I always wake up congested & with a funky taste in my mouth, because airborne crap comes right in. It’s an old brick house, & would be a major ordeal to route the central air to the attic. I can handle being outside in that stuff for a few hours at a time, as long as I can go into my air conditioned house to decompress, but sleeping with it all night sucks.
Reason number 2, his water filter is also the really cheap kind. To clarify, When I buy something, i do a little research first, & I tend to buy the best quality of that thing that I can afford. This applies to water filters, cars, etc.
Don’t tell Tony I’m complaining, it will hurt his feelings. He really is the most wonderful man in the world, but if we ever actually move in together, these are a few points I’ll be adamant about.

Having said all of that, this tea was sent by our dear TeaFairy, & I should not be drinking it, because I know it’s much better than what I’m getting. I’d like to apologize for all the lame reviews I’ve written over the last several weekends for teas from various friends. I doubt that I did them justice.

Sil

hahaha i’m tellllling! ;)

Skulleigh

This reminds me – I need to order a new filter for the water dispenser in the fridge. It’s sad that we can’t get the cup of tea we know the leaves have the potential to be :)

Terri HarpLady

@ Sil :ppppp""
Speaking of bad water & air, I’m going to visit my folks in Apopka, FL in July. The water there is AWEFULL, along with my allergies. I should probably just bring crappy teas I don’t care about, but I don’t have any, LOL.

Skulleigh

Oh lordy, I used to live in North Florida. We had good water, but we had a softener system on it. Bad water in Florida can be really nasty. You have my sympathies!

Terri HarpLady

Their tap water is pretty high in in surphur & other minerals.
As much as I detest bottled water, I always buy a case of it upon arrival. Before I put it in the kettle, I dump it back & forth between 2 cups a couple of times, in an effort to add some oxygen to it.

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drank Fujian Beauty by Tealux
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Another one from TeaFairy
This is a tasty cup, with the main features being a honey & fruit aroma.

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OK, I admit it. I loveblack teas from Yunnan.
I also love pretty much every black bi luo I’ve ever had, & this one is no exception.
Deliciously honey malted, with an almost creamy mouth, it’s naturally sweet, pastry, yumminess.
Thanks to TeaFairy for my first sample from whispering pines.

MzPriss

I like this one a lot too and I am sad it’s out of stock :(

MzPriss

Yay! :)

MzPriss

Brenden – Can you put me back some(more) GO to go with a July 1 order that will include the Bi Luo so I don’t have to do two? Pretty please?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You mean blend it now and set it aside for you? I’m sure I’ll have plenty of GO left on the 1st :)

MzPriss

Oh OK – I just didn’t want you to run out before I did my order – because that would make sad.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh, no worries :) I’m all loaded up on the stuff! :D

MzPriss

That makes me happy. I want some to put back for later because I love the way it changes over time. Happy Solstice Brenden

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Happy Solstice to you, too! And also Terri! Golden Orchid has hijacked your post. Oops :P

TheTeaFairy

Black Yunnans rock, So glad you liked it Terri!

How bout Ailaoshan black, will you have plenty as well, or should I consider hoarding some more?

TheTeaFairy

That makes me happy (might still hoard just a little on july first though, I’m insecure)

MzPriss

Laughs! You remind me of me

TheTeaFairy

Haha! And you of me :-) lol, now that we have TONS of tins, why not hoard right?

MzPriss

We’re prepared anyway. Although I have things to go in pretty much most of the ones that are coming

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried the Golden Orchid, but tomorrow I’ll probably sample the ailaoshan black :)

TheTeaFairy

Hope you like it Terri!

I’m having the rest of Yi Mei Ren from YS that you sent me. When I reviewed it a few days ago, I wrote that it reminded me of Oriental Beauty, it’s even more the case tonight, so sweet and honey like, I’m loving it!!

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drank China Keemun by Zen Tea
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This tea comes from The TeaFairy.
I decided awhile back that I would dedicate my weekends to sampling teas from various tea trades, so this weekend I brought samples from Boychik & TeaFairy with me to Tony’s house. We’ve been sitting around in our PJs, just goofing off, sipping teas, & being couch potatoes.
This is a sweet Keemun, with a slightly tart fruitiness, taste of brown sugar, & just a little smoke.

TheTeaFairy

Yay, it’s PJ day!!!

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Another one from Boychik, thanks!
No real comments about it, at least not yet, except to say that it was enjoyable.

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After breakfast tea, another generous sample from Boychik.
This is a lightly smokey tea, & by that I mean not really smokey at all, maybe just a hint. Add an overlay of tart & tangy, from the blood orange, & there you have it. :)

Sipdown: Tony took a whiff of this & decided he wanted to try a cup for himself, so I brewed up the rest of it for him. He likes his tea with some of that crystal sugar in it, & I’m happy to report, he said it is “Delicious!”

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Another tea from Boychik, I went with a lower temp on this one, & it was gentle & tasty. I know I should probably give a better description, but that’s all I’ve got right now, it was a few hours ago that I drank it.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Happy to read that you enjoyed the tea. Cheers!

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Having my first cup of the day, from a trade with Boychik.
I’m sure I screwed this one up, either too much tea, or too hot of water, because it’s quite bitter. Luckily I have enough to experiment with, & I’ll make a note on the Baggie to do so.

boychik

Terri, JW recommends 175-180F 2.5 min and 30sec increase with resteeps

Terri HarpLady

Aha!
What about quantity?

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

I would also recommend that the water be below 190 (175-180 would be ideal) and that you use the standard English volume of 1 tsp. per 6-8 oz. Cheers, Joe

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The Day She Planted the Sweet Potatoes
Parts Three, Four, Five, Six, & Seven
To make a long story short, after several trips to Lowe’s I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to give each sweet potato it’s very own raised circular bed, although 12 of them did get their own private circular beds. Also, it was starting to look like rain. Also, I realized that if I picked the Napa cabbage (which I needed to pick anyway, & start a batch of spring Kimchi), I could plant 4 plants there. And I was gonna be harvesting Garlic soon, so I could plant 4 plants in each of 2 of the garlic beds (a little companion planting, right?).
Here’s what happened next. I opened the little box, which had 6 cute little bundles of sweet potato slips. There were suppose to be 4 of each type. In reality, there were 10 – 12 of each!! OMG! I don’t have anywhere else to plant them, so I clustered a few together in each prepared place. Just as I started planting them it started raining like crazy, of course!
When it stopped raining, I went outside & planted the rest of them. I was finally done at 9pm, & I think maybe that was the filthiest I’ve ever been, LOL.
My reward for this very long day was a hot shower, followed by this cup of tea.
That’s all I got.

Veronica

I hope you end up with an amazing harvest after all of that work!

TheTeaFairy

Now what, Napa cabbage? Is there something you actually don’t have in that magical garden of yours?
I love Napa so much, I stir fry it at least once a week…I also like to “mandolin” it in salads, so yummy crunchy!

Terri HarpLady

Veronica: me too! It’s always more fun when that happens! Plus, I’m really excited to taste all those different varieties!
My dear Fairy: I’m not growing okra. I have grown it before, but not lately. I’m also not growing corn, it’s too much of a prima Donna, & I can’t eat it anyway, LOL. It dawned on me today that I haven’t planted green beans yet this year. I’m not growing eggplant either. Or potatoes. I need to take a photo series & start sharing them on my Terri’s Airy Fairie World blog. It’s been months since I posted there.

TheTeaFairy

Will have to check that blog of yours :-)
(Loving the name!)

TheTeaFairy

Do you have a link? Didn’t see it in your profile…

Terri HarpLady

Terrilangerak.wordpress.com

TheTeaFairy

Lol, you cave me only an email address ;-) I want to SEE it!!!

TheTeaFairy

(I meant “gave” of course)

TheTeaFairy

Ah! Okay, got it!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I love the blog and all the wonderful pictures, please post moooore!!!

Ok, after watching, I can’t help showing you the only thing I grow except herbs, cause well, they pretty much grow themselves, I’ve got nothing to do with it…also, a picture of my cat…cause she looks so much like one of yours!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14286269407/lightbox/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14286119358/lightbox/

Terri HarpLady

Yay for sunflowers! I planted 2 varieties, years ago, one bigh yellow from a package, & the other a red one from a friend’s garden, & every year they come back. They’ve been cross pollinating all these years, over & over again, & each one has retained different traits, but they are almost always VERY tall, so I always move them to the fence & run a few strings, otherwise they come crashing down. I love sunflowers because they attract so many bugs & birds, & my beloved goldfinches.

Terri HarpLady

And your cat! Definitely looks alot like my son Leif’s cat, Gizmo! He is the son of a black smoke persian I once had in my family, who managed to sneak out the doggy door & have a secret trist with a neighborhood alley cat. Se la vie!

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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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