3051 Tasting Notes

I brought several shu Tuocha with me to FL, so this is the Daily Tuocha, * its not bad!
It features a decent tasting shu, tasting of whole wheat bread crust, leather, & wood. The rose is noticeable in the dry aroma, but very light in the flavor.

Stephanie

tuochas are so nice for travel!

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After my folks picked me up at the airport, we went to lunch at a place called TooJays.
Now I’m chillin’ out with my Parental Units, & having my first cup of tea here.
Halleluia! They got a new water purifier on the kitchen sink! Yay!!
No sulphur, no horrible water. I’ll enjoy drinking teas during my visit, Yay!
And it’s a good thing, because I brought a bunch of teas. I thought about bringing my fancy teas, but instead I brought teas that I need to polish off, so my visit with my folks might be a mini ship down extravaganza.

This one is not a sip down, at least not yet, but I’m getting close. It’s not one of my favorites from YS, but it’s not bad. The main flavor features, at least today, are leather & malt.

TheTeaFairy

Yay for good water, your folks rock!

Terri HarpLady

They really are pretty cool peeps :)

TheTeaFairy

Just like their super awesome daughter <3

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Worst Starbucks experience ever
I’m at the St. Louis airport, & I have a routine when I fly of getting a Starbucks soy chai.
So… They’re out of soy milk…
So…can I have a hot black tea?
As I’m walking away with my cup, I catch a whiff & she gave me earl grey.
So…I return the tea, the girl starts saying, “well, you didn’t specify…blah blah”
Are you kidding me?
Turns out they are out of Awake, except as iced tea.
Then another chick who works there starts bitching at me….
They were all glaring at me, like I was wrong.
I hope she didn’t spit in my tea…

MzPriss

Customer “service” :( I’m sorry Terri. Being at the airport sucks badly enough all on it’s own with this Starbuxholes experience. But I’m assuming that you are now happily and safely arrived in Florida and drinking the good tea. What tea did you end up bringing? If I could, I would teleport you a big fat Dark Beauty to make up for your airport experience.

Nightshifter

Sorry that happened to you! Safe travels, though!

Stephanie

Wow ugh!

Cameron B.

People must never order tea there, considering they don’t know the difference between black tea and earl grey… Or they’re just poop faces!

Angrboda

Most people aren’t actually aware that EG is flavoured and the leaf is black tea, and since flavoured is default for many anyway, I’m sorry, but I can’t really see how they were supposed to know you didn’t want EG…

K S

Didn’t specify? It’s their job to ask. If it were your regular stop, I’d say complain. Since it is not, let it go and move on. Just found out last week that despite my telling them every week to use Splenda and not to add the syrup to my green tea frap, they have been doing it anyway. When I caught them I was told you can’t make it without the syrup. I said yes you can, just don’t put it in. When she handed me the drink she commented how she thought it was going to break her blender. Good grief, give me a break. All the syrup is, is sugar water anyway. Knuckleheads. Look now you have me wound up. Why should we expect different from coffee people? Oh, wait, because it is their job!

Terri HarpLady

oh well…
The main thing that pissed me off wasn’t the mistake, nobody is perfect.
I was polite when I returned & asked them to redo my tea & explained why.
I couldn’t believe the blatant rudeness & defensiveness I was met with.
When I was in food service, the customer was always right.
Anyway, yes, I AM in FL now.
Priss, I brought way too much tea, LOL! More will be revealed ;)

Cameron B.

Yeah, the rudeness is definitely the problem. Especially considering that redoing a hot tea is nothing, it’s just hot water and a tea bag that costs them basically nothing. It’s a little ridiculous that they got so defensive about it with you…

Terri HarpLady

I know!
That’s for letting me bitch, you guys. I know I’ve been a grumpus lately…

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
3051 tasting notes

I decided to try the ‘Dark Beauty’ combo again this afternoon, MsPriss’ special recipe. It really is yummy! Bold, thick, sweet, a perfect mix!

I got a lot done today! I still have to pack, & I just realized I still haven’t braided the garlic yet…lol. Oh well, I’ll pack first cuz Tony is picking me up in an hour, & I guess if I don’t get the garlic braided it will be ok. I’m only gonna 5 days, after all.

The hardest decision: What teas to take…

MzPriss

Woooo! I’m so glad you like it

MzPriss

Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha and Golden Orchid and Special Dark

TheTeaFairy

Have safe trip terri :-)

(And I will try this this Prissy cocktail someday!! )

I second MzPriss suggestion but you are missing a strong bad ass Black, like Tiger Assam maybe?

MzPriss

LTF – do you have any Black Beauty?

TheTeaFairy

Lol, i had some before I found out about that cocktail of yours…and I keep forgetting to order it!!

MzPriss

I will put some in your package

TheTeaFairy

(MzPriss, You did not answer me about SB)

MzPriss

(oh – I think very close to the time it would get here from Oh Canada, it should b time for Brendenol to have some for me)

TheTeaFairy

(Lol, yeah, damn borders..)

OMGsrsly

Have a great trip!

apt

green oolong, roasted oolong, black tea

Garret

We pounded out a huge pot of the blend here at the shop with a customer the other day. It was pretty special. Not just for energy, but flavor. I was able to pound through a whole lotta bagging of the tea after that Dark Beauty session!

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One of the pleasures of having adult children who live with you (if you’ve raised them right) is getting them to cook breakfast, & knowing that it will be tasty! In my house, everybody knows how to cook! So while I’ve been balancing checkbooks, cleaning off my desk, printing out my boarding pass, paying bills, etc, my 2 sons have been fixing breakfast.
Pretty sweet deal, eh?
Now I’m enjoying a short break, with brekkie & a pot of Tiger, which is a tasty go-to for when I want something robust, and don’t want to fuss with things. Quick, easy, & satisfying. That’s my mode right now. I’d like to spend the day in gongfu sessions, but there’s too much to do. Next stop: The boys (they are actually men, at this point) & I are heading out into the garden for the pop-quiz: making sure they know what to pick, where & how to water, & some weeding would be nice to, eh?

Christina

What did they make for breakfast? I’m partial to omelets myself, when I have the time.

MzPriss

LOL @ giving them a pop quiz. <3

Terri HarpLady

They cooked crispy potato cubes (I don’t eat white potatoes often, but when I do, they’d better be crispy!), sausage crumbles (ground locally raised pork, they added the spices). Layer in a bowl & top with eggs. :)

Dag Wedin

^^ american breakfast sounds good!

Terri HarpLady

Dag, it’s the way I roll!

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I woke up early & immediately started getting ready for my trip. Last night I stayed up & started 2 crocks of cultured cucumbers (think “awesome garlic dills, the old sour kind”), & a crock of cultured dilly beans (same recipe, using green beans instead of cucumbers).

Today I have a lot to do, & so far I’ve lined up my clothes for packing, watered all of the houseplants, & enjoyed 2 steepings of this tea! It’s time to get back to work, & to pick out another tea to drink :)

Stephanie

I love lacto-fermented pickles and kraut :)

I’m so sad, most of our cucumber harvest this year has been super bitter! Jerks!!!

Have a good trip!

Terri HarpLady

:p
I hate when that happens!

bizbee1

I want the beans recipe! it never occurred to me and I have a fair amount of beans (the ducks eat some but I got the rest) no cucumbers I think the rabbits ate those.

boychik

Recipe pls! I’ll get them from farmers market.

Terri HarpLady

First you need some kind of crock or jar. I use this one, which I like because is glass, so I can see what’s going on in there, & it holds a lot, & it’s reasonably priced, & it lets the air bubbles out, but no bugs or bad stuff can get in because there is a water lock:
https://www.cherylsherbs.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=24_29&products_id=981&zenid=bd3e44a4e3ea576f77e605a67fdbffb1

You can use a large mouthed Qt or gallon jar, if you can find a smaller jar that fits in the opening, which you would fill partially with water to hold the green beans beneath the surface. Another way to hold the beans down is with a ziplock baggie, filled with salt water & laid in the jar on top of the veggies.

So you’re going to fill your jar with green beans. You can cut them up, or leave them whole. Layered in with the green beans (preferably a tender variety) you can include any of the following:
- fresh dill seed heads and/or fronds, OR dried dill leaf or seed – I don’t really have a quantity, LOL, I just layer in seed heads from my garden.
- 2 to 3 or more heads of garlic, separated into cloves & peeled. These will be delicious!
- chili flakes if you like, peppercorns, or any other flavorings you’d like to try. You can make it asian by going with strips of ginger, small chili peppers, etc, or you can give it any flair you like: Italian, Mexican, Indian. Just include some of the spices from the region you like. Any herbs & spices can be included, as long as they don’t contain preservatives, :p
Once your crock or Jar is within a couple of inches of the top, mix up your brine.
Start with a QT/liter of water & dissolve in 3 Tb of seasalt (make sure there is no iodine or anti caking agents in it). Or if you think you’ll need more water, go with
2 liters + 6Tb salt. If you use kosher salt, you’ll need 1.5 Tb instead of 1TB.
Make sure the veggies are submerged completely!
Leave it on the counter for a month or so, checking the water level from time to time, to keep the veggies beneath the surface. Sample as desired until they taste perfect, then jar them up & put them in the frig, to enjoy as desired!

Terri HarpLady

Occasionally mold grows on the surface of the water. Just scrape it off. It won’t hurt anything.

boychik

This sounds delicious . I should try. The recipe copied, I don’t want to go nuts looking for it. Thank you so much

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There is something comforting about this tea, & it felt good to relax with it this afternoon.
I’m in the middle of 2 things from my to do list:
1 – start a batch of cultured green beans, loaded with garlic & dill. This is slow food at it’s finest, as it will take a month or so before they are ready to eat
2 – start a batch of cultured cucumbers, with pretty much the same flavor profile
I also need to braid a ton of garlic & hang it up in the basement to cure!
AND weed my garden…
AND And and….

Terri HarpLady

and finish doing laundry…

MzPriss

I hate laundry

MzPriss

But I love cultured veggies

mj

I love laundry! It smells so gooooood

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I have this very long list of things to do before I leave town, & I already know I won’t be able to do all of them, but I’m trying to pick the priorities at least.
Today a friend came over that loves tea. We drank Ciel Phantomhive, an adagio fandom blend, but from what I don’t know. I received it from Sil, who got it from Shmiracles.
That was hours go, so I really have nothing to say about it, except it was drinkable & it was a sip down. We also drank a pot of Golden Monkey Imperial Yunnan, by Tealux. This one also came from Sil, but originated from TeaFairy. I can tell because of the cute little flower, & by the way TF, those flowers are all being used to decorate my desk bookshelf. I’ll try to post a photo when I get back in town.
My friend that was visiting loved flavored teas, so I hooked her up with the rest of the fandom blends, because I’m just not into them. I also gave her a few other things from my cupboard, so that counts as sip downs for me, with a resulting total of 378, I think!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Glad you are recycling the flowers :-) would love to see the photo!!

Terri HarpLady

When I get back from my trip I’ll get started on photos, I think I downloaded flickr or photo bucket, or something like that. Usually I just post things on FB :)

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It looks like this is the Tea of Day! And why not? It’s pretty awesome, so I’m drinking a cup.
I’m not really a happy camper today…so I’m drinking a cup.
I have issues on my mind, like indecision, which unfortunately causes problems for me, like clumsiness.
Exhibit A: I broke the lid of one of my favorite cups, a lovely white porcelain with blue lotuses on it (have I ever mentioned I love white porcelain with blue?). I’ve been dragging this cup all over my garden since spring, & guess what…it didn’t break in the garden, it feel off in the house & broke clean in half. Glue suggestions for porcelain? Gorilla glue not recommended for anything that will have steam or hot water, I know this from experience.
Exhibit B: Last night I tripped over basically nothing as I was approaching my front steps, & fell forward, smacking my right forearm on the edge of a step. I immediately applied an ice pack, & would have took Arnica, if I could find it. It throbbed all night. I’m pretty sure I didn’t break anything, but I have a hell of a bruise.

So here’s what’s up:
Years ago I taught Harp for St. Louis Visual & Performing Arts Magnet schools, on both Middle School & High School level. I had a great program, some of my kids have gone on to study the Harp in college, and they always make a point of letting me know what they’re doing & stop by to play for me when they’re in town. Others have gone on to other degrees, but still check in with me from time to time. None of these kids would ever have played the harp if I hadn’t been there, because they wouldn’t have had the opportunity. I was there for 12 years or so, & over that time things changed, including loss of funding, but the main reasons I quit were that the new principal was an asshole, & the quality & behavior of students I was getting got worse each year. Also, I had reached a point where I could get by without the money.

So now there is a newer principal, who I’ve met & really like, & he called & wants to start my harp program up again. It would be Mon, Weds, & Fri, 7am – 2:30pm, starting aug 11th. I have to apply for a substitute teacher’s license, which I’m in the process of. Admittedly, I have a lot of mixed feelings. Nothing has really changed there: I’ll have three groups of 10 per grade (6th, 7th, & 8th), most likely only 1 or 2 in each group will actually want to learn anything harp related; I don’t do well with concrete floors, loud noises (I’ll have to bring & wear earplugs), or bratty kids; I also don’t do well with ‘authority figures’, especially the kind that expect to be fawned over, but I’ve met the new guy, & I actually like him, so that’s one of the reasons I said yes.
Reason no. 2: One of my students from that school is graduating from Ball State in the coming spring, & it is her dream to teach there, so I want to set up a nice program for her, if she still wants it, for a graduation present.
Reason No. 3: The pay is pretty good, & I wouldn’t mind having a little extra money for awhile.
Final Note: I’ll have to rearrange my mon, wed, fri teaching schedule, because I have a lot of private students on those days, but my students are awesome, so that won’t be a problem.
Other Final Note: Sorry this is ridiculously long…I know I’ll sound like a spoiled brat, but I’ve really gotten used to doing whatever the hell I want all day, & I already don’t have time to do everything I want to do…1st world problems, I guess….

I need this tea…

Sil

YAAAAAY! that’s so exciting!

boychik

I like reason #2

K S

So… a gig that lasts only two semesters, and all the money, minus gas, can be applied towards tea? ;) Seriously, I taught or tried to teach drafting to Junior High kids one semester while in college, it was the longest 7 years of my life – its a time dilation thing. This was definitely not my calling. You’ll make the right decision for you.

MzPriss

Have good tea, enjoy your trip and you will know what to do when you have to give them the answer. I hate when I have discombobulation – it makes me EVEN MORE clumsy than I already am.

Terri HarpLady

Have I mentioned that I love you guys?
:)
p.s. Yeah, it will be nice to have more money

mrmopar

I think that passing your “talents” to others will give them real inspiration. Learning new things and not being afraid to try new things too. Music is an inspiration to lots of people.

Terri HarpLady

It IS MrM, & I do enjoy doing that. It’s so exciting when students are inspired. The frustrating thing is that I end up with kids in the class that really don’t want to play, & although I’m a pretty fun teacher & pretty good at coming up with novel activities to engage & entertain my class, I’m not always good at dealing with misbehavior & frustration.
But it will be fun spending the money, & I’m gonna work on keeping positive thoughts :)

mrmopar

I think you will do fine. I think making the attempt whether or not it is successful at first may manifest itself in the later years of a students progress. I always say if not today there is always tomorrow.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I know this to be true! Even when students don’t necessarily stick to playing the harp, the benefits of playing an instrument are multiple, & kids who took my class years ago call me to let me know how they’re doing, email me pics of their kids, & it does feel good to know that I helped them to develop self-discipline & focus, & that they want to maintain a connection :)
One of my former students that came over for tea recently will be working on her Masters in Fine Arts Administration in London this fall. That’s pretty exciting! :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks for the pep talk!
The truth is, I like sitting around in my PJs all day sipping tea, crawling around in my garden, etc, & pretty much doing whatever I want. It will probably be good for me to have a routine for awhile, LOL

TheTeaFairy

Everything has already being said so….one more thing: <3

OMGsrsly

Reason 2 is so sweet! :)

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I decided to go with a gongfu session with this tea today, & you know, the truth is I’ve never really been enamored with this tea all that much. It’s not this tea in particular, but more Taiwanese blacks overall, & not all of them, but some of this have this taste that I just don’t care for.

It has nothing to do with quality. This is a beautiful tea, large black leaves with red highlights, aroma of cinnamon toast crunch. It brewed into a honeyed cinnamon bun tasting tea, with a silky vanilla feel. There’s just this one taste that I can’t describe & don’t really care for. I’m sending the last of my stash to Sil, because I know she adores this.

Sipdown 391

Dinosara

I am the same way with most Taiwanese blacks! There is a taste I can’t describe and I don’t like. I wonder if it is the same taste as yours? :)

Terri HarpLady

I’d be willing to bet it is! :)

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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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