2855 Tasting Notes

(To be chanted by a group of cheerleaders, shaking pompoms…or maybe a rapper?)

“Guess who finished their taxes??
Me, myself, & I!
Guess who gets a refund
Terri, Theresa, & Me
We rocked it!
We rolled it!
We slapped that ℬÎ✞₵Ḧ & owned it!
YEAH!”

Hopefully I haven’t offended anyone with the above rhyme :D
This is what happens when I suffer from sleep deprivation.
Tony will tell you to never take a road trip with me, as I have a variety of rock album lyrics memorized & like to sing them in the car, sometimes changing the words to fit my mood. The last time we went to chicago I sang pretty much all the way home.

So my taxes are done. I drank 2 more cups of Tiger Assam, the final cup with Stevia & creamer, & it was oh, so good! I usually drink my blacks straight, but there are exceptions to all rules.

Double knit is also quite tasty with stevia & creamer, it really brings out the caramel flavors that come with the hint of smoke.
I’m going to celebrate with Second Breakfast! And more tea!

Ysaurella

do you use white or green stevia for your teas ?

Terri HarpLady

Right now I’ve been using Sweetleaf, which is a stevia extract. It’s a white powder, but the only other ingredient is inulin soluble fiber, which most likely comes from chickory roots. In the past I’ve read that inulin has favorable results for people with diabetes & low blood sugar, & so far, I’ve had no issues with it. Some of the other stevias don’t appeal to me, either because they are made by monsanto, or because they have a lot of other ingredients. They also make a liquid, which is very potent. Just one drop is enough! I have also occasionally used fresh stevia leaf from my garden, & tried powdering up some of that leaf. Admittedly, I don’t care for the aftertaste too much. I’ll probably try it somemore this summer, as it grows abundantly in my garden :)

Tealizzy

That cheer was freaking hilarious!! LOL!

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I will finish my taxes!
Taxes are a bitch when you’re self-employed!
My office looks like a cross between a hoarders episode & a game show that requires you to balance random things in precarious piles, we’ll call it, “How High can you stack it?”. My filing methods will probably end up in the Smithsonian some day as a display of “most insane filing system ever”.
Amazingly, I do have a system for keeping track of my receipts & such. I’ve been doing my own taxes for a long time, & although some years have been rather traumatic (mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing), this isn’t one of them.
The hard part is just getting myself to sit at my desk & do it.
I worked last night from 10 til 4am, & probably would have finished, but I needed a form from my son’s college, which luckily he had.
I got up at 8:30, got the form, & I’m almost done. Just taking a breakfast break (cooked by my other son), & drinking my 2nd cup of awesome boldness.

ashmanra

Hooray for done taxes! We signed and picked ours up today! I used to do them myself, but I am also self-employed and then it got really complicated as I was executrix for three estates of people who all died with 18 months of each other, and I inherited part interest in a depreciated property. I just couldn’t do it. I still have to do a good bit of the work, though, grouping receipts, tallying my income and deductions for business expenses, and such, and keeping track of college expenses…

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, if I was in a position like that, I’d definitely hand it over to someone who knew what they were doing!

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OK…looks like I’m gonna stay up & try to finish these damn taxes, plus I’m really craving chocolate right now, so this was needed.
mmMMMMmmm

Terri HarpLady

I made it to 4am!
I got through all of my bizness deductions, & almost everything else, but I’m stuck now. I have to have a form that my son’s college might have sent him (probably sent him). I have no idea where it is. He’s sleeping. As he should be.
Tomorrow morning I’ll see if he can find it, & if he can’t I’ll send him to school to request a copy.
It’s always something.

ashmanra

That is the same snag I ran into, and when I asked my daughter about it she told she had an email about something that was only going to be sent digitally and would have to printed. AUUUUUUGH! Print it, honey, and you need to tell Mom these things!

Terri HarpLady

Gratefully, he is very organized & knew exactly where it was!

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Another sipdown!
This chai is acceptable if:
1. You aren’t drinking REAL chai because you’re avoiding caffeine
2. You use more than recommended
3. Add sweetener of choice, & some kind of creamer is nice too

Lariel

4. If you use it with other rooibos.

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Another Sipdown, this one from a sample sent to me by Threewhales.
I’ve decided I like this, mainly because I can drink it in the evening & not get all jazzed up. But also, it’s grown on me a bit.
Originally when I tried it, it was kind of meehhh.
I’ve discovered that if I make it double strenth, I like it better.
Now…on with my taxes…oh wait…I just finished this cup of tea already…I need something else to drink!

K S

Oh, I will have to try double strength… and just how long have you been (not) doing your taxes? Shoot you still have a couple weeks, have some tea.

Terri HarpLady

:D
I’m almost done!

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Sipdown!
This is the last of a sample sent to me quite some time ago from Angel @ Teavivre. Thanks again, Angel!

SO…the dry smell is like sweet dried berries
I preheated the Gaiwan & dropped the leaf in there, & the aroma was even sweeter, like strawberries & dark chocolate, with a floral ‘after’ smell that lingered in my sinuses.
I went with really short steepings 4 secs for starters
The wet leaf smelled of apricots & caramelized brown sugar
The early steepings were lightly peachy, with a perfumey lingering aftertaste, & there was also a camphor. And roastedness.
Later a ‘rock’ flavor predominated.
Sometimes I really enjoy this kind of tea, and I did enjoy it, but I feel unsatisfied.

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
2855 tasting notes

Trying to get around to reviewing things that I’ve neglected lately, so I finally opened this sampler package. Delicate looking fluffy greens, aroma of sweet clover.
I just took the last sip.
Mild taste of alfalfa, slightly sweet, very bland compared to the other greens I’ve been drinking of late.
Now my mouth is dry.

K S

Interesting you aren’t too impressed – White Monkey is one of my favorites as it tastes close to a white tea.

Terri HarpLady

Don’t take my review too seriously! I’m not a huge fan of white teas. I used to really like green tea, & I still enjoy some here & there, but I mostly prefer the darker brews. :D

K S

What I mean by interesting is how differently each of us perceive and taste. For me personally traditional breakfast tea is the least interesting type of tea. I can barely tell one from another. I do love a good Yunnan black though.

The differences are what makes tea so interesting. The same basic leaf produces so much wonderful variety.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I totally agree! The endless variety is one of the elements of tea drinking that definitely has ME hooked!
Also, some days I might really appreciate a certain tea, other days not so much. So even my perceptions change! (Probably depends on who’s running the show: Little Terri, Ms Theresa, or some other random persona, LOL).

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I’m trying to work my way through my tea collection, especially making a point to drink a few of the more remote teas that I have, with this being one of them. It’s earthy, soothing, & loaded with healing herbs.
Here’s the link to my original post, if you’d like to read it.
http://steepster.com/Terri%20HarpLady/posts/133120#likes

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This is such a lovely tea to look at. so fairy-like, with a gentle floral & creamy vanilla aroma. It also looks beautiful in the cup while brewing.
The resulting tea in also very gentle, very mildly flavored florals, vanilla, & lightly sweet.

There is just enough of this left to also do a cold brew, & since Verdant has recently re-added it to their page (along with Laoshan Bergamot Rose), I’m gonna use it up!

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
2855 tasting notes

Sipdown!
This is a nice one that I think I’ll eventually add to my cupboard. It was sent as a sample from Laurent, so thanks to Laurent @ Nina’s.

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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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http://www.harpsinger.net

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