3071 Tasting Notes

Sample Sipdown!

This is the final sample from my trade with Ysaurella, which was a wonderful trade for myself, but not so good for her, as the package I sent got stuck in customs…or drank by somebody there?

Tomorrow will mark a week that I sent a 2nd package. Everybody think successful thoughts, please? It seems like everybody else’s packages have made it through. Hopefully mine will as well!

This is a flavorful tea with just the right amounts of almond, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, & cloves. It does have a very celebratory holiday taste. Thank you so much, Ysaurella, for all of the lovely teas that you sent to me! :D

TheTeaFairy

I got hers today, and really hope she gets mine soon, a little worried as I’m reading this!! Bad customs, bad, bad :-(

Sil

My package to ysaurella arrived without a hitch but I think it may have taken a little over a week if I remember right.

Sil

I tend not to worry until things hit the 10 business day mark (in Canada that’s mon-fri only). Also if you sent it ground mail instead of air, I know in Canada, depending on when the boat leaves that means it can take anywhere from 3 weeks to two months….which is insane IMO :)

Terri HarpLady

The post office said 10 days. So I don’t expect it to arrive before the end of the week.
What would be awesome would be if she received both boxes the same day, LOL.
But I’ll be happy if she receives one! Keeping fingers crossed…

TheTeaFairy

Thanks for the info Sil, I did send airways so crossing my fingers she gets it, they said 7 to 10 days…
Terri, getting both your packages + mine on the same day would be like winning some type of tea lottery, right? I hope she wins!

Terri HarpLady

That would be pretty cool! It’s been a few months since I sent the first box :(

Ysaurella

Terri you’re awesome to send me another parcel ! Well I never had any problem before so I expect to receive your second parcel + The Tea fairy’s one :) yes that would be a big lottery day if I get them in the same time.
Generally it always takes longer to receive in France the parcels from North America, all my swaps received their teas before me (one or 2 days) Except with Nicole, we always received our swaps simulteanously.
With Asia this is the opposite, I always received 3 or 4 days before my swap partner.

Terri HarpLady

Ysaurella, I just hope you receive it this time! :)

Ysaurella

yes today or then friday because wednesday and thursday are bank holidays here :)

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I’m having one of those days where I don’t really want to do anything.
I don’t have any students until 3:00. My neck is still kinked, but not as badly, so I was able to ease back into my yoga, very gently. Since then, all I’ve done is drink tea & eat a little breakfast.
There are tons of things to do, so I feel like I should be doing something, but maybe a hot bubble bath…maybe I just need another day off? Another cup of tea?

I picked this Keemun next because Sil just posted the Keemun I sent her, LOL, so why not return the favor? :)
I enjoy Keemun. It’s a nice earthy grounding kind of tea, lightly sweet, with a hint of smoke. It’s not at all like Assam & Yunnans, which are without a doubt my favorites, but it’s got this balanced taste, which I also really enjoy. This cup I’m having today has a nice sweet fullness to it, & it’s just what I needed.
Another sipdown sample!
Thanks Sil!

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Sample Sipdown!
On 2 of my orders from about a month ago, Stacy sent me samples of this tea. For some reason they were different quantities. One weighed in at 2G, the other at 5G. They were clearly the same tea, so I combined them into my 16 oz teapot, steeped 3 minutes at 180, & am enjoying the pot as my first tea of the day.

This is a lovely cup, with nuances of almond & melon, & after I swallow it, I taste cinnamon! There’s also a lemony brightness to it. It’s quite nice.

Thank you Stacy!

Butiki Teas

The first samples of this we gave out weren’t measured out.

Terri HarpLady

oh well! They were tasty mixed together, & just the right amount for my teapot! Thanks so much, Stacy! :)

Butiki Teas

Awesome! :) I think at first I just ended up adding a fair amount of the sample for experimenting with the brewing instructions since we hadn’t officially come up with brewing parameters yet.

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Another sample sipdown! Thank you Ysaurella!
The St. Louis cardinals won, 10 – 1, completing a 4 game sweep of the Brewers.
This was my celebration tea, & victory is sweet! This lovely tea combines a blend of black teas with strawberries, rhubarb, & florals. It was a very nice cup, & Tony enjoyed it too!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
3071 tasting notes

Cardinals 8
Brewers 1
top of the 6th
Go Cards!!
What else can I say about this tea that hasn’t been said? It is wonderful. It is an amazing contrast to Assam. So buttery, sweet, & rich, with a tingling thick mouth feel that is SO satisfying!
Perfect for watching baseball!

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Still reviewing tea from breakfast:
I also drank a cup of this. For an earl grey, it’s ok. Not too heavy on the bergamot. I used 2 bags, because the Assam is kind of weak.

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Tony & I went to breakfast at our usual haunt, with his 2 kids (both adults). This restaurant has the brown Numi box, & the selection is getting pretty thin. I tried a cup of this, sweetened with stevia. It was ok, definitely got the berry flavors in there, very bright tasting. It actually reminds me of berry flavored koolaid. Not something I’d buy.

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Dear Sil,
Please forgive me, but I really had to have this today. I hope you don’t think I’m drinking it to spite you, as I know you’ve been hoarding that last cup. Drink up, my friend! Drink up & enjoy! Drink up & savor the bold malty sweet wine like awesomeness that this tea has to offer, for the world could end tonight, or there could be a zombie apocalypse, or anything could happen, & it would be a shame for this tea to have gone to waste!
No more hoarding! : D

Sil

hahaha i actually thought about drinking it this morning but this “sick” that i have is messing with my tastebuds and i didn’t want to waste it. Instead i’m trying to drink things that i know will cut through the fog of snot and sick taste in my mouth lol :) i’m soo pretty this weekend haha

Terri HarpLady

You & me both. I’ve been sitting around feeling sorry for myself with a terrible kink in my neck that started earlier in the week, & peaked out yesterday. I was reduced to immobility, with only Tony (who was really nice to me all day, rubbed my neck, fixed awesome food, expressed sympathy), TV (Cardinals baseball – thank god they won, followed by back to back Big Bang Theory, then SNL) & tea to console me (I’m grateful my tastebuds & sense of smell aren’t effected). Today is a little better, I was able to leave the house & go out to breakfast. Now I’m back on the couch, alternating between ice packs & the heating pad.
Hopefully we’ll both be better soon!
And yeah, save that last cup, no point wasting it, the world won’t end today, I promise! :)

Sil

i’m spending today going through my closet…i managed to lose a bunch of weight over the past year and i’ve gradually been picking up things to replace my bigger clothes…but now i have way too many clothes in the house. and i mean WAY too many. So i’m trying to get organised. Do you think it’s healthy for one person to have uh…30 wearable dresses in their closet? lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I’ve also lost 30# in the last year or so. I’ve been gradually working my way back down through the sizes, & I need to start bagging & donating stuff. I wear black for most of my gigs, so I have this entire closet of black stuff: pants, dresses, skirts, blouses, some really nice clothes (including the long beaded gown). They are all too big. I need to quit spending money on tea so I can buy a new wardrobe!

Sil

luckily my other half works at banana republic, which is perfect for all my work type clothes – his discount means i never have to try and shop for clothes on sale. i HATE clothes shopping. And since i can’t wear casual clothes at work, i barely need anything more than 2 pairs of jeans haha

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, not much of a shopper myself. I spend a large percentage of my time in pajama type clothes: sweats or yoga pants & t’s. When I actually leave the house & I’m not playing a gig it’s jeans & t’s.

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I enjoyed this today too.
Sorry my reviews are lame today…

TastyBrew

If they were super indepth, you’d be wasting your quiet weekend. This is perfect! :-)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Tasty!:)

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Thank you again Ysaurella for this lovely tea.
Tony just fed me a raspberry. Now THAT’s an awesome boyfriend! He’s been really nice to me all day. Of course, he’s always nice, but I have a terrible kink in my neck, & am laying around with alternating ice packs & heat. I’ve been doing tennis ball therapy on myself, laid back on the yoga ball, done reiki, really gentle yoga, lets just saying I’m no fun today & the only saving graces are tea, Tony rubbing my neck & shoulders, & St. Louis cardinals baseball.
This is a tasty tea, with the flavors that remind me of mince pie: apples, cinnamon, raisin, & spice!
Another sipdown!

TheTeaFairy

Hope you get that pain out of your neck. Assuming it’s related to your instrument? If it is, it must be pretty much ongoing…

Terri HarpLady

It’s actually a reaction to food sensitivities…I just wish I’d learn from my experiences…

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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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