3048 Tasting Notes

Sil, just in case I haven’t thanked you enough lately, I just wanna say Thanks! Our tea trade was really fun, & I’m still having fun!
This Assam is quite robust, with a bit of a bite under the tongue, and a high grapiness in the palate. Is rich, dark, deep, & assam-like!

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I’m logging this for my son Leif, who drank it this morning before he left for college. His comments, “It’s Fantastic! I even love it unsweetened plain, but it’s even better with a little coconut creamer.”

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I was totally absent from Steepster yesterday. I spent the entire morning running errands with my sons, then lunch at PF Changs to commemorate Drew’s 24th birthday (a week late), then finally I came home & worked in the garden for the rest of the day until I could no longer see. My Gazebo area is finally fully planted with a variety things: various peas, radishes, lettuces, beets, turnips, parsnips, dill, leeks, red scallions, etc. Some were planted a few weeks ago, some during this past week.

So during all this, I did actually drink quite a bit of tea! I started with #49 Assam from Smith tea, which is wonderful! Then I made a 16 oz of Foxy Roxy’s, very lightly sweetened with stevia, & sipped on that all morning while I was driving around. It amazes me how long teas stay hot in that thermal cup!

While I was gardening I sipped on the rest of the ginger peach ice tea from Monday. And that my friends is all the tea I drank yesterday.

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Good morning Steepster! Happy first day of May!!
Ms Theresa printed up our “Tea Collection” list this morning. It looks like my total teas is 243 (256 if I count straight out herbs like Astragulus, Elder Berry, etc, but we’ll leave those off the list.)
Of course, some of those are samples, & I’ve decided I need to get through the samples & quit hoarding!!
This one came from Sil, & it really is a tasty blend of yunnan & assam, somehow allowing the tastiness of both to shine in a really nicely balanced way! I have truly enjoyed it, & someday when I’m allowed to order tea again (today I have 12 days ‘clean’), it’s on my list to order from Upton! Thanks Sil!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & that’s a Sipdown, so now my total is 242!

Sil

Lol I’m winning the race so far!

Terri HarpLady

Yes you are, but I’m finally getting serious about sipdowns! Now that I drank the cinnamon apple coffeecake, I’m at 241.

Sil

also you’re not about to come into 10 swaps anymore

Sil

er that i’m aware. my brain hurts.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, nope! I have no swaps in the works at this moment, although I have talked to a few people about swapping, uhh…Az, Tasty, & a few other, so I probably should get that ball rolling, right?
I mean, our little race is sort of a 2 way race: to have to more teas (which I’m winning, LOL) & to have less (which you’re winning). So we’re both winning!! :D

Sil

LOL YAY! we’re both winning and um yes…swap with tasty! I actually have to do another one with her soon…jsut as soon as i have teas to temps her with. lesigh

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I know I’m one of the only people on steepster that likes roasted chicory root. I also like this blend, which is pretty heavy on the cinnamon & ginger, nicely spicy, and thanks to the chicory it has enough depth to feel satisfying. I drank it in years, saw it on the shelf at the store, & because I’m trying to drink less caffeine in the evening, I figured, “What the heck, let’s get reacquainted”. And we did! Besides, I love the artwork on the box.

TheTeaFairy

Always liked folks who are unafraid to show their differences! Be a proud roasted chicory root lover Terri Harplady :-)

Terri HarpLady

~ Flashing a cool hippy peace sign at TheTeaFairy ~

Rachel J

I like it too! Have you tried “Roastaroma”?

Artp

This is one of the few bagged teas I keep on hand; So delicious!

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drank Ginger Peach by The Tea Spot
3048 tasting notes

I bought a sample of this awhile back, & have drank it, but neglected to write a review. As I recall, it was nice hot, but maybe not as peachy as I’d like it to be. There is a nice bit of ginger though! I love Ginger! So today I used up the rest of the sample making sun tea while I was working in the garden. Then I let it chill & it’s very nice! I’ll actually finish drinking it tomorrow, because I’ve had enough caffeine for today, but I did want to log it, because it’s a SIPdown! :D

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OK, it’s time to drink some tea that doesn’t have caffeine in it!
I think this may be my official favorite Rooibos blend. It’s lemony & tasty. What more can I ask for?

Sil

a pony? maybe 1,000,000$

Terri HarpLady

HA!
Not sure if I want a pony, but I’d definitely like the $$$ :D

Terri HarpLady

Sil, did I send you a sample of this one? I can’t remember if I had it yet when I sent your box.

Sil

uh….my cupboard says nope lol

Terri HarpLady

So…for our next trade… ;)

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It’s been awhile since I enjoyed this tea. It really is a delightful oolong, with a light roasty flavor, a fruitiness like plums, & an undercurrent of caramelized brown sugar & hazelnuts. After awhile it takes on a roasted green bean-like flavor as well, bringing to mind laoshan black in it’s later steepings.

Serenity

OH, yum…! I love your description!

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This tea combines the features of a smokey ‘caravan’ type tea with the bergamot of Earl Grey. It’s suppose to be a tribute to Winston Churchill, who was not a tea drinker. It was really a big ‘risk’ for me to purchase some of this, but I had to give it a try. It’s ok, but not something I will re-order… :p

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
3048 tasting notes

My student & I enjoyed a pot of this tea this afternoon. It’s a nice malty cup, but does not resteep well.

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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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