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2498 Tasting Notes

Today this cup is honey sweet, malty, & delicious. I love the way it tastes, like a slice of honey wheat toast, spread with honey & bee pollen.

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A lovely quiet afternoon. Tony’s in the tub (yes, REAL men take bubble baths), I’m watching a movie called ‘Ruby Sparks’, & we’re both drinking mugs of this Chai, made with almond milk.
I followed Robert Godden’s suggestions, warming the milk slowly in the pan with extra leaf. I left it on for quite some time, just letting the flavors leach from the leaves. When I divided it into 2 cups I added some sugar to Tony’s & stevia to mine. It is delicious. I’ll probably have to get some more of this chai, as this is a sipdown.
Thanks for the suggestions Robert!


sounds neat!

Robert Godden

Almond milk. I must try that myself!

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This one came to me from Sil who got it from Dexter.
I accidentally ruined the first cup. I was also making Tony a cup of the Earl, & he likes a spoon of sugar, but I accidentally put his sugar in my cup of tea! Yuck! I tried to drink it anyway, but I have this weird problem, which is when I put sugar in my tea, I can’t taste the sweetness of it. It only ruins the flavor of the tea.
My 2nd cup was much better, sans sugar. This is bold, a little astringent & slightly bitter, and not very malty, so it’s probably never going to be a favorite, but it was still quite drinkable, & the most robust cup I’ve had today, so at least there is that. :)
And it’s a sipdown!


I completely agree about the sugar. I’m forever puzzled by people who say a bit of sweetener brings out the flavouring more. For me it just turns the tea astringent.


Sugar brings out flavours for me when it’s a flavoured tea….but in a straight tea? Ick

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it adds astringency & acidity too. The funny thing is, I can’t taste the sweetness of it, especially the rock crystal stuff. I can taste maple syrup, however, although I only occasionally add it.


I only really know that German sugar, that people seem to think is superior for tea. It’s made from beet sugar and to me that’s just normal ordinary every-day sugar. :) It’s cane sugar that’s the fancy-schmancy stuff around these parts. :)
I’ve tried sometimes with a little bit of liquid honey, but that just makes the tea taste like honey, which wasn’t really the purpose either. I’ve given up and accepted that I don’t like sweetener in my tea. (Strangely, though, I rather like a honey flavoured tea. I don’t know why this is different for me)

Terri HarpLady

I love teas that taste like honey & bee pollen, but could never have honey in my tea.
Tony adores that German Rock sugar, it’s considered fancy in a rustic sort of way, I guess.

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I added some of this back into my cupboard yesterday while I was at the London Tea Room. It’s a pleasant blend of black tea, orange, chocolate, & a croissant like taste to the base. A nice change of pace, lightly flavored.

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A perfect end to this day: a mug of this tea & a bubble bath :)
Yeah baby!

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Another tea for the Qimen Quandery
I was out & about today, & stopped by the London Tea Room, which recently moved to the Tower Grove neighborhood (for those familiar with St. Louis, which is probably almost nobody). It is now much closer to my house (in the Maplewood neighborhood), & I’m in that area fairly often, usually on Fridays. So I stopped by there, with plans of having lunch & tea, because that’s what I usually do when I go there. Sadly, they no longer have a full kitchen, so they only serve quiche & a few other already prepped things. They still have lots of scones & such, but with all of my allergies etc, there was nothing for me to eat. I still drank a pot of tea, & then picked up a couple of oz each of the following:
Keemun – which I’ve been drinking. It’s what I think of, when I think of a Keemun: a little pine smoke, a little brown sugar, a nice middle body, no highs, but not overly bold or bassy.
Kenyan Kaproret Estate – to share with the BBBB & NofarS
Jubilee – for Tony – it’s basically an earl grey plus orange, he loves it.
Parisian Breakfast – Black tea, orange, vanilla, & chocolate, as I recall…

Including the Taiwanese Oolong I received as a gift, this bumps my total back up to 331.
Thus ends my Qimen Quandery for now. There are now 5 in my collection, & although I enjoyed all of them, I’d say my 2 favorites are Verdant’s Qimen Anhui, & Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Fragrant.

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Tea Fairy, thank you!

I made a cup of this & I’m leaving the house with it. It will add joy to my driving, it is a tasty treat!


like this one too


Banana bread tea!


Haha! Bringing a piece of me with you :-)

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drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
2498 tasting notes

This tea arrived yesterday in the Steepster Select box, conveniently in time to be part of my Qimen Quandery for today :)
I followed the steeping suggestions of 4 min. I’d say there was roughly 1.5 tsp in the packet.
The cup is rich, sweet, & earthy, with a light smokiness. It’s also somewhat bitter & kind of tart, like the peels of red grapes. As it cooled, the taste of Cacao nibs became more noticeable. That was the first steeping. I suspect it would be really wonderful with a little maple syrup added, but I already drank the whole cup, so obviously the bitter edge didn’t bother me too much. The re-steep is nice enough as well.

When I steep the 2nd serving, I’ll probably play around with the steep time a bit, maybe going for 3 minutes instead of 4.

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My Breakfast Blend tea of the day, which was enjoyed as an after breakfast cup. Today this is feeling very bright, but otherwise tasty. :)
(yes, I’m still a grumpus)

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I have a new student who’s Mom is from Taiwan. When she found out I was a tea drinker & saw my collection of teas & tea paraphenalia, she said, “I will send you some tea.”

Yesterday her husband & child arrived, bringing a bag. In that bag there was a lovely stainless steel tea caddy (although the inside of it smells as if perfume has been stored in it), a pretty glass steeping lid, & a 200 gram (maybe 250) foil bag of Taiwanese Oolong, that has already been opened, but is still mostly full. I think it’s a medium roasted dong ding type, or maybe a gui fei, although honestly, I’m no expert! The only writing on the colorful package that I can read says ‘from Taiwan Tea’. This was my first tea of the day, & it was a pleasant series of cups, with the earlier steeps having essence of honey & peach, & a toasty flavor. There is a hint of bug-bite flavor, & a bit of a citrus edge.


Tea lovers always want to share with other tea lovers. :)
Sounds tasty except for bug bite flavor. Does that mean it tastes itchy?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, nice comeback! :)

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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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