3048 Tasting Notes

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
3048 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’ve never had a candied Chestnut, but I want to!
I like chestnuts, and I like this tea. It’s delicious.
Thank you, Ysaurella!

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So here’s the story:
I spent the weekend at Tony’s, bringing all of my newly arrived Damn Fine Teas with me, which I thoroughly enjoyed sampling. As I was packing my bag to make the 5 minute drive back home (yes, we each own our own homes, 5 minutes away from each other), I dropped the tin of this tea, the lid popped off, & roughly 1/4 cup spilled out onto the floor.

At my house we have what is called the ‘5 second rule’, meaning if you pick it up quickly & dust it off, no harm done. At Tony’s house, the floors are immaculate & you could probably leave it there for a week, & still pick it up clean & drink it. BUT because I’m doing a trade with Sil, I put the ‘floor tea’ in a separate container (Tony had an empty Ahmad tin). So Sil, you can rest assured that the tea I am sending you did not come off the floor.
This also means I can drink the tea from the Ahmad container with wild abandon until it’s gone.
I made a whole pot to drink while teaching this morning. It’s pretty nice! :)

Dinosara

LOL @ floor tea

gmathis

Gives a whole new meaning to “sweepings” :)

Sil

HAHAHA but maybe i want the floor tea LOL

Terri HarpLady

OK, that can be arranged!

Terri HarpLady

If it was at my house, it would have picked up a few extra flavors, if you know what I mean!

K S

Sil – be careful what you ask for!

Sil

Hahaha. Terri’s too awesome to be mean to me

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Sil!
I’m almost never mean to anyone, LOL, but Tony & I do like to say ignorant things about people that are on TV while we’re watching.

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Started a cup of this, drank a few sips, then students arrived & it got cold. It has a nice boldness, a brightness, a fruitiness. A little more astringent than I usually like, but not bad!

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I’m back to the top of my black tea list!
I sipped down one last week & added 2, so now I’m at 19 unflavored blacks, with a few more on their way. As far as breakfast teas go, I’m enjoying this one today. It’s bold enough, & there’s a bit of a sweet fruity aftertaste I didn’t notice before.
Did Colin Farrell wink at me from across the table & ask for a sip? No…sigh…
So, I’m on the lookout for other Irish breakfasts (scottish, canadian) that people really love. What are your favorites?

Tea Sipper

I haven’t had many breakfasts yet, but English Tea Store has a nice Scottish Breakfast.

Terri HarpLady

Good to know!
I haven’t ordered from them yet… :)

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Just spent the afternoon watching back to back episodes of the Walking Dead, a show I had not gotten into up until friday night when Tony wanted to check it out on Netflix. We’ve been watching it on & off all weekend, sitting around in our PJs, drinking tea. Tony fixed amazing steaks for dinner, we had asparagus, & now were settling down with cups of licorice root tea to watch The Game of Thrones. Between last season & the one that starts tonight, I read the entire series of books, so there’s a little confusion in my mind as to where the story is, but I’m sure I’ll get over it.
I really enjoy this tea. It’s spicey & good.

Tealizzy

My husband and I love those shows! I’ve been curious about this tea too. Should just pick some up…it’s at whole foods. We’ve been lazy too. Been watching a lot of Star Trek Deep Space Nine!

gmathis

Love DS9! Have you seen the Tribbles episode?

Sil

Aw…tribbles!

Tealizzy

Yes! Tribbles!!! My husband grew up on the original Star Trek, so he loved that one!!

Terri HarpLady

I grew up on the original star trek! That’s probably where my love of sci fi began.
Lizzy, if you like licorice, you’ll love this tea. I’ve been drinking it for years.

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I drank the resteep of tiger assam with breakfast, & an awesome breakfast it was. Almond flour pancakes, which I have down to an art form now, were perfect with a strong cup of Assam.

Now I wanted something different, & I remembered that I had some Fo Shou in my purse!
Oh chocolate!
Oh caramel!
Oh Yeah!

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“Oh, I would love to love you…pigs might fly…”

I have not had a passion for smokey teas. The first few I tasted freaked me out. I’m still surprised that I bought this, to be quite honest. But I’ll try anything, at least once.

I DO like smoked foods: salmon, bacon, etc.

Anyway, I drank a cup of this while I was cooking breakfast. One thing I’ve discovered with smokey teas is that when they are sweet they take on a caramel-like flavor, or maybe its the taste of brown sugar that’s been given the flambe treatment. It wasn’t bad…

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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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