3010 Tasting Notes

It’s been awhile since I had this, but it is so tasty & satisfying! I think I have enough left to drink it one more time after today…
BTW, I noticed that David is starting to bring back some of the summery blends on the Verdant site!! Hopefully this one will follow soon!

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This was my 2nd cup of tea at breakfast.
I can’t say I’m a fan, but at least the lavender wasn’t too prominent. I love lavender, the smell of it is wonderful, but I don’t care for it in my tea or in my food.
Gratefully I’m home now, where I have a crazy & wonderful selection of teas that I do love!
BTW…did you know that under the ‘companies’ heading, there are 4 listings each for Stash & for Tazo? This applies to several other company listings as well. If I had more time, I’d go in & consolidate all the multiple listings, just because (look out, here comes a rare left brain moment, someone let Ms Theresa out of the closet) it really irritates me! Maybe a group of us could each agree to take a letter of the alphabet, & clean up that letter, consolidating all the companies & reviews that have multiple listings. Any comments?

Dinosara

Duplicate companies can be merged, but it has to be done by Jason because it is somewhat tricky. A while back they had to fix DavidsTea because there were multiple listings for that company. I think they best thing to do would be to email Jason with an example of the listings that show different company names, and eventually he’ll get to fixing it. It can take longer than merging multiple tea listings, which seems straightforward.

For merging listings of an individual tea, you can email Ricky with both of the listings, and I usually say which one I think is more accurate/whatever for him to use as the primary one, while the second one gets deleted after the tasting notes are moved over. Those he usually gets to pretty quickly, within a day or so.

The problem with trying to do it ourselves is that we can’t move tasting notes! But I send things to Ricky all the time. I feel like I must get annoying but he has thanked me for helping clean up the Steepster database. :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Sara!
I was thinking we could go in & edit a Tea, changing the company it was listed under, & all the tasting notes would move with it.
Oh well…I’m not gonna worry about it then.

Dinosara

Yeah I suppose that would work for teas that aren’t double listed under two “different” companies. Of course then the “wrong” company name is still hanging out there in the database and you know somebody will use it again. :P

Kittenna

I cleaned up a bunch of duplicate DavidsTeas recently, as many organic ones were duplicated (people really don’t look before they create a new tea, argh!) But yes, Jason is pretty good at taking care of things/merging duplicates if you find them! It bothers me a lot too.

Kittenna

And yeah, if you can change companies to something consistent (i.e. there are no double-listed teas), that’s a perfect way to deal with some of it! Unfortunately, Steepster won’t let you name two teas from the same company the same thing (unless you’re sneaky and put a space at the end of the name ;) )

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Tuesday is the day my daughter Ari & her son usually come for breakfast, & we have a wonderful time drinking tea, & fixing & eating way too much food! Today we went out to a local breakfast joint, accompanied by my 2 sons as well. The tea selection there is always iffy, but I did find one bag of this EB, which for a bagged EB isn’t too bad.

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A little something to savor in my Bubble Bath this morning.
Don’t tell Ms. Theresa…

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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Last fall at the end of one of my posts I ended with “Please, sir, I want some more”, & then offered to send my xmas CD to the first person who guessed what movie it was a quote from. Michelle won!! I sent her the CD & some tea samples as a prize. About a month ago I got a surprise package in return, loaded with generous samples of tea & a cute little note wishing me a good day! Thanks Michelle!

So this tea is in there, & since I was looking around for one more ‘no caffeine’ cup to end my day, this one seemed like a perfect fit.
Since I’m allergic to milk, I’ve never had a creme brulee, but I’m wondering if I could make something like that with canned coconut milk…like an egg custard, topped with brown sugar, set under the broiler briefly…hmmm…of course, I don’t really eat brown sugar either…maybe some date sugar…

Ooops! I got off track into fantasy world. This is a tasty tea, it looks like a pretty little confetti, & in spite of the fine milling , I didn’t get any rooibos stuck on my tonsils, so it was a win.

graceatblb

The type of sugar doesn’t matter as long as you can torch it. I used date sugar for Christmas Creme Brulees this year and everyone loved it.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Grace! That looks awesome!

CrowKettle

Mmmm, coconut creme brulee sounds even better than regular creme brulee.

graceatblb

You’re welcome. It’s my go-to holiday recipe for dessert.

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drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
3010 tasting notes

This is a sample sent to me from Laurent @ Nina’s. Thank you!
I have to admit, after I gave Laurent my address, I think I was suppose to look at the catalog & pick out some teas for him to send. I got sidetracked & never got around to it. So I got random samples.

So…Cancer is not my sign. I’m an Aquarius. Also, I don’t usually like rooibos much, & in fact, for some reason the look of it kind of freaks me out. It just doesn’t look real, LOL. So, even though the rooibos in this blend looks creepy to me, it is the best looking rooibos I’ve seen, in that it’s not as chopped up as usual, & none of it managed to get through the filter & into my throat, so that’s a plus. I’m guessing that this is a higher grade rooibos than I usually end up with.
I decided to sample this because I’m trying not to stay up til 2am for once, so I’m avoiding caffeine for the evening in an effort to wind down. Initially, the rooibos taste was fairly strong, but then the pineapple flavor really stepped forward. The coconut was there too. I’ve still been working on restringing that harp (only 2 octaves to go), so my tea had a chance to cool a bit, & the flavors really blended together beautifully. It was quite good!

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Girl scout cookies!! I haven’t had a thin mint in years, but I’m having one now!

Sil

Whaaaaa…..you are so killing me with these Terri lol

Terri HarpLady

I guess I’d better hurry up & send you your goodie box then, eh?

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I’ve spent the whole day drinking ‘grown up’ tea, & while we were taking a break from re-stringing another harp, and reading Indigo Bloom’s post, little Terri started begging for a chocolate tea. And this one is awesome! First of all, the tea base is real full leaf tea, not chopped up stuff, & it’s a nice malty robust base! Then the chocolate! It reminds me of melted chocolate chips, the semi sweet kind. It has a thick feeling to it. I added stevia & coconut creamer, & I’m drinking hot cocoa! YUMMM!!

Sil

Hmmmmm… Want! Lol

Terri HarpLady

I plan on sending you some, when we finally do our trade, LOL!

Sil

Haha ok

Dinosara

My fave chocolate tea by far!

Indigobloom

ohhhh yah that sounds amazing. Little Terri has good instincts haha

Serenity

I want to A. learn to play the harp and B. drink this tea! : )

Terri HarpLady

Dinosara: Yup!
Indigo: Yup! She’s very easily influenced by others too :D
Serenity: Too bad you don’t live in St. Louis! I have rental harps available for students. BUT if you ever decide to try lessons, I can probably help you find someone in your area.

Indigobloom

I’m happy to influence tea choices any time! :P

Terri HarpLady

Sometimes it’s fun to look around, see what everyone else is drinking, & then decide what I want. No responsibility!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3010 tasting notes

Shared a pot of this with my student.

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I’ve been sipping on this all afternoon, while I restring a harp for a student. It is one of the TOMC selections for March.
I open the package to find a chunk of a nice thick cake, loosely pressed in shades of tan, brown, olive, charcoal, & black.
Dry aroma: Hay & a hint of vanilla
Wet Aroma: very bright & fruity, Elderberry & green banana
5G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 5 seconds

The early steepings were tart, with almost a lemony feel. The first couple of sips etched my throat, like a very fresh green olive oil.

I lost track of my steeps, I’m probably at 9 or so, & the flavor has mellowed to a nicely savory, slightly creamy cup. It’s kind of buttery, & the flavor somehow reminds me of Kolcanon, which I haven’t had for a long time. For those who haven’t had it, it’s an Irish dish of potatoes & kale.

Alphakitty

I made kolcanon with sausage for St. Patrick’s day! Only the version I use is cabbage instead of kale, it’s so yummy either way!

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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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