3051 Tasting Notes

Another Sipdown, this one from a sample sent to me by Threewhales.
I’ve decided I like this, mainly because I can drink it in the evening & not get all jazzed up. But also, it’s grown on me a bit.
Originally when I tried it, it was kind of meehhh.
I’ve discovered that if I make it double strenth, I like it better.
Now…on with my taxes…oh wait…I just finished this cup of tea already…I need something else to drink!

K S

Oh, I will have to try double strength… and just how long have you been (not) doing your taxes? Shoot you still have a couple weeks, have some tea.

Terri HarpLady

:D
I’m almost done!

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Sipdown!
This is the last of a sample sent to me quite some time ago from Angel @ Teavivre. Thanks again, Angel!

SO…the dry smell is like sweet dried berries
I preheated the Gaiwan & dropped the leaf in there, & the aroma was even sweeter, like strawberries & dark chocolate, with a floral ‘after’ smell that lingered in my sinuses.
I went with really short steepings 4 secs for starters
The wet leaf smelled of apricots & caramelized brown sugar
The early steepings were lightly peachy, with a perfumey lingering aftertaste, & there was also a camphor. And roastedness.
Later a ‘rock’ flavor predominated.
Sometimes I really enjoy this kind of tea, and I did enjoy it, but I feel unsatisfied.

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
3051 tasting notes

Trying to get around to reviewing things that I’ve neglected lately, so I finally opened this sampler package. Delicate looking fluffy greens, aroma of sweet clover.
I just took the last sip.
Mild taste of alfalfa, slightly sweet, very bland compared to the other greens I’ve been drinking of late.
Now my mouth is dry.

K S

Interesting you aren’t too impressed – White Monkey is one of my favorites as it tastes close to a white tea.

Terri HarpLady

Don’t take my review too seriously! I’m not a huge fan of white teas. I used to really like green tea, & I still enjoy some here & there, but I mostly prefer the darker brews. :D

K S

What I mean by interesting is how differently each of us perceive and taste. For me personally traditional breakfast tea is the least interesting type of tea. I can barely tell one from another. I do love a good Yunnan black though.

The differences are what makes tea so interesting. The same basic leaf produces so much wonderful variety.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I totally agree! The endless variety is one of the elements of tea drinking that definitely has ME hooked!
Also, some days I might really appreciate a certain tea, other days not so much. So even my perceptions change! (Probably depends on who’s running the show: Little Terri, Ms Theresa, or some other random persona, LOL).

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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
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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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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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