2957 Tasting Notes

Headed to the bubble bath with this wonderfully bold & chocolatey tea.

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Good morning Steepsterites!
I’m up earlier than usual, as I have a concert today at noon to play.
I’ll play a mix of Irish & Classical, and I woke up hungry, so my morning routine order is a little switched: Breakfast & tea, bubble bath, yoga (that’s usually first), warm up on my harp, then hit the road!

So far I have only enjoyed this tea Gongfu style, which is the only recommendation on the Verdant website. I made the mistake of brewing Yu Lu Yan Cha in a mug as if it were Laoshan black, & the results was not pleasant, at least not for me. So I’ve been a little hesitant to make that mistake again, Fo Shou. (Sorry…couldn’t help it)

But what the hell! Tea is all about the experience, all about the experiment, right? As in tea, so in life, right? So I went for it. I opened the little red package, it’s roughly a Tablespoon, dumped in the steeper basket, & added hot water. I let it go for 3 minutes, just like Laoshan Black. It was AWESOME! 2nd cup steeped 4 minutes, 3rd cup = 5 minutes.

I’m a happy camper! Now I know that I can take this tea either way, & that just made my day!

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There is a big pot of stew waiting for me, but after reading Bonnie’s Sheng post, I wanted some.

This is a super ‘clean’ tasting sheng, very mellow, with a nice energy about it. I already did a more extensive review, commenting on the tangerine peel flavor, so that’s all I’m saying.
I’m gonna relax & enjoy this for awhile.

Terri HarpLady

I’d like to add that after a few cups this developes kind of ‘french bread’ quality to it. It’s really interesting!

Bonnie

Oh shut up! I just had ginger beef so there, and french onion soup BAM! (So yesterday I wasn’t on Steepster, I was cooking all day!)
A nice pot of tea and kicks back! We have it good,don’t we!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, Bonnie! Yes, we have it good! Us old ladies know how to eat!
I spent 2.5 days cooking this stew, I’ll have you know! I started the soup bones tues night before bed & let them go, adding carrots & celery last night before bed. This morning I strained everything & added stew meat, gradually adding veggies throughout the day so they wouldn’t turn to mush: carrots, parsnips, celery, turnips, caramelized onions & garlic, green beans, fresh rosemary & bay leaf. Also crushed fire roasted tomatoes! My 7 Qt crockpot is full! I’ll freeze the leftovers & get to eat stew for awhile! I wish I could beam some over to ya!
Slow cooking! Real Food! That’s where it’s at!

Bonnie

Mine was cooked in the crock pot too with onions,fresh ginger,garlic,wine etc. (Browned the roast first). While it was cooking I made ginger syrup,ginger candy and vanilla orange balsamic poppyseed dressing. Later made French onion soup and salad. When we cooks get the bug, watch out!

Terri HarpLady

Yum!! I’m having dessert, which I rarely have, but I had one meyer lemon left on my little tree in the sunroom. That tree is blooming now, and the scent of the blossoms greets me everytime I come in the back door! So I needed to use that last lemon: meyer lemon custard, lightly sweetened with honey. It turned out really tart! I’ll eat a few bites & refrigerate the rest.

Bonnie

I’m on my way!

Terri HarpLady

What? You’re not here yet?
; )

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mmMMMmmm….I’m enjoying this :)
This tea arrived today, & I immediately drank a cup, & then resteeped the leaves for a 2nd cup. Even though I shook the package up real good for that first cup, it mainly tasted like Laoshan black, with a little extra roasty flavor. It was awesome, but I wasn’t really getting the chocolate & toasted rice vibe that much. So I drank a cup of Keemun, which is very different, drank a glass of water, & measured out some more of this tea to try again. This time I inspected my spoon, making sure that all of the ingredients were well represented, & the 2nd cup definitely had the tasted of toasted rice & cacao! They add a satisfying depth to the cup, not tasting like coffee, but with the full body of coffee. On the re-steep I added some orange peel to the cup, just for a fun experiment, & it was a nice addition! Halfway through drinking that cup, I also added a drop of stevia, & THAT was also nice!
Now I’m reminiscing about Laoshan Bergamot Rose, hoping that David will bring that one back, fantasizing about adding roses & vanilla to this blend, enjoying this cup, & I think I need a hot bubblebath.
I’ll buy more…yes, I’m sure I’ll buy more…

Sil

jealous! I can’t wait for my order to get here!

Terri HarpLady

After I ordered it I started thinking this will probably be included in the TOMC package, right? Along with the Autumn picked Tieguanyin, which I didn’t order.

Sil

i don’t get the TOMC, just the reserve club…which sadly i just cancelled because it’s turning into spring teas and while i’m open to trying greens and the like, i don’t LOVE them. I much prefer darkers teas. So I’ll just pick up some of the new teas come april and see what’s what heh

Tealizzy

I have some of this one on its way and I’m waiting very impatiently!!

Bonnie

This was like 2 tea’s in taste for me.First Laoshan Black then Genmaicha. Individual flavors that blend late in the back of my mouth. Like you,I keep thinking about what I can create with the tea.

darby

I need to order some!

The Bergamot Rose is in stock.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, Darby! I noticed that last night & did a double take! Yay!

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Another tasty cold brew, & the final sip down from my trade with Azzrian.
The box is empty! Thanks Azz!

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Another cold brew sip down, and this is delicious!
I think I am now hooked on cold brewing tea!

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Sipdown of this sample from Azz.
I cold-brewed the last of it, & I like it better this way! Tasty!

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Some of us were talking about Black Dragon Pearls on here the other day. I was passing the mall, so I stopped in again to see if they have any. They didn’t, & he isn’t even sure if they’ll be getting them ever again!
He recommended the Golden Monkey, saying that it is essentially the same tea, so I bought some. It has basically been my tea of the day, not because it’s better than everything else, but because I’m busy, it’s easy to brew another cup, & I’m trying to decide if it really tastes the same as the pearls. And I don’t think it does. I know that’s probably absurd. Anyway, it is malty! It’s tasty in it’s own right, but I’m not getting the chocolatey essence. Still it’s not bad. Maybe I’ll add more tea next time, as I always use considerably more pearls than recommended.
Time to move on to something else…Next!

K S

With the TeaVivre versions I was just the opposite. The pearls were ok, but the golden monkey I absolutely loved. Strange.

ashmanra

The Teavana GM is not nearly as delicious as the ones from Teavivre and Harney and Sons. And it isn’t at all like Teavivre’s black dragon pearls.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve had TeaVivre’s Golden Monkey, which is of course way better than TeaVana’s.

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I’ve been practicing like a crazy woman all evening!
First it was the first harp part for Schelomo, the cello concerto by Bloch. Then there’s another piece for that concert, which is on Monday.
Next I worked on Clair de Lune (Debussy) because I have to play it at a gig in a few weeks & it’s been awhile…I also worked on my arrangement of Girl From Ipanima.
Finally, I’m playing a meditation concert at a church this friday, as part of their Lent series & since St Pats is this weekend, I came up with a set that includes a mix of Irish tunes, & some classical stuff to, like the Swan, such a beautiful piece…sigh…

When I finished practicing, I wanted a cup of tea to help me unwind, & here’s what I threw together:
Chamomile – purported sleep aid
Oat straw & nettle – good source of calcium’ for relaxing
Double shot of valerian tincture – nature’s version of Valium
Orange peel, lemon verbena (homegrown!) & vanilla for flavor
A few drops of stevia for flavor enhancement

I think that’s everything. Add hot water, steep, & enjoy!

gmathis

Wish I’d been a little mousie in your practice room all evening :)

Starfevre

I always loved playing Clair de Lune on the piano

Terri HarpLady

Oh, me too! I love all Debussy, but I think my most fav Debussy is first arabesque, such a wonderful creation. Reverie is another fav, I could sit & play from my Deb book all day : )

Terri HarpLady

Mathis, sometime when you’re in St. Louis you’ll have to come over for tea @ a concert :)
You’re somewhere on the other end of this lovely state, aren’t you?

gmathis

I am. I’ve already resolved to check the Schnuck’s and Whole Foods event calendar (in case you’re on it :) next time we’re headed that direction. Likely not till fall.

Terri HarpLady

you can also just check my website, www.harpsinger.net. I usually do a pretty good job of keeping the calendar there updated, although now I’m going to confess that it’s probably a little behind…so many things to do…sigh…

Kittenna

I love playing Reverie on the piano – I can only imagine how awesome it sounds on a harp! (Also love Clair de Lune but never spent enough time on it to make it sound good).

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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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