3071 Tasting Notes

I’m enjoying another round with this oolong, which was part of the January Reserve TOMC. I went through the process:
smell dry leaf
preheat gaiwan
drop leaf into hot gaiwan & cover
smell again – ahhh…the best fruit loops ever, kind of tropical! Plus a really heady fruity incense.

The early steepings are tropical & floral, mouthwatering the there is that incense sensation, tickling my sinuses.
Next I started noticing a tongue & sinus kind of tingly numbly sensation, & cooling too…kind of like mint or camphor.

I’m suppose to be practicing right now. I have a performance with an ensemble tomorrow at webster U: guitar, harp, bass, cello, viola, 2 voices, drum set & mallets/hand percussion. I’ll get to it in a minute.

Now after each sip there is a meaty umami kind of flavor & sensation down the center of my tongue, followed by a wash of salivation around the sides, & that sparkly sensation.

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I honestly can say that this is probably my favorite Adagio blend of all.
A nice strong Irish Breakfast laced with vanilla & Hazelnuts? Yeah!
I made a whole pot of it, again drinking the first cup straight, & adding ‘cream’ & stevia to the rest.

There’s just enough left to send to a special friend…if she wants it?

Sil

Ooh I’d try this ;)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, it’s in your box!

Terri HarpLady

That means I get to count it as a sipdown!
Do you want to try Adagio’s ‘Bite of Peach Chai Pie’?

Sil

sure! haha as long as i’m allowed to dislike adagio teas, i’m happy to keep trying them in case i find one or two that i totally love. i mean they always sound sooo tasty!

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I’m feeling groggy, crabby, & sleep deprived. I also woke up with a bitter taste in my mouth, & am having a spacey headachey morning. It’s allergies, & it pisses me off!
I drank a cup of this plain, while I was fixing my breakfast. It’s pleasantly bold & I’m really tasting the slight smokiness of the Keemun. I made a pot of it while I was drinking the cup, to have with breakfast, & added stevia & french vanilla coconut creamer, & it was very nice! I was on a creamer & stevia jag with black tea for awhile, & in fact it was really hard to break myself of it. Then for a long time I just drank all my teas black. Now I’m kind of enjoying both. The first cup is savory, the 2nd cup is dessert! Adding those things always brings out qualities in a tea that I might not notice otherwise.
And we all love variety, right?

ashmanra

Here’s a funny story for you about variety. When I was a child, sometimes my mom would call my dad “George” His name was James and she usually called him Jimmy. He would answer as if that was really his name. No big deal. Finally one day I asked her why she did that. She said she figured they would be married for a really long time and she didn’t want to get tired of being married to the same man for all those years. LOL! Yes, mom, was quite a character! And they were married for 43 happy years when my father died. Mom never remarried, because she said there would never be another like him, even though she outlived him by almost twenty years.

Terri HarpLady

My ex husband had an awesome beard when we met, & I never saw him without it. About 10 years into our marriage he got a job that required him to shave. Just for fun, he took it off a section at a time, with me snapping pics all the while. We ended up with a slew of images:
big goatee & mutton chops
same with smaller sideburns, then no sideburns
etc…it was really fun, & I ended up with a guy who looked VERY different from the guy I married!

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Some other steepsterite & I were talking about cold brewing this tea, & can’t remember who is was, but I did it, & it is delicious!
And it’s a sipdown!

Shelley_Lorraine

I think I was (at least) one of them. The creamy and steaming fruit essence of the hot tea didn’t go over well with me. I’m not the biggest fan of iced teas, but I’m still keeping it a possibility to try. Thanks for being the first and leaving your notes :)

Terri HarpLady

It was you! Thanks for the idea! :)

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So yesterday I put the last of this in the frig to cold brew, & it’s definitely refreshing! Essence of rosewater, hint of citrus, bitter-sweet aftertaste. It won’t be my go-to beverage during the summer, but nice to try!

And it’s a sipdown!

Kaylee

What is a sipdown?

Sil

kaylee – sipdown = getting to the last cup of tea of a bag of tea you have in your cupboard. a mighty accomplishment when you’ve got a lot of teas…or you’re insane and have like 700+ :)

Sil

terri….trying to decide if i need to pick up the reserve club for just one more month sigh the previews look like my kinda tea…

Kaylee

Thanks for the explanation Sil!

Sil

anytime! :)

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
3071 tasting notes

Second Breakfast Celebration (of finishing my taxes).
My daughter & grandson came, & we made Gingerbread almond flour pancakes, bacon, coconut whipped cream (OMG…it’s amazing!), a little drizzle of maple syrup, and it was awesome.

Ari picked this tea to go with our meal. I would have probably picked something plain & black, as a contrast to all the sweet creamy flavors, but this was pretty tasty. It is basically a coconut chai, & a tasty one at that! I didn’t get the full impact of the flavors, because I was already eating lots of coconut & spice flavors. There is enough left in the package to sample it without food next time.

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(To be chanted by a group of cheerleaders, shaking pompoms…or maybe a rapper?)

“Guess who finished their taxes??
Me, myself, & I!
Guess who gets a refund
Terri, Theresa, & Me
We rocked it!
We rolled it!
We slapped that ℬÎ✞₵Ḧ & owned it!
YEAH!”

Hopefully I haven’t offended anyone with the above rhyme :D
This is what happens when I suffer from sleep deprivation.
Tony will tell you to never take a road trip with me, as I have a variety of rock album lyrics memorized & like to sing them in the car, sometimes changing the words to fit my mood. The last time we went to chicago I sang pretty much all the way home.

So my taxes are done. I drank 2 more cups of Tiger Assam, the final cup with Stevia & creamer, & it was oh, so good! I usually drink my blacks straight, but there are exceptions to all rules.

Double knit is also quite tasty with stevia & creamer, it really brings out the caramel flavors that come with the hint of smoke.
I’m going to celebrate with Second Breakfast! And more tea!

Ysaurella

do you use white or green stevia for your teas ?

Terri HarpLady

Right now I’ve been using Sweetleaf, which is a stevia extract. It’s a white powder, but the only other ingredient is inulin soluble fiber, which most likely comes from chickory roots. In the past I’ve read that inulin has favorable results for people with diabetes & low blood sugar, & so far, I’ve had no issues with it. Some of the other stevias don’t appeal to me, either because they are made by monsanto, or because they have a lot of other ingredients. They also make a liquid, which is very potent. Just one drop is enough! I have also occasionally used fresh stevia leaf from my garden, & tried powdering up some of that leaf. Admittedly, I don’t care for the aftertaste too much. I’ll probably try it somemore this summer, as it grows abundantly in my garden :)

Tealizzy

That cheer was freaking hilarious!! LOL!

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I will finish my taxes!
Taxes are a bitch when you’re self-employed!
My office looks like a cross between a hoarders episode & a game show that requires you to balance random things in precarious piles, we’ll call it, “How High can you stack it?”. My filing methods will probably end up in the Smithsonian some day as a display of “most insane filing system ever”.
Amazingly, I do have a system for keeping track of my receipts & such. I’ve been doing my own taxes for a long time, & although some years have been rather traumatic (mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing), this isn’t one of them.
The hard part is just getting myself to sit at my desk & do it.
I worked last night from 10 til 4am, & probably would have finished, but I needed a form from my son’s college, which luckily he had.
I got up at 8:30, got the form, & I’m almost done. Just taking a breakfast break (cooked by my other son), & drinking my 2nd cup of awesome boldness.

ashmanra

Hooray for done taxes! We signed and picked ours up today! I used to do them myself, but I am also self-employed and then it got really complicated as I was executrix for three estates of people who all died with 18 months of each other, and I inherited part interest in a depreciated property. I just couldn’t do it. I still have to do a good bit of the work, though, grouping receipts, tallying my income and deductions for business expenses, and such, and keeping track of college expenses…

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, if I was in a position like that, I’d definitely hand it over to someone who knew what they were doing!

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OK…looks like I’m gonna stay up & try to finish these damn taxes, plus I’m really craving chocolate right now, so this was needed.
mmMMMMmmm

Terri HarpLady

I made it to 4am!
I got through all of my bizness deductions, & almost everything else, but I’m stuck now. I have to have a form that my son’s college might have sent him (probably sent him). I have no idea where it is. He’s sleeping. As he should be.
Tomorrow morning I’ll see if he can find it, & if he can’t I’ll send him to school to request a copy.
It’s always something.

ashmanra

That is the same snag I ran into, and when I asked my daughter about it she told she had an email about something that was only going to be sent digitally and would have to printed. AUUUUUUGH! Print it, honey, and you need to tell Mom these things!

Terri HarpLady

Gratefully, he is very organized & knew exactly where it was!

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Another sipdown!
This chai is acceptable if:
1. You aren’t drinking REAL chai because you’re avoiding caffeine
2. You use more than recommended
3. Add sweetener of choice, & some kind of creamer is nice too

Lariel of Lórien

4. If you use it with other rooibos.

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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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