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I like this Keemun. Truthfully I like the one from TeaVivre better I think, but this one is nice too. Honestly, they are 2 completely different teas. This one has a hint of smoke, a nice body, & although I’m drinking it straight up, I know from experience that it is also good with a little stevia, & even a little almond or coconut milk occasionally.

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This is such a nice bold cup! I don’t really feel that it compares to a yunnan, more like an Assam in my opinion. Definitely what I needed to start moving today!

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It’s been a LONG day!
I started the morning with Anxi Fo Shou again, simply because I was at Tony’s & it’s so convenient to take there, & it’s tasty! Western style.
Since it’s St. Patricks day I had a cup of Irish breakfast (Adagio…uninspiring) with breakfast.
Then it was “Road Trip”. I had a concert out of town, so I brewed up 2 things to drink on the road:
1. a 12 oz mug with Irish Breakfast & Cream (both by Adagio), adding stevia & french vanilla coconut milk creamer. It was my attempt to create an Irish cream flavor, but lacked the whiskey. None the less, it was ok…
2. A 16 oz insulated mug with Bilbo Brew, also from Adagio. It features Irish Breakfast (are we picking up on the theme yet?), sweet potato, vanilla, & cinnamon. I added stevia & creamer to that too. I like to drink sweet stuff while I’m driving. I’d like to report that Colin Farrell magically appeared in the passenger’s seat while I was drinking all the Irish themed teas, but the teas weren’t entirely worthy of his appearing & saying something like, “pass me a sip, then, lass”

I drove 1.5 hours, set up, was fed, drank a cup of ‘bagged’ english breakfast. My gig was fun, I sold some CDs, made some money, & then loaded up, refilled my mug with a double dose of english breakfast tea bags, & hit the road. It was a long horrible drive. I don’t really like to travel much at night, & I hate driving on the highway when it’s raining crazily, with intermittent hail & lots of wind. This is one of the only times in life when I become a woose. Gratefully I finally got home, unloaded my gear, had a strong chamomile concoction with extra valerian extract added. Checked my FB, checked here.
Now I’m going to bed. Hopefully I won’t have nightmares about driving in storms…

K S

Glad you made it home safely. Its not being a wuss if you have legitimate reason to be concerned. No hail or wind here that I know of (I was asleep) but we must have gotten 3" of rain last night in a thunderstorm. There was a winter weather advisory early yesterday and it was suny and 60 the day before. Crazy. That’s Indiana.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, we’re pretty much on the same weather track, & although I hate driving in that stuff, my garden is super happy & we’re ready to start growing food again!

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I thought the water would never boil! Finally, my first cup of the day!
I’m steeping this western style again: dump the whole package in a cup, steep 3 mins, with subsequent steepings @ 4 & 5 mins. It’s very satisfying this way, & although I enjoy it in a Gaiwan as well, this is easy & I want easy.

Sil

i love just dumping this in a tea mug. makes me happy.

Terri HarpLady

Yup!
When I surest saw the red packages, I was like, what the £^@€??
I eyed the packaging with suspicion, to be quite honest. But the aroma & taste is awesome, so I’m over all that.

Terri HarpLady

Surest = first
I hate auto correct! :ppp

Sil

sadly i knew what you meant. stupid autocorrect

K S

Ok, I got to know… how do you misspell first so badly that auto correct turns it into surest? lol

Sil

You don’t. The new auto correct with phones and crap if you’re using apple products is effing ridiculous. You don’t wanna know what it does to some things I type that ARE words!

K S

Ah, I understand. I am so last century I had texting turned off on my phone. Most people I know would die without it.

Sil

Today I tried to type pitas and it autocorrected to potassium.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, seriously? potassium? That’s ridiculous!
When I was typing this morning I was using my iPad, it’s much worse than my computer for twisting what I’m trying to say into something else. Kind of reminds me of my ex-husband…

Sil

hahah terri lol

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The gig I played today went very nicely, then I returned home & took my Harley out for a spin. It was such a nice day, 70 degrees, & Ruby (1200 custom sportster, lava sunglow red) has been stuck in the garage forever. It always seems like the days when it’s beautiful weather I’m playing a gig or teaching, & the days I’m free to ride it rains.

So we buzzed around town, it felt so good to feel the wind! When I got home I went on a crazy tea frenzy! I pulled out the Nov TOMC selections, & actually followed the suggestions for once.
First I Steeped Mt Banzang’s Sheng. If I could buy a whole cake of this, I would, but at $300 the answer is no.
Then I made some Autumn picked laoshan green. It really is a lovely contrast. The Banzang is rustic, smoky, tangy, tongue numbing & 3rd eye opening, then the laoshan green is so fresh tasting, buttery greens. I sipped back & forth between 2 Gaiwans, & then did a few more steeps on yesterday’s Big Leaf Sheng too. The next part of the suggested instructions was to mix the sheng & green together, 3G green to 1G Sheng. So I had 4 Gaiwans going. Finally, “add a pinch of the toasted rice to each one”. That took them all over the top!
That was the end of my tea drinking for today :)

Spencer

Wow, those are superb-sounding combinations. Whose tea of the month club is this?

Terri HarpLady

That’s from the Verdant TOMC. That was the November offering. I’m still waiting for March. According to the tracking page online it was delivered yesterday at 3:30, but it is not at my house.

Spencer

Hopefully it shows up soon!

Terri HarpLady

I just got a text from my son, it arrived!

Spencer

Huzzah! What is inside?!?!

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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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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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