3047 Tasting Notes

So I know I’m not the only person here that is a member of the Verdant Reserve TOMC. My March box arrived on saturday (according to the online tracking it was delivered friday at 3:30, but that wasn’t true). I’ve had a busy couple of days, & only today did I finally have time to just relax & breath, & sample something from the box. I picked this sheng first because I’ve been dragging all day, & I realized I really needed some Sheng.

It’s a loose Sheng, & real appealing visually, with shades ranging from a dark olive drab to charcoal. The aroma was of lime (the fruit), with a vanilla quality, but not in the actual smell, more in the way it made my nose feel. The wet aroma was of bright winter sunshine.
I followed the instructions: 5G + 4oz (rinse) X 4 sec
I like to pour 1 cup to savor, then combine the next 3 in a little glass pitcher. I sit & enjoy & when the pitcher is empty, I do it again.

The first steeping was the texture of unglazed porcelain.
Citrus up the the center of my tongue, hinting of lime.
A very ‘clean’ sensation.
2-4 a highly mineralized clay, which would seem drying, but somehow a sweet juiciness also was there, transforming the lime to tangerine.
My tongue started tingling.
5 Very bright taste of sunlight
6 – 8 Polished stone, or glazed porcelain. There’s something about this tea that reminds me of the texture of unsalted rice cakes, with an aftertaste of almond, & now I’m thinking of those awesome Nut Thin almond crackers. Yeah!
9 – 12 Now a vegetal taste starts coming up. I’m also thinking of lime again, but this time it is the lime used for making corn tortillas.
I’ll probably steep a few more rounds later, but I’m starving now, so time to fix something to eat!

I feel better now than I’ve felt all day!

Sil

mmmm this one should be a good one! looking forward to it. my box is still in transit… lesigh

Terri HarpLady

As always, everything in the box looks awesome! Every month I think I’m gonna drop out of the ‘club’, & then I can’t!
“Just one more month”, little Terri begs. Ms Theresa looks at her, rolls her eyes, & says, “We’ll see…”.

Sil

i cancelled my subscription this past month eep only because we’re moving into spring and i’m really not a fan of the greens and whites. I mean i don’t hate them, but i’d rather save my money and just pick up 1-2 of the teas to try in the regular rotation of teas. And then i’ll likely pick it up again later in the year if there are slots open lol

Terri HarpLady

I see your point, totally. I’ll drink a little green or white here & there, but a little goes a long way.
I’m actually thinking of canceling the regular TOMC (I did the bundle), because they keep sending me teas I already have. I guess that’s really my fault, because I buy everything they come out with, & really, I guess it’s not a bad thing, since it’s just more tea, LOL.
Anyway, I gotta quit buying so much damn tea! :D

Sil

that’s not a bad idea…or, stop buying their teas until after the totmc gets there :P

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82
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
3047 tasting notes

Heading out the door to let the chiropractor work his magic.
I’ve enjoyed this tasty tea! Sil’s post about it reminded me that I was still hoarding the final cup.
First Sipdown of the day!

Sil

no moar hording!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’ve got enough tea here that there is just no excuse to hoard any of it!

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Another sipdown of another sample!
I just got home from a performance with the UMSL University Symphony Orchestra. The highlight of the performance was a cello concerto, Schelomo. The young man who played it was amazing, I feel honored to have been part of the orchestra tonight!
So I’m having this tea to wind down, & also getting ready to start on my taxes in a few minutes. I have to tell you, this tea brewed beautifully! The chrysanthemum floated to the surface & looked so perfect, that I took a pic & posted it on my FB. If you want to see it, go to https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak.

Anyway, a beautiful evening!

K S

Yeah on the concert! Boo on the taxes.
Besides the beautiful display, how does this differ from the rose tuocha? The rose is definitely smoother than the straight mini.

Terri HarpLady

I wish I could answer that question! Since I drank one in the morning & the other in the evening, it’s hard to say.
I can say I enjoyed them both, that they were both smooth, & slightly nuanced by their respective flowers. I haven’t tried the plain one, & probably won’t because I have so much puer here already, if you know what I mean! I think if I purchase more, I’ll brew a cup of each & sip them side by side to observe their differences. I do think the chrysanthemum was slightly more flower flavored than the rose.

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KS posted about this a little while ago, & I realized I still had one Tuocha left, and with the damp & cool weather we are having (which I’m not complaining about, my garden loves it, even if my body doesn’t), this seemed like the perfect choice for my next cup.

Thanks KS for bringing it to mind, and thanks again to Angel @ TeaVivre for the sample. As soon as my finances allow, I am planning a TeaVivre order, & I’d like to get some of this I think.

It’s a very soothing, earthy, grounding cup. The flavor is of a really well aged compost, tobacco, a hint of vanilla. I wish the rose flavor was more prominent, as I do like my roses!
It’s a sipdown. I’ll resteep a few times, of course.

K S

Happy to inspire.

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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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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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