3091 Tasting Notes

So I finally opened the TOMC box & started looking through it. This tea was in there, which I already have in my cupboard, which at first irritated me, but ultimately, it’s more tea for me to drink, & it is a tea I enjoy, so really, it’s a good thing!

I enjoyed multiple steepings of this, western style, while cooking my breakfast. I’ve already reviewed it a few times, & it is good.

BTW, everytime I see Master Han’s name on a package, I think of Han Solo. If he had been the one to study with Yoda, he would have become Jedi Master Han! :)

Terri HarpLady

plus Master Han is also a Tea Hero, at least in my mind ;)

Lynne-tea

Yay! Whats the other teas in this months box?!

Terri HarpLady

Lynne, here’s the list:
For the TOMC:
Master Hans that I just reviewed
Golden Buds Shu puer xingyang 2010
Qianjiazhai Old Growth 2012 Sheng.
Dunno if you’re in the Reserve TOMC,but here’s that list:
Taiwanese high mountain oolong
Ten year aged Tieguanyin (light oxidization)
Master Bi’s Jin Guan Yin Wuyi Oolong
Master Han’s Silver Buds 2010 Sheng
And there you have it!

Lynne-tea

Awesome thank you so much!! YAY!… I wish I was in the reserve club.. I love silver buds. I am thankful that I at least am in the TOMC though :)

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I thought I had reviewed this already, but I guess not!
My daughter Ari & grandson Kyzer came over & we fixed 2nd Breakfast, so of course, this was the appropriate tea for the occasion! Irish breakfast, sweet potato, vanilla, & cinnamon! Add stevia & yum!
Ari is the kitchen manager for a restaurant that serves amazing waffle-based dishes, both sweet & savory, & I’m helping her to come up with some waffles that are gluten & dairy free. We sampled 3 different recipes:
1 The almond flour pancakes from elenaspantry.com – these are my go-to paleo pancakes for when I need a treat for breakfast, any time of day.
2 A variation on the above recipe, substituting half of the almond flour with Hazelnut flour. I once made pancakes that way, & they were a real taste treat!
3 The pumpkin waffle recipe from paleOMG.com – This one was the winner, hands down! NOM NOM NOM! Her recipes rock, & although these waffles were a little more tender & fragile, they were out of this world!
Bring on the bacon, the maple syrup (just a little), & the tea, of course! Bilbo would have been proud!

Claire

Terri, do you follow http://thedomesticman.com/? Russ (the man behind the curtain) posts some wonderful gluten free recipes.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…haven’t been to his page yet! Here I go! Thanks for the lead, Claire!

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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I had to go deposit some checks in the bank, & I always enjoy a sweet tea to drink when I’m driving, so I brewed some of this Chai. It’s actually a fairly decent Chai, at least in my opinion. Tasty with stevia.

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I’m backtracking through my day.
My student ‘D’ is a middle aged college prof who enjoys tea, so I’ve gotten in the habit of making tea to share with him during his lesson. Today it was this green, which was just right.

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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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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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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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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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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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