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Tony & I have spent the evening watching all the shows we recorded during the week while he was in Kansas City: Person of interest, Elementary, & a few other things. We also had tea. He varied his selection, drinking Lavender Earl Grey instead of Jubilee, I had Maple Pecan, sweetened with a little stevia. It’s a tasty treat, & Stacy really captured the flavors well (How does she do it?). It made for a nice dessert!

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The package I was excited about came from Verdant. It was 8 oz of Sichuan Caravan, my most favorite of all the Verdant Blends!
Some of you might remember that a month or so ago I ordered 2 oz, & promptly misplaced the package (or drank it instantly, but I don’t think so…). So I’ve been putting off ordering more, as I thought I’d find it, & I never did. As soon as I saw the box, I tore it open & started steeping…yum! Oh, how I have missed you…sigh…

I love this tea! Yanxin’s Reserve Shu, mixed with all of my favorite herbs: Ginger, Licorice, & Elderberries (if I could draw little hearts around each of those, I would). Its sweet & spicy, & oh so good.

Now the missing package will probably come out of hiding…

Azzrian

Ah dang I hope you find the missing one!

Lindsay

It’ll be a great day when you do!

Terri HarpLady

:D
It has to show up eventually!

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When I got home from my appointment & errands, it was time for some Sheng! I haven’t had any of this one lately, so it was the candidate. It’s a very lively flavored tea, reminding me of newly mown hay with clover in it. I used 4 oz in my Gaiwan, combining 4 steepings at a time into a small pitcher. I carried this pitcher to my studio, & practiced for a gig I have coming up in 2 weeks, my Annual Birthday Bash Gig, sipping tea in between songs, sipping & contemplating how to make a piece better, how to add another layer, how to alter the vocal…This went on for 3 hours, refilling the pitcher as needed. I went through 4 pitchers. This first was steeped for 4 secs each cup, the 2nd for 8 secs, the 3rd for 12, & the 4th for 16. I also drank a few individual cups at the end, each steeped 30 secs. I could keep going, it still has flavor, but a package arrived, and I’m very excited about that package!

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I wanted something bold & slightly sweet to drink in the car, & this fit the bill. It is one of my 2 favorite teas from The Tea Spot.

Sil

how would you compare this to say premium taiwanese assam or laoshan black? :)

Terri HarpLady

hmmmm….well, I’m not always the best for comparing things…
It’s bold, but completely different from both of those (which I also love & drink often). I find the taiwanese ass & laoshan black to be more savory, if that makes sense, & I would never consider adding anything to either one of them. On the other hand, I like this one with some stevia sometimes. Other times I drink it straight. Want me to send you a sample? :D

Sil

I can get behind not being able to compare things easily. Maybe we can do a mini swap soon if you’re happy to share. I’m always on the hunt for decent blacks :)

Terri HarpLady

Me too! Black tea is what I drink the most of, although I’ve been really hitting the Puer a lot lately too.

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This is the tea I chose to start my day with today. I had to be out the door by 9:30 (that is early, for me! LOL). So I enjoyed a quick breakfast, lingered (briefly) over a cup of this rich brew, & off I went.

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And here is my 2nd bubble bath tea!

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Guess who still has some of this?? Yeah!
I just brewed a cup for my bubble bath, the first of 2 teas to enjoy while I soak & read Anna Karanina (I’m way behind).

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I started drinking cups of this yesterday evening. I think I made it through 8 steepings using 5g in my 4 oz Gaiwan.

I really enjoy this puer, & I’m still drinking cups of it, randomly, in between other teas today.

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
2855 tasting notes

Nothing to write home about, but a decent basic breakfast tea, robust & tasty!

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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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