2855 Tasting Notes

I’m enjoying a nice morning at home! I have students on & off throughout the day, so finally I get to hang out and sample teas!

This is a basic breakfast blend, nicely bold. I drank 2 cups.

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Inspired by IndigoBloom’s review of this tea, & realizing I did not have a hot drink in my hand, I went to the kitchen & discovered I had just enough of this to make one final cup! Sweetened with stevia, it is a tasty treat. I’m not really tasting brandy or cake, just apricots.

While I was sipping this, I was digging through my vegan cookbooks, trying to find the Paella recipe I promised to TeaEqualsBliss (who I have nicknamed T=B). I’ve posted it, plus a bonus recipe, over in the discussion boards, for those interested.

Indigobloom

Wow you drank yours up fast! then again I ordered mine late

Terri HarpLady

It’s one of the teas I’ve been serving to those who don’t want or need caffeine.

Indigobloom

ah! that’s a good one. I find myself craving it often

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My first gig of the day is done. It was 4 hours long, but it was fun.
I’ve been sitting here, eating a little leftovers, & sipping this yummy tea. Essence of sweet potatoes & rose petals, it really is nice. I’ve been drinking a lot of Yunnan lately, but I like Keemun too. It’s different, especially in the mouth-feel, but wonderfully tasty.

Now I’m off to play the church gig for the 2nd night, which will be easy. Then I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep!

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I’m still missing the 2 oz bag of sichuan caravan. I know I bought it a month ago, I know I haven’t drank it yet. I’ve looked through all of my tea shelves, boxes, etc & it is nowhere to be found. I’m pissed. Today is a day that I know I would really benefit from that tea.

So I’m drinking this instead. It has a lot of good & healthy things in it. I want caffeine too, so I mixed in some Laoshan Black (you don’t want to know how much). I’m gonna make a cup of this to go, & some decadent black tea also.

Can you tell I’m grumpy? I need a hug…

Indigobloom

I know how you feel!!! I can’t find my Strawberry Matcha from Red leaf or Sugar destroyer. For weeks now :(

Invader Zim

Awww, hugs!

gmathis

Hug! Good to know I’m not the only one who misplaces stuff…

Terri HarpLady

The funny thing, as soon as I order more it will show up, right?

Invader Zim

Of course, that’s how it always works!

canadianadia

Hope you find the missing tea soon – hugs!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks for the hugs!
BTW, I made a cup of this alone, sweetened with stevia & enjoyed it at the gig, the sweetness really brings out all the flavors : )

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Today is another crazy-busy gig day for me. I’ll play at Schnucks grocery store from 11am – 3pm, then bring my electric harp & sound system home, grab a bite to eat & more tea, & go back to the church I played at last night for our final performance. My acoustic harp is already there, & I’ll bring it home after the gig.

I feel like my body is fighting something off. I started noticing it yesterday. I’ve had really good results in the past with Elderberries, especially in the realm of viral illnesses, so I’m drinking a few strong infusions of it, because getting sick isn’t really an option right now. When Harp players get sick, they have to show up anyway, because the show must go on, and it’s not like you can send a replacement!

Terri HarpLady

Getting ready to have another cup…

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drank Gingerade by G.T. Kombucha
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I love this stuff!
I don’t drink it all the time, but I did buy a case a few days ago.
As a person who believes that we are all walking talking SCOBYs (that means Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast), I think it’s important to make sure the cultures you’re made of are healthy. I think Kombucha can support that health, but with my own personal history of addiction, I was a little nervous about drinking Kombucha at first. Some brands are pretty ‘hoochie’, if you know what I mean, but GTs Kombuchas have been consistently awesome. This is really the only flavor I like, being a ginger fanatic, but it is VERY good! I drink it occasionally with a meal, especially when I’ve been going out to eat too often, or when I feel that my immune system is fighting something. Both of those apply this morning. I’m also eating a bowl of my homemade Kimchi, for the same reason. It’s loaded with life, very tangy!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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It was going to be a busy day, so I felt that I should start it off right, by pampering myself a bit. I steeped a mug of this, and while I enjoyed it, I re-steeped the leaves & took it with me to drink in the car. I love the velvety smooth texture of that (I know that is probably a cliche, but it’s true!). I love the way the leaves feel when they are dry, they just feel so amazing! Like spider legs or something. It’s such a rich, buttery, sweet, creamy cup of goodness, I just had to have it this morning. I had an awesome day! My gig at whole foods was fun, the church gig was fun too. I love my life!

gmathis

May be forever before we’re in STL again, but I am making a note to check the Whole Foods event calendar ;)

Terri HarpLady

:D It’ll be a year before I play there probably. They used to have me in more often, but then there were budget cuts, which narrowed it down to xmas time & Earth Day. If you happen to be coming to town the last weekend in January, that’s the weekend of my big annual Birthday Bash gig. I’ll play a mix of styles, both solo & hopefully with some special guests. My most advanced students will play classical sonatas during my breaks, and at least one local artist (who is also an Aquarian) will be doing a large & wonderful inspired painting. She’s amazing http://www.vesnadelevska.com/
Every year is more fun than the last!

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I had a craving for this tea this morning. I didn’t have time to hang around, savoring awesome 4 oz cups of awesomeness. So I steeped several Gaiwans-full of this, back to back, sipping on a few & combining the rest into my pre-heated 16 ounce thermos. This was taken to my gig @ whole foods, where it stayed reasonably hot & was sipped on throughout the first 2 hours of my gig. I’m in love with the boston brown bread & coffee-like flavors of this tea. It has a deep molasses flavor too it, and the spiciness of cinnamon. It is wonderful.

MsWhatsit

Sounds very interesting.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be sure & include a sample in your next care package!

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Good morning Steepsterites!

I’m enjoying the 2nd steeping of this lovely Golden Monkey, with its malty sweet potato profile, a nice start to a busy day. I drank the first steeping while I fixed my breakfast. There is also a buttery texture, it’s the ‘sparkly’ sensation I get from some teas, it’s like my taste buds take turns twinkling like stars. I don’t really know how else to describe it, but I like it!

This is a wonderful tea to relax with, hanging around in my ‘roadie’ outfit (jeans & T shirt) before I head out for a very busy day. I have an Electric Harp gig at Whole Foods Grocery from noon til 3:00, where I’ll be dressed in a long red xmasy outfit with what I call Angel Sleeves (the kind that drape down), playing a mix of Holiday music (xmas, Chanukah, classical, peace & snowy weather related), along with my usual mix of Jazz, Rock, Originals, & Blues with vocals. Hopefully I’ll sell a bunch of xmas CD’s so I can buy more tea! (you can get yours at www.harpsinger.net)

After that gig, I’ll grab a bite to eat, change to a long black velvet outfit with draping chiffon sleeves, & go play a church service gig with the choir & orchestra. I’ll be done around 9pm, I think. Just in time to drive to Tony’s & watch SNL!

Thank you, Angel & TeaVivre for this delicious sample!

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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!

Location

St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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