2955 Tasting Notes

Earlier today I had an appointment with my chiropractor & also ran to the bank. Although I’m not hugely into flavored teas, sometimes when I’m driving I want to sip on something sweet. So I made a cup of this, which I spiked with stevia. A long time ago I used to drink coffee, & I especially enjoyed it with Hazelnut & Caramel, so this tea gives me a bit of a flashback to those times. They were good times!

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This is a sample sent to me from Stacy @ Butiki.
I’m not a huge Darjeeling fan, at least I haven’t been in the past, others I have tried had an acidic taste, as I recall, but I’m trying to be open minded, so when I placed my most recent Butiki order, I asked to sample some Darjeeling tea. This was one of 2 teas Stacy sent to me with my order. It is actually quite nice! A gentle, mouthwatering cup with essence of peach & some floral qualities.
Thanks Stacy, you’re awesome!

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I’ve been working on polishing off some of the teas in my cupboard, mainly the ones that I don’t really have that much left of, and also samples that have been sent. So I was sorting through things, & look what I found! Yay!! I’ve been hoarding this one, & still have enough to enjoy it a few more times. So this is my breakfast tea of the day!
I went with the western brew: 2 t in 8oz @ 1.5 minutes. Now I’m on my 2nd cup, steeped at 2 minutes. The 2nd cup is even better than the first.

Rich, Dark, Chocolatey, spicy. This tea delivers it all. Now I remember why I was hoarding it :)

Sil

I feel like we’re all trying to do this these days “get through my smaller reamining teas…” :)

Bonnie

I have some I’m hoarding too!

Autumn Hearth

:) I have an extra sample of this as well that I’m planning on drinking either tomorrow or this weekend in a (re)try all the Verdant black teas week, today is Mi Lan Dancing black, tasty! But yes drink down the samples!

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I sort of feel like I’ve become the official secretary for the Reserve Club: taking & uploading photos of tea, typing in David’s comments. I’m been placing them in the Verdant (Special) folder. I didn’t create that folder, but it seems like the right place to put them.

This tea has large & full, irregularly twisted leaves in colors of mahogany, brown, & Black. It looks wild & appealing.
The dry aroma was a little tart & reminded me of pickled plums (Umeboshi). I heated my Gaiwan, put the dry tea in there to warm up, smelled it again, & it was of tart plums & carob. After the rinse, it smelled of grape peels, & a toasty earthy wine.

The early steepings of this were tart, like a plum wine with a little smoke added. A nice fruity taste lingers after you swallow it!
In successive steepings the flavors continued to develop: Rich, warming, sweet, a little toasty.

The later steepings included a rock taste & a hint of chocolate.

Bonnie

Thanks…I did put one in without a picture.I’m lazy.

Kasumi no Chajin

I’ve been putting them up without pics too. wonder if we have duplicated at all

Terri HarpLady

LOL, no worries. I’m not really complaining, just doing my ‘job’.
:D

Terri HarpLady

Probably not Kasumi. When I went to enter my comments I found the looked around pretty good first, & when I found the empty descriptions, I added Davids comments from the sheet he sent, added a pic, & moved it to the (special) folder. I hope nobody minds!

Bonnie

Mind? Oh sure! We’re going to repossess your tea and split it up between us ha ha ha! (bhwahaaaa)

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2955 tasting notes

Good morning Steepsterites!
I had breakfast this morning with my son, Leif. He picked out the tea, & he has good taste! What can be said about Golden Fleece that hasn’t already been said? The texture & flavor are just so wonderful. A great start to my day!

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This will not be a long review, as I’m suppose to be practicing. My Annual Birthday Gig is this Saturday night (I’ll be 54 on sunday), & I’m working on a new tune to add to my performance, ‘Butterfly’ by Herbie Hancock. Playing Jazz on the Harp is challenging, & this piece definitely has it’s difficulties, but it looks like it’s gonna fall into place!

After weeks of reading reviews about this puer, I finally bought myself a Phatty Cake! I’ve been sipping on it for a few hours now, during my breaks & it is quite tasty.

So this is a really nice Puer. Rich, creamy, sweet, deep, & dark. It makes me want to sing, “That’s the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh”. I used 5 G, & will probably go a little stronger next time, because I’m like that. This started out with a smooth vanilla feeling, & a hint of ginger, gradually adding layers of flavor: raisin, wood, a sprinkle of salt, a little spice.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can’t drink anymore tea tonight!
And I have to get back to my practicing!

Sil

Happy early birthday since i can guarantee i’ll forget by that time haha. It’s been a week to say the least :) I hope you have a fabulous weekend with lots of laughter and smiles

Bonnie

Heard Herbie at Montalvo and he was off on his own planet that night.Even my jazz lovin ex was surprised! Know you’ll do great but isn’t your Birthday a time when you’re supposed to be entertained?!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Sil!
Bonnie: This will be my first attempt at Herbie, at least in front of an audience. There are several tunes of his I’d like to do, but I especially love this one. I’ve done a gig to celebrate my birthday for years! Gratefully, I always get a huge crowd! There is nothing I’d rather do than play my harp & sing for people, & I have a friend who is an artist, she’ll celebrate 33 years. While I’m playing, she’ll be painting. She is wonderfully talented, & we’ve done this birthday gig together for 4 years, I think. Here’s her website http://www.vesnadelevska.com/

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I had some free time this afternoon, & spent part of it partaking of this yummy oolong! I can see why it has won awards, it’s amazing!
The dry smell is sweet & fruity & there is a bit of a caramelized aroma too.

Garret (Mandala Tea) suggested preheating a Gaiwan, then dumping out the hot water, putting the tea in, cover briefly, and then smell. He was talking about puer at the time, but I decided to try it with this tea. Thank you Garret :)
Oh my!! The aromas were intensified, so that now I’m smelling fruit loops, only the best fruit loops you’ve ever had, or maybe a tropical smoothie. Yummmmmmm!

I can’t tell you how many rounds of steeping I went through, but they were so good. The early ones were especially sweet, tropical, & floral. Gradually a rocky taste & a light roasted flavor crept in as well. There was a little astringency in a few rounds, but mostly this was a mouth watering, tongue tingling delight! I also got some nice 3rd eye opening sensations, & interesting sensations in my ears, neck, sinuses, & shoulder blades.

Thank you to David & Verdant for this wonderful offering. I will savor every cup!

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It’s snowing in St. Louis, which was totally unexpected, but beautiful!

Sometimes it’s enough to drink a tea with nuances of chocolate.

Sometimes you just want chocolate! This is one of those times!

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This is Josie Jade’s pick to read with the book, Anna Karenina.
It’s also really nice! It’s smokey, with a rose aftertaste. I thought I would want to sweeten it, but actually I like it straight.

Again, I’d like to commend & thank both Josie & Serenity for this wonderful idea, & for sending out the tea samples to everyone!

And now, I’m taking my cups of tea to the bubble bath, as I’m still only at 75% on the book. Time to soak, sip, and read!

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For those of you who don’t know, a group of us have been reading Anna Karenina, thanks to Serenity & Josie Jade. Thanks girls!
This is a tea sample, which Serenity picked to go with the book. I’m not usually a fan of flavored green teas, but it’s really quite pleasant!

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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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St. Louis, MO

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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