3050 Tasting Notes

I’m not allowed to buy any more teas until I’ve eliminated some of the ones I already have. Also, I have a tendency to focus on black teas & puers more than anything, so I went wandering through my green tea shelf, and realized that this one was almost gone & needed to be polished off. I mean spring was almost a year ago, right? Before we know it, there will be a plethora of freshly harvested greens, so I’ve got to start making room for them now!

I love these Laoshan Greens, from the various seasons. They have basically ruined me for other green teas, but that’s ok, because they are just so…je ne se qua (I know I spelled that wrong, sorry)…so fresh, so green, so buttery, so creamy…

This one has been compared to creamy oats with vanilla soymilk, & that description still stands. I had some students to teach this morning, followed by a few repairs & string changes that needed to be made on one of my rental harps. I sipped cups of this all the while, steeping in a Gaiwan for 4 sec for the first 4 rounds, then 8 seconds.
I’m ready for something else now, but it has been a pleasure.

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I’m a little groggy this morning, & have students most of the day starting any minute now.

This is a pleasantly bold cup that feels silky in my mouth. My taste buds don’t appear to be fully turned on yet this morning, so I’ll give it another review, another day. There is a coffee-like bitterness up the center of my tongue, but it’s not a bad thing. And now at the end of the cup, it’s more like unsweetened chocolate, which I enjoy in small doses.
Nothing to write about, but not a bad experience either.

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I made pancakes for breakfast. My current favorite gluten free pancake recipe is this one, from Elana’s pantry http://www.elanaspantry.com/silver-dollar-pancakes/. I replace the honey with Maple syrup (grade B is the really good stuff), & I like to add a tsp or more of cinnamon, maybe a scrape or 2 of nutmeg, & sometimes I add powdered ginger too. They are excellent plain, or with a light drizzle of maple syrup. Yum!! I even have leftovers for a snack later. I’ll probably make a little almond butter & pancake sandwich to have with tea…

I drank a re-steep of TeaVivre’s golden monkey with my breakfast (drank the first steep in bed). So this Maple Pecan Oolong just seemed like the perfect follow up! I’m drinking it with stevia, & it’s rich & buttery, sweet & nutty.

And it’s gone! My 2nd sip down of the day!

Indigobloom

Mmm that sounds delish!! can’t wait to try that recipe out

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My other bubble bath tea! It’s just so good!
Anna karanina, here I come!

Kittenna

Yeah, this one is pretty tasty! Sad that it appears to be out of stock now :(

Terri HarpLady

I know…I bought the last of it…sorry…

Kittenna

Haha, it’s ok – I got a small sample and that’s all I needed!

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This was first cup of the day, I’ve reviewed it before, so all I’ll say here is its tasty! I’m taking the re-steep to the bubble bath.

Terri HarpLady

Sip Down! This morning I polished this off, as my first tea of the day. It’s been a pleasure to sample, so once again thanks to Angel & TeaVivre for the generous sample of this excellent quality tea.

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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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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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