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Yesterday afternoon after Ari left I went on a black tea binge. In part, because I hadn’t had enough black tea to start my day properly, in part because I have a collection of tea samples to get through:
1. Assam Melody – I’ll give a proper review later, but for now I’ll say it’s Malty, Bold, somewhat acidic, and mouth watering.
2. Yunnan Gig – Cocoa brown, mahogany, and gold finely twisted strand, with a bright but malty, caramel buttery taste, and a cocoa powder finish.
3. Yunnan Noir – cool looking little cocoa brown rolled leaves, twisted into little knots, with highlights of gold. Nice deep malty taste, hints of chocolate and a peppery finish.

Ok, now that I’m caught up, this Yun nan that I just finished drinking is yummy, tasty, and smooth. It is a proper start for another busy day. I’ve already reviewed it on my tealog in greater depth, I think, so I’ll end by staying Thank You once again to TeaVivre. This is part of a sample they sent me, which I’ve enjoyed immensely.

Now, on to play a 4 gig, and then my weekend begins!

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drank Organic Assam by Butiki Teas
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My breakfast with Ari was really nice, & a great chance for us to play catchup, as we haven’t been able to hang out much lately. As a mother, I’m happy to have my children getting out into the world and having their own lives, no empty next syndrome going on here! But at the same time, my kids are my best friends, and it’s nice to get to sit with them, individually, & just enjoy a morning together.

I let Ari pick the teas for breakfast, and her tea selections all tend to lean towards ‘dessert’, whereas I usually start with something bold. Now that she has gone back out into the world, I’m having a pot of this tasty Assam, which is a little malty, robust, and satisfying, and then it’s off to the Chiropractor.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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To me, this smells like that evaporated canned milk.

Taste-wise, I’m not really tasting a chocolate malt. It has a real buttery texture, is kind of bright and different. It’s like I taste something familiar, but I just can’t pinpoint what it is…

Ari says it reminds her of the chocolate banana smoothies I used to make, so maybe that flavor is banana. Ari gives it a thumbs up :D

Kittenna

Yes! Roasted mate reminds more than one person here of bananas, for whatever reason! :D

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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My daughter Arianna & I are having breakfast & I let her pick out some of the teas that we’re drinking. Here are her comments regarding this tea:

“It’s flippin’ tasTea! (she told me to spell it that way), coming off first as light and lemony, with a smooth buttery finish”.

Next…

Babble

Wow your daughter is quite the tea critic – and tea punner, as well. How old is she?

Terri HarpLady

Arianna is 26, my hippie girl, a little tongue in cheeky, and I guess it comes from being raised in a tea drinking house, right? My other daughter, Jessica, is 29, and strictly a coffee drinker, LOL! Both of my sons (Drew 23, and Leif 20) are tea drinkers.

LiberTEAS

My oldest is 20, and she didn’t start drinking teas much until she was about 16 or 17, until that time, she “hated” tea which I think was more about rebelling against mom than anything else. Now, she drinks tea on occasion but doesn’t want caffeine, so she pretty much sticks with peppermint herbals. During her last year of cosmetology school, she would start every morning off with some Honeybush, she loved Frank’s Honeybush selections, her favorites were the Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush and the Banana Honeybush.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, LOL, I think Jess’ coffee drinking started out as rebellion. She was also a prep for awhile, my exact opposite. She let go of that & his more hippy-ish like me now.

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drank Pu Erh Poe by Adagio Teas
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Awhile back I ordered some teas from Adagio, including several sample size teas, this being one of them. I’ve been drinking a lot of Puerh lately, which doesn’t make me any kind of expert, mind you.

The dry leaf doesn’t really have much of a scent, compared to some of the Pu’s I’ve been drinking, but my nose detected that faint saltiness, more as a sensation. There’s enough in the package to steep this a couple of different ways, so that’s what I’ll do. The first steeping was as directed on the package: 1 tsp in an 8 oz cup for 3 minutes.

It’s really not bad! It’s not as heavily nuanced as some of the Puerhs I’ve tried, but it isn’t overtly fishy or barnyard-like either. I re-steeped, & it was just ok. This would be good for someone wanting to try puerh out without having too intense of an experience the first time around. It’s dark, mellow, and a little tingly.

Terri HarpLady

Sidebar: I was sipping on the re-steep of this tea, when I apparently started having an allergic reaction, either to this or the Wanja, which I also just finished drinking. I started sneezing like crazy, & have a strange numbness in my sinuses, palate, lips, and face. Of course, I could be coming down with a virus, I suppose, but it was a very sudden onset, so I’m thinking allergies. Hopefully it will pass quickly, as I have a gig to play in a couple of hours! Just one of the difficulties of being me…sigh…

Claire

Ack! If you have an allergy pill I’d take one just in case.

Terri HarpLady

naw, I don’t take those kinds of things.
I think this happened once before, when I drank some puerh or other. It wasn’t anything dangerous, just wierd. I know some puerhs make your mouth a little numb, but that was a little too much. I’ll wait a few weeks, then try this one again and see if the same thing happens.

Claire

I’ve had anaphylactic shock where I had to be hospitalized, so I tend to err on the allergy pills side of things! Glad to hear it was nothing serious.

Nik

Eek. Hope the symptoms have disappeared.

Terri HarpLady

I felt kind of weird for awhile, but it passed.

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Thank you to Rachel for this tea sample!

This is an interesting tea! First off, the aroma of the dry leaf is unlike any other tea I’ve smelled: tart, a little sweet, & something I just can’t quite pinpoint.

The flavor is tart, sweet, somewhat astringent, and a little bitter. It brings to mind cranberries, and reminds me of some of the grapey wine-like Darjeelings out there, in a way.

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This is the 2nd of my Bathtub Teas today, NOT meaning that it tastes like bath water, LOL, but that I drank it while I was in the bathtub, while reading pep talk letters from NaNoWriMo.com on my iPad and breathing in the aroma of Roses & Chamomile. TMI, I know…LOL

This is like drinking c warm cup of spiced butter. I know that sounds gross, & it isn’t. This tea probably has the butteriest mouth-feel of anything I’ve ever drank, and some yummy spices as well. I didn’t really taste much chocolate, but it was a tasty cup!

Michelle

I’m always so excited when a new NaNoWriMo pep talk comes out.

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First, Stacy, I love this tea! This is my last cup, and I’ll be ordering more soon!

I have students all afternoon starting at 1:00, and a gig tonight, so I’m headed off to the bubble bath with 2 cups of tea to enjoy. This is one of them, which I’ve reviewed already plenty of times. I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, & even less of a fan of flavored green & white teas, so for me to say, “I love this!” really means something!

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This is a lovely warming cup of soothing gentleness.
It reminds me of banana pudding, the kind with vanilla wafers in it.

4oz tea + 4oz Gaiwan X 10 seconds = tasty treat!

I steeped in rounds of 4 cups at a time (each 4 oz), adding a few seconds to each steep. The second round of 4 cups were given 20, 22, 25, and then “oops”, probably a whole minute or more for that last cup, as I got sidetracked. Most were drank straight, but I sweetened the last 2 with a trace of stevia, and it really brings out the fruity flavors even more! They were all delicious!

It seems to me that most people tend to favor the orchid type Tieguanyin oolongs, which I also enjoy, but I love this darker variety. I’d love a blend of this tea, peaches, maybe some Ginger…
But I also love it just the way it is. I also love the stories behind teas, and here’s a fun one from the Verdant Site.

http://verdanttea.com/what-is-the-story-of-shui-xian/

Bonnie

I enjoy the darker ones too. I told you…

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A wonderful cup, and a nice simple start to my day of tea drinking!
It went down quick and smooth, & I’m ready for something else. Next!

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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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