2859 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2859 tasting notes

I think I’m taking the day off from sipdowns.
I just got home from the wedding, & I’m extremely exhausted. When I play at the botanical garden, I have to walk for about 15 – 30 minutes, pushing the harp on its dolly. My son Leif comes with me, to carry my bench, etc. I took a zyrtek before I went, because they have every kind of pollen all in one place there, but now I can barely keep my eyes open. There are a few other things I could complain about, but I’ll quit now. ;)
Anyway, I’m tea deprived, that’s the main thing, so I’m treating myself to a steep & resteep of this awesome tea. I’m almost done with the 2nd cup. I also need food, & little terri is over in the corner, talking to one of her imaginary friends about how much she wants pancakes…

Sil

mmm pancakes…

Terri HarpLady

I know, right?
Only I can’t get myself to cook, so I think I’m gonna call the sushi place, place a carryout order, & pick that up on the way to the college. Once I unload the harp, I’ll have some time to kill, so I can see myself kicked back in my car with chopsticks :)

Terri HarpLady

Maybe I’ll have pancakes for breakfast tomorrow…or for a late night snack!

Sil

i’m stuck in a room with 50+ ohter ppl for the next 12-16 hours in the middle of nowhere… dinner and other such things will not be delicious

boychik

I hope they gonna order some food for you.

Sil

they ordered pizza hut earlier… i’m guessing there will be more of that sort of thing happening… lots of junk food. Mostly i just want real food heh

boychik

I’m sorry but hopefully you’ll be busy you won’t notice. I hope you brought some tea with you to last.

Terri HarpLady

when you finally get home, you should have pancakes :)

Sil

ian will be at work… so let me tell you what i will likely do…walk in the door, undressing and dropping clothes all the way to the bedroom…tucking myself in and sleeping until 2pm when he gets home. haha

Sil

…at which point i will say: FEEEEEED MEEEE!

TeaExplorer

Awesome plan! Does Ian know how to make pancakes :)

Sil

yes hehe

Terri HarpLady

My favorite (currently) is almond flour pancakes, topped with fried apples & maple syrup! Yeah baby!

Sil

we had lunch wraps instead…but then went for a bike ride to DQ for a small ice cream hahaha

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I’m giving the sipdown extravaganza a rest, at least for this morning.
All I really wanted is one delicious pot of tea, something bold & bright to enhance my breakfast & sustain me for a few hours. This suited my fancy nicely, & it’s the only tea I’m having this morning, as I have to leave in half an hour to go play a wedding at the botanical garden, & I wouldn’t want to walk out in the garden tea-logged.

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Another sipdown, this one from the BBBBox, courtesy of my steep-sister Sil.
I don’t have anything to say about it, so instead I’ll tell you that my Lily of the Valley’s are blooming! Yay!
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
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MzPriss

I wish I could grow Lillies of the Valley. It’s too hot here :(

Terri HarpLady

Maybe you can grow them inside?

MzPriss

That’s a thought if I can keep my dogs out of them. I love them so much – they’re so pretty and my very first perfume I ever got to wear (a gift from my grandmother) was Muget and it was Lily of the Valley. That is a very happy memory. Thanks :)

Stephanie

I love the scent, too.

Terri HarpLady

When I was a kid my mom made barbie clothes & sold them to all of the neighborhood moms to use for gifts for their daughters’ barbies. So, these were no ordinary doll clothes, they were really ritzy. I never actually played with my barbie, I wasn’t into dolls, but she was decked out! She had a mink stole (knitted angora), all kinds of fancy formals, & plastic life size lilies of the valleys. I loved those flowers, but I didn’t actually know there were actual flowers that looked like that until much later, & they smell awesome!

MzPriss

This morning after a long walk through Central Park I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There were three exhibits I particularly wanted to see: The Fabrege one, Martin Guitars one and the Lost Kingdoms, which has very very old Buddha sculptures, among other things. When I got the Fabrege exhibit – there were SEVERAL different Lily of the Valley items – a really beautiful one made of jade and moonstones I believe – which I took a photo of. When I got the Martin guitars, there were several harps there as well. One of them was a very cool Welsh triple harp. I love the Met it’s filled with wonders and today I thought of Terri HarpLady while I was there.

MzPriss

Sorry about my typos :(

Terri HarpLady

Yay! Thanks for thinking of me! You know, I’ve never been to the Met, or New York, for that matter. I hope you’ll post any pics you took on FB, or elsewhere, I’d love to see them. :)

MzPriss

I’m not on FB – but I will get them up on my blog when I get home on Wednesday. I have a lot to put up as I am doing a lot of tea drinking/shopping and eating and the blog is the only where I think I have where other people can see them. But I really truly did think of you because there were several harps. The triple Welsh one was the coolest though. One of them was really beat up (or as we call it at my house – well loved).

Terri HarpLady

I love harps! I used to have a welsh triple, it was an interesting instrument, but not particularly practical to play, so I sold it, LOL.

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drank Magic Will by RiverTea
2859 tasting notes

Another tea from Cavo to Sil to me! I’m not sure who Magic Will is, maybe part of Magic Mike’s Male Stripper Review? ;)
I wasn’t really expecting much, to be honest, but this turned out to be a decent little Shu. I brewed it long & proud, lol, & ended up with a very satisfying cup of earthiness, with no objectionable qualities whatsoever. As it cooled, it took on a creamy cocoa quality, which I really enjoyed. I was sipping & practicing my harp for a wedding I’m playing tomorrow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s suppose to be a beautiful day, & this wedding is in my favorite part of the garden, the Chinese Friendship garden. It’s enclosed by a wall, there is a little stream winding through the center, a couple of little bridges, a pagoda, several weeping willows, & if I had time to go hang out at the garden more, that would be my place. Here’s a link:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/our-garden/gardens-conservatories/international-gardens/chinese-garden.aspx

Special requested pieces for this wedding:
Tangled Up in You
Enchanted
Mine would be you
If I didn’t have you

This is a sipdown, of course! Thanks for the sample, girls!
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boychik

Chinese garden is soo beautiful!

Terri HarpLady

It’s so lovely there, & in the heat of summer, it is shaded & comfortable :)

Roswell Strange

Beautiful! And your Magic Mike remark made me spit out my tea a little :p

Terri HarpLady

Glad to brighten your day, Roswell!

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I have no idea who this guy Steve is, but this is a sample sent to me, which was sent to Sil from Cavo. My first couple of sips were boring, then I added a little sweetener & the tea lit up with flavor. Grapefruit, for sure, a warm ginger mouth, a whisper of vanilla, & lots of tangy fruity stuff. Not something I would normally drink, but like most of the teas conceived by Cara McGee, it’s pretty good, & I bet it would be especially tasty over ice.
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Cavocorax

Steve Carlsberg is one of the characters mentioned in the Welcome to Night Vale Podcast (http://podbay.fm/show/536258179)

He’s mentioned in a few of the earlier episodes as the radio host really, really doesn’t like him, but we don’t know why until 40 episodes later. :) I liked his tea far more than I did the character!

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It’s Day 9 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I stayed up til 2am, playing harp, paying bills, setting goals, & reading Sherlock Holmes. I’m getting close to the end of the collection, & it’s been fun, but I hope to move on after this weekend.
I’m having a nice morning. I slept in until 9:30 (I love being self-employed), then I woke up with Bach’s invention #8 in my head, so I sat at the piano & played a slow rendition of it. It’s been years since I played the inventions! I grew up on the piano, but I don’t really play it much, & I need to create time for it, because I still love THAT instrument too. If only there were more hours in each day!

I’ve visited Joseph Wesley’s website a few times, but never ordered. It seemed a little high brow for me, a little too polished/designer/sterile. Plus, I’d think naming a tea company after yourself would be kind of risky, like getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your arm, LOL. Of course, Joe is really probably a really cool guy who just loves tea!

I’d like to thank boychik for sending me this generous sample. I divided it, placing 5 grams in my 4oz pot for a gongfu session of 15/30/45sec/1min/2min/3min, & a nice Tb in my 8oz cup for 3/5 minute steeps. I drank the gongfu brews first, & although it was nice, the flavor profile remained pretty much the same throughout. It was a lovely wheat toast, made from a darker molasses sweetened bread.
The 8oz cup X 3min was my preferred steeping, with a nice dense chewy kind of thick mouth, Boston Brown Bread with a touch of rye & dark molasses, lightly sweet & savory, & even a little tart, as if some citrus peel were added. It is also mildly astringent, & the resteep @ 5min tends towards a slightly bitter ‘hops’ quality. Not a bad tea, & a sipdown.
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Angrboda

Well, after he let me get away with half the actual cost of shipping for my order because it would have qualified for free shipping if I had lived in the US, I’d say he’s definitely a really cool guy. :) Or at the very least a very friendly one. :)

boychik

I’d say he is very down to earth, maybe even a little shy.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

haha! This conversation just made my day!

Terri HarpLady

Good to know! I like nice people!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

(and I’m happy to read that you enjoyed the tea)

Terri HarpLady

:)
When possible, I like my tea reviews to be a little entertaining!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

I was originally going to try and be cute by pushing back on the “high brow” comment, but after realizing that I’m sitting in the library, reading a book and listening to Bernstein conduct Mahler’s 2 Symphony, I decided it was probably best just to laugh. Thanks for taking time to review our teas. Cheers, Joe

Sil

i need to try some of these before i bite the bullet and place an order – shipping just a little high for my tastes without having first tried 1 or two of them. LIttle more confident now that you’ve seemed to enjoy it my tea sister heh

boychik

Sil, i need the address, pls!

Terri HarpLady

I can split my samples with you, if you like, Sil…for your NEW box ;)

Sil

I didn’t even see this terri. I can’t recall if boychik was sending me these…it’s been that sort of week but if not, then I am game..or if there was one you loved in particular, happy to share an order or something.

Terri HarpLady

Too late, the box is in the mail! I mailed 7 boxes yesterday, in what I’ll call a serious tea measuring & packaging binge!

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I’m ending the day with 350 teas in my cupboard.
I really want to start drinking a different Sheng every day, so that I can really get a feel for what I like. This one is tasty, starting out a little tangy, & fruity. It brings apricot to mind, & the later steepings make me think of lavender, which I don’t like as a tea usually, but this is a crisp clean tart lavender herbaceousness, not soapy or perfume-like.
The best part of this tea, which was mentioned earlier today on someone else’s tasting note, is the awesome energy it brings, the clarity of mind & heart. I sipped this before, during, & after a rehearsal this evening with a flute player, & although I would have loved the rehearsal either way, I do feel that the tea contributed a good vibe & nice sense of focus. My favorite piece of the set was Faure’s Pavane…god, I love that piece.
For those who would like to hear the piece, here’s a youtube video (no, it is NOT me, lol)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_EW0No3ApM

Terri HarpLady

I’m contemplating getting a cake of this one.

Stephanie

You make this sound amazing!

Terri HarpLady

I’m no expert, but I have enjoyed this one :)

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drank Hunan Dark Tea by Tea Source
2859 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this while practicing this afternoon. It’s a fermented tea, & I want it to have the chi stirring energies of a Sheng, but it doesn’t. Flavor-wise, it’s red grape peels, maybe a little molasses, & a few sips reminded me of canned condensed milk, but a little sour, kind of like buttermilk in a way. It has a very dry quality to it as well.
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Marzipan

I should go to bed, I read this as “Human Dark Tea”

Sarsonator

Mmmmmm human dark tea!

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Confession: I’m getting kind of bored with my sipdown extravaganza. Well, maybe not bored, just missing my regular black teas, LOL. On the other hand, I’ve made it through 49 teas, & it feels good to be making progress! I don’t really expect to clear out my entire stash, that will take the rest of my life, but it will be very freeing to get through all these samples.

For this one, I’m delving into the new box from Sil. So many of the teas in that box are in too large of a quantity for a sipdown, & are mostly flavored teas, but I wanted a cup of something with some substance to it, so I fished around & came up with this one, which is the final cup of a sample Ysaurella shared with Sil. I love how our tea samples can have a history of their own!

This is a nice roasty oolong. It doesn’t really taste like coffee or chocolate to me, but that is probably because of allergies muting my sense of taste. It is a tasty cup, & somewhat satisfying, so I’m enjoying it, & that is good enough for me!
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Sil

haha yeah i get tired of sipdowns sometimes…

Sil

i’m trying to slow down with adding things to your box. it helps that i haven’t opened teas i’ve purchased and since most of my swaps have been flavoured recently, i don’t add those to yours (except adagio..you wanted those!!)

Ysaurella

nice to read another review about this lovely tea. Glad you liked it :)

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From Sil, this is a little too tart for my tastes, although not undrinkable. Sipdown
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Sil

go you!

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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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