2918 Tasting Notes

I’m laying in bed in my pjs & my holey red cashmere sweater, with a heating pad wrapped around me. Tony hates this sweater, he says if I ever wear it to his house again, he’ll burn it! He keeps offering to buy me a new one.

I love this sweater! It looks like hell, but its so ridiculously soft, it’s my go to for comfort. It’s my inner child’s version of a blankie. I also have my stuffed bunny here. We just finished off this tea, which is yum yum! Nothing medicinal about it, it tastes so decadently dessert like, perfect for pampering the cranky child within.

I would be content to lay here, bundled & warm, but I’ve drank a lot of tea today & I have to go…

Frolic

I love my holey lilac cashmere sweater. You can’t get rid of cashmere!

If you can’t wear it around him I recommend using it as a heating pad or hot water bottle cover. Might drive him less crazy but still keep you cozy.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks, frolic! i knew somebody would understand! His house is 5 minutes away, LOL, so I just don’t take it over there : D

Bonnie

Get better Terri! Little Terri is eating everything in the frig!

Nik

I still have my bankie. It’s the softest thing ever. Hope you’re feeling better!

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I tried this the other day at the London Tea Room. To be honest, it didn’t sound that exciting, although I love ginger. Unsweetened, it’s ok. Add a little stevia, and the ginger, licorice, orange peel & lemongrass really sing. I’m not usually a fan of lemongrass in teas, although I do grow it each summer & I cook with it. Here it isn’t too overpowering, and this tea is a warming brew that is just right for me today, when I’m under the weather & needing nurturing fluids. Little Terri is ready for nap-time, so we’re taking this cup (& a few others) up to our room to relax.

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So apparently the virus that’s been spreading around Steepster finally made it to my house. I started feeling yucko last night & have cancelled students for today. I’m sitting in my sun room, surrounded by a variety of plants, including a meyer lemon tree with 7 almost ripe lemons, a key lime tree loaded with limes of all sizes & blossoming, & a kumquat tree with lots of baby kumquats on it. I’m soaking up the sun, & dosing myself fairly heavily with the following teas, which I’ve already reviewed & which all have healing medicinal qualities:
Cheryl’s Tea (Cheryls Herbs)
8 treasures winter yabao (verdant)
sichuan caravan (verdant)
& a brew I make from Astragulus root, lemon, ginger, lemon balm, & honey

I plan to spend the day out here, rotating through various steepings of those, plus homemade chicken stock that’s loaded with garlic & herbs.
Look out virus, I’ve got you in my sights, & it ain’t pretty!

Bonnie

Don’t forget to sleep! Hope you feel better.

Claire

I was stressing out this morning about missing class until I checked my email and lo and behold…my teacher is sick and cancelled class.

gmathis

Oooh…I’d almost volunteer to feel yucky if I could spend a quiet day in a sun room :)

Nik

Aww, feel better soon, Terri. Claire, that was a bit of luck, eh? Er, not that I’m celebrating the teacher getting sick, but you know what I mean… =)

Claire

Yeah, I hope she gets better soon because she’s an awesome professor, but I’m glad I don’t have to worry about an absence now!

Babble

I know I’m a little late to the party, but feel better :)

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It’s a nice bubble bath tea, just saying…

gmathis

Hard to hold a cup of tea and a book…book usually wins at my house.

Terri HarpLady

I hold my ipad (with kindle app) in one hand, my tea in the other

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This tea is like a miracle! I mean, how could a tea taste like this? The smell is awesome too, & it is one of the most beautiful teas I’ve ever seen. This is one of 2 teas I’m taking with me to the bubble bath, & I love it. I’m still fairly new to Butiki teas, but Stacy is an amazing artist, & I need to sample more of the wonderful teas she has to offer.

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Good morning Steepsterites!
This is my first cup of the day. I’ve been on Steepster for about 5 weeks now. Previous to joining this community, I drank a lot of tea, but it tended to be mostly teas I could source locally (at Teavana, Whole Foods, The London Tea Room). I had a pretty nice collection that I rotated through, heavy on the black teas. This was one of those teas.

Then I started reading & writing reviews, visiting tea websites, & drinking things like Laoshan Black & Puerh. Now my kitchen is full of samples of all kinds, my rotation of breakfast teas has gotten longer (really longer!), & I’m drinking a wide array of brews! I actually ordered the “Farewell Ponds” blend from Adagio, even though I’m not really into flavored teas much, don’t really care that much for Bergamot, & I really almost never like anything blueberry flavored (although I love real blueberries). I just had to have that one to drink with my son (age 23) when we watch that Dr. Who episode…LOL

So I’ve finally rotated back to the Kenyan. He is still tall, dark, and handsome! A deep brew, with a blackberry acidity that becomes more prominent as it begins to cool. This is a bold tea that would satisfy lovers of Assam & Irish Breakfast types. I’m thinking it might also be tasty with some vanilla bean blended in. hmmmmm…I think I need a 2nd cup…

Terri HarpLady

Guess who has vanilla beans? So…I’m having a 2nd cup with finely minced vanilla bean & stevia. This tea doesn’t re-steep well, I already knew that from previous experience, so I used fresh leaves too.

The vanilla is adding a nice dimension! It’s not something I’ll do all the time, but kind of a fun thing to do for a 2nd cup, just to change it up a little. This tea does have a sharp berry-like acidic edge to it, & the vanilla adds a mellowness.

Sitting here in my pjs, soaking up a little morning sun in my sunroom with my plants, sipping this tea…little Terri says, “It’s Bubble Bath time!”

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Dear Ms. Bonnie,
Little Terri wants you to be her Gramma! She wants to dress up in one of her fairie outfits & come have a tea party with you. I’d also like to have a tea party with you someday! We are both thankful for this sample of yummy tea.

This is a robust & amazing black tea with highly fragrant rose petals, safflowers (I was looking at the tea & thinking, "Is that saffron in there?), & some mystery fruit (who cares what it is, it’s delicious).
Little Terri was complaining that we’ve been drinking entirely too much ‘grown ups tea’ lately, & I realized that she was right, plus I still have lots of interesting samples to try. We were in the mood for something sweet, & this hit the spot! Plain it is good, sweetened it is phenomenal! It’s flowery & fancy enough for little T, & bold enough to satisfy me. It looks like I’ll be having a cleaning party tonight, as I can also verify that it pack a punch in the caffeine department.

Bonnie

You are funny Terri! I forgot to tell you that some of these Russian tea’s are the best when you put tart tablespoons of Cherry jam in the cup, stir and drink your tea and nibble some jam from the spoon. This is the way it was served to me at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church by Fr. John.
Little Terri would like the jam!

Bonnie

Oh, I didn’t send you the other blue label Czar Nicholas. I like it the best. (You can find these big bags on Amazon. The importer is in Sacramento, CA but you can’t buy directly.

Terri HarpLady

What’s the blue one like? The St Valentine was pretty good!

Bonnie

Renaissance is the name and it’s more strawberry floral.
Czar Nicholas ll Renaissance.

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Just for a change of pace, I made myself a caramel matcha smoothie:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp caramel matcha
1 frozen banana
Now, back to something hot!

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I had a nice lunch at the London Tea Room with my friend today. I drank a pot (including resteep) of Shu Puerh, she had a pot of Ginger Lemongrass. Of course, we sampled each others teas. She didn’t care much for mine (& admittedly, it wasn’t my favorite puerh either, but acceptable). I wasn’t really too excited about her selection, but I do love ginger, so I gave it a go. Unsweetened it was just ok, but with a little stevia, it was really very tasty! Ginger, lemongrass, turmeric, licorice root.

I’ve been home teaching for a few hours, sipping the Light Roast Anxi Tieguanyin. It really reminds me of the sticky rice dessert you get at Vietnamese restaurants, with a mild floral scent & a slightly salty taste. I followed the western brewing suggestions & am currently enjoying the 4th infusion.

Nik

I have to admit to being more interested in your friend’s brew. Ginger and lemongrass are two of my favourite tea things! They’re both so healthy, too, and haldi (turmeric) is also really healthy. A powerhouse of a tea that sounds yummy.

Terri HarpLady

Want a sample, Nik? I bought some!

MsWhatsit

Put one in my box too, I like the sound of licorice root in this.

Nik

I’m overstocked at the moment, Terri, but thanks so much for thinking of me. =)

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Thanks to Azzrian for this sampler!

This is an interesting blend, tart & tangy. It was my first cup of the day, & the sample Azz sent me was generous enough that I can try a 2nd cup later, which will be lightly sweetened or or cold brewed…still not sure which!

Now I’m off to meet a friend at the London Tea Room!
Enjoy the day, everyone!

Azzrian

SIGH I am SO jealous. I want to be at LTR too.

Azzrian

Oh and your welcome LOL :)

Terri HarpLady

Azz, one of these days you’ll come to StL, & we’ll go!

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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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