2955 Tasting Notes

Sil is Here!!!
We’re having tea! Of course we are!
This is a sample of 2 different versions of the same tea, which I got from Life in Teacup.
One is dry stored & the other is wet stored. We’re drinking them side by side. I have the dry stored in my mixing & the wet stored in an earthen gaiwan. Each tea has it’s own pitcher that holds 2 steeps, so we’re doing 2 steeps of each tea in each round, combining those 2 steeps in their respective pitchers, & sipping them side by side. Is that too complicated?
I’m not gonna be overly eloquent.
The dry stored version is my preference of the 2, at least initially. It has a bit of a metallic sensation on the end of the tongue at first, which I feel later translated into more of a camphor quality. The wet stored initially had the taste & aroma of a root cellar, & cedar. And dirt.

We’re on the 3rd round. (which is technically the 5 & 6 round of each).
Now the dry is becoming sweeter, the wet has a very strong tongue tingle.

Anything I say from henceforth might sound like utter nonsense, because I’ve got a hell of a tea buzz going on now!

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Just as delicious & juicy as it has always been, yum yum.
Sad Sipdown

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Another one from Stephanie.
I drank this earlier today, but don’t really have much to say other than it was green & it was good. Thanks Steph!

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I’ve had this tea before, & this time it is in my package from Stephanie.
In some ways it reminds me of Verdant’s Vanilla Citrus Spice, without the citrus kick.
Anyway, it is a tasty tea, & especially nice with a spoon of maple syrup added. It would probably be awesome with a little orange marmalade stirred in, or maybe a slice of orange steeped in the cup with it. Maybe next time…
Thanks Stephanie!

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drank Imperial Keemun by foojoy
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On Sunday Tony & went to the big import store (Global Foods) to get refills of his beloved Ahmad Earl Grey. They have a huge selection of teas, mostly bagged, but I did find a few loose leafs, so I figured I might as well give one a try. I’ve never heard of this brand, & I do enjoy Keemun.

My first session was on Sunday, using 1 tsp + standard mug X 3 or so min.
The dry leaf doesn’t smell very promising, especially when compared to some of my other keemuns, & the resulting tea was ok, but not particularly exciting.

Today I gave it a 2nd chance, using 1T + mug (10 – 12 oz) X 2.
Much better! It’s not going to make it to the top of my list, but is very drinkable, with a red wine & brown sugar kind of taste.

looseTman

Yeah, I’m surprised that some of the international / Asian supermarkets don’t offer better quality teas. The few I’ve been to appear to offer mostly mass-marketed teas and only a very small selection of loose teas.

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This morning I’m dipping into the trade I had with Stephanie. So many interesting teas, & yet I’ve barely tried any of them. So I’m starting with this black tea from Nepal. I’m not sure where it came from, but it reminds me in appearance of a Darjeeling type, so I went ahead & treated it as if it were, allowing the boiling water to cool for a few minutes. The resulting cup is pleasant enough: a little tart, sweet, & floral. More of an afternoon tea than an accompaniment to breakfast, but not unpleasant in any way (although I think if I’d gone with boiling water the level of astringency would have been undesirable).

Thanks Stephanie!

Stephanie

Yay Terri! I’m not sure where it came from either. It was in a little decorative pouch thingie. A friend of a fried actually went to Nepal for peace corps work and brought it back :)

Terri HarpLady

Wow, that’s pretty cool, really! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Although I am not an early riser by nature, I’m starting to get used to it again, & I have to admit, there are some perks to being the first one awake in the house! First off, we are quiet people at my house. No TVs blaring, the main sounds here during the day are birds in the (very over run & out of control) garden & the music of various Harp students coming & going, along with my own practicing. It was still dark when I got up & the cicadas, little frogs, & other noise makers are at full force right now, so there’s this undulating constant sound that starts around sunset & continues until sunrise, & I love it.

We’re also busy people, everyone always going in their own direction, so it’s been nice this morning to see each of my children (except the one who’s still sleeping) & my grandson, as they grab food & find their way out the front door.

I’ve also been enjoying the luxury of this tea. For the last week I’ve been on the run, grabbing the food I made the night before, brewing teas to go, heading out the door…
it’s so nice to just sit here & sip…
1 T + 10oz X 3/5
I’ve also started a load of laundry, & started getting ready to start my continuous brew kombucha, however I have no sugar in my house, so I’m at a standstill on that project until the store opens at 8:00.

Skulleigh

Mornings at your place sound lovely :)

Terri HarpLady

:)
I love my life. It’s a lot busier than it was a few months ago, but it’s mine :)

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Good Morning Everybody!!
I’m not usually up this early on a day I don’t have to teach at the school, but it’s going to be an exciting day, so here I am.
“Why exciting?” You ask.
“Because Sil is in St. Louis!!!” little terri blabs! She’s so excited that she was jumping on the bed all night :)
Of course, she is working by day, but tonight we get to hang out for awhile, & tomorrow we get to hang out ALL DAY, or at least most of the day. YAY!!

Here’s a brief survey of the teas I dragged to school with me yesterday, all teas that I’ve already reviewed many times, all teas that are worthy of their own review & tasty:
Malty Irish Breakfast – Butiki – sad sip down…sigh…
Dinjoya estate assam – also Butiki
Premium Grade JIn Jun Mei – YS
Feng Qing Gold Needle Yunnan Dian Hong – YS
and once I got home:
Vanilla Citrus Spice

That’s all of my tea drinking day yesterday rolled into one.

Skulleigh

Have fun, you two :)

Ubacat

Hope you have a wonderful evening and day together.

boychik

have a wonderful time you two!

Terri HarpLady

So excited!

Megan

Oh have fun!

Cavocorax

Yay! I was wondering when the meetup was going to happen! :) I can’t wait to see the tea reviews and hear about it.

Terri HarpLady

Megan, I was thinking of you earlier. (I keep forgetting you live in STL). Do you want to meet up with us? We’re going to dinner tonight, & just goofing off tomorrow. I’m gonna make breakfast, & we’re gonna drink tea. We might visit the LTR at some point. So if you’re available this evening, or anytime before 3pm tomorrow, call me! I’ll send you my cell #

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One more offering from Dag Wedin. This is a Raw Puerh, with beautiful large budsets, & a tangy spicy aroma! I went ahead & used the entire 7G sample in my yixing, combining 2 pours at a time in my favorite cups (or at least one of my favorite, there are so many).

Green beans, orange peel bitterness, fresh eucalyptus, & some kind of floral, a thick sensation, cannabis after-aroma, accompanied by a great tea buzz, the wonderful head clearing kind. I really believe teas such as this are beneficial for allergies, & this will be a pleasant head-space for my taichi class tonight.
Thanks Dag!

Sarsonator

Wow, this sounds awesome! I’m jelly :p

TheTeaFairy

Jelly here too ;-)

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Another sipdown from Dag.

This oolong is of the greener variety, reminiscent of a spring TGY.
The floral initially brought to mind Irises. There’s also an underlying mix of sweetness, & a hint of longbean.

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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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