3015 Tasting Notes

I’ve been sipping this one for hours.
It still tastes good.

Stephanie

How are you feeling Terri?

Terri HarpLady

I’m doing ok, thanks for asking :)
I’m still in denial about having to let go of a gig on nov 8th, & every time I think about it a string breaks on my harp. 3 strings broke in the last 24 hours, so I think my Harp is saying, “Don’t you even THINK about it!”

Terri HarpLady

One of my college students came over & replaced a string for me this afternoon, then she tuned my harp. As soon as she sat down to play, another string broke. LOL. She replaced that one for me, & about 10 minutes after she left, another one broke. That shit never happens! Plus all of my strings are less than a year old. So I guess its some kind of auspicious sign…

caile

Oh my, I think you’re right – your harp is telling you to be patient and heal before trying to play too much. :)

Sarsonator

Harps never lie! :p

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys :)

Parsifal

How’s the finger?

Terri HarpLady

with pins sticking out the sides, it looks like some kind of Frankenfinger, just in time for Halloween. Gratefully, the pain level has gone down!

K S

Frankenfinger :) lol. Glad the pain is under control. I broke my arm at the shoulder a few years ago. After a couple weeks I figured out how to get my electric guitar under my arm and I played with the praise team with that broken arm (not well, but I played). Not saying it was a smart move, just that I understand your desire to get back at it. When you are driven, you can get quite ingenious. Just don’t make it worse.

Terri HarpLady

For now, I’m being good…sigh

Cheri

I’m happy to hear about the pain level being much better. Do what your PT and doctor say to do, and don’t even think about playing that gig. Listen to your harp!

carol who

Glad that you are healing :-) As everybody else says… don’t push it. Let yourself heal.

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I’ve been having a gongfu session with this tea for the last couple of hours, & have come to the conclusion that I like this tea better just brewed in a cup…maybe…

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This is a sample provided by Brett, & although I don’t really have much to say for it right now, I don’t have anything to say against it. The truth is, I think I under leafed, so its just not all that exciting, however, its me, not the tea. I happen to enjoy this one, in part because it is probably the most beautiful presentation of all green teas, with its long flat buds. Absolutely beautiful, both dry & wet.

I went ahead & added the rest of the sample to my test tube steeper, & now its much better! Sweet & crisp, like a salad of greens & pear. I taste lightly roasted pepitas too.

Cheri

Taiping Houkui needs a lot of leaves because of the way it’s processed. It’s so easy to underleaf. I always seem to underleaf this unless I weigh the leaves.

Terri HarpLady

I also have this same tea from Teavivre, & yeah, its one I definitely should weigh

Brett

I just like to look at it sometimes… beautiful leaves huh? I agree though, not nearly enough potency for a lot of folks

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Not much to say about this tea that I haven’t already said in several long winded reviews :)
It is a wonderful start to my day, with the prominent aroma being honey.
My LH gongfu technique is pretty good, & since I don’t have much to do other than fill out financial papers for the hospital, & listen to music (currently Coltrane’s album Blue Train), I foresee a day filled with back to back gongfu sessions!
The silver lining :)

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I am home from the hospital, the surgery went well.
I have a temp cast on my hand, pain dope in my system (in NA we call this a *FreeLapse, & I fully intend to enjoy it, although its not really that great of a buzz…just a mellow vibe…)
I ate some food, & wanted tea.
This one totally hit the spot tonight.
Now I’m going to bed, gonna lay my hands on my chest & turn on the Reiki, & will gratefully accept any long distance healing vibes anybody would like to send my way.
Thanks Friends!

LiberTEAS

I’m happy to hear that the surgery went well.

MissLena

Healing vibes sent! Hope you heal quickly and as painlessly as possible :)

boychik

Glad you are home! Speedy recovery and (((hugs)))

NofarS

Speedy recovery! Healing vibes sent your way

Sil

glad it went well my darling!

Veronica

Wishing you quick healing!

K S

Que the Beach Boys – Good, Good, Good, Good Vibrations. Thanks for the update, we were all wondering. And just so you know, with the pain meds I would probably go with something more like Pink Floyd than Beach Boys but couldn’t think of a song title that seemed appropriate.

caile

Glad it went well and you’re back home!

Terri HarpLady

KS – the song we’re looking for is “Comfortably Numb” ;)

Cheri

I’m sending lots of fast healing and pain free vibes in your direction, Terri. I’m glad to hear the surgery went well.

Ubacat

I’m glad everything is okay. Sending some healing vibes!

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My 2nd, & final tea of the morning was a pot of his Lordship, a tart & tangy contrast to the Imperial mojiang.

And now the waiting begins…
I’m supposed to be at the hospital at 1:00. Until then I’m going to kill time with a variety of small tasks, & maybe a hot bath.

boychik

Sending you good vibes ;)

Ysaurella

+1 with Boychik Terri

Terri HarpLady

Thanks ladies!

Sil

hope everything goes well my dear sister!

Ubacat

Wishing you a speedy recovery Terri.

LiberTEAS

Sending you positive thoughts.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks everyone! I wish you all could sign my cast! http://instagram.com/p/uHcCD3D8sg/?modal=true

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I’m sitting here with an ice pack on my hand, wishing I could drink more tea.
My surgery is scheduled for 4:00 this afternoon. No food or beverages after 7am, so I got up extra early to have breakfast & tea, & plenty of water.

My first tea of the day was a gongfu session with this one, which is gentle & sweet, a real pleasure to drink.

K S

May your surgeon have a steady hand and a brilliant mind, and if they are a tea drinker all the better.

Terri HarpLady

:)
I agree!

Cheri

+1 on that! May everything go well and quickly, and may your healing be fast and pain free!

caile

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks you guys! Im already starting to get hungry, & really wish I could drink a big glass of water!

carol who

The waiting is tough. I hope the surgery and recovery goes well. How long will it be until you can play your harp again?

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I’m really enjoying this one today, although I wish I’d made it just a tad stronger, but as it is, I’m at the bottom of the bag, & if I’d used it all for this cup, it would have been too strong. I have just enough left for one more serving, so it goes into my Sipdown Extravaganza box. I’m getting a pretty good collection lined up!

Glad steepster is working, & glad to be here. I am technically right handed, but I write well with either hand, both forwards & backwards. If anybody ever wants to read my journals, they will need a mirror for some segments, because I like to ask questions with my RH, & let my subconscious answer them backwards with my LH. I can also type really well left handed, eat with chopsticks, & pretty much anything else my RH does.
Except drive a stick shift :(

caile

That is so interesting and amazing! :)

boychik

you are amazing Terri!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Unfortunately Steepster isn’t really working all the well for me :P

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I think I jinxed steepster with this post. Sorry everbody

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Haha ;)

One thing that’s really frustrating to me is that I can’t see all the reviews for my teas on the usual company page. Random ones (like this one) don’t show up http://steepster.com/companies/whispering-pines-tea-company

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Although my knitting hobby is currently on hold, my friend that’s teaching me to knit gave me an amazingly intricate alpaca shawl. I had admired it whenever I saw her wearing it, & when she developed an allergy to alpaca, she gave it to me. Its a full circle that you fold in half to wear, heirloom quality, with luxurious texture, & super comforting, which is why I’m wearing it now, cuz my day, make that my weekend, is all about comfort.

That’s why I’m drinking this tea. It’s a rich, familiar, sweet comforting cup.
I think I’m one cup away from a sipdown…sigh…

Stephanie

Good luck with your surgery Terri. Been thinking about you and sending good vibes!

Sarsonator

Oh wonderful! You should snap a pic for us!

Terri HarpLady

Here you go!
http://instagram.com/terriharplady
I’ve been on instagram for a year or more, finally here is my first post :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Steph!

caile

That’s a lovely scarf – such an intricate weave!

gmathis

I have an alpaca scarf; it’s fuzzy and felty rather than elegant like yours, but it feels so warm and luxuriant. Your shawl is the living embodiment of “cuddle.”

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3015 tasting notes

I’m semi-reclining on the couch at Tonys house in my PJ, with a roaring fire in the fireplace to my right, the aromas of breakfast wafting from the kitchen, & a cup of LB.
Need I say more?

MissLena

Perfect morning!!

Sil

best.morning.ever :)

Terri HarpLady

I also have an ice pack on my right hand & pain dope circulating through my bloodstream, but otherwise life is pretty damn good. Breakfast was tasty, & Tony has a big ass flatscreen TV :)

K S

Sounds awesome – well except the whole ice pack thing.

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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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