3051 Tasting Notes

Tea with lunch, this one comes from Sil, as part of our BBBBox.
It’s potent & malty, with a woody taste.

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For about the last month I’ve been whittling various teas down to one final sip down, for an upcoming Sipdown Extravaganza. This is the next to last cup of this tea, part of TastyBrew’s offering in our BBBBox, which is currently on Hiatus. This one was in the Grab Bag, & it’s kind of an odd combination of unsweetened dark chocolate & mud, LOL.

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Oh Glorious Day Off!!
Yes, there is no school today, no bratty kids to attempt to mentor, no 5am alarm, no real schedule until my private students start arriving at 4:00, so I slept in until I was well rested (8:30), & have been sipping many short steeping with this lovely lovely tea, truly one of my favorite Black teas from YS. I have quite a bit of desk work to do this morning, a few errands to run (maybe), & then NaNoWriMo! Hopefully I’ll get caught up to where I’d like to be!
Now for more tea :)

Cameron B.

Yay! I’m so glad you don’t have to deal with spoiled brats today. I could never be a teacher. :P

Terri HarpLady

I love teaching students when they want to learn, & I especially enjoy teaching one on one. It really is wonderful to get to know each student, with their strengths & weaknesses, their talent & potential, and guide them along their growing edge. Its very gratifying :)

Teaching classes of 10 kids in the city is frustrating, because there might be a few students in each group who actually want to learn, but then there are also at least 2 or 3 who live to disrupt, & have been allowed to get attention through disruptive behavior, so that is their mode of operation. Sometimes I can help them to see that there are other ways to be acknowledged, & when that happens I get to watch them begin to blossom, & I love that. I have one young lady on the cusp of this realization, going back & forth between old behaviors meant to elicit anger, yelling, etc on my part (which do transfer a lot of energy in her direction, but which I refuse to participate in, as I don’t want to validate those kinds of behaviors) & actually playing her harp, for which I give ample approval & validation. When she’s acting out & not on task & demanding attention, my comment is something along the lines of, “When you’re ready to calm down, practice, & be patient, I will be glad to work with you. Until then, I’ll work with somebody else.” She usually gets even louder & more outrageous, sometimes for the rest of the class period. But we are starting to have some good days :)
She is one of 5 kids in her class that act like that…
In another class I have 2 more just like her, only they aren’t coming around at all :(
And my 6th grade class is full of kids like that…sigh…

Cameron B.

My mother is an elementary school teacher, and the stories are always horrendous… It’s pretty clear that a lot of parents do not know how to discipline their children these days. I’m sure it’s heavily age dependent as well, and I would never be one to choose to be around young children…

I hope you continue to help them all move in the right direction. Changing the world, one child at a time! :P

Terri HarpLady

As the say, it takes a whole village to raise a child ;)

mrmopar

But the ones who really pay attention will learn no matter what. Even some the seem not to pay attention deep inside really are.

gmathis

Sixth grade is a rough age—they’re too young or too old to belong anywhere. Around spring break, my fifth graders start showing those tendencies…with the group I’m teaching this year (most Sundays are like driving a dogsled pulled by manic Dobermans), the ride promises to be wild. Gotta love their uh, enthusiasm!

Terri HarpLady

I wish some of them knew what an inside voice was…

gmathis

May not work with your bunch, as they are older; but sometimes with mine, I’ll just start whispering to someone who is listening—takes a minute, but when they figure out they are missing something, they’ll settle down to eavesdrop.

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Tea of the evening…sigh…

Matt Warren

There is something about a bunch of tea stuffed in a tangerine shell that is irresistible.

Ubacat

Oh, I’ve got to try that tea! On my wish list it goes. I keep meaning to try one of those tangerine pu-erhs when I place my YS order but always forget.

Terri HarpLady

Matt, I agree!
Uba, when you do, I used about half the puerh that was in the mandarine, plus a few pieces of the peel.

Ubacat

Thanks for the tip, Terri!

mrmopar

Yep the peel adds to it. You can get “chen pi” a lot of people add it to shou to even it out a bit.

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Tea to go! I’ve combined a couple of steeps of this one into my thermos to sip during the wedding reception. I wish I had better descriptions to offer, but all I can say right now is it’s sweet, lightly floral, & enjoyable. And it travels well in my stainless steel thermos (not all teas do). It will still be hot & it will still taste good in a couple of hours.
That makes me happy.

Sil

miss you lady!

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Another easy cup of tea, enjoyed with breakfast. I’ve already reviewed this one several times, so not much to say except I like it! Bold & shiny :)

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This morning I just want something simple, a basic tea to brew in a cup, & this one fits the bill nicely. It’s malty, with a pleasant apricot tartness, & a decent start to my day.
News from my little world:
The stitches are out, the pins still have another week or 2 to go.
I took my final antibiotic last night. I hate taking those, spent my entire childhood on them, & BTW, in addition to destroying my gut, I think they also really mess with my sense of taste.
So today I begin a serious re-building phase, including lots of collagen rich broth & lots of cultured foods.
I’m at 7211 on my NaNoWriMo project.
In other news, Tony went to Richmond, VA on business & got stranded in Atlanta airport last night. The airport people couldn’t get the walkway attached to the plane, so he sat there while his connecting flight left without him. He’ll be home later today.
And today I’m playing a 3 hour gig. It’s a classical wedding, followed by a 2 hour reception. They wanted jazz, classic rock, some more modern stuff (yay, I get to play Crash Into Me again, I love playing that song), & the money will be welcome too :)
Sorry, none of this has anything to do with tea…just my mind wandering in the silence of this morning.

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drank Meng Zhr by Jalam Teas
3051 tasting notes

I don’t have any tasting notes, regarding flavors, etc, but I did enjoy this tea all afternoon, & it had a nicely revitalizing effect on me, which is really what I love about sheng the most. It had a fresh & clean kind of start, a slightly apricot tanginess after a bit, & really, that’s all I remember, cuz that hours ago!

Sil

nomnomnomnomnomnomnom

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First tea of the day, a lovely session while I was fixing breakfast.
Now, to try to get a few things done around here!

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Looks like I’m having a Master Han Tea day, as I went from his Wild picked yunnan black, which I drank all morning, to this Shu, which I’ve been drinking all afternoon. The brick is Dark reddish brown, bringing to mind a dense fudge, & is nicely compressed, but loose enough to easily pry the leaves off intact.

I like to load up the yixing with this one, and even with very short steeps I get a very dark cup that is immediately rich, dense, & sweet, with a clean earthiness like clay. I don’t get any fishiness or compost pile qualities at all. What I do get is dried dark fruits, elderberry, semolina, chocolate, & a gradually building camphorous element.

MrM, I promised you a photo of my tea archives (AKA hoarded stash) so here you are:
http://instagram.com/p/u_o19nD8m7/

mrmopar

Nice but i would bet you have more……….I do….

Stephanie

Holy tea piles!!!

caile

Wow! ;)

Sil

i’m so glad i didn’t go upstairs lol sooooooo many teas….

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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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