3091 Tasting Notes

I just spent the afternoon in my garden, which always feels so good.
I picked a basket full of cukes, so tomorrow I’ll probably start another batch of dills.
I gathered some asparagus for my dinner.
I dug up the rest of my Shallots & some garlics, & hung them up to dry.
I braided the garlics & shallots that I dug up a week or 2 ago.
For photos: https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I pulled a few weeds, watered half of the garden, & ate a few handfuls of red raspberries, all while talking on the phone with my mom for an hour!
Now I’m back at Tony’s house, enjoying a cup of this tea. Cavorcorax sent me several samples from River Tea awhile back, & it’s about time I start sampling them, right?
The name of the tea sounds like the name Troy would give to a 14 foot Alligator on Swamp People, LOL, but in reality it is a classic Assam, bold & malty. Probably something I should be drinking with breakfast, not at 6pm.

Marzipan

I want to be your next door neighbor.

Terri HarpLady

:)
It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood! :)

TheTeaFairy

So nice, great job!
(Lol, the troy comment is hilarious)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, Swamp people is the only reality show I ever watch :)

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My preference with most of my YS blacks, including the 2013 version of this one, has been 5g + 4oz (rinse) x 15/30/45/sec etc.
OR 1/2/5 min.
Today I’m just going with simplicity: 1 heaping tsp in a mug for 3 min.
Any way you make it, this is a delicious mug of tea, toasty, malty, & rich with a creamy caramel & milk chocolate mouth.

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It’s hard to believe that I still have some of this!
I usually go with a gongfu sessions with this tea, but today I’m just having an awesome cup of it, with a resteep next. It’s rich with malt, honey, & sweet potato. Thick & delicious!

MzPriss

Terri – I had a sweet potato for breakfast and I thought of you

Terri HarpLady

:)
I had one last night, & will probably pop one in the oven here shortly. Love me some sweet tater!

MzPriss

Meeee too! One of my favorite dinners is a baked sweet tater with cottage cheese and caramelized onion on top. For breakfast, I left off the onion and just had it with the cottage cheese and a little cayenne sprinkled on the tater

Terri HarpLady

Mine is a tator with cinnamon, although I filled one with pulled pork, caramelized onion, & BBQ sauce recently, & that was amazing!

MzPriss

Dang! I bet that was good

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When did this become a smokey tea?
I don’t recall it ever having a smoky taste. At all.
But today it does. hmmmm
Ironically, I like it better this way!
A yummy smokiness, a thick chocolatiness…I almost think somebody has pulled a switcheroo on me, except this is from last Aug TOMC, and I’ve drank it before, so I’m not sure how this happened.
But I’m glad it did!

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Guess what? The wrapper for this teabag is almost the same color of read as the EB wrapper, so I accidentally made it my 2nd cup. Oh well…I drank it anyway, & if I’d added some stevia it would be almost like a koolaid kind of thing. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, & would probably be tasty over ice.
Am I gonna run out & buy some?
No, most likely not. But at least I don’t hate it, right?

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Tony & I went to one of our old haunts for breakfast, a place we used to visit pretty much every weekend, but I’ve just been cooking breakfast for quite some time now, because I’d much rather eat my own cooking any day. Regardless, there was nothing in the frig, so out to breakfast we went. This was my first cuppa there, and as far as bagged teas go, it’s better than most EBs, in my opinion, if for no other reason than the bags are not made of that phony ‘silk’.

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The awesome mouth-feel continues…
Having a cup of the 2014 version of this tea. It’s malt & honey, & a hint of orange peel. It’s delicious. The only thing that would make it better would be gongfu steepings, but I’m at Tony’s, so it’s western steeping for now.

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It’s been awhile since I had a cup of zhu rong, which I dubbed Zhu Right.
What can I say that I haven’t already said?
Sometimes I really struggle with defining the layers of flavors in a tea, especially when allergies (the Bain of my existence) are high. Today I am getting that dark chocolate, with a tart fruity edge, but mostly, it’s the awesome way my mouth feels right now, & then…
Damn! My cup is empty…again!

scribbles

I have an ounce of this somewhere, and I’m trying to not open new tea’s until I get a couple of older tea’s sipped down. But every time I read about this tea…I just wanna rip the bag open and make a giant pot of it.

Sil

haha i have an ounce of this unopened and i think i have 3oz vcoming in my preorder lol

Terri HarpLady

I have some on the 3rd floor in my ‘zombie apocalypse’ stash

MzPriss

I just got azn insane amount of it. I love it MUCH!

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What tea goes good with BBQ for lunch?
Lapsang Souchong, of course!
This one is very nice, in that it has the smokey quality, but is not over done. I know from experience that a little maple can really bring out the caramelized sugar flavor of this, but I elected to drink it straight, & it was just so tasty with my lunch.

Skulleigh

Oo, I was thinking of bringing BBQ home for dinner, maybe I’ll try some LS with it! Thanks for the idea.

Stephanie

smokeypalooza!

Skulleigh

I’ll have to try it another night – hubs wasn’t up for BBQ tonight, his tummy was feeling a bit puny, poor thing.

I really need to pick up some maple syrup to try in tea as well, I see people mention it a lot, but I’ve never tried it.

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We started painting my front porch yesterday. I had visions of completion today, LOL, but of course, that ain’t gonna happen. I’m one of those people (thanks to little terri) who is endlessly optomistic (unless I’m depressed, but luckily that doesn’t really happen often anymore). So no matter how long previous experience has demonstrated that it will take days to complete a project, I always think it will be done in hours. I have the same ‘time’ problem with pretty much everything. Even though I know how long it takes to get from my house to some other location, I always think I can get there in 15 minutes. I have to set multiple alarms on my calendar to remind me of things like ‘driving time’. Chalk it up to being a right brainer, I guess.

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been patching & sanding, & if you’d like to see the ‘before’ pics, they are on my FB page https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
Yesterday the boys (who are actually men now) & I started with the white paint. We put the first coat on the ceiling, railings, & anything else that’s going to be ‘ultra white’. Today we’ve been adding a 2nd coat to the white paint, & laying down primer for the places that won’t be white. I’m not really done with the primer, but it keeps acting like it’s going to rain, so we’re taking the afternoon off.

Tea…yes…I drank lots of tea yesterday & today. The purpose of THIS post (before I got sidetracked) was to mention a cold steep from yesterday. My student who’s mom is from Taiwan sent over a Wulong Jasmin cold brewing tea bag from an unknown company. I left it in the frig in a qt jar over night & it made a very refreshing tea to drink while painting yesterday!

Butiki Teas

I feel ya on the time problems. I’m the same way. I make lofty lists of all these things I’m going to do and like 10% gets done in a day.

Stephanie

Very cute porch! Will be awesome when it is done.

Terri HarpLady

I still have a fantasy of opening a bed & breakfast after all my kids move out. :)

Stephanie

Your bed and breakfast would be THE tea drinking destination in the Midwest ;)

Nicole

My husband is my impediment to a retirement B&B. :) He loves talking to strangers. Just not in his house. :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, if I ever do open a B & B, it will definitely be all about tea & home made food!
Nicole: Tony feels pretty much the same way, so if we ever move in together, I won’t be opening a B&B…

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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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