3069 Tasting Notes

I took my sons Drew & Leif out to breakfast, as a prelude to a day of prepping the front porch for paint. I made a large go cup of this tea to bring along, because the tea they offer at the breakfast joint is…well, it’s just not what I wanted :)

I have yet to meet a tea from the Wu Liang Mntns that I don’t like, & this one is especially nice, with a sweet chocolate richness, a hint of coriander, & a little floral in there too. A nice start to my day.

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I feel fantastic!
I love sheng! I’m convinced that it is the cure all, & if it isn’t, oh well, I sure do feel 100% better than I felt a few hours ago! I was really dragging, people, it was all I could do to keep my eyes open, in spite of several servings of black tea. I started drinking this Sheng, & in no time I felt totally revived. If I still have a headache, I’m feeling no pain.
The dry leaf is in Shades of green, gray, beige, & brown, with a fresh & tart aroma like newly dried hay & grapes. When I warmed the leaf in my yixing, I smelled banana cakes & a heady floral quality. If you’ve never had them, banana cakes are sticky rice with a piece of banana in the middle, wrapped up in a banana leaf & steamed. Sometimes they put bean paste in there, & you can put other things in them too. You can also make them savory, but they’re especially nice as a dessert, drizzled with coconut milk. My kids have always loved them, especially my son Drew.
5G + 4oz Yixing (rinse) X 5 seconds…
The initial steepings were mildly lemony with a taste of green banana leaf. I’ve been drinking this over the past 3 hours, just a cup here & there. I took a break to put a chicken in the oven, another break to pick raspberries with Drew. I continued to sip while paying bills (ALL of my bills are paid! Yay!). I also drank a few cups with dinner. I’d like to keep drinking, but I’m headed out the door, so I may have to revisit this tomorrow, because I feel like there is still many cups left :)
I really should start drinking Sheng every day, it always makes me feel so fantastic!
I think I’ll fill my to go cup & take it with me…

TheTeaFairy

This note makes me feel your happiness and well being :-)

Stephanie

Sheng is so special!

Ubacat

I haven’t developed a real love for the taste of sheng yet but it’s not bad and the way it makes you feel is totally worth it.

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A nice rich cup of lighty smoky sweetness.
This is day 2 of feeling weird in the afternoon. Yesterday I went to the Farmer’s Market. There is a chick who sells homemade ice cream, including non dairy ice cream, so I got one of her ice cream sandwiches, & it was pretty damn good! Strawberry Mango coconut milk ice cream, sandwiched between 2 homemade gluten free meringue cookies.
Shortly after eating it, every taste bud on my tongue swelled up & I started feeling weird.
I’m pretty positive she uses all natural ingredients, & I honestly don’t know if this was a results of:
1 – something in the ice cream…I recently had a similar reaction to pineapple
2 – the last cup of tea I drank yesterday. I’m not going to divulge it’s name, & I doubt that was it, although the actual tongue swelling started while I was drinking it.
3 – some air born allergy, which is also likely, at least for the ‘feeling weird’ part. Case in point, I started today feeling pretty good, but after going outside I’ve developed a headache & inability to focus, & about the only thing I can envision doing now is taking a nap.
Or maybe drinking some Sheng…

Stephanie

ugh, the allergy thing sounds terrible :(

Anna

Feel better soon. <3

boychik

What about mango? i heard that many people allergic to mango. its in the same family of poison ivy

MzPriss

I’m sorry you’re feeling poorly. Sheng usually helps to hit my reset button too. I hope you napped and feel better.

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I made a pot of this earlier to share with my guitar player friend during our rehearsal. I think maybe it was too strong for him, as he only drank half of his cup. I drank the other 2 (that pot holds 3). One time when he came I served him some Sheng, which he totally loved.

We’re playing a gig next thurs night. We’ll start with a duet he wrote, then each play 3 original instrumentals or something, then another duet or 2. That’s the first set.
The 2nd set we’ll start with an Irish medley, then a couple jazz solos each, then we’ll play some latin jazz together. It should be an interesting gig!

The tea? Bold & black. For a more in depth review, visit one of my previous posts on it :)
Sorry, I’m a lamer…

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It’s time to start drinking some of the teas I received in trades last month, right?
This one came from Stephanie.
I haven’t been a huge fan or Ruby Blacks, & realized recently that although I enjoy Taiwanese blacks in general, & definitely like them better than ceylon & darjeeling teas, I don’t really love them, at least not as much as I love a good Assam or pretty tea from Yunnan or Fujian.
My first cup of this was tart & tangy plums, kind of sour & fruity. If I were to pick a musical instrument, it would be a bright silver flute, & a brass section. There’s also some wood in there somewhere, but not a mellow woodwind section, more like an edgy upright bass player.
And toothpaste…yes…an underlying taste of toothpaste.
I made a 2nd cup, using a lower temp, & for me, it was pretty much the same.
I don’t hate it, and as the cup cools the tartness mellows a bit & I like it better,
except for the toothpaste.
Time to whip up a quick breakfast, I have a rehearsal in half an hour!
Sipdown
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Sil

is it silly that sometimes i forget you do swaps with ppl who AREN’T ME!

Terri HarpLady

Ha!!
I do occasionally swap with other people down here in the States,and occasionally abroad, LOL, but most of my Canadian swaps come through you, since you swap with everybody! It saves on postage though! :)

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First off, thanks to Brett for sharing a sample of this tea with me.
The leaves are rolled up tightly & are of a chocolate brown, with a warm honey aroma that is very enticing. After steeping, the tea reminded me of honey nut cherrios, creating a mildly sweet & comforting cup, with a hint of cinnamon. The leaves are slow to unfurl, & resteep on & on. Once they open, they are beautiful, dark, & their aroma is like cinnamon & vanilla, &…well…honey nut cherrios!

Sarsonator

Sounds amazing. I am adding this one to my wishlist. :)

TheTeaFairy

Yummy! So funny, I drank butiki’s gui fei yesterday, and all I could think of was burnt toasts dripping with honey!

Brett

Thanks Terri, always interesting to hear what different people are tasting… I think I’ll have some for breakfast tomorrow and see if I’m tasting the cheerios as well! Usually in my head I’m thinking about pecan pie, but either way, it’s a fun leaf..

Terri HarpLady

oohhh…toast dripping with honey…
ooohhh, pecan pie!
:)

Terri HarpLady

It really is fun how everyone tastes things a little differently, but then we’ll all notice the same one thing (like honey).

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Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for this sample!
4G + test tube steeper (5 – 6oz) @ 185F X 30/60/90/120seconds
Rich & green, with butter & chestnut. Each successive steep became a little greener, a little thicker, with a slight growing bitterness, but not in a bad way.
A lovely Dragon well!

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This is my favorite ‘Caravan’ type tea. There is just enough smoke from the lapsang, just enough sweetness from the dark oolong, just enough punch from the Assam, & just enough earthiness from the shu puerh, to make a nicely blend that was the perfect savory side to my ridiculously decadent breakfast. If you want to see what I had:
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

lapsang souchong, dark oolong, assam, & puerh
Stephanie

I have breakfast jealousy!

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
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Thank you Sil for including this tea in the BBBBox!
This is a tasty tea, with a richness to it that I really enjoyed while putting together breakfast.
1 T + 8oz X 3/5min.
Both the steep & the resteep were very satisfying, & have that Yunnan mouth thickness, & I can drink them on an empty stomach without getting sick. Yay!

Sil

Awesome! If you ever want sit more to drink just let me know :)

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I drank a cup of this a few hours ago, along with the resteep.
Now I think I’ll have another cup for dessert, with Maple, of course!

TeaBrat

hmm. I was just eyeing this on Verdant’s site. It looks good!

Terri HarpLady

It’s tasty!

Sil

I heart vanilla citrus spice more. But this one is a herbal….and also tasty

Skulleigh

Oh, that blend sounds so interesting! I hope they still have it when my spending fast ends!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to agree, vanilla citrus spice is preferred, but when I want more tea without additional caffeine, this one is pretty nice.

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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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