3065 Tasting Notes

I’m getting down near the end of this one, & although I originally loved it & purchased large quantities, I’ve come to feel that it is best when it is fresh, & the flavors get a little stale after a month or so in the cupboard. This is no surprise to me, & one more reason that I am for the most part not a big fan of flavored teas.

Kittenna

This one in particular I think might lose its flavour easily. I’m convinced that the tea I got (a split where my half was in a baggie) pretty much lost its flavour before I even tried it.

OMGsrsly

That’s why I put mine into a canning jar.

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Charlotte Zero, who I haven’t seen for awhile, sent this to me several months back. This is the 2nd time I’ve tried it, & I’m just not really into it. I made sure the temp was right this time, but it’s just not working for me, it’s very bitter. Maybe I’ll try the last bit as a cold brew during my up & coming Sipdown Extravaganza. I haven’t set a date for that yet, I’m thinking I’ll start it on xmas day though, simply because all of my xmas gigs will be over with & I’ll have a few weeks off. What better time to sip your way crazily through 100 or so sip downs? In preparation, I’m amassing a pretty good collect, & it will be glorious!

The Cookie Lady

That Sipdown Extravaganza sounds like it will be so exciting! Christmas is the perfect time to meet up with old friends, whether they be humans or tea :)

TeaBrat

Ah, I loved this when it was around. Your sample must be a few years old since RTR closed a while ago.

Terri HarpLady

R of Tea closed?

TeaBrat

Rare Tea Republic… their offshoot

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Started the morning with one of my breakfast bowls, this one including some really pretty sweet potatoes (yellow orange almost tie die looking on the inside!) & multiplier onions, both from my garden, along with a pot of this one. I always enjoy a good breakfast blend.

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I love little 100G bricks like this, a nice manageable size.
This is a pleasantly sweet & thick mouthed tea, great for multiple steeping, and also reasonably priced.

BigDaddy

I wish there were more of these, they are super convenient. Take up much less space than the bigger cakes and YS has always been a good steep.

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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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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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