2859 Tasting Notes

I’m not feeling particularly descriptive today.
At breakfast I realized I wanted something with some smoke, & this one fit the bill nicely.

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
2859 tasting notes

Once again, I stayed up way too late, but it was fun! I started playing my harp around 10, & played until about 1:30, just savoring a mix of pieces I hadn’t played for awhile: A harp sonata, some debussy, & a few other things, plus reading through some pieces that I’ve had here for awhile, but haven’t learned yet. I think it’s important to be able to demonstrate pieces for your students, especially for the more advanced ones, & to at least familiarize myself with the ones I don’t play. Most harpists send their students to Youtube or audio recordings to become familiar with these pieces, & I use that tool also, because the truth is, unless you’re planning on putting a concert, it’s a lot of work to maintain every advanced piece you’ve ever played! Most of my gigs these days tend towards jazz, but I still love every piece I’ve ever known, & I play a lot of them as wedding preludes, but some of them are kind of way out there, so it’s good once in awhile to play through them, ironing out the rough spots. Plus, I just love playing the harp anyway, & there are so many amazing pieces to play. It’s always a treat just to play for myself, with no audience, except the universe.

Not much new to say about this tea. It really is tasty, & I enjoyed it, but that was hours ago!

Stephanie

Do you have any youtube videos of YOURSELF playing? I’d like to see/hear :)

pyarkaaloo

she does! lol sorry to chime in….and it’s awesome. her song Serenity is truly amazing…i can’t believe she wrote that!! Terri, i think you’re a harp virtuoso! i could talk for hours about that song and how the chords are magical but i won’t freak people (or Terri) out haha.

Terri HarpLady

WOW! Thanks Pyarkaaloo!!
Stephanie, I have 1 video, which I recorded with my laptop & my iphone, hahaha. It took me weeks to finally post it, because I had to figure out how to cut from one view to the other :)
It’s a song I wrote called “Journey to Serenity”, & you can view it on the front page of my cob-web site www.harpsinger.net
There are also sound files from each of my CDs on the ‘my CDs’ page, if you want to hear them.
I really need to get my act together, update my website, add a bunch more videos, etc. I keep planning on it, but every day goes by, just like that! I even have a blog, but haven’t posted on it for a year…lol

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So admittedly, I’ve had this for awhile. I had to buy it, but then I never seemed to get around to sampling it. I have no idea why, it just didn’t happen.
The dry aroma is sour, & a little sweet, & brings to mind Umeboshi plums.
The tea itself? I don’t even know where to start! It’s reconstituted plums, it’s tobacco smoke, it hints at oolong/hujicha/coffee/sourdough, with a ‘shiny’ after feel, & an aftertaste that is powdered instant tea, which creeps up into the sinuses & hangs around somewhere in the soft palate. There is more, but I can’t put it into words. It’s very complex.

Stephanie

Ugh I love this one!

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I don’t know why I don’t drink Tieguanyin more often. It’s not like I don’t have any, in fact I have a ton of it! There are a bunch of them left over from when I was in Verdant’s TOMC & TOMCR, plus I also have others from other companies.

So this one is from last June’s TOMC. It is the essence of spring itself. The aroma is gently floral, the taste is also gently floral & yellow, like spring daffodils, with a beautiful yellow color to the liquid as well. As I run through the steepings, the leaves bloom, gracefully, lushly, like some cross between lettuce & Wakame. I served some to one of my students & her mom, & they were like, “I feel like we’re drinking flowers!”
I love turning people on to new teas!
:)

BigDaddy

TGY is usually the first tea I give newbies, they always respond with, “is this tea? Its not bitter like my tea.” Sets there wheels rolling. Next thing I know I have to order more for all the newbies. How’s your Yunnan Sourcing addiction going?

Terri HarpLady

Funny you should ask, Big D, I was lurking on their website a few days ago. I haven’t ordered anything…yet!
You?

BigDaddy

Saving up for big spring harvest extravaganza. Getting my tea rhythms straight this year. Going to try and see if I can drink all my greens before they are 8 years old :)

Terri HarpLady

It’s kind of nice how tax returns come in spring…:)

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little terri’s experiment worked!!!
We put a quart of vanilla almond milk into my little 1 qt crockpot, added 4 T of chai, & left it on for awhile (2 or 3 hours?), & it is delicious! It’s perfect, in fact! I shared small cups of it with various students this afternoon, & everybody loves it. The only problem is we ran out, & I’m also out of almond milk now. I just opened a can of coconut milk & dumped it in there, but it will be a few hours before it’s ready.
Tomorrow I’ll do a half & half of almond milk & coconut milk, which I already know will be amazing & decadent.
I predict that I’ll be going through almond & coconut milk like they are going out of style from now on! And Chai!

gmathis

I think Little Terri has earned herself a piece of candy today!

darby

Did you just simmer it or let it just sit in cold milk?

Tealizzy

Mmmmmmm!!!

Terri HarpLady

Darby, that little crockpot doesn’t have any settings, so if you plug it in, it’s on. I put cold almond milk in it, added the tea, plugged it in, & walked away for at least a couple of hours…maybe 3 or 4 now that I think of it. Right before I strained out my first cup, I stirred in a little stevia (sweet leaf). And by the way, don’t try to strain this with a finnum, hahaha, because it will take FOREVER! I have a little more of a loose strainer that I use for chai. Alternately, I guess you could tie the tea into a little steeping bag, but I didn’t do that. I like to let the leaves float free, :)

Terri HarpLady

Regarding the coconut milk version, it was extremely rich. Next time I would definitely try for half almond milk, half coconut milk.

Terri HarpLady

Another comment regarding coconut milk, after being in the crock pot for awhile, a skin developed across the top. That didn’t happen with the almond milk at all.

darby

Awesome! Thx! I’ll have to try that in my smaller crock

MsWhatsit

This sounds really good. Now I want to try it.

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Tony is in michigan until weds night, so I came to his house to feed the fishes. While I’m here, I’m enjoying a bubble bath & a cup of this tea. I think the first time I drank this, I steeped it too hot & it was so so. One of the things I love about Stacy’s teas is that she gives clear cut steeping suggestions, that are spot on. The other thing I love about our Stacy’s teas is what I will call the Deliciousness Factor.
Best strawberry tea ever!
Now back to the next story in Sherlock Holmes

Butiki Teas

The Deliciousness Factor!!!! Hahaha, love it.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2859 tasting notes

“I invoke the *Principle of 45/15” Ms Theresa yelled at the top of her lungs as we were finishing up with breakfast.
“So what the hell does THAT mean”, you ask.
The Principle of 45/15 means that we’re actually working today: 45 min of actual work, 15 minute break. Then another 45/15, etc.
So far all the house plants are watered, & one of them was ‘groomed’ a little. The kitchen is clean, the sunroom & kitchen are swept & mopped. The blankets from my bed are being washed.
We’ve been listening to Bach all the while, as I find his music to be energizing, & drinking this wonderful tea during my breaks. little terri got a little over-exuberant, as she often does, & put a lot of leaf in our teeny tiny 4 oz teapot, so even with very short steepings this has been a potent brew!

little terri is also trying an experiment today: she filled the 1 Qt crockpot with vanilla almond milk & added Chai. We’ll check it during out next break to see if it’s ready. We’re thinking a long steep in the crock on low might turn out to be an awesome thing.
Hopefully it won’t be an epic fail….

VariaTEA

I quite like this principle of 45/15. Perhaps I might follow suit :P.

Terri HarpLady

I came up with it years ago, & when I ‘invoke’ it, I get a lot done. It also helps me to get started actually doing something on a day like today, where it would be easy to just goof off :)
Something about setting a timer helps me to stay on task. Even one hour of 45/15 can result in me getting some things done!

Terri HarpLady

My sister, Ms Whatsit, & I have been known to invoke 45/15 together, & then spend the 15 on the phone gabbing. I should give her a call this afternoon, as one of my ‘rewards’.

carol who

I love the 45/15. When I had leg surgery a few years ago, my doctor made me walk for to minutes every hour. I’ve been doing that for weight loss besides my 3 miles with my friend. It seems to be paying off since I lost 4 1/4 pounds in the last 2 weeks. Maybe… 30/20/10? 30 min. cleaning// 20 min. break/ 10 min. walking. ??? maybe overly ambitious? But would give me 20 min. tea time with a good book.

Terri HarpLady

Carol, you & I must be birds of a feather, lol. I’ve been known to take a 5 min walk every hour, in an effort to keep my metabolism up. It usually involves going up & down the stairs, in a variety of patterns: 1st to 2nd floor, down to 1st, to 3rd, down to basement, to 2nd, to basement to 3rd, then a cool down min of walking in circles on the 1st floor. In alternate hours, turn on music & dance like there’s no tomorrow!

Terri HarpLady

I started doing 45/15 because that’s how I work at gigs!

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I enjoyed a cup of this while fixing my breakfast. I’ve reviewed it several times, so there isn’t much more to say except that it’s a beautiful & tasty cup of tea!

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This has been one of those teas that I consider hoard-worthy, & so I have a couple of different versions of it, & it even warrants a special tin! This is the last cup of a batch from last year, maybe last spring? I can’t remember for sure, & that is before I started labeling the packages with a date as they come in.
No matter…
The original Zhu Rong I fell in love with was deeply chocolatey, like a dark fancy unsweetened chocolate bar from some exotic location, with a snazzy wrapper, & it costs way more than you want to spend, but you know that you are going to save it for an extremely special occasion, that you’re going to let every square melt in your mouth, & it’s so worth it.
This may be the last cup of that tea. Or not. Teas do change from season to season. There is more or less rain, or the grower may do a little something different with the leaf. I’m sure there are many variables, so I have packages from Summer & from Fall. I’ll probably order a few oz of the current offering as well, although I’ve noticed that the description of the tea has changed considerably. I meant to save this last cup’s worth, so that I could compare them all, but instead I’m just enjoying it for what it is, & it is good.

boychik

Do you prefer Spring or Fall harvest for Yunnan black?

Ze_Teamaker

Ah yes, this tea. I feel in love with the second version of it. First one was nice and smokey as well.

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I’ve never compared them, to be honest.
BTW, your package arrived on Saturday! :)

boychik

Yay! The reason I’m asking I saw some discussion that fall harvest produces richer blacks. I dunno

Terri HarpLady

The newer package I’m opening is from last summer I think, so when I get near the bottom of it, I’ll open the fall package & try to compare them, if I remember! hahaha
It might be awhile…

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I made this at Tony’s to enjoy in my bubble bath.
It’s one of his favorites, & although I don’t drink it often, I guess today is the day.
It’s main feature is a bright & juicy orange, with a touch of bergamot, & a lingering grapefruit finish. It’s a little on the acidic side for my tastes, but definitely bright & cheery. The base is earthy, & almost shu puerh-like, so although I’m no expert, I’d say it’s yunnan.
Note to self: send a sample of the to ks

gmathis

This sounds lovely to bathe in ;) Uh, I mean with.

JustJames

in…. with…. don’t matter as long as the temperature’s right. =0)

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys!

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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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http://www.harpsinger.net

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