3007 Tasting Notes

I’ve been drinking An Xi Tie Guan Yin from Life in Teacup for the last hour or so. It’s from a sample that KS shared with me awhile back, & it’s really lovely, a golden liquid that is gently sweet, kind of brings cream of wheat with honey to mind.

I posted it here because I did see a listing for it, & I’m too lazy to add one, especially since it’s a sipdown.
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Yesterday evening I dumped the rest of this tea into a qt jar, filled with water, & put in the fridge. Today I’ve been sipping it all afternoon. It’s a very refreshing blend of green & white teas from a local tea vender, with freeze dried black raspberries mixed in. It’s not something I’d crave, but I’ve enjoyed drinking it & sharing it with a few friends! That’s all she wrote!
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I’ve been eyeing this tea with much trepidation. Sil has nicknamed it Tea of Doom, & included it in my box, heh. I had company this morning for a little while, company that enjoys tea. Company that actually prefers flavored teas, so I whipped this one out & served it, LOL. I used half of the sample, & the rest is going to Dag :)
Of course, I am not a fan of bergamot, although on rare occasion I can tolerate a few sips, usually from Tony’s mug.
I do love lavender in my garden, in a bath, on insect bites, on a cotton ball in my ear if I have an earache, or in little dream pillow in my bed. I don’t like it in tea so much, it’s like drinking bath water. I tried cooking with Herbs de Provence, which includes lavender, & it pretty much ruined the meal for me, although everyone else ate it.
So how was it? Both of my friend adored it. One even asked where she could get more.
MOAR???
Interestingly, it didn’t gross me out as much as I thought it would. It kind of tastes a little nostalgic, like the hippy herbal teas of my younger days, but it isn’t something I’d ever want to drink again.

sherapop

Lavender is definitely polarizing! My sister cannot stand any food or drink with lavender in it, but I like it in moderation. It is very, very easy to overdose though…

Sil

Despise this tea….soooo throws lol

Sil

Gah throws = gross. Stupid ipad

Christina

Heh, I have an Earl Grey with lavender that I ordered as part of a sampler set, and as soon as I tasted it, I put it in my swap pile. Thus the new sobriquet lavenblerg. I feel it would be even worse with a green base rather than a black base, though.

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Welcome to day 15 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
For the final session with this tea, part of a joint order Sil & I placed a year ago, I decided to go with about 5G steeped in 8oz at intervals of 1,2, & 5 minutes.
It’s tart & tangy tea, still reminding me of Apricot, more than anything. There is also a spicy quality, like maybe allspice &/or clove.
I’ve enjoyed the teas we got from Taiwan, & they are of high quality, but truthfully, none of them will become permanent members of my cupboard, as I don’t really love them.
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Sil

Samples sizes for me from now on lol

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I actually love chrysanthemum tea, all by itself. I used to drink a cup every day while I was fixing dinner. I haven’t been doing that, for awhile. I also haven’t been drinking my Nettles tea, which is probably why my allergies are so bad this year.

So today, after my gig, I drank a cup of this while I was fixing my dinner. I’ve had these flowers for awhile now, but the tea still tastes good to me, & I enjoyed it. End of story.

Charissa

I really like chrysanthemum tea by itself too! It has a really unique, nice flavor. I believe in Chinese medicine it is used as a “cooling” tea, to help balance out the body.

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This is not a sipdown. I woke with a headache today, & every time somebody opened the door, it got worse. Some new allergen was in the air, my ears were popping, my entire body hurt, especially my head. I had a gig to play this afternoon, & I finally broke down & took a Zyrtek. I don’t really like taking medication of any kind, but I was reeling with dizziness. I haven’t been that dizzy since shortly before I gave up alcohol, lol.
I also broke down & took an Aleve.
I also used my cool finnum Zita cup (I finally figured out how to use it!). I put 1 Tb of this sheng into the filter area, added hot water, & left for my gig, adding more hot water as needed. It was just what I needed. Somewhere between the 2 meds & the tea, or possibly just because I was playing my Harp, my achiness improved.
I also now have even more money in my Playpal account…

Dag Wedin

Good thing you headache improved!

Terri HarpLady

Probably the meds cured the headache, but this tea was very energizing, in a very good way. I felt much revived, & really enjoyed playing a fun mix of Led zeppelin, arrowsmith, tom petty, stones, clapton, Kansas (I always loved that band!), & also some jazz.

TheTeaFairy

Yep, sometimes the meds are neccesary…but so is the tea! Glad it helped.
Nice little set you played there, was Dust in the Wind on the music menu? Love that Kansas song…

Marzipan

I could see Dust in the Wind being a good fit for a harp, especially the instrumental part with all the runs.

Terri HarpLady

Yup, I’ve been playing Dust in the Wind for years, I love that song. I loved the song Icarus, & of course, Carry on my Wayward Son, which I didn’t play last night, but have played before.
I love the era I grew up, the music was & still is awesome! :)

Stephanie

My allergies are totally whack today, too. Had a sneezing fit as soon as I got to work and now I’m all congested. Bleh! I bet the tea helps :)

Garret

Wild Monk, medication, meditation, Kansas saves the day. 70’s music rocks! Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be teas when you are done.

TheTeaFairy

Haha, Garret, I think I like your lyrics better than the original ;-)

Garret

For the life of me, that’s how I thought it went :)

Terri HarpLady

Garret, just one more reason we all love you :)

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I pulled this out of one of the TTBs awhile back, & today I’m polishing it off. It’s a little malty, & the aroma & flavor of Rose is there, however today I noticed that the last sip tasted a little soapy. :p
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Stephanie

florals are tricky

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This has been a delightful tea. I’m mostly enjoyed it gongfu style, but today I tried a more western version, basically a heaping tsp in a cup for 3 min with a resteep of 5min. Also very delicious this way, & without a doubt, I will re-order, but for now it is a sipdown. I’m sending the last 5 G to a friend, along with the last of the Jinggu Golden Strand from YS, another tea worthy of re-ordering.
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TheTeaFairy

Oh, oh, should I be excited about this one???

MzPriss

This sounds really good to me as well

Terri HarpLady

My dear Tea Fairy, yes, I think you should ;)

TheTeaFairy

Yay!!! Happy, happy ;-)

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drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
3007 tasting notes

Thanks to Carol Who for sending me this sample. This tea is chopped up so fine, it nearly resembles coffee grounds. I treated it like I would treat ’Grampa’s anytime tea’ or ‘Crimson Horizon’, both Kenyan teas (I think) from Butiki. Although this tea is not from Kenya, but rather from Myanmar, it still reminds me of those african teas, both in it’s finely chopped appearance, & in the resulting cup, with was robustly bold & tart! It also packs a pretty good punch, & although it isn’t something I plan to stock, it was what I needed today.
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sherapop

Sounds like CTC Assam—similar visually and in caffeine content to instant coffee! ;-)

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A sipdown sample from Ms. Stacy that I drank earlier today. The color of the dry leaf is in beautiful shades of green, very luminescent, & although it isn’t rolled tightly into the ‘spring snail’ shape that most bi luos feature, the flavor is very nice, with a rich savory green taste, somewhere between spinach & asparagus, & a lingering thick mouth, a feature that I tend to love.
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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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