3004 Tasting Notes

First sipdown of the day, first sipdown of the week!
I took the weekend off from sipdowns. I just really needed to enjoy some of my favorite teas, so that’s what I did! Now I’m ready to dive back in, clearing out teas that are taking up space, teas that have been around for awhile, remnants of tea clubs, etc.
This has been a tasty tea, rich & fruity, and while I have enjoyed it’s company, & may eventually reorder, I don’t plan on making it a permanent resident. I was originally enamored somewhat with it’s interesting qualities, but the truth is, it just doesn’t really fit the profile of the kinds of teas that I really love. At least not today.
But that isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy it! It really is tasty, it’s just not a tea I crave.
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Before I get started on day 12 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!, I needed a cup of something black & beautiful, something tasty, something I hadn’t had in awhile. Last week I think I polished off all of my black tea sipdowns (at least for now), so although this one isn’t a sipdown, I’m getting close to the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, & I might polish it off later this week. Of course, if I do, it will only be a temporary sipdown, because while many teas in my collection are just visiting, this one is a permanent resident.

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Just relaxing with Tony, enjoying a movie & contemplating food…

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms, past, present, & future!
Everything I’ve drank today is something I’ve reviewed several times, all favorably, so I’m just gonna post a list:
- Imperial Breakfast Blend – Verdant – enjoyed in bed, while reading another tale of Sherlock Holmes, I’m about 80% done with the collection.
- Malty Irish Breakfast – Butiki – with the breakfast Tony made: a scramble of eggs, green onion, asparagus, & lettuce (all from my garden), & a side of bacon. (no pancakes…)
- Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha – Verdant – I made a cup of this to take along & drink during the Mother’s Day Tea I played for at a local nursing home.
- Finbarr’s Revenge – Devotea – I treated myself to a few gluten free cookies & a pot of this tea. A perfect after-the-gig late afternoon pleasure.

I’m not sure what I’m drinking next, but I’m gonna grab something & take it over to Tony’s.

boychik

Happy Mothers Day to you too!

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I want to again thank Charlotte Zero for sending the rest of her stash of this tea to me.
I went with gongfu steepings at 15/30/45/60 sec, & then 2/3/4/5 min.
This is such a wonderfully savory tea, so malty & delicious, & I’ve reviewed it so many times. I really needed a treat like this, & am starting to feel revived, which is good, because in a little while I have to leave the house again. My student at UMSL has her senior recital tonight, & I’m bringing my harp for her because it really is an amazing sounding instrument.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3004 tasting notes

I think I’m taking the day off from sipdowns.
I just got home from the wedding, & I’m extremely exhausted. When I play at the botanical garden, I have to walk for about 15 – 30 minutes, pushing the harp on its dolly. My son Leif comes with me, to carry my bench, etc. I took a zyrtek before I went, because they have every kind of pollen all in one place there, but now I can barely keep my eyes open. There are a few other things I could complain about, but I’ll quit now. ;)
Anyway, I’m tea deprived, that’s the main thing, so I’m treating myself to a steep & resteep of this awesome tea. I’m almost done with the 2nd cup. I also need food, & little terri is over in the corner, talking to one of her imaginary friends about how much she wants pancakes…

Sil

mmm pancakes…

Terri HarpLady

I know, right?
Only I can’t get myself to cook, so I think I’m gonna call the sushi place, place a carryout order, & pick that up on the way to the college. Once I unload the harp, I’ll have some time to kill, so I can see myself kicked back in my car with chopsticks :)

Terri HarpLady

Maybe I’ll have pancakes for breakfast tomorrow…or for a late night snack!

Sil

i’m stuck in a room with 50+ ohter ppl for the next 12-16 hours in the middle of nowhere… dinner and other such things will not be delicious

boychik

I hope they gonna order some food for you.

Sil

they ordered pizza hut earlier… i’m guessing there will be more of that sort of thing happening… lots of junk food. Mostly i just want real food heh

boychik

I’m sorry but hopefully you’ll be busy you won’t notice. I hope you brought some tea with you to last.

Terri HarpLady

when you finally get home, you should have pancakes :)

Sil

ian will be at work… so let me tell you what i will likely do…walk in the door, undressing and dropping clothes all the way to the bedroom…tucking myself in and sleeping until 2pm when he gets home. haha

Sil

…at which point i will say: FEEEEEED MEEEE!

TeaExplorer

Awesome plan! Does Ian know how to make pancakes :)

Sil

yes hehe

Terri HarpLady

My favorite (currently) is almond flour pancakes, topped with fried apples & maple syrup! Yeah baby!

Sil

we had lunch wraps instead…but then went for a bike ride to DQ for a small ice cream hahaha

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I’m giving the sipdown extravaganza a rest, at least for this morning.
All I really wanted is one delicious pot of tea, something bold & bright to enhance my breakfast & sustain me for a few hours. This suited my fancy nicely, & it’s the only tea I’m having this morning, as I have to leave in half an hour to go play a wedding at the botanical garden, & I wouldn’t want to walk out in the garden tea-logged.

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Another sipdown, this one from the BBBBox, courtesy of my steep-sister Sil.
I don’t have anything to say about it, so instead I’ll tell you that my Lily of the Valley’s are blooming! Yay!
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
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MzPriss

I wish I could grow Lillies of the Valley. It’s too hot here :(

Terri HarpLady

Maybe you can grow them inside?

MzPriss

That’s a thought if I can keep my dogs out of them. I love them so much – they’re so pretty and my very first perfume I ever got to wear (a gift from my grandmother) was Muget and it was Lily of the Valley. That is a very happy memory. Thanks :)

Stephanie

I love the scent, too.

Terri HarpLady

When I was a kid my mom made barbie clothes & sold them to all of the neighborhood moms to use for gifts for their daughters’ barbies. So, these were no ordinary doll clothes, they were really ritzy. I never actually played with my barbie, I wasn’t into dolls, but she was decked out! She had a mink stole (knitted angora), all kinds of fancy formals, & plastic life size lilies of the valleys. I loved those flowers, but I didn’t actually know there were actual flowers that looked like that until much later, & they smell awesome!

MzPriss

This morning after a long walk through Central Park I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There were three exhibits I particularly wanted to see: The Fabrege one, Martin Guitars one and the Lost Kingdoms, which has very very old Buddha sculptures, among other things. When I got the Fabrege exhibit – there were SEVERAL different Lily of the Valley items – a really beautiful one made of jade and moonstones I believe – which I took a photo of. When I got the Martin guitars, there were several harps there as well. One of them was a very cool Welsh triple harp. I love the Met it’s filled with wonders and today I thought of Terri HarpLady while I was there.

MzPriss

Sorry about my typos :(

Terri HarpLady

Yay! Thanks for thinking of me! You know, I’ve never been to the Met, or New York, for that matter. I hope you’ll post any pics you took on FB, or elsewhere, I’d love to see them. :)

MzPriss

I’m not on FB – but I will get them up on my blog when I get home on Wednesday. I have a lot to put up as I am doing a lot of tea drinking/shopping and eating and the blog is the only where I think I have where other people can see them. But I really truly did think of you because there were several harps. The triple Welsh one was the coolest though. One of them was really beat up (or as we call it at my house – well loved).

Terri HarpLady

I love harps! I used to have a welsh triple, it was an interesting instrument, but not particularly practical to play, so I sold it, LOL.

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drank Magic Will by RiverTea
3004 tasting notes

Another tea from Cavo to Sil to me! I’m not sure who Magic Will is, maybe part of Magic Mike’s Male Stripper Review? ;)
I wasn’t really expecting much, to be honest, but this turned out to be a decent little Shu. I brewed it long & proud, lol, & ended up with a very satisfying cup of earthiness, with no objectionable qualities whatsoever. As it cooled, it took on a creamy cocoa quality, which I really enjoyed. I was sipping & practicing my harp for a wedding I’m playing tomorrow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s suppose to be a beautiful day, & this wedding is in my favorite part of the garden, the Chinese Friendship garden. It’s enclosed by a wall, there is a little stream winding through the center, a couple of little bridges, a pagoda, several weeping willows, & if I had time to go hang out at the garden more, that would be my place. Here’s a link:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/our-garden/gardens-conservatories/international-gardens/chinese-garden.aspx

Special requested pieces for this wedding:
Tangled Up in You
Enchanted
Mine would be you
If I didn’t have you

This is a sipdown, of course! Thanks for the sample, girls!
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boychik

Chinese garden is soo beautiful!

Terri HarpLady

It’s so lovely there, & in the heat of summer, it is shaded & comfortable :)

Roswell Strange

Beautiful! And your Magic Mike remark made me spit out my tea a little :p

Terri HarpLady

Glad to brighten your day, Roswell!

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I have no idea who this guy Steve is, but this is a sample sent to me, which was sent to Sil from Cavo. My first couple of sips were boring, then I added a little sweetener & the tea lit up with flavor. Grapefruit, for sure, a warm ginger mouth, a whisper of vanilla, & lots of tangy fruity stuff. Not something I would normally drink, but like most of the teas conceived by Cara McGee, it’s pretty good, & I bet it would be especially tasty over ice.
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Cavocorax

Steve Carlsberg is one of the characters mentioned in the Welcome to Night Vale Podcast (http://podbay.fm/show/536258179)

He’s mentioned in a few of the earlier episodes as the radio host really, really doesn’t like him, but we don’t know why until 40 episodes later. :) I liked his tea far more than I did the character!

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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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