2913 Tasting Notes

I’ve been SO busy this week, but it was a good busy! The weather was beautiful all week, & Tony was in Michigan, so I spent every waking hour that I wasn’t teaching or playing in my garden, planting stuff! Broccoli, Brussels, Cauliflower, lettuces, various greens, radishes, turnips, beets, etc. In some cases I planted plants (instant garden!), & in other cases I planted seeds.

Needless to say, I’m so behind on my tea logging, that I’m just gonna post a list of the highlights from the last couple of days. I hope nobody will mind, but they are all teas I’ve reviewed pretty extensively by now, I think. In no particular order:
Double Knit Blend – more woody than I remember it
Premium Taiwanese Assam – so good
Devotea’s 1910 English Breakfast – So awesome with brekkie
Butiki’s The Black Lotus – ditto
Upton’s Russian Caravan – not as smokey as I seem to recall
Teavivre’s Rose Dian Hong – to share with a student
TTC’s 2005 aged songboling oolong – sipdown
YS’s Imperial Gold Needle (sipdown) & Imperial Mojiang golden bud
Verdant’s Zhu Rong Chai – my crockpot method reigns supreme!
Verd’s Fujian White Jasmine – with a friend
Peach Rooibos – trail lodge tea

This morning I had Teavana’s black dragon pearls, & I’m having Ms Stacy’s Irish Breakfast with my breakfast. I am hoping to play catch up on reading everyone’s reviews later today, but now I must rush off to play a wedding! It’s a beautiful day in St. Louis!

MzPriss

I’m gonna plant flowers today. I’m a little behind on my dahlias.

Dexter

:(( it’s snowing here… jealous that you are already well into spring. Enjoy your time in your garden :))

MzPriss

In two months I’ll be whining about living on the face of the sun – but right now it’s beautiful outside and my dogs are behaving, I have a cup of Golden Fleece and am planting tubs of dahlias and zinnias and life is GOOD

Terri HarpLady

I grew up in San Diego, where the weather was in the 70s most of the time. I love the change of seasons, but I am absolutely certain that 77 F is the perfect temperature! :)

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What an awesome day! First off, I didn’t start teaching until 1:30, so I got a bunch of stuff done in my garden! I taught all afternoon, then went to the farmers market. There is a local chick making homemade coconut butter, & I love coconut butter. I usually get Artisana’s, but I think from now on I’ll be getting it from this gal. She has plain, but she also has naturally flavored ones, the lemon vanilla is heavenly…ahhh

Trail lodge tea, a local company, was also there today, so I stocked back up on this lemon rooibos, which is tasty, the peach Melba, & the ginger rooibos. I’ve been needing a few more non-caffeine teas for the evening, & this Lenin is especially nice.

gmathis

I think you told me once—but where is the farmers’ market you frequent? It sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon.

Terri HarpLady

There are several in St. Louis, but the one I like is on wednesdays from 4 – 7pm in the parking lot of the schlafly bottleworks restaurant & brewery. The close of a section of the parking lot & set up the market there. It’s 5 minutes from my house in Maplewood.

Terri HarpLady

Take a roadtrip to StL, GG, & we’ll hang out!

gmathis

Not sure when Life and All will allow that, but I would love to. It has been too long since we took off to have a Strictly Frivolous Day.

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Call me a cynic, because I am.
The Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe I’m drinking is not the one described on this page. That one was from 2 years ago. David searched to find that one. I don’t think I ever got to try it by itself, although it was in the first sample of Imperial Breakfast Summer Blend, which Bonnie was generous enough to share with me when I first joined Steepster.

I am also not drinking the current one that is offered on Verdant’s website. That one was grown by the Li Family, who’s daughter went to school with David. I don’t think he had to search very far to find it, but I’m glad he is friends with them, because they grow some wonderful teas!

So THIS one is from last year. I think the Li family also grew this, & I have plenty of it, so I should start drinking it more often. I haven’t had a chance to compare it to any of my other Big Red Robes, and I can’t even write a decent review about it today, because just as I was starting to drink it & breath in it’s rich aroma, my last student showed up, reeking of perfume. She is a new student, & last week she reeked so heavily that the money she gave me still reeks ;p.
But she is a nice older lady, so at the end of her lesson I explained to her that I have allergies & breathing issues, & am especially sensitive to perfumes, so would she please not wear any on the days she is coming to see me. She was very nice about it.
It will take hours to clear the air in my house, & I really can’t taste much of the tea.
damn…

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I’m still working my way through last year’s greens & whites, with a commitment to drink one of them every day of the week, with weekends being optional.
This is another TOMC tea from last June.
It brews to a lovely pale apricot, starting out with a light but creamy vanilla texture, & gradually becoming refreshing in a cucumber sort of way, almost like a light salad, LOL.

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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
2913 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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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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