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2480 Tasting Notes

This has been in my box from Sil for awhile, & I brewed it tonight to get another sipdown in for the day, & also because, silly me, I didn’t read the label & was thinking this was some non-caffeine cup. As it turns out, there is green tea in there, but oh well, the night is young!

Flavorwise, it’s not bad. And now it’s gone! That’s ends my day at 358 teas!

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I had a nice long session with this Shu, which I love.
5G + Yixing (rinse) X 15sec/30/45/60/90 etc…

Every cup was wonderful, with a creamy texture, a sweet fruity kind of flavor, & a nice thick mouth. I really like this one a lot.

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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
2480 tasting notes

I’m finally getting around to sampling this. I have the sample Sil sent me, & Garret also sent me a sample in my recent order.

This is not a bad tasting tea, & I think the interesting flavor Sil was reaching for in her review of this one might be “coffee”. It has an essence of coffee-like taste to it, not bitter, but that’s what I’m getting from it. I’m also getting “grapenuts”, for sure.

Personally I would never buy a tea because it has high levels of GABA, because honestly, according to the things I’ve read, taking GABA as a supplement doesn’t increase the levels in your brain. GABA is manufactured in your brain, & taken as a supplement, it can’t actually cross the blood-brain barrier. The best way to up your brain’s GABA levels are:
- eating fermented foods, like kimchi, keifer, etc, which will improve your absorption of the nutrients needed by your brain.
- doing yoga! Studies have shown that doing yoga enhances GABA levels!

Still, it’s a pleasant cup of tea! Thanks for the samples Sil & Garret!

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Also having a mini-cup (4oz) of this one, just to get a little more of a taste before I put it in Sil’s box. This may be my favorite English Breakfast out there! It’s really very good! The essence of the individual teas each make their presence known, but they also really balance the cup out nicely. I’ll probably have to add a little of this to my shopping cart for when I’m in the mood for a classic blend.

Sil

Oooooooh

Robert Godden

I’m as excited as Sil is. Perhaps.

Sil

Haha doubt. It lol

Robert Godden

I am imagining the tea on its way to Sil. Perhaps around the neck of a St. Bernard, bounding across the snowy hills.

Sil

haha that would be aaammaaaazing!

Terri HarpLady

Nice imagery, Robert!

TeaBrat

It is so good!

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Having a 4 oz cup of this & the 1910, side by side, before the remainder of each sample goes into Sil’s box :)

This one is properly bold & reminds me of a black tea I drank yesterday, Butiki’s Crimson Horizon. They aren’t really the same, but there is a certain undertaste, which I can’t quite name, that is similar. Now it’s gone!

Sipdown!

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Man, I wish I’d gotten more of this!
This is the most amazing & awesome Aged Tieguanyin I think I’ve ever tasted, seriously, I mean that!
The dry leaf has an appealing mahogany & chocolate color, with an aroma of dried dark fruits: prunes perhaps? Now I’m thinking dried cherries!
I preheated my Gaiwan & warmed the leaf, & it’s a thick fruity cakey aroma, drizzled with caramel syrup
All that, & I haven’t even added water yet!

Every word used on the Verdant website to describe this tea is dead on accurate. Layers of aromas & flavors present themselves & linger.
I’m on my 10th steep, & this is a rich apple dessert, tart apples that have been stewed on low for awhile, so that they are a thick caramelized pie filling, topped with blanched almonds, & warm caramel sauce, with a hint of rosewater…sigh…and these flavors linger, filling my mouth with echoes of mouth watering yum!

I wish I’d gotten ALOT more of this one!

caile

Sounds so good – wow!

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Love, love this type of oolong…does it show???

Terri HarpLady

AND they just added it back onto their site… Nothing can hold me back now!
It’s all Tea Explorer’s fault!

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Green as spring itself
Most beautiful cup of Jade
There is only one

Perfect top of foam
Sometimes it works out that way
Glad it did today

Random snowflakes fall
Sitting by my kumquat tree
Sipping dreams of spring

Terri HarpLady

“This is the only Matcha in my collection. I detest flavored matchas & consider them to be a blasphemous travesty, a desecration of perfection.” from Terri Harplady’s Tea as Spiritual Experience.

Terri HarpLady

Note to Sil – I love you anyway,you heathen! hahaha
To each their own.

TheTeaFairy

DYING WITH ENVY…I have yet to find ANY matcha I like. I have a strong stomach, takes a lot to upset it. Yet, a tiny little bit of matcha, and I feel instant pain. Plus I don’t understand what’s so fantastic about the taste. As you said, to each their own :-)

Stephanie

I bet this is amazing I just can’t justify $30 an ounce :(

Terri HarpLady

My Fairy friend, I can only drink Matcha & other greens with or after food. Any other time you can forget it, so I relate.
Steph, I got mine on sale last year, 2 for one. I keep it in the freezer. I only drink it about once a month, so it has lasted almost forever!

Sil

Terri – i think of my flavoured matcha as flavouring. not matcha. if that’s any consolation :)

ashmanra

Terri: how I earth did I miss a two for one sale on this??? I surely would have bought it. Bought a bunch for Christmas gifts with a small discount, though.

Stephanie

Wow, two for one would be an awesome deal! :) Let us know if you ever see that again.

Terri HarpLady

It was shortly after I joined steepster, a year ago in the fall. I think it was 2 for one…or buy one get the 2nd half price…something like that.

Starfevre

Flavoured matcha is coffin and flavouring. It doesn’t really count as matcha because I love Flavoured matcha and not so much the real stuff.

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Although I’m not a big fan of flavored teas, I do tea blend that include *real*ingredients. Of course, when you’re using real things, as opposed to artificial or (supposedly) natural flavors, it’s harder to get a depth of taste. That’s why I admire Verdant’s blend efforts. I don’t always enjoy their blends.the Earl of Anxi was IMHO awful. It started out nice enough, but the frankincense made me sick to my stomach. I did like the idea of it though, & most people loved it. On the other hand, Sichuan Caravan & Laoshan black chocolate genmaicha are wonderful! I love verdants commitment to keeping it real, & their creativity in doing so.
And I love this tea! It’s especially nice with a pinch of sweet, & I’m having a creamy cup of spicy orange cake with vanilla frosting, something I could never actually eat without suffering consequences for days. Proof that you can have your cake & drink it too?

caile

I love this blend too!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This is my favorite of their blends!

boychik

For some reason i didnt like it. it was kind of bitter, not spicy. i added some maple syrup, even milk(normally i dont add anything). It didnt improve. maybe its my batch

Terri HarpLady

I don’t always like orange in my tea, in fact most of the time I don’t, but this one is working for me, at least today! I used 1.5 Tb, actually did the quick rinse they suggested, & steeped 2 min/5min/7min.

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Drinking my daily cup of Elderberry. I went by Cheryl’s yesterday to restock, & I have to say, this is the best Elderberry I’ve ever had!! Although the berries are dried, they have a juicy fruitiness to the aroma & taste, I feel like I’m Anne of Greene Gables, drinking a cordial. The brew is rich, sweet, & thick with flavor, & I think I’m gonna have to buy a lb of these this year!
It’s a rare treat when ‘medicine’ tastes so good that I look forward to my next cup!

Indigobloom

Dang Terri, if we ever do a swap I am requesting some of this! :D

Terri HarpLady

If you ever want a swap, I’m in! Otherwise, I’ll toss some into the next box I send to Sil for you :)

Starfevre

Stevia, bleh

Starfevre

Wait, am I looking at the right one? Is it under herbs because none of these are named Elderberry.

Starfevre

Is it just some of the dried elderberries under the herb section and not the tea section?

Sil

yes it’s under herbs….just dried elderberries. :) brews up really nicely heh but it’s not a “tea”

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, just the straight Elderberries in the herb section.

Terri HarpLady

If you order any, tell them Terry HarpLady sent you, LOL.
Of course, they know me as Terri the Harp Player, but I’m sure they’ll figure out the connection.

Indigobloom

Sweet!! yes Terri we should swap! :P

Sil

i’m watching you IB….

Starfevre

I had totally forgotten I had elderberry lozenges stashed away. They actually taste pretty good.

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100

How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways….

Terri HarpLady

Yikes! The batteries to my trackpad (mouse) are low, & I have no idea where the recharger is. This is what happens when you move your office to a different room in your house & spend more time drinking tea than organizing…just find charger!

Terri HarpLady

Found it! Luckily it was on the dresser in my son Leif’s room!

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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!

Location

St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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