2960 Tasting Notes

I thoroughly enjoyed these pearls today. They are sweet & malty, just what I needed!

MzPriss

I want to love these more than I d, especially since I have a whole tin. Maybe they will taste better to me another day.

Terri HarpLady

I always used more pearls than recommended. Today I think I went with 6 pearls for 3 minutes. I meant to resteep for 5min, but got sidetracked, & by the time I realized it, the cup was cold :\

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Today I gave this one the gongfu treatment, as my first tea of the day.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec These were pleasant steeps. Sometimes lately some flavors are sort of not pleasing to me as much, including the bug bite taste & the hoppy taste, & this tea is of that variety.
1/2/3/4/5 min Really a light tea, which didn’t really uphold so much for the later steeps, but it was worth a try, right?

Next time I’ll try a different pattern with this one: 1min/2/3/4 or something like that.

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I’m ending the day with this Rooibos blend. It’s nicely spiced, like a chai.

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Enjoying a cup of this creamy mellow lemon tea.
The baseball game has deteriorated, IMO anyway. It is now tied 2 – 2 in the 8th…sigh…

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I enjoyed the green/white/floral blend, but I really want something more robust, so I’m trying again, this time with a favorite. Although I’m still getting bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste, I’m noticing that it is predominantly right in the center of my tongue, so I’m trying to slurp around the sides, if that makes sense.

I am thoroughly enjoying this cup. It’s more acidic & bitter than usual, like everything else I’m drinking, but it’s also sweet, chocolate, yum.

MsWhatsit

The slurping around the sides comment cracked me up. It sounds like something I would try too.

Terri HarpLady

We do what we must!

Dag Wedin

haha :) Been detouring onto the verdant website a couple of times lately working myself up to making an order. Just waiting on the laoshan black to be availible! Any recommendation on blends would be much appreciated. I do enjoy blends on occasion, although the teablends availible in sweden are of remarkably low quality…..
Would be fun to try some really good ones and treat guests that do not enjoy straight teas! Most swedes drink only fruity blends… Perhaps because mostly its the only teas availible.

Terri HarpLady

My favorite blends from verdant (in no particular order)
laoshan black chocolate genmaicha
Vanilla citrus spice
Campfire blend (no caffeine)
Sichuan Caravan
Imperial Breakfast
Their various Chai’s
Those are the ones I try to keep on hand, or at least pick up a bag of once in awhile when they have them in stock. I’ve also enjoyed, but rarely purchase:
Eight treasures Yabao (both winter & spring)
Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black
Laoshan Genmaicha
I also enjoyed the chrysanthemum puer sample I tried awhile back, but I have dried chrysanthemum flowers & plenty of puer here, so if I want that, I can easily do it on my own.

Several of the above blends are currently out of stock, but if you want me to makeup a sample box for you, I’d be glad to send it! I have all of the ones on the first list here, & a few from the 2nd list. :)

Dag Wedin

Thank you terri that would be very nice!
PM coming your way. :)

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I’m fed up with trying to drink black teas, at least for a little while. Every single one of them tastes bitter to me. This has been going on for a couple of weeks now, & I’m sure it’s due to allergies, but it is SO frustrating.

To give my tastebuds a break, I’m having a pot of this one. This is an old favorite, from my mostly green tea days, a lovely fragrant tea that is also beautiful to look at. I don’t always love floral teas, but I don’t really hate them either. The main taste I’m noticing today is a light sourdough bread quality, coming from the white tea in this blend. I’m still getting a slightly bitter sensation, but it’s mild, so it isn’t ruining things for me. The jasmine & rose are nicely balanced. For some reason when I drink this, I always feel like there is a bit of mint in there, & in fact I used to think it had mint in it, but it doesn’t.
Anyway, the Cardinals vs Nationals game is getting ready to start, & I plan to spend my entire day in my PJs, watching baseball, surfing the internet, & drinking tea.
A perfect day in the making!

Terri HarpLady

Sadly, as I’m getting further into the pot of this, it’s taking on an acidic quality that I’m not really enjoying…

Tea Sipper

oh no! I hope your black teas aren’t bitter soon!

Terri HarpLady

This whole allergy thing is getting old…sigh…

TheTeaFairy

May you reunite with your beloved black teas ASAP!

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Another tea unfortunately effected by my currently enhanced bitterness detection abilities, :p
I added a little stevia, thinking maybe I could counteract the bitterness with some sweetness. It helped a little.

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I’m having a really nice leisurely day with my man, Tony. I drank this tea while I was fixing breakfast, & sadly, I’m still having a hypersensitivity to bitterness, so it wasn’t as fruity & tasty as I know it to be.

MzPriss

I’m having a bit of a weird taste thing going on today as well. Everything tastes astringent and slightly weird.

Terri HarpLady

Allergies do it to me every year. They also effect by digestion.

MzPriss

I started out ok with mt first cup of tea – but since then, everything has tasted weird and I’ve had an odd astringent thing. Which makes me sad because I was gonna gong fu a bunch of pu today :(

Terri HarpLady

I hate to ruin a good tea by not being able to enjoy it properly.

MzPriss

Yeah I just stopped with tea for today. Gonna see if a big strong cup of coffee hits the reset button at all. I have wicked allergies going on as well, so maybe that’s it.

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Although I don’t celebrate Easter, I hope everyone who does has a wonderful one, & for those who don’t celebrate it, have a wonderful Sunday!

It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this one. As I opened the tin that I’ve been storing it in, the aroma of Honey Grahams cereal rises to meet my nose. It’s a smooth, gentle, creamy aroma. The cup is also smooth and gentle, like honey Graham crackers dipped in cream.

Stephanie

Have a nice Sunday, Terri! :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! We’re just sitting here watching baseball, currently the Cardinals are leading, 2 – 0. Tony is smoking Pork steaks, I’m gonna bake some sweet potatoes soon, & I’m thinking a salad of spring mix, mango, avo, & a little lime juice. Later it’s Game of Thrones, the Mentalist, & I’ll still be in my PJs. A perfect day! :) I hope your’s is as well!!

MsWhatsit

MMmmmm sounds good.

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My 2nd tea of the days, also hours ago! Sorry for the lame review…

Dag Wedin

This is a decent everyday “tabletea” :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it’s a little more robust than the golden pure bud bi luo, & although I like both teas, & the novelty of their shape, I much prefer the mo jiang, and a few of the others. I DO love yunnan sourcing, & I can thank you especially, for your enticing reviews!
Make any scones lately?

Dag Wedin

:) Spring teas are special! Perhaps it is because we get to drink them outside in the sun ^^ Everything tastes better in the open air :)
I´ve made your scones several times already. It´s a kind of luxury on weekend mornings. Walnuts and pieces of dried figs last time. Warm from the oven with lots of butter :D

Terri HarpLady

Walnut & fig? yum!
I think our favorite around here has always been dried cherries & walnuts, but cranberries & walnut held a close 2nd. Dried apricot & pecan…sigh…now I want to make a batch of gluten free scones, not nearly as good as the recipe I sent to you, but still tasty, especially with dates!

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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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