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drank Calm Chamomile by Tazo
3091 tasting notes

I drank a cup of this over at Tony’s a little while ago. It’s not my favorite chamomile type tea, but has a certain relaxing quality to it.

TheTeaFairy

Are you feeling a little better?

Terri HarpLady

I am feeling much better, thank you! Good thing too, cuz I have to leave the house at 9am to go play a wedding! :)

gmathis

I have to doctor this one up to like it much—a cinnamon stick works pretty well.

Terri HarpLady

GG, I always use 2 teabags, :)

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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This is more like it!
Ah… I love the sensation of caffeine, spreading through my system…sigh…
Even though I’m still a little under the weather, I have food in my belly & I’m kicking back & watching this week’s episode of “Elementary” with Tony.
This is a satisfying blend of Indian & Chinese teas. I’m grateful that I found it in my purse :)

MzPriss

I hope you are back to feeling GOOD by tomorrow.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! Me too! I have a wedding at 10am!

gmathis

I don’t need another TV addiction, but I have wondered if I would like Elementary—-just realized that Mycroft is the same actor who played Spike in Notting Hill, one of our favorite cuddle flicks.

Terri HarpLady

I love Elementary. Jonny Lee Miller is an excellent Sherlock, & I love the modern twist. :)

Robert Godden

Finding a tea in your purse sounds like a very fortuitous event. I hope you feel better soon.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Robert, I do feel better. :)

AmazonV

two in stock – leftovers from tea of the month http://us.the-devotea.com/store/products/two-tigers

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Yesterday was a long day. There’s a stomach bug going around, & I felt it coming on Thursday evening (Tony had it Monday), so to avoid total disaster I narrowed my intake to sips of water, cultured veggie juice, kombucha, homemade broth, & an occasional slice or 2 of apple. To add a little drama, I had to practice most of the day, & also played a wedding at the Jewel Box last night. I never had a single cup of any kind of tea all day…sigh…
The good news? I never erped, if you know what I mean, & although I had stomach cramps, chills, headache, & unfocused dizziness, some of which may have been from allergies and/or caffeine withdrawals, I made it through the wedding, took my harp home, traded my fancy pants clothes for comfy PJs, & rewarded myself with a jar of trader joe’s fruit juice packed pears.

So this is my first cup of tea in roughly 36 hours, mostly out of convenience because it’s one of the only black teas at his house (the other options were Tazo awake, which I can’t drink on an empty stomach, & earl grey, which is a “no”). Luckily this one is mild.

I was once in love with these pearls, enamored with their sweet malt & chocolate essence. Then other suitors appeared, so much more glamorous, seductive & delicious, & like that boy next door from your past who went from being a lover to being a friend, it’s nice to visit & play catch up once in awhile, but the magic is gone. You can never go back.

TheTeaFairy

Glad you feel better :-)

I call those my “old slipper teas” they’re like old pairs of slippers you don’t wear anymore, but one day you find them and as soon as put one foot in, you go Ahhhhh
(Lol, feet and tea, terrible analogy!)

MzPriss

I want to love these more than I do. I’ve friend-zoned this tea as well. I hope you feel better.

Terri HarpLady

I used to treat this tea with stevia & french vanilla soy creamer, which is probably why I loved it so much, as adding those things really brings out the notes of caramel, malt, & chocolate. Or maybe I was just tasting those things in the creamer? ;)
So, I used 6 pearls for the first cup. I used 8 pearls for the 2nd cup, & oversteeped it, but it was pretty much the same.

MzPriss

I don’t get much malt from it. And that is one my favorite things. I keep wondering if I underleaf it.

Terri HarpLady

I just had another cup of this, because I just don’t really have much here to drink, & now it’s a sipdown!

gmathis

Wedding at the Jewel Box…what a lovely setting!

Terri HarpLady

The Jewel Box is my favorite place for weddings. It’s a beautiful setting, & the weddings there are always short. :)

Terri HarpLady

A correction: this is not sipdown, because as it turns out, I still have some at my house.

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drank Blood Orange by Zhi Tea
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Thanks to Lee for sharing this one, which reminds me Red Zinger, one of Celestial Seasonings originals from back in the 70’s. If you ever watched That 70’s Show, that was basically my life, lol.

This tea is bright & puckery, & for me a little rough on the tummy, but would be wonderfully refreshing over ice in the heat of summer, without a doubt. Probably not something I’ll ever stock, but for those who like tart & tangy, this one is for you!
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KittyLovesTea

That 70’s Show

whatshesaid

If I could choose a decade, I always think I’d have loved to live in the 70’s

Terri HarpLady

It was a fun time. I graduated high school in 77.

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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.

Kittenna

Terri – do you still associate with those friends who liked this tea? Do they actually want more? I could help them with that…..

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I don’t even remember who I served it to :)

Kittenna

NP, there are a couple other people who seem to like this blend and might be getting an unsolicited present :D

Sil

hahahahaha

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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’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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