2859 Tasting Notes

I’m not really going to say a lot about this tea, except to say that I enjoyed multiple steepings of it all afternoon while I was working on my taxes. The first time I tried this tea, I hated it, but that was due to my own ineptness at the time. I’ve learned to keep the steepings very short, & then I am rewarded with amazing aromas & tastes: Honey, lovely floral aromas, incense, & then it becomes grapefruit. There is more to it, & I know I’m not really doing it justice, but that’s all I’ve got.

TeaKlutz

Incense? Now I’m intrigued. I’ll have to keep this note in mind the next time I make some of this. It’s one of those that’s not normally my thing, but I’ve quite enjoyed it the few times I’ve had it.

Ysaurella

ohohoh this one seems really interesting, how long did you steep it ?

Terri HarpLady

Ysaurella, very very short steepings, 2 – 4 seconds.
Would you like me to send you some? We were speaking of a trade recently, as I recall… :)

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I’ve been working on my taxes for a couple of hours, going through receipts & stuff, in preparation for opening Turbo Tax & entering all the info. Every year I say I’m going to spend an hour once a month doing this stuff & although there have been a few years when I did & my taxes were quick & easy (or at least as quick & easy as it can get when you have a home office), this is not one of those years. In fact, although this isn’t my worst year ever (it was a nightmare, back when I was new at this), it’s one of those years where I just threw things into a file draw, without any sorting, & hence it’s taking me weeks to do what could have been done in one day.
Add to that, I relocated my office a few months ago from the 2nd floor to the first, & I still haven’t really begun to unpack everything (most of it is piled in the corner of my bedroom in boxes on the third floor). But luckily, I did set up my tea shation in my office, so I have tea.

So this tea is from the Reserve TOMC from last spring. It is actually very nice, with a creamy kind of texture, sweet & light, & the one taste that really stood out to me at some point was sourdough bread. I did 4 steepings at 30sec/60/90/120
& I might still do a few more. The last steeping had a nice tanginess to it.

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This is, in my opinion, a nice breakfast tea. Sure, it’s all cut up into teeny tiny pieces, which really resemble course coffee grounds and have a spicy aroma. But for making a pot of tea to enjoy with breakfast, it’s a no-brainer, & it steeps up fast! The cup is nicely bold, malty, & has some interesting flavors that I will have to pay more attention to next time.

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The trees (& god knows what else) are pollinating in St. Louis, & we have all of our windows open to let in the fresh spring air, but unfortunately for me, that means allergies. I’ve had them my entire life, as does my mom & as did my gramma, & they bring with them a tendency towards lung issues. I’ve resolved the chronic lung issues I had by deleting gluten & grains, legumes, dairy, & sugar from my eating, & the side benefit of that has been no more arthritis, tendonitis, & other inflammatory problems as well. But I still have allergies.

Bring on the Nettles! This is the best natural anti-histamine I’ve found, & I’ll be drinking a lot of it to keep myself functional. My formula:

1 heaping Tb + mug of hot water X just let it steep awhile then drink it.

AND, because 1 cup might not cut it:

1/4 cup leaf + 1 Qt of hot water X let it steep until cool, drink a cup, put the jar in the frig & strain as needed throughout the day. Make a fresh Qt every morning.

The effect of Nettles is not cumulative. I usually notice an improvement within hours. The down side of this is that if I don’t drink it every day (& I do get tired of drinking it), the symptoms come right back. So I’ll be drinking a lot of it again this year, starting today.

Sil

i should try this someday

Flowery

Interesting! I had just recently tried Camellia Sinensis’ La Bienveillante, which is supposed to help for allergies, and it really did. I went back to check the ingredients after reading this, and nettle was first on the list. Who knew? You. You knew.

TeaBrat

Giving up gluten and dairy really helped my allergies too.

Veronica

I just ordered some nettles to help with my allergies. I hate the foggy feeling I get from taking medicine, so I wanted to try s more natural path this year. Hopefully the pollen behaves itself until my order arrives!

Terri HarpLady

The hardest part for me is remembering to drink it, so this year I’m gonna work extra hard to make it a regular part of my routine (what? I have a routine? Yeah, right!)
Sil I’ll try to remember to send some in your Next box, LOL.

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I love the beautiful appearance of this tea, the leaves are such a deep mahogany with reddish highlight & an aroma of bread. The flavor is mild & sweet, bread & honey.

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During Black Friday weekend I bought myself a Traveler Zita. It looked interesting, it was on sale, & I spent WAY MORE money than I am willing to admit that week.
Next year, somebody take away my computer for a couple of days, OK?

So…I took it out of the box, months ago, & couldn’t figure it out, so I put it back in the box, stuck it in my tea cupboard, & ignored it for awhile. Then I found this webpage, with actual comprehendable instructions:
http://www.finum.com/travelers/tumblers/traveler-zita.html
Today I finally figured it out & this was my first tea. I put a TB of tea in there (roughly 4G), & have been sipping it all afternoon, refilling as needed. It’s actually been pretty nice.

This thing is for full leaf teas, & there is a little barrier with a screen that keeps the leaves away from your mouth (mostly), but the leaves are soaking in the water the whole time, so there are a lot of teas that probably wouldn’t take kindly to this treatment, because terribly bitter & astringent. This one worked out pretty good. Admittedly, the first cup was pretty potent! But I needed a good perk-up anyways, and then each cup got a little mellower in flavor, although my energy has remained pretty steady all afternoon. I’ll have to try out some other teas this way.

Sil

want.

Tea Sipper

I noticed today this pu-erh has a 92 Steepster rating! Nothing else has a 92! And it’s a PU-ERH. Wow.

Stephanie

Mandala posted a Steepster link on Facebook yesterday. Congrats on having the TOP tea on Steepster right now! It is one of my favorite teas so I feel I had a hand in making this happen :)

Sil

it’s sooo good. (but i wanted the steeper, since i already have a cake of the tea!)

Stephanie

That is a cool steeper!

Terri HarpLady

It is a cool steeper, although I would like one of those (expensive) ones the TastyBrew showed awhile back. The one where you turn it upside down to steep, & then flip it, & the leaf is removed from the water.

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This tea is from the trade I had a few months ago with Lala! Thanks for this generous sample!
I made some of this one to share with my student from Maryville University.
5G + Test Tube Steeper (5 or 6oz?) X 3min
That yielded a beautiful pale gold liquid, which I served in those tiny double walled glass ‘jello shot’ cups. It is a delicate & mild cooked cereal taste, like congee or a very light cream of wheat. The pearls were only about half open.
Re-steep x 5 minutes = the pearls are fully open, the color is now a pale apricot. The tea is still mild, but pleasant.
White teas are more interesting to me than they were a year ago, but they are not the teas I reach for, if you know what I mean.

TheTeaFairy

Love my test tube steeper also…such a cool and beautiful way to brew!

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I made a pot of this, lightly sweetened with Maple syrup, to drink with one of my students. She loved it! It is pretty tasty, but for me, it’s not something I’ll ever really love. The pecan flavor is from real pecans, but somehow that bitter material that resides between the nut & it’s shell manages to be present in my cup, which I don’t care much for. If it wasn’t for that, this tea would be perfect.
And there is just enough for one more cup, so I think I’ll start a new Sipdown Extravaganza box!

Fjellrev

Awesome that you shared this one with a student! That reminds me that I need to, gee, actually drink this instead of hoard it. :)

Stephanie

Double maple! PS I hoard this one too LOL

Sil

…half my cupboard is one big sipdown extravaganza box.

Terri HarpLady

Sil, that’s because you aren’t as big of a hoarder as I am, LOL. There are so many teas I love, & I NEVER want to run out of them!

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I made a pot of this to go with my decadent breakfast:
Homemade Turkey Apple Maple sausage meatballs
almond flour pancakes
fried apples

The tea was bold & bright, with an edge to it that made me think of a shiny shard of obsidian, so smooth, but razor sharp. Just what I needed!

Fjellrev

What a gourmet breakfast!

Charissa

A shiny shard of obsidian—nice analogy! Sounds really good!

Terri HarpLady

It felt pretty fancy, but really didn’t take very long to whip up. I just ate the leftovers :)

Terri HarpLady

It felt pretty fancy, but really didn’t take very long to whip up. I just ate the leftovers :)

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Funny story: I wear black for my gigs, & my favorite black blouse is too big now, so I have to wear one of those strappy undershirts with the lace inset to avoid showing a very low cut cleavage. So this morning I had all my black on, but didn’t put the blouse on right away, because I ate a little breakfast before I left. While my breakfast was cooking, I loaded the harp, wearing this classy velour jacket (frog buttons) over the undershirt. To make a long story short, I got to the gig, unloaded, tuned up, went to the restroom, & looking in the mirror, I realized I forgot to put my shirt on! Luckily I was still wearing the velour thing, which ended up being my shirt for the funeral. It looks fine, but is kind of heavy & it’s VERY warm, especially after I’ve been moving my arms a lot. Live & learn?

Meanwhile, for my last tea of the day, & a sipdown, although I don’t actually get to count it because I somehow never put it on my list, I’m having this tasty Rooibos Chai!

TeaKlutz

Haha! One time I got to an orchestra concert, then realized the black top I was wearing was actually a pajama top.

Terri HarpLady

So glad to hear that I’m not alone! I think this is the first time I forgot to put my shirt on, but I’ve forgotten to change to black shoes before, & a few other mishaps. I always figure I’m sitting behind a big harp, so nobody will notice these things, right? :D

Angrboda

A colleague’s husband once went to work without any trousers on. They have horses so he’d been in the stable that morning, was running late and just quickly shed his stable trousers and left. He didn’t realise what had happened until he got there and was about to get out of the car. His colleagues (and we, when the story was told to us later) got a good laugh when he had to explain why he had been seen arriving and immediately leaving again. It was in autumn, so how he managed to get all the way to work without wondering why his legs were cold is anybody’s guess. :)

Terri HarpLady

hahahaha! :D

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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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http://www.harpsinger.net

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