2855 Tasting Notes

Tony became a gramps last night! His daughter & her wife had their first baby, a little boy, & of course, he is adorable!

On another note, Leif (my son, age 21) & I made an awesome breakfast frittata this morning, & I enjoyed my half with a pot of 1910, the quintessential English Breakfast. Next up: Bubble Bath.

Ysaurella

Congrats Tony !

Sil

WOOHOO!! grats to Tony!

scribbles

Congrats to Tony!

caile

Congrats! :)

OMGsrsly

Congratulations to Tony (and his daughter’s family!). :)

MzPriss

Awwwww PapaTony. Congratulations! And the bubble bath sounds like a perfect idea.

mrmopar

Cigars please all around….;)

Terri HarpLady

:)
Thanks everyone! He’s feeling pretty proud

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This tea was my gardening companion of the day, as I watered the Southern Hemisphere, ate a few blackberries, pulled a few weeds, picks some tomatoes, cukes, & red russian kale, & really just enjoyed the early morning. I’ve been waking up earlier lately, no matter how late I stay up, but it feels good to get out there in the morning.

When I opened the tin of this tea, I had a vision of cinnamon toast, which I sorely miss. That image stayed with me while I sipped both steepings of these leaves, and it was good.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
2855 tasting notes

I’m trying MzPriss’ combo of this tea, steeped with Black Beauty, following her suggestions of (1T Special Dark + 8oz water X 3min) + a big pinch of Black Beauty X 3 more minutes.

It’s potent!

MzPriss

It is – did you like it?

MzPriss

OMG Terri – I do that in SIXTEEN oz of water I am so sorry – I make it in my big mug – did I put 8 on my post? * spanks self * Very sorry :(

MzPriss

Did it curl your eyelashes up tight?

Dexter

(Do I have Black Beauty in the house? – I HAVE to try this….)

Terri HarpLady

Hahaha…I probably just assumed it was 8oz…actually my cup is more like 10, but still…
The resteep was still pretty potent, but you know what? They were both drinkable, & all in all, it was definitely a wake up call for the afternoon!
LOL

Spencer

Oh my…this sounds delicious. (And I would totally use 8oz.)
So, shall this special blend be called “Darker Than Black?”

Garret

Special Beauty, perhaps?

Laughing as I read this thinking about two things: 1) MzPriss spanking herself and 2) how much faster my 5k race times would be if I drank 8 ounces of this about 20 minutes prior!

And being that life is one big experiment, I’m just gonna have to try. Not try spanking myself, but rather drinking said concoction before race time.

You all crack me up!

MzPriss

Garret – I call it Dark Beauty. And it’s so fine! Two of my very favorite things in one cup of delicious comfort. Let me know what you think.

Garret

Waiting for the tea to finish brewing here in the shop. Doing your experiment with a brand new customer. Can’t wait to sip it. Will let you know!

Garret

We love it!!!!!!!!

Spencer

MzPriss, this might call for an official tea database entry for Dark Beauty!

Spencer

Along with instructions on how to brew it.

MzPriss

I can totally DO that – I have this most morning of my life because it makes my world a better place :)

Spencer

Yay! Link?

MzPriss

I haven’t done it yet – because I’m in the middle of a project – but I promise I will

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Thank you to Green Terrace Teas for sharing samples of your teas, including this one.
Sometimes I like to sit with my cup of tea while it’s still too hot to drink, & just hold it under my nose & breath it in. When I did that with this cup, it was like I was breathing in the essence of a bowl of cream of wheat, drizzled with honey, & topped with a big spoonful of peach preserves. The preserves are melting, from the heat of the cereal, & it’s like anticipating that first bite of a favorite childhood comfort food.

Yup, the pretty much nails it.

boychik

This sounds delicious. My samples should arrive soon.

K S

How long did you steep this one?

Terri HarpLady

I went with a heaping tsp (probably more like 2 tsp) in 8 oz at 3 min.
I think next time I’ll go with a TB

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Trying out a sample of this, & I want to have more to say about it, but my sipping reverie was interrupted by a client dropping off a harp for restringing, & I lost my train of thought.
I adore both Fujian & Yunnan Blacks, so there isn’t even a chance of this tea NOT being a winner, since it combines the best of both worlds. Toasted honey wheat bread, molasses, chocolate, a lovely thick mouth… sigh…

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I do hope all of my teas make you sigh of contentment :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m saving the manistee moonrise for the full moon :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

That’s a good idea :) It’s a great evening tea, too!

Terri HarpLady

& the full moon is this weekend

MzPriss

I got my first order of Manistee Moonrise and I think saving it to try for the full moon is a great idea

Terri HarpLady

I think we should make it a steepster thing. Everybody who has this tea should drink it as the moon is rising tomorrow (friday) night.
Actually, I can’t do that, I’ll be playing a gig…
Well, I think the moon is officially full on saturday at 7:20 am, so how about Sautrday night as the moon is rising?

MzPriss

That is a BEAUTIFUL idea! I’m in

Terri HarpLady

Then it’s on!

TheTeaFairy

Well I would happily join you lovely ladies, if my order wasn’t being held at Customs…so can I take a rain check and join you for the next full moon?

Terri HarpLady

Maybe we’ll make it a monthly Full Moon Festivity?

TheTeaFairy

That would be awesome, Love the full moon!!

MzPriss

Awesome idea! Fairy maybe there will be a full moon miracle and it will come today or tomorrow

Nightshifter

I was wondering how you would rate this one. Sounds like it is right up there with the kind of teas we both love. :)

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A lovely mellow tea, served to myself, my daughter, & one of my students this morning. It was great with a breakfast of savory sweet potatoes, bacon, & eggs.

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This tea was my companion in the garden this morning. The task at hand was to water the Northwest Quadrant & dig up the rest of the garlic. While doing so, I came across a burrow of baby bunnies, in a little hollowed out place under the straw. I admire their cuteness, but didn’t touch them, & gently layer the straw back over them & went on with my work.
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I grew 6 kinds of garlic this year! My whole house reeks of freshly dug garlic, & that is awesome! There’s lots of hanging & braiding to do, & hopefully I’ll never have to buy garlic again!
Lovely tea, by the way. I’ve reviewed it plenty of times, so that’s all I’m saying.

boychik

So cute! What’s your secret of keeping garlic ! Mine stunk the house and hubby said its either him or garlic. I bought a lot on farmers market

mj

Those bunnies are so adorable :-)

K S

Just read your Golden Monkey/breakfast post, now this one – I’m jealous of both.

Ubacat

Oh, those bunnies are so cute.

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I’m hanging it from the pipes in the basement, at least for now. There are photos somewhere in my FB page of the first garlics & shallots I harvested this year & braided. So the soft neck garlics are being braided, & the hard neck ones are just being hung up from string until they dry out, & then I’ll cut the stems off & put them in a basket, I guess.

boychik

Ok I have to put them in a basement otherwise … I don’t mind the smell actually but I have allergies. I should look up pics on FB

Terri HarpLady

While you’re there, friend me!

MzPriss

BABY BUNNIES!

Terri HarpLady

We have so many rabbits in my neighborhood already, it’s ridiculous. They aren’t even hardly afraid of people, they are out all day, but at night it’s like they are taking over the place, they are everywhere.

OMGsrsly

Makes me think of my time at UVic. It got to the point where the university set up a spay/neuter plan for the rabbits. Catch, fix, release. They were burrowing under a couple of the old buildings, but people got so upset with the idea of a cull.

Terri HarpLady

We also have foxes, hawks, owls, raccoons, & coyotes in the area, & although a lot of people are freaked out about that, I personally love having so much wildlife around, & of course rabbits are food for all those other creatures.

OMGsrsly

We ended up with one or two cougars living on campus, which was a little worrisome because they can be large and dangerous cats. Puma. Those things. :)

Terri HarpLady

We get reports of mountain lions in St Louis county every so often. :)

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I don’t have time for a long review here, where I wax poetic about the glories of this tea.
Let’s just jump to the chase & say that everything you’ve heard about this tea is spot on. The initial aroma reminds me of a really high quality vanilla pipe tobacco (although I don’t know for sure if I’ve ever actually smelled one), & then you start drinking it, & it’s awesomely wonderful, vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate sauce drizzled over the top, the kind that hardens into a shell. What I love about it most is that the black tea underneath isn’t some woosie generic, it’s bold & thick chinese blacks. And yeah, it resteeps like a dream, & I’m taking all those resteeps for once. And the sweet aftertaste lingers…sigh…
I’ve said enough!

TheTeaFairy

Yay!! That’s EXACTLY what it is!!!

Welcome to the GO Cult :-)

Lariel

There’s a tea cult? I’ve already exchanged some of my possessions for tea.

Sarsonator

This one is so yum!!!!

Cameron B.

I’m so sad that my Whispering Pines order didn’t come today. D:

bizbee1

I want to try mine but I can’t drink a black tea this late in the day.. tomorrow for sure!
You can make the chocolate sauce you describe by melting and combining coconut oil and chocolate chips (I do that from time to time)

TheTeaFairy

Well…I kind of just decided that there was a GO Cult….cause ya know, it’s getting more and more followers. The Guru is Tea Whiz Of The Woods (Brenden). It’s VERY hard to resist all his charismatic teas…

Cameron B.

Golden Orchid is the Kool-Aid of the Whispering Pines cult…

Terri HarpLady

Tea Cults Are Us…just sayin’

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Is wit a requirement to be a Steepster member? Cause I don’t know where else you can get as much for free!!!

TheTeaFairy

And in this case cameron… DO DRINK THE KOOL-AID!!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Drink all the kool-aid! :D

Sarsonator

The Illustrious Cult of the Golden Orchid
Guru: Tea Whiz of the Woods
Official Organizer & Cheerleader: TheTeaFairy
Meetings: Monthly, in the Steepster basement
Please bring a snack to share.

TheTeaFairy

I’ll bring CHERRIES!!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’ll bring mushrooms! ;)

Lariel

I’ll bring tea flavoured bread.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! And we can ask mj to bring her communal fridge!

Lol, Sarsonator, “The Illustrious Cult of the Golden Orchid” makes an awesome cult name!!!

Cameron B.

I’ll make petit fours! With little pine trees on them!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll bring almond flour scones! :)

Sarsonator

I’ll sit in the back and drink all your tea! :p

And thanks, TTF! Glad you like the name!

Frolic

I want to join the cult! But no more tea for me till black friday. I tried telling myself that buying samples didn’t count and I may cave there because the WP cult is ever so persuasive.

GO just sounds so decadent.

Sarsonator

You’re not buying any tea until NOVEMBER?!?!?! Wow. I really envy your willpower.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

There will be no black friday sale at WP. I am strongly against black friday. There will be a cyber monday sale though :)

MzPriss

I want to be the Court Jester for the cult. I’m trying to decide if I need to give in to my sudden GO craving or actualy sleep again tonight

Sarsonator

I also dislike Black Friday. I refuse to leave my house. This year, though, maybe I will host an online Steepster Sipdown Fest!

HoneyBelle a.k.a MzPriss: You are now the official Cult Jester :p

MzPriss

Woo! I’m so like that HoneyBelle name as well I reeeeeeeeeely want some GO now

TheTeaFairy

Hmmm…Sudden GO cravings are hard to resist….Court Jester, that’s exactly what we were missing :-)

(Oh, may I reserve my Fest tickets now Sarsonator?)

MzPriss

liking not like

MzPriss

You know – Steepster needs a chat

Sarsonator

I am going to have to veto the idea of a Steepster Chat. If there was a Steepster Chat, I would never get anything done!!!! :p

MzPriss

I haven’t ever done one, but a friend of mine does some gaming chat and she loves it. But yeah, time sucker I bet

Frolic

Well the tea buying may start on black friday but that doesn’t mean it’ll stop then…

boychik

It’s chat already ;)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, boychik,I was just going to say that ;-)

Terri HarpLady

I was also gonna say what boychik said. It’s kind of like a slow moving chat.

MzPriss

So we’re doing it? Cool.

Lariel

I think people who go out shopping on Black Friday should get their heads examined. Pro Cyber Monday though.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t go anywhere near any stores on Black Friday, but I definitely participate in the cyber monday tea sales!

Nattie

This is going to sound super ignorant, but… What is Black Friday??

MzPriss

@Nattie – Black Friday is an unfortunate USA custom where all the retailers have these giant sales (allegedly) the day after Thanksgiving. It has gotten earlier and earlier to where now it starts on Thanksgiving. People trample each other and have fights over cheap TVs. It is an ugly custom in the stores. Cyber Monday, while sort-of the same thing – is online and much more civilized and NOT on a holiday you should be spending with your people instead of being in line for 12 hours to fight over stuff you can usually get just as good a deal on later.

Nattie

Ahh okay, thanks! We have a similar thing over here with the Boxing Day sales, but at least it doesn’t start until after Christmas! Cyber Monday sounds much better (:

Sarsonator

MzPriss, you slay me: “Black Friday is an unfortunate USA custom”

Could not agree more!

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When I place an order from YS, I’ve sort of fallen into the habit of picking out a few puerh to sample. There is a sidebar on the right hand side of their page that lists their new featured products, and this was on that list awhile back, so I got a sample.

I started drinking it yesterday, ran through several steepings & then today after breakfast I gave it a rinse to refresh it & have been drinking it ever since. The dry aroma has that well aged hayloft aroma, but also the promise of a meadow of sweet clover. It really smells good! It’s a very ‘clean’ tasting tea, with a decent energy to it, & although I enjoyed it, it sort of seems a little generic to me.
(Don’t shoot me, I know nothing, Jon Snow!)
Maybe it’s just that the greenness is aged out of it, so although it has a hint of citrus & doesn’t taste bad in any way (obviously, since I have been drinking it on an off for about 24 hours now), there is also nothing that stands out about it, for me. I didn’t find any changes in the flavor profile, for instance.

Of course, what do I know? :)

MzPriss

Terri when I get ready to add another addiction, would you be my YS guru-ess? As far as I can tell, I pretty much like what you like and YS is overwhelming

Terri HarpLady

I’ll send you samples of everything I have, LOL

MzPriss

Oh that might be scary! You have everything. I ws just wondering where to start looking. Because I went there it’s tea overload.

Terri HarpLady

It IS tea overload! They have SO MANY teas, so I’m seriously going to send you a bunch of samples, LOL.

TheTeaFairy

(And when she says “a bunch” she means it, trust me… :-))

boychik

Terri’s box is unbelievable . She was my Guru into YS. I still have to work on TTC samples

Terri HarpLady

:D
I love YS, LOL. I loitered on that site for months before I finally placed an order, & I’ve placed several since. In fact, I have a small order in transit right now! I just can’t stay away!

BigDaddy

Just received mine Monday, can’t wait for the weekend to get tea drunk. Of course I spent too much and have enough tea to take me through retirement. YS has that effect on me.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, if I never bought tea again & sent sampler boxes to all my friends, I’m still probably covered for the rest of my life :)

Terri HarpLady

…and yet I keep buying more…

mrmopar

Don’t we all……

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First cups of the day was 8 pearls steeped 3min, with a 5 min resteep.
We wandered the garden together, watering & weeding during the first cup, digging up garlics during the 2nd. A nice way to start the day, with an old favorite from my Teavana days, tasty with malt & chocolate tones.

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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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