2855 Tasting Notes

This morning I had to leave the house by 7:30 to go set up for a funeral. To be more specific, an Irish Catholic funeral. I know the sister of the guy who passed away, she owns a winery that I was suppose to play at this past sunday night for an annual St. Pat’s dinner & concert that I do every year. She cancelled the event because her niece was getting married in St. Louis on saturday. Sadly, her brother, who was well known & loved in the Irish community in St. Louis, passed away at the wedding reception, a very tragic & sad tale.

I used to play in a traditional Irish band, so I provided an hour of music for the visitation, & sang the Parting Glass right before the Mass started, as they were closing the casket. He had set aside funds for a full on celebration, with a Wake, etc.

In honor of this event, I made a cup of this Irish Breakfast before I left the house this morning, but I barely got to drink any of it, as it stayed hot for too long. After I was done playing, I slipped out to the car & polished it off, even though it was cold by then. Still delicious.


Wow—he died at the reception. That’s so unfortunate on so many levels. And the parting glass is a lovely and fitting song.


So sad. I think it is sweet that you picked a tea to honor the moment.


Very sad. :-(

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I might be the official steepster slacker, at least for now. I’m so behind on posts, & on readings posts, so this post will be an attempt to catch up, Hahaha.
I haven’t posted anything for a day or two, so here’s a summary of the teas I’ve been drinking:
Double Knit Blend – A & D
Tiger Assam – A & D
Pumpkin Milkshake – Butiki
Two Tigers – Devotea
Champagne & Rose cream – Butiki
OK…I think that covers yesterday, & possibly the day before…I can’t remember for sure. There may have been a few others, but these are the ones whose packages were piled on the corner of my desk to remind me to comment on them. Now they are put away.

As for the Black Lotus, I have been tea-deprived today, which I will comment on in my next post, but let’s just say I really really needed something, & this one did the trick. It’s funny, because sometimes this tea seems so bright to me, & even today, looking at the leaf, a part of me was moaning, “That’s a lot of darjeeling!”.
LOL, I can’t always drink this one in the morning, but it was perfect with lunch. I needed a real pick me up, & this did the trick!

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My 2nd cup of this tea, this time I prepared it in the same way I’ve been preparing Chai (thank you, Robert Godden), simmered gently in a mix of canned coconut milk & vanilla almond milk. So decadent, so delicious. While I was simmering I was mixing up this recipe for Coconut Chia Pudding:
(I dare you to look at the pics…OMG)
Mine will be served (mostly to myself) with an optional drizzle of maple syrup, & a strong cup of some black tea, tomorrow morning for breakfast.
I went ahead and roasted the squash tonight, along with toasting the coconut flakes. To be honest, I love squash roasted this way, & it was everything I could do to keep from just nomming down the whole pan tonight. I did exercise restraint, but allowed myself a few delicious bites, then I put it away & drank my tea.
This delicious & decadent cup of tea.

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I’ve drank this one quite a few times lately, & I’ll probably run out of it in no time. What a lovely end of the day kind of tea!

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I shared a pot of this one with my student that loves smokey teas. It is much lighter on the smoke that some Lapsang types, but really nicely done.

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How did the day go by so fast?
Earlier I reported that I attempted a comparison between this lot & Lot 154.
That was hours ago, & although I can report that the dry leaf aroma of this one was even ‘jammier’ than the dry leaf of #154, in the cup they were very similar. Jam & chocolate! Admittedly, I was busy with taxes, & then busy with students, so I wasn’t as attentive as I could have been. I have enough of this one to enjoy 1 more time, thanks to the generosity of CharlotteZero! Thanks!

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Sun Moon Lake Tea comparisons – Part 1
I made back to back cups of this one & the lot 269 version that CharlotteZero graciously sent to me, using the same amount of water & tea.
Both are fruity & wonderful, & although it was my intention to compare them, I was also working on my taxes, so although I enjoyed both cups, I can’t say that I really noticed a lot of difference, at least not in the first steepings.
In the bag, the 269 has a fuller aroma (although that may be because it is fresher?)
On to the 2nd round, which will be reported upon under the review for #269 later.

Dag Wedin

I so want to try this out. I´ve been stalking their website… ;)

Terri HarpLady

I still have some left, if you’d like me to send a sample :)

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Monday is maintainance day at my house. I just finished breakfast & watered ALL the houseplants, accompanied by this tea. It is not particularly special, but it is tasty, with notes of malt, fruit, & a touch floral.
Next maintainance activity: a shower (don’t worry, I do that more than once a week, LOL).
The main maintainance activity of the day is….you guessed it…
“Quit screwing around & finish those damn TAXES!”
yes…that was Ms Theresa…

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
2855 tasting notes

Another tea that Sil included in the BBBB. I drank this hours ago, & as I was steeping it I saw little rosebuds & was thinking to myself, “Sil likes this?”
LOL, I didn’t hate it, it was ok, but I think it would have been better if I’d used more leaf. Kind of bland.


hahaha i pick the flowers out… and it beomces a stronger almondy sort of tea that i like..not my favourite but not bad


I loooove this one!


I’d have liked it more had it not included rose buds.

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drank African Chai by Justea
2855 tasting notes

Here’s another sipdown from my *Sil*box.
This is actually quite tasty! Thanks to Robert the Devotea, my homemade chai making will never be the same. I used the whole sample with 16oz of vanilla almond milk, letting it warm up slowly in a pan for quite some time. After about 20 minutes I started bringing up the temp, until it was nice & hot (but not boiling).
It took a lot longer to make than it is taking to drink, LOL.
The blend of spices is very nice with this cup, with ginger & a molasses taste being up front.


i quite liked the justea teas, though this one would have to be made traditional style for me to get behind it

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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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