2859 Tasting Notes

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.
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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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Again I’d like to thank Green Terrace for sharing samples of their teas.
I drank this earlier in the day, using the western steep parameters, & it is a classic Oriental Beauty, with notes of Honey, courtesy of the Leaf Hoppers. It’s a pleasing gentle cup, also with elements of floral, fruit, & wood, along with a lingering sweetness.
I have enough left to go with a gongfu session next time :)

MzPriss

I hope this is in my sampler as well. I love OBs.

Sil

i didn’t get this one i don’t think terri lol

Terri HarpLady

OB is one of those oolongs I like to have once in awhile. I don’t love it as much as I love my deeply roastly oolongs, but it’s nice for variety & not overly floral.
Sil: which ones did you get? Want me to send you half?

Sil

i’ll try and check tonight…meant to last night but it’s been a busy couple of days. poke me ON FB if you don’t hear from me. Since i suspect we have a few non shared samples we received so happy to pslit though :) give green terrace more exposure

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This cup of tea accompanied me during my 2nd round of tomato trellis tying this morning. I have 2 varieties of plum tomatoes this year: some Italian heirloom that I bought 2 of because I detest roma’s & couldn’t find my beloved favorite, & the next day I found my beloved San Marzano (another italian heirloom), so I bought 3 of them. Both are heavily weighed down with fruits, & I’m starting to pick some of the San Marzanoes! Soon I’ll have bucket loads of both, & the making of sauces, roasted toms, etc will begin!

boychik

Mmm San Marzanoes! I thought they grow only in Italy. I only buy them in cans peeled and I eat them right out of the can.

yyz

I got seeds for them at Wholefoods of all places. They are being container grown this year. I’m excited to see how they turn out.

boychik

Oh let me know, I may try next year. I can only grow it in containers because of deer.

Terri HarpLady

I grow them every year, & they are wonderful!
I’ll spend the rest of the summer slow roasting batch after batch, & freezing them for winter stews. I also plan to make huge batches of spaghetti sauce, even though I don’t eat spaghetti, LOL. I put it over a bowl full of veggies, & that is satisfying.

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Like many others here, I took advantage of Green Terrace Tea’s offer of 3 free samples, & I’m glad I did. My teas arrived on Saturday, & I’m enjoying this one now.
This is a lovely tea, a very gentle tea, that brings to mind a creamy bowl of oatmeal, with some peach or apricot jelly stirred in, & some honey drizzled on top. I’m thinking apricot, as there is a slightly tangy quality to it. All of the flavors linger nicely. This is not a bold wake up! kind of tea, but is more like a homey breakfast, very soothing & comforting.
Thanks very much for the sample, Green Terrace Tea! I’ll share the remainder of it with my dear Tea Sister, Sil.
Unless she got her own…

Angrboda

I asked for this one as well when they wrote me. I’m very much looking forward to it.

Sil

i have this one…and uh 2 others which i can’t remember

Terri HarpLady

then I won’t send them to you :)

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I was up bright & early both yesterday & today, & out in the garden, trellising tomatoes.
This isn’t their first trellising of the year, but a much more critical one, as there are tons of fruit already set, & I’ve been neglecting them for a few weeks, so their was serious Urban Sprawl going on. Through a serious of branches, bamboo, string, rope, etc, some of them are now in a much more organized way.

I carried a cup of this around with me during the first round of tying things up, a pleasant wake me up, but it turned out to not agree with my tummy, so when I started getting queasy I had to come in & fix myself some breakfast before I could finish my cup.
Still tasty though!

Cameron B.

I must have a strong stomach, I never find myself getting queasy even when I drink a lot of black tea without food. It does sometimes make me a bit gassy though (yikes). But Keemun seems like a bolder black so maybe that makes all the difference!

Marzipan

I get heartburn after a few cups, but I pop some Tums and then keep going.

boychik

I try not to drink tea on empty stomach, especially Assam or Darjeeling. I get nauseous:(

Terri HarpLady

I can usually get away with Yunnan black teas on an empty stomach, & also Fujian, but especially first thing in the morning I can’t drink Assam or Darj or ceylon. I also can’t drink green, white, or puerh without eating first.

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
2859 tasting notes

I drank a lot of tea yesterday, while I spent the day putting down the last coat of noxious primer & the first coat of porch paint, but they were all teas I have reviewed before, so I’m ok not posting about them.
This is my first cup of the day, my 2801 review, & I just took the last sip. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but am having trouble coming up with anything to say…
I don’t really feel like it is similar to PTA, it’s a bit more masculine, if that makes sense. The aroma is fruity, the flavors I tasted were malty, fruity, with an almost candied fruit kind of taste on the edges, chestnut, & an interesting almost coffee-like bittersweet chocolate too.
Keep in mind 2 things:
- I used this strainer a couple days ago for red queen cupcake, & although I soaked & rinsed it thoroughly, there still may be some flavor contamination (although it’s damn good contamination), &
- I spent the last 2 days breathing paint & primer fumes, & although the paints I’ve used are low VOC, the unavoidable primer I had to use is not, & it’s awful. I’m pretty sure I have lung, sinus, brain, liver, & kidney damage now.

How anybody ever develops a glue sniffing habit is far beyond me to understand.

TheTeaFairy

Oh nooo!!! Hurry, run to your garden to breathe pure oxygen generated by all the luxuriant vegetation!! It should repair all the damages :-)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I’m feeling better now. I just needed to drink more tea :)

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I spent another day working on my front porch. Lots of caulking, & finally covered the floor of the porch, stairs, etc with primer. My porch looks like a Cinderella porch right now, IMO, there is so much White everywhere! But that will change tomorrow when I lay down the actual real paint. If you want to see my latest progress:
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So I got my Butiki order yesterday, including an oz of this tea.
THIS TEA!
I arrived at Tony’s after a full day of work, covered with paint, caulk, etc, made a cup of this tea, & crawled into the bubble bath.
The aroma of this tea is heavenly! It immediately brought to mind the image of a dessert I’ve never had, but I had a very clear picture of it in my mind. I’m talking about a beautiful clear glass serving dish filled with layers of ladyfinger cookies soaked in espresso, strawberries, whipped cream, & a dusting of dark chocolate powder over the top.
This tea IS that dessert, not only in the aroma, but it also tastes like I imagine that dessert would taste.

Veronica

Your porch is looking great! I love seeing in progress pictures of big home projects. It makes the final picture that much more amazing!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I’m really ready for the project to be finished, LOL. I want to sit on my front porch & drink tea, surrounded by plants, windchimes, etc. But I still have to paint the porch with it’s actual color, kind of slate gray, & then there are touch ups, cuz I made numerous boo boos…sigh…I always think I’m such a good painter that I can free hand things, & although I’m pretty good, I’m not that good ;)

JustJames

i will sip this vicariously through you! lol. i had my butiki order arrive today =0)… stacy has been busy!

Sil

jealous!

Ubacat

Oh, I am so jealous too!

Amariel

I want to try this like crazy. Hopefully my order will shape up soon.

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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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