My friend Lisa is visiting & she picked out one of my Gaiwans & said, “What can we brew in this?”. That particular Gaiwan is one I like to use for the greener oolongs in my collection, so I handed her the box & said pick something. This is the one she selected, & we spent the next 30 – 45 minutes laughing, sipping, & enjoying this tea together.

Admittedly, I’m not as big of a fan of the greener oolongs. It’s not that I don’t like them, there is nothing about them that I dislike. That just don’t excite me as much as other teas do. But I do have a quite a few of them, this one being a remnant from the Verdant Reserve TOMC, which I really enjoyed being a member of.

This tea is delicate, with a light bread like taste, some buttery-ness, & lilac florals. There is just enough of this for one more session, & I’ve started a new Sipdown Extravaganza box, for some future sip down event, so into the box it goes!

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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!


St. Louis, MO


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