I guess this is the first time I’m finally getting around to reviewing this tea?
Although I would normally gongfu it, today I went with Ms Stacy’s suggested brewing, mainly because I am suppose to be working on a project. Tomorrow evening I’m going into the recording studio with a local songwriter to add some harp tracks to one of his songs, and hence I’m going with the easier (less time consuming) brewing parameters, and just stopping by here to say that it makes for a decent cup! It doesn’t really seem all that smokey to me in the taste or aroma, however it does leave a certain smokey sensation behind in the palate & sinuses, and that’s interesting! It has a rich comforting qaality, a certain tanginess, and flavorwise, it’s very woodsy, and I can picture myself on a cool fall day, with a crackling fire, wrapped up in a blanky, wearing homemade wool sox, sipping comfort.
Now I’d better get back to work!

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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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