249 Tasting Notes


Used my Gaiwan for this one. Did a rinse then steeped for 30 seconds.
The liquor is very perfumed with citrus flowers which smell fantastic. I have a Meyer Lemon tree and other citrus trees in my garden and the hummingbirds go crazy during citrus blooming season.
Oh wow!! I do taste grapefruit. Far out!! This is a very cleansing tea with some unusual flavors!!
Thank u to Terri Harplady for spoiling me with lovely samples!

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
249 tasting notes

I’m finding these Oriental Beauties are some of my favorites!! I must explore more of them!! They all have a sort of indescribable quality to them! Mesmerizing,,,like all the yummiest flavors in your life meshed together on a flavor trip. No floral, no harsh roast, no astringent. It’s some really good tea for me!
Thank u Terri H for this sample!!!

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Nice subtle roast. Like coffee with lots of cream and a hint of sugar. Has a creamy mouthfeel too which is really delicious.

I prepared this Gong Fu style in my Yixing that is dedicated to roasted type Oolongs. I am having fun with this as I just got this pot. I am getting another one to dedicate to an individual tea as well but am searching for the perfect tea to go for that one.
I am a total tea addict now because the Yixings are very very fun. I love the idea of all the years of lovely tea seasoning the pots with all that character and flavor. And this tea added to that!!!
Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Espresso

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I did a quick 5-10 second rinse as suggested on the Mandala website brewing instructions page,,, then steeped for 30 seconds.
The liquor looks very cinnamon color and I do detect scents of cinnamon,,,whether or not this is power of suggestion, I don’t know but it’s nice.
I like the flavor of this Oolong because it is balanced with a tiny bit of roast, a sweet note, and that something special when you breathe it out as you taste. That special element here is definitely a cinnamon note.
Very unique taste that I haven’t tried in an Oolong!! Very good!!

Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!

Flavors: Cinnamon

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Yay! That is a nice one :)

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drank Yunnan Beauty by Mandala Tea
249 tasting notes

The liquor has a juicy scent and deep auburn jewel color.
This is a very lovely Oolong. I really LOVE this and am sort of left with the word indescribable. It is close to sweetened rhubarb but not tangy. So it is like stewed rhubarb with cream and sugar.
It is like the sweet version of umami,,,I really cannot place the lovely euphoric flavor because it is changing and bringing back memories. Flavor trip that I don’t want to come home from.
Smelling the empty cup, it has a dark raw honey scent.
This tea is VERY GOOD!!!!!!! I tried a few samples today and this is the one I will be drinking all day and tried to purchase but it is sold out. I definitely see why it is sold out :(

Thank u to Terri Harplady for this life-changing sample. I have obviously only begun to touch the world of tea and this is a new direction in my favorites!!!!!!

Second and Third steepings : This tea is fun. I must emphasize that if you go longer than 30 seconds you will ruin the mesmerizing effect and lose it. In fact, once the leaves open up, you need less than 30 seconds to get that sweet spot again. It’s more like 25 seconds for the second and third steepings. Yummm, I’m loving this tea.

Flavors: Honey, Stewed Fruits

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I am so very happy that you are enjoying this tea!! Thank you for taking the time to write up your thoughts on it. We just got more of this tea in and can get you your own stash so you don’t deplete Terri’s :) I’ll make sure we get it up on site for you! Terri rocks!



Oh yay!!!! Thank u so much!!! I will look for it!!!!


Terri does rock!!!!!!!!


Namaste’ !

Terri HarpLady

Glad you love this one, & thanks to you & Garret both! :)

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drank Purple Sunset Oolong by Butiki Teas
249 tasting notes

Sweet warming scent. Wow,,,this is a completely different Oolong.
It is very berry-tasting. Like a warm berry medley dessert with apples. It is very smooth with a note of cream.
I like this tea and the other Kenyan tea I have tried so far!!! They are really putting a different spin on tea and it’s fun!!! Very unique and delicious!!

Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!

Flavors: Berries, Cream

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Four Seasons Spring by Rishi Tea
249 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell like someone sent me a bouquet of assorted flowers. Little round tightly rolled pellets of moss green.

Brewed; this tea is flowers, flowers, flowers!!!! Very Very very low roast ,,,love it!!!
It says on the package that this is Si Ji Chun style.

Not only do I taste and smell flowers, I taste tropical fruits such as Lychee fruit and melon.

I drank this with a lunch of avocado, Roma tomato, and sunflower sprouts on whole wheat bread and it paired very nicely. Then with fruit, it was amazing. Very great tea to pair with dessert.

Very amazing the differences in style and the many flavors that can be brought out of tea!!!!

This tea comes from central Taiwan.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Gardenias, Honeydew, Lychee

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The dry leaves smell so good like cream and sitting by the rocks on the ocean shore. They are blackish-brown, medium size and all uniform semi-twisted.

Brewed, this tea also smells amazing like toasted granola with vanilla almond milk. There is a scent of sugary caramel as well.

The flavor has just the right amount of roast for me. It is definitely roasted but not as much as some of the rock wulongs are and I like that. It is well balanced with roast, cream, and a subtle amount of sweet. I would really love a bit more sweet in there for a perfect balance but that is very hard to find.

A second steeping brought me even more creamy notes on the nose and still a nice roasted but not much sweet flavor.

Flavors: Cream, Espresso, Vanilla

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
249 tasting notes

Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!!!!! :) :) :)

Pretty leaves, dark green on one side and a fuzzy cream white on the other. They smell creamy too. I love white teas, I can’t wait to taste.

The instructions say to brew at 175 for 2’’. Other whites I’ve had say to go at 185 and for a touch longer.

This white has very subtle creamy and almond notes.

The next steeping, I upped to 185 and added a pinch more leaves that I had left in my sample then steeped a bit longer. I learned in my tea experiments that the notes aren’t gonna change but a stronger version of them will come thru hopefully.

This white is still very delicate and subtle to me. Other whites I’ve had have a sweet nectar note along with a few other surprises in with the cream note but this one does not for me.

Flavors: Cream, Nuts

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!!

The dry leaves are little tiny twists of gray-green and look like links in a necklace. So tiny!! Brewed, they unfurl to look like chopped herbs.

The liquor has a very strong butter bean scent!! Its essence is stronger than the flavor; the flavor is light and fresh. It has subtle notes of cream and the butter bean and gives a great creamy mouthfeel which I have never experienced with a green tea.

Lovely drinking this right before lunch, it excites the palette!!

Then, I happen to be having a spicier soup for lunch and sipping this tea is cooling to the palette!

Very interesting and lovely green tea!!

Flavors: Cream, Lima Beans

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Yay! So happy to like it!

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Tea is Life. I love Tea!

Bai Mu Dan
Bai Hao Yin Zhen
White Bud Puerh
Feng Qing Yunnan
Marangi Estate Assam
Pengaree Estate Assam

Long Jing
Bai Mao Hou
Tai Ping Hou Kui
Anji Bai Cha

Ya Bao
Arya Estate Darjeeling First Flush

Elderflower Nectar
Pure Chamomile
Pure Tea Flowers
Dried Citrus
Fresh Turmeric w/ Honey & Lemon

I like Ayurveda, Yoga, Zumba,
walking, stand-up comedy clubs.

Love chefs and foodies. Love veggies!!!!
I avoid artificial and processed foods such as diet sodas because I think those things affect your palate for tasting teas, foods, wine.
I always use filtered Culligan water for tea, no tap or bottled so I don’t find many teas I dislike bc I start with super delicious water.

Also enjoy bonsai, xeriscape gardening, my doggie, & all nature.

Preferred brewing method: Gaiwan

Favorite Varietals:
Ye Sheng (wild)
Yunnan Da Ye (large leaf)

I have stopped rating teas with a numerical value here on Steepster because I realized on May 13, 2014 (a tea enlightenment lol) that once you start to learn what teas you like, get practiced and good at gong fu, and which companies are selling quality tea,,,they are all 100’s to me because I purchase and drink what I like and the best I can find.
I respect all the work that goes into the tea that I am drinking and I like thinking about the different terroirs they come from.



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