3046 Tasting Notes

This is the first tea I’m sampling from the White2Tea TOMC.
The dry mini bricks are very very dark & fudgey looking, with an aromatic wood/camphor & earth aroma. There are 2 10G squares, so I decided to go with 2 different steeping methods. For the first try I used 10G in my regular mug, giving it a quick rinse & then 15 sec steeps, increasing time as needed.
The early steeps were a light shroom broth, & a sweet bready after taste.
This built over time to a rich & very dark cup, very smooth, reminding me the feeling of unsweetened cocoa powder, with a taste of dried black figs, & blackstrap molasses.
It was very rich!

So I started this yesterday, drinking several cups. Today I gave the leaf a rinse & am enjoying it some more. I started on it when I got home at 3:00 & I think I’m on my 3rd cup. It’s still very dark, damp wood, tobacco, light camphor, & this last cup was kind of like cream of wheat with agave, & a little bit of a light shroomy broth.

The 2nd mini brick will be gongfu steepings in my yixing, sometime. I might have to pick up some more of these in the future.

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I came home from work exhausted from dealing with asinine kids, & had about 30 minutes to recoup before my round of private students, who are much more well behaved & much more interested in learning. I knew I wanted a raw puerh long before I walked in my front door, & this one caught my eye.

Dry, there is a horsey aroma, but after a rinse that aroma was gone. The tea had an immediate dark amber color, even with a very short steeping, a pleasant light taste, & an instant huigan. I’ve been drinking from these leaves since 3:30, & have enjoyed every cup. The flavor built to leather, tobacco, caramelized brown sugar & vanilla. The sweetness is a stone fruit kind of taste, and the later steepings have a lemony edge.

I’ve reached the end of my sipping for today, but I feel like this will go on for many more cups. The color is still rich, the taste sweet, the energy rejuvenating…everything I needed today :)



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I’m taking a few moments to enjoy a cup of this lovely one before I leap into action. This morning it is sweet, a little tangy, with a sweet potato richness. I’ll take my resteep to enjoy on the road. We got our first snow of the year this weekend, but of coarse, it wasn’t enough too cause any travel problems.

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This is a sweet cup, not particularly bold, but tasty nonetheless. It reminds me of some of the taiwanese blacks I’ve had, with it’s sweet aroma & juiciness, but flavor-wise, it has a lighter kind of taste, with a clarity to it. It’s more of an afternoon tea, with a smooth tanginess & a fruity aftertaste reminiscent of lychee that lingers on.

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Today this tea is bringing to mind brown toast with sorghum molasses on it. This is a tea that requires care, as too much leaf or too high of a heat will make it bitter.

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I used this tea to refill my Kombucha crock yesterday evening, & it smelled so good that I decided to drink a cup this morning.

This tea starts out with what I would call a robust flavor that builds & thickens in layers on the tongue with each sip, developing an Old World Sourdough Rye kind of savory chewiness to it. There is some astringency, but not unpleasantly so, & there’s a gentle floral in the aftertaste that initially brought to mind honeysuckle, but as the cup cooled a bit it reminded me more of geranium. This tea feels especially wonderful in my throat, with a sweet & rich umami brothiness, & the chaqi is very lively in my head & throat.


I was on the YS site EARLY this morning and was looking at this. So now I must have some.

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This is a comforting & mildly sweet brew, perfect for a cool & dreary Fall day. For me, it brings to mind roasted winter squash, chestnuts, pepitas, persimmon, & whole grain bread crust. Add a soothing vanilla smoothness & a little camphor, & I think I’m in love.

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Given the choice, I prefer the Imperial Gold Needle Yunnan over this one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this one as well. I enjoy them both. This one is a more masculine gold needle than the other, more robust, not as golden in appearance, but still beautiful, not honey sweet, but still quite delicious. It provides a very satisfying malty rich cup,with a dark chocolate undertone. And who doesn’t love malt & chocolate?

I’m headed out to see my hand surgeon…hoping to get the pins removed today…


Good luck!


Sounds delicious. Hope things work out well with your appointment.


Good News! and abt tea, recently i find cravings in masculine teas. i blame it on weather and pu!


I hope your doctor appointment goes well!

Terri HarpLady

I got my pins out!! I also went to the hand therapist & got a new splint, this one is meant to bend my finger @ a 90 degree angle down from the knuckle. (Previously it was bent at 70 degree). The old splint was on the palm side of my hand, the new on is across the back of my hand, going out over the pinky to hold it down.
After I got the splint I had to go back over to the Doctor again, & he did take the pins out, but my finger isn’t bent enough, so I have to work on bending it more tonight, & go get the splint redone tomorrow. (And it hurt SO BAD getting it bent this far). Thus is life.


Glad to hear the pins are out, I hope the pain tones down quick!

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
3046 tasting notes

My first cup of the day, a very tasty fruity one.
My supply of Butiki teas is starting to dwindle, & I haven’t placed any orders. I’m not really interested in the newer flavored teas, except maybe caramel apple…
And I really should try Heaven’s Trash :)
I’d hate to miss out on a black blend!

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I’ve been neglecting my oolong tea collection lately, really for awhile. No real reason, except that I have a ridiculous amount of tea & I think in the hotter weather I don’t crave oolongs as much. During the early spring I find myself drawn to green teas & the greener more floral oolong types, & now that Fall is fully upon us, I found myself wanting a roast sweet oolong. At first I thought I’d go for a Big Red Robe, but then this one caught my eye. I am fortunate to have stashed a bit of this away, and I really need to start drinking it more often, because it is SO DAMN GOOD! It’s sweet & roast, kind of cakey, dark dried fruits, caramel, apples sautéed in a skillet until they are caramelized (I think I need to make some of those apples tonight, that sounds really good, it’s been too long…). There’s a bit of a charcoal essence, & incense too.

You could say this tea has a lot going on! And it does! Layer upon layer of nuance, revealing itself with each steep. I don’t think I’ve even tried a western style steep with this.
Maybe next time.

This is by far my most favorite Tieguanyin.


Sounds great. Aged oolongs can be really fascinating!


Was this one of the reserve oolongs Verdant offered a while back? I wish they had more aged TGYs – I love that flavour profile.

Terri HarpLady

This one was offered on their website last year for a brief amount of time.

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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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