3074 Tasting Notes

I tried something different with this tea today:
11 pearls in my mug, 2 min – yum & awesomely rich & delicious
repeat @ 3 min & 5 min
This kept me happy for most of the morning
rich, sweet, malty, & delicious


How big is your mug? :)

Terri HarpLady

10 oz or so :)


That is a lot of pearls! I’m gonna have to try. :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ll admit that the 3 min steep was a little intense, hahaha, but still extremely satisfying!

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Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for a sample of this tea!
(I wrote this review earlier, but for some reason it didn’t go through. I’ll try to recreate it)
This is the taste of fall: dried straw, lights smoke, dried fruits, raw shrooms. There’s also a bitter greens edge to it, which I rather enjoy.
I steeped 5G in my 125ml yixing, combining 2 steeps to a mug. The first round made me want to take a nap, with a powerful head energy, watery eyes, & lots of yawning. The 2nd round was fairly astringent. Round 3 was lightly sweet & woody, reminding me somehow of sassafras root, with a head clearing peaceful mellow vibe, & I’m on round 4, with is sort of a sassafras/licorice combo, with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Today I celebrated 31 years of freedom from active addiction…unless you count tea, tea wares, gardening, & food, LOL.


Way to go! I still struggle with one at times myself…


So proud of you, Terri!


Congratulations, that’s quite an achievement.



Terri HarpLady

thanks you guys!

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I’ve been sipping this one over the late afternoon. I got a sample with my Tribute Tea order. Looking in the envelope, I found 2 dense chunks, each about 7.5 grams, looking like chunks of dark chocolate. I used one of them.
It’s one of those woodsy, aged forest floor kind of teas, kind of musty, with a taste of cedar, tobacco, peat, & leather, and a little smoke. It has a strong kind of savory & peppery quality, with a sweet after-taste, & it tickles my sinuses! I’m not sure how many steeps I’ve had, but I suspect I can have quite a few more.
I’ll have to drink them later, it’s time to go to Taichi class.


You make me want all the teas. LOL

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It’s the end of September, & later this evening I’ll update my tea document, so I’m working on teas I had planned to review this month, & also teas that are on the sip down list.
This is one of the latter, a sample shared by Green Terrace. I’m grateful to have savored it’s honey sweet pastry goodness. Thank you! :)

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oooh, so sweet!
This is a beautiful fresh looking green tea. The thin grassy looking leaves have a savory edamame like aroma, with a hint of spice.
They open to become lovely spring green leaves, and the tea tastes of sweet chestnuts & freshly picked white corn. Did I mention that this tea is gentle & sweet? There’s also a light floral quality, & it’s a very refreshing cup.
Thank you to Brett for sharing a sample of this one with me. It’s not currently listed on the site, but here’s the link for his other teas, which have all been of high quality!

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This tea has a sweet fruity & exotic aroma that wafts up to your nostrils the moment you open the bag. The tea is almost syrupy in some steeps, bringing to my mind lychee, raspberry, & dried dark fruits, served over a rich pastry.
I’ve been combining 2 steeps at a time in my mug: 15 & 30 sec, 45 & 60…
The 3rd mugful (2 & 3min) was like a creamy rich plum pudding, drizzled with agave syrup.
There is leo a deep dark savory quality coming forward, not sure how to describe it…kind of like a dark cherry pipe tobacco.
The energy of this tea is comparable to drinking a sheng. I feel a lovely clear headed sense of being, & I think I’ll water my house plants now.

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Having a morning at home, which has been quite busy. I already did my yoga & tai chi, & dropped my car off to get a new set of tires & take care of a wheel bearing issue. I already watered half of my garden & picked tomatoes. I had a student, with more on the way, & I made myself an awesome breakfast of Brussels Benedict, which I’m enjoying with a pot of this tea.

This is a bold & tasty blend of lapsang souchong, dark oolong, assam, & puerh, bringing out the best of all 4: it’s sweet, smokey (but not a BBQ), sultry, rich, & alluring, with a little bit of so many things that I love in a tea, including leather, incense, earth, burnt caramel, & aged wood. If this were an ensemble, it would be one of those with all wooden instruments: low strings, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, woodblocks, wood chimes…not so much because it has a woody taste. What I’m looking for here is that sweet resonance & sense of peace that wooden instruments portray.


This is a GREAT review! Love the music connection! Good tea has a way of bringing out flavors that can often be best described by comparing them to art, music, and so forth. The description you provided REALLY makes me want this tea!!! This sounds like the perfect cup for a chilly fall or winter day.

Terri HarpLady

I can send you a sample, if you like :)

Bear With Me

A russian caravan with oolong?!?! Yum!!!!!

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I allowed myself the luxury of sleeping as long as I wanted/needed to today, laying there, coming in & out of consciousness until 10. I could actually probably sleep until noon, but I do have 2 weddings to play at today, one at 1:30, the other at 5:00, with quite a bit of driving in between, so I figured I’d better get rolling.

This is a lovely & sweet tea, with a rich flavor & fragrance: hay, malt, sweet potato, caramel. No blaring brass, not particularly bassy, I’d say it’s a woodwind quarter, with maybe a little cello & viola thrown in.

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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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