2918 Tasting Notes

It’s the last day of the month, AND Halloween, & in between practicing sessions & food, I’m trying to manage a few sipdowns.

This one is from the very first box my tea sister Sil sent to me! And an awesome box it was, full of wonderful little packages! This is a black tea with citrus, cinnamon, vanilla, & other spices. It’s a little heavy on the cloves for me, but otherwise it really reminds me of ‘Constant Comment’. It’s been years since I’ve had a cup of that!

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One of the things I like about these little black cones is that I can put one flower in my smallest Gaiwan, steep it a minute, pour it into a same size cup & enjoy repeat steepings several times, just adding a minute to each one, until there’s no flavor left…which takes awhile!

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I only had one student today, at 11:00, & she really likes green tea.
I make a point of serving her a different one every week, which is fun. Previously she had only ever had bagged greens, so it’s always interesting to see how she likes the various greens I share. This was her first Genmaicha, & she loved it!

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When you don’t see your friends for a long time, you grow in different directions, as we all know, & although I’ve always been into tea, the extent of my tea collection/obsession kind of blew my friend away a little bit. She started talking about making Kombucha & bringing over a mother for me, & was very interested in trying different teas to make Kombucha from. We had a nice long discussion about how teas are processed. The recipe she uses for her Kombucha uses a bagged oolong. Next thing you know, I was doing a show & tell on all my Oolongs, & then we shared several steepings of this one. I love the roasty incense & fruit qualities of Wuyi Oolongs, & this is one of my favorites.

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I ran into a friend at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago. I’ve known her for 27 years, our kids knew each other growing up, but we rarely find time to hang out, so she came over for breakfast today. Almond flour pancakes, berries, homemade sausage patties, & Tiger Assam!! Bold & beautiful! :)
It was nice to have a little time to relax with a friend, even if I had to get up a little earlier than usual to do so (she was here at 9am!)

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I drank a little of this during the late afternoon, while teaching. I was trying to get myself to drink something other than black, & although I’ve enjoyed this tea before, admittedly, it left me feeling unsatisfied. I’ve been feeling a little ambivalent about a lot of things lately. Much too much going on, not enough time to collect myself. And so my ‘fancy’ teas are sitting on the shelf, looking dejected, while I go straight for the comfort teas: rich bold blacks!
There is nothing wrong with this tea. On another day I would have reveled in it’s fairy-like qualities. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted, & I hadn’t had this one for awhile. I should have gone with a Shu instead.


Black Tea and puerh, occasionally drifting to a chai…then back to black. I could hold this pattern and be satisfied.

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Another sipdown! This one is from the BBBBox, contributed by Sil.
I feel like almost the only thing I’ve been drinking lately are black teas, & I’ve been wanting the same ones over & over again. I’ve been trying to focus on sipdowns, and so finally today I’ve had 2.

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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
2918 tasting notes

I’ve already reviewed this one several times. It’s a lovely yunnan type, twisted into snail coils, sweet & rich. I polished it off this morning, making a 16 oz dragon pot, steeped at 4 minutes, & then resteeped at 6.

I’ve been inundated with music to practice, life in general, & although I’m sure I must be insane, I will begin my nanowrimo project tomorrow at midnight, or maybe friday. We’ll see.

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It’s hard to believe this one is officially gone from my cupboard!
I’m also very low on Tiger Assam & Caravan. It’s been 29 days since I ordered tea, & I’m sure I’ll restock all three of these. Mount Gray, on the other hand, just isn’t doing it for me.


Double Knit is my favorite of these!!

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Jeez, I’m so behind on my posts that I won’t even try to catch up!
This is my 2nd tea of the day, the first one was a pot of Tiger Assam, which was absolutely wonderful with breakfast.

This one is a sample from Garret. It’s a green tea that was roasted in a clay jar, & it’s the flavor is very different to me. It reminds me of something, but I can’t quite place it… roasted green bell peppers & I’m kind of getting some roasted chestnuts in there too. Of course, my tastebuds might be a little out of whack! LOL!

All in all, I’ve gone through several pleasant steepings while teaching, & I’d call this a savory brew. Thanks Garret!


In a clay jar…who thinks this stuff up? (Cool!)


You are more than welcomed!!! Thanks for writing up your thoughts on it. This has really become a popular tea for us. Some people are really digging this in the tea glass style of brewing, that’s for sure. Lots of repeat buys on this one. Yay!

Terri HarpLady

I steeped mine in my glass test tube steeper!

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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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