3091 Tasting Notes

I made a batch of paleo scones. I needed a nice strong Assam, something malty & yummy. This was it :)



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This has been a crazy week, with early morning gigs every day, followed by 3 – 4 hours of practicing like crazy to get the Ceremony of Carols down. Saturday I practiced for 4 hours, took a break for a few hours, then practiced another 3 before collapsing in my bed. Yesterday I practiced 2 more hours in the morning. The first performance, with the McKendree University Choir, was yesterday. Although I’ve worked my fingers to the bone, it paid off the the concert went very well. I’ll play this same concert with a different choir on the 21st, & I will continue working to perfect my parts between now & then.

BUT today I’m mostly on vacation! I started my tea drinking with these pearls, because I hadn’t had them for awhile, & I don’t really have much to say about them, other than I enjoyed them.
6 pearls + mug X 3/resteep 5


Happy tea day, Terri :-) Well deserved from what I read!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! Yes, I’ve been just enjoying myself this morning. I do have a 1 hour christmas concert to play this evening at the Library, but that will be like a walk in the park!

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I picked up a tin of this the other day on sale at WF. The cool weather has caused me to crave some dessert-like teas. Really, I’m craving desserts, but that will cause nothing but problems for me, so a few flavored teas will have to do. This is not bad. With ROT I always use 2 bags (if you read their directions, one bag is for a 6oz cup). I think it would be even better if I added a little maple, but for this morning, no.


I should get you to send me 2 bags. I have the roibos version :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m headed out the door in a min for a gig, so be sure & remind me of this & anything else!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve been drinking a steep & resteep of this while I allow myself to catch up a little with my Steepster reading. I’ve been working & practicing so much, I haven’t had time to read or post a lot. I miss everyone! Sending out a lot of love in all directions!
And now, I must leap into action for yet another busy day!!!


My latest 4oz arrived…glad to have my laoshan black tea back!

Tea Sipper

Bonnie – You’ll have to make note on how the new batch tastes compared to the others!

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I drank this all afternoon while I was practicing. I set up a little table next to my harp, with my new bamboo tea tray (from Mandala) & electric kettle, thus combining 2 of my 3 favorite things (Music & Tea. The third thing is food). I put 7g of leaf in my little 4oz blue lotus porcelain tea pot. The first steep was 15 sec, adding 15 sec to each subsequent steep. This went on for about 4 hours. Those leaves just kept giving, reminding me of bee pollen & cream.

You can see my setup at https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak


Awesome setup.

Dag Wedin

That tea is pure joy :) Been awhile since i tried it gong fu.

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Oh look, black dragon pearl is finally back at Teavana!!
Of course, I have to add it back into my collection, as theirs was the first black pearl I ever had, and loved. After yesterday’s gig, I gave myself permission to go to Teavana & get some.
I really liked Teavana when they first opened. Now they are just too intense on the salesmanship. Someone immediately attached herself to me, leading me around the store, pouring samples, pointing things out, spouting her knowledge, & depositing me at the counter with the overly smiley lady, where I asked for 4 oz of dragon pearls.
She intentionally over scooped, & then nonchalantly asked, “is 6 oz ok?”
She fixed it. I also got a couple oz of the peach one I like, & she did the exact same thing.
On the way out of the store some chick was giving a demo about their current special: but a cast iron teapot & you get a bunch of free tea. She tried to pull me in, “I already have 2”, I said, making for the door…I escaped!


haha that’s about the only tea i want from teavana and it’s just. not. worth. it.


I’m afraid to go in there ;-)


Yikes, talk about over pouring and just plain old overbearing.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, if I want more I’ll just order it from their website.



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Good morning delicious cup of Goodness!

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My final tea of the day was this one, from the Verdant Reserve TOMC from last December! I joined the Reserve club a year ago, & still have some of most of the offerings. I decided I’d drink each of the December ones this month, so this is a sipdown. I sat around sipping it in the late afternoon, while I was studying some music I’m working on (& rewriting the parts to simplify them a bit. I don’t have much time to learn this, & nobody in the choir or the audience will no the difference…shhhh).

So, the wet leaf had a salty & savory aroma. The early steepings were creamy & even had a cream-like taste. Very lovely & mild. Otherwise, it tasted like a Sheng! LOL.

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Just a quick note to log the other teas I drank. I posted them with the app, but received a notice that they didn’t post. I don’t remember the exactly what the note said, but here’s what I drank today (cuz I’m tired, & just too lazy to pull up separate pages on each one):

At the first gig from 7:30 – 9am I had Black Gold (which successfully posted) & Black Beauty (yum). Both from Mandala. I also drank a cup of Elderberry before I left the house, because I was feeling a little bit like I might be getting sick, & since I’m pretty behind on sleep, I figured it might be a good idea. I need to stop by Cheryl’s herbs & get some more.

In between gigs I stopped by the house for 15 minutes to refill my travel mugs & take a few bites of something (I can’t even remember what I ate!)
At the 2nd gig, from 11:15 – 1:15, I drank Irish Breakfast (Butiki) & Teavivre’s Superfine fragrant Keemun.

When I got home I had Hattialli Golden Lion.
I wish I would be giving more details on all of these teas, but lets just say I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
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Ignore the rating, as I haven’t quite figured out how to post a tea & not rate it s on the app.

Delicious & perfect firmly morning drive to gig & 4 this morning! Now back to playing, my break is over.

212 °F / 100 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Oh right… there’s an app! Is it available to everyone or just beta testers atm? (I’m extremely out of the loop right now!)


Kittena… there may be a few beta tester spots open still, not sure if they filled up. I’d email Jason.


Kittenna – i’m a beta tester…showed it to raritea the other day when we got together..it’s hawt.


Sil – I had seen that on Facebook, but didn’t look into it. Probably not worth me beta testing it, but it’s exciting nonetheless :)

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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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