3091 Tasting Notes

I’m starting the morning with a random pick from my Sil-box.
This is a gentle sweet & fruity cup, not particularly bold, but nice to savor in bed. It has a peachiness to it, a lively tongue tingle, & no astringency or bitterness. Thanks Sil

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Tony got a free sample of this awhile ago, when he ordered a refill of german rock sugar crystals. My taste buds are still a little wonky, but I’m actually enjoying this right now. It’s tart & tangy, & with a little sweetness added, it’s not bad. I suspect it would be even better cold brewed. Maybe I’ll find out.


They usually have this as an iced tea in the store and it is very delicious cold. I am not usually a fan of Teavana but this is a blend that is definitely nice to have around in the summer. I have had it hot as well, and that is not bad but the flavors tend to lend themselves nicely to a colder drink.

Terri HarpLady

You know, now that you mentioned it, I think I’ve sampled in the store, probably numerous times! :D


haha probably. They always seem to have this available, Pineapple Kona Pop, and the Maharajah Chai Oolong/ Samurai Chai Mate blend – at least they do at the Teavana near me.


I have a sample since aug and didn’t try yet.

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ok, it IS my tastebuds. I know for a fact that there is more to this tea than I’m tasting, & basically, all I’m tasting is bitterness.
I’m not gonna waste any more time drinking new teas today, until I can reset my tastebuds somehow.
It’s probably a manifestation of my general grumpiness today.
I added a little sweetening, but I’m not really digging that either, although I’ll go ahead & drink this cup, in hopes that the caffeine will lift my mood. We’re watching ‘interns’, & I have Dr Who set to record (don’t worry, I won’t post any spoilers). I’m just gonna zone out & do Reiki on myself & watch this movie.


Boo on mean taste buds!

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I brought a bunch of teas with me to Tony’s this weekend, basically the whole box that Sil sent me recently. So I reached in & grabbed one, randomly. Here it is.

The name of this one implies a sweet & smokey lapsang type tea, at least in my mind, but this one is more savory, & a little bitter, at least to my taste today. To be fair, I don’t think my tastebuds are working right.

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I’ve been playing around with the steepster iphone app, & I just have to say, I love it! Jason, you are one awesome dude! It’s very user friendly, & the only thing it doesn’t have is the discussions groups, but that’s fine with me, as I don’t frequent them as much, & I can save that for when I’m using my laptop.

This was my first tea of the day when I woke up a few hours ago. It’s a very gentle cup, sweet & creamy & although I like it, I always wish it was stronger. I’ve tried adding more tea, but it never seems to get any bolder. So it’s probably just me, LOL. I guess if I want a bold tea, I should go with something else, right?

Anyway, after the first cup we went to breakfast, where I was forced to drink lame swill masquerading as tea. It was really nice to come home & make a re-steep of this one, & it really is a lovely tea. I’m just a grumpus today.


raaaaaa I have a blackberry ! cannot have a steepster app, I’m jealous !But at least I have this tea and as you I really enjoy it Terri


Me too. Kindle…Oh well.


Android :( Maybe if the iPhone app does well, they’ll expand to other platforms. That happens a lot with games.

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Another tea from Sil.
I almost bought some of these same mini bricks from Yunnan Sourcing, just out of curiousity. I’m glad I didn’t. They aren’t anything I’d want to have around. Worth trying though.

Dag Wedin

I found them practical to bring along for outings :)
As for the tea itself, mediocre.

Terri HarpLady

Exactly! I almost bought them to bring along, & in my mind they would taste like feng qing pearls, but sadly, they did not.

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There haven’t been very many reviews of this one. In fact I wrote both of the other ones. I rescued this tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB, & it is a very peppery chai, but I’ve enjoyed it!

And it’s a sipdown! 183, I think.

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I still love this one! This was my tea for the road this morning, as I had to go teach at the university. The next time I drink this one, it will be a sipdown, so guess who is planning an order from The Tea Spot?
Let’s see…I’ll need more of this…& some of that russian caravan…not sure what else…


let me know when you do place your order (you probably might as well wait until black friday…) I may want to sneak in a couple of samples heh

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it will be black friday, if I can scare up some money, as I’m kind of broke right now. If not BF, then sometime in December.


Hmmm so I can’t see the comment I made online when I view this from the app.


Never mind. Comments came up after I posted. Sorry. Trying to help beta test the app.

I’m in no rush Terri so whenever!

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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
3091 tasting notes

Another pleasant tea that I drank this morning from sil.
I can’t really much about it, but it I remember that I enjoyed it, as I was getting ready to run out the front door.

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Thank you, Sil, for making my morning!
I woke up groggy & I kind of feel like my body is fighting something off, but I have things to do, so I wanted something bold & rich, & here it is! I’ve enjoyed all of the teas that I’ve tried from American tea room.This one has a brightness to go with the earthiness, a nicely balanced tea that I would drink with breakfast any day! MOAR!!! I want Moar!


YAY! glad you liked it. I like that the sample sizes ATR provides are pretty decently sized given they’re a wee bit more expensive than other tea samples i’ve picked up from other places.

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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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