3091 Tasting Notes

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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Delicious! This is reminding me of an earthy oval tine on the 3rd steep! Peat, milk, light chocolate. An aromatic wood, maybe cedar, joins the ensemble after a few steeps, gradually building, with a lingering sensation in the front sinuses, & a building third eye energy. My mouth & throat are all a tingle, with a vics vaporub camphor/eucalyptus sensation too.
It’s a very potent 5th, 6th, & 7th chakra opening mind blower.
And now I think I’ll go play my Harp for awhile.

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
3091 tasting notes

This is a sample from Stephanie. It was tasty, a little tart, buttery & green, & little floral.
Although it isn’t something I’d ever feel compelled to include in my collection, it was a nice change of pace, & pleasant to drink while teaching.

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Still watering the garden. I planted 5 different varieties of Sweet Potatoes this year. Some of them are showing great signed on productivity! Others don’t appear to be all that robust. No matter, I’ll enjoy whatever I get. I’m hoping the first frost takes it’s sweet time, to give them as long as possible to grow. This is the biggest sweet potato crop I’ve ever planted, & I’ve been thinking recently that I really need to figure out where I’m going to store them all this winter, because I could really end up with ALOT of sweet potatoes (which is a good thing, I eat one almost every day, they are SO good).

Breakfast was leftover fajitas from last night, with an egg on top, & a pot of this tea. It seemed like a good pairing for something spicy, & it was! Rich & smokey, a little sweet, & rather bold. A very big contrast from the purple tea gongfu session. I will say that it is tasting kind of woody to me today, but I probably over-tea-ed a bit, while I’m doing all this multi-tasking.

My first cooking project of the day is well underway: slow roasted tomatoes. I’m using a mix of Italian paste, & my beloved San Marzanos, drizzled with olive oil & salt. They’ll be in the over at 300 for about the next 3 hours or so. Now back to the garden.


bet you never spell it wrong again.


Talk about a sweet potato extravaganza haha. I wonder how much they differ from each other.

Terri HarpLady

Starfevre, don’t count on it, cuz I don’t really care if it offends anybody. That’s their problem, not mine. I know it’s actually spelled ‘a lot’, but when I’m typing I don’t really care. Sometimes my spell checker fixes it, sometimes it doesn’t.

Fjellrev, some are sweeter, some are starchier. There’s the japanese kind that are almost purple outside & white inside, I think there’s a cuban one that is yellow on the inside, there’s a white sweet potato (really more of a cream color), an orange one, & a darker orange one, I think. The lighter they are, the more starchy they are, but they are still way sweeter than white potatoes. I’m excited :)


Ooh, I love the Japanese ones. I can get them fairly inexpensively here, and when I see them I make sure and buy a bunch!


That’s awesome that you’re going to have such variety like that! I’ve been meaning to try the purple ones but keep wimping out.

Terri HarpLady

The japanese ones are especially nice diced up for hash browns as a sub for regular taters, and really awesome diced up, fried in coconut oil, & sprinkled with cinnamon…yum yum yum!

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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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