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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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Another nice strong cup to enjoy while painting.

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I had a headache this morning, & really needed a boost of energy. I made a cup of this malty satisfying brew right before Tony showed up & whisked me away to Lowe’s to pick up a few supplies, including a new front porch light. The old light was ugly to begin with, poorly hung, & doesn’t match anyway (it was a yucko cream color that had yellowed over the years), plus the cover was always full of bugs, which caused the light to be dim.

The new light is beautiful. My son Drew hung it, with Tony advising him.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Another full day working on my front porch rehab project. Tony came over to put rubber treads on my steps (so my harp dolly won’t tear up the paint), & I had to face some disappointment when I discovered that the 4 X 8 foot commercial runner I ordered won’t come for 4 – 6 weeks. Dammit. It’s the width of my front door, & just long overlap the top stair tread. Anyway, the latest pics are up on my FB, for anybody who would like to see my progress. I think it’s coming along nicely!
This was actually my last tea of the day. I was peeling off the blue painting tape, making note of touch ups I’ll have to do, & this was the perfect tea for the job! Comforting, grounding, bringing me back down to earth after spending a large portion of my day on a ladder, paintbrush in hand.


I’m sure someone on Steepster has already said this, but I find it inherently awesome that you are a professional harpist. It’s just such a neat thing to be able to say!


I love this for last tea of the day – snuggly happy-place tea.


it IS coming along nicely my tea sister!

Terri HarpLady

Christina, thanks! It actually blows me away sometimes that I really get to make a living doing this!
Sil, Did you guys finish your project yet? I’ve sort of hardly been online, so if you post(ed) pics, let me know, or else I might miss them!

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I thought perhaps that this high mountain red & whispering pines ailaoshan red were the same tea, so yesterday I made a cup of each (thanks to a sample from our dear TeaFairy) & attempted to drink them side by side. But I was also trying to fix breakfast in between painting sessions, operating on very little sleep, & honestly, l didn’t do a very good job of comparing the 2, although I know I enjoyed both cups. They do look very similar, both dry & steeped, although I think the whispering pine version might be a little thicker & sweeter, & I have enough of both to try again when things slow down a bit.

So for this tea: I’m still working out the steeping parameters I prefer. I tried it using 1 tsp + 8oz X 3min, & it was nice, but a little thin. So I tried the same parameters, using 1 Tb of tea, & that was much more satisfying. I’ve been outside a lot painting, & so allergies are muting my tastes a bit, but it’s a very pleasant cup with a sweet fruity taste. More of an afternoon tea, not particularly bold, or thick, & it has a kind of crystal clear quality to it .
What does that mean?
Heck, I don’t know…kind of like the water from a sweet spring, I guess.
little terri told me to say it.
Now her & Ms Theresa are laughing, like it’s some kind of private joke.


Oh, oh, may I join Terri Harplady and Ms Theresa in the private joke giggle party? I use “crystal clear quality” in my reviews as well, I totally get it!!

Terri HarpLady

You are invited! :)

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Another tea to enjoy in the tub.
One of the things I love about this tea is the fact that it does not contain rooibos.
You see, back in the 70’s, long before rooibos came on the scene here in the US, herbal teas were a lot better than they are now. They were made from real things, like roasted chicory root…which I will always love. Now everything is rooibos this & tulsi that, both fads that I hope will pass soon, along with all the artificial bs flavoring.
Yes, celestial seasonings sold out to some big commercial giant, but at least they had the decency to preserve some of their original formulas, like this one, which is still my favorite non-caffeine chai.


Chicory is awesome. Rooibos is the devil! ;)


Rooibos is yark-some

Terri HarpLady

You guys are awesome!

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I’m happy to announce that my front porch rehab project is coming along nicely!
I’ve been slapping primer around for a week, in between other activities like gardening, students, food, & sleep, and today I put on the final coat of white paint, so now the ceiling & all the columns & hand rails are painted, except for the stair rail, which still needs more primer. Tomorrow I plan to do the accent color, which I’m very excited about (if you only knew how difficult it is for me to select colors, you’d be excited too). I’m also hoping to put down the first coat of primer on the floor.

I’m rewarding myself with 2 cups of yum & a hot bath. This is the first one, one of those rare rooibos that I actually like. A creamy dreamy lemony concoction, not particularly tart, but tasty & soothing like a sweet lemon pudding in a graham cracker crust.


this one! i can has a taste?

Terri HarpLady

We had it last year, and I will put some in your birthday box, cuz you’re a good girl :)


Weird….I had it already? Steepster ate my n ote then :(

Terri HarpLady

BTW, I ordered samples from whispering pines to share with you also :)

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This tea smells amazing!
It doesn’t taste as good as it smells, & it burns my throat a little, although I’m not sure why. I’ve drank Lapacho (pao d’arco, taheebo) from time to time, & have a powdered version of it from the local herbalist shop (Chery’s Herbs). Cheryl recommended it to me to improve my immune system to help with allergies, & if I used it like she suggested, it would probably help. But I tend to forget. It is somewhat bitter, but has never burned my throat,
so I’m inclined to think the the burning throat problem is from the ‘flavoring’ in the tea.

Thanks to my Steep Sister, Sil for sending the sample. It smells so awesome that I could sit around huffing the bag it came in until bedtime.
Sipdown! That’s 4 sipdowns today, plus I realized one of the teas on my list is no longer in my cupboard, so I’m down to 384, just like that!

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drank Cherry Dream by RiverTea
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This one is from Cavocorax. I was pretty sure I would hate it, at least as a hot tea. I just don’t like very many flavored green teas, & we all know what it’s like to have a cherry tea that tastes like cough syrup. So I poured the whole sample into a quart jar of water & stuck it in the frig for a cold steep. I drank some a little while ago, with a little stevia, & it’s like Koolaid for grown ups :)
A little tart & tangy, & refreshing!

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I don’t know why I don’t drink this one more often, it is one of my favorite smokey blends.
A mix of smokey sweet lapsang souchong, dark roasty oolong, potent assam, & deep earthy shu puerh, it combines all of my favorite qualities of each in one cup.

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This raw puerh comes from a trade with Tea Explorer.
The dry leave is brown with occasional streaks of green, very compressed like old adobe bricks, with a horse barn aroma that lingers in the sinuses, & I like it.
Warms, the leaf is less barn like & gives of a slightly sweet & marine aroma.
After a couple of rinses, the tea isn’t horsy or barnlike at all, more like fresh bread & greens, but in a subtle way. The leaf opens quickly & becomes a deep green, like steamed Kale.
I’ve been drinking it for awhile now, & its satisfying & smooth, with elements of roasted barley, butter, & light smoke. I used 4 G to a 5oz Yixing, but I think next time I need to up it, as I’d like it to be a little more robust.


I got a brick after trying. It’s a steal, only $11 on YS. I wonder how will I break it, tight compression? Maybe hummer to the rescue?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, it IS tight! Tea Ex sent it to me already broken into roughly 4 G chunks, & I still have enough to drink it a couple more times, so next time I’ll have to break one of those in half & go with 6G, as I’d like it to be a little more robust I think.

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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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