3091 Tasting Notes


I’m taking a break from my novel. One of my main characters is brewing sheng in her yixing right now, & although I’d also like to be sipping cups of sheng, for now I’m going with green tea. I’ve always kind of enjoyed this one. The sencha is very clean, the cherry is not cough syrupy, there’s a light floral. I’m not as in love with it as I was when it first came on the market, but I enjoy an occasional cup.


There was a time when I thought RoT was the pinnacle of tea-itude, too. How times change.


Funny thing…that is what I thought, when I got into tea, as well. “Wow, that RoT stuff is amazing, but sooo expensive.”

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It was the best tea available to me at the time, not to mention their awesome packaging.
How times have changed!


what novel were you reading?

Terri HarpLady

I was writing the rough draft of a novel for NANOWRIMO – National Novel Writing Month :)

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I’ve been working on my NaNoWriMo project for the last hour or so, & drinking a pot of this tea. It is a peppery chai, which I kept from the Here’s Hoping TTB.

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
3091 tasting notes

I actually started the day at Tony’s, drinking a cup of Butiki’s Irish Breakfast, because that’s what I have there. Now I’m at home. The Harp Technician, Ed, is here. He comes to town every year, making adjustments on the big harps (kind of like going to the chiropractor), so that they sound their best. I recently restrung my harp as well, so it will be in top condition, just in time for all the HoliDaze gigs.

Nothing to say about this tea, as I’ve reviewed it many times, & I’m suppose to be working on my novel right now!


the harp doc is in! ;P

Terri HarpLady

lol, yup! I think his email address is ‘harptweak’ :)


haha! love it!!

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I am a fan of Fujian Blacks, especially Jin Jun Mei.
That’s all I can say right now. I’m suppose to be working on my NaNoWriMo project, which I’m painfully behind on…

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Tony & I are chillin’ on the couch, watching all the shows we recorded during the week: Bones, NCIS, Big Bang, etc. Tony records them during the week, then we zip through them on the weekend (or whenever we have time).

I love this tea! I only have enough left to drink it a couple more times, & I plan to savor every cup, along with resteeps. Hopefully Verdant will be able to offer this again, & if they do, I can guarantee I’ll put up another stash of it!


they said not likely :(

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Tony & I went out to breakfast at the Southwest Diner. Although their tea selection is lame, the food is quite good. I brought 3 of these blooming buds, dropped them into the little silver hot water thing they brought to the table, that holds just enough water for one cup, & didn’t even need a strainer. When she refilled it, I made sure she knew not to dump the tea out (waitresses have done that to me before). I was set for tea!

I really enjoy these. I only have 3 left. I need to place a Mandala order.
Hey Sil… ;)


i’m planning a mandala order…but first i need to sip more down so any order i place doesn’t put me over 150 (when i get back down to 150 of course)

Terri HarpLady

no comment (how do you make a smiley face that is a smirk?)

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Why am I awake? It’s only 9am!
Oh yeah, it’s due to the time change last week…
Oh well…might as well have tea…
I’m at Tony’s, & I’ve been keeping a tin of this here for awhile.
This is on my favorites list of breakfast blends.

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While I was at traveling tea, I bought several samples. I promise if I actually buy a larger amount, I will add a page for them. I already tried 2 of them:
Peachy peach is a rooibos peach blend (duh). It’s nice enough, using real peach pieces

Pumpkin chai is the bomb!! It’s also a rooibos blend, with locally grown & dehydrated super thin pumpkin slices & chai spices. I must have more!

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I’ve decided I really love this blend.
That’s pretty much it.

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I stopped by the Traveling Tea company, a local tea shop.
I bought several samples, & so far I tried the Golden Halo Organic. It’s a nice little yunnan. Sorry I’m too lazy to add a listing for it, I get tired of doing that sometimes.

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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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