3068 Tasting Notes

So far today I’ve been just laying around at my house, but I finally made some breakfast & have also been enjoying 3 & 5 min steeps of this tea. For some reason, it’s not as wonderful as I remember it, & seems kind of weak, even though I know I used the same quantity I always use.
It’s probably because my tastebuds & sinuses are allergy-affected.
OR maybe there was a higher ratio of white tea in that TB.
Who knows? Who cares?
It still tastes good, & although I drink hot tea year around, I especially enjoy it when the cool weather arrives, & it is pleasantly cool & wonderful here is St. Louis!

My visit with Sil was awesome, but short. We laughed a lot, & we drank a bunch of tea!
If you’d like to see a video of her playing my small harp, here it is:


That’s so cute! It’s wonderful that you guys got to hang out and drink tea together. I’m a little jelly!

Also. That’s a SMALL harp??? LOL


yes…it’s the small harp LOL

Terri HarpLady

Actually, I have several that are even smaller, but they are all rented out to students. That’s the one most of my students play.

Terri HarpLady

I’m still thinking that when my kids all (finally) move out, I should turn this place into a bed & breakfast.


Terri, that would be awesome. Can I make a reservation now? :)

Terri HarpLady

(Turning to open my calendar)


Play the harp in the morning with some good tea and I’ll book my next vacation there!

Terri HarpLady

If you guys don’t want to wait until my kids move out, you can always sleep on the futon, although it’s not really all that comfy, & there’s no real privacy, LOL.


LOL. That’s a very sweet offer, but I think I can wait :p

Terri HarpLady

That’s probably for the best. I’m not going anywhere!

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I have become Comfortably Numb…

I’d like to thank Gingko from Life in Teacup for sending me a sample of this. I was curious about it, due to their blog, but they don’t offer it on the website, so I feel very fortunate to be able to give it a try.

We’re enjoying back to back steeps of it, maybe on #5 & 6, & although it’s not particularly potent, it has a pleasant sweet cream kind of taste, & vanilla mouth. A gentle maltiness is also there, & the chaqi sensations are outrageous. My chakras are all pulsating on high.

Sil & I have to leave for the airport pretty soon, but this has been a really fun, albeit short, day. :)

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We’ve had a couple of steeps of this one.
Mi Lan Xiang always reminds me of grapefruit, with a little floral laced in.
That’s really all I can think of to say, LOL. Hopefully Sil has more insight into this one.


nope, not me :)

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Sil is Here!!!
We’re having tea! Of course we are!
This is a sample of 2 different versions of the same tea, which I got from Life in Teacup.
One is dry stored & the other is wet stored. We’re drinking them side by side. I have the dry stored in my mixing & the wet stored in an earthen gaiwan. Each tea has it’s own pitcher that holds 2 steeps, so we’re doing 2 steeps of each tea in each round, combining those 2 steeps in their respective pitchers, & sipping them side by side. Is that too complicated?
I’m not gonna be overly eloquent.
The dry stored version is my preference of the 2, at least initially. It has a bit of a metallic sensation on the end of the tongue at first, which I feel later translated into more of a camphor quality. The wet stored initially had the taste & aroma of a root cellar, & cedar. And dirt.

We’re on the 3rd round. (which is technically the 5 & 6 round of each).
Now the dry is becoming sweeter, the wet has a very strong tongue tingle.

Anything I say from henceforth might sound like utter nonsense, because I’ve got a hell of a tea buzz going on now!

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Just as delicious & juicy as it has always been, yum yum.
Sad Sipdown

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Another one from Stephanie.
I drank this earlier today, but don’t really have much to say other than it was green & it was good. Thanks Steph!

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I’ve had this tea before, & this time it is in my package from Stephanie.
In some ways it reminds me of Verdant’s Vanilla Citrus Spice, without the citrus kick.
Anyway, it is a tasty tea, & especially nice with a spoon of maple syrup added. It would probably be awesome with a little orange marmalade stirred in, or maybe a slice of orange steeped in the cup with it. Maybe next time…
Thanks Stephanie!

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drank Imperial Keemun by foojoy
3068 tasting notes

On Sunday Tony & went to the big import store (Global Foods) to get refills of his beloved Ahmad Earl Grey. They have a huge selection of teas, mostly bagged, but I did find a few loose leafs, so I figured I might as well give one a try. I’ve never heard of this brand, & I do enjoy Keemun.

My first session was on Sunday, using 1 tsp + standard mug X 3 or so min.
The dry leaf doesn’t smell very promising, especially when compared to some of my other keemuns, & the resulting tea was ok, but not particularly exciting.

Today I gave it a 2nd chance, using 1T + mug (10 – 12 oz) X 2.
Much better! It’s not going to make it to the top of my list, but is very drinkable, with a red wine & brown sugar kind of taste.


Yeah, I’m surprised that some of the international / Asian supermarkets don’t offer better quality teas. The few I’ve been to appear to offer mostly mass-marketed teas and only a very small selection of loose teas.

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This morning I’m dipping into the trade I had with Stephanie. So many interesting teas, & yet I’ve barely tried any of them. So I’m starting with this black tea from Nepal. I’m not sure where it came from, but it reminds me in appearance of a Darjeeling type, so I went ahead & treated it as if it were, allowing the boiling water to cool for a few minutes. The resulting cup is pleasant enough: a little tart, sweet, & floral. More of an afternoon tea than an accompaniment to breakfast, but not unpleasant in any way (although I think if I’d gone with boiling water the level of astringency would have been undesirable).

Thanks Stephanie!


Yay Terri! I’m not sure where it came from either. It was in a little decorative pouch thingie. A friend of a fried actually went to Nepal for peace corps work and brought it back :)

Terri HarpLady

Wow, that’s pretty cool, really! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3068 tasting notes

Although I am not an early riser by nature, I’m starting to get used to it again, & I have to admit, there are some perks to being the first one awake in the house! First off, we are quiet people at my house. No TVs blaring, the main sounds here during the day are birds in the (very over run & out of control) garden & the music of various Harp students coming & going, along with my own practicing. It was still dark when I got up & the cicadas, little frogs, & other noise makers are at full force right now, so there’s this undulating constant sound that starts around sunset & continues until sunrise, & I love it.

We’re also busy people, everyone always going in their own direction, so it’s been nice this morning to see each of my children (except the one who’s still sleeping) & my grandson, as they grab food & find their way out the front door.

I’ve also been enjoying the luxury of this tea. For the last week I’ve been on the run, grabbing the food I made the night before, brewing teas to go, heading out the door…
it’s so nice to just sit here & sip…
1 T + 10oz X 3/5
I’ve also started a load of laundry, & started getting ready to start my continuous brew kombucha, however I have no sugar in my house, so I’m at a standstill on that project until the store opens at 8:00.


Mornings at your place sound lovely :)

Terri HarpLady

I love my life. It’s a lot busier than it was a few months ago, but it’s mine :)

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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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