3091 Tasting Notes

drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
3091 tasting notes

I’ve already reviewed this one several times. It’s a lovely yunnan type, twisted into snail coils, sweet & rich. I polished it off this morning, making a 16 oz dragon pot, steeped at 4 minutes, & then resteeped at 6.

I’ve been inundated with music to practice, life in general, & although I’m sure I must be insane, I will begin my nanowrimo project tomorrow at midnight, or maybe friday. We’ll see.

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It’s hard to believe this one is officially gone from my cupboard!
I’m also very low on Tiger Assam & Caravan. It’s been 29 days since I ordered tea, & I’m sure I’ll restock all three of these. Mount Gray, on the other hand, just isn’t doing it for me.


Double Knit is my favorite of these!!

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Jeez, I’m so behind on my posts that I won’t even try to catch up!
This is my 2nd tea of the day, the first one was a pot of Tiger Assam, which was absolutely wonderful with breakfast.

This one is a sample from Garret. It’s a green tea that was roasted in a clay jar, & it’s the flavor is very different to me. It reminds me of something, but I can’t quite place it… roasted green bell peppers & I’m kind of getting some roasted chestnuts in there too. Of course, my tastebuds might be a little out of whack! LOL!

All in all, I’ve gone through several pleasant steepings while teaching, & I’d call this a savory brew. Thanks Garret!


In a clay jar…who thinks this stuff up? (Cool!)


You are more than welcomed!!! Thanks for writing up your thoughts on it. This has really become a popular tea for us. Some people are really digging this in the tea glass style of brewing, that’s for sure. Lots of repeat buys on this one. Yay!

Terri HarpLady

I steeped mine in my glass test tube steeper!

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Tony & I are leaving town for the weekend! WooHoo!
We’re headed off to the Original Springs Hotel, which is less than an hour from home. It’s an old Victorian hotel & mineral water spa, with an indoor pool, a pool table, a pretty nice restaurant, & you can get a mineral bath & massage. This was the first place we ever went away together, about 13 or so years ago. We don’t go every year, but it’s so nice to just get away for a few days.
We’re bringing my electric kettle, real cups & strainers, a selection of teas, our pool cues, swimsuits, snacks (cuz we’ll be watching Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, followed by Edward Norton on SNL), my Yoga mat, PJs, & a few clothes. R & R, Baby!

He’s picking me up at one, and of course, I have a ton of stuff to do before he gets here, LOL. First up, drink a pot of this tasty blend & send an email announcement to the St. Louis Harp Society (yeah, I’m still president). Onward through the fog….


Enjoy your getaway! Sounds like it will be a lovely weekend!

Butiki Teas

Sounds amazing! :)


I’ll miss you! Have an amazing time!


That sounds so lovely. Those short, easygoing, nostalgia-laced trips focused on rejuvenation are my favorite kind, especially this time of year.


Oh, that looks like fun!

Terri HarpLady

Sil, are you back home yet?
Thanks everyone! It’s been a really nice afternoon! Tomorrow we get our massaged…I’m really looking forward to that!


I’ll be home tonight Terri! Looking forward to sleeping in on Sunday and being back to my full tea stash lol

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I’m just finally getting rolling. I stayed up til 3 am (AGAIN?), reading through the Harp part for Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Of course, that was after the Cardinals won the 2nd game of the World Series (for the uninformed, Boston won game 1), then Tony & I had to stay up to watch Jimmy Fallon, cuz we love Edward Norton. Then I came home & played my harp. I told myself I was just gonna take a peek at the music, & even though some part of me knew that was BS, once I opened it, it was on the music stand, & I was playing it.

I don’t know how I’ve played the Harp for 35 years & never played Ceremony of Carols (shaking head in disbelief), but I’ll be playing it this year, possibly for 2 different groups!

So I’m celebrating with this tea!! This is definitely at the top of the list of my most favorite black teas, most favorite Verdant teas, most favorite teas period, jostling for position with a few others. Like a scalper who buys concert &/Or Baseball tickets & then sells them at a ridiculous price, I really stocked up on this one (although I’m not planning on selling any of it, LOL). There are many many other black teas that I enjoy drinking, and a fairly long list of black teas that I absolutely Love, but something about this one stands out, for me, & it’s wonderful!


I totally agree. I didn’t think I could love a tea from Verdant more than Laoshan Black, but then they amazed and surprised me all over again.

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yeah, I’m still not really a fan of earl grey.
Maybe I should add this to the grab bag in the BBBB?


I’d take a sample. I don’t like earl greys. But im alwayswilling totry

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Drinking a pot of this, while doing the prep work for dinner, although it’s another ‘low & slow’ type meal, & because I was busy doing other things, it won’t be ready until probably 9pm, lol.

Last night’s dinner was also way behind schedule, so the boys ate egg salad. I went to Tony’s to watch the first World Series game (if you’re from Boston, go ahead & gloat), & Tony fed me dinner. When the dinner at home was finally ready, I had the boys let it cool & then stick it in fridge. For breakfast today we reheated the slow-oven BBQ pork steaks, & had crispy potatoes (not good for me, but so damn good),& a pile of chard from my garden. I know that’s not what Normies eat for Brekkie, but it was amazing!

This tea is ok. I got it from my tea sister Sil awhile back. While it’s hot is a little bright & nicely lightly floral, but as it cooled down, the floral turned to an almost soapy perfume taste. :p

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This is one of BoxerMama’s offerings for the BBBB (I miss you!!!).
The Shu base of this is a nice one, no off tastes or anything. Layered over that are chocolate & coffee flavors. I added a little Maple syrup & yum!

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drank Ying De No. 9 by Jiangtea
3091 tasting notes

I’ve been working my way through the BBBBox, & this one is from the 2nd round, contributed by TastyBrew. I enjoyed a 16oz pot of this with my breakfast, & while teaching my first student of the day.

What can I say about it? I don’t know, LOL. I wrote a pretty good review of it last time. It’s a tasty black tea, like so many others, with a little bit of a peppery edge, & a little bright.

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Hmmmm…not really sure what to say about this cup of tea.
It’s lively! My taste buds feel like they are wiggling around, almost like I’m having a carbonated beverage.
It has a wild fruitiness to it, an almost unruly taste.
It also reminds me of beer, kind of a slightly bitter hoppiness to it.
That was the 3min steep.
While I’m waiting for the 5 min resteep, I’m measuring out tea for the Bodacious Babes Black Box :D

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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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