3091 Tasting Notes

My first tea of the day, which is from the BBBBox, thanks to Tasty Brew! The main feature of this tea is a gutsy grapenuts kind of taste. I always liked grapenuts. :)

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This tea has really grown on me, & the 2013 batch is definitely better that 2012 I think, although right now I can’t exactly say how, LOL. But it’s a tea with a really nice energy, perfect for bringing on a state of mindfulness, & tasty too.

I’m feeling somewhat better now, & I think the other component to my grumpiness, without a doubt, is the lack of sunlight. Even though it is gloomy outside, I’m gonna head out now & dig up sweet potatoes, because playing in the dirt always makes me feel better!


I’ve started taking my vitamin D supplements here for lack of sunlight!


It has been overcast or raining every day for about two weeks. It makes me feel soooo sluggish and sometimes depressed. I guess I had better start back on vitamin D, too.


It really helps! Even if it is just the placebo effect, whatever, as long as it works :)

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I’m feeling like a grumpus. In part, it’s due to lack of self-care. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, haven’t been spending enough quality time alone doing yoga, reiki, & such, & have been on a potato eating binge so my feet hurt (yes, it’s documented, more than once now…dammit).
I also have a bit of a resentment going, which I need to resolve by sending Reiki to the person in question. “Just for today, there is no anger.”
And I need to relax & enjoy more tea. Starting with this one, introduced to me by Sil. Thank you, tea sister, thank you.


I miss you!

Terri HarpLady

I know, I miss you too! I hope you had a good weekend! We need to set a ‘date’ to visit on FB, cuz we haven’t talked for awhile. :)

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I’ve been relaxing at Tony’s this afternoon, watching back to back episodes of the walking dead. We’re in the middle of season 3, & this isn’t really my kind of show, but I feel compelled to watch it & see what happens, I don’t know why.

I wanted more tea, but I don’t have alot of options here: this, bags of ‘awake’, earl grey. This seemed like the best option. I used to like it more than I do now.

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I hoarded the last of my Bilbo Brew at Tony’s house for quite some time, but today I drank the last cup. I’ve enjoyed this tea, but it’s no longer available. Maybe I’ll have Stacy make me a custom brew similar to it.


I loved this one soooo much. I wish I had been able to get some before it was yanked.

Terri HarpLady

We went through a couple of orders of it, & I even bought the commemorative tin! I think it will be even better if I replace the vanilla green with either black or oolong vanilla, or just have Stacy make a blend…that’s what I’m thinking… :)


Terri- have you ever had the remixed Burglar Brew tea? It has pumpkin instead of sweet potato. Was thinking of grabbing some, but if you’ve had both I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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I also steeped this one, filling my insulated go cup so I could sip on hot tea during my gig.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3091 tasting notes

Today was another busy day. I had a gig first thing in the morning, so I treated myself to 2 steepings of LB, one at min, one at 5.

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I only have a few students today. The first one is due to arrive any moment, & she likes green tea. I’ve been serving her a different green tea each week, mostly from Verdant, whose teas have totally blown her away. One week I gave her a cup of Matcha (& that day my wisking technique was at an all time high, I’d like to add, so it was beautiful & foamy! I should have took a photo). She’d never had anything like it!
Last week I unloaded a tazo green tea bag on her, (someone has to drink that stuff, right?), & this week I made her a cup of this spring cherry, which I used to be in love with, years ago when the company was young & not so commercial. I still enjoy this tea from time to time, so I’ll have a cup too. Lightly fruity & floral, but no cough syrupy taste, I think she’ll like it.


Not so sure RoT has changed so much through the years. I think you have just grown out of them. Even in my all tea bags all the time days, I never really cared for RoT. To me it was just over priced average tea.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, you’re right. I’ve never cared for their herbal teas, & was new to green & black teas in those days (other than iced tea, which I grew up drinking), so every tea I got from them seemed amazing at the time.


Aww… I think I’ve mentioned this to you on a previous note, but it is worth mentioning twice: the fact that you prepare tea for your students is awesome! You even pay attention to their preferences, must make them feel really special :-)

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
3091 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster! This is a lovely black bilochun style tea, with a thick, rich, & resinous flavor that I’m really enjoying this morning.
I steeped a loose Tbl in my 16 oz pot for 3 minutes. Now I’m resteeping for 5.

I’ve been really busy lately, & I feel that my tea logging has been rather lame, but thus is life, right?
On monday I booked 2 weddings, one in dec & one for next sept
On Tuesday I booked the first of my recurrent xmas gigs. I have several companies that usually hire me to play in the lobby of their building for a few hours once each december. That’s the month that I basically live in my car, lol
Yesterday I booked my Trio (harp, flute, cello/bass) to do a 2 hour gig at the st louis art museum, a private party that wants 2 hours of all Beatles tunes. That should be fun!
I have a few other gigs in the works, it will be interesting to see what the day brings!


Love STL art museum!

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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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