3005 Tasting Notes

I have no idea what Sil’s cupboard count is now, & it will still be an hour or so probably before I have time to check it, but I’m pretty sure I’m eating her dust, for now.

The tea I’m drinking is a sample from the Verdant rewards package, which Sil shared with me (although I also had one of my own, some time back). This is the “2006 Wild Picked Stone-Pressed Yabao”. I can’t find it in the database, & since it was a limited edition kind of thing anyway, there’s no point in adding it, right?

Yabao is not something that I’m hugely fond of. To be honest, it’s kind of in there with white tea, for me. Little Terri says, “It’s Boring.”
Ms Theresa eyes it with suspicion, “Exactly what is this?”
I never drink the full 18 steeps, or whatever it’s suppose to go to. It’s just not going to happen. There are way more interesting teas to drink, in my opinion.
Having said that, this is ok. It’s an interesting contrast to the Houjimaicha. It’s one of those teas that is lightly sweet & cereal like, almost sheng-like but not really, it’s smooth, it’s bland, & yet it has a ‘pure’ quality to it, as if one is drinking from a special spring somewhere in a secret place, high in the mountains. I’m also getting a kind of maltomeal creaminess & lingering sweet after taste.


Naw I only got to 237. Headache and errands heh

Terri HarpLady

I got to 237 too! Feel better!


Tsk tsk. The two of you are making betting hopeless by constantly being tied!

Feel better, Sil!

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drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
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Honey, I’m home!
I am finally home from the wedding, which was beautiful, as weddings always are, & I enjoyed playing, as I always do. There was one small glitch, lol. The photographer was standing in the middle of the aisle, it was almost time for the mother’s to be seated, & I was going to play Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the moms to enter to. The Photographer turned around, looked at me, & nodded, which I took as a possible cue (although photographers don’t usually cue me), then I saw the wedding planner wave her arm from the back, which looked like a real cue to me, so I started jesu, only to discover that it wasn’t time yet, so I turned it into some improvisation & waited…sigh…until the real cue came. Otherwise it was all great, the bride was gorgeous, etc.

And the Cardinals own the central division in the National League! Yeah!

And this tea: I like it! I used to have some Houjicha in my collection, & I’ve always enjoyed its roasty flavor. What a great tea to use as a base for Genmaicha! It really adds to the roasty flavor, making it ever more savory & it is delicious. I almost feel like I’m having a meal in this cup, like a savory roasty winter root stew. Luckily, I’m actually cooking a real meal, breakfast for dinner, cuz I’m starved!


haha we had breakfast for dinner too!!!!

Terri HarpLady

Glad to hear we’re on the same page!

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Here’s a tea I’ve had for quite some time, from Three Whales, who I haven’t seen on here for awhile. This was part of the trade when a bunch of us were having a book club & reading , “An American Heiress”. I’ve sort of lost touch with the bookclub too.

Today, this is terrible. LOL, sorry Harrods, there is a weird taste in that made itself known as the tea cooled. bleck. I’m leaving to go play a wedding, so for the record right now my total tea count is 242.
When I get home, LOOK OUT!


Uh oh. I need to get home and get cracking.


i’m totally stopping at 237 tonight. My head is just not happy with me so i’m having trouble focusing on things. it just wants comfort teas, not new teas.

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This is a really nice cup! I don’t know what Lingonberries taste like, but there’s a nice mix of real tea in here, along with some cacao, vanilla, etc. Bold, Rich & mellow at the same time, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. The orange is there, giving an overall sunny disposition, but not enough to make the cup overly acidic. Sipdown!

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For the record, I’d like to say that I admire tea companies that make blends that don’t include a bunch of artificial crap. I’ve attempted making blends for myself in the past, & the sum of all of the parts is rarely as good as just drinking the plain cup of tea, as long as you have good leaf. Most companies start off with cheap leaf, layer in fake flavors, & people buy it, because the fake flavors are more potent than the real thing, they excite your tastebuds & make you want to say “WOW!”

Real flavors have a much more mellow presentation usually. So I admire Steap Shoppe, because they are using real tea leaf, with quality at that, real vanilla, real fruit, etc, & combining things creatively to get the flavors they are after.

Having said all that, I’m a person that would always rather drink a plain old awesome tea, rather than adding things to it, so don’t take my reviews too seriously regarding their blends. Please!

This one is ok. The flavors are very subtle, since the base is a white tea, & I personally don’t usually like orange in my tea much, but it was also fairly subtle as well.

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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Ackckck! Sil has pulled ahead of me! LOL!
Add to that, I can’t really drink too many cups of tea this afternoon, since I have a wedding to play at later! I wouldn’t want to be sitting there playing pretty music, on the verge of peeing my pants, so I’ll have to be careful, at least until after the gig is over!

I pulled this Assam out of the swap box I have from Sil, which WAS packed to the gills, but now it’s a little easier to move things around in there & find what I’m looking for. This tea is VERY bold! Initially it hit me right between the eyes with a sharp flute-like tone, along with a very low & bitter almost coffee-like bass, but there is some rich fruitiness emerging in the center & my tongue feels like it’s coated with velvet. This stuff is intense, a really potent brew!
I think that puts me at 245.


Haha. I totally picture you shifting your weight, squirming as you play the harp

Terri HarpLady

It’s happened before…lol


Love the visuals (and sounds) of this note! :)


Agreed. This one does not mess around!


lol! I hate having to pee when I have to perform!

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drank Kenya Milima by PureAromaTea
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Welcome to day 2 of Sil & Terri’s sipdown extravaganza & sip off! :)
Good morning dear Sil! Were you surprised when you woke up to find that the tortoise had, at least momentarily, drawn ahead of the hare? Mwuahahahahaha!

I’m enjoying this first cup of the day in bed, as it should be. This is a sample from Sil, and it’s a bold cup, with a little more acidity to it that I usually like. The tip of my tongue is a tingle, & there’s kind of a brightness, like a brass ensemble playing reveille, with a strong tuba player.

This is not a tea I should be drinking on an empty stomach, & I can understand why people add milk & sugar to teas like this, but luckily we’re going to breakfast soon.

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drank Peach Detox by Yogi Tea
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Final Sipdown of the day, while watching the Cardinals kick butt.
Who knows how old this teabag is, LOL, but it’s gone now. I enjoy a few of Yogi teas, with my favorite being the Egyptian Licorice. This one is ok. The main thing I like about it is the taste of Ginger. Otherwise, it’s a pretty mild tasting cup, with a nice warming sensation. Probably not something I’ll restock. This ends my day with 247 teas, Sil!
Did I catch up?

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I used to really love this tea!
Drinking a cup of this is a little bit nostalgic for me, & I still love the way it smells when you open the bag.


vanilla and apricot on a white tea base sounds like a great idea!

Terri HarpLady

For a bagged tea, it is quite nice, but the main feature really is the aroma, it is heavenly :)


I agree about the aroma. It makes a pretty good cold brew as well.

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Bazinga Sil! LOL!

A student bought me a sampler packet of Tazo for a gift, awhile back. I put these out when I host tea parties for the Harp Society, & also for my students, etc, from time to time. Some people prefer the comfort of a bagged tea, I guess it saves them from having to think about measurements, etc.
It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, & for a bagged tea, it really isn’t bad. Even though there is green tea in there, it’s not very vegetal tasting, & the herbs have a soothing quality. It seemed like a nice tea to begin winding down with.


Think I’m at 251. Out for the evening so dunno how many more I’ll get in tonight.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I’m ending the day with 247, I think!


Does the sipdown winner unload more teas onto the loser?


^^ like

Terri HarpLady

Probably…lol…there’s a box on it’s way to me from Sil right now that probably has 127 samples in it ;)

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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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