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2475 Tasting Notes

As far as Caramel Vanilla teas, this has been my favorite for awhile. It’s so nice to enjoy a cup, especially in the bubble bath.


Is it just me or do Assam’s and vanilla just blend perfect compared to most black tea bases?

Terri HarpLady

I think they do compliment one another nicely.


One of my faves, by far.

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I’ve really enjoyed this tea as an occasional dessert. I forgot to mention that I drank a cup yesterday afternoon, and since I was getting to the bottom of the bag anyway, I went ahead & polished it off today. I believe that puts me at 321, nowhere near as accomplished as my dear Sil, but each of us travel our own path…(dreamy space music here)


Do you follow Stacy’s steeping instructions? Every time I try, this just tastes flavorless and astringent.

Terri HarpLady

I usually go for 1 TB, 3 min. Also, it Ned’s some kind of sweetener to really bring out the flavors, IMO


Thank you. I will keep that in mind should I ever have anymore of this tea.


Terri….yeah but you’ll always have a bigger cupboard than me :)

Terri HarpLady

Sil…probably true, LOL

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I’ve been enjoying multiple short steeps of this all afternoon.
Delicious! Initially it’s toast, malt, sugar, & bee pollen, later giving way to savory creamy mushroom soup, lol, & a taste I can’t quite define…
something earthy…maybe a hint of burdock root…

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Nothing new to share, just first tea of the day. I’m thinking this week might be the Pearl sip off week! just for fun, haha. So if anyone wants to join me I comparing the various pearls, I’m starting tomorrow.




I am afraid not having as much pearls to have the chance to play with you Terri ! but you have SIL :)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I have a few here. Anyone who has any, even if we all don’t have the same ones, is welcome to drink & post about it, for fun & entertainment :)


i think i only have 2 kinds left since i did a similar experiment a few months ago. :) Mandala and teavivre!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got the last of thepuritea’s red dragon pearl, mandala, teavivre, & teavana…I think that’s everybody :)


I’m in. Teavivre and thepuritea .

Terri HarpLady

We’re gonna all have so much fun!

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Yup, I love this tea!
It’s amazing how so many different teas can taste like chocolate, but not taste like each other, right? To be honest, I believe I’ve decided this tea is going to be the official replacement for Anxi Fo Shou, of which I only have enough to drink 2 more times. I think one of those 2 times will have to be a side by side comparison, maybe. The other one will be some special occasion, like maybe ground breaking day in my garden, or a celebration of the sprouting of the first seeds that I plant. Or maybe a day when I just need to pamper myself. Meanwhile, I’m feeling a little better about running out of THAT tea, because I have THIS tea, & I think I will have to add it to the list of Hoard-worthy teas, because it really is THAT good. It really is like German Chocolate Cake. And don’t let the name fool you, because although it is roasty, it is NOT smokey, at all.
Now I have to get ready to go play that gig.


….you’re SUCH a tease…. you KNOW i want more of this.. lol

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I’m enjoying a cup of this at Tony’s, & then I have to go home & get ready for a gig I’m playing tonight at Union Station.

I love the dark chocolate richness of this one. This is one of the teas that are on the short list of teas I hoard. :)

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I enjoyed a cup of this in bed this morning, & then we had to leap into action. Tony’s son was in town this week, working on the duplex he owns, finding a renter for the downstairs unit, & this morning we took him to breakfast & then to the airport so he can go home (Denver).
So not too much to say about the tea at this point, except that everything I’ve said about it before is still true, & it is still delicious.

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Most of my day was spent working in my office, & I’m please to say my tall file cabinet is done! It feels so good to have finished that project. My recycling bin is overflowing!
Initially while I was working I was drinking gongfu sessions of:
Mengku Pure Old Tree Golden Buds Black (2012) from JK Tea Shop. CharlotteZero shared some with me, & although I don’t really have much to say, it’s because I was busy. But it did bring me joy while I worked, & I love the caramel color of the leaves, which are dense & sturdy, & the tea was delicious. I’m sharing it here because I couldn’t find it on JK’s page, & it is a sipdown.

Next up was this Shu, sent to me from Spencer. I usually give shu’s one rinse, & then taste them. If I don’t care for the first pour, I’ll dump it (that counts as a 2nd rinse).
After the first rinse I can only describe what was in my cup as cream of mushroom soup. It had a strong mushroom taste, & also a buttery taste. I took a few sips, & that had to go.
Next cup: A slightly less pronounce cream of mushroom soup with buttered hominy. Yes, it had a very strong hominy taste. I like hominy, although I no longer eat it, but I don’t really want my tea to taste like that.
Next? This is a rich cup, still with the buttery hominy (think grits), but also a deep taste of leather, woods (cedar?), a growing boldness, mushroom, umami almost like a meaty broth.
I feel the beginning of a camphor type sensation as well.
Sipdown! (322)


Yay for file cabinet organization. My totally organized moments are few and far between these days, but man, do they feel good!

Terri HarpLady

They do! You know, I’ve been complaining lately that no matter how much I accomplish, I always feel like I didn’t accomplish enough each day. I don’t feel that way today. It feels so good to have gotten this done!

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I’ve now gone through 3 out of 4 drawers! I have all of my tax returns in one file folder together, from 2000 to 2012! I’m talking about the 1040, plus schedules A & C. The rest of the various pages, receipts, 1099s, etc are stored in shelves elsewhere.
So drawer #1 contains all of my personal stuff: tax returns, everybody’s birth cert, etc, plus my monthly Tea Collection print outs, with all my comments, markings, etc., LOL. Do I really need to keep those? NO! But for some dumb reason I have a year’s worth of them, plus a few tea journals. I’m whack! Someday my kids/grandkids will have fun looking through my junk…or maybe just pitch it all? :)

While I’ve been working on that drawer, I drank a pot of this tasty tea, & I have to admit, I’m feeling it. I’m not the sleepy grump I was earlier. Physically I’m still tired, but I’m feeling motivated, energized, & inspired to get this job done.


Sounds like you’re making good progress on the organization! :)


I spread out all over the floor yesterday and sorted this years tax stuff. With all that went on last year it is a daunting task. Now to boil it down and actually figure out the taxes. I always put all of each year into a big manila envelope. This year it may take two. My wife sold doll clothes at craft shows a couple times and that is even more piles to be sorted. Unlike you I am not feeling inspired to get it done yet.

Robert Godden

Good tea makes everything better.

Terri HarpLady

Robert: True!
Caile: It’s coming along! I feel pretty good about everything I did today. If I only would work like this for an hour a day mon – fri, I’d be SO much more together.
KS – ughghg, taxes. I’ve never had a real job, so I have gotten pretty good at keeping everything. Once I got those 4 drawers organized (& they look great!), I figured, what the heck, why not do a little tax-work too. So I went through all of my contracts, 10-99s, W-2s, etc. I have a worksheet I made up years ago, specific to my business, & step one for me is filling it all in. Then I’ll transfer it to turbotax & hope for the best! I need to get my taxes done next week, so both of my sons can turn in the FAFSA.

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
2475 tasting notes

Ironically, & purely by coincidence (although there are no coincidences), I drank this one the last time I woke up ridiculously early. Anyway, this one is, without a doubt, my favorite black tea from Garret! It is absolutely delicious, & deliciously complex, with a rich sweet dark chocolate quality that so many of us love.


Agreed! Just dug this one out this morning too after a bit of a night out. It brought me back from the dead.


I am so happy that you enjoy this tea. I attempt to turn many people on to it here at the shop. We now have a few coffeehouses/tea shops that we source to and they are doing very well with it. It’s a winner. Different and wonderful. Thanks for writing your thoughts about it!!


The flavor profile on this tea sounds like a breakfast by itself!

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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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