3078 Tasting Notes

My last tea of the day, I don’t need anymore caffeine, so I figured I’d give this one a try. I had a feeling it would be weak, so I used all 3 teabags that Sil sent me, & let them steep for awhile.

There isn’t really a lot of flavor here. It’s mildly sweet, & does kind of remind me of those very plain butter cookies.

This ends my tea drinking day. I’m at 237, which means Sil & I are currently tied in our crazy sipdown challenge. :)

Tea Sipper

hmm… three teabags sounds like cheating though! :D

Terri HarpLady

Not at all! It took 3 bags to get enough flavor into the cup.
Also, they were the last 3 teabags, so there! :D



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I’m back at Tony’s. We’re watching Hell on Wheels. Next up is SNL.

This was one of the first Puerh teas I ever had, along with The Tea Spot’s Bolder Breakfast. Considering that this is in a bag, it’s really not bad, & definitely better than the cherry cough syrup tasting Shu I had a little while ago. It’s a smooth earthy tasting cup, a nice way to start drawing my day to a close.

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I admit it. I’m at home alone, drinking 3 overlapping teas. I got home from the gig, put on the water, prepared 3 small teapots, & went at it. I was also cooking dinner, which I could have done at Tony’s house. He’s probably wondering if I’m ever coming over tonight, & I am, in a few minutes, but I wanted to get a few teas in my system first.

I don’t care for this one. It has a background flavor of cherry cough medicine. It is a sample that I got from the Here’s Hoping TTB, & I suspect that it’s a sample that has been sitting around for awhile.
“But it’s Puerh,” you’ll say, & that is true. But it’s been sitting in a plastic baggie for awhile, buried in the HHTTB with an insane array of flavored teas, & I suspect that it absorbed something during it’s travels, even if they were short.

I rinsed it. I rinsed it again. blech. I ran a few steepings, took a sip of each, & then poured them out because that taste is still there, ruining what I am certain is a wonderful Shu. I’ll have to request a sample from Garret with my next order, so that I can enjoy the untainted version, because I’m pretty sure it’s a lot better than this!


Hello, my dear! This one should have ZERO cherry flavors to it. And.. it was one of the most popular ripe teas we had for years. I am sad to say that the very last of it sold just a few weeks ago. One of my true favorite gong tings ever. Dang… I wish you would have gotten to taste it untainted. It is amazing how many scents will bleed right out of plastic bags and contaminate other teas :( Sounds like this is mos def the case with your sample. Dang!!

Terri HarpLady

I was disappointed, but I know you have lots & lots of other delicious teas for me to drink, so that is my consulation. :)


Had you tried the Special Dark? It was processed in the same extremely small-batch fermentation method. We were only abel to acquire a small amount, but it is great stuff. And not a hint of cherry cough syrup :)

Terri HarpLady

I have tried it, & I have a nice supply of it! :) It is awesome!


Yay!!! Just getting the blend together for the Noble Mark 2013, too!

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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
3078 tasting notes

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
3078 tasting notes

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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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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