3091 Tasting Notes

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
3091 tasting notes

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
3091 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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drank Peach Detox by Yogi Tea
3091 tasting notes

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
3091 tasting notes

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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Here’s another silver sample packet that I got from Sil, which isn’t listed in the database, at least not from what I can tell.
The tea is Longyuanhao Yiwu Mountain 2007 Shu.
I’ve been enjoying steepings of this one & the bamboo flavored Henan Heicha for quite awhile this evening. The bamboo taste on the Heicha softened over time & it took on a sweet ‘rain’ kind of flavor.
This Yiwu has kind of a coffee taste too it, it’s rather bold.
I think it’s time for me to start winding down my caffeine consumption for the day, as I also drank a couple of cups of ice tea with lunch. It wasn’t a fancy iced tea, but it was good, especially with BBQ!
Just for the record, dear Sil, I’m currently at 250.


Haha. Ok good to know. Silver packets = verdant.

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I have no idea what this tea is. It’s from Sil, & it was in a silver package that looks like one of the packages Verdant sent out in it’s special sampler awhile back. The label says, “2007 Henan Heicha”, so it’s a Dark Tea, something in the puer type family, but I couldn’t find any reference to it, so I’m not really sure who made it, or anything.
Flavor-wise, it tastes kind of like bamboo.


Oopsy. Yes this is one of verdant a reward teas for redeeming points. :)

What’s your number? Lol

Terri HarpLady

250 :)
What’s yours?


You’re brave. I see a package like that and I’m afraid to brew it in case I do it wrong, but I guess I should be able to tell by the leaves if it needs boiling water or not.

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This is a lovely kind of fruity oolong, gently sweet & smooth, with a nice roasty wood flavor. I pulled this one from the HHTTB, & it’s a sipdown Sil!


It’s kind of fun watching the friendly competition between you and Sil.

Terri HarpLady

We aim to entertain! :)

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Another Sipdown, courtesy of my steep sister Sil!
This was the 2nd tea I took with me to teach at the University. It’s not my favorite smokey tea, but it was ok. Actually, it left me with a craving for BBQ, which I satisfied on the way home at a local joint called Sugar Fire. Now I’m sleepy & lazy! And I have a student coming any minute. No rest for the wicked, my Gramma used to always say.
Onward, through the fog…

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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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