2913 Tasting Notes

This is a sample that Garret sent with a recent order. Thanks you SO MUCH, Garret!

I never drink as much Puer as I’d like to. I just don’t have time to do multiple short steepings all the time. My solution is to go with 7Grams steeped 3 minutes in my mug. When it comes to Shu, this almost always results in an amazing cup of tea. I resteep adding a minute, & again adding another minute, etc until the tea has nothing left to give.

So, that’s what I did. I’m on the 3rd steeping now & it is still rich & dark, sweet, & delicious!! The sample is generous enough that I’ll get to try it again using shorter steepings, & I promise I’ll give a much more detailed report then, but for now I can say that I’d like to pick up a cake of this, plus I’ve been eyeballing another yixing pot on the mandala site, & some other things, LOL. It’ll probably be another month before I can afford to buy anything (well…there is the Butiki order that I need to finalize tonight…but after that, I need to go back to the Hiatus Group, cuz I’ve been bad!).


I think I ordered this one… So yay on that!

Terri HarpLady

There you are! Where you been all day, working? ;)


I feel you on the being bad but frankly the good sales on high quality teas have been too good to pass up!

Terri HarpLady

yup, it’s just so hard!


Terri….13hr days yesterday…came home at 8:30 and passed out on the bed. Didn’t eat etc… working from home today but i’m still swamped so not sure how active i’ll be today :(

Dag Wedin

Thats good advice. I usually skip puer when i don´t have the time to set up gon fu brewing. will try some western brewing!


So happy that you enjoyed this one! It is really beginning to open up and develop now. I really look forward to one to two more years of aging on this one. It is not easy (or inexpensive) for me to find this wild arbor spring tea for pu’er so I bought as much as I could to have pressed into these cakes. Usually when I do a pressing I have 20 to 100 lbs left to sell as loose-leaf, but because of the small quantity I could get my hands on, I had the entire purchase pressed into these cakes.

While my preferred method for most any tea is gong fu, there are times when that isn’t gonna cut it. For instance, before a workout or a run, I’m not going to sit around and drink 1 ounce servings of tea. No sir! I’m gonna brew it up loud and proud in a 16 ounce pot so I can really hydrate and just go with longer infusions.

Tea… when I go to bed at night, I have a smile on my face already excited about the first tea of the morning. Where there’s tea, there’s hope, right?!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I brewed a nice big cup of this to drink en route to my tea party gig at the retirement home this afternoon. I’m resteeping the leaves & I think I’ll put it in the frig for tomorrow. Yeah…that sounds good. :)
This would be a sipdown, except I already have another bag of this, lol. I wouldn’t want to run out!


This is a favorite of mine – I’m anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s delivery of my new batch.

Terri HarpLady

I recently bought a bag of the old batch. The addict in me wants to go ahead & get a bag of the new stuff too, so I can do a comparison ;)

Dag Wedin

This tea certainly is special. I do loove chocolate! :)

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This is a really pretty tea, with little white buds in it. It brews into a lightly sweet cup, & although I’ve never tasted a white wedding cake, it tastes & smells sort of cakey, so there it is. I have enough of it to drink one more time, unless somebody wants to try it.

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I didn’t really care much for this today.
It IS a nice bold earl, very flavorful. The base tea is nice, and it seemed like a good idea as an after breakfast cup, lightly sweetened.
It wasn’t.
It’s probably me. I probably used too much leaf.
Oh well, I am trying to drink everything once a month, & although I’m not really accomplishing that goal, I’m trying to get to the ones I didn’t drink last month, & most of them are flavored teas. I’ve noticed I don’t have trouble getting through the really nice full leaf teas.
This one will probably end up in the ‘Tony box’, since he loves the Earl.

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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I’ve enjoyed this tea for awhile now. I need to remember to try 4 min instead of 3 next time, & because the leaves are a bit unruly, I usually go with a ‘loose’ Tbl.

Not much else to say, as this is the 8th review & I think I’ve said it all. :) I guess the fact that I keep drinking it should be testimony to the fact that I enjoy it, right?

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I apologize in advance for this lame review.

I enjoyed a nice long session with this shu while I was teaching this afternoon. It is a sample of the loose version, sent to me from Garret.
It’s very tasty, but I didn’t take any kind of notes or anything. I just kept going back & resteeping. Thanks Garret!

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This was my tea after lunch for a couple of hours. It starts out kind of sweet & slightly smokey, with somewhat of a thick mouth, which later takes on a lemony feeling, especially under the tongue.

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Lovely lovely lovely!
Lovely to look upon, with all it’s various shades of color.
Lovely to taste, with it’s honey apricot sweetness.
I shared a pot of this with a student, & when he commented on the unusual flavor of it, I really enjoyed telling him the part about the leaf hoppers, LOL.

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I do enjoy a good jasmine from time to time, & this one is really wonderful, IMO. I don’t have any revelatory tasting notes to reveal about it, I think I’ve written a few reviews by now. But I really enjoyed a couple of steeps this morning before heading out into the garden. I returned to the house with a couple baskets filled with produce: Turnips, Leeks, Arugula, & fresh dill, which became a soup for my lunch; Lemon cucumbers & dill seed heads, which will be brined with garlic (I ate a couple of pickles from the batch I started last week, & they are so tasty!); a regular cuke, broccoli, beets, a watermelon radish, tomatoes (sungold, cherokee purple, & san marzano), parsley, scallions, a nice big pile of shallots, & an even larger pile of Basil. Time to make some Pesto!! The most surprising thing I found: There were some volunteer purple potatoes from a few years ago, & I’ve sort of ignored them all summer for the most part, occasional offering a drink of water, but mostly just leaving them to do their thing. I decided to take a closer look, as they were starting to die back, & ended up with the front of my t-shirt as a sling, loaded to the max with purple potatoes!

While I fixed my lunch, I enjoyed several more steepings of this tea, breathing in the perfume of the Jasmine, so relaxing. I am not a perfume person, perfumes make me sneeze & effect my breathing, but the natural scent of jasmine flowers doesn’t have that effect on me, & I’m really grateful for that.


I want dinner at your house! Loves me some potatoes! :-)

Dag Wedin

Homegrown vegetables are the best!

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One of the things I love about having a large collection of teas is drinking something different every day. I think if you drink the same tea every day, after awhile monotony sets in & you don’t really taste (or maybe even remember) what made that tea so special to you to begin with. I noticed a long time ago that when eating sweets, I actually only tasted the first 2 or 3 bites, & then it was Cone Head Mode, “Consume Massive Quantities”, mindlessly cramming it down my throat, tasting nothing. It can be the same with other foods, beverages, & all aspects of life.

I want to be present & savor the moment. Drinking a variety of teas help me to be here now, to sip & savor, & to love the variety/creativity that is life!

I like this tea. It is bold & manly, even a little smokey, but there is also a sweetness to it, a little brightness as well. Good Morning!


So true Terri! Especially with your chocolate reference!


I definitely know what you mean about the tea monotony. There’s the practical part of me that feels I really don’t need to be getting all those different kinds of tea, and then there’s the part of me that always wants the experience of trying something new.

Terri HarpLady

I have way too many teas, lol, but I love them! :)

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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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