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2517 Tasting Notes

Leif asked me to log 2 teas for him from TTB-A:
Candy Cane – 52 teas – steeped for 3 minutes – nice peppermint flavor!
Ice Cream Cake – David’s – very sweet on it’s own, as might be expected. The bits of freeze dried ice cream & rainbow sprinkles dissolved to sweeten the whole cup. No sweetener needed. He added creamer, which brought out the flavors even more.


you’ll recruit another one yet Terri! ;P

Terri HarpLady

LOL, all 4 of my kids are tea drinkers, & 2 of my grandkids as well.


oh wow that is awesome. I hope they all come live here on Steepster with us!!

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A few days ago the TOMC bundle box arrived from Verdant. I took a peek at the sampling pages, but haven’t actually opened any of the teas just yet. I’ve still got tons of samples from Sil, I have the TTB-A, I have a garden I’m still planting, I have gigs, students, & I’ve come to the conclusion that there is only so much tea one can drink in a day.
And quality is better than quantity.
Which is why I’m drinking this one.
If I was going to study with a tea Master, I think it would be Master Bi. I’ve decided he is the Guru of Tea, at least for Wuyi Oolongs.
This tea, which I have sampled already before (& purchased more of…twice), is probably the most nuanced tea I’ve ever had.
This tea is about an amazing aroma, a total mouth filling sensation, a aroma & sensation that rise into the sinuses & fill them with a perfume that is thick, heady, fruity, floral, sensual, & lingering.
Initially it kind of freaked me out.
I love it.
When I do gongfu sessions, I tend to get bored with most teas after awhile. This is one that I can continue to enjoy for hours. I very rarely give teas a rating, but this is THE top wuyi oolong, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t believe a wuyi can get any better than this. I think this is as close to an authentic Big Red Robe as anyone can get.
It’s awesome!


wow I don’t think I’ve ever seen you give 100 to any tea, ever! or anywhere close lol

Terri HarpLady

I usually don’t even give a number rating. But there are a few really awesome teas… :)


Certainly an inspired review! :-)

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This is such a lovely tea.
I shared 2 pots (steep & resteep) with one of my students this morning.
A nice thick mouthfeel, a slightly bold depth, a rich middle. It doesn’t have a super bright high note, but that’s ok with me, as I’m more into the middle & lower ranges in my taste anyway.

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ahhh, good morning!
Bills pd last night? “Check”
Yoga done this morning? “Check”
Bold & earthy cup of tea to start my day? “Check!”

It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, & I love it! This tea doesn’t have the frills of a Yunnan, not quite as in your face as an Assam, but I feel that it is more like the A than the Y.
It really almost reminds me of blackberries, in a way. There is a fruitiness to it, a richness. Otherwise, I feel that it’s fairly balanced all the way across the board, from low to high. A very nice deep cup that is fulfilling, yet doesn’t scream it’s name.


Oh this one sounds good! Blackberryish and earthy? Right up my alley.


i’m sure jealous of your yoga.

Terri HarpLady

Fuzzy: I’d be glad to send a sample
Shmiracles: Today it as balancing poses!


Glad you had a good morning, Terri!

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I spent the afternoon drinking multiple steepings of this lovely tea. It’s been quite some time since I pulled this one out, & it was such a treat. It still makes me think of banana foster (even though I’ve never had it). It’s sweet & fruity with a vanilla texture. It also makes me think of caramelized roasted peaches with ice cream. Of course, I’ve never had that either. Very tasty.

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I’m back from my gig, & of course, I love what I do, so it’s been a wonderful afternoon!
My first tea upon arriving home is this Bilochun, which I haven’t drank for some time. My usual method for steeping this tea has been in the Gaiwan, but today I’m in a ‘no fuss’ mode, so I made it in a cup, allowing 2 minutes. It’s every bit as delicious, & nicely satisfying. It still reminds me of Congee (a rice porridge I used to enjoy for breakfast all the time…see my previous post of this tea for the recipe). The flavors of tender sweet spring greens, brown rice porridge, & butter melted on top are so comforting. There is also a Hazelnut taste that grows in the aftertaste, lingering even after the cup is gone. I re-steep & enjoy the 2nd cup as well.
A wonderful tea to come home to.

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After sampling 7 small cups of tea from the TTB back to back this morning, I needed something a little more earthy & grounding to drink before I headed out to play my gig. I have a whole collection of both Shu & Sheng Puerhs that I haven’t been drinking much lately. I don’t know why.
I will chalk it up to busyness/laziness. I just haven’t been in the mood or had the time to pry off & weigh a chunk of tea, go through all the motions of multiple steepings, etc. My focus has been more on trying to sample everything in my 200+ stash of teas & samples at least once a month, & on sipping down as many of the smaller quantities as possible so that I can start narrowing it down to mostly the teas that I love the most (there will still probably be 200 of them, LOL).

So, I wanted Shu, but I didn’t want to ceremony today. Just a nice cup to ground me & cleanse my pallet, more or less. That’s when Tuochas are so nice, & this one in particular is a fairly nice one. Earthy, rich, & sweet, with hints of chocolate & the earth.
Just what I needed.


i’m with you there…i have some lovely puerhs waiting for me to try and i just havent had a relaxing moment to sit with them yet…

Dag Wedin

Yeah i know that feeling.
So nice to have a sitdown with good tea, preferably with company or a good movie :)
But when time feels like it´s running short a single infusion in a large cup will do!

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Backtracking, this was my 2nd cup of the morning, enjoyed with breakfast.
A nice bold & lightly malty cup.
Sorry for the lame reviews.


Lol “lame reviews”- its all I’ve been doing lately too.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2517 tasting notes

A nice little start to my day.
I’ve reviewed it before.
It’s tasty.

Terri HarpLady

Not exactly a Haiku, :)


it’s a TEA-KU!

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No 12 from TTB-A
I have to confess, I’m really enjoying sampling teas in this way!
These little cups hold just enough tea for a quick sample, & if it’s something I don’t care for, I don’t feel so bad dumping it out.
The one is not getting dumped! It’s tasty!
And that’s enough sampling for now, I have a gig in a little while, the monthly tea party at the nursing home. Time to get ready.

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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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