3010 Tasting Notes

First cup of the day, bold & beautiful!
As I’ve said before, I enjoy a good breakfast blend. I’m especially excited about Stacy’s new English Breakfast blend, The Black Lotus, which I’m sure I’ll be destined to love.
Confession: I’ve been on an ordering binge this week…it’s not over yet…


Oh god terri….

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be sure to send you samples of everything :)


Haha well there are a few I icked up this weekend that will be coming your way too heh love trying out new companies and I splurged a little :)

Terri HarpLady

Just proves we’re on the same page!


And both destined to never have small cupboards….

Tea Sipper

I know… all of the new Butiki blends sound amazing and I’ve heard there are some even tastier blends that are being created!

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I also made a cup of this. I really enjoy this, it’s naturally sweet & if you give it an extra minute the banana & nuts flavors become more prominent.


I just ordered this on Friday – so excited to try it!

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Mmmmmmmmm, this is tasty! I made a go cup of this today to drink on my way to UMSL to meet the new Music Dept Head, & hang out with my Harp student there.

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Yu Lu & I have had a rough relationship. I’m sure it’s all my fault. I treated her like Laoshan Black, using way too much tea & oversteeping. I didn’t like her very much at first. I don’t drink her very often, because she is fussy & I am busy, & I am prone to getting sidetracked. I also can’t drink from her leaves on an empty stomach. Today is probably not the best day for Yu Lu, but as I open the package the dry aroma is just so wonderfully heady with chocolate, and sweetness, and we have gradually developed a better relationship, so here we go. I gave her a quick rinse that I drank (Yum), and then:
5G + 4oz adorable blue lotus porcelain teapot (that I LOVE) X 3 sec
That one went into my blue cup, & I steeped 2 more @ 3 secs & combined them in a pitcher. Sometimes I am amazed by just how much flavor you can get from leaves with short steeps! This tea is immediately mouth thickening & rich & sweet & creamy & chocolatey.

I started a third steep, my phone rang, it was one of my booking agents regarding a wedding…
Yeah, that steep went on for a couple of minutes or so, long enough to get a slight bitter & citrus edge to it, dammit. And that pretty much ruined my session, as the leaves had given up all their glory, & the next attempted steep was meh.
This is a lovely tea. Not my favorite tea from Verdant, but we have come to a point of understanding. She is definitely a tea for a day when I can actually do nothing for a little while. Or maybe next time I drink from her leaves I’ll work at my desk, & ignore the phone.

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I crawled out of bed this morning, make a cup of this using 6 pearls at 5 minute steep, drew a bubble bath, & … morning nirvana, folks. The tea was perfect for the moment, sweet & malty. That’s really all I can say!

High Adventure

Bubble baths and tea are the best combination!

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I’m taking a break from sipdowns…whew!
I only have 9 teas left to sample from *NofarS*’ box. This has been an awesome collection of teas!!
SO, I want something really special, & Sichuan Caravan is a VERY favorite, it’s just such an awesome blend. Oh Ginger Root, oh licorice, oh elderberry! These are a few of my favorite things! The lovely sweet pastry like qualities of Yanxin’s Reserve Shu… I can’t believe I’ve managed to hoard something I love this much for this long, and admittedly, I’m getting ever closer to the end of my stash. That will be a sad day, but that day is not today, so just for today I’ll enjoy this cup of goodness, complete with re-steeps!


I hope this one comes back! A favorite of mine as well :D

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! I did notice awhile back that it’s on the ‘out of stock’ list, rather than the ‘discontinued’ list, so there is hope! I’m guessing that when fall comes they will reformulate it with a different shu. Keeping fingers crossed!

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Another Sipdown from my trade with NofarS.
I think I’m starting to get the hang of Darjeelings. I steeped this at 190, & it’s not bad. I think I gave it 2 mins. The aroma reminds me of something, but I just can’t say what it is. The tea a little on the astringent side, but also kind of sweet & savory at the same time.
Not something I would want to drink regularly, but worth trying.


Hmmmmm interesting. I might try mine again with lower water temp. I was using 95C (203F).


Yeah I usually steep mine at that temp as well, they are much better that way. ;)


Darjeelings = lower temp as far as I can tell otherwise they taste…ugh.

Terri HarpLady

Even with the lower temp, this got more astringent as it cooled. Just saying.


I had one assam from Fortnum & Mason and I wasn’t too impressed with it

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Another Sipdown from NofarS!
This is a very nice one, a little roasty with a fruity flavor. I kept the temp at 195, first steep 1 min, 2nd steep 3. Both were delicious!

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Another Sipdown from NofarS
This is a nice Dragonwell, which I was sipping on while thinly slicing homegrown beets. This will be my first time fermenting beets, so we’ll see how they turn out! They are in a brine with orange peel, ginger, & caraway. Back to the tea, I really enjoyed the first cup, a nice contrast to the black teas I’ve had so far today, but I’m sorry to say I really oversteeped the 2nd cup…does anybody know how to spell astringent? ;)


Your beets sound really good :) Hurray for fermented foods! Oh, and TEA!


I looooove beets. Yum!

Terri HarpLady

We’ve been eating beets all summer, roasted, boiled & buttered, raw, etc. I love fermented foods, so I figured I’d give it a try! Here’s some pictures!


“I’m sorry to say I really oversteeped the 2nd cup”
It’s easy to become distracted. Do you have a timer? I don’t know what I’d do without one. e.g.:


So pretty! I loooove fermented foods too. I always joke it’s my Korean heritage showing (but I’m adopted).

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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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