3091 Tasting Notes

Good Morning!
And what a tasty tea to wake up to!
I think maybe I’ve decided this year’s blend is just as good, & possibly better than last year’s. I enjoyed this with my first yogurt parfait in years. I got some Kefir granules recently, & I’m making milk kefir for the boys, & making Kefir from canned coconut milk for myself (because I can’t have milk). It’s awesome! If I let it culture longer it becomes yogurt. So I layered blueberries, that coconut yogurt, a spoon of fruit juice sweetened apricot jelly, & some crumbled walnuts. It was like having blueberry cheesecake for breakfast, not too sweet, but so creamy & good. And this cup of tea was perfect alongside it: robust, chocolaty, sweet, malty, yummy!


I love kefir!


so annoyed this ended up being sold out after i changed my mind to pick some up.

Lily Duckler

Sorry about that, Sil! We’ve had so many people jumping on these sales- it’s incredible. We will be able to reblend this one as soon as our new Wuyi arrives ( XD ) around the end of September.


haha no worries lily – Happy to hear business is booming! :)


I love kefir, yum! So tangy and thick.

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

sounds gooooood :)

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Why has it been so long since I drank this?
I guess it doesn’t really matter, cuz I’m drinking it now.
It is delicious.
I don’t feel like describing tea right now, but I’ve reviewed it before.
It’s one of those amazing Wuyi Oolongs with deep flavors of berries & chocolate, with a smooth roastiness, there’s even a hint of citrus.
After each sip there is a sensation in the sinuses that is kind of incense-like, that I can only describe as an ‘after aroma’.
I love it…sigh…


I really need to join their monthly club.. the special teas always sound so awesome!

Terri HarpLady

This is definitely my favorite from the monthly club :)

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

going on my list!

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I’m enjoying a cup of this before I load up to go play for the monthly tea at the nursing home. I just had an awesome but easy lunch that included a Cherokee purple tomato & shallots from my garden. Now I’m having a cup of purple tea for dessert.

Update: oops! I forgot to upload this before I left! Now I’m back at home. I really do like this purple tea, & just for the record, it isn’t at all like the purple teas from Kenya. I still don’t have words to describe it, but in some ways it reminds me of some other teas, such as Golden Fleece. Hopefully the next time I drink it I can really focus in on what makes the taste so unique!

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This is from the HHTTB. I’m not always a big floral fan, but I do like some, & I enjoy roses from time to time in my tea. This one is not bad, although I have had rosier ones. Shortly after drinking this my face started itching. Now before someone from Upton starts shouting, ‘It can’t be the tea!‘, it probably isn’t. I don’t think this is suppose to have any artificial flavors, which I do sometimes react to, but that kind of reaction for me is usually in the form of itchiness in my mouth & throat, or sometimes a burning sensation. So more likely my face itching is from airborn allergies, because St. Louis is allergy hell right now, since we had actually had some rain on sunday.


We haven’t had rain lately, but it’s suddenly allergy hell lately here in NW Arkansas as well. I think something has come into season.

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
3091 tasting notes

I woke up at 5:30. I’ve been awake ever since. I usually wake up at 7:30 during the week, which I consider early, so 5:30 sucks. I tried to go back to sleep, but Ms. Theresa wouldn’t shut up:
“You keep saying you want to get up earlier so you can get more things done. So let’s get a move on!”
She has a list too!
So I got up, did my Yoga & weights. Then I watered the garden, which takes forever. Then I had breakfast. Now I’m enjoying the 2nd steep of this tea. Yum! It is honey sweet, but there is also a chocolaty flavor, & a very creamy mouth. Perfect.


5:30 is definitively an early time…


…meaning you can manage to sipdown more teas !

Terri HarpLady

Yes, I keep thinking I should start getting up earlier: More time to drink tea, maybe I’ll actually get more things done around here too! :)
Maybe Ms. Theresa is right?


Ha! I know what you mean. Sometimes I wake up well before the alarm and rather than go back to sleep, I get up, sit down at the tea table in the meditation room and do a nice gong fu cha session. It is not unusual for that to happen at 3:00 a.m. More tea drinking time? Yes, please! Even if I drink tea 24 hrs a day for the rest of my life, I’m not going to exhaust my pu’er supply. Guess I’ll just have to bring it along for the next life. Which is likely how I got all this tea in this life. You can’t take it with you, but you can manifest it :)

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Little terri & I are staging a rebellion this morning, just thought you’d like to know. We spent the last 2 weeks (under Ms Theresa’s orders) drinking an endless number of sipdowns. Now admittedly, some of them were quite delicious, especially those coming from our awesome trade with NofarS. That project ended last friday, just in time for the Here’s Hoping TTB box to arrive, followed by the BBB box on Saturday.

According to Ms. Theresa, we have to sample ALL THE TEAS in the HHBox. We already sampled ALL THE TEAS in the BBB Box first (she thought we should do the HHBox first…control freak!). So Ms. Theresa is saying things like:
“You might never get a chance to sample these again! I thought you said we had to try ALL THE TEAS?”
“I might like one of these. I won’t know if we don’t sample it!”
Ms. Theresa yells a lot! If you don’t know her, she is the critical office lady in my head, the residing adult in there too, & even though she is sometimes mean, she has mad skills as an office lady, designing my website, my wordpress, all the forms I use, paying bills, balancing the budget. She’s just not much fun.

So me & little terri are rebelling. We don’t want to drink ALL THE TEAS, we just want to drink OUR teas, because they are awesome! That’s why we are drinking this cup of tea. Shhhhhhh…don’t tell Ms. Theresa!


Someone is going to get grounded.


Lol little Terri rebels a lot doesn’t she ;)

Terri HarpLady

All the time! She is a rebel without a clue! ;)


I totally know this feeling/urge. I’ll dutifully (and to be fair it is a lot of fun most of the time) sample a zillion things I know I NEED to get to ASAP for whatever reason (freshness, I need to know if I like something particular that’s on sale or about to go out of stock, etc.) and then I’ll be rebellious and naughty one morning and just be like “screw it, I’mma have a big ol’ mug of [tea that is in no danger of going stale anytime soon and really ought to be set aside for a while].” I hope you loved being a rebel, hee.

Tea Sipper

Oh my gosh… trying all 98 teas in the HH teabox? That is way too much of a project. :D

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This was my final tea of the day, from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
The first steeping was really creamy, that was the one thing that stood out to me. I didn’t take any notes, as I was teaching during this time, but the flavor was wood & sweetness, like maybe raisins. There was more to it than that, but that’s all I can think of for now. I love the box it comes in, which I noticed from the picture. This was a small sample, 5G, & although I tend to go a little heavier with my Shu puerhs, it was very nice, & a sipdown for the HHTTB!

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Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB:
Arianna & I shared a small pot of this.
When I think of truffles, I tend to thing ‘chocolate’, like a chocolate bonbon filled with caramel or something.
This is the other kind of truffles. The kind you use pigs to find.
It’s buttery & savory, & Ari, the chef, said it did have a certain truffle like flavor to it. We both enjoyed it.

Tea Sipper

What?!?! This means NOT the chocolate truffles? I haven’t tried the others, so I never would have guessed. haha

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Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB. This one doesn’t have a page, & quite honestly I’m feeling a little drained this afternoon, so I’m just putting it here.
English Breakfast teabag from Den’s Tea.
I am a fan of breakfast blends at times, so I couldn’t resist giving this one a try, plus it was one of the only unflavored black teas in the box. It’s not bad, kind of like a tea you might get if you asked for tea at a restaurant. Rather generic, but acceptable.

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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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