3091 Tasting Notes

drank Imperial Keemun by foojoy
3091 tasting notes

On Sunday Tony & went to the big import store (Global Foods) to get refills of his beloved Ahmad Earl Grey. They have a huge selection of teas, mostly bagged, but I did find a few loose leafs, so I figured I might as well give one a try. I’ve never heard of this brand, & I do enjoy Keemun.

My first session was on Sunday, using 1 tsp + standard mug X 3 or so min.
The dry leaf doesn’t smell very promising, especially when compared to some of my other keemuns, & the resulting tea was ok, but not particularly exciting.

Today I gave it a 2nd chance, using 1T + mug (10 – 12 oz) X 2.
Much better! It’s not going to make it to the top of my list, but is very drinkable, with a red wine & brown sugar kind of taste.


Yeah, I’m surprised that some of the international / Asian supermarkets don’t offer better quality teas. The few I’ve been to appear to offer mostly mass-marketed teas and only a very small selection of loose teas.

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This morning I’m dipping into the trade I had with Stephanie. So many interesting teas, & yet I’ve barely tried any of them. So I’m starting with this black tea from Nepal. I’m not sure where it came from, but it reminds me in appearance of a Darjeeling type, so I went ahead & treated it as if it were, allowing the boiling water to cool for a few minutes. The resulting cup is pleasant enough: a little tart, sweet, & floral. More of an afternoon tea than an accompaniment to breakfast, but not unpleasant in any way (although I think if I’d gone with boiling water the level of astringency would have been undesirable).

Thanks Stephanie!


Yay Terri! I’m not sure where it came from either. It was in a little decorative pouch thingie. A friend of a fried actually went to Nepal for peace corps work and brought it back :)

Terri HarpLady

Wow, that’s pretty cool, really! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3091 tasting notes

Although I am not an early riser by nature, I’m starting to get used to it again, & I have to admit, there are some perks to being the first one awake in the house! First off, we are quiet people at my house. No TVs blaring, the main sounds here during the day are birds in the (very over run & out of control) garden & the music of various Harp students coming & going, along with my own practicing. It was still dark when I got up & the cicadas, little frogs, & other noise makers are at full force right now, so there’s this undulating constant sound that starts around sunset & continues until sunrise, & I love it.

We’re also busy people, everyone always going in their own direction, so it’s been nice this morning to see each of my children (except the one who’s still sleeping) & my grandson, as they grab food & find their way out the front door.

I’ve also been enjoying the luxury of this tea. For the last week I’ve been on the run, grabbing the food I made the night before, brewing teas to go, heading out the door…
it’s so nice to just sit here & sip…
1 T + 10oz X 3/5
I’ve also started a load of laundry, & started getting ready to start my continuous brew kombucha, however I have no sugar in my house, so I’m at a standstill on that project until the store opens at 8:00.


Mornings at your place sound lovely :)

Terri HarpLady

I love my life. It’s a lot busier than it was a few months ago, but it’s mine :)

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Good Morning Everybody!!
I’m not usually up this early on a day I don’t have to teach at the school, but it’s going to be an exciting day, so here I am.
“Why exciting?” You ask.
“Because Sil is in St. Louis!!!” little terri blabs! She’s so excited that she was jumping on the bed all night :)
Of course, she is working by day, but tonight we get to hang out for awhile, & tomorrow we get to hang out ALL DAY, or at least most of the day. YAY!!

Here’s a brief survey of the teas I dragged to school with me yesterday, all teas that I’ve already reviewed many times, all teas that are worthy of their own review & tasty:
Malty Irish Breakfast – Butiki – sad sip down…sigh…
Dinjoya estate assam – also Butiki
Premium Grade JIn Jun Mei – YS
Feng Qing Gold Needle Yunnan Dian Hong – YS
and once I got home:
Vanilla Citrus Spice

That’s all of my tea drinking day yesterday rolled into one.


Have fun, you two :)


Hope you have a wonderful evening and day together.


have a wonderful time you two!

Terri HarpLady

So excited!


Oh have fun!


Yay! I was wondering when the meetup was going to happen! :) I can’t wait to see the tea reviews and hear about it.

Terri HarpLady

Megan, I was thinking of you earlier. (I keep forgetting you live in STL). Do you want to meet up with us? We’re going to dinner tonight, & just goofing off tomorrow. I’m gonna make breakfast, & we’re gonna drink tea. We might visit the LTR at some point. So if you’re available this evening, or anytime before 3pm tomorrow, call me! I’ll send you my cell #

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One more offering from Dag Wedin. This is a Raw Puerh, with beautiful large budsets, & a tangy spicy aroma! I went ahead & used the entire 7G sample in my yixing, combining 2 pours at a time in my favorite cups (or at least one of my favorite, there are so many).

Green beans, orange peel bitterness, fresh eucalyptus, & some kind of floral, a thick sensation, cannabis after-aroma, accompanied by a great tea buzz, the wonderful head clearing kind. I really believe teas such as this are beneficial for allergies, & this will be a pleasant head-space for my taichi class tonight.
Thanks Dag!


Wow, this sounds awesome! I’m jelly :p


Jelly here too ;-)

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Another sipdown from Dag.

This oolong is of the greener variety, reminiscent of a spring TGY.
The floral initially brought to mind Irises. There’s also an underlying mix of sweetness, & a hint of longbean.

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Another tea from Dag Wedin
5G + 4oz (more or less) X 45/60

A small leaf black, somewhat broken. the warmed aroma was sweet, with shades of roasted barley & sorghum. The 1st steep was kind of minty, in the way that some taiwanese hong yun are. Flavorwise, it was not as sweet as I expected it to be, more of a black strap molasses & rye kind of taste, with noticeable acidity.

The 2nd steep was basically bitter, & for me, undrinkable.
Still worth sampling though! Thanks Dag!

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Another sample from my trade with Dag Wedin. I’ve had these teas for awhile, a few months or so since we did our trade, & it’s about time I got to sampling them!
I’m mostly working from home today, with students coming & going, & then a nursing home Tea gig in the afternoon, followed by more students, & then Tai Chi class this evening, so I can slip in a few tea reviews here & there.

So this tea? I don’t drink a lot of Darjeelings, & have never been a huge fan of them. I don’t know why, they are pleasant enough, but I think the main reasons being that they tend towards astringency (IMO), & they don’t sit well on an empty stomach for me.
Luckily my stomach isn’t empty, & I have learned that if I brew a darj at a lower temp, it’s less likely to be astingent. The dry aroma of this tea almost has a minty quality, & in my opinion that carries over into the actual cup of tea, not quit mint, but an herbaceousness that leans in that type of direction, if that makes sense to anyone out there.
“Hello….is there anybody out there?”

Anyway, I can see why people enjoy this type of tea, I’m picking up some interesting layers. Cinnamon, lemon, & a rich floral quality, also a sweet kind of pastry quality.
Thanks Dag!

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Good morning Steepsterites!
How I’ve missed you all. I’ve been peeking in daily to read a few posts & see how the site is coming along, & I see things are still not back to normal, but I know that eventually it will all be sorted out.

I started the morning with Teavivre’s Organice Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black tea, which is always such a yummy treat, & which I realized I’m getting close to running out of!

Then it was on to an offering from my swap with Dag Wegin, who I haven’t seen here for awhile. This is ‘Emperial Long Jing’, but I have no idea what company it is from. It is tasty, however, with a pleasant green-ness, a thick tongue, & a lightly tart sweetness that really brings to mind tropical fruits, particularly Mango (which I love).

Thank you, Dag, wherever you are!


Oh Terri! We miss you so much

Terri HarpLady

I miss you guys too! I’m starting to get adjusted to my new schedule, so hopefully I’ll be on here a little more :)

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Enjoying this cup of tea & a sweet slow morning :)
It’s been a while since I’ve done a taste comparison, but I have several black bi luos in my collection now, maybe 4 of them.
Funny, but without even lining them up, I can tell you that this one would most likely rank # 4, simply because the other 3 are more golden, sweeter, creamier, with an aroma of honey. Comparing those other 3 ( from WP, YS, & Tribute) would probably not be easy, on the other hand!

That is not to say that this isn’t tasty, because it is! Like other black gold teas, it features malty chocolatey goodness, along with qualities of earth, leather, & a dark crusted bread.
This is the sipdown of my Autumn 2013 supply, but I believe I have a small bag of the Spring 2014 waiting in the wings :)
Happy Sunday Everyone!

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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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