3091 Tasting Notes

Yesterday was a busy day! I had students from 9:30am – 7pm, with almost no breaks. Plus it was one of those days where certain students or parents want to linger into what little break time I have gabbing. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy my students & their parents, & sometimes it’s nice to hang around with them, but on a long day like Wednesday (& that is my typical Wednesday), I really need a half hour once in awhile just to chill out & drink a cup of tea alone. That didn’t happen.

But I did drink my share of tea, so now I’m gonna attempt to piece together some posts! I shared a robust pot of this with one of my adult students, who was in the mood for a nice strong black tea. She loved it!!! (of course)

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I’m pretty sure I’ve decided that this is my favorite black tea of all time. Of course, then I start thinking of all the other black teas that I love with all my heart, & I realize that although I am true to my man, I’ll never be monogamous when it comes to tea. There are just so many amazing teas out there!!! If I ever make a list of my top 10 most favorite (of all my favorites) tea, this one will be on it, along with 9 others, all jostling for the top.

Incidentally, this tea is on sale through the end of today at 25% off. Even though I already have a pretty good supply of it, some of the minions living in my head (led by little terri, of course) are screaming that we need to get MOAR!!!!!

Oh, I just realized this was my 1400th tasting note! :)


YAY 1400 tasting notes!!


Wow! What a milestone! I think I got some of this as a sample. I’m super excited to try it!

Terri HarpLady

You’ll love it Tamm!


:D Maybe today after I am done with my steepings of this sheng then! lol I need a tea time planner for “tea appointments”.


happy 1400!! yay Terri! :)


Daaang. I meant to say earlier when you jokingly mentioned it’s on sale and I called you an enabler (hee) you did in fact motivate me to grab some (couldn’t at the time, commenting issues). Excited about it arriving! So yay to motivation/enabling. ;)


holy moly, 1400?!! paf! tea monogamy…. what a ridiculous idea. =0P

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Although this doesn’t get deducted from my total (305), because it’s from the Here’s Hoping TTB, still, there is a certain sense of gratification.

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Here’s another sipdown from NofarS.
I haven’t drank very many yellow teas. The dry leaves are a mix of gray, beige, & brown, with an aroma that reminds me a bit of Sheng, only milder. I steeped about 3G in my glass test tube steeper @ 175F, & the leaves opened up beautifully, taking on colors of green, apricot, yellow & beige. The color of the brewed tea starts off yellow, but then warms to an apricot color. Maybe I’m imagining this, but the early steepings even had an apricot essence to it, along with a mild sheng-like taste. I’m getting several steeps out of these leaves, & it’s a pleasant brew. A little bitter on the tip of the tongue on steep 3 & 4, perhaps, but the later steepings have a shiny tongue tingling sensation & it has good energy to it, if you know what I mean. With that, I’m headed out to water the garden & pick some produce! Hopefully I won’t get lost out there ;)

Holly Faye

Yellow tea?

Terri HarpLady

I think this is the 2nd yellow tea I’ve tried.
The first one tasted a lot like a white tea to me, only maybe a little sweeter.


I have one ill send you Terri. I love yellow teas, well at least the couple I’ve tried

Terri HarpLady

You’ll be getting the rest of this sample, BTW


I just spent the evening getting my tea into a spreadsheet so that i know what i have. Thinking about adding a column that says “sent to terri – yes/no” since i can’t track it all!

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I’m still working on the last of the teas I have from my awesome swap with NofarS awhile back. Only 7 teas to go after this one!
This tea is ok, but really rather bland. Not roasty, not sweet, not even floral. Maybe a little bit of a bready sour dough taste, but nothing really stands out about this one in any direction.

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This is the final sample from the BBBB, sent by Sil.
The Badaxx B*t@hs Black Box
The Bodacious Babes Black Box
Call it what you like, LOL
Honestly, I took one look & said…“Cherry” :p
yeah, I really did stick my tongue out.
But actually, it’s not bad! The cherry is fairly laid back, so it doesn’t go all medicinal on me. The Puerh is kind of a bland one, but oh well, after it’s not bitter! So I guess it wasn’t me! Or maybe I addressed my bitterness, & the super tasting went away?
Want to know what my bitterness was? My kitchen floor was a disgusting filthy mess. I’m not a great housekeeper, & with all the gardening & cooking & tea drinking that goes on in my awesome kitchen, the floor is rarely pretty. So I steeped this tea while I swept. The I let it cool to taste while I mopped (it only took 5 minutes? Why do I always think it’s going to take so long?) Then I drank my tea while the floor dried, which actually took longer than the mopping. Go figure.



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Can you spell ASSAM?
I think I am in super taster mode for ‘bitter’ today. Most of you probably know this, but there are basically 5 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, & Umami (the savory taste). In Ayurveda & some other Asian cultures there are 6 tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter, & Astringent. Anyway, this is a bold & somewhat bitter cup, & the last tea I drank was also a bitter cup. Either I’m really picking up the bitter taste today, or I’m over-leafing, or I’m just drinking bitter teas, LOL.

Sometimes when I am tasting the bitter taste, I take a moment to ask myself, “Am I feeling bitter/resentful towards anyone or anything?” (including myself) If I am, I take a few moments to wish that person happiness, prosperity, good health, etc. If there is something I need to do or say, the best thing is to just do it or say it, & then let go & move on. In this way, tea contributes to my mental state, but giving me a moment to reflect, by reminding me that I have choices today.


That is such a nice idea when drinking bitter teas!

Terri HarpLady

It goes with another practice of mine, when I’m craving sweets, I ask myself if I am lacking sweetness in my life. Regardless of the answer, then I take a few moments to reflect on the sweet elements of my day…the beauty of my home & garden, the beauty of music, the sweetness of my children/grandchildren/students/& others faces. The smell of flowers, colors of nature. There is a lot more sweetness in the world than just the taste: sweet sounds, visuals, words (like poetry), touch, etc. Usually when I’m craving the sweet taste, I’m feeling unsatisfied in some way, which means I need to slow down & appreciate the sweetness of my life. Then if I still want it, I can have pancakes or something, lol.


Hehe – I just took a brownie out of the freezer to thaw as I wanted something sweet! And I was drinking a sweet tea just before that! I think I better start using your practices. :-)


Terri, I read through all the reviews today and checked them off but had to come back and read this one again. I love your questions to yourself. What a wonderful practice. It is interesting how a quite moment with a cup of tea can connect us to the deeper things of life. I will try to remember this post and do likewise.

Terri HarpLady

Savor the moment!


I liked the idea of considering the need for other kinds of sweetness in my life. I ought to try that too.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Good reflective posts and comments. ♥ Thx !

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drank Ying De No. 9 by Jiangtea
3091 tasting notes

I’m on a mission.
A mission to drink tea!
Last night I came home from Tony’s & did my monthly tea inventory, updating my collection list & printing it out. Last month I started with 343 teas in my collection, & through a series of sipdowns, got it down to 260. Then the Here’s Hoping TTB arrived. Then the BBBB arrived. For photos, stop by my blog, “Terri’s Airy Fairie World”, [email protected]. I promise I won’t try to sell you anything, get you to enter a contest, or whatever.
Anyway, I also went a little nuts & ordered some stuff. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I know it will, so I went ahead & put it on the list. I’m officially starting the month with 307 teas in my collection. Also my tea collection printout went from 19 pages to 16 pages.
Progress, not perfection!
Of course, this list doesn’t include the entire HHTTB, just the teas I’m planning on keeping. It also doesn’t include the crazy box of teas that I know Sil will bombard me with sometime soon, LOL.

I’m mostly dedicating this week to sampling teas from the HHTTB so I can get it back in the mail, & the BBBB, & also finishing my Sipdown Extravagana on NofarS’ teas, so I can send Sil a crazy box myself.

This tea is the 2nd offering from TastyBrew in the BBBB. It is a mix of straight & curly leaves, in shades of black, gray, & tan, with a bright aroma, kind of high pitched (sorry, I tend to experience sensations in musical terms). I steeped 2 tsp at 3 minutes, with a re-steep at 5. The first steep was a little bitter & peppery initially, & then sweet. The 2nd steep was similar, a little thinner & less bitter & peppery, but still very drinkable. It’s not a bad tea, but not destined to be a favorite. Of course, my tastebuds change from day to day, so probably next time I might notice some different features!


That’s a pretty intense sip down to get rid of that many teas in one month. Bravo!


Yay! I’m still under you lol.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Lala!
Sil, I love you, & I know where you live, mwahahahaha


Hahahaha I love you too Terri!

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BoxerMama’s 2nd offering to the BBBB.
Due to my milk allergy, I’ve never had Tiramisu. That’s probably a good thing, because I’d be making it all the time & weighing in at 300 lbs in no time. Luckily, there are teas that taste like decadent desserts, & although I shun most of them because of artificial flavors, there are a few exceptions. So this tea has a decent puerh base, free of funky odors & tastes. The prominent taste is coffee, with an unsweetened cocoa powder backdrop. It’s actually a little bitter, & pretty satisfying to me right now. If I added sweetener that would probably bring out more creamy cakey flavors & it would be more dessert-like…or not. I might try adding a little maple on the resteep, just to see how it turns out…& maybe some of that left over coconut whipped cream…hmmmmm….hopefully it won’t ruin it!


final tally for me is 226 until cavocorax gets here with the samples from omgsrsly and our purchase from bayswater. so much less than i thought it would be haha

Terri HarpLady

LOL, tonight when I get home, or tomorrow morning, I’ll update mine & we’ll see where I stand. :)

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drank Rizhao Black by Ali Express
3091 tasting notes

This tea was included in the BBB Box by Tasty Brew.
It’s an interesting tasting tea, with a chocolatey taste, plus something else that is vaguely familiar that I just can’t pinpoint. A nice cup!
I’m not familiar with Ali Express, & although they aren’t just a tea co, I added them to the vendors list, so that I could add this tea.


Yeah, this one reminds me of a mellower laoshan black. Almost like the laoshan roasted oolong and a touch sweeter.


looking forward to seeing this one come my way :)

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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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