3074 Tasting Notes

drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
3074 tasting notes

Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!!! Week Two!
I’ve decided to focus today on savoring the rest of the teas that were sent to me from NofarS! We did an awesome swap a few months ago, & gratefully both of us received our boxes, & although I’ve sampled a few of the teas, I’d like to finish sampling them. I’m sharing them with Sil, so once I get through my half of each tea, I’ll pack up the box, along with her half of an order we split recently, & send it on it’s way, thus increasing her numbers while decreasing mine, hehehe…

This is very nice Keemun, just a gently earthy cup of tea to enjoy.

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This is one of Sil’s custom blends, and a tasty one at that!
First cup: 2 Tsp x 3 min, unsweetened.
Re-Steep: 5 Min with a little Maple Syrup…oh yeah!

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This was my first cup of the day, several hours ago. I’ve reviewed it tons of times, so lets just say it is one of my most favorite teas. Of course, I have a fairly long list of most favorite teas, because unlike the Highlander, there can be more than one. So I enjoyed a cup of this in bed, then we went to breakfast at the restaurant my daughter Ari cooks at. The entire menu, which she created, centers around waffles, both sweet & savory. She has 4 waffles to choose from: buttermilk, cornbread, vegan (oat & banana), & gluten free. She cooks things into them, tops them with things, makes sandwiches out of them, etc. They also have salads, smoothies, etc. The concept is great, the food is awesome, & I’m very proud of my girl!
I came home & drank a re-steep of this tea, & now I’m sitting here with Tony watching Cardinals baseball.


LOL, last night you were drinking ‘V is for vendetta’ and today it’s ‘highlander’. excellent.

a waffle based menu… now i’m having dirty caloric fantasies. (good thing dream calories don’t count!)

Tea Sipper

mmm.. waffles. I’d have to try everything on the menu.

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Last night I put the last of this in the fridge to cold brew. Admittedly, this isn’t one of my favorites, & my new thing is taking teas that I don’t really care that much for hot & trying them out cold. So this is a smokey tea with berries. I do enjoy smokey teas sometimes, but this one really tastes like tobacco, which doesn’t totally ruin it for me, but is a little over the top. I have enjoyed trying it, but won’t plan to restock, it’s just not my thing, hot or cold.


excellent name! tell me, was it explosive?

Terri HarpLady

Nope! It’s lapsang, gunpowder, & ‘winter berries’.


how very appropriate… i’m sure guy fawkes would approve heartily.

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I was gone all afternoon, playing a wedding in Ruma, IL at a church that was built in 1818 (photos on my FB). It was an hour drive each way, & I played for the wedding, followed by the cocktail hour. I put together 4 songs for this wedding:
1. Marry Me – Train
2. I won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
3. 1000 Years – Christina Perry (I’ve played that at a couple weddings)
4. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

By the time I got home it was 6:30. I wanted tea. I wanted this tea.
The natural chocolatiness of Laoshan Black, plus cacao nibs, the rich sweetness of Shui Jin Gui, the roastiness of the rice & the teas…it was the perfect end to my tea drinking day. Delicious!


this is an excellent tea. an excellent booster after being potentially inundated by anxious to be weds and drunken newly weds, lol.

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My 5 day sipdown extravaganza is over! In 5 days I managed to polish of 33 samples! Taking my numbers from 318 to 285 teas!
Now I want to drink teas that are familiar, teas that I know & love, not to say some of the sipdowns weren’t loved, cuz they were! But today & tomorrow I think I’ll treat myself to known favorites!

And this is definitely one of them. Such a pleasure to drink. Dessert for breakfast. I’ve written plenty of reviews about it, & if you’re thinking of getting some, DO IT! Do It Now! :)


Congrats on a very successful sipdown extravaganza! :-)


Wow, you’re on fire!

Holly Faye

Argh, this tea always sounds delicious! I may have to go on a Verdant sample binge here soon…

Terri HarpLady

:D Thanks!
I might do another sipdown extravaganza starting Monday…we’ll see…LOL, I still have some small quantity things I could polish off!
TeaKlutz – do it! You’ll be glad you did!

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Another Sipdown, this one thanks to NofarS.
This is SO delicious! It’s one of those leafhopper teas, with the sweet honey taste, so smooth & sweet, with a hint of coriander.

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Sipdown No. 4 today. I’d like to thank Angel @ TeaVivre for this sample.
This is a lovely, lightly vegetal green tea with a heavenly peach aroma. The jasmine is present, but only slightly. The peach flavor is very subtle, although from past experience I can say that if you add a slight amount of sweetener, it moves the peach forward a few notches. What I really like about this is the true peach flavor. So many peach teas taste (& are) artificial. This one is nice.

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Day 5 of Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!!
I’m having a busy day, so I’m just going to cram all these sipdowns into one blurb!
1. Keemun by Mandala
2. Long Life by Mandala
3. Earl Greyer by Republic of Tea, much thanks to Lariel for this sample!! I did a cold brew of it last night.

Onward through the fog!


This is as exciting as watching a race! Go, Terri, go!


I know! It’s fun to watch!

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
3074 tasting notes

Sipdown #6 for today, I think!
I’d like to thank Garret for this sample!
The aroma of this tea is amazingly buttery, & also has a wonderful caramel smell. Yum! The flavor is gently sweet, creamy, & slightly floral. I’m not a big fan of milk oolong, but I don’t mind having some once in awhile, & although I’ve honestly only had a few, this is the best one I’ve tried so far.

I’ve been enjoying it for several steepings now, using my little blue & white porcelain lotus teapot with a matching teeny tiny cup. I was at Target the other day, & came across a white porcelain cream pitcher, which I couldn’t resist, LOL. It holds 2 steepings worth (roughly 8oz total), so I can do a couple of pours & go sit somewhere & relax while I sip. I love it for gongfu sessions!

BTW, my new stove arrived & it is awesome!!!


isn’t this one good?

Terri HarpLady

It’s very nice!

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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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