2946 Tasting Notes

This is another tea from my trade with Sil, & my first tea of the day.
The other sun moon Lake blacks I’ve sampled were rich with fruitiness, both in the flavor & aroma, & very smooth. They are very different, really in a lovely & unique way. If I understand it, this is one of ose same teas, aged 30 years. It is very smooth, & the fruit flavors have transmuted to root veggies: notably beets & carrots. There is also an earthy taste, like a root cellar, hinting at a Shu puer, but just a hint, with a touch of salt. It’s mellow & grounding.

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This tea is one of the best blends out there, in my opinion.
It’s a wonderful combo: loashan black, shui jin gui, toasted rices, & cacao nibs. Could anything be better?

I’ll let you in on a secret. I love it plain, but if I sweeten it, I start to resemble someone with tourette’s syndrome, cursing like popeye the sailorman. Adding sweetener brings out the chocolate, the roastiness, the caramel, & this is so damn !$%^&_(^Q*&%$! GOOD, that I can’t describe it without muttering obscenities.

I let Tony have a sip, & he, who doesn’t like Laoshan Black (blasphemy!), did a double take, took another sip, & wanted to keep the cup. I didn’t let him.


Sounds like he just offered to buy you some verdant teas ;)


Ha! Tony SO got converted.

Terri HarpLady

Naw, I’m to GDI to let him buy my teas, LOL.


Wait. Someone doesn’t like Laoshan Black???? :O

Terri HarpLady

I know! Can you believe it? And of course, it would be MY boyfriend, LOL.

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I know…I just drank this a few days ago…but I’m heading out to play a wedding reception, & I wanted a special treat to enjoy along the way.
This is it!
Just for the record, steep 4 minutes. You’ll be glad you did!

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The after breakfast cup, which probably should have been the breakfast cup. I forgot how BOLD this one is!
I’m alive!!

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2946 tasting notes

Happy Birthday Sil!! I hope you have an awesome day! :D

Maplewood, the part of St. Louis that I live in, is the first suburb west of the city, a historic district right on route 66. We have a couple of Art Walks per year, & last night was Let Them Eat Art, a play on Bastille Day. It is considered one of THE things to do in St. Louis in July. Artists everywhere, painting, sculpting, making jewelry, or whatever they do to be creative. Musicians (including myself), bellydancers, Ladies dressed up as Marie Antoinette with crazy bouffant hairdos (one year there was a chic with a bird-nest woven into her hair with a canary in it, I swear its true!), a dog costume contest, burlesque show, hoola hoopers, face painters, you name it, we got it. The whole event is vaguely french themed, kinda, sorta, & the whole city gets involved. It’s a family event, all the restaurants have specials, and it is sub-titled “the night of a thousand cupcakes”, with free cupcakes for all! Let them eat Cake!

I played my Electric Harp & sang at Kakao, an amazing chocolate place. That’s where I always play for these events, LOL, & Brian, the owner, always sends me home with a bag full of amazing dairy free dark chocolate & other confections. Last night there were morello cherry jells, dark chocolate with pepper & salt, cowboy pecan brittle with chipotle pepper, some other things, & my most favorite, the dark chocolate marshmallow pie. I ate a bite of each thing (ok…I half the marshmallow pie…so frik’n awesome), then handed the rest of it off to the boys. I just can’t really eat that much sweets, & I’m a little hungover from the sugar this morning. http://www.kakaochocolate.com/

The gig was fun, I love what I do for a living.
This tea is tasty. It’s not my favorite of Stacy’s teas, but I enjoy it from time to time, & now it’s gone.


Making note for someday when I have time for recreational travel again!


Sounds like to much fun!


Mmmm sounds delicious and fun. And thanks Terri…just got home from our epic ride.

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I wanted to have something tasty to enjoy at the gig tonight, so I brewed up an interesting iced chai that included the following, all sipdowns:
Adagio’s pumpkin spice, or something like that
Adagio’s Thai chai
Teavana’s cha yen Thai
Seems like there was another one, but now I can’t remember
The resulting tea is tasty, but nowhere near as strong as I had hoped. It’ll do though.


Now I want to watch MASH re-runs! :)


@Veronica… i know. whenever she drinks this tea the song for the opening credits is stuck in my head for days. alan alda! get out!!!


I actually did watch MASH! I remembered I have two seasons of it on DVD, so I popped one in and watched while folding laundry. How could I forget that Charles was a tea drinker?!?


hahahahaha….. i forgot about charles being the tea drinker, lol!

Terri HarpLady

It was such a great show, its only fitting that it have a tribute tea, even though it’s a random suicide blend every time!

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I’m relaxing at a restaurant about half a block from where I’m playing tonight, treating myself to dinner. My Electric Harp is all set up, so I can sit here in my tie die dress & chill.
I drank a cup of this tea while I was getting ready to go, steeped 5 min. It was very satisfying, but I still feel like I’m sleep walking.

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First Sipdown from the latest Sil Box.
It’s not a true sipdown, because I think I have some of this from the Reserve TOMC, but I’m counting it anyway.

This is a really tasty Sheng, which I’ve been drinking whilst paying my bills. I’d like to linger over it for a another hour or so, but I have a gig to get ready for. See previous review for a better description.

Thanks Sil!


Didn’t realize verdant had provided their rewards samples as tomc reserve offerings….bah

Terri HarpLady

My mistake! After I posted this I looked on my list. The one they sent out as a reserve tea was 2007. The reason I’d had the 2006 was because I also got the rewards samples! Hey, it’s just more tea, right?

Terri HarpLady

Actually, I totally messed this up! The rewards sample was 2007, the Reserve was 2006. So I posted this in the wrong listing, but whatever…sigh…

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I’m still feeling out of sorts. Last night I once again slept like a vampire at dawn, so deeply that I was drooling. I didn’t want to wake up, & I don’t really want to be awake right now. I’d like to go lay down, like an old dog, & just not move, in total silence, just breathing. No stimulus, please.
What’s going on?
A – the government is poisoning us (because I’m not the only person feeling this way). Yes….I’m a bit of a conspiracy theorist in my spare time…
B – it’s like that M Night Shymalan movie,(I’m a big Shymalan fan. His best movie, IMO, is Lady in the Water. I LOVE that movie) “The Happening”, where the plants are drugging us ….oh wait a minute, we call that allergies.
Who knows? As a precaution I’m drinking a strong cup of Elderberry (antiviral) followed by an even stronger cup of Nettles (antihistamine).

Next week while I’m visiting my folk in FL I can lay around all I want.
Today I can’t. I had a student this morning, I have to go upstairs to my office right now & pay bills, & I have a gig tonight, so I need a shower, & need to move my equipment, & I need to finish my laundry & figure out what I’m going to wear.
And I think I need to eat some Sushi!


I literally could not open my eyes up for 5 minutes after my alarm went off this morning, so you’re definitely not the only one a little off the last couple of days.


Terri, please tell me you are not stuck under the dome?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, Lala, maybe I am. I don’t really travel too far from home most of the time, so who knows?

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I have no idea what the count on my tea collection is right now, & I’m not going to do the math today. Sil sent me 38, I got 4 from Verdant, & their bundle box is also en route, so who knows, & really, today who cares?

This lovely green tea is gentle & buttery, with a rich flavor of sunflower sprouts, which I love. Thanks again to Angel & TeaVivre for this sample. :)

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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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