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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
2855 tasting notes

Backtracking – this was my first cup of the day, which I thoroughly enjoyed, including a resteep which I drank out in the garden while clipping weeds. My favorite garden tool is a pair of fiskar scissors. I just clip weeds at the surface, then leave them laying there to decompose.

This is a lovely tea, but I can’t really comment on it’s profile, other than maltiness, as that was hours ago!


Harbor Freight—local cut-price hardware—runs a coupon special every so often; a free pair of utility snips (fiskars-type blades with heavy plastic outside) with any purchase. I have them lying all over the house.

Terri HarpLady

I bought my Machete at Harbor Freight. It’s actually a really crappy one, but it was cheap, so that’s no surprise. I haven’t been in there in awhile. While all the other girls are perusing the craft stores (which I occasionally visit), I am that odd chick who likes to walk around in stores like Harbor Freight, Lowes, etc, just looking at tools, rocks, & other things & imagining what I would do with them. :)
I used to use these Fiskars to sew. I’ve had them for years. I bought myself an even better pair of sewing scissors (Gingher), & the fiskars became kitchen scissors (which they still double as). They are fantastic for clipping lettuces, weeds, & pretty much anything tender, plus twine for training plants, etc. I resharpen them from times to time. Of course, I have an entire array of other clippers, with varying thickness capabilities on my garden/yard tool wall, but these are my favorite. I probably should pick up a few of those blades you speak of, so I don’t have to always move this pair around!


My husband dragged me into the Harbor Freight store so he could look at manly things. I ended up finding an “uh oo guh” horn I’m planning to eventually get for my car. Hardware stores are a treasure trove for clowning stuff.


Ditto for kids’ teaching stuff. I use bicycle horns with my church kids as game show buzzers. We used to have a squeaking rubber chicken that was priceless for an attention getter, but it disappeared after a remodeling project :(

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My dear friend BoxerMama informed me the other day on Facebook that I’m neglecting my duties on Steepster because I still haven’t reviewed the June Reserve TOMC teas yet. :D So here I am, & I can’t believe the month is almost over & nobody has reviewed this tea yet! I cringe to be the first, as I’m lousy at comparing 2 teas of the same variety. I can pick out tastes, like honey, musky, malty, bitter, etc, but I’m not so good at comparing teas, especially not 2 teas picked from the same plants.

So what can I say? My main comment is simply that I have concluded that I don’t like using the brewing method that Mrs. Li recommends. I have tried this method several times, including today, & it just isn’t for me. It almost always results in a bitter & astringent brew. I think I came to this conclusion once before, but today I thought I’d try it again. My mistake.

My preferred drinking method for all of these green teas from Verdant is to use 1/2 the amount of leaf & steep it in my glass test tube steeper (which I love). I wish I had done so today.


I did this with the glass tube and I agree it’s best. Almost reviewed this too but thought…I’d better dig into my Nepali Tea Trader’s too! Those little beekers are cool! Holds more than they look like.

Terri HarpLady

It’s perfect for me with green teas that need short steeps, & since I can use half the amount of tea, that’s good too. I can only drink so much green tea or my guts start to hurt, so even with multiple steepings this helps keep the quantity of tea drank down. :) Plus I like the glass!

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I enjoyed this with 2nd breakfast, which was basically 2 leftover pancakes (gluten free, almond flour), reheated in the toaster & slathered with coconut butter & a drizzle of Maple Syrup (slurp! I love maple syrup!). That treat required something with a bit of rustic-ness, which I feel this tea satisfied. It’s got a interesting musky low end, that complimented the sweet nuttiness & creaminess of the snack perfectly.

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Spring becomes Summer
Sun, Rain, & Earth together
Everywhere Green

Everytime I drink this Matcha, I want to write a Haiku.

Lovely Jade Green cup
Elixer of amazement
to my open heart.

…sigh…& there’s another. This Matcha is so beautiful, so green, with a taste of sunflower sprouts! My cup is empty.


I tried to order more a while back and got a message they out of tea! I was supposedly put on a list to be notified but have never received anything from them saying their matcha was back in stock.

Terri HarpLady

Bummer! Want me to send you a couple cups worth, to tide you over?

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This is a tasty tea that really reminds me of Vanilla Wafers. Yeah.

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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This is my first cup of just plain old black tea this morning. I’ve enjoyed the flavored teas with breakfast, although if Leif hadn’t been with me, I’d have skipped those in favor of something plain.

This is a rich & earthy, kind of middle of the road cup. It lacks the gentle smokiness that I tend to expect from a Keemun, but is still a nice ‘middle’ kind of feeling tea. No real high or low notes, if I were to assign a musical ensemble to represent it, it would probably be Cello, Viola, Clarinet, Oboe, & Bassoon, with some Marimba & Timpani thrown in. It would be a haunting lonely sound, but not necessarily sad. Like a cool walk in the woods. Nothing exciting going on, just communing with Nature.

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Good Morning Steepsterites!
We had an amazing storm here last night, it was literally raining buckets! My ears kept popping, & for a little while I had an ear ache. I’m sure gmathis & my sister MsWhatsit will concur that it was a pretty wild evening. The Cardinals baseball game was delayed until about 10pm (they lost).

I had trouble sleeping & finally got up this morning at 9:00. Battled the birds in my yard over raspberries (they were all pretty pissed off that I ruined their berry picking extravaganza this morning). I think they got plenty to eat, & I came in with about a quart of berries!! Yeah! Nothing like homegrown berries! Here’s the photo:

So, on to Tea! Leif picked Tardis to have with breakfast, which I’ve reviewed plenty of times. For those who have not tried it, it is Earl Grey Bravo, Blackberry, & Vanilla. A perfect selection for this morning, given the berry picking theme! Today it was especially nice, as the vanilla seemed more present.

We followed that with Plum Oolong. Tony has 3 favorite teas:
Earl Grey (any will do, but he is currently partial to Ahmad)
Jubilee (London tea room…basically earl grey with orange added)
and this Plum Oolong. He gets it from Kaldi’s, a local coffee roaster that opened a coffeehouse several years ago. Kaldi’s has blossomed into several coffee houses, & their coffee is available all over the place. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I understand theirs to be quite good. They have also branched off to include teas, for people like me, & for awhile they offered Numi bagged teas, but now they offer looseleaf. I have no idea who they are getting their teas from, but I have to admit, this is a tasty plum oolong, with hunks of fruit in it. It resembles the plum oolong offered by the Art of Tea. The flavor is tart & tasty.

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OK….this is amazing! It’s like have cinnamon toast! It has just the right amount of cinnamon, it has a yeasty taste, probably from the puerh & possibly from some maltiness from the black tea, & it’s even lightly sweet. I drank it plain, including a resteep that was just as good as the first cup. I’m heading back to the kitchen for a third steep.
I’m sure it would be nice with sweetener & creamer, but I’m pretty happy with it as is. And I’m going to have to have MOAR!!!
Thank you Tasty Brew! I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile!


Glad it lived up to the hype!

Terri HarpLady

One of the things I really like about it is that I don’t have to add sweetener to get the flavors to materialize. That’s the problem I have with most flavored teas.


it is truly awesome, isn’t it?

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This was my first tea of the day, hours ago, & I’m just now getting around to posting. I don’t really have much else to say, but they are tasty. :)

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Another tea from TastyBrew! Thanks!
This is an interesting brew. I’m not a fan of Ceylon much, but I enjoyed this with breakfast. It was definitely fruity, in a winey sort of way, and a little tart. I’ve never had a tea that was aged in a wine barrel, & honestly never thought about that sort of thing. It’s actually a pretty cool idea though. Probably not something I’d ever purchase, but worth trying. Thanks Tasty, for the opportunity!


Wow, never heard of that either! Sounds intriguing…

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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!


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