3078 Tasting Notes

I apologize in advance for this lame review.

I enjoyed a nice long session with this shu while I was teaching this afternoon. It is a sample of the loose version, sent to me from Garret.
It’s very tasty, but I didn’t take any kind of notes or anything. I just kept going back & resteeping. Thanks Garret!

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This was my tea after lunch for a couple of hours. It starts out kind of sweet & slightly smokey, with somewhat of a thick mouth, which later takes on a lemony feeling, especially under the tongue.

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Lovely lovely lovely!
Lovely to look upon, with all it’s various shades of color.
Lovely to taste, with it’s honey apricot sweetness.
I shared a pot of this with a student, & when he commented on the unusual flavor of it, I really enjoyed telling him the part about the leaf hoppers, LOL.

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I do enjoy a good jasmine from time to time, & this one is really wonderful, IMO. I don’t have any revelatory tasting notes to reveal about it, I think I’ve written a few reviews by now. But I really enjoyed a couple of steeps this morning before heading out into the garden. I returned to the house with a couple baskets filled with produce: Turnips, Leeks, Arugula, & fresh dill, which became a soup for my lunch; Lemon cucumbers & dill seed heads, which will be brined with garlic (I ate a couple of pickles from the batch I started last week, & they are so tasty!); a regular cuke, broccoli, beets, a watermelon radish, tomatoes (sungold, cherokee purple, & san marzano), parsley, scallions, a nice big pile of shallots, & an even larger pile of Basil. Time to make some Pesto!! The most surprising thing I found: There were some volunteer purple potatoes from a few years ago, & I’ve sort of ignored them all summer for the most part, occasional offering a drink of water, but mostly just leaving them to do their thing. I decided to take a closer look, as they were starting to die back, & ended up with the front of my t-shirt as a sling, loaded to the max with purple potatoes!

While I fixed my lunch, I enjoyed several more steepings of this tea, breathing in the perfume of the Jasmine, so relaxing. I am not a perfume person, perfumes make me sneeze & effect my breathing, but the natural scent of jasmine flowers doesn’t have that effect on me, & I’m really grateful for that.


I want dinner at your house! Loves me some potatoes! :-)

Dag Wedin

Homegrown vegetables are the best!

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One of the things I love about having a large collection of teas is drinking something different every day. I think if you drink the same tea every day, after awhile monotony sets in & you don’t really taste (or maybe even remember) what made that tea so special to you to begin with. I noticed a long time ago that when eating sweets, I actually only tasted the first 2 or 3 bites, & then it was Cone Head Mode, “Consume Massive Quantities”, mindlessly cramming it down my throat, tasting nothing. It can be the same with other foods, beverages, & all aspects of life.

I want to be present & savor the moment. Drinking a variety of teas help me to be here now, to sip & savor, & to love the variety/creativity that is life!

I like this tea. It is bold & manly, even a little smokey, but there is also a sweetness to it, a little brightness as well. Good Morning!


So true Terri! Especially with your chocolate reference!

Holly Faye

I definitely know what you mean about the tea monotony. There’s the practical part of me that feels I really don’t need to be getting all those different kinds of tea, and then there’s the part of me that always wants the experience of trying something new.

Terri HarpLady

I have way too many teas, lol, but I love them! :)

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Another sample from Sil, & another sipdown. Thanks Sil!

This is ok, but not really appealing to me. I like fresh oranges, tangerines, & other citrus, but for some reason I don’t usually care for them much in tea. That’s pretty much that.


hummm it seems you decided to have a CAKE TEA DAY !!!

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Working on a little bit of a sipdown sampler, it seemed that cake was the flavors of the day!


i was of the same opinion on this one.


I did not like this one. Meh

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drank Pound Cake by sTEAp Shoppe
3078 tasting notes

This is an interesting mix of teas, & reads kind of like a who’s who of steap shoppe teas, almost as if they swept up a mix of leftovers from various teas, added a few more things, & voila! Pound Cake!

The truth is, I’m sure nothing could be further from the truth. I have never ordered from Steap Shoppe, but have received samples of quite a few of their tasty teas from various friends, & they’ve all been good, especially the cinnamon bread & brioche blends. So I know a lot of care went into this blend.

The results? It’s tasty! Bready, buttery, thick to the tongue. I can feel & taste the pound cake reference, & my hat is off to Steap Shoppe for their efforts. Thanks to Sil for this sample.


this is their new one…not sure if it’s on the website yet. Janet sent it to help make up for some cart issues we had to figure out. Excellent customer service!


Cool, this one sounds good

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drank Long Life by Mandala Tea
3078 tasting notes

I love black tea. I also love other teas, but black tea is still my favorite. It is what I choose to start my days with, at least most days.
I’m really enjoying the black teas that I’ve gotten from Mandala, this one included. I don’t have much of a description to give, as I drank it hours ago before we went out to breakfast with another couple. But it was tasty & satisfying, just a basic lightly malty cup of goodness.


+1 on black teas especially in the AM! What are your favorite black teas from Mandala? I’ve read many positive comments about Garret and his pu-erh teas. Thanks

Terri HarpLady

All of them? Hahaha :D
Actually, it’s hard to say. I’ve got 30+ plain blacks that I’m rotating through, starting each day with a different tea, so It’s hard to compare them, but there hasn’t been one I don’t like. Garret rocks!

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This is my 2nd tea from the BBBB, sent by TastyBrew, & it is a Tasty Brew!
The leaves are fine & kind of downy, in shades of grey & tan, with a warm sweet aroma.
I used 2 tsp in my mug, steeped 4 min.
The flavor reminds me of beer a little, kind of a yeasty malty almost hoppy taste, a little caramel, and a mouth filling sensation, leaving my tongue feeling thick. A nice mellow vibe to start the day with!
Thanks TB,



Terri HarpLady

OK, now I created both product pages (although they wouldn’t let me copy & paste the photos from the website), & I’ve written reviews. You & TB need to get on it, pronto!! LOL :D

Terri HarpLady

Next time I’ll try this in my gaiwan, since it has GongFu in the name.


ive added them to my cupboard because you added the products? does that count? haha


Also, i added the teas i sent to the steepster database as soon as i bought them so they were there. heh

Terri HarpLady

So, lets make a rule that whoever buys the tea first has to add it to the database!

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Another tea from my awesome trade with NofarS! Thanks!

This is nice bold Assam, a little sharp around the edges, and a bit of an edgy bitterness as well. Not particularly sweet, but a good basic Assam that definitely packs a punch! I’m headed out to play a wedding, & this will do the trick!

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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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