3091 Tasting Notes

This is a lovely tea, although I wish I would have steeped my sample in a smaller mug, as it was not as strong as I would have liked. I love zhu rong & most of the flavors in this mix. I’ll probably pick up an oz with my next verdant order so that I can try it a few more times.


Even though my sample of this was sent to you I almost got more just to drink it sooner in my order lol

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That’s kind of my thoughts on my first steeping of this one…wanted it a little stronger

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A sipdown! I haven’t had one in days!
This was a generous sample that was sent to me from Michelle months ago. This isn’t the first time I’ve sampled it, but I think this was my first milk oolong, & it is a pleasant cup, very gentle, lightly floral, & there is a milky quality to it. On rare occasions I add coconut or almond milk to tea, but I personally would never ever add milk to an Oolong. Nonetheless, this is a nice tea, & now it’s gone. Thanks Michelle :)


Milk and oolong do sound like an odd combination.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! Of course, there is no actual milk in it, just a mildly milky taste & feel.

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Hello Steepsterites!
This was my first tea of the morning. I’ve reviewed it many times. It’s a nice bold & malty cup with a rich oaky flavor & a slight citrus edge. I really enjoy it, & it resteeps pretty nicely too.

It’s been another busy day. Tony & I had tea, then we went to our favorite breakfast place, & then to Lowe’s, where I bought a new weed eater & a new stove. The oven on my 13 year old stove hasn’t worked right for about a year now, & lately has gotten even worse. Here’s the one I bought, if you’d like to see it. They marked the price down an additional $200. It’s still a little pricey, but I cook a lot, everything from scratch, so IMO its well worth it. I always feel like I should get the best quality I can afford, & Frigidaires are made in the USA. I like to get my tea from China, but not my appliances.



That’s a lovely stove! Congratulations on the new appliance, and I hope it works well for you. :)


Ooo, that’s a pretty stove!

Terri HarpLady

I’m very excited! Hopefully it will be delivered by the end of the week. I have San Marzano tomatoes to roast & freeze! I have Sweet potatoes coming from my garden to bake & eat. So many things to bake, roast, etc, & I have hates have an oven that didn’t work right.


Five burners…wow! I can barely handle two at once :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

It’s sexy, Terri.. I’m jealous..

Terri HarpLady

Chrine, now that I’ve had it for a few weeks, all I can really say is I love it!!! And it is sexy!

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I’ve been so busy the last couple of day & have hardly opened my computer at all. I have still been drinking tea, however. I was going to backtrack, but I’m at Tony’s & I can’t really remember what I drank, LOL.

Dag Wedin

I know that feeling :)

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One of my 3 favorite Wuyi Oolongs. Hazelnut, stone fruit, & toasted caramel. Thank you!

Today my youngest grandson turned 7! Tomorrow he starts first grade!
This week he also lost his 2 front teeth! I just finished teaching for the day, enjoying repeated steepings of this amazing delicious tea. I have a few more steeps to go, & then we’re off to my grandson’s birthday get together. Time flies!


Happy Birthday to your grandson! Enjoy your family time! :-)


Happy birthday to this young boy :)

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We’ve been having problems with our internet for a few days, & today especially. I don’t know if it’s due to the polarity shift that the Sun is going through, or what, but I haven’t been online much, & when I have been it seems to get interrupted about the time I start to do something, so this will be short (plus I’m feeling a little grumpy & little Terri needs a nap, although there won’t be time for that either).

I have to admit it. I’m just not really into Yabao. I have a bunch of it here too. I’ll pull some out once in awhile, run through a few steepings, but it doesn’t really hold my attention for very long. It’s just not that interesting. Master Han’s Yabao is at least more interesting than the others, it’s got an amazing dark lacquered look to it, & more flavor, but it’s just not really what I want right now. I only drank it because it’s the last selection from the tea club for July, and the Aug club package is on it’s way. I did make it through 6 Gaiwan steepings I think, & then dumped it into a larger cup, filled it with hot water, & put it in the frig. I’ll leave it there until later & see how that comes out.

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I enjoyed a pot of this tea with my breakfast this morning. I’m still getting to know darjeelings. This is bold, a little floral IMO, but also kind of earthy & gutsy, if that makes sense to anybody, LOL.
This is a sample from the first package Sil sent to me, & it was a generous sample. I still have enough to drink it one more time. Thanks Sil! You Rock!


Yay for tea drinking!

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drank Keemun by Mandala Tea
3091 tasting notes

I’m just getting around to posting some teas. I had a really nice morning session of journaling & doing some energy work, then a cup of this tea to enjoy while my first student came at 9:30. This is a nice earthy tea, nothing overly special, but also not requiring too much attention. Just a nice savory cup to start my day, & that’s good enough for me. :)

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This is a sample that Garret sent with a recent order. Thanks you SO MUCH, Garret!

I never drink as much Puer as I’d like to. I just don’t have time to do multiple short steepings all the time. My solution is to go with 7Grams steeped 3 minutes in my mug. When it comes to Shu, this almost always results in an amazing cup of tea. I resteep adding a minute, & again adding another minute, etc until the tea has nothing left to give.

So, that’s what I did. I’m on the 3rd steeping now & it is still rich & dark, sweet, & delicious!! The sample is generous enough that I’ll get to try it again using shorter steepings, & I promise I’ll give a much more detailed report then, but for now I can say that I’d like to pick up a cake of this, plus I’ve been eyeballing another yixing pot on the mandala site, & some other things, LOL. It’ll probably be another month before I can afford to buy anything (well…there is the Butiki order that I need to finalize tonight…but after that, I need to go back to the Hiatus Group, cuz I’ve been bad!).


I think I ordered this one… So yay on that!

Terri HarpLady

There you are! Where you been all day, working? ;)


I feel you on the being bad but frankly the good sales on high quality teas have been too good to pass up!

Terri HarpLady

yup, it’s just so hard!


Terri….13hr days yesterday…came home at 8:30 and passed out on the bed. Didn’t eat etc… working from home today but i’m still swamped so not sure how active i’ll be today :(

Dag Wedin

Thats good advice. I usually skip puer when i don´t have the time to set up gon fu brewing. will try some western brewing!


So happy that you enjoyed this one! It is really beginning to open up and develop now. I really look forward to one to two more years of aging on this one. It is not easy (or inexpensive) for me to find this wild arbor spring tea for pu’er so I bought as much as I could to have pressed into these cakes. Usually when I do a pressing I have 20 to 100 lbs left to sell as loose-leaf, but because of the small quantity I could get my hands on, I had the entire purchase pressed into these cakes.

While my preferred method for most any tea is gong fu, there are times when that isn’t gonna cut it. For instance, before a workout or a run, I’m not going to sit around and drink 1 ounce servings of tea. No sir! I’m gonna brew it up loud and proud in a 16 ounce pot so I can really hydrate and just go with longer infusions.

Tea… when I go to bed at night, I have a smile on my face already excited about the first tea of the morning. Where there’s tea, there’s hope, right?!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3091 tasting notes

I brewed a nice big cup of this to drink en route to my tea party gig at the retirement home this afternoon. I’m resteeping the leaves & I think I’ll put it in the frig for tomorrow. Yeah…that sounds good. :)
This would be a sipdown, except I already have another bag of this, lol. I wouldn’t want to run out!


This is a favorite of mine – I’m anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s delivery of my new batch.

Terri HarpLady

I recently bought a bag of the old batch. The addict in me wants to go ahead & get a bag of the new stuff too, so I can do a comparison ;)

Dag Wedin

This tea certainly is special. I do loove chocolate! :)

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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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