3076 Tasting Notes

I think Momo has done a terrific job with the TTB. I applaud her commitment & I hope she’ll keep doing it. I’ve been in for 2 rounds. I’m also in one with TeaSipper (it’s almost my turn to have the box), and if you’ve never been part of one of those boxes, it’s very exciting & fun. I highly recommend it! It can be a long wait, & the boxes are prone to calamities, delays, etc. Also, because I mainly like just plain unflavored teas, I’m finding the box will get to me, full of mostly flavored teas that really don’t appeal to my taste. So I had an idea for a TTB with only 4 members, who mainly just want to sample lots of black teas, & thus the BBBB was born. (I’m not going to tell you what it stands for, cuz it’s kind of ignorant, LOL, & also cuz we may decide to call it something else later).

TastyBrew started the box moving, & this is one of the 2 half-oz samples she included for each person. This is a very interesting tea. The dry leaf smells like an amazing fruity pipe tobacco, caramel apple & vanilla. I’ve brewed the tea for myself twice today. For my first cup of the day I used 1 tsp for 4 minutes. Now, hours later, I tried a Tbl @ 4 minutes. Both are tasty! Thanks TastyBrew!

The flavor of this tea is very smooth & sweet, & one minute I’m tasting caramel apple, but then the lingering aftertaste is like a really good bourbon vanilla extract. There is also a hint of chocolate liquor after that. It is all middle flavor, no real high end & no deep bass. I’d say a TBL is a little too much, as a bit of acidity is present that wasn’t in the cup I had this morning, so I’ll probably knock it back down to 2 tsp. The beauty is, with 1/2 an oz, I have enough tea to try it a couple of different ways, but not so much tea that I’m stuck with it for months (or years). Thanks to TastyBrew, Sil, & BoxerMama for embarking on this adventure with me!!


adding this one to my shopping list too….. noo ni noo ni noo….

Terri HarpLady

I’m back at Tony’s house, figured I’d try a re-steep at 5 minutes. It’s not real potent, but a pleasant cup.

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I finally finished restringing the harp! My reward? (Other than getting paid by the parents of the student who’s harp I restrung) I took a trip upstairs to open my Shu-Box (not to be confused with my Sheng-Box) & selected THIS awesome Shu, which I’ve been hoarding for quite some time now. I followed the ‘western’ steeping parameters, because I don’t really have time to fuss over a gaiwan this afternoon. 3 min, then 4, then 5…
So one of the things I love about this tea is the sweet & malty cinnamon pastry qualities of it, but another thing I love is that even though it doesn’t taste chocolaty, there is a lingering sensation of having eaten an awesome 97% pure dark chocolate bar. It’s so satisfying. This is also one of those Shu’s that is totally free of ammonia, marine, & barnyard kinds of flavors. It’s earthy & sweet.
Love love love! I’ll rue the day when I have to announce a sipdown.

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Another sipdown!
This has been a lovely lemony tea, nicely tangy but also kind of creamy too.

Lariel of Lórien

If you add vanilla rooibos, it kinda tastes like pie.

Terri HarpLady

Ooooh, I cam see that! We’re almost at the end of our Adagio supply, & both of my sons are starting to talk about the next order. :)

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Drew & I fixed a pot of tea to go with lunch. It included Hazelnut, Vanilla, & the last of Cream, all black teas from Adagio. To be quite honest, it was kind of mehhhhhh. But at least we got a sipdown in!

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I went to the salt room again this morning, trying to go twice a week for awhile. 3 times a week would probably be better, but 2 is what I can fit in for now. It’s so nice to lay there for an hour, doing Reiki on myself, giving my body some healing time.

I came home, chopped up the last couple of peaches, simmered them, made myself a small batch of hazelnut flour pancakes (same as almond flour, just sub in hazelnut flour, silly!), layered the pancakes with the peaches, a small drizzle of maple syrup (I swear to you, it was only a Tbl), & made a cup of this yummy tea to go along with it. I had a nice long phone conversation with my sister, MsWhatsit, while I was cooking, wherein we discussed our various creative endeavors, & bid one another adieu to enjoy our breakfasts & get on with the creative revelry that is each of our lives!

And now, I must finish restringing a harp, practice a song for tomorrow’s wedding gig, & I probably should let Ms Theresa make a few phone calls too.


Those sound really good. I think I’d be too lazy to ever make them though, but I bet they’re worth it.


Ditto what cavo said lol

Terri HarpLady

Actually, it’s pretty quick. I make 1/3 of a recipe, which is just the right amount of pancakes for me. The peaches basically just simmered on low & cooked themselves. Oh, & there was bacon!


Your life sounds so pleasant all the time (of course, I’m sure you have your days . . .) but gee I with I could get down with the stress-free go-with-the-flow lifestyle. I’m an anxious mess most of the time. lol

Terri HarpLady

I have to admit, it is pretty sweet most of the time!! I’ve paid my dues, as they say in the musicians crowd, & worked really hard to get things this way, & continue to work hard occasionally. ;)
When I was younger I was depressed alot, had anxiety probs, etc, but then I read “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich nhat han (mispelled, I’m sure), & a few other books along those same lines. Practicing mindfulness has really helped me to get into the moment, & if I’m in this moment, everything is awesome!
Still, some days kind of suck, cuz sometimes life is like that :)

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
3076 tasting notes

A pleasant buttery brew to drink during my bubble bath this morning. That’s all I’m sayin’ :)

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My son Leif (almost 21, college Jr, he’s really cute too, by the way) told me that this is a sipdown. He drank the last cup this morning. No real comments to offer, except that it was relaxing, but he has no plans to restock it. :)

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
3076 tasting notes

1 Tbl steeped 5 minutes in my mug. Resteeped 7…etc
Delicious! Very rich & lives up to its name!

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I’m not really recording my teas in the order that I drank them in. Oh well, I’m sure nobody minds :)

It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this one, & I don’t know why! This is a really delicious & relaxing cup of joy, & if I’d had time for a bubble bath, this was going to be my bubble bath tea, but I didn’t really have time, so I drank it while I was washing my face & brushing my hair. I’m not a huge fan or bergamot, but I don’t find the bergamot to be all that far forward in this cup. The chocolaty Laoshan black blends beautifully with the rose petals, bergamot, & orange peel to make a really nice treat. Sometimes I sweeten it, but today I drank it as is, & it was perfect.
Usually I steep a heaping Tbl for 3 minutes & then resteep for 5. Today I cut to the chase, did one steep at 5, & I loved it SO much. I’ll probably do it that way from now on!



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This tea is from the February TOMC (classic), but I also had 2 samples of it that were included in my Verdant orders. My friend wasn’t sure if she’d ever had oolong, so I pulled out my little porcelain blue lotus teapot & served her some. We went through several steepings & she loved it, so I also gave her the other sample, because I still also have some in my TOMC file. Even after she left I’ve drank several more steepings. I reminds me of sourdough bread & savory roasted veggies.


you keep making me feel bad that most of my reserve teas are still unopened..

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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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