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2485 Tasting Notes

I have enjoyed this tea, with it’s mix of Hazelnut, vanilla oolong, & black. Sometimes I sweeten it, sometimes I add a little french vanilla coconut creamer, today I’m drinking it straight.
It’s also a sipdown, & I’m sending the last bit to a friend :)

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Little terri is a grumpus today, we are having allergies, which goes way beyond irritated sinuses to an overall sense of irritability. She’s clutching this cup of tea, like most kids clutch a favorite blankie, harrumphing at me, & saying, “Mine! Leave me alone!”.

As this yummy, malty, bold & savory brew draws closer & closer to sipdown stage (I think I have 2 cups-worth left), all we can do it savor every sip, resteeping the leaves as many times as possible.
We’re on the 2nd steeping now…


thanks for reminding me, I need to take my quercetin!
Allergies… SUCK :/

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Another tasty Assam from Stacy, very nicely malty & Bold.
This one is very different from the non-upgrade version, & I won’t compare them to one another, except to say that this one has almost a Dian Hong mouth feel to it, & the taste even leans a little bit in that direction, in my opinion.

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Admittedly, I haven’t drank a lot of darjeelings lately.
I drank some years ago, & since I don’t follow instructions well, I think they were steeped at too high of temperature, or for too long.
I tend to fawn over Yunnans & Assams, mostly, but am trying to expand my horizons. So I followed the instructions.
The dry smell: kind of earthy fruity
The wet leaf smell: hmmm…it seems like most teas have a stronger wet leaf smell than dry. This is the opposite.
1 heaping tsp + 12 oz
“boil water, cool 1 min (203F)”
I did that, then steeped 3 minutes
The resulting cup: fruity & earthy. There is a brightness to it, a sweetness, a bitterness (which I kind of like sometimes), & an earthy muskiness.

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Little Terri fixed Breakfast, & the girl knows how to cook!
If you’d like to see the photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200556320925902&set=a.1840459966648.2104718.1095023403&type=1&theater
Wow, that’s a long link!

Nothing goes better with a breakfast like that than a malty cup of Assam! Although this Organic Assam is not as bold & thick as Tea Spots (not organic) Assam, it is still malty, with a lightly sweet essence & smooth body. A nice start for my day!




(breakfast that is…)


Oh, that breakfast looks heavenly! Putting my microwaved egg to shame.




My breakfast consisted of water so I’m a bit envious.


Wow, they must be scrumptious!

Terri HarpLady

They were! Not too sweet, just a little maple syrup, cuz I can’t handle much in the sugar department.
I think my ‘retirement’ job should be a bed & breakfast. It would be great to have houseguests regularly. I could make awesome food from my garden & other local sources, take them on tours of St. Louis, suggest places to visit, take them on float trips, peach picking, or whatever happens to be seasonal. AND of course, there would be tea, SO MUCH TEA!


Oooooh….check me in!

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Yesterday after my wedding gig I rewarded myself with a(nother wonderful) cup of this!
Then Tony & I went out for dinner & to hear some of friends band play.

Did ya know it also resteeps nicely?
I usually start my day with something bold & unflavored, but this morning I resteeped these leaves,
Because I didn’t want to waste their awesomeness.


steepster is being stupid. you may get a comment 6 times. but mostly..mostly i’m just jealous since mine will take forever to get to me since kittenna placed the order lol

Terri HarpLady

;ppp NanaNanaNAaaNa!!

Terri HarpLady

ok, sorry, that was mean…lol…

Seems like the dashboard tends to have problems on the weekends, when we’re all sitting around in our PJs with nothing to do but drink tea & write about it, eh?


Your box is officially in the mail today :)

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! I’m SO excited!


Psh, forever…



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Oh, I have missed this tea!
My Butiki order came a few days ago, & I think sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss something until you have it again, ya know?
This is a rich, bold, spicey, tasty, malty Assam with amazing looking leaves. So good to be drinking this now! I’ve been on an Assam jag lately, & this one is SO satisfying!

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2485 tasting notes

2nd cup of the day! I do recommend 2 tsp @ 3 minutes! Yum!


Stop tempting with teas in my cupboard that aren’t sipdowns! Lol

Terri HarpLady

Can I help it if I love so many of the same teas you love? :D

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This was my first cup of the morning, so satisfyingly sweet, malty, & bold.

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In an effort to broaden my SO’s horizons, I have been providing him with samples of various Earl Grey’s, since EG is his preferred tea (although he’ll also drink straight black teas).

He loved this one! He especially liked the lingering aftertaste, & his actual words were, “Where can I get more of this?”

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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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