3091 Tasting Notes

It’s been awhile since I drank a cup of this, & although I used to avoid smokey teas, I’ve begun to develop a taste for them. I drank this while cooking breakfast, so no analysis or anything, but I can say without a doubt that this is damn fine tea!


I fall in and out of love with smokey teas. Right now I’m just starting to like them again


I’m the same way! I have about 2oz of Russian Caravan to drink up so it’s a good thing I’d getting more into smokey teas again!


I am the same way too. I like them a lot when the weather is cold and rainy.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’m just like you guys. Sometimes I really like them, other times it’s, “no thank you”.


I have yet to find a smoky tea I like.

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I’m trying to drink things I haven’t drank in awhile, so I still have of this. Last fall I bought an oz of all of the fall verdant tea blends, this being one of them. Usually if I’m going to get a sample of something, I want to sample it more than once, so rather than get the 7G, I just go ahead & get an oz.
1Tbl + 8oz X 3min (resteep 5)
Although I love xingyang puers, this blend is just ok for me. I like the resteep better than the first steep, more of the puer comes out, along with the cinnamon. It’s a pleasantly sweet & refreshing cup for sure, but although I love fresh mint in a salad, & sometimes a few sprigs in a cool glass of water is nice, I’m not a big fan of mints in my teas usually.
Still, it’s not bad & I think I have enough for 1 more cup.

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Thank you Sil for sending me a sample of this. I have only previously tried one of the flavored Matchas from Red Leaf, Caramel I think, & I didn’t really care for it as a hot tea, as a latte, or as a smoothie.
I followed your suggestions for a smoothie, & actually it is pretty good that way.


nice! it’s not an everyday drink but from time to time it’s nice

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
3091 tasting notes

This is a lovely lovely tea. It has a very sweet honey like nature, some maltiness, & with hints of coriander & chocolate in the background, it’s like a breakfast dessert tea, or a nice afternoon tea to relax with. The flavors have a richness to them that is mouth filling, & even kind of creamy feeling. It’s really very good!


Love coriander.

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Yeah, I know, I drank this yesterday. So what? LOL!
Sure, I set a parameter for myself to drink ALL THE TEAS in my cupboard & there are still 29 unflavored blacks to get through this month, in addition to flavored blacks, greens, whites, oolongs, puers, etc, but little terri wanted to try this one again this morning, & we all know that she really runs the show (for those who don’t little terri, she is my inner child, who I’ve spent a good deal of my adult life getting to know. She is all about creativity, food, gardening, tea, music of course, & fun. You never want to confuse her with Ms Theresa, the office manager part of me, who likes to think she’s the boss, but spends most of her time locked up in some closet in my mind).

So this tea? I steeped 1 Tbl + 8 oz X 3 minutes
The resteep was for 5 minutes. I’d like to say more, but my first student just walked in the door, so I’ll just say I do like it.
Sorry, that’s all you get.


Ha! This was my morning tea too!


I like little Terri best!

Terri HarpLady

Yay tigress! Thanks!

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Today I got to meet a new student, along with her mother & sister. They are tea drinkers! Yay!! I made a nice big pot of this tea, & they loved it! There was enough for my next student to enjoy some too. I resteeped at 5 minutes & shared that pot with my final students & my son Leif. There is also a pint left over, which is in the frig chillin’ so that I can enjoy it cold tomorrow.


that’s nice to be your student !

Terri HarpLady

We have fun!


I’ve worked through four infusions of this one today. I really enjoy this tea!

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This is quite different from last year’s Imperial Breakfast Summer Blend. I SO wish I still had a few cups worth of that one, just because it would be fun to compare them. I actually have most of the components here so that I could mix up a batch of the old summer blend…Laoshan Black, I’ve got a couple of Big Red Robe type wuyi’s, Silver Needle, & Willow Grove Shu. The only thing I don’t have is the Wild Picked Jin Jun Mei (Oh….I miss it SO).

But why cling to the past? Embrace the day & what it has to offer!
This blend is rather different from last year’s. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good, & although I can’t really think of any real details since it’s been hours since I actually drank it, I did enjoy it & I hope to keep it around for awhile. It is pleasantly bold & earthy, with all the flavors that most of us love: Malt, cocoa, caramel.
There is also the Wuyi floral/incense after aroma in the sinuses that I find so sensual & alluring. I’m looking forward to the next cup!

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I’m posting this under last fall’s Bilochun, but actually I’m drinking the spring one, which looks VERY different from the fall version. The fall version was rolled into nuggets, which is the way I’ve always seen bilochun, but the spring version is rolled longways. If you want to see it, here’s the page.

Anyway, it’s very tasty! It’s amazing to me that simply by rolling up the leaves you can alter the flavor! So this is delightfully green like spinach or other greens fresh from my garden, but with a hazelnut taste to it as well. It’s sweet, but it’s also nicely savory.


Man, I really want to try this one!! :D


Interesting… I have the fall version, presumably.

Terri HarpLady

I can send you a sample, if you like :)


Only if there is something of mine you’d like to try! :D

Terri HarpLady

I’ll take a peek & get back to you on that! :)

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Recently I placed an order from The Tea Spot, & Katie was very generous in sending me a few samples, including a sample of their Russian Caravan! Thank you Katie & The Tea Spot.

Opening the package, the aroma of Lapsang Souchong was the first thing I noticed. I used to be a little freaked out about smokey teas, but they have grown on me. The first sip was a tad marine, but that subsided immediately. This tea does have a smokey nature, but it is also earthy, malty, bold, & sweet. I’m avoiding any form of sweetener right now, but I bet that if I added a little Maple syrup, this tea would be a cup of rich smokey caramel. Maybe next time.

Enjoyed plain, this blend of Lapsang Souchong, Oolong, Assam, & Puerh is a very satisfying cup, reminiscent of the Camel trains transporting tea from China to Russia in days of old. I can see the camel drivers, reaching into the bottom of large baskets that the different varieties of teas are bundled in, gathering a mix of leaves that had broken loose & fallen along the journey, combining them & adding hot water for a morning brew guaranteed to knock their socks off & energize their day.
I can get behind a brew like that!

For more info on this tea: http://theteaspot.com/russian-caravan-tea.html?catid=253

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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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