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2495 Tasting Notes

drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
2495 tasting notes

This is a sample sent to me from Laurent @ Nina’s. Thank you!
I have to admit, after I gave Laurent my address, I think I was suppose to look at the catalog & pick out some teas for him to send. I got sidetracked & never got around to it. So I got random samples.

So…Cancer is not my sign. I’m an Aquarius. Also, I don’t usually like rooibos much, & in fact, for some reason the look of it kind of freaks me out. It just doesn’t look real, LOL. So, even though the rooibos in this blend looks creepy to me, it is the best looking rooibos I’ve seen, in that it’s not as chopped up as usual, & none of it managed to get through the filter & into my throat, so that’s a plus. I’m guessing that this is a higher grade rooibos than I usually end up with.
I decided to sample this because I’m trying not to stay up til 2am for once, so I’m avoiding caffeine for the evening in an effort to wind down. Initially, the rooibos taste was fairly strong, but then the pineapple flavor really stepped forward. The coconut was there too. I’ve still been working on restringing that harp (only 2 octaves to go), so my tea had a chance to cool a bit, & the flavors really blended together beautifully. It was quite good!

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Girl scout cookies!! I haven’t had a thin mint in years, but I’m having one now!


Whaaaaa…..you are so killing me with these Terri lol

Terri HarpLady

I guess I’d better hurry up & send you your goodie box then, eh?

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I’ve spent the whole day drinking ‘grown up’ tea, & while we were taking a break from re-stringing another harp, and reading Indigo Bloom’s post, little Terri started begging for a chocolate tea. And this one is awesome! First of all, the tea base is real full leaf tea, not chopped up stuff, & it’s a nice malty robust base! Then the chocolate! It reminds me of melted chocolate chips, the semi sweet kind. It has a thick feeling to it. I added stevia & coconut creamer, & I’m drinking hot cocoa! YUMMM!!


Hmmmmm… Want! Lol

Terri HarpLady

I plan on sending you some, when we finally do our trade, LOL!


Haha ok


My fave chocolate tea by far!


ohhhh yah that sounds amazing. Little Terri has good instincts haha


I want to A. learn to play the harp and B. drink this tea! : )

Terri HarpLady

Dinosara: Yup!
Indigo: Yup! She’s very easily influenced by others too :D
Serenity: Too bad you don’t live in St. Louis! I have rental harps available for students. BUT if you ever decide to try lessons, I can probably help you find someone in your area.


I’m happy to influence tea choices any time! :P

Terri HarpLady

Sometimes it’s fun to look around, see what everyone else is drinking, & then decide what I want. No responsibility!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2495 tasting notes

Shared a pot of this with my student.

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I’ve been sipping on this all afternoon, while I restring a harp for a student. It is one of the TOMC selections for March.
I open the package to find a chunk of a nice thick cake, loosely pressed in shades of tan, brown, olive, charcoal, & black.
Dry aroma: Hay & a hint of vanilla
Wet Aroma: very bright & fruity, Elderberry & green banana
5G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 5 seconds

The early steepings were tart, with almost a lemony feel. The first couple of sips etched my throat, like a very fresh green olive oil.

I lost track of my steeps, I’m probably at 9 or so, & the flavor has mellowed to a nicely savory, slightly creamy cup. It’s kind of buttery, & the flavor somehow reminds me of Kolcanon, which I haven’t had for a long time. For those who haven’t had it, it’s an Irish dish of potatoes & kale.


I made kolcanon with sausage for St. Patrick’s day! Only the version I use is cabbage instead of kale, it’s so yummy either way!

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I can’t believe it’s almost noon, & this is the only tea I’ve had today so far. Of course, I stayed up late working on taxes, slept in a bit, did my yoga, & finally came downstairs about 90 minutes ago.

I’m finally doing a gongfu session with this tea! So far all of my steepings with this one have been western style, but today is the day.
I re-read David’s writings regarding this tea, & was inspired to go heavy on the leaf. I filled my gaiwan about half full & started with 4 second steeps, gradually adding time.

It started off very savory, with a slightly bitter edge. By the 3rd steeping the numbing sensations were there, along with a floral taste. 4th steeping the esoterical & metaphysical sensations of 3rd eye opening & mindfulness were lovely…
I combined 5 – 8 in a pitcher & enjoyed them with breakfast.
Steep 9 & 10 have a ’resinous’quality to them, kind of reminding me of my hash smoking days, & my nose feels as if I’m smelling the wafting smoke of incense. Maybe I’ll light some in a little while…
10 – 15 were together in the pitcher. To me, this is a tea that is more about sensations & effect than actual flavor. Right now my mouth feels extremely ‘clean’. There’s the linen, there’s a fruity brightness, there’s the ‘resin’ & yes, there is the green olive oil taste as well. But I think I’ve reached my limit on this one, & I have to admit, it’s not nearly as satisfying to me as many of the other teas in my cupboard. But it is a worthy experience!


ugh – I still need to do my taxes!

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This is a tasty blend!
Nicely lemony, a bit creamy. The flavors are bright & tangy, just like River Song herself!

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I picked this to drink because of the ginger root. It’s been on my shelf since my last Adagio order, when I picked out several of the Hobbit blends. I am a fan of Cara McGee’s blends so far, & this one is warming with spices, kind of like a Chai, but different.


We are watching the hobbit on DVD right now! Lol! I need to get some of those blends!

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Another Keemun, & this one is pleasant too. It’s hard to say, but I think my preference in Keemuns, so far, is:
Teavivre – organic superfine fragrant keemun
London Tea Room – Keemun Mao Feng
Teavana – Capital of Heaven
All 3 are pleasant. This one is a little more astringent the LTR’s, I think.
I really need to place an order from Teavivre & get more of their’s…soon…

Rachel J

I’m looking for a good Keemun too. I’ve got a sample of the Teavivre coming this week!

Terri HarpLady

It’s really very nice!

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Finally I’m home, in my PJs with my wool toe sox on, in my nice cozy house, drinking TEA!
The gig went great, I even made a couple videos of myself with my iPhone. The quality of the sound is probably crappy (I haven’t actually looked, LOL), but if you’d like to see them, I uploaded the to FB to share the love.
It snowed the whole time I played, so moving my equipment home sucked. But now I am sitting here, drinking tea, eating leftover stew, and enjoying the evening.
This Keemun is tasty, a bit smokey & sweet. That smokey character seemed like the perfect thing for a damp chill.

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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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