2955 Tasting Notes

I’ve just spent the last hour or so washing various veggies that I picked right before the storm: radishes, bokchoi, lettuce, asparagus, Chard, mixed asian greens. Can you tell that we eat alot of greens at my house? :) I also picked a bounty of raspberries!!

This tea tastes a lot like laoshan green to me, but it also really reminds me of Matcha. The earlier steepings had a thick green-ness to them & Drew, who is sampling this with me, said that it reminded him of chewing on rubber bands, a favorite pastime of his apparently.

I really didn’t get a lot of floral out of this, but the later steepings were somewhat sweet & sort of crystalline feeling.

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I had a hard time finding this tea on Steepster. On the TOMC paper it is listed as Master Zhang’s Daping Spring Tieguanyin, which is what I was looking for. Then I realized that on the actual package it’s listed as Hand Picked Early Spring Tieguanyin, so at last I am here!

It’s beautiful. The dry aroma is the color yellow, absolutely. As soon as I smelled it, that is what I saw. The tea itself is a clear spring yellow, with a delightful floral aroma & taste, & it’s sweet & clean & fresh, like it just rained on the first day of spring. Daffodils sparkling with rain drops as the sun comes out from behind the clouds.
That was the first steeping, LOL.

The 2nd steeping brought in a creaminess to it, & a hint of lilac.
The 3rd steeping is completely different. It had the headiness of sweetgrass, although not exactly the same.
I kept drinking, but was also teaching, so I lost track of the steepings, but they gradually lost the yellow taste, although the color remained. I’m not the hugest fan of the color yellow, but today it is a delight to my eyes, & just looking at this tea makes my 3rd chakra feel clearer, & I’m feeling a sense of clarity throughout. An inner voice is telling me to drink more Tieguanyins for awhile, & so I may.

Later steepings take on more mineral notes, & in my mind’s eye I see limestone & Travertine & Marble…smooth & rich with calcium. I taste a hint of vanilla, & then it’s gone. The aroma is still lightly floral, the flavor still gently sweet, although its taking on a dry sensation now, & I think I’ve reached the end of this session.

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We’ve been having an awesome storm! I’m always happy when it rains, it makes me want to laugh & dance around (that would be the little terri part of me anyway). I also like it for my garden, because rainwater is always better for plants than tap water, & it’s free!
It’s suppose to rain on & off until midnight, and I say, “Let it!” :D

I really enjoy this tea. It has a nice rich oaky flavor, is very malty, & a little fruity too. Not as bold as some of the other teas I like, but variety is the spice of life!

High Adventure

Storms are probably the biggest thing I miss since moving to CA. I used to love those huge summer storms that the plains get! Plus, it’s cozy to stay in and drink tea and the plants are always so happy afterwards. Sounds like you are enjoying yourself!

Terri HarpLady

I grew up in San Diego, & the highlight of summer, other than hanging on the boardwalk & at Belmont Park, was going to Globe, AZ to visit my grandparents. The storms there were amazing!!

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This is another lovely sample from Angel @ TeaVivre. Thanks so much!

The aroma of the leaf is very rich & buttery, & once steeped it yields a tasty cup with an essence of sweet potato & a slightly floral high note.
This is one of those teas that has a really rich middle range, with what I can only describe as a “cheesy” taste & feel, as in a fine aged rich cheese. Of course, being allergic to milk, it’s been 30+ years since I actually had any, and it’s taken me awhile to come up with a description of this, but it just hit me as cheesy, so that’s what I’m going with. A nice thick mouth, now I’m thinking yeasty & malty too.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2955 tasting notes

First cup of the day. I need to re-read my notes before steeping, as I forgot that this one requires 2 tsp to be more satisfying.
That’s not to say that it isn’t a tasty tea, because it is, with an essence of honey & a rich nuttiness to it. It’s just not particularly bold, & I like to start off with something bold.
I’m gonna make a note on the bag so I don’t forget to increase the amount next time.

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I used to drink a lot of Dragonwell at one time. This one is the classic embodiment of what a Dragonwell should be. The leaves are beautiful, flat, sage green, with a heady aroma of green-ness. They brew into a pale yellow.

The flavor is sweet & green, with a thickness to the mouth. Delicious.
Thank you Angel & TeaVivre for this lovely & generous sample!

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This is the last of this sample from SIL, & probably my favorite of the sloane samples she sent. It’s dark chocolate liquor with some almond essence. I added stevia. My only wish would be a thicker or creamier mouth feel, if that makes sense to anyone, as it feels ‘thin’.
Not really a problem though, it’s tasty.
Thanks Sil :)


I have a problem with most chocolate teas feeling thin- I always want hot chocolate after I have them! :-)

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This tea also came with me to breakfast. In retrospect, I wish I would have saved this one for later, so I could really focus on the sample, which Stacy sent to me a few weeks ago. I usually like to drink these samples when I’m just sitting around so I can pay attention to them, but it was in my purse, & I wanted more tea, so there it is.

It’s a greener Darjeeling, & the main thing I noticed about it was a pleasant peachy flavor & some nice malt, & some vegetal notes. As the cup cooled a little these were joined by a floral essence, very jasmine like.

Thank you Stacy. This is a very nice Darjeeling.

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Tony & I went to breakfast with his daughter for father’s day. Luckily I had a few teas & a steeper in my purse, because the selection at the restaurant was pretty lame. I drank this one while I was waiting for my breakfast to come out, & it’s such a wonderful cup that I didn’t mind the wait. German chocolate cake with coconut caramel frosting, with a rocky wuyi essence. I think the 2nd steeping is always my favorite.


That sounds incredibly good. I’ve only got a sample so I’ll have to make sure it doesn’t get wasted ny drinking it on a busy day where I could neglect it.

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First tea of the morning. Tony has a thing for Ahmad Earl Grey, so when he ordered some, several months ago, he also got a 100G tin of this for me. I feel that I should drink a cup from time to time, & since today is Father’s Day, here it is.

It’s not a bad tea, actually, but not a tea Im fond of.It’s sufficiently bold, pretty bassy, with an astringent bite. It is the type of breakfast blend that I shouldn’t drink before breakfast, or that I should include some form of sweetener or coconut creamer with, as I can feel in my gut the rising of queasiness that comes from certain teas on an empty stomach. I should drink it more often so that it gets used up, & then I can take the tin home & refill it with something wonderful.

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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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