3091 Tasting Notes

I crammed my little blue lotus pot about half full of these leaves. That is my favorite way to drink this tea. The first several steepings were very short, the tea quickly packed with sweet bright flavor & sensations. Gradually I’ve steeped it longer & longer, as it moved from Grapes & Malt to sourdough bread & olive oil. I’m in the later steepings, & it has the pepperiness of a green olive oil, & reminds me of crispy potato chips fried in olive oil, sprinkled with salt & pepper.

I’m still trying to resolve my grumpy demeanor. I really woke up in a funk! I’ve eaten well, I’ve enjoyed some amazing teas. I even went to my chiropractor today. He has a crazy amount of Russian Sage growing in front of his office, was talking about needing to thin it out. I thinned it out for him, bringing home a trash bag full, as I’ve wanted to plant Russian Sage for quite some time now! Right now the plants are having a big drink in a bucket of water. Guess who is allergic to Russian Sage? The pollen got all over me while I was pulling plants, resulting in much sneezing, some wheezing, itchy eyes, etc. But the aroma of the sage is so amazing, so just for today I’ve decided it’s a small price to pay. It will look beautiful edging my driveway.


You make this sound so delicious!


I agree with scribbles, although probably if I drank it I would probably think it was bitter with an aftertaste of hotdogs, or something. I just can’t seem to get most straight teas yet.


Haha Nxtdoor I love your description!

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“Yayyyyyy!!” Shouted at the top of my lungs, “Zhu Right is BACK!”

And just in time! I’m such a grumpus today! I slept very deeply last night, the kind of deep sleep you have when you’re sick, & although I am not sick, I’m cranky & probably should take a nap.

Note to self: Drink a strong infusion of Elderberry this afternoon, just in case you’re fighting off a virus you don’t know about.

Anyway, my day is saved! I opened the front door to find 2 Boxes with my name on them! Not one, TWO!!. In the first box, this awesome tea. I immediately had to have a cup, 1 TB in mug, steep 3 minutes. It’s a wonderfully deep & strong cup of dark fancy designer 97% chocolate from somewhere exotic, with a little expresso, some sweet spices, and Re-Steep @ 5 min. I’m SO grateful that I get to drink this today!

Box #2: YAY!!!” Every bit as exciting as the Zhu Right, it’s my trade from Sil, the most awesome tea friend Ever! I just posted a pic of the yummies she sent on my FB. Sarah, you Rock!

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This tea is at it’s best if you overleaf a bit & steep for 4 minutes.
You get a nice blend of the earthy keemun, the sweet banana, & some nuttiness from the walnuts. I feel like I’m drinking a delicious banana-bread! Drew & I are enjoying a cup of this with breakfast, & his only comment is, “Banana-ey”. He is a young man of few words. He likes it.

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I love this tea!
I have loved it for a long time.
Everyone was bummed out at breakfast because of the Bilbo Brew sipdown, & so I made a big pot of THIS, handing out cups of it’s chocolaty awesomeness. Everybody is in love!

This tea has a nice bold bass, a wonderful chocolate essence, & just enough Shu to give it an earthiness, although not in an obvious way. If you didn’t know there was some Shu in there, you might miss it. Overall, I love the bass, I love the boldness, I LOVE the chocolate, & it packs a pretty good punch too!


Hey! I’m drinking this right now! :)

Glad that this was able to appease the sad Bilbo-brew crowd. After tasting my sample, I can see why!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, we’re getting low on this one now, & I’m REALLY not allowed to order any tea for awhile, hahaha, at least not until Sept.


weird..thought i commented on this. This and chocolate o are going on my september/october list since i have no funds and need to order from butiki and mandala first..

Terri HarpLady

Maybe we can do another split order…I will be needing to restock both this & chocolate O as well.


I will keep you posted madam!

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I drank a cup of this earlier in the day. It’s a very delicate tea, almost more like a white tea, lightly flavored with Jasmine & juicy peach. I’m usually not a big fan of flavored greens, but this is a really gentle brew with an authentic peach taste, very enjoyable.

Thanks again to Angel @ TeaVivre for this generous sample!

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Master Han has a couple of new Puers that Verdant recently added to the webpage, including another Sheng. I’m curious to see how it will differ from this one, & it’s coming in the TOMC box, so I’ll get to find out! I’m hoping my TOMC will arrive by next monday, as I’m leaving town Tues AM, flying down to Orlando area (Apopka) to visit my Mom & Dad for a week. I still need to figure out which teas I’m bringing!

This one came in the TOMC box in March, along with Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan Black, and Xingyang’s Golden Buds 2010 Shu. Some months of the TOMC interest me more than others, but that was a particularly nice month!

This tea starts out lemony, with a tangy green-ness of a fresh peppery olive oil. It maintains some tartness as it leans towards a sweet grapey fruitiness, & in the later steepings it reminds me of Kolkannon, an Irish dish of potatoes & Kale, in this case drizzled with a bit of olive oil & a pinch of salt.


oooooh i want some!


I can’t wait to see some reviews o n the new pu Verdant has up. I am considering getting a cake of the 2912 sheng under the assumption that I can age it if I don’t like it and keep trying it. Anything to justify more tea, right? :)

Terri HarpLady

Right! I’m glad they are including it in the TOMC this month, so I can try it first!

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This oolong is from the Reserve TOMC, January.
The leaves of this one are so beautiful, with a rich burgundy cast to them, & of course they are wild looking! The aroma today reminded me of peaches, maybe roasted peaches, & red fleshed plums.

The warm aroma of this one is so heady with fruit & a hint of cinnamon, & the tea itself has such a juicy fruity flavor, again of peaches & plums. My mouth is left with a sweet stone fruit aftertaste, like I just ate a bowl of cobbler. This tea also makes me think of umeboshi plums.

Later the flavors are briefly chocolate & fruit, & then as the leaves wane, more of a mineral taste, but even then there is a lightly salty rich brothiness to it. This has been a beautiful tea, & I only have enough to enjoy it one more time, but enjoy it, I will!


Wow! Sounds lovely!

Terri HarpLady

It is a really nice Oolong! :)

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These are cute little mini tuos, just right for a 4oz or so Gaiwan. I’ve also used them in an 8oz cup, using 2 tuochas. It steeps into a nice dark brew, very smooth, although not as rich as some. There is a pleasant cocoa-ness to it, like powdered chocolate, & mild sweetness.
For me, this tea requires longer steepings. The initial 1 minute steep was pretty watery, but the next couple (each at a little longer time) were fuller. This tuo also does not have the staying power of some of the others I’ve tried. I can only really get a couple of decent cups from it.

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2nd Sipdown of the day! I think that’s 284 to go…

A lovely nutty green here, a sample from Angel @ TeaVivre, thank you!
It’s like a savory green such as spinach or chard, with butter & a pinch of salt. Very tasty!


i have samples coming from angel…. i am very excited.

Terri HarpLady

TeaVivre’s teas are very nice! :)

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The Sad Sipdown.
Gone…but never forgotten…


Is your dashboard moving?


Noooooooo! :O
Good luck re-creating the blend. It was so tasty, and I’m happy I was able to try a bit.


Also my dash was frozen for a while. Looks like I’ve got new tea reviews to read, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to keep updating. #fingerscrossed

Terri HarpLady

yeah, it was frozen, but looks like we’re on the move now!

Terri HarpLady

When I DO reformulate Bilbo Brew, you guys will get a sample…of course!


:D That would so great!

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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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