2955 Tasting Notes

This is a tasty sample from Sil. A lovely dark chocolate covered almond flavor, with a little boldness to the bass.

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This is the 2013 version of Mrs. Li’s.
I did not follow the instructions. I can’t drink green tea that way right now, as was evidenced yesterday when I drank the Jingshan green in the method of leaving the leaves in the cup & continuing to add more water. I ended up with an all day gut ache. Today I’m being gentle on myself, & going back to just barely steeping the green leaves in my ‘test tube’ steeper (which I love, BTW). I used 2.5 Grams of tea & kept the steepings short.

A very pale gold-green liquor that is mildly astringent, very clean, lightly buttery & hinting at cashews. I drank 4 rounds, & that’s enough for now. Just not really into green teas right now, which is a bummer because I noticed the June reserve club will be all greens.

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Do you like greens better iced? In the summer there’s nothing like an iced green tea, for me anyway!

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drank Keemun by Mandala Tea
2955 tasting notes

I want to start off by saying that Garret is awesome! I’ve never met him in real life, of course, but I can tell that he is an awesome guy. He always throws a little something extra (really, more than a little!) in the box, with a personalized note (not just “thanks for buying more tea”), AND his teas are tasty! I loiter on his site often, building up shopping carts, & then making myself close them because I already have a ridiculous amount of tea here. There is a very special tea set on his site that I’ve been fawning over for quite some time (& struggling right now to not go put it in my cart…aughghghg….it’s just so… lovely….I…want…)

So last friday in my tea buying frenzy (you know that saying, “No one can eat just one?” Of course, they are referring to potato chips, but it translates for me to not being able to place just one order for tea…Yeah, I can hold off for months, but like a binge drinker, which I was long ago, once the wall falls & I place that one order, lookout!), I ordered a lovely selection of black teas from Mandala, because face it, black tea is my true love & will forever be.

I enjoy Keemun. It’s a really nice grounding kind of tea for me, with an earthiness that leans slightly towards a shu, & a real ‘even’ kind of flavor. Some Keemuns lean towards smokiness. This one isn’t particularly smokey, at least not today. Some teas slap you in the face with bright edges, bold bass notes, astringency, or whatever. This isn’t one of those teas. Don’t get me wrong, I love my bold Assams, my rich Yunnans, but some mornings I want a quiet Keemun. It’s mildly sweet & soothing, it isn’t outgoing, its…damn…it’s gone!


I heart Garret. :)


Garret is awesome.

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This is a fairly tasty tea, even for a rooibos blend. I’ve had a achy gut all day (since I drank a certain green tea), & although I was hungry, most food was unappealing, & I also wanted one more cup of tea. So I made a big pile of Paleo (almond flour) pancakes, which I enjoyed with Maple syrup & this cup of tea. A nice end to my day, & I bet I’ll sleep like a rock too!


Sounds nice. I’m not sure I’ve tried any rooibos and peach blends…


wonder how this one compares to the one from lupicia…

Terri HarpLady

Seems like I like the Lupicia one too, but now I don’t really remember.


haha too many teas, hard to remember them all

Terri HarpLady

you can say that again!

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If Sil (or any other black tea lover) were sitting here with me, we’d be giddy with joy! I received a ridiculous amount of tea today, the results of one crazy evening of falling off the wagon & ordering from several venders. I got boxes from Mandala, Smith, thepuritea, & to top it all off, I got my swap from Nofar (Tel Aviv, Israel). There’s 35 samples from a bunch of companies I’ve never even heard of, & they are all unflavored, mostly black teas. I’ve been smiling all afternoon.

So I’ve decided that the next 100 or so posts should be all new teas that I’ve never tried, since I have SO MANY to sample now. Here’s the first one.

I’ve shared recently that I do have a think for Black tea pearls. I don’t know what it is about them, I guess in part it’s the novelty, but also the first ones I ever had were SO delicious. So part of my ordering frenzy included Dragon Pearls from 3 places: Adagio, Mandala, & thepuritea. I’d like to also get a few more, just because it would be fun to compare them to one another.

These are quite tasty! The aroma is fruity, but like roasted stone fruits, the flavor is a mix of Malt, chocolate, & molasses, & there is also an unexpected smokiness. Going back for the resteep now. :D


You make me feel better about myself… I also fell off the wagon recently!
Trying new teas from the unknown sounds awesome, enjoy :-)


I love black dragon pearls! The novelty is one thing, but all of the brands that I have tried have been quite tasty. Plus…pre=measured tea amounts. Simple!

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My 1000th Posting on Steepster!
I really felt that I had to pick something especially good to celebrate, but I’ve got about 300+ teas here now, & I love so many of them. I thought about going with one of the new ones, but then I decided I should go with a tea that could represent the end of the first 1000. Still, there are so many that I love LoVe LOVE. In the end, I selected this one because:
a – It’s awesome
b – It’s the first one that popped into my mind
c – It’s a sipdown! At least for that package. I just got another 4oz in the mail to split with Sil, so finishing off the last hoarded cup from the previous bag was a good reason as any, right?

This really is a wonderful Assam, very bold, nicely malty, with a deep fruitiness & sweet caramel essence.


Congrats on your 1000th Posting on Steepster!


Congrats on 1000! That’s a whole lot of tea that you drank! :-)


Wow! That’s whole lot of reviews, congrats and keep them coming :-)


Congrats on 1000! you’ll be hitting your next milestone in no time.


yay!!!! WOOT WOOT! that’s super exciting!


Congratulations on the great 1000, Terri!!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! The funny thing is, I didn’t realize how many teas I’d logged until I was at 999, LOL.


Congratulations on your 1000th tealog


Wow – congratulations! I think you should definitely be rewarded with more tea! :)


Congratulations…great choice for the 1000th.

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I just realized this is my 999th tasting note! What? Really?
How did THAT happen?
Of course, many of my notes are repeats of teas I’ve already reviewed, because once I find something I love, I want to drink it over & over again, & tell everyone how great it is.
But it feels a little crazy that my next tasting note (after this one) will be #1000. I feel like I should do something special, & in all honesty, if I’d realized this was #999 before I poured the water, I probably would have picked a different tea. Too late.
So…I will openly admit that this is not my favorite green tea. It starts out tasting rather wine like, with a bright fruitiness that quickly morphs into a lime citrus taste & oral sensation. There is also a floral element that is just a little too perfumey for my tastes. The mouthfeel is very bright & almost metalic on the tip of my tongue, again, that citrus-like sensation, & astringent to my throat. I can never make it through all the steepings of this one, as it is the type of green tea that tends to irritate my stomach as well. On the other hand, it seems to have some nice Chaqi. I wonder if they ever process this leaf as Sheng?
Time to drink a big glass of cold water!


No pressure for your next note!


I’m saving my 1000th tea note for Frank’s Tuna Melt tea.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I received a bunch of tea in the mail today, just to add to the decision! :D

Terri HarpLady

Incendiare egads! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2955 tasting notes

I’m having a nice quiet morning. Drew left for his class at the college, Leif is still sleeping. No students until noon today, so I made myself a nice brekkie & have been savoring multiple steepings of my beloved Laoshan Black. I love this tea! This is one of the only black teas that I actually bother to re-steep. This is also one of the only teas that I always order 4 oz of at a time. I know I’ll love it, I know I’ll drink it. I’m currently still drinking the Fall picking, but I also just got a bag of the Spring version, so that I can do a comparison. But not today.
I love the thick mouth filling roasty chocolaty-ness of this. There for awhile I was drinking it everyday, but now I’m trying to cycle through ALL of my teas each month (I never quite make it, but I do at least get through all the black teas).


Mmmm. I can’t wait until mine arrives!


do a comparision naaaao! lol

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I’ve been sitting around drinking various caffeine free teas this evening, because I want to sleep well. Of course, I probably won’t have any trouble falling asleep, since I worked out in the garden almost the entire day. I really got a lot done, & Leif was there with me through most of it. We had a good time, & my garden is looking pretty good!

I followed dinner with a cup of Adagio’s Rooibos Lemon Cloud, which is kind of tasty in a creamy lemony sort of way, but also tastes more like a lemon sucker than the real thing.
Then it was More Cowbell!, which I’ve decided I don’t really care for. It sounded good:chocolate, vanilla, caramel, rooibos, honeybush. I think it was better if I use aLOT more tea. I didn’t, so it’s just blah.

I’d really like to end my day with one cup of something really good, but all the teas I love the most, all the teas that are supremely satisfying, are teas that pack a punch.

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This is really hitting the spot! Just a good honest bold & malty cup of wonderful. Just what I needed!

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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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