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2495 Tasting Notes

Another tea that is easy on my empty tummy. Tony was in Kansas City all week, so his cupboards are pretty bare. After our morning cup in bed, He got up & went to the grocery to get some supplies. I made a cup of this & proceeded to languish in the bubble bath. They are talking about snowmagedan again, lol. Either it will, or it won’t. I have a rare weekend off, with no interest in drama, so I’ll just sip tea in my pjs with Tony, & if it falls, I’ll enjoy it.

This is a lovely cup of malt, hay, & sweet potato.

Tony’s back, & I hear him fixing breakfast, plus my cup is empty. Time to set the iPad down, wash my hair, & get on with the pajama wearing.

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One of the things I love about Chinese teas is the fact that I can drink most them on an empty stomach, & this one is no exception. I love qimens, I love Yunnans, but there is something about the aroma & taste of Fujians that always causes a voice in my head to whisper, “yes”.

There’s something primordial about them, for me at least, a nurturing nourishing quality.
An invitation: “Savor me”.
I bow to the cup, breath in her fragrance, & sip.

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
2495 tasting notes

From Sil, I served this to a student & her mother. They loved it. I feel that it tasted fake.
That’s pretty much all I have to say.


Random, but that last sentence reminded me of Forrest Gump. :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ll take that as a compliment, hahahah

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I really enjoyed this tea, especially the first cup. I was teaching at the time, so I can’t really remember much, but the flavor was rich & luckily, I’ll get to drink it again, & I promise I’ll try to be more present next time!

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I’m on the re-steep of this tea, & although I don’t always love Darjeelings, I don’t hate them all either. This one is actually pretty nice, with a musky fruity quality, & a tart aftertaste, like apricot. It comes from the Steepster Select box for February.
I’m still working at my desk, & have completed a few tasks that I’ve been avoiding (I don’t know why I avoid these things, they are never hard to do, & never take long either).
Now on to a few errands, & then more desk work.


I don’t believe that I have ever re-steeped a darjeeling. I didn’t even know that it was possible! ;-)

Terri HarpLady

Actually, I don’t usually bother to resteep them either. Just following instructions on the package, LOL.


I did a re steep as well.
I always try a re steep & while I found the re steep to be much more mild,
The re steep was not completely worthless, but far less valuable than most teas.
I am not sure I care enough for this tea to order it (considering re steep value)
BUT This is By Far the best Darjeeling I have ever had…
I had almost completely written this group of teas off as horrible & worthless…lol…
This tea changed my mind :-)

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Why do I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything today?
I woke up at 7, wrote in my journal, did my blend of Qigong, Taichi, & Yoga.
I made myself a good breakfast.
I met with clients at 10:00, played for them, booked their wedding, & got their music setup.
I set up this year’s annual Harp Society Recital, making arrangements with the church who hosts it, & sending announcements to our google group & facebook page (I’m president).
I answered emails & booked another wedding, sending the contract.
I returned a few phone calls.
I finished doing my laundry & put it away.
So…sigh…why do I feel like I haven’t done enough? Probably because there is still a never ending list of things to do.
I drank a pot of this tea while I was doing some of them. It’s a great stand by for when I want something satisfying, but uncomplicated. A rich malty assam that is very balanced & fool proof.
“Now back to work”, Ms Theresa said…somewhere in my head.


I felt accomplished just reading that list. Look at you go!


I miss yoga… boo. you sound productive to me!


You obviously hold yourself to very high standards of productivity. Most people are satisfied to do a load of laundry or go get the mail and call it a day. ;-)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, well, being self-employed, if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. The real problem is I’ve been avoiding doing a lot of things for awhile, especially since I moved my office downstairs. Now I really need to get caught up on things, & it takes me forever to get anything done. There are also a ton of ‘pre-requisites’. Those are things I have to do before I can do certain other things. I think that’s what makes it so time consuming & frustrating. But I did have a very productive day, & now I get to take the weekend off, and hang out in my PJs with Tony all weeked drinking tea & eating good food. Monday I’ll jump back in & see what else I can accomplish…sigh…

Tea Sipper

Oh my gosh! Don’t say you haven’t done enough! When I read some of your posts I swear you have 10 times the amount of time I do! :D

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
2495 tasting notes

This is one of TastyBrew’s offerings for the most recent BBBBox.
It’s a very forgiving tea, as I oversteeped it & it was still very drinkable. It’s a yunnan type, nice & smooth, but there is also a tart quality to it. Nice before & with breakfast!

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And I get to end the day with a sipdown!
This one is from my steep sister, Sil, & I have no idea what my current tea count is, probably 320 or something absurd like that (better that 400 + that it was a month ago!)
Confession: I really like tuochas. They are adorable & I’m a fan of things that are cute sized/shaped. So there!
Although this is not a bad puerh, as in fishy or ammonia-like, it does have a strong peat moss kind of quality, & is rather woodsy. I’m not complaining, but it’s certainly not as sweet as smooth as some of the Shu’s I’ve tried. The 2nd steeping is definitely nice & more developed than the first, & if I wasn’t heading out the door in a minute, I’d go for a third.
Maybe when I get home…


i rinse this one twice

Terri HarpLady

I gave it a quick rinse, & went with longer steepings, simply because I knew I wouldn’t have time for a yixing session.

Dag Wedin

I to love the small mini-touchas. Cute and perfect measurement for a gong-fu session. But be careful when ordering, many mini-touchas uses less than good quality… :)

Terri HarpLady

Agreed. Some mini’s can be really nice, but others are probably the stuff they swept up off the floor, steamed & compressed, or something like that. :)


I miss tea!!!!


Sil, why are you missing tea!


I’m on vacation…..2 more days until I’m back with my tea cupboard….I tried to bring tea but it didn’t work very well for whatever reason in terms of getting to find time to drink it.

Terri HarpLady

I was wondering how your vacay was going, Sil :)


Well hope you enjoy the break. ……Your tea is lonely and missing you. I know because they called me and told me so….

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I sampled the Songboling Shui Xian Oolong, from TTC, and afterwards I went with this one, to see what happens when you age it. I’d like to preface this by saying that Sil & I have sampled some of the aged black teas from TTC, & they had earthy & musty qualities, that were interesting, but not necessarily desireable. One in particular tasted like beets that have spent the winter in the root cellar, if you know what I mean.

This tea however is not so. I think the aging & occasional re-roasting has done this tea justice, intensifying & deepening the jammy flavors a bit, bringing out a nutty hazelnut quality, & the overall feeling was incredibly smooth. No mustiness, no root veggies, just a lovely Oolong.

I have difficulties with comparing teas. I drank these 2 teas separately, enjoying the first one with resteeps while teaching, and then switching to this one. The problem with this method is I’m terrible about taking any kind of notes. While I’m drinking the cup, I’m loving it & thinking nice things, making note in my head of it’s wonders. Then I switch to a different tea, & all is forgotten, as I am now thinking of THIS cup. I have enough to drink this one more time, & I think that final comparison will be side by side, steep for steep.


I think it can be hard to compare some teas, too – especially if they’re very similar.

Terri HarpLady

Right! I think when I’m trying to compare the subtle differences, I really need more time to just sit & sip, breath, & enjoy. The truth is, I rarely just sit. I’m cooking, I’m gardening, I’m teaching, I’m computing, I’m playing an instrument. I’m almost always doing something while I’m drinking tea. Except maybe that first cup of the day. :)

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I spent most of the day drinking Teas from Taiwan Tea Crafts. In particular, I wanted to drink this & the aged 2005 songboling, lot 135, back to back, to see what becomes of a tea such as this one when allowed to age.

Of course, I have no idea what to say about it. I enjoyed them both, LOL.
This one is a lovely cup, roasty, creamy, & sweet. There’s a real incense quality to the aroma, & also a fruitiness, maybe apricot?

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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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