2955 Tasting Notes


“sipdown”, little terri said with tears in her eyes.
We have loved this tea, with its Malty peppery savory sweetness.

;_; Even Ms Theresa is sad. She said that if she had known it wasn’t coming back she would have let us order even MOAR of it (although we did order alot). This was a tea worthy of being hoarded, & hoard it we did. So rich, so mouth-filling, so satisfying. I can’t believe it’s not coming back…sob…

On a lighter note, I love the new layout on the Verdant website? I don’t want to send anyone into a fit of tea ordering, but if you haven’t seen it, you should check it out. Under each tea type, they have folders now: What’s In Stock, what’s Out of Stock (meaning they will be getting more), and what’s Archived (meaning it’s not coming back).

Sadly, this awesome tea is in that final category. I will savor every last drop…sigh…


Aw, now I can go back and reminisce about all the old alchemy blends that will never return. Also I wondered over to the teaware section where they actually have the same categories, and found a pair of bird jingdezhen tea cups in the “temporarily out of stock” section that I never even saw go up for sale! No fair!

Lily Duckler

Terri: Aw!! Thank you for this review, Terri. It’s the great and terrible thing about coming across a wild-picked harvest.. eventually, the seasons’ harvests run out. We are always looking out for great teas, so even if this particular downy Yunnan won’t return to our collection, chances are good that there will be something new to enjoy another season.

Dinosara: Good eye! The bird tea cup pairs were actually part of our sourcing trip last Autumn, and we’ll have more teawares arriving in May. :)


Thanks for the update Lily! I was out of the county all of last August so I guess that’s how I missed them! Glad to hear there is more teaware coming, too.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Lily! I have pretty much every tea you guys release, LOL, & of course, there are others that I love just as much!
I am happy that the Zhu Rong (or Zhu Right, as I like to call it) is on the ‘temporarily out of stock’ page, because I actually love that one even more!

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I’ve never drank Merlot. Actually I haven’t had a drink of any alcoholic beverage (or other substance other than tea) in 29 years. So I have no idea what merlot tastes like, but I will say that this is a very tasty fruity tea & doesn’t taste at all like wine to me, which is probably a good thing! :)
Thanks Sil, for sharing this!


haha it’s pretty close imo to some merlots. It’s also a nice velvety grape juice lol

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drank Tiger Eye by Adagio Teas
2955 tasting notes

Taking a break from my office cleaning (it’s coming along). My biggest success of the day so far is that I finally got my Paypal account working again! Since January my account has been frozen to receiving any payments. After numerous phone calls & sitting on hold for hours, one wonderful guy got me through the redtape of setting up the ability to receive payments on my iphone/ipad & fixed my account. Whew!

I’ve enjoyed this Tiger Eye, it’s quite tasty with essence of chocolate, vanilla, & caramel. Now I’m taking a break from my office to go deposit some checks at the credit union, & I’m bringing along the last cup of this! YES, Sil, it’s another SIPdown!! That brings me down to 227 teas!


You are not alone regarding the frozen PayPal account: http://elliotjaystocks.com/blog/good-riddance-paypal/

There are so many complaints about their customer service and unreasonable freezing of accounts.

Terri HarpLady

mine was frozen because I applied to be able to use the paypal swiper on my iphone. They were suppose to send me an email with some questions for me to answer regarding my business, to be sure I was a real person & not some ripoff artist. The problem is I never received the email, not even in my spam folder. Because I didn’t receive it, I didn’t respond to it. So my account got put on hold, & then I sort of forgot about it until I wanted to use my account, only to discover I couldn’t. It took 3 more phone calls, with being on hold for an hour on two of them, to finally get it solved. The first call the guy gave me wrong info, the 2nd call she said they’d resend the email, & I never got that one either. Today the guy was awesome, totally took care of everything while we were on the phone. So maybe their customer service is getting better? Everyone I talked to was really nice, but apparently this guy was the only one who knew what to do. Anyways, it’s fixed now, so maybe people can start buying my CDs again! :D


Congrats on the sipdown! Sounds yummy.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Chelle :)
I think this one might be a re-order…eventually…maybe in June.

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This was one of the January reserved TOMC offerings. I loved it then, & I’m loving it now. I’ve never had creme brulee, but I imagine it being like this tea: creamy mouthfeel with a sweet brown sugar topping.

As far as Lapsangs go, this one is very refined. The smoke quality is there, but not so intensely as many others. It’s really lovely. Other images that come to mind while sipping:
canned condensed milk
kettle corn
A fine pipe tobacco

I’ll keep sipping :)

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This is a beautifully fragrance white tea. The flavor is delicate, as white teas are, & the Jasmine scenting of the leaves is quite aromatic, but in the flavor it is not overpowering, but rather balanced. I’ve been working in my office all morning, (I can actually see part of the floor!), the this tea provided a nice relaxing break.

Thank you to Angel & TeaVivre for this sample, which was very generous! I’ve drank it a few times, & still have enough for at least one more session!

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Sample Sipdown!

As soon as I started sipping on this, I knew I’d drank it before! So I scrolled through the reviews, to see if I’d written one, & sure enough I had! To me this tea smells like a tray of roasted veggies: carrots, green beans, winter squash. It also tastes of roasted acorns. It’s very pleasant, very fall-like. There is none of the floral essence that you find with some oolongs. This is roasty, toasty, & delicious.
Thanks for the sample Stacy!

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This is definitely on my short list of Most Favorite Assams & on the list of Most Favorite Black Teas as well. Bold, Malty, Sweet, & Spicy, it really satisfies me this morning, & I’m even getting a bit of a butteriness to it today! I don’t think I’ve noticed that before! :D

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I woke at 4 am, tossed & turned awhile, & finally got up & had a nice long yoga session, followed by some tennis ball therapy. My neck is still out of whack, but improving. So here I am, ready for the day, a few hours earlier than usual!

I’m starting with this Irish breakfast, not because it’s a favorite by any means, but simply because it’s a sipdown! And now it’s gone! :)

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Tasty desert like tea for the end of the day :)

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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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