3091 Tasting Notes

A nicely balanced cup.

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A nicely energizing brew, not bad tasting either.

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I finally got a chance to dig into the TOMC bundle, & this was the first one I wanted to try, as I love Dian Hongs.
I didn’t take any notes, just brewed multiple steepings back to back. On each steeping I poured half into a tiny cup & the rest went into a pitcher. Those tiny cups cool quickly so that I could have a small sample of each. Then I went & sat down & relaxed, drinking from the pitcher. Then I started the process again, refilling the pitcher 3 times over the course of a few hours.
I can’t say that the flavor & aroma were all that different from Golden Fleece: rich & buttery, with a breadlike aroma, very croissant-like. Later there was a hint of chocolate, but it wasn’t really all that present to me. A tasty tea, a visual novelty, a pleasant relaxing break after a few hours of gardening.

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drank Masquerade by Indie Tea
3091 tasting notes

I took one look at this one & decided I probably wouldn’t like, LOL.
I wasn’t even going to try it, but I figure, what the heck?
So, I actually like it :)

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So the other day I used the rest of the sample in the TTB-A to make a cold brew of this, & then promptly forgot all about it. I think that was on Friday. I’m drinking it now, with a little stevia, & admittedly, it’s delicious! Very refreshing, kind of like koolaid for adults. It doesn’t really taste like wine to me, but that’s a good thing! :D

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This is yet another sample sent to me from Sil :D
A tasty blend of black tea, a little cocoa, & spices, most notably Cardamom.

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After Julianna left, I ran through several Gaiwan steepings of this one. I’ve reviewed it more extensively before. I wanted something unflavored & natural, & this hit the spot.

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My grand daughter Julianna (age 8) came over for a little while after school & we did the same kind of sampling that Leif & I did earlier:
4 oz Gaiwan + 1/2 tsp or so tea, steep the usual time for each tea.
We drank our of tiny cups, & I let her pick any teas from the TTB-A that she though she might like. Here’s what we drank:
Oriental – Mariage Freres
Classic Phoenix Oolong – Element Tea
Bossa Nova Oolong – Teagschwinder
Coquelicott Gourmand – Damman Freres
Hazelnut Mate – Fava Tea
Candy Cane – 52 teas
I believe that’s everything we sampled! She was kind of a grumpus when she arrived, but by the time she left she was happy as a lark! :D


wow she knows how to pickem! she obviously has naturally good taste.

Terri HarpLady

and she loved every single sip!

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  1. from TTB-A
    Not bad, but there is an odd flavor here that I just can’t pinpoint.


Terri HarpLady

Nope, I recognized that one! :)


The one at Zen Tea is the same, and Tin Roof Teas. They all get it from Teageschwender. Maybe reviews on those will lend a clue? I had it from Zen, and mostly got hazelnut and vanilla. I don’t know what mullein blossoms taste like as I have never had them in anything else!

Terri HarpLady

That’s what I was thinking…I’ve never had mullein blossoms in my tea, so maybe that’s what I’m tasting.

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TTB-A #18
Unsweetened it’s just ok.
Lightly sweetened its a liquid ‘thin mint’.
Need I say more?

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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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