2858 Tasting Notes

I figured I’d try the last of this one chilled, & with a little stevia stirred in it’s actually pretty tasty! It is doubtful that I’ll ever purchase any H & S teas again, because they use the cursed ‘silk’ bags, which are actually plastic & do not break down in the compost pile.


You can buy H&S in looseleaf form…at least I was able to find their SoHo blend in looseleaf form.


I’ve ordered from Harney & Sons online store in the past and found that they have just about every tea available in loose leaf form. As someone who lives in Canada I find their shipping a bit expensive so I don’t buy from them often, but when I do I’m generally happy with their products and customer service.

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Another sipdown, this one from KS.
This is the 3rd dong ding I’ve drank in 2 days. They have all tended to be more savory & less floral than the TGY I had awhile ago. They also all look very much the same, & for the most part, they have tasted about the same, with a lightly roasted veggie & sourdough bread kind of taste. This one is the sweetest of the 3, or at least it seems that way right now.

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Another sipdown from the Verdant TOMC, this from last June’s box.
I like this better than the Dong Ding, it has a lovely yellow flower kind of taste & is sweeter.

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Another Blends sipdown from Sil
Another tea I don’t really have much to say about. It wasn’t bad, but there wasn’t really anything about it that piqued my interest. I’d rather just drink a plain old Puer.
At least I’ve been knocking out a bunch of sipdowns today!

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A sipdown from February 2013 TOMC.
This is a pleasant Dong Ding that reminds me of roasted green beans & sourdough bread. It’s definitely on the savory end of the spectrum, but was enjoyable to drink multiple steepings while playing catch-up at my desk (much needed).

Now that I’ve balanced my various accounts, cleaned my purse, started doing my laundry, watered the houseplants, & all the other activities that usually occur on Monday, I can move on to another activity, as well as another tea.

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OK…so I have to say upfront that I’ve been curious about this tea for awhile. Cavocorax sent me a generous sample awhile back, but I’ve been in an avoidance pattern for weeks (months?). There is some part of me that was sure this would be yucko, because I just don’t really like lavender in my tea.

So guess what? It’s actually no bad! The vanilla aroma is especially nice, & the lavender is not particularly noticeable. Probably not something I’d keep in my cupboard, but worth trying. I drank it hot, & there is also some in the fridge, so that I can try it chilled.

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I was also surprised by this blend. I found it nice though, like you, I doubt I would ever stock it.

Terri HarpLady

I also chilled some of it, & it was ok that way too.

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Another Blends Club tea from Sil.
I don’t hate this one, & I feel like I should love it, because it has so many of my favorite herbs in it:
Burdock – I actually eat burdock root in stir fried & stews, & it’s regularly featured in my homemade root kimchi concoction.
Elderberry – How I love my Elderberry tea, my favorite anti-viral, so much so that I planted 4 bushes this spring, although none of them are showing any signs of life so far… I think I may have to contact the plant place, because I think they sent me dead bushes.
Lemon Verbena – the aroma of lemon verbena used to be a popular perfume. It’s the best aroma therapy I know, which is why I have it growing in my herb garden.
Lemongrass – I usually grow it too, although I haven’t planted any yet this year.
Rooibos – meh
Tulsi – double meh

Anyway, I’m not really in love with it, but this is an ok blend. I can’t really think of anything else to say, except I can taste all of those herbs in there. None of them really stand out, so I guess I can say they are pretty well blended, right?

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My first sipdown of the day, sent to me from my tea sister Sil.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite from the verdant Blends, but only because I have a long love of licorice root. I’m not really so much of a fan of Fennel or Mint in my teas, but my guts are achy this morning from poor choices over the weekend, & both of those herbs are helpful for this sort of thing, so there you go.

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Welcome to day 27 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I haven’t really been quite as productive this past week as I had hoped to be, however I’m now at 301 teas, which is 100 teas less than where I started from on the 1st of May (not counting all the teas that have arrived in the last few weeks, which will be added into my database over this coming week, heh)

There are about 36 teas that I’d like to finish off this week: remnants of tea trades, small samples, remnants of TOMC, etc. I’m only trying to finish off teas that are just one serving left, but I’m still also committed to enjoying every cup! No point rushing through things, right?

With that in mind, I’ve started the day with this wonderful Jin Jun Mei, & although it is the last of the tin, it’s not really a sipdown because I have more. It’s one of those teas who’s warmed leaf aroma alone can make me feel cozy & comforted. It’s rich toasted bread with honey & bee pollen, & I can drink it on an empty stomach!


Impressive sipdown tally! Sip on! ;-)

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Another one from Sil.
Not really much to say about this one, except it’s minty fresh, lol.

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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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