3091 Tasting Notes

Just came in from planting my 3 San Marzano Tomato plants & doing some weeding. My garden is gradually coming into shape. I have tons more weeding to do, tons more stuff to plant. More terracing to do, etc. So far I’m eating asparagus, kale, collards, onions, & lettuces. I had a few carrots too. I saw the radishes I planted last week starting to sprout, & in another week or so I’m sure things will be coming up like crazy everywhere! This evening I noticed some volunteer purple potatoes coming up, & the annual volunteer sunflowers that I love! I planted sunflowers once, years ago. I only grow them for the birds, especially the yellow finches who come. I’ve had sunflowers every year since. I always transpant them to grow along my back fence, because they get taller every year & I have to tie them to the fence for support!
My end of the day tea count is 223.
This tea? It’s ok. I’m gonna drink it in the bubble bath while reading the latest issue of ‘Organic Gardening’. The perfect end to a perfect day.


If I didn’t know better I’d say you we’re taking teas from your cupboard and dropping them in mine!

Terri HarpLady

you can never be sure ;)


Your garden sounds amazing! I am excited to be eating the radishes, onions, and spinach from my little garden, but now I wish I had planted more. And tomatoes… yeesh… I haven’t even thought of planting tomatoes yet!

Terri HarpLady

Those 3 toms I planted yesterday are the best Italian heirlooms I’ve ever had! I slow roast & freeze them, & then enjoy them all winter. I also plant sun gold cherry toms, & a couple different heirloom slicers. I always plant way too much stuff! But it’s fun to share!

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I drank this plain, & it’s not a very appealing looking tea dry, but actually, it was nice. (sorry for the lame reviews…lol)

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It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this one. It’s an earthy but brightly citrus cup of yum!

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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
3091 tasting notes

I drank this during the afternoon, & it’s actually rather pleasant.
Dry, it smells like almond extract. Steeped it is much milder.
With stevia, it’s an almond sugar cookie. Not as almondy as others I have tried, but the floral flavor of the oolong also comes through, & it was a nice treat.

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I chose this for the 2nd pot of tea for the Ladies, who are still playing beautiful Harp duets while I wash my dishes. Have I mentioned that I actually live in Heaven?

This was a sample sent to me from TeaVivre awhile back. They are so generous that I actually received 2 sample envelopes of this, one which I drank back then, & the other which we’re enjoying some of now. To me, this is a delicate, savory, buttery green tea. Very pleasurable.
Thanks again, Angel & TeaVivre!


Of course, it is heaven. How else can the be all that harp music? :D


I wish I could join :)

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Two of my adult harp students are here practicing together for a duet performance they will be giving this summer. It’s such a treat to have harp music in the background while I’m doing other things! I’m here if they have any questions, but I’m not actively ‘teaching’ at the moment. I’m also enjoying providing a succession of teas for their enjoyment, with the first one being a pot this coconut oolong, steeped in my green 16 oz dragonfly cast iron pot so it will stay hot for awhile, wit 2 little green ceramic cups. I had a cup too, of course, & it really is tasty :)

What to serve them next…

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“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
3091 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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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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