2955 Tasting Notes

Drank a couple of steepings of this, & it was ok, a little smokey, but now I want MOAR of something to drink while I’m in the (very wet) garden…

Melissa Russell

This is my first time tasting this and it IS smokey. I put this into one of Teavanas Washi tins that I previously stored a heavily smoked Yerba Mate in. I cleansed it thoroughly, even with vinegar, and I thought it still held a faint scent of it. I thought this tea was tainted because of it until I read this. It might still be; I can’t be sure because I’ve never had it before.

Terri HarpLady

Or maybe a little of both? :D
Welcome to steepster!

Melissa Russell

Thanks! Yes, maybe both. :/

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Just what I needed to start my morning!
As always, I went a little heavy on the tea, & it was a bold & tasty cup!

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Admittedly, this was my least favorite of the three, which was unexpected, as I love ginger! The truth is, it wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t really all that gingery & was really kind of heavy on the nutmeg.

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This Peach Melba was also quite good, with a juicy & bright flavor!

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So today I discovered ‘Trail Lodge Tea’, a local company who was selling tea at the farmer’s market. Most of their ingredients are fair trade & organic, which is a plus!

This was the first one I chose to sample, & it was quite nice! It really reminded me of lemon pudding, both in the flavor & the smell, possibly with a graham cracker crust (but I might have imagined that).
I tried all 3 of the rooibos blends, & this was my favorite.

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This evening I got in a few more hours of gardening, still working on weeding the gazebo so that I can replant it. After I came in a storm brewed up, & our power went out for a few hours! Leif had just made a pot of this tea, which is an interesting blend of black tea, chai, apple, & hazelnut. The boys & I sat around drinking tea by candlelight, & it was really very nice.


That sounds like a lovely evening:)

Terri HarpLady

It was really kind of nice! I rather enjoy a power outage once in awhile, so long as it doesn’t last too long! We keep a pretty heavily stocked deep freeze!


haha at the moment we just have the freezer above the fridge so we can manage in most cases :)

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I’d like to apologize for being such a whiner last night. My head was throbbing & my allergies were so bad that we had to turn on the air conditioning, which I’d rather not do this soon in the season. I also started drinking Nettles, which I should have been drinking for a few weeks at least. After 24 hours, I feel so much better!

1 cup dried Nettles (yes, that is a lot, but it’s not a pricey herb)

Put the nettles in a quart jar, fill with boiling water, put the lid on & leave it sitting over night. Strain it in the morning & enjoy a cup. Refrigerate & drink throughout the day, either a cup at a time, or sipping occasionally. Make another quart before you go to bed.
Drink a quart everyday! Once your symptoms are alleviated, you can probably drink it less often, & it will keep in the frig for about 36 hours or so. It’s high in Querticin, & other good stuff!

Places to order Nettles:
www.cherylsherbs.com (a st louis herb company)

You can also probably pick it up at the health food store.


I just picked up an allergy blend with nettles in it tonight from a local tea store! Thanks for the great instructions on just preparing nettles!


This is a good safe place to whine when you need to!

Terri HarpLady

I’m just grateful that there are herbs out there that help, as I won’t take pharmaceuticals.

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This is not a particularly strong earl, & that’s ok by me. Because it is most likely a ceylon, & the bergamot scent wasn’t too strong, I added extra leaf. Then I added stevia & french vanilla coconut creamer. It was a pleasant cup, which I enjoyed. For awhile I didn’t care much for Earl Greys, & some of them are awful, IMO, but I’ve been trying several, & finding that some are very pleasant. This will not be a favorite, but not bad.

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In the latest version of my ‘Tea Inventory’, which I updated & printed out last night, I made a note in the margins of how many of each type I have (like 34 black teas!). I’m attempting to drink a cup of everything in my entire stash at least once a month, LOL. I tend to play favorites (who doesn’t?), mostly drinking lots & lots of black tea. No more! I’m hereby officially pledging to award equal drinking rights to ALL of my teas. There is one exception: if I serve a tea to a guest, that counts!

To celebrate I went to the farmer’s market, where there was a chick who has her own local tea company, fairly new. I bought 4 1/2 oz samples:
Celtic Cottage Tea – which is an Irish breakfast type – Assam!
Lemon Meringue – rooibos
Peach Melba – more rooibos
Gingerbread – rooibos
Why so much rooibos, after claiming I don’t like it that much?
Basically, I’m trying to get myself to quit staying up til 2am playing my harp, so no caffeine (except puer, which doesn’t keep me up) after…ah…6:00…or so…

Terri HarpLady

oops, I got off on a rant & didn’t even say anything about the tea!
I enjoy this one from time to time…


Hahaha. That is a thing that happens here. :) Those rooibos teas sound good. Hope they work out for you. I ended up getting 20-30 samples if different decaf/herbal/rooibos teas just so I’d stop drinking tea all night.

Terri HarpLady

I tried them all…they were ok…reviews forthcoming :)

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
2955 tasting notes

My son Leif brewed a pot of this to take with him to classes today. I resteeped it, then left the tea in the water & stuck it in the fridge to coldbrew a little longer. After a few hours, & put it in a sippy cup with a straw & went back out into the garden for more weeding.
It’s a decent chai, especially with a little stevia added.


Little Terri knows how to have a good time.

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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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