3091 Tasting Notes

I really love a lot of different teas! There’s an old song from when I was young, “Love the One Your With”, LOL. That’s my relationship with tea. That’s not to say that I absolutely love every tea I drink. There are teas that I don’t care for. This is NOT one of them! I enjoy enjoy Keemun, & I can easily understand why the British were so in love with it. Gently smokey, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness, & although I usually drink mine straight, occasionally I’ll spike it with stevia & french vanilla coconut milk creamer. Today I’m drinking it plain. It’s just what I needed.

One of the things I love about tea trades here on Steepster is getting to sample a ton of new teas from companies I’ve never ordered from. Another thing I love is getting to share awesome teas with people who’ve never tried them. The very best part of tea trades is getting to know the person you’re trading with a little bit!!
I got this tea sample from Sil, & I’m really grateful for our recent trade! So many teas to sample! Yeah! Thanks Sil!


did i send you the oolong from red blossom?

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! Haven’t gotten to it yet though! :)


just making sure i sent it to you lol i started to lose track.


I heart Red Blossom!


I’m totally going to have that songs stuck in my head for the rest of the afternoon!Sounds like a lovely tea!

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Thank you Sil for this sample!
I love the name of this tea! I have a considerable amount of Irish blood from my Mom’s side & Cherokee from my Dads, so the results is a long family history of alcoholism on both sides, LOL. Of course, this tea is alcohol free, with the flavor if Irish Whiskey, but honestly, I didn’t taste it. It’s a fairly bold blend, somewhat astringent, with a bright & fruity high end. A good start to my day!


what’s sad about this? I still haven’t tried it myself lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL! Better get on it then!


Nothing like a shot of alcohol-free whiskey in the morning haha.

Terri HarpLady

That’s right!

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And here is the third selection from the April TOMC. The appearance of this one is long gently twisted leaves, the color of dark ash, with tan, mahogany, & greenish tinges here & there.

The aroma is of roasted caramelized stone fruit, again I’m thinking peaches or apricots. This is a sweet, creamy, fruity tea, with more of a darker kind of roasting that I tend to prefer in Oolongs. In the later steepings there was a bit of the incense quality similar to the Dancong.


How on earth do you already have the TOMC?! Its the 15th today!

Terri HarpLady

I know! I always seem to get it before anyone else! The PO lines from Minnesota to St. Louis must just super fast.


Funny – my TOMC is in the mail, and I didn’t know what was in it yet, but was just randomly in the mood for this tea today! Fortunately I had some already :)

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This is the 2nd tea in this month’s TOMC.
The appearance is long graceful strands in a deep chocolate brown, with shades of mahogany & sage here & there.
The dry aroma is rich, sweet, & fruity, with almost a wine like scent.
I preheated the gaiwan & then warmed the leaf in it, & the aroma was of a rich apricot & incense.
Once I steeped the leaves, they smelled like an even richer apricot liquor with an incense overlay that lingers in the back of the sinuses, reminding me of Big Red Robe.

Although I previously haven’t been a huge fan of Dancongs, I am loving the lingering honey & fruit perfume of this tea (and I hate perfume!).
This was a very tasty brew, with fruity & floral elements.

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The Verdant TOMC bundle box came over the weekend, & today was the day to dig in & do some sipping. This was the first tea to sample.

This tea is in nuggets that vary in shades from a brilliant moss green to an almost black jade.
The dry aroma is of newly mown grass with a floral overlay.
The wet aroma is a cooked green veggie, winter squash, apricot, & floral essence.
I followed the suggestions to rinse, etc.
What resulted was a mildly floral & sweet cup with a soft bread-like flavor. It kind of reminded me of a rich french bread.
Very pleasant.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
3091 tasting notes

I shared a pot of this with one of my students today. It really is a sweet little tea, not bold, more along the lines of a Dian Hong mouthfeel & butteriness, but with a floral essence to it. Very nice!

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Now for a really bold cup! This is a real contrast to the Yunnan I drank first, almost harsh in comparison, but not in a bad way. To me this is not a malty tea, but more of a deep fruity flavor, like blackberries, with a brightness to it.

My verdant tea bundle box came! Oh…where to begin?

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First tea of the day, so smooth, I love the thick tongue sensation of this tea. It’s an earthy sweet potato type taste, with a little black pepper thrown in. A really nice start to my day, beautifully re-steepable.

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I’m also taking this in my thermal cup to sip during my gig. YUM!
I deserve another treat, right? :)

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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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