2859 Tasting Notes

This is not really a review, it’s a sipdown notice.
The mother of one of my students is from Taiwan, & a few weeks ago she went for a visit & brought me back some teas, which I’m pretty excited to try out!
So today when they came for the lesson, I sent her home with some teas. I knew she liked jasmine, so I gave her the rest of this, which was the Reserve TOMC from LAST February, but is still very nice & fragrant. I also gave her samples of Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine & Fujian White Jasmine, & a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. She seemed pretty excited to try them all. I also gave her a head of lettuce, some parsley, & cilantro from my garden.
So, even though I didn’t drink the last of it, I’m counting this one as a sipdown anyway!


That’s so nice! And gosh, that amazing garden of yours has so many different goodies it seems!

Terri HarpLady

Mostly right now it’s’s mostly lettuce & other greens, asparagus, herbs, radishes, & a variety of onion shoots, but it won’t be long before we have all kinds of things!! It’s always so exciting! :D


It is exciting! I don’t have a garden, just a pot of herbs I got this year and a mint plant I put in the ground last fall which I am hoping will come back now that the weather is finally warming up. And, I do have a rhubarb plant!


Sounds like your garden is pretty impressive! I love gardening, too :)

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I’ve been practicing for a few hours. This is another weekend with a bunch of pieces that brides have requested, some that I know, some that I’ve never played, selections by:
Dave Matthews (crash, of course, I love that song & have played it before)
Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Adele, etc…
And another sipdown! This is from the July Reserve TOMC. It feels good to be letting go of so many teas, freeing really. I’ve written a pretty decent review of this one before, so that’s all I got.


I would love to know what these songs sound like played on a harp :)

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Another sipdown of a tea that has graced my shelves for far too long.

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I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, as I’m sure I’ve written a decent review of this at some point previously. This is, of course, from last summer, & was from the Oct TOMC.
I am taking 2 sipdowns here, one for this tea, & one for the minnesota Northern Lakes Wild rice, because I combined them to make a glorious pot of genmaicha to share with one of my students. Brewed in a glass pot, served in those tiny jello shot cups.

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Good morning Steepsterites!
I actually drank 2 cups of this. The first one I oversteeped, ridiculously, but guess what, it really wasn’t all that bad, maybe a tad bitter, a little astringent, but not enough to make my empty belly get queasy while I was fixing brekkie, so no real loss.
But I went ahead & made a 2nd cup, simply because it was the LAST cup, & now I get to claim a sipdown. Of course, I’m sure I’ll restock soon, so it’s silly to log a sipdown on this tea, but I’m going to anyway, cuz I can!
First sipdown of the day!




good morning! :)

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I’ve been sipping this one over the afternoon. I want to thanks Nicholas for sharing this sample with me. He recommends a double rinse. I only rinsed once, & the first steep had a slightly soapy taste, so I dumped it (basically that counts as the 2nd rinse).
All in all, this is a lovely sheng, very mild & savory, although the aroma is fruity. It doesn’t have that crazy intense taste that some young sheng have, but the energy of it is very good. I was exhausted all day, & after several steeps of this I feel much revived & ready to practice for a couple of hours for this weekend’s gigs.

I only had a sample, but I love the wrapper with the horse, it’s beautiful, & that alone makes me want to purchase a cake! This is a sample sipdown.


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I’ve been working my way through a couple of sipdowns today, with this being one of them. It’s fruity & full flavored, but it has this one taste to it that I can’t really describe, but which I’ve been encountering in some teas, particularly some of the teas from Taiwan, which I don’t really enjoy. I have no word for it, & it’s not a quality thing, but it’s not for me.


Oh yes. You better sipdown miss Harplady. I know for a fact your cupboard is about to go up in numbers. Just saying.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, between you, Sil, Angel, Stephanie, Cavo, the BBBB, & a few orders I placed, I’ll end the month with more tea than I started with, inspite of all of my efforts.

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drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
2859 tasting notes

This is a sample sipdown from Stacy, & it is absolutely beautiful. The creaminess is amazing, it’s very sweet & buttery, almost like a light caramel sauce, & the floral quality immediately brought yellow flowers to mind. Thanks Stacy!!

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Today is day 21 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza, although I admit, we sort of fell off of our pace a bit. Blame it on a busy weekend, a busy monday of gardening & teaching, a busy tuesday of recuperating…who knows, but today I’m going to get back on the sipdown track. The month isn’t over yet, & I still have lots of teas to polish off!

Having said all that, this is not a sipdown, LOL. Yesterday a friend came over, & while she drank a pot of lemon balm tisane, which was freshly picked right before I steeped it, I drank a small pot of this one. I hadn’t had it for awhile, & it was calling my name from the shelf.
I accidentally oversteeped it, but guess what, it was still tasty!

So this morning I made a bigger pot of it, & have been enjoying it while fixing breakfast, & while eating breakfast. I think I’m going to drop the leaf into a jar of water, stick it in the frig, & see how it turns out for later.

Basically, this is alot like laoshan black, only with an additional rich center-piece that reminds me of roasted pineapple & barley malt.

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Yeah Baby!
I made an 8oz cup, unsweet, to enjoy with breakfast, & a 16oz pot, sweetened with Maple, to enjoy for dessert! Now this tin is polished off, & it would be a sipdown, except I actually have another tin waiting in the wings. Oh well, at least now there is a little more room in the smoky teas box.

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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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