3069 Tasting Notes

I stopped by the local health food store to get something. I haven’t been in that store in ages, & now they are carrying bulk teas from Frontier, a company I used to order herbs from. I bought small amounts of several different teas to try, including this one.
It’s not as bold & Malty as I expect an Irish Breakfast to be, but it’s also not bad! Next time I’ll use more leaf…

Meanwhile, my Butiki order arrived! YEAH!
Turn the kettle on baby, momma’s gonna steep some tea!


Mmmmm, Butiki…

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drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
3069 tasting notes

I got a sample of this & a few other black teas in my order from the Tea Spot, & it won’t last long! I drank a cup this morning, complete with re-steeps, & I don’t know how to describe it!
~ The aroma & taste remind me somewhat of a Keemun, in that there is a little of that (very light) smoke & brown sugar essence.
~ The mouth feel is ridiculously smooth & creamy, almost like I’m drinking goatmilk, but thinner, like the purest water ever.
~ It’s bold, with almost a coffee-like background, a little chocolatey, mouth watering, & did I mention ‘smooth’? It’s as smooth as silk!
Next time I get the tin…
And Sil, the answer to your question is “Yes” :D


bwahahahaha :)

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Yesterday after drinking several steepings of this, I followed Bonnie’s pattern & put them in a jar of water in the fridge, & now I’m enjoying a nice cold brew with my lunch! Not as potent as ice tea, but definitely a step up from water!

Rachel J

I’ve been doing that with all kinds of teas too. It’s nice to have a light iced tea with lunch!

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Headed out to a rehearsal in a few minutes.
I actually started with Qu Hao Silk by the Teaspot, but I’ll have to ‘add a tea’ & tell you about it later.

This will be a busy day, rehearsal 10 to 12, a few errands, students 3 – 5, sound check 7:00, concert at 8:00. More info on my FB, for those who want to hear a sample of the style of stuff we’re doing.

I love this Tiger!! I need a good Assam to get me going today, as I stayed up practicing until 2:00, again!!

Update: I’m at the rehearsal. I’m not playing during this number, so I’m sipping my Assam & reading reviews on my iPad. I just realized that THIS was my 666th review!
There must be something auspicious about THAT, right? :D


I am really impressed by the picture of the tiger in the middle of the tea “fire” circle !

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! I’m a sucker for good graphics!

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drank Peach Oolong by Art of Tea
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Drank some of this last night. It used to be a favorite.
It’s a beautiful looking tea, made from the more roasty oolong that I tend to prefer, but it’s not as peachy or wonderful as I remember it being. Probably cuz it’s been in my cabinet for…awhile…

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I don’t always get along with Bergamot flavored teas, but lately I’ve been getting them for Tony to sample, since he loves Bergamot, & sampling them myself, & some of them are better than others.
Like other flavorings, Bergamot can be aweful, using chemicals to create the flavor & aroma. I think that’s why some Earls are definitely a “NO” for me, creating an acidic feeling that I hate.

I like this Earl Grey! First off, the base is a mix of Ceylons & Assams, a really nice blend that is a malty, sweet, bright, & smooth, with more substance than your typical Earl. I like that!
Also, the bergamot is REAL bergamot oil from Italy! It says so on the package, which is nice because so many flavored teas don’t really tell you if the flavorings are real or artificial.

One more thing: I steeped this 4 minutes. 2nd steeping was 5, & for the 3rd steeping I combined the leaf from this & #49 for 6 minutes. All 3 cups were awesome, & the bergamot held up nicely into the 3rd steeping.
Admittedly, I don’t always resteep teas, especially flavored teas. I may even try a 4th…

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Two of my tea orders arrived! Yeah!
This is the first tea I’ve ever had from Steven Smith Teamaker.
When I was in 6th grade I had a crush on a boy named Steven Smith, LOL.
Anyway, this tea is VERY assam! Malty, caramely, fruity in a bright wine like way, & there is an undertone of allspice here too.
It also resteeps very well!


I love his teas! He has a shop here in Portland and its one of my favorites!

Terri HarpLady

I only ordered 2 teas from him, & now I’m wishing I’d tried a few more!


They sell his stuff at the grocery store here so I never run out. I have a variety (in bags — it’s what they sell in the grocery) that I can send you if you want. I don’t have them listed in my cupboard, but if you’re interested, I can PM you.


i’d like to try his teas sometime but i haaaaate ordering large quantities


I can send some your way too! I should check and see what all I have on hand. I can always grab other flavors at the store if there’s something in particular you want to try. I love his stuff, so I always stock up. It’s great for travel too since it comes in a bag.

Terri HarpLady

Sil, I’m sending you samples of everything I ordered!
Tastybrew! Yeah! I’d love to sample anything of his you have, & will gladly share anything that’s in my cupboard!


Ok Terri! Sounds good! If I love them we might have to do a weird split order sometime heh

Terri HarpLady

Actually, I had a cool idea about that earlier…we’ll talk!

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Right now the peach & apricot trees in my garden are thinking of blooming.
I have a longstanding love affair with peaches, & in the past have really loved certain peach teas. More recently I’ve felt disillusioned with them. Several of my tea trades included every peach tea you could imagine, & some were better than others. With peach you often get a VERY artificial flavor. So I’m not as into peach tea as I used to be.

Having said that, this is actually pretty tasty! The first time I had it, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Today, I’m loving it. Peach, Mango, & spices. I needed something dessert like, & this is a nice treat.

My son Leif really likes this, so it’s almost gone…


I’m not honestly sure that I’ve had a truly delicious peach tea before, though my search has not been particularly extensive. If someone would manage to come out with a line of authentically fruit-flavoured teas, that would so be the best thing EVER


I really liked Peach Momotaro blooming tea from Teavana. I’m a fan of white teas and peaches. I can’t say I’ve had many other peach teas though.


@ Kittenna Nosy Bey (Dammann Frères) is really a good peach tea, and Mélange de Galice (Theodor) as well. Very natural teas


As a peach connoisseur (i had to), none of them really ever taste as good as actual peaches. There’s this donut shop here that has the best peach black I’ve ever had and I think they added something to it to make it so amazing.

Terri HarpLady

Kittena: Agreed!
Ysaurella: Nosy Bey was quite nice!
I use to really love Art of Tea’s Peach Oolong, & I think I might still have a little of it around here somewhere, but admittedly, I’ve had it for…ahem…quite some time.

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I’m enjoying another round with this oolong, which was part of the January Reserve TOMC. I went through the process:
smell dry leaf
preheat gaiwan
drop leaf into hot gaiwan & cover
smell again – ahhh…the best fruit loops ever, kind of tropical! Plus a really heady fruity incense.

The early steepings are tropical & floral, mouthwatering the there is that incense sensation, tickling my sinuses.
Next I started noticing a tongue & sinus kind of tingly numbly sensation, & cooling too…kind of like mint or camphor.

I’m suppose to be practicing right now. I have a performance with an ensemble tomorrow at webster U: guitar, harp, bass, cello, viola, 2 voices, drum set & mallets/hand percussion. I’ll get to it in a minute.

Now after each sip there is a meaty umami kind of flavor & sensation down the center of my tongue, followed by a wash of salivation around the sides, & that sparkly sensation.

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I honestly can say that this is probably my favorite Adagio blend of all.
A nice strong Irish Breakfast laced with vanilla & Hazelnuts? Yeah!
I made a whole pot of it, again drinking the first cup straight, & adding ‘cream’ & stevia to the rest.

There’s just enough left to send to a special friend…if she wants it?


Ooh I’d try this ;)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, it’s in your box!

Terri HarpLady

That means I get to count it as a sipdown!
Do you want to try Adagio’s ‘Bite of Peach Chai Pie’?


sure! haha as long as i’m allowed to dislike adagio teas, i’m happy to keep trying them in case i find one or two that i totally love. i mean they always sound sooo tasty!

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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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