3015 Tasting Notes

So here I am at Maryville U. A young lady from Colorado is here to audition on harp.
I met with her & her parents last night, & they are delightful people!
I brought a 16oz insulated mug of this Tardis blend. I was a little worried about buying this, as I was when I purchased ‘farewell ponds’, but as I sipped & cried over the final Amy & rory episode, I decided to give the Tardis a try. It’s earl grey, blackberry, & vanilla, & it’s good! Probably good iced too!

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1st sip down of the day!
This tea is reminiscent of Dian hongs I have known, with hints of malt, butter, & sweetness, even a little linen, but they are mere hints, more like the memory, rather than the actual experience. Nonetheless, it was still a fair cup, which I enjoyed en route to Maryville university, where I am now.

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I’m on my 2nd cup of this blend, & I’m thinking that I need to up the quantity of leaf next time. This is a blend of silver needle, Darjeeling, and Kenyan, created in honor of the engagement of Kate & the Prince.
I drank the first cup while I was making myself breakfast (Brussels Benedict anyone?). I’m having the 2nd cup with breakfast.

A little history: I bought this tea to go with the steepster bookclub, as the title of the tea was perfect for two of the characters in the book. I drank it a few times, & sort of dismissed it, quite honestly, as “ok, but not exciting”.

Today, it is interesting. There are floral & fruity flavors & a certain brightness in there, mostly from the darjeeling I think. I love Kenyan, & the depth, & body of it is in there too. Given the choice, I’d probably just prefer a bold cup of kenyan, but this is a nice change of pace, & a satisfying cup.

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…and here is the 2nd bubble bath cuppa.
I wanted something that would contrast the other cup, and here it is.
This is a potent black tea with highly fragrant Rose flavor. The last time I drank it was when we were reading “Anna Karenina”, as it was my pick for that book. And now, on to the hard work of taking a bubble bath…


You and I are romantics! I have several of the Czar Nikolas II
tea’s and my granddaughter Megan (the composer) loves it too!

Terri HarpLady

You are the one who introduced me to St. Valentine! Thanks!


Ugh..hum…duh…who me?! I have old’timers..can’t remember anything further back than breakfast!

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Have I mentioned before that I love EVERYTHING about this blend?? David is a genius, this blend is SO awesome, with all the elements: Yanxin’s puer, ginger, elderberry, licorice root, etc. There is no doubt in my mind that ginger, elderberry & licorice root are my 3 all time favorite herbs.
This is my first bubble bath cup…


i hope this one comes back actually

Terri HarpLady

Me too! I’m still hoarding a small supply, but it is shrinking…sigh…


I only have one sample and I’m waiting until I can either A) give it the attention it deserves, or B) it comes back, so if I fall in love with it, I can order more.

Terri HarpLady

Every time I brew a cup of it, I steep it over & over & over until it’s flavorless!

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Just another cup of breakfast tea. This is a nice earthy cup, & what I want to do is linger here on my laptop, drinking cup after cup after cup of a variety of teas, writing reviews, etc…
BUT, I have things to do today, starting with a hot bubble bath (Oh, the busy life of the self-employed, I’m sure I make somebody out there sick, LOL).

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Good first cuppa.
It’s an interesting flavor, a little malty, a little smoky, & little sweet. Not too bold, but I got other stuff for that!
I stayed up late last night creating a page in my laptop that is basically a catalog of every tea I have. Then I updated my cupboard on Steepster, so, for the people that I having pending trades with, check it out, send me a message, & lets get this ball ROLLING, baby!


I used Excel so I could sort. It took forever and my stash is light weight compared to most around here.

Terri HarpLady

I’m embarrassed to admit the I just don’t understand how excel works!
I used Pages, made a 4 column table. First column is tea type, starting with “white”. 2nd column is a list of all the whites I have, 3rd col = brand. That list is alphabetized, to keep all the same brand together. 4th col = a yes or no if I will re-order, to be filled in as I’m approaching sip down.
Next category flavored whites…then greens, etc.
I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, of course I can think of numerous columns, categories, etc, but I tried to keep it as simple as I could. :)

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This is a sipdown of the generous sample sent to me by Ysaurella!
It is delicious, & when I place an order someday with Mariage Freres, this will be on it! It is a tasty almond sugar cookie!
Thanks again Ysaurella!


I love converting people to Pleine Lune :)


sounds yummy!


Looks gorgeous~!

Josie Jade

I’ve got to try this!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
3015 tasting notes

And so it comes to this.
The Moonlight White cake was roasted winter squash, even some roasted green beans near the end…
The Silver Buds Yabao was a creamy cooked grain…
And Golden Fleece is the golden mushroom gravy poured over the top…buttery, sweet, savory & earthy, so satin smooth, so satisfying.

It also feels like a flaky buttery pastry, not physically, of course, but it brings that to mind for me. The mouthfeel of this tea is so thickly satisfying!

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Everytime I drink this, the flavor automatically just seems SO familiar. It’s a cooked breakfast cereal: Cream of wheat, or maybe steel cut oats, cooked overnight in the crockpot. There is a pool of butter, a drizzle of honey, a puddle of soymilk, & a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s a winter morning’s bowl of soothing porridge, bland but warming.

Someone else described it as a Snickerdoodle cookie, & I can agree with that as well. It’s very pleasant, & there’s a hint of pine. Where the Moonlight white cake was roasted winter squash, with roasted green beans being added in later steepings, this is like the bed of grains you might have underneath it.

Lily Duckler

Yum! Love your description here, Terri. I was just thinking about what tea to make this afternoon, and you’ve decided it for me.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Lily! It’s fun going back through these TOMC selections. I think that particular month (Dec) was especially well balanced :)


Ok that sounds pretty amazing. I might have to sample this!


To me, this kind of reminds of Christmas/gin because of the juniper notes. I’ll have to try it again though – don’t think I’ve had it in probably 8-10 months (except as an ingredient in a couple blends, where it’s tough to tell where flavours are originating).

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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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