3065 Tasting Notes

My Damn Fine Tea order arrived yesterday evening! YEAH!
I got home from my gig at 9:00 or so to find the box awaiting me!
Before I even took my harp out of the car & changed out of my gig-clothes, I was heating water. I knew this Tiger Assam was the first one I wanted to try. LiberTEAS had written favorably about it monthes ago, & I kept visiting the A&D website, but for some reason I kept putting it off (could it be because I already have way more tea than any one woman should be allowed to own?)

Anyways, I used to drink alot of Assam, but lately I’ve been really heavy into the Yunnans. A few weeks ago I started craving Assam teas again, & wanted to build my collection back up. This is the start, & this one does NOT disappoint! It’s delightfully bold, smooth, & malty, with a little sweetness as well. I had another cup this morning, & just drank the resteep of those leaves, which was still suitably potent!

Thanks LiberTEAS for the great review. Thanks Andrews & Dunham for the Damn Fine Tea!

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This is a Reserve TOMC tea for March.
After reading the tasting notes that came with the tea, I was almost ready to buy another oz, just because it sounded so amazing!
I saved it to be the last tea I sampled from the box, because of the awesomeness of the description. Also, I’ve been pretty busy, & I really wanted to have time to fully experience this tea.

So yesterday was the day. My grandkids were visiting, & since they are old enough to not be high maintainance, I had time to just sit around & relax. I opened the package & the dry tea smelled of chocolate & roasted dried fruit.
I preheated my Gaiwan, then dumped in the recommended 7oz, putting the lid back on to warm the tea. When I opened the lid, the aroma was amazing! Chocolate, roastiness, berries, and an ’after’aroma that lingered in my sinuses that was undescribable: floral, fruity, & I don’t know what else, but it was ‘thick’, & I continued to smell it, high in my sinus on the exhale. I was blown away. I sat there huffing the aromas from my Gaiwan for awhile.

Then I did the rinse, which I drank…duh! It was interesting…
I kept the steeps to 4 secs: they were strong at first, but I like my tea strong. Lots of roastiness, made me think of Big Red Robe.

I am at Tony’s, & my tea notes are at my house, so I don’t really have a lot of detail to share. I made it through maybe 7 steepings, & then my afternoon suddenly became complicated, causing my steeping sessions to end abruptly. Then I had to shower & go play a gig, so I put the leaves in a jar in the fridge. They will be there until Monday. This is the first time I’ve left damp leaves for this long, although I sometimes leave them overnight…maybe I should have dried them out? I’m open to advice here…

I’d like an opportunity to steep these out a little longer, & there is also enough in the sample for me to try again. I have to admit, although this was a nice roasty oolong, I didn’t experience all the flavors that the aromas hinted at. I got some of the chocolate, & some floral, but the raspberry never really came forward for me.

I think next week I’d like to compare this tea, the big red robe sample I have, and verdant’s Shui Jin Gui Wuyi.


I usually just let my leaves dry on the counter, and they seem to re-steep just fine (except for some whites, and most greens, which seem to develop off-flavours). How did putting them in the fridge work out?

Terri HarpLady

I don’t recommend it…
Overnight would probably be fine, but they were in there from Fri evening until monday morning. I brewed a cup, & it didn’t work for me. What I should have done was put the leaves in there in a jar of water & make a cold brew…speaking of which, I have 2 cold brew projects in the frig from yesterday!
The science lab is open! :)


Good to know! Well, I can attest to the fact that if it’s a black/oolong, as long as the leaves manage to have good air circulation around them and dry out, they can be re-brewed successfully up to a few days later. However, Bonnie’s cold brew method is probably a better option to either!

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The sipdown of this tea is complete.
A day or 2 ago I put the last of it in the frig for a coldbrew.
Interesting…definitely refreshing…I’m definitely getting the chocolate mintyness, & there is an undercurrent of banana, which is really the chamomile, but somehow it’s translating as a banana cream type taste.
So…it’s not something I’d reach for, but an interesting refreshing tea, with some really unique flavors in the background that I can’t even begin to describe!

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Yesterday my daughter Jess turned 30! That’s SO unbelievable to me!
Today her kids are off school, so they are hanging out with me while she goes shopping with my Kohl’s card.
This was Julianna’s tea selection, & she loves it! I’m having a small cup too, & it is tasty!


And here I am freaking out about my daughter’s 10th birthday on sunday! lol Happy Birthday. Terri’s daughter!

Terri HarpLady

: D
I just o with the flow!
Just another day in the life…


Happy birthday, Jess! It seems that a lot of people like Cantaloupe & Cream. I will give it a try next time I order.

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I’m doing it!
I’m drinking my last serving of Zhu ‘Right’!
I was hoarding it for so long, it was so hard to just let go, knowing that eventually David will get more. Acceptance is the key…

“Zhu rong Blues”

I woke up this morning
stretched out in my bed
Said I woke up this morning
had a tea in my head…
How can they call you zhu rong
When you’re so right for me? (“I love you, baby”)

That first cup
it’s like german chocolate cake (“hold the sugar, honey”)
I steeped it 3 more times…
Make no mistake (“uh huh!”)
sweet potato, expresso, & spice…
You’re so Zhu right for me! (“your so fine, babe”)

(awesome blues riff on the electric harp)
And now your gone
and I’m crying the blues (“don’t leave me, please”)
I’ll be lurkin’ on the Verdant website
‘til David brings us good news ("I know you’ll be back, sugar")
Please sir, I want MOAR
Won’t you get some more Zhu Right for me? (“I ain’t too proud to beg”)

I said how can you call it Zhu Rong
When it’s so right for me???


YAY! so proud of you!!!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & that’s my first Sipdown of the day! :)


clap clap clap clap clap!!!


Lighter up! Please tell me you have an effects pedal for the electric harp to get a crunchy blues tone.

Terri HarpLady

I run my electric harp through an effects processor! :D


Most excellent!

Lily Duckler

Love it!!!

Terri HarpLady

(Take a bow)
Thanks! I think it’s time for me to make a music video again to post on my youtube page, LOL! After I finish my taxes…


Terri – here is a video you might enjoy http://www.wimp.com/girlrocks/
I’ll look for some of your videos. I didn’t know you had any posted.

Terri HarpLady

I only one official video, which I filmed in my studio using my mac laptop & my iPhone. You can see it on my website www.harpsinger.net
Last sunday I filmed myself with my iPhone at a gig (at schnucks grocery store, you believe how much they pay me to play there!).
Those are both on my FB https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

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drank Ginger Peach by Adagio Teas
3065 tasting notes

Another Sipdown!
Thanks to Michelle for this sample!
Plain, there wasn’t much peach flavor to this, & I’m not really getting the ginger. I really wanted something sweet, so I added vanilla coconut creamer & stevia, & it’s got kind of a peaches & cream thing going on.

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It’s been a beautiful Spring day in St. Louis, but unfortunately with the beautiful spring weather, we have tree pollen. Allergies always make me feel irritable & overly sensitive: physically, mentally, emotionally. Today I’m feeling sensitive to tastes, light, colors, pretty much everything! Add to that, I spent a few hours working on my taxes, & although I’ve made progress, I still have plenty to do before they are done. That’s enough to make anyone grumpy, right?

Most of the flavored teas I like don’t taste as good to me today.
I wanted something natural.
This is a combination of 2 teas, both Black dragon Pearls:
One is from Mandala – Thanks to Azzrian
The other is From Praise Tea – from our dear Ms Bonnie!
I didn’t have enough left of either one to make a cup, but combined together they are doing the trick!
Plus I get to claim a Double Sipdown!!


Aug allergies do the same thing to me! I have been very testy today. Taxes when testy dang girl that is the last thing I could focus on lol.

Terri HarpLady

I know…I’ve been in an avoidance pattern regarding the taxes, & I really need to get them done, not only because the deadline is looming, but also because both of my sons are in college & we gotta get their FAFSA done too.


Yeah I am waiting for our FAFSA to link from the IRS for my daughter BUT due to us PAYING and not getting a refund it takes longer for the IRS to get it posted online or whatever it takes to link it all.

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drank Rose by Dammann Freres
3065 tasting notes

Here is another sipdown from Ysaurella’s lovely selection of teas. Thank you, once again! This is a really nice Rose tea.

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This one is very similar to the Jardin Bleu, but I think I prefer this one. It has a more natural flavor, I think.
Thanks again to Ysaurella!

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I tried this one out while working on my taxes.
It was ok, but probably not something I’d purchase.
However, I’m grateful for the opportunity to give it a try!
Thank you, Ysaurella!

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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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