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2517 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2517 tasting notes

Arianna & I shared a pot of tea this morning.
What more can I say about this tea?
I love it.
I hoard it, just in case they run out.
I just ordered more of it.
That pretty much sums it up!

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Yes, I drank tea today. Yes, I am lazy, but I was also busy all day, so in an effort to not post lame reviews about teas I drank hours ago, & have reviewed plenty of times, I am once again going to lump them all into one summary. And here it is, at least in order:
- Irish Breakfast – Butiki – I’m not totally sure, but I think I like this one better than Malty Irish Breakfast, but then again, as I said before, I love the one I’m drinking while I’m drinking it.
- Elderberry – Cheryl’s Herbs – This morning I woke feeling a little flu-like. Elderberry rocks!
- Golden Monkey Black – Teavivre…sigh…oh, beautiful delicious tea…
- Black Beauty – Mandala – oh, other beautiful delicious tea…
- Premium Taiwanese Assam – oh….you get this picture here, right?
I pretty much made a point of pampering myself with delicious teas, good food, & just chilling out doing office work all day. Now I’m drinking a pot of Pumpkin Spice (Rooibos) from Harney & sons. My only complaint is the gross ‘silk’ bags. I hate those.


Seems like a rich black tea tuesday.

Also is this a new entry for just random tea logging?

Terri HarpLady

It was a rich black tea tuesday!
I set up this ‘random steepings’ page a year or so ago, for days like today when I drank alot of tea, but don’t really feel like I have much to contribute by way of review. Or for whatever people want to use it for :)


SHWEET! This is nice for when you want to talk about a tea you drank, but don’t have to put up a nice review for it yet. I always hated to do half-backed reviews just to talk about it.

Terri HarpLady

I also get tired of reviewing the same tea over & over again, no matter how much I love it. I mean, after the 9th post, what else is there to say? It’s delicious, it’s wonderful, it’s redundant (not the tea, the review…lol)

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Another Sample sent by Awkward Soul, & destined for the box that I’m sending to Sil.
Sil & I keep sending one another these big boxes of tea, & I keep thinking eventually our cupboards will even out. I’ll have everything she has, & visa versa, right? Wrong! LOL, more tea companies come along, & there is always something new to try. Meanwhile, I have a big pile of goodies to send her way, plus the BBBB also! I usually combine them into one box, but I don’t think I have a box that is big enough. So I may send 2. Shhhhhh…..don’t tell her, I don’t wanna get in trouble, but this one’s gonna be a doozie! It’ll totally screw up her sipdown plans. LOL!

Ooops, so I totally forgot to say anything about the tea, hahaha. Honestly, the aroma was like singed rubber bands, but the tea tasted fine, with a light incense essence to it.


Don’t make me send YOUR box to you sooner…. Besides I totally did that to you at Christmas lol

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I’ve never eaten rhubarb, but I’ve had a few rhubarb teas now, & from them I can surmise that it is tart & slightly bitter, kind of like cranberries. I drank this tea lightly sweetened, & although it isn’t something I’d ever purchase, it was a decent dessert.
This one came from Awkward Soul, & the remainder goes to….you guessed it! Sil!
Sipdown :)



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A really busy day, even though I’m self-employed & was working for myself, I actually worked & got some things done. I also drank some tea, but & don’t really have much to say about the teas I drank. I enjoyed them, I’ve reviewed them before, so here they are, because I’m lazy:
Tiger Assam – Andrews & Dunham – yup, it’s still damn fine tea!
Double Knit Blend – also Andrews & dunham, & damn fine!
Yunnan Forest – Traveling Tea – Traveling Tea is a local company. Her shop is 3 minutes or less from my house. I’m pretty sure she gets most of her teas from The Art of Tea. I used to order from the Art of Tea, & have enjoyed some of their teas quite a bit. This one doesn’t resemble any of the yunnan teas I have at all. I’m not getting the rich yunnan taste that I’ve come to expect. It’s not bad, it just lacks personality. I’m glad I only bought a sample, & I’ll send the rest to Sil (hahahah) & see if she likes it better. So there’s a sipdown!

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Enjoying this cup of tea from Spencer. For some reason I thought this would be coconut & rooibos, but it’s actually coconut & black (aka red tea). Anyway, the black tea has a chocolaty quality to it. The coconut is not too far out front, & this is a pleasant cup of tea.
Thanks Spencer!
Sipdown :)

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I made myself a batch of almond flour pancake. I’ve been feeling unsatisfied, food-wise, causing me to venture into eating things I shouldn’t. Today I really want something sweet for dinner. Not TOO sweet, just lightly sweetened. Hence I’m sitting here, enjoying a nice stack of pancakes, spread with coconut butter, & lightly drizzled with maple syrup. And bacon.
And I’m having a cup of this tea.
I feel like my senses must be off today regarding tea. Every single cup I’ve made has seemed lacking, somehow. I want something amazing & bold, & every tea I’ve drank should have fit the bill, & yet all day long it’s been this way, from the first cup in bed, to this one. Hopefully by morning this strange syndrome will have passed. If not, I’ll drink a series of green teas , in an effort to reset myself.


what you just described sounds like a party! that’s the way to have dinner..


That sounds like an exotically yummy pancake dinner.

Terri HarpLady

It was tasty! :)


I’ve been there, not being able to get my fix even from the tried and true standbys! :/

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Home from the gig, desiring something bold & strong, so I made a cup of this one, & again, it seems as if I have under-leafed it. It was tasty, but I still feel unsatisfied.
Is it me?


Oh no :( I make it with 2g per 8oz for 4 minutes – sorry it isn’t being bold and sassy for you :(

Robert Godden

The interesting thing about The Princess is that slight greenness that is almost on the tip of your tongue. A Princess can be bold, but also should exhibit some youthful liveliness.

Terri HarpLady

I’m pretty sure it was me, not the tea.

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I enjoyed a cup of this earlier in the day, as I was preparing to go play for an art show. I think I underleafed a bit, because it wasn’t as robust as I was wanting, but still very good.

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Today this cup is honey sweet, malty, & delicious. I love the way it tastes, like a slice of honey wheat toast, spread with honey & bee pollen.

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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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