3091 Tasting Notes

I’ve been sipping on this all afternoon, while I restring a harp for a student. It is one of the TOMC selections for March.
I open the package to find a chunk of a nice thick cake, loosely pressed in shades of tan, brown, olive, charcoal, & black.
Dry aroma: Hay & a hint of vanilla
Wet Aroma: very bright & fruity, Elderberry & green banana
5G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 5 seconds

The early steepings were tart, with almost a lemony feel. The first couple of sips etched my throat, like a very fresh green olive oil.

I lost track of my steeps, I’m probably at 9 or so, & the flavor has mellowed to a nicely savory, slightly creamy cup. It’s kind of buttery, & the flavor somehow reminds me of Kolcanon, which I haven’t had for a long time. For those who haven’t had it, it’s an Irish dish of potatoes & kale.


I made kolcanon with sausage for St. Patrick’s day! Only the version I use is cabbage instead of kale, it’s so yummy either way!

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I can’t believe it’s almost noon, & this is the only tea I’ve had today so far. Of course, I stayed up late working on taxes, slept in a bit, did my yoga, & finally came downstairs about 90 minutes ago.

I’m finally doing a gongfu session with this tea! So far all of my steepings with this one have been western style, but today is the day.
I re-read David’s writings regarding this tea, & was inspired to go heavy on the leaf. I filled my gaiwan about half full & started with 4 second steeps, gradually adding time.

It started off very savory, with a slightly bitter edge. By the 3rd steeping the numbing sensations were there, along with a floral taste. 4th steeping the esoterical & metaphysical sensations of 3rd eye opening & mindfulness were lovely…
I combined 5 – 8 in a pitcher & enjoyed them with breakfast.
Steep 9 & 10 have a ’resinous’quality to them, kind of reminding me of my hash smoking days, & my nose feels as if I’m smelling the wafting smoke of incense. Maybe I’ll light some in a little while…
10 – 15 were together in the pitcher. To me, this is a tea that is more about sensations & effect than actual flavor. Right now my mouth feels extremely ‘clean’. There’s the linen, there’s a fruity brightness, there’s the ‘resin’ & yes, there is the green olive oil taste as well. But I think I’ve reached my limit on this one, & I have to admit, it’s not nearly as satisfying to me as many of the other teas in my cupboard. But it is a worthy experience!


ugh – I still need to do my taxes!

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This is a tasty blend!
Nicely lemony, a bit creamy. The flavors are bright & tangy, just like River Song herself!

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I picked this to drink because of the ginger root. It’s been on my shelf since my last Adagio order, when I picked out several of the Hobbit blends. I am a fan of Cara McGee’s blends so far, & this one is warming with spices, kind of like a Chai, but different.


We are watching the hobbit on DVD right now! Lol! I need to get some of those blends!

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Another Keemun, & this one is pleasant too. It’s hard to say, but I think my preference in Keemuns, so far, is:
Teavivre – organic superfine fragrant keemun
London Tea Room – Keemun Mao Feng
Teavana – Capital of Heaven
All 3 are pleasant. This one is a little more astringent the LTR’s, I think.
I really need to place an order from Teavivre & get more of their’s…soon…

Rachel J

I’m looking for a good Keemun too. I’ve got a sample of the Teavivre coming this week!

Terri HarpLady

It’s really very nice!

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Finally I’m home, in my PJs with my wool toe sox on, in my nice cozy house, drinking TEA!
The gig went great, I even made a couple videos of myself with my iPhone. The quality of the sound is probably crappy (I haven’t actually looked, LOL), but if you’d like to see them, I uploaded the to FB to share the love.
It snowed the whole time I played, so moving my equipment home sucked. But now I am sitting here, drinking tea, eating leftover stew, and enjoying the evening.
This Keemun is tasty, a bit smokey & sweet. That smokey character seemed like the perfect thing for a damp chill.

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I’m taking this tea with me to drink while playing a gig from noon – 4 today. It’s the perfect tea to compliment our snowy slushy weather. I ran 2 steeps & poured them into my 16 oz thermal cup, where they’ll stay hot & delicious for a few hours. I can sip, play, sip, etc until I run out.

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They’ve been promising us snow on & off in St. Louis for awhile. It usually blows north of us, sometimes south. We get rain, we get sleet, freezing rain, slush, occasionally we’ll get some Thunder Snow (I love that). Anyway, it’s finally snowing, but it’s 33 F, so even though they’re saying 4 – 8 inches, by the time it hits the ground it’s slush. Anyway, I loaded up my electric harp & sound system last night, & I’m getting ready to head out to play a gig.

I haven’t drank Jin Jun Mei for awhile, but today seemed like the perfect day for it! I made some Cinnamony sweet potato hashbrowns, a couple poached eggs, a couple slices of bacon. JJM was the perfect savory compliment, malty, peppery goodness. I drank the first steep while cooking, 2nd steep while eating, & I’m taking the 3rd steep with me in my sippy cup, to savor while driving.


That food sounds amazing; it sounds like a perfect pairing. :)

Tea Sipper

Thunder snow?!? I live in NY and I’ve never experienced THAT.

Terri HarpLady

We seem to get some every winter. Basically, it’s snowing, & you get thunder & lightening too! I love it! The thunder usually isn’t as loud as the thunder you get with rain, & the lightening is just up in the clouds, I think.

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
3091 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown #2 Another wonderful tea from Ysaurella!
This has been a delightful peach tea, with just enough vanilla to compliment. Definitely on my list for when I finally order from DF.


Sounds lovely!



I just spent some time on your website and I wanted to let you know how much I like your music! I love the way that you blend different styles and have come up with something truly your own for the harp! You also have a fantastic voice. Thank you for the early morning enjoyment :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Jacqueline!
I feel really grateful every day that I actually get to do this for a living! AND I can afford to buy some tea once in awhile too! ;)

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Sample Sipdown #1:
This is a pleasant Earl Grey. The Bergamot is not too strong, as there is a nice floral taste in the background. Thanks again, Ysaurella, for this lovely tea. :)

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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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