3015 Tasting Notes

Part 2 of my February TOMC tasting party with myself, to me this tea has a slight salty & green taste, & made me think of yellow flowers.

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I organized my teas the other night a little more. My TOMC & TOMCR each have their own boxes now. I cut the flaps off the boxes & am using them as file folders, to divide each month’s selections. So although I’ve sampled the teas from each month, I haven’t really sampled them in pairings, as suggested on the page that comes with them. So today I did the entire pairing scenario for February. I lined up 2 Gaiwans & a mug, & brewed & sampled all 3 teas. This was a nice way to spend the early afternoon while I was teaching.

Today I tasted oatstraw again, but also dulse & a creamy caramel.

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This tea is so awesome!
It’s just what I need today, when I’m feeling a little grumpy, & thanks to BoxerMama Little Terri is throwing a fit over wanting pancakes for breakfast ;p
I reminded her that pancakes are only for days when we don’t have anything to do, because even paleo pancakes will be slathered with Maple syrup (grade B, & real. Is there really any other kind?), rendering us all worthless for the day.
I promised pancakes for Saturday! She also gets to pick out next tea…
So we’re having eggs & bacon on a bed of sauteed veggies, & this glorious tea, which competes pretty highly in my mind with Laoshan Black. I drank the first 2 steepings while cooking, & am having #3 & 4 while we eat.
I have just enough left of this for one more session.
That will be a sad sipdown day.
I really hope David brings this one back!
“Please, sir, I want some more.”


You should have indulged little Terri!

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So the Tea Party was a wonderful time!
Roughly 25 people came, a mix of professionals & students. I made a couple dozen deviled eggs, a batch of humus, sliced up veggies, & set out olives & the chocolates that 2 of my students gave me over the holidays. I can’t eat them, so I saved them for the tea party. Everyone brought finger foods to share. It was a pretty nice spread!

I set up my electric kettle on one counter with all the bagged teas, so people could serve themselves, then I manned the other kettle on the stove, brewing pots/Gaiwans of tea for those who wished to sample things. We sampled:
Golden Fleece (Which I also drank all morning)
Anxi Fo Shou
Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolong
Handpicked Summer Laoshan Green
These were all enjoyed. One gal said, “This is the best green tea I’ve ever tasted!”

There were chai drinkers, so over the course of the afternoon, I also made 3 pots of Chai (adagio) in my big green dragon cast iron pot for them (each pot holds about a Qt & a half).

While we were all hanging out, eating, sipping, & visiting, each harpist took turns playing for awhile. That way we had Harp music for our party!


Sounds fun :D I would love to do something like this!


Sounds great! I love doing tea parties. I’ve held some, but only with a couple people at a time.


Sounds like you had so much fun! Would have loved to be there :)

Terri HarpLady

It really was fun! I host this tea every year, always asking people to bring a sweet or savory finger food to share. It’s almost always a ton of desserts, which I can’t eat, but I love my deviled eggs, which are loaded with capers, dill, & other yummy things, & I just drink as much tea as I want, which I do every day, but it’s fun to share!

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Today I’m hosting a tea party in my home for the Gateway St. Louis Chapter of the American Harp Society, of which I’m President. Of course, this title doesn’t confer any actual power, I just organize a few events & things like that. I might as well tell you all, I’m not a great housekeeper, and I tend to put everything off until the last moment. I guess you could say I work well under pressure.

My plan had been to come home from last night’s gig & “clean like the wind”, as we like to say in my house. (OK, nobody really likes to say that, but I started saying it when they were little kids, so when I say it, they know what I mean). The truth is, I was wiped out, so I went to bed. This morning I’ve been ‘cleaning like the wind’, & also delegating which boxes get hidden away where in the basement, or on the 2nd or 3rd floor, for some future day when I will go through them & probably throw most of the contents away.

So my main floor is looking pretty good! As a special treat, I’ve had multiple steepings of this awesome blend, which truly is everything a breakfast blend should be!

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I have a fancy gig tonight, a very profitable gig. The kind of gig that requires my Barbie wardrobe. The problem is my Barbie clothes (long sequence gown & other fancy pants blouses, skirts, & pants, all in black) are all getting old. I wanted the awesome crochet tunic with the chiffon palazzo pants. Sadly, it’s coming uncrocheted. I settled for the beaded blouse, whose beads are starting to fall off. Nobody will get close enough to notice.

Next irritation: a water main broke, so the water is suddenly off. No shower, no tea!
I packed my go cup & strainer & tea, grabbing my duffle bag with my outfit, etc.
Drove through Starbucks & got a Venti soy chai, 9 pumps in my insulated sippy cup.

Now I’m sitting at PF chang’s, sipping dragon eye oolong, & waiting for my food.
It’s gonna be a great night!

Terri HarpLady

Punch line: my tea was overstepped & my fortune cookie said, “good Luck is the results of good planning.”


Barbie wardrobe – what a great description! :D


I don’t have a Barbie wardrobe, but I do have a bag lady wardrobe ;)

Terri HarpLady

My referring to it as my Barbie Wardrobe doesn’t imply that I’m built like a Barbie, LOL. Most of the time I wear PJs, or jeans & T’s. The only nice clothes I own are my gig clothes: a mix & match wardrobe of all black, accumulated over the last 30 years. Many items are way too big now, as I lost 25# over the last year, some are still too small, many are looking ratty. I’d really like to donate the whole pile & start over. I need to at least go through it, & narrow it down to things that actually fit, & that I like. I don’t like shopping. I’d rather buy tea.

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I just realized the I’ve logged my teas this morning in the reverse order of how I drank them, LOL. I started with the one I was currently drinking, back tracked through the 2nd one, & now I’ve arrived at the one I sipped in bed.

This is a basic EB. No real high or low notes, but drinkable.

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Another lovely tea from France, thanks to Ysaurella!

This is a delightful earl grey, not too heavy on the Bergamot. This cup was proceeded by a cup of Sinharaja, which is a stronger tea, so at first the tea base seemed thin. BUT about third of the way through the cup, something balanced out in my tastebuds & it really began to be a very nice experience, & especially wonderful after each sip, as the bergamot in this tea is not so cloying, & left a pleasant aftertaste in my mouth & throat that lingered, so that I could really relax & sip slowly.


this earl grey is from far my favorite one until now. With his low tannins,It is really a relaxing tea.

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This tea has a very strong, almost coffee like taste! I followed Ysaurella’s suggestions to only steep for 2 minutes, & I’m thinking caramel latte.

Of course, being a fan of strong teas, I like it! It’s bold, but smooth. The flavoring is deep Assam, with caramel floating throughout, and a hint of bitter chocolate to round out the cup. I drank part of the cup plain, & then added some stevia, & both were satisfying.

Thank you, Ysaurella. I’m enjoying my ‘tour’ through the teas you sent!


I’m glad you loved it. If some tea remains, it is nice to taste it too with some milk, this is a very pleasant breakfast tea with or without milk -I often have difficulty to choice how I want to have it.

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This is a nice Shu, sweet, with a creamy texture. I already wrote a longer review on it, so all I’m gonna say is I love the contrast between Sheng & Shu!

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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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