2973 Tasting Notes

Thanks to Alpha Kitty for this sample, which came as part of our Steepster book club trade.

Tony & I just got back from brunch, & this is a nice afternoon tea: black tea with flavors of strawberry, lemon, & some florals. What’s not to like? Although I tend to drink most of my teas unflavored, I also like variety. This is sort of a hot strawberry lemonade, & would probably be really tasty over ice in the summertime. As I usually do with flavored teas, I added some stevia. There is enough left in the sample for another cup, which I’ll have at home another day, with the addition of french vanilla coconut creamer. I think that will be the icing on the cake!


Glad you liked this one! I thought sweet and a little tart was perfect for Cora.

Terri HarpLady

Definitely! Sweet & tart! A great selection!

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I started my morning with a cup of this, since I’m at Tony’s & it’s here.
It’s ok, but there are many other teas I’d rather be drinking. Still, I will drink it until it’s gone, then I’ll recycle the tin (which is the best part of this tea) into storing something better! :)

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Yesterday evening I drank some of Verdant’s Handpicked Spring Teaguanyin. Today I’m drinking the Summer version, which has much more of a green bean type veggy taste, & a richer floral essence, with a creamy flavor of raw almonds that have been soaked overnight & turned into almond milk. It has a bright yellow flavor to me, with images of sunny flowers. I walked through my snow & ice covered garden for a few minutes today, thinking about what I want to grow this year. This was a nice tea to come in & enjoy, an early taste of summer.


What a lovely picture.


What a lovely and evocative review!

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AlphaKitty is one of my tea swap buddies from the steepster book club, & so Thank you, Alpha! I’ve had Tower of London one other time, & it is a sweet & juicy fruity treat with a nice black tea base! One of these days I’ll probably place an H & S order, & this one will be on it!

I’m making a 2nd cup & heading for the bubble bath!

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I’ve probably written more reviews about this tea than anyone else on steepster. I love it. Ginger, Licorice, elderberry, Yanxin’s ’04 puer…wonderful! Everything is so perfectly balanced.

I started some in a Gaiwan yesterday evening to entertain & reward myself while working at my desk, & I plan on returning to that Gaiwan in a little while, after breakfast.


They don’t still offer this do they? That sounds awesome!

Terri HarpLady

actually I think I bought the last of it, & since they don’t have yanxin’s reserve anymore, it’s probably gone. I’ll try to save some for your next surprise package ;)


Then it will be like Zhu Rong, I’ll fall madly in love and spend months trying to find something equal to it! lol

Terri HarpLady

Probably! :)


You are just awful. . . in the best way possible! lol

Terri HarpLady

I do what I can!

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Theresa was a real task master yesterday, keeping me working in the office until midnight & beyond! We did get some things done, although there is always more.

I’ve been looking through my piles of samples from various places, & also trying to get myself to use up greens & green oolongs, to make room for the new ones that will be coming soon! So I had a sampler packet of this one. It is a delightful tieguanyin, brightest green, tighty pressed into little pieces that unfold amazingly to totally fill my Gaiwan. it is light, sweet, floral, fruity, & veggie-like, & quite honestly the epitome of spring!

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I have a lot of desk work to do. I hate doing it. I try to stay in the Zen of the moment, pick one thing, & just do it. Then pick another, etc. But I really have to be in a special mood (i.e. Theresa has to be in charge), & because little Terri & I are rebels (without a clue), we avoid my office like a plague. Also, we are ADD, so any interruptions sabotage our efforts. And there is just SO MUCH to do, so we all get overwhelmed.

Today there was no excuse. I kept trying to make excuses, I just wanted to drink tea in my PJs all day. Suddenly Theresa remembered that somewhere in a box I have an electric stainless steel kettle from when I taught Harp in the Visual & Performing Arts school. Somehow I’d forgotten all about it, but I even knew where it was. So Theresa & I made a deal. We get to drink as much tea as we want, in my office, as long as we’re also doing some kind of ‘work’.

I have this tea in a Gaiwan on the 2nd floor with the tea kettle, a cup, & my strainer. We’ve been sipping it & smiling all day. We haven’t really accomplished that much, but we did finally do a CD count, calculate my sales tax for the year, & fill out all the forms. It’s only 3 weeks late (a little over a dollar in penalties).

I love the German chocolate cake-iness of this tea! I took a break for lunch, had a cup of Mi Xian, & now it’s back to my office. Next project, Theresa?


Love your negotiating skills!

Terri HarpLady

: D
I did manage to complete another project! And I got to drink tea all the while, although I didn’t get to write about the teas I drank because the dashboard was down. There’s always tomorrow!

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
2973 tasting notes

Since I stayed home & none of my students are coming, I’ve been working in my office.
I just took a lunch break, & now I’m enjoying a cup of honey & apricot goodness, otherwise known as Mi Xian Black. I’ve reviewed it in more detail a few other times, so I’ll just say that although this is not a tea that I would crave, it is a tea that I enjoy from time to time.

I do want to mention that I noticed something about this tea that I haven’t picked up on before. There is just a little bit of an orange peel taste to it, faint, but definitely there.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2973 tasting notes

Golden Fleece, I love you!
You are so amazingly beautiful. As a dry tea, you have such a different appearance from any other Dian Hong I’ve tried, & I have tried quite a few at this point. Holding you in my hand, you have so much more texture & substance than your colleagues.
Your aroma: buttery & nuanced.
Theirs? There is none.
I’ve been drinking from your leaves for an hour:
a lightly salty buttery broth
a silky flavorful lightly salt honey caramel broth with a hint of cinnamon & a mild tongue-numbing & thickening sensation.
a buttery sweet mushroom mirin broth, with lingering thickness & sweetness in the back of my throat.
Thank you for adding a little sunlight to this wintery day.

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Plans are made to be changed.
It appears that the inch or 2 of snow we were going to get, that would have turned to some form of ice later in the day, went straight from snow flurries to ice. Dammit!

As I stood on the precipice of my doorway, debating on whether I really needed to run errands before my massage, Tim (the awesome massage DuDe) texted, “Lets resched, it’s sleetin like a MoFo!” (Yes, that’s really the way Tim talks, LOL).

So there you have it. I’m back in my PJs, sipping a cup of Tony’s favorite. I bought a few oz at the London Tea Room the other day, as I thought it would be a nice one to share with my Steepster book club pals. The funny thing is, I used to not care much for it, but it has grown on me. It’s an earl grey type with the addition of orange. Although they denied it at the store, I think it also has grapefruit in it. I think an addition of vanilla would be nice. It definitely requires stevia. Anyway, it’s bright, acidic, & fills the mouth with the taste of juicy orange (& a little grapefruit), & that flavor lingers, to brighten up a wintery day.


Yep, it’s like down that here too. (I think we’re at the tail end of it, though—about 11:15 a.m., so maybe you’ll clear out this afternoon. Be safe!)

Terri HarpLady

Really, I’ll just stay in. It’s gonna all melt in the morning anyway, so I’ll just go to the PO, bank, etc tomorrow. Meanwhile, all of my afternoon students have already cancelled, so it’s officially a Pajama Day. I’m gonna make one more cup of tea, & go clean my office. This is the perfect day for it!

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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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