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I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t know much about puer teas, other than the difference between Sheng & Shu. I’m still learning, & I’m learning by drinking, by reading things online, by reading reviews on steepster, but mostly by drinking a variety of teas.

Crazily, I already have an assortment of both Sheng & Shu teas! I have all the shengs in a big cardboard box together, & all the shu in another box. Both boxes are on the 2nd floor in my office, away from the kitchen. I don’t drink them every day, but I’m trying to drink them at least a few days a week, & gradually rotating through my collection (& adding to it), so that I can really develop a sense for what a good sheng or shu is, & also finding out what I like about them.

This is a young Sheng, but I already like it! It reminds me of a few things:
potato chips
It has a very lively flavor. It’s mouth watering, a little tangy, & definitely gets the Chaqi flowing!
My formula: 4G + 4oz water (rinse) X 5 sec for the first 5 steepings, then 10 sec for the next 5 steepings.

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Bubble Bath Tea #2 – very juicy, isn’t funny that I used to not really care much for this tea? Now I drink it in the bath tub.
Calgon, take me away…sigh…

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Is this one from the Steeptser Book club? It sounds like it should be!

Terri HarpLady

It is! Here’s what it says on the website www.londontearoom.com
“Blended by the Royal We in celebration of the engagement of Prince William & Kate Middleton. This unique blend consists of Silver Needle ( tea for Royals), Darjeeling (enjoyed by the Queen) and Kenyan (whence their engagement came).”
It’s one of the teas I shared with my tea buddies from the book club. Even though we were broken into small groups, I’m open to trading with anyone in the bookclub that wants to trade, so if you’re interested, PM me :)


Oh, that sounds pretty fancy. Thanks for the info. :P
I don’t need any right now though, but once I’m ready to start swapping I’ll let you know.

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My pre-Bubble Bath cup of tea!
Today I am noticing the smokiness of this tea, & it is good!
Interestingly, it is completely different from the Keemun I got from TeaVivre, which, sadly, I am now out of.

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Here is another tea from my swap for Ysaurella! Thanks again! I hope you have received the teas I sent by now!

It has been snowing in St. Louis every day this week, which might sound exciting, but the temperature has been a fairly steady 34 degrees (F), & so there really is no accumulation, just a dusting here & there. In some ways a disappointment, as I love a good deep snow, but in other ways a relief, as I have a gig tomorrow evening & hate moving my equipment in those conditions. Still, it is always beautiful to watch the snow fall! I love it.
I’m heading out the door to make a bank deposit (I love being self-employed), & for some reason when I drive I like to sip on something sweet. This tea sounded like a perfect companion to my drive!
The aroma is Almond, apple, & cinnamon, & the flavor is tasty, with all 3 present. The apple gives it a bright tangy & juicy element, & it reminds me of the mince pies my mom used to make, which didn’t actually include any meat, but rather, they were a mix of apple, raisin, spices, & whatever.

Another yummy tea from France, & although I admit that the Pleine Lune is my favorite so far.


I’m glad you like this one too :) didn’t received yet the parcel but hope it would be there tomorrow morning – I already noticed this is a little bit longer to arrive from the USA to France than the inverse.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I started the day with another strong cup of Elderberry.
Now it’s on to the highly favored Laoshan Black.
Steep, steep, & steep again!
I love this stuff!

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I’m taking a very strong cup of this to sip in bed while I read a bit. I’ve had a bit of a headache on & off today, & am feeling some achey sensations, & my ribcage is feeling heavy. That’s usually a sign that I’m fighting viral, & since elderberry is such an awesome antiviral, I’m drinking some.

I don’t often drink tea at night, because tea = pee = no sleep for me, but tonight I’m making an exception.


My hubby’s grandma does a teaspoon of elderberry extract in tea or cranberry juice every morning in the winter as an anti-flu antidote. Swears by it.

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It’s an remedy that’s been around for ages, because it actually works! There’s an amazing herbalist in St. Louis, & she owns a shop not far from my home, Cheryl’s Herbs. She sells everything, but the main thing I buy is Elderberry. I have been thinking of growing it my garden. I drink it often!


that is exactly how I feel about oregano oil!! but now I think I’ll look into elderberry. Great to have options, thanks Terri! feel better soon

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I really enjoy drinking sheng, and then following it up with shu. It almost seems like the sheng is the savory meal, & the shu is the dessert. In fact, I’ve noticed that if I don’t drink shu after my sheng, I feel like I’m missing something, and if I don’t drink sheng before my shu, I don’t seem to experience the sweetness & subtleties of the shu as much.

So I knew I wanted some of both today. I started with a sample I got from the David’s choice (Verdant) box: Haixin Tang ‘07 Stone Pressed Sheng. It’s a nicely aged tea, very mild & sweet. I enjoyed it while I was teaching & gratefully I get to sample it one more time.

Then I moved on to Yong De, which I’m still drinking now. I absolutely love the contrast between Sheng & Shu, & really, this IS like dessert. It has a vanilla wafer cookie profile, at least to my tastes. It’s nicely bold, & now I’m thinking Vanilla wafers dipped in espresso. Of course, it doesn’t really taste like coffee, but it has a nice depth to it, reminiscent of coffee. I love it.

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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
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I still have a little of this left from the TTB ‘A’. I thought I had drank it all up, but last night while I was re-organizing my stash, I came across it. There is enough for at least one more cup, maybe 2!
Nicely bold, bright, & fruity!

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I drank this a couple of weeks ago with my daughter Arianna, & I swear I wrote a review, but it isn’t here. Oh well…

One of my adult harp students stuck around & had tea with me this afternoon. I didn’t have another students right after her, and neither of us were in a hurry, so it was really nice to just hang out. I brought out the glass teapot & we watched the flower bloom. She had never had a blooming tea before & was mesmerized. We sipped, savoring the moment & the tea. It is a very mild jasmine, & the first pot especially had a really nice mouth-feel, like drinking a cup of warm almond milk. We re-steeped, & after she left I resteeped some more.


I got a sample of this with my last order, but I don’t have a glass teapot! I feel like the effect is going to waste, but glad to know it’s tasty

Terri HarpLady

Do you have a glass measuring cup? Or a jar? I’ve brewed flowering teas in both of those before. :)

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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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