2913 Tasting Notes

As the afternoon passed, I became interested in drinking some sheng.
The first time I drank this, my formula was:
5G + 4oz @ boiling (rinse)X 4 sec. = Way strong!!
The 2nd time: 3G + 4oz @ boiling (rinse) X 4sec = ok…
This time: 4G + 4oz at 175 (rinse) X 4 sec = eureka!
This is probably how I’ll do Sheng from now on…at least this one!

It is very green in taste, like newly baled Hary, with the sweetness of clovers mixed in. There is also a resinous flavor and the sensation in my sinuses and roof of my mouth of Eucalyptus or camphor. This tea is young, but it has chaqi! I feel it in my neck, my 3rd eye, my sinuses, & my brain. This feeling came on very quickly, & I had a little bit of a headache briefly, and the desire to close my eyes & meditate. I took a few relaxing breaths & visualize a flower blooming on my forhead. I also did a little Reiki on myself, & the headache subsided.

Later steeping had a very mineral taste, almost metallic, the taste of iron.

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drank Tiger Eye by Adagio Teas
2913 tasting notes

oooohhhhh….this was sweet with the essence of caramel, chocolate, butter, and vanilla.

My son Drew (23) picked this to go with our lunch. We added stevia.
All I can think of is “Heath Bar”, which I SO used to love. Chocolate covered english toffee!!

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My friend Barb called this morning to tell me that her food coop order came, & they had extra cukes & Kale, if I wanted them. Yes!
So she came by for tea, bringing the veggies, & this was her selection.

I used to be a huge fan of oolongs, with their floral essence & green backdrop. The first cup or 2 are always wonderful, but then I start to lose interest. Nonetheless, I continued to steep a cup here & there during the afternoon, in between other things.

This tea makes me think and feel the color yellow, and surrounds my tongue with a bright sunny sensation. Bright florals up front, with later steepings a little astringent. There arose the taste of blanched almonds & a mouth-feel somewhat like almond milk.

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What more can I say of this tea, that I haven’t already said?
My son Leif (age 20) had breakfast with me this morning, & this was his selection!
Previously I’ve weighed out 5 oz, trying to get a mix of the Yanxin’s Reserve nuggets & the various other smaller components of the tea (licorice root, elderberries, ginger, & sichuan pepper).
This time I weighed out 5 oz of the puer, then added a few oz of the ‘other stuff’. I’ll do it that way from now on!
It’s been in one of my Gaiwans, & I’ve been sipping on it on and off, throughout the day. I just drank the final cup, and at this point the flavor is gone, but the bite of the ginger still lingers on.


By oz. I assume you mean… grams? Or 0.5 oz? I was just all… woaaah how much of this tea did she order?! And brew up today! :P

Terri HarpLady

LOL, yes, it was Grams!
Thanks for pointing that out!

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I enjoyed drinking this throughout the afternoon & early evening. I’ve reviewed it before, & my previous comments hold. To me it doesn’t taste so much like ginger, rather it has the warming sensation of ginger, along with some nice fruity sweetness. I wanted something bold, yet grounding, & this hit the spot.

I’m feeling much better than I’ve felt for a few days, & energized, so I spent the evening starting 2 new batches of cultured veggies.
The first one is a root kimchi: Daikon & Turnips from my garden, carrots, burdock. All are cut in matchsticks (I’ve been known to cut them in much more novel shapes, but I wanted to keep it simple). They’ll soak overnight in a salt brine, & tomorrow I’ll drain them & add ginger, onion, garlic, horseradish, & chilis. It will take about a week to mature. A potent, earthy Kimchi!
The 2nd one is a new batch of sauer kraut, which we eat a lot of around here. This one is a coleslaw style kraut: green cabbage, onion, garlic, grated carrot, dill seed, & salt. Once everything was chopped & mixed together, my son Drew & I ate a few bites. Like a young puer that you know is going to only get better, that’s how I feel about this kraut. Right now it’s a tasty & somewhat nippy salad. A month from now it will be tangy, delicious, & loaded with probiotics.
I currently have 3 in the frig that we’ve been eating:
1/2 qt of pink kraut (we went through almost 4 qts in a month!)
1/2 qt of kimchi (the regular kind)
4 pints of newly ripened Christmas Kraut: purple cabbage, cranberries, apples, cinnamon sticks, ginger root, orange juice, & salt. I’m still not sure how I feel about that one…its VERY tangy…
1/2 qt of green beans, peppers, & garlic cloves.

This satisfies my ‘mad scientist’ tendencies!


I’ve recently been making curried saurkraut with cranberries and apples. Really good! I make a Thai red chili pickled radish thats sweet and savory which is topped with fresh basil in the Spring. yummy on tuna sandwiches! Send your sweet red please…if you don’t mind…I can’t find mine.

Terri HarpLady

Oohhh, those sound interesting!
Send my sweet red what? : )


Feather Boa Terri! Sauerkraut recipe duh!


(purple cabbage is also called red cabbage)

Terri HarpLady

It’s simple! Shred a red cabbage & a green cabbage, mix them together in a big bowl, sprinkling sea salt as you go, about 2 to 3 Tb of salt in all. It should taste salty, but but pleasant. Squeeze & kneed the cabbage, them cram it into your crock, jar, or whatever container you like to use. Press down on it several times in the first 24 hours, & if the liquids don’t rise to cover the cabbage, mix up some brine (1 Tb salt per cup of water). Let it bubble for a month or so, then enjoy! It turns a real pretty shade of pink!

Terri HarpLady

I still have a ton of daikon radish & turnips from my garden. How about your thai radish recipe? That curried kraut sounds good too!


Oh, that sounds so delicious! I love sauerkraut, but have never tried to make my own.


That’s it for the sweet red type too?!

Terri HarpLady

Kittenna, it really is easy! I have had a few failures over the years, but it’s been very rarely a problem. Once you’ve made a batch or 2, then it’s fun to experiment with adding different things to them. I’m adding some fresh dill to the coleslaw kraut, I think that will enhance it even further.

Terri HarpLady

Bonnie, did you mean the christmas kraut?


yep the sweet red cabbage(or purple) that I like to cook with apples,onions and curry (ends up like sweet and savory).

Terri HarpLady

Lets see…that one was a head of purple cabbage, 2 diced apples (if I do it again, I’ll probably use more), a bag of fresh cranberries, juice & zest of an orange, 3 cinnamon sticks, grated ginger (not sure how much, I think it was about the size of my thumb or so), & a couple of T of salt. Mix it all together, put it in the crock, if needed add brine so that it’s covered. Leave it on the counter for a week or so. There are several recipes online, & I combined several to come up with mine. Most had sugar in them, but I can’t do that.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

omg that all sounds so good !

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and the sipdown continues:

This is the remainder of the sample I received from Angel @ TeaVivre. Thanks again, Angel, for this generous sample!
I had thought at one point of steeping several dragonwells, side by side, & comparing them. This never happened, and really, it doesn’t need to happen. Why compare? Why not enjoy each alone, for what they offer? So that’s what I’m doing.

Beautiful flat green leaves, sweet, crisp, & green taste. I used to steep green teas in a cup, but more & more I prefer short steepings in a Gaiwan. The ‘fresh’ taste is like a reminder that spring will come soon. I look out over my garden, & begin to contemplate the season…

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2913 tasting notes

I was gonna have a cup of Dragonwell, but I overheated the water, so I had some of this instead. We (that would be me, little Terri, & the cup of tea) went out onto the pack porch & stood in the sun, the beautiful glorious sunlight, sipping & absorbing: the golden warmth of the sun on my skin, contrasting with the coolness of the air; the rich and buttery sweet smoothness of this tea, the song of birds, the glorious blue sky, the view of my garden in winter. As I breath these in, I feel uplifted.
I re-steep & return.




awesome :)


Sounds so amazing. :D


I’m spending the day with my Golden Fleece tomorrow before this months Verdant club comes.

Invader Zim

This is how I enjoy drinking my tea. I usually only do it when I’m at my parents (they actually have a porch unlike me) in the early morning, weather permitting. It’s such a divine feeling.

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
2913 tasting notes

And the sip down continues…
Another grumpy morning, I still feel like I’m fighting something, even though I don’t actually feel sick. Monday it was trying to hit my lungs & throat, yesterday it was my head. My eyes had that feeling you get when you have a fever & I ended the day with a burning headache (maybe it was from that big tea order I placed…). So I woke groggy for the 3rd day, and after my morning cup of elderberry tea, I treated myself to a breakfast of a pork chop, sweet potato, & cinnamon fried apples. This must be accompanied by a robust & malty black tea, & this one fits the bill nicely. The sun is shining & I think I feel better already! :D


Sunshine has helped my grumpies by 1000% today, for sure!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I went out on the back porch, & even there it’s cool, it felt so good to stand in the sunlight!


Ordering tea AGAIN!!! Do you need an intervention or something?!!

Terri HarpLady

I probably do need a tea intervention, lol!

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The January tea of the month reserve club package arrived last week. Part of me feels that being a member is perhaps more money than I should be spending, but so far I have not been disappointed!

When I opened this first one, I was immediately caught up in the aroma of the dry leaves. Smokey & sweet, it brought up images of kettle corn, being made in large kettles the old fashioned way. The smokiness made me thing of a fine pipe tobacco as well. There are other faintly familiar aromas that I’m having a hard time placing. Like canned condensed milk (crazy, I know, but there is a hint of it) This is a very complex & interesting tea!

5G of tea + 4 oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 4 secs (+ 2 secs each steeping)

I’d like to say at this point that I have not always been all that into Lapsang Souchong. Having said that, I’ve been sitting here, sipping cup after cup. I’ve never steeped Lapsang this way, & I was missing out!
The smokey flavor is there, especially in the initial steepings, but not in your face.
There is a real nice sweetness that expands with each steeping. It brings to mind the aforementioned kettle corn, with it’s caramelized brown sugar.
I lost count, but after several steepings there is a creamy mouthfeel & the sweetness lingers, making me think of some kind of vanilla pudding topped with brown sugar that’s been given the flambe treatment. The smoke is still there, but in a very pleasant subtle way.
In the later steepings the sweetness gradually dissipated, giving way to a ‘rocky’ taste, a bright feeling on the tip of my tongue, & yet there were still sprinkles of sugar on top.
I actually made it through 15 courses, although admittedly I only drank about half of some of the cups, combining the 2nd half into a jar, which is in the freezer to chill. I’ll report on that in a little while.
A very yummy tea! Thank you David & Wang Shilin! I will savor it!


Gah! I’m still waiting on mine to arrive! whimper first month I’m getting it so i’m stupid excited!

Terri HarpLady

I enjoyed last months offerings, but to be honest, I think this month will be even better! I’ve still only tried one of them, but they all sound interesting!


I jumped on the band wagon this month in part because it’s the winter months. I’m not as big a fan of the greens/spring time type teas so i figure now would be a good time to try it and see if i can continue to afford this treat.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll look forward to reading your notes, as I feel our tastes are similar :)


i think it might have come today…but no one was home to receive it so now i have to wait until tomorrow lesigh



Bah! Also the post office just randomly decided not to let me know they had tried to deliver something back at the beginning of January…so it was sent to the undeliverable hell…and they MIGHT be able to get it for me..but it may take 3 weeks. And the sad part? no one cal tell me where the package is from… Also i got the final notice yesterday…which told me they were going to return the package on january 5th…. 10 days past sigh

Terri HarpLady

all I can do is offer a hug {{{{{Sil}}}}}

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I picked a kumquat from my kumquat tree this morning. I’ll probably post a picture on my facebook (Terri Stamper Langerak, if you want to be my friend). I love my kumquat tree! Every winter I get a small crop of fruits, each bitesize. I savor each one! Some years there are many, this year is not that year. There were 2 ripe ones, & I ate one today. I thought I could probably use the boost of Vit C that it offers. There are quite a few green ones that will be ready in March. I also still have 3 meyer lemons on another little tree, & tons of key limes! Anyway, that kumquat was like heaven: sweet, tangy, juicy, yum!

I’ve been hoarding this bergamot rose tea for awhile now. Like toast with butter & orange marmalade on it, this will be my other bubble bath tea, & while I’m bathing I’ll try to get through more of Anna Karenina. At the risk of offending my fellow book club readers, I’m gonna confess right here: It’s not my favorite book. I don’t go in much for whining drama, angst, and intrigue. I have several other, much more exciting books in my Q, but I said I would read this book with the group, & I aim to finish it!


I’m not a fan of kumquats, but I am so jealous that you have citrus trees! I would love love LOVE to have fresh limes/lemons just waiting outside for me! My mouth is watering like crazy just thinking about 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!


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