2859 Tasting Notes

drank Gingerade by G.T. Kombucha
2859 tasting notes

I love this stuff!
I don’t drink it all the time, but I did buy a case a few days ago.
As a person who believes that we are all walking talking SCOBYs (that means Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast), I think it’s important to make sure the cultures you’re made of are healthy. I think Kombucha can support that health, but with my own personal history of addiction, I was a little nervous about drinking Kombucha at first. Some brands are pretty ‘hoochie’, if you know what I mean, but GTs Kombuchas have been consistently awesome. This is really the only flavor I like, being a ginger fanatic, but it is VERY good! I drink it occasionally with a meal, especially when I’ve been going out to eat too often, or when I feel that my immune system is fighting something. Both of those apply this morning. I’m also eating a bowl of my homemade Kimchi, for the same reason. It’s loaded with life, very tangy!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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It was going to be a busy day, so I felt that I should start it off right, by pampering myself a bit. I steeped a mug of this, and while I enjoyed it, I re-steeped the leaves & took it with me to drink in the car. I love the velvety smooth texture of that (I know that is probably a cliche, but it’s true!). I love the way the leaves feel when they are dry, they just feel so amazing! Like spider legs or something. It’s such a rich, buttery, sweet, creamy cup of goodness, I just had to have it this morning. I had an awesome day! My gig at whole foods was fun, the church gig was fun too. I love my life!


May be forever before we’re in STL again, but I am making a note to check the Whole Foods event calendar ;)

Terri HarpLady

:D It’ll be a year before I play there probably. They used to have me in more often, but then there were budget cuts, which narrowed it down to xmas time & Earth Day. If you happen to be coming to town the last weekend in January, that’s the weekend of my big annual Birthday Bash gig. I’ll play a mix of styles, both solo & hopefully with some special guests. My most advanced students will play classical sonatas during my breaks, and at least one local artist (who is also an Aquarian) will be doing a large & wonderful inspired painting. She’s amazing http://www.vesnadelevska.com/
Every year is more fun than the last!

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I had a craving for this tea this morning. I didn’t have time to hang around, savoring awesome 4 oz cups of awesomeness. So I steeped several Gaiwans-full of this, back to back, sipping on a few & combining the rest into my pre-heated 16 ounce thermos. This was taken to my gig @ whole foods, where it stayed reasonably hot & was sipped on throughout the first 2 hours of my gig. I’m in love with the boston brown bread & coffee-like flavors of this tea. It has a deep molasses flavor too it, and the spiciness of cinnamon. It is wonderful.


Sounds very interesting.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be sure & include a sample in your next care package!

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Good morning Steepsterites!

I’m enjoying the 2nd steeping of this lovely Golden Monkey, with its malty sweet potato profile, a nice start to a busy day. I drank the first steeping while I fixed my breakfast. There is also a buttery texture, it’s the ‘sparkly’ sensation I get from some teas, it’s like my taste buds take turns twinkling like stars. I don’t really know how else to describe it, but I like it!

This is a wonderful tea to relax with, hanging around in my ‘roadie’ outfit (jeans & T shirt) before I head out for a very busy day. I have an Electric Harp gig at Whole Foods Grocery from noon til 3:00, where I’ll be dressed in a long red xmasy outfit with what I call Angel Sleeves (the kind that drape down), playing a mix of Holiday music (xmas, Chanukah, classical, peace & snowy weather related), along with my usual mix of Jazz, Rock, Originals, & Blues with vocals. Hopefully I’ll sell a bunch of xmas CD’s so I can buy more tea! (you can get yours at www.harpsinger.net)

After that gig, I’ll grab a bite to eat, change to a long black velvet outfit with draping chiffon sleeves, & go play a church service gig with the choir & orchestra. I’ll be done around 9pm, I think. Just in time to drive to Tony’s & watch SNL!

Thank you, Angel & TeaVivre for this delicious sample!

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It’s Tony’s 61st birthday!! I’m taking him out for dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant at 7:30. Meanwhile, I’m finally getting around to sampling this Sheng. The dry leaf has a spicy smell to me, with a hint of vanilla!

This tea is very clean & bright tasting, almost lemony in the way it makes my mouth feel! My mouth is watering like crazy, & I have that sparkling sensation. It’s crisp & sweet & fresh & mouthwatering!
I’m on the 3rd or 4th steeping, & it’s so juicy! There’s also a spicy edge & not only that, I’ve been kind of drowsy all day, with low energy, no matter how many cups of tea I drank. Now I suddenly feel exceptionally alert! I feel very focused!

Which is good, because I have an orchestral part to learn tonight! For the next 2 evenings I’ll play a cantata with a church choir & small orchestra. These gigs are fun, but they always send the music at the last minute. So for the next hour I’ll be sipping this tea & practicing!

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Thank you to Angel @ TeaVivre for this sample!

It’s been a busy day, running around doing the things self-employed musicians have to do when they aren’t performing or practicing. I’ve drank a fair share of black teas, but didn’t really have time to comment on them, & I’m not in the mood for backtracking, so onward…

This is a really pleasant Shu! I steeped for 1 minute, 2nd steeping for 2 minutes, & will probably try for a few more before I release the leaves to my compost pile.

It’s very dark! I like that in a tea!
It’s ultra smooth, creamy even, & sweet with a raisin bread-like taste & a hint of vanilla.
I needed this…(sigh)…

Terri HarpLady

They have some lovely teas, Paul :)

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I found myself craving a cup (or 7) of a nice dark Shu, & this one was handy. I followed the xingyang workshop recommendations, & it is wonderful. Deep, rich, smooth, sweet, creamy, spicy…the perfect end to my tea drinking day!

This shu isn’t in clumps, like the other ones I’ve tried. It looks like coffee grounds, & has a nice spicy aroma. Once it’s wet it really smells good, it’s an addictive aroma of vanilla sweetness!! YUM!

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This is a sweet & creamy diversion from all the serious ‘grown up’ teas I’ve been drinking today. It really is everything it promises to be! I sweetened it with some stevia, and it’s dessert in a cup.

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My confession: I have not been a huge fan on Dancongs. They always seem to get bitter so quickly! I’m not the most coordinated person, & when it comes to steeping something for 2 seconds…well, lets just say that I tend to over steep. I was extra careful with this one.

The dry tea smells of fresh laundry! It has a very ‘clean’ smell, like fresh linens!

I’ve spent the afternoon sipping on this tea, & rather than make extensive notes about each steeping, I’m just going to comment on it as a whole. Things I’ve noticed:
*A floral taste, along the lines of ‘orchid’, but with more of a ‘wood’ influence. There is also a mineral flavor.
*a metallic sensation, especially on the sides of my tongue. It’s a very ‘bright’ sensation,& cooling, which I suppose could be compared to ‘snow’, now that I think of it.

  • The tip of my tongue feels extremely ‘awake’ & bright. I’m thinking the word ‘tantalized’ might fit. Again, this could be compared, in a sense, to what it might feel like if I stuck my tongue into a snow ball for a minute, LOL.
  • There is also a sweet, mouthwatering sensation under the tongue.
    I’ll go back to sipping now…
    Thank you David, for this month’s offerings!

I have that issue too… now sometimes I only steep them for 10 seconds

Terri HarpLady

this one was suppose to be steeped 2 – 3 seconds, LOL! I just don’t seem to be capable of steeping for that short! :D

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I’m having an awesome day! Here’s the teas I drank so far, but don’t really have time to write full on reviews, as I was on the go:
Zhen Qu (butiki)- a little malt, a slightly floral bouquet, next time I think I’ll make it a little stronger.
Mi Xian Black (butiki) – sweet notes of honey!
Imperial Breakfast blend (verdant) I can’t believe I still have some of this! That was the tea in my ‘go’ cup this morning, as I rushed out the door to UMSL, to attend my Harp student’s Jury.
Matcha – with lunch, another stir fry, accompanied by a heaping serving of my newest home made Kimchi! This is a really potent batch too!!

Now I’m home, I’ve eaten, my students will start coming. Time for some serious steeping!

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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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