3071 Tasting Notes

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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2nd cup of the day. I don’t really have much to say about it, mostly because I was busy fixing breakfast & talking on the phone to my sis (MsWhatsit) while drinking it. It didn’t impress me with amazing flavor, but it also wasn’t bad. Hopefully I’ll have more of an opinion next time.

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First cup of the day.
’nuff said

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I spent the evening sorting through my tea stash, & reorganizing the whole mess. I have a ridiculous amount of tea!

I also boxed up most of my cookbooks. I’m thinking I might sell them on Ebay. My cookbook collections is like the “who’s who”, of vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, & raw cuisine. I spent the majority of my adult life practicing one form of vegetarianism or another, & I adore cookbooks, but I’m not using them anymore. Might as well sell ’em.

Also, the shelves the books were on are now officially covered with my teapots, gaiwans, cups, etc. One more step towards being able to see the diningroom table!

This tea is not spectacular, but it doesn’t have caffeine in it. Unlike many of the people here, I like roasted chicory, & I really like ginger!
It’s my last cup of the day, & it’s the last teabag I had from the TTB “A”. I don’t plan to buy it, so this will probably be the last time I drink it!


I think a lot of people don’t understand chicory.You can’t brew it like coffee or tea exactly. Overbrewing is bitter and you don’t need much either. I have bags from Community Coffee in Louisiana. I like it with hot milk New Orleans style.

Kasumi no Chajin

I have enjoyed chicory in my coffee, but not tea for some reason.

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This smells pretty nice, but the flavor is a little watery.
I added stevia, which helped.
As it cooled it got a little better, there’s a nice lemon cake with creamy frosting kind of thing, but not real inspiring.
Still, it didn’t taste bad.

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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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