2955 Tasting Notes

drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2955 tasting notes

I’m participating in the Saturday Sample Sipdown! I’m starting off by sipping down the rest of the samples sent to me by BoxerMama (you Rock!).

Paris is nice. I’ve never been there, but I’d like to be. The best I can do for now is this lovely tea, which is fruity, & seemed almost berry-like to me, & nicely vanilla-ed, with a bit of bergamot, but not in a real in-your-face kind of way. There’s almost a caramel taste to it as well. Thanks BoxerMama!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Of course, I ordered some more last night! :)


AHahaha. I’ve done the exact same thing with three teas lately, including Laoshan Black :D

Tea Sipper

This is the tea I’d love to try the most right now!

Terri HarpLady

want me to send you some?

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Part II
More teas I’m drinking today that I’ve already reviewed plenty of times, I think…

Jubilee from The London Tea Room – This is Tony’s #1 favorite tea, & interestingly, I’m actually starting to develop a liking for it, provided I sweeten it up with some Stevia. So this was my 2nd bubble bath tea today.

Laoshan Black: Getting down to the bottom of the barrel on this one. Luckily I still have a $25 Tea Cash from Verdant (from the ridiculously large order I made in December), & it expires tomorrow. So tonight I’m ordering more Laoshan Black! The hoarding of it can end for awhile!

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I haven’t posted alot lately, mainly because I’ve been drinking alot of the same teas that I’ve already reviewed, and/or due to business. So I have to confess, getting a little bored with all the teas I have, for some reason, I guess because our senses always want novelty (the grass is always greener…). I mean, I have tons of teas here to drink, & nothing to drink, LOL.

Normally I start the morning with a robust black tea. I’m changing it up, at least a little. Because of BoxerMama’s Chai post yesterday, & also because I’ve been craving Chai, Leif & I started the morning with Adagio Chai, which is actually a pretty tasty Chai! We drank 2 pots with our breakfast, both sweetened with Stevia, no milk of any kind.

Then I was loitering on the Adagio site, looking at various blends. I wanted to order the Tardis Blend, I’ve wanted to try it for awhile, & they are out! Bummer! So I’m looking around, and I see Tony Stark’s blend: Lapsang, Tiger eye, and ginger! MMMMMmmmm! I have all those things! So the lab experiment begins: first cup was heaping half tsp of each plus several thin slices of ginger, add stevia. Ohhhh… ahhhhh…. yummm! 2nd cup = 1 tsp Tiger eye (SipDown, gonna have to get some more of that), 1/2 tsp Lapsang, slices of ginger & a little vanilla extract, & stevia. To die for. Off to my bubble bath…


That blend sounds soo delicious :D


Today I kinda did a similar thing, I mixed some local choco nib pu with the butiki plum pudding left from last night. Sounds strange but it was really good on a cold morning.

Terri HarpLady

The only thing I didn’t like was the vanilla extra left a little bourbon aftertaste.
I wanted another cup of the blend I made, but I’m out of tigers eye. My next experiment was 1 tsp each of Lapsang, hazelnut, & I remembered I had some Vanilla Oolong. Those were steeped in a 16oz teapot with stevia. Not as good as the previous experiment, but still tasty! Now I’m fantasizing about Lapsang blends, LOL.


I can send you some Tardis blend if you want to trade something?

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It’s bubble bath time!
Time to go read the last 25 pages of Anna Karenina.


For a minute there I thought you made a bath from the Sichuan! LOL

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It’s been a great day! The rehearsal with the Bass player went on for hours, he’s a really nice guy & it was fun! Then a guitar player friend called, & it looks like he’s going to come sit in on a few tunes (no rehearsal…). Also, I’m planning to do “A Love Supreme”, by John Coltrane, essentially a version similar to the Alice Coltrane version, sort of, with a friend reading the poem that was originally recited by Swami Satchidinanda! Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBGyfOh5-x8 Our version will just be harp, bass, & maybe guitar, with voice at the beginning & end. I’ve wanted to do this version for years!! Of course, the improv section will be totally different.

Anyway, my head is racing with excitement, & I don’t really have much to say about this tea, sorry. I had it western style, 3 steepings so far, & it is quite nice. Right now, on the 3rd cup, I’m really tasting the olive oil reference, and it has such a lovely creamy kind of texture. I promise a better review next week!

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In about an hour I have a rehearsal with a Bass player. He is one of the most amazing bass players I’ve ever heard in St. Louis, & we’re gonna play together at my Annual Birthday Party gig tomorrow night! I’m really excited! I’m also a little nervious, because I don’t play with other people often, although I’d like to. Anyway, I wanted to start the morning with something special.I went to the cupboard,so many choices…

I still have some of this!?! YEAH!
I’ve been hoarding it, thinking there would be a winter version. I don’t have very much, maybe a few more cups worth. So today I’m enjoying some! I’ve already reviewed it several times, & it is a wonderful breakfast blend with all the goodies many of us love. Sweet caramel, robust & malty, bright & dark, spicy & everything in between.

A beautifully balanced cup!


Electric, acoustic, or a bit of both?

Terri HarpLady

I’ll use my Electric Harp, he’ll be using an acoustic with pickups. I’m very excited, we had a great jam!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & I’ll sing too!

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I’ve reviewed this Keemun several times, & it is very tasty, with essence of chocolate, malt, and roses! Of course, there are no roses or chocolate in it, but the flavor is there!

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I reviewed this several times by now, I’m sure, so I just want to say it is a very tasty & robust Assam, with malt, chocolate, & spice!

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Here is the other sample I received from Stacy @ Butiki.

The aroma of this one is a little sweeter than the other, kind of peachy & a little bit of fresh hay & chamomile to it. The flavor makes me think of clover & peach, & has a really ‘fresh’ taste to it, especially in the after taste. My mouth’s a little tingly, a little minty. Like I just brushed my teeth. I feel like I’m drinking white tea, actually, as it is very light, subtle, & gentle. It’s nice!

Thanks again, Stacy!

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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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