3091 Tasting Notes

Today I’m hosting a tea party in my home for the Gateway St. Louis Chapter of the American Harp Society, of which I’m President. Of course, this title doesn’t confer any actual power, I just organize a few events & things like that. I might as well tell you all, I’m not a great housekeeper, and I tend to put everything off until the last moment. I guess you could say I work well under pressure.

My plan had been to come home from last night’s gig & “clean like the wind”, as we like to say in my house. (OK, nobody really likes to say that, but I started saying it when they were little kids, so when I say it, they know what I mean). The truth is, I was wiped out, so I went to bed. This morning I’ve been ‘cleaning like the wind’, & also delegating which boxes get hidden away where in the basement, or on the 2nd or 3rd floor, for some future day when I will go through them & probably throw most of the contents away.

So my main floor is looking pretty good! As a special treat, I’ve had multiple steepings of this awesome blend, which truly is everything a breakfast blend should be!

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I have a fancy gig tonight, a very profitable gig. The kind of gig that requires my Barbie wardrobe. The problem is my Barbie clothes (long sequence gown & other fancy pants blouses, skirts, & pants, all in black) are all getting old. I wanted the awesome crochet tunic with the chiffon palazzo pants. Sadly, it’s coming uncrocheted. I settled for the beaded blouse, whose beads are starting to fall off. Nobody will get close enough to notice.

Next irritation: a water main broke, so the water is suddenly off. No shower, no tea!
I packed my go cup & strainer & tea, grabbing my duffle bag with my outfit, etc.
Drove through Starbucks & got a Venti soy chai, 9 pumps in my insulated sippy cup.

Now I’m sitting at PF chang’s, sipping dragon eye oolong, & waiting for my food.
It’s gonna be a great night!

Terri HarpLady

Punch line: my tea was overstepped & my fortune cookie said, “good Luck is the results of good planning.”


Barbie wardrobe – what a great description! :D


I don’t have a Barbie wardrobe, but I do have a bag lady wardrobe ;)

Terri HarpLady

My referring to it as my Barbie Wardrobe doesn’t imply that I’m built like a Barbie, LOL. Most of the time I wear PJs, or jeans & T’s. The only nice clothes I own are my gig clothes: a mix & match wardrobe of all black, accumulated over the last 30 years. Many items are way too big now, as I lost 25# over the last year, some are still too small, many are looking ratty. I’d really like to donate the whole pile & start over. I need to at least go through it, & narrow it down to things that actually fit, & that I like. I don’t like shopping. I’d rather buy tea.

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I just realized the I’ve logged my teas this morning in the reverse order of how I drank them, LOL. I started with the one I was currently drinking, back tracked through the 2nd one, & now I’ve arrived at the one I sipped in bed.

This is a basic EB. No real high or low notes, but drinkable.

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Another lovely tea from France, thanks to Ysaurella!

This is a delightful earl grey, not too heavy on the Bergamot. This cup was proceeded by a cup of Sinharaja, which is a stronger tea, so at first the tea base seemed thin. BUT about third of the way through the cup, something balanced out in my tastebuds & it really began to be a very nice experience, & especially wonderful after each sip, as the bergamot in this tea is not so cloying, & left a pleasant aftertaste in my mouth & throat that lingered, so that I could really relax & sip slowly.


this earl grey is from far my favorite one until now. With his low tannins,It is really a relaxing tea.

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This tea has a very strong, almost coffee like taste! I followed Ysaurella’s suggestions to only steep for 2 minutes, & I’m thinking caramel latte.

Of course, being a fan of strong teas, I like it! It’s bold, but smooth. The flavoring is deep Assam, with caramel floating throughout, and a hint of bitter chocolate to round out the cup. I drank part of the cup plain, & then added some stevia, & both were satisfying.

Thank you, Ysaurella. I’m enjoying my ‘tour’ through the teas you sent!


I’m glad you loved it. If some tea remains, it is nice to taste it too with some milk, this is a very pleasant breakfast tea with or without milk -I often have difficulty to choice how I want to have it.

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This is a nice Shu, sweet, with a creamy texture. I already wrote a longer review on it, so all I’m gonna say is I love the contrast between Sheng & Shu!

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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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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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