3091 Tasting Notes


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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Earlier today I had an appointment with my chiropractor & also ran to the bank. Although I’m not hugely into flavored teas, sometimes when I’m driving I want to sip on something sweet. So I made a cup of this, which I spiked with stevia. A long time ago I used to drink coffee, & I especially enjoyed it with Hazelnut & Caramel, so this tea gives me a bit of a flashback to those times. They were good times!

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This is a sample sent to me from Stacy @ Butiki.
I’m not a huge Darjeeling fan, at least I haven’t been in the past, others I have tried had an acidic taste, as I recall, but I’m trying to be open minded, so when I placed my most recent Butiki order, I asked to sample some Darjeeling tea. This was one of 2 teas Stacy sent to me with my order. It is actually quite nice! A gentle, mouthwatering cup with essence of peach & some floral qualities.
Thanks Stacy, you’re awesome!

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I’ve been working on polishing off some of the teas in my cupboard, mainly the ones that I don’t really have that much left of, and also samples that have been sent. So I was sorting through things, & look what I found! Yay!! I’ve been hoarding this one, & still have enough to enjoy it a few more times. So this is my breakfast tea of the day!
I went with the western brew: 2 t in 8oz @ 1.5 minutes. Now I’m on my 2nd cup, steeped at 2 minutes. The 2nd cup is even better than the first.

Rich, Dark, Chocolatey, spicy. This tea delivers it all. Now I remember why I was hoarding it :)


I feel like we’re all trying to do this these days “get through my smaller reamining teas…” :)


I have some I’m hoarding too!

Autumn Hearth

:) I have an extra sample of this as well that I’m planning on drinking either tomorrow or this weekend in a (re)try all the Verdant black teas week, today is Mi Lan Dancing black, tasty! But yes drink down the samples!

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I sort of feel like I’ve become the official secretary for the Reserve Club: taking & uploading photos of tea, typing in David’s comments. I’m been placing them in the Verdant (Special) folder. I didn’t create that folder, but it seems like the right place to put them.

This tea has large & full, irregularly twisted leaves in colors of mahogany, brown, & Black. It looks wild & appealing.
The dry aroma was a little tart & reminded me of pickled plums (Umeboshi). I heated my Gaiwan, put the dry tea in there to warm up, smelled it again, & it was of tart plums & carob. After the rinse, it smelled of grape peels, & a toasty earthy wine.

The early steepings of this were tart, like a plum wine with a little smoke added. A nice fruity taste lingers after you swallow it!
In successive steepings the flavors continued to develop: Rich, warming, sweet, a little toasty.

The later steepings included a rock taste & a hint of chocolate.


Thanks…I did put one in without a picture.I’m lazy.

Kasumi no Chajin

I’ve been putting them up without pics too. wonder if we have duplicated at all

Terri HarpLady

LOL, no worries. I’m not really complaining, just doing my ‘job’.

Terri HarpLady

Probably not Kasumi. When I went to enter my comments I found the looked around pretty good first, & when I found the empty descriptions, I added Davids comments from the sheet he sent, added a pic, & moved it to the (special) folder. I hope nobody minds!


Mind? Oh sure! We’re going to repossess your tea and split it up between us ha ha ha! (bhwahaaaa)

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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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