3091 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
3091 tasting notes

Good morning Steepsterites!
I had breakfast this morning with my son, Leif. He picked out the tea, & he has good taste! What can be said about Golden Fleece that hasn’t already been said? The texture & flavor are just so wonderful. A great start to my day!

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This will not be a long review, as I’m suppose to be practicing. My Annual Birthday Gig is this Saturday night (I’ll be 54 on sunday), & I’m working on a new tune to add to my performance, ‘Butterfly’ by Herbie Hancock. Playing Jazz on the Harp is challenging, & this piece definitely has it’s difficulties, but it looks like it’s gonna fall into place!

After weeks of reading reviews about this puer, I finally bought myself a Phatty Cake! I’ve been sipping on it for a few hours now, during my breaks & it is quite tasty.

So this is a really nice Puer. Rich, creamy, sweet, deep, & dark. It makes me want to sing, “That’s the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh”. I used 5 G, & will probably go a little stronger next time, because I’m like that. This started out with a smooth vanilla feeling, & a hint of ginger, gradually adding layers of flavor: raisin, wood, a sprinkle of salt, a little spice.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can’t drink anymore tea tonight!
And I have to get back to my practicing!


Happy early birthday since i can guarantee i’ll forget by that time haha. It’s been a week to say the least :) I hope you have a fabulous weekend with lots of laughter and smiles


Heard Herbie at Montalvo and he was off on his own planet that night.Even my jazz lovin ex was surprised! Know you’ll do great but isn’t your Birthday a time when you’re supposed to be entertained?!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Sil!
Bonnie: This will be my first attempt at Herbie, at least in front of an audience. There are several tunes of his I’d like to do, but I especially love this one. I’ve done a gig to celebrate my birthday for years! Gratefully, I always get a huge crowd! There is nothing I’d rather do than play my harp & sing for people, & I have a friend who is an artist, she’ll celebrate 33 years. While I’m playing, she’ll be painting. She is wonderfully talented, & we’ve done this birthday gig together for 4 years, I think. Here’s her website http://www.vesnadelevska.com/

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I had some free time this afternoon, & spent part of it partaking of this yummy oolong! I can see why it has won awards, it’s amazing!
The dry smell is sweet & fruity & there is a bit of a caramelized aroma too.

Garret (Mandala Tea) suggested preheating a Gaiwan, then dumping out the hot water, putting the tea in, cover briefly, and then smell. He was talking about puer at the time, but I decided to try it with this tea. Thank you Garret :)
Oh my!! The aromas were intensified, so that now I’m smelling fruit loops, only the best fruit loops you’ve ever had, or maybe a tropical smoothie. Yummmmmmm!

I can’t tell you how many rounds of steeping I went through, but they were so good. The early ones were especially sweet, tropical, & floral. Gradually a rocky taste & a light roasted flavor crept in as well. There was a little astringency in a few rounds, but mostly this was a mouth watering, tongue tingling delight! I also got some nice 3rd eye opening sensations, & interesting sensations in my ears, neck, sinuses, & shoulder blades.

Thank you to David & Verdant for this wonderful offering. I will savor every cup!

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It’s snowing in St. Louis, which was totally unexpected, but beautiful!

Sometimes it’s enough to drink a tea with nuances of chocolate.

Sometimes you just want chocolate! This is one of those times!

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This is Josie Jade’s pick to read with the book, Anna Karenina.
It’s also really nice! It’s smokey, with a rose aftertaste. I thought I would want to sweeten it, but actually I like it straight.

Again, I’d like to commend & thank both Josie & Serenity for this wonderful idea, & for sending out the tea samples to everyone!

And now, I’m taking my cups of tea to the bubble bath, as I’m still only at 75% on the book. Time to soak, sip, and read!

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For those of you who don’t know, a group of us have been reading Anna Karenina, thanks to Serenity & Josie Jade. Thanks girls!
This is a tea sample, which Serenity picked to go with the book. I’m not usually a fan of flavored green teas, but it’s really quite pleasant!

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Some time ago KaiMatcha offered a “buy one get one free” promo on Steepster, and I did. But I still had some of the Teavana matcha, which I felt I should finish drinking before I opened anything new, so the Kai went into the freezer. I kind of wish I’d made my last cup of teavana & this at the same time, so that I could really compare them, but I didn’t. Oh well…

Could this possibly be greener? Could it possibly be greener than any matcha I’ve ever had? This is so green, so joyful, so heart opening! The aroma is so ‘fresh’, that’s the only word I can think of to describe it. I don’t sift my Matcha. This foamed up beautifully, & the flavor is heavenly! It’s like the freshest greenest sweetest greens you’ll ever eat, & in the background, sunflower seed butter! No, it’s sunflower seed sprouts, that’s what it is! I haven’t grown those for awhile. Usually I grow them in my sunroom, especially in late winter, & they are so cute & tasty!
Anyway, the mouth-feel is very creamy, & as it cools I feel like I’m drinking cream, & it is lovely & sweet. I take the last sip, and there are NO clumps in the bottom of the cup at all! Wait…I feel it…another Haiku!
Dreary Winter day
Early morning reverie
Sipping cup of Spring


Well said.

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Another Sip Down!

It’s been a little while since I had a cup of Matcha with breakfast, & honestly, I don’t know why! It’s so perfect, so delightful, so beautifully green! My first Matcha posting on steepster included a Haiku, here it is, for your reading pleasure (if you so desire).

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This is my first Mandala Tea!
The Aroma of the dry leaf is very mushroomy, very savory, with a chocolate background & a hint of ammonia.
My formula: 5G + 4oz (rinse)
1. 10 sec = a very dark brew with a savory earthy flavor, definitely mushroomy!
2. 20 sec = The flavor of shroom is still present, but a creamy vanilla sweetness begins to rise
3. 30 sec = creamy & mildly sweet, with a lite milk chocolate at the very back of the tongue as I swallow
4. 40 sec = Chaqi sensations are creeping up on me! The flavor is the essence of vanilla pastry.
5 – 8 were combined in a pitcher. This tea kind of reminds me of Yanxin’s Reserve, at least in some ways.
9 was allowed to steep for 2 or 3 minutes…and it was nice too!

Next time I think I’ll try it with more leaf.
It will be interesting to see how this one ages.


Terri! I am glad you are enjoying this tea. I had it late last night before bed and it made me dream of temples high in the Himalayas! Great dreams!

Since I’ve been a bit obsessed with this tea for weeks, I’ve brewed it up a gazillion ways. A little trick… pour boiling water into your empty pot and let it completely heat up. Dump the water off and add your tea leaf into the now heated pot and let the dry leaf warm up for 15 seconds or so and then smell the leaf! Nice, eh? Then do your rinse (5 to 10 seconds) of the leaf with the boiling water and pour off and smell of the leaf again. Pay attention as it cools a bit. Now, my dear, make your first infusion. You may already do this, but I absolutely love bringing the various levels of aroma into the experience.

Thanks for taking the time to write the review, my friend!! Nice!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks For your recommendations Garret! I’m still really a puer newby, so I’m always open to suggestions regarding brew times, the overall experience, etc.. Beginners mind…
Just out go curiosity, how much tea do you usually put in your cup?
I’ve been starting my shu’s out with 5 G, my shengs at 3. When it comes to shu, I find I want a rich & robust brew. With sheng, I don’t want it to be harsh, but I want to feel the energy/chaqi. Enjoy the day!


HI Terri!!! I’ve been into pu’er tea for 15 years and I’m still a newbie, my friend :) That’s why I go to tea school in China!! With shu, I typically don’t weigh my tea, because like you, I prefer a bold, rich and robust cup… And my mood varies with just how strong I like it so I just eyeball it. When I’m getting to know a new sheng, I do weigh – typically 3 to 5 grams for a 5 ounce gaiwan. This will depend on the age of the tea and also what I am going for (am I using it at 175 temp, 195, full-boil?). all depends on the session and my mood.
I am a huge proponent of experimenting session to session, day to day… so many variables – attitude, atmosphere, water – everyday things changing and different than the day before. Above all, I like to practice joy with the experience. Which, I am sure, you already do :)

Terri HarpLady

yes, I do! I try to keep Creativity, Mindfulness, Joy, & Gratitude in the forefront of my day, & my tea drinking is a big part of that. I’m so grateful to be self-employed & to be making a living playing music & doing the things I love! I’ve been keeping a tea journal for awhile, & it’s nice to be able to refer back on my previous experiments as I’m embarking on new ones! :D

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Verdant Tea of the Month Reserve Club – January

I opened this package thinking I’d see something along the lines of Silver Buds Yabao, but this tea doesn’t look anything like that! Instead it is beautiful roasty looking leaves in shades of mahogany, olive, & cocao. I can’t quite describe the aroma. I want to say vanilla, but it is not vanilla. It is almost a ‘cereal’ kind of scent.

I followed the verdant instructions: 5G + 4oz (rinse) X 3-4 secs.

It kind of reminds of of cream of buckwheat cereal. A creamy vanilla like texture, a mild sweetness. Not something I would get excited about, but a pleasant departure from the norm.

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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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