3091 Tasting Notes


A baked sweet potato with heavy sprinklings of cinnamon & ginger
A cup of this tea
= a perfect combination


Your lunch sounds a lot like mine.

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This is a sample I got from TeaVivre. Thanks so much to Angel & the TeaVivre team!

Today I officially start teaching again. I’ve been on vacation for the last 2 weeks, mostly laying around in my PJs with Tony at his house. I’m suppose to have students from 10am til 7pm, with a few breaks here & there. The 10am was a no show. I called, they thought we started next week. I get this every year, & purposely took the first week of the month off because of it. Oh well. I should be doing things, but instead, I’m drinking tea.

Dry, this smells interesting. The initial smell was floral, then peachy, & there’s also chocolate liquor in there. Very interesting.

Wet, the aroma changes drastically to hashish (it’s been a long long time, but I smoked a lot of that one year), charcoal, & even a hint of opium (it’s the floral smell…if you’ve ever smoked it, you’ll know).

I brewed the first cup western style, following the instructions I went with 1 heaping T for 1 minute. It was nice, a little fruity, floral, a little charcoal. It did not wow me. It kind of reminds me of a peach oolong. I re-steeped those leaves for 3 minutes, & it was more of the same. It’s nice, but I feel like I’m missing something.Admittedly, I added some stevia to the 2nd half of the cup & it became a sweeter version of itself, bringing out the fruitier flavors. Sacrilege, I know.

I drank a cup of Matcha, to cleanse my palate, I suppose…& some water.

Then I visited the Verdant site, looked up the Da Hong Pao instructions, & started again with 5g of leaf in my 4 oz Gaiwan.
2 quick rinses, combining 2 steeps at a time in my little glass pitcher (no stevia):
1 & 2 (4 sec) – lovely apricot color, delightfully peachy taste with a hint of charcoal.
3 & 4 (8 sec) – more of the same, plus honey, & a little smoke.
(my 11:30 student cancelled)
5 & 6 (12 sec) – more of the same flavor, an interesting sensation under my tongue
7 & 8 (16) This one has a real nice honey aftertaste, & all of my tastebuds are tingling.

My 12:30 student just called & cancelled (sigh). Time to run a few errands… Enjoy the day, Steepsterites!

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First tea of the day, I have reviewed this already twice, so I’ll just say that it is tasty, & will most likely be on my next Butiki order. I don’t have much left…

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This is turning out to be a slow moving morning. I have so much I need to do, & am not feeling motivated to do anything. My kids & grandkids are coming over this evening for our annual New Year’s Day Brunch, which we’re having tonight, LOL. Normally it’s on New Year’s day, more like noon-ish, going all afternoon, but my oldest daughter & her clan were out of town, so it’s tonight. We all love breakfast for dinner.

That entails a certain amount of cleaning… although mostly it’s just clearing off the table & things like that. My food prep will not be too intensive…we have a spiral ham from whole foods (egads, the price we pay for nitrate free!), I’m making a bunch of deviled eggs this afternoon, Ari’s coming over to make fruit salad & help make (paleo) scones, cookies, & whatever else we decide to make. Per my son-in-law’s request, I’m also making my special brussels sprouts.

ALSO, my sister Ginger (Not MsWhatsit, my other sis) is flying back in tonight @ 9:30 & spending the night, which would be great, except she’s sick. So there will be a Reiki intensive upon her arrival, & I’m drinking a melange of teas to protect myself, as I can’t afford to get sick! That leads to the Random steepings, this morning. So far I’ve had:
- Elderberry
- Astragulus, ginger, lemon, & honey brew
- A bottle of Ginger Lemon Kombucha
- Khongea’s Golden Tippy Assam (gotta have some caffeine too)
- I also drank re-steeps from yesterday’s Gaiwans: The experimental pressing Yue Guang Bai & Mt Banzang Farmer’s Coop Sheng.

I’m gonna make one more caffeinated tea, crawl in the tub, Reiki myself, & then I have to actually start doing stuff! Onward…


are you a Reiki Master?! I love getting reiki sessions. Really clears my mind and focus

Terri HarpLady

I am. Reiki is awesome! Come to St Louis, I’ll hook you up. My sister Ginger is too. So she came, we stayed up til 6 am doing booster atunements on each other & drinking tons of Puer, LOL. We both slept 3 hours & then got up and did it some more. Then she took off at noon to drive home to Mansfield(MO). You wouldn’t believe how much tea we drank, LOL…then again, I bet you would! :D

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I’ve enjoyed several steepings of this, basically all afternoon! It doesn’t give me the head buzz that it initially gave, but I do feel a strong sense of clarity. I stayed at Tony’s all of last week, & didn’t really drink much Puer, so this felt & smelled very welcoming & good.

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drank Organic Assam by Butiki Teas
3091 tasting notes

I’m working on polishing off several teas that I have fairly small quantities of. Today it is this Organic Assam from Butiki. It’s nice & bold, with a bit of a fruity quality too it, and some Malt, & I’ve enjoyed it, but now it’s gone! Onward through the fog…


you can do it! the sipdown continues! :)

Terri HarpLady

Yup! I’ve polished off several recently! Gotta make room for the new year, right? LOL


Ooh, I got this one too!

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I’ve sipped my way through several cups of this delicious tea today. It’s a beautiful golden color. Honey, walnuts, and sweet potato, on a fruity backdrop that is bright, with a creamy mouth-feel. Some of the cups have tasted malty, others not so much, which has been interesting. I’ve really enjoyed this!

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Thanks to BoxerMama for this sample, which I’m finally getting around to trying out. Actually, I drank it yesterday, with stevia. The sample was generous enough 4 2 cupfuls, & during the 2nd cup I shared it with Tony. He liked it! Finally we agree on a tea!

I’m not a big fan of most flavored teas, but I am a sucker for Peaches & Ginger, & together? Oh yeah, Baby! So it is nice & peachy flavored, with enough ginger to bite, just a little. I’d like the tea base to be a little malty/bready tasting, but it did have a buttery texture, & that was nice. I enjoyed both cups!

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I’m finally sampling this, & it is bold & perfect as a breakfast tea for me. I just finished my 2nd cup, & would like to offer more by way of review, but I have to load my Harp & get ready for my gig. Suffice it to say, that it was a pleasure to drink!

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I have a dry spot in my throat. I hate that!
It started yesterday evening. I drank lots of fluids, it was still there.
I sucked on a Ricola, still there.
I drank hot tea with honey…
I gargled salt water several times.
I suspect that some viral is trying to take hold, & I hate that!

I also have my final gig of the year this afternoon. It’s a 2 hour wedding reception, & it snowed, which I love, but moving a Harp in the snow is never fun. Luckily, it didn’t really stick to the sidewalks & roads much, so the only tricky place will be the stairs on the front of my house.

I don’t have to leave the house until noon, so I’m headed for the bubble bath with 2 teas, both of which I’ve reviewed before:
*Elder Berry (Cheryl’s Herbs), a wonderful antiviral, my favorite.
*Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend (Verdant), which has a lot of good stuff in it.
I wish I would find my 2 oz of Sichuan Caravan, I never did figure out what happened to it! This would be a good time for drinking it (not to say that there is ever a bad time!)

To the tub…


If something is trying to infect you, here’s hoping your immune system kicks it’s butt before it gets too much of a foothold.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks sis! I made it through the day. I still have a scratchy throat, but I feel ok. Tony & I even went out to hear Ari sing, & she did great! My baby girl, @ her first official gig! I cried!

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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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