3091 Tasting Notes

Harpy HolidaZe, everyone!

I placed an order with Stacy @ Butiki on thurs, & it actually came today! Thanks, Stacy! You are awesome!

My main reason for ordering was to get a few more of those cute little Earthen Gaiwans she carries. They are absolutely adorable & 2 of them will be for gifts. Of course, I had to get a little tea also, so one of the teas I got was this Plum Pudding. I don’t really get into a lot of flavored teas, & I have no idea what plum pudding tastes like. I added a little stevia to mine, and it is fruity, a rich stone-fruit taste. There’s also some orange, & a little cinnamon in there. It’s sweet & slightly tart, & delicious!

Actually it reminds me of the stewed prunes I used to make, which included prunes (of course), water to cover, a sliced up orange, & a cinnamon stick. You can also include a lemon instead of an orange. Let it simmer until the prunes plump up & the remaining juices are thick & sweet. You can also cook it in a crock pot over night. You can also include other dried fruits. I made a variation once that was dried apricots instead, with thin slices of ginger…
We used to eat these in the middle of a bowl of oatmeal, or on buttery toast, or in a bowl full of yogurt, or by themselves. Thanks for the memories!


Tis makes me excited to try it!


I have always been a little suspicious of prunes…you make them sound downright friendly and sociable!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I don’t like fresh plums that much, or prunes when they are dried. But stewed prunes are a comfort food!

Butiki Teas

Mmm, stewed prunes sounds yummy! I definitely need to try that dried apricot and ginger creation. Maybe with a little dark rum. I have a confession, I have no idea what traditional plum pudding tastes like either but this was what I imagined it would taste like.

Terri HarpLady

I served it to Tony today, & he gave it the thumbs up!

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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First sip of the day! I used 2 tsp @ 3 minutes. Nice, rich, tasty.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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The world didn’t end! Yeah!

This isn’t the tea I wanted. I wanted something dark & rich, velvety & heavy with malt. But I’m at Tony’s, & his selection isn’t so great, & I realized I had tossed this into my purse, so there it is. My first cup was with 1 tsp of tea, & it was ok, but not really all that exciting. That was this morning.

I’ve been kind of cranky this afternoon, & Little Terri wanted pancakes. Basically, she wanted to be indulged a little, & feel like she was getting away with something. So pancakes it was, & they were tasty, with just a little maple syrup & coconut butter. We also had a bacon & broccoli fritata.

I also just had another cup of Zhen Qu, using 2 tsp of tea. Much better! There is a really nice chocolate-ness to it, a little malt, & it’s very satisfying.

I feel better now.


I’m sorry, Little Bee is bee-ing a bad influence… :(

Terri HarpLady

Yes, she is!


Yes it did, Terri isn’t playing her harp…it’s an angel!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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It’s like both of the other teas have led me to this!

Of course, Golden Fleece has been reviewed here numerous times, including by myself, & it is a tea the is loved with much reverence, & prized by many as the perfect Yunnan. So what can I say? The mouth feel is so thick, so velvety, so sweet, like a buttery caramel with a hint of spice. It also has a savory quality, like a piece of toast with butter on it.

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Tea of the Month Club – 12/2012

I’ve reviewed this tea before, & for me, it’s like a bowl of steel cut oats, cooked in the crockpot overnight so that they literally melt in your mouth. There is a pool of melted butter in the center, a pouring of cream, a light drizzle of honey, & a pinch of cinnamon. The mouth feel of this tea is so rich & creamy & amazingly mouthwatering. My tongue is literally bursting with sparkling sensations.

So, going back & taking a sip of the moonlight white, the contrast between the two is like a work of art.


Wow, that sounds awesome. You certainly are waxing poetic today.

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This month’s Tea of the Month from Verdant included 3 Teas:
*Moonlight White 2011 Pressed Cake
*Silver Buds Yabao
*Golden Fleece

I already have Winter Buds Yabao and Golden Fleece in my cupboard, so now I have more of both. I enjoy David’s little page that accompanies the monthly offerings. There’s always a bit of a story, as well as anecdotal notes about each & steeping instructions. This month’s suggestions are to drink the Moonlight first, followed by the Yabao & then the Golden Fleece.

I have not been a huge fan of white teas, but I am starting to develop an appreciation for them lately. The dry leaf is a pressed mix of earthy colors: beige, sage, caramel, & black. The aroma is light: delicately green with a powdered milk element.
After steeping, the wet leaf smells of both freshly sliced raw winter squash, AND roasted carmelized winter squash! WoW!

I’ve been sipping it for awhile, & it is quite pleasant. The early steepings had a bit of a sharp edge, a slightly acidic note, almost a plum taste, but that faded into more of a mellow & sweet carmelized winter squash, with butter.

The suggestion is to move on to the Yabao, as comparison. So I will!

Invader Zim

This sounds delicious!

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
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In my thermos, Assam Melody. I’ll need something to sip on for awhile…

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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In my go cup, I’m treating myself to this awesome favorite: rich, creamy, yummy, amazing…

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This will hopefully be my last early morning posting at Steepster for awhile. Not my last posting, mind you, just my last early morning posting. Normally at this time I’m still peacefully dreaming my fairy music dreams, but lately I’ve had quite a few early morning gigs. Today is the last one of those. I still have a few xmas gigs, but I don’t have to get up so early to play them.

This is also my last cup (at least for awhile) of Shagadelic English Breakfast. It’s a bold & bright cup, worthy of it’s name.


I love the name of this one. Groovy baby!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, baby!

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Yesterday my youngest sister, Ginger, came for a visit. Some of you know my other sister, Liz, known on Steepster as MsWhatsit. Liz & I have shared a love for tea for awhile now, while Gin hasn’t really been bit by the tea-bug as much.

So we were hanging out all afternoon & evening, talking, laughing, etc. We share a variety of interests, including Reiki. She gave me my level 4 atunement, & the energy level was pretty high!
I shared some Shui Xang Wuyi Oolong with her, which I’d been sipping on during the afternoon.
I started telling her about the mind-blowing effects of Puer, & so we drank some. It just seemed like the right thing to do.

We started with Mt Banzang Farmer’s Coop ’03 Sheng
As the evening wore on, we moved on to Xingyang 1998 Golden Leaf Shu.
Finally, I did some steepings of Lao Tong Zhi 2012.
It was really fun to share all of these, & to see her reactions to them. We had such a good time, sipping, laughing, & just being sisters!

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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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