2973 Tasting Notes

First, Stacy, I love this tea! This is my last cup, and I’ll be ordering more soon!

I have students all afternoon starting at 1:00, and a gig tonight, so I’m headed off to the bubble bath with 2 cups of tea to enjoy. This is one of them, which I’ve reviewed already plenty of times. I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, & even less of a fan of flavored green & white teas, so for me to say, “I love this!” really means something!

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This is a lovely warming cup of soothing gentleness.
It reminds me of banana pudding, the kind with vanilla wafers in it.

4oz tea + 4oz Gaiwan X 10 seconds = tasty treat!

I steeped in rounds of 4 cups at a time (each 4 oz), adding a few seconds to each steep. The second round of 4 cups were given 20, 22, 25, and then “oops”, probably a whole minute or more for that last cup, as I got sidetracked. Most were drank straight, but I sweetened the last 2 with a trace of stevia, and it really brings out the fruity flavors even more! They were all delicious!

It seems to me that most people tend to favor the orchid type Tieguanyin oolongs, which I also enjoy, but I love this darker variety. I’d love a blend of this tea, peaches, maybe some Ginger…
But I also love it just the way it is. I also love the stories behind teas, and here’s a fun one from the Verdant Site.



I enjoy the darker ones too. I told you…

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A wonderful cup, and a nice simple start to my day of tea drinking!
It went down quick and smooth, & I’m ready for something else. Next!

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This is like drinking Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, but with a slight hint of banana. I enjoyed mine with Stevia. Tasty!

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I had students today from 10:30am until 6:00, with only 1 hour break at lunch time. I actually still have one more student at 7:00. I’ve been sipping this Sheng all day. I’m still fairly new to Shengs.

The dry aroma is rich with minerals, and a tickley salt sensation in my sinuses, and I love the way it looks! That pressed & dried cake look really appeals to me.

The first round of steepings started with 4 oz of tea with a quick rinse & 4-second steepings. I steeped 4 quick rounds in my Gaiwan, pouring them into 4 cups, all lined up in a row, and savored them, from right to left. Savory, smooth, even a little sweet, each cup just a little more potent, the taste reminded me of fresh hay. I did another round at 10-seconds each, & those were tasty too! Next I poured the leaf into a strainer and dropped it into my 8 oz cup for a 3 minutes steeping. I also had a 5 minute steeped cup.

I’ve enjoyed every drop, and although I’m not really giving much description here, it’s more because I’m still developing a context for the tastes & sensations I’m experiencing. I don’t want to just repeat what others have said, or use the product description page to come up with my description. I have enough to try it several times!

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First, I want to say that the Tuochas don’t look like the picture. I didn’t see a flower, or even a flower petal on it. I even unwrapped another one, just to see if it had one, and it didn’t.

Otherwise, it was ok. Basically, green tea with a slight alfalfa taste, no real jasmine flavor, at least not that I noticed.

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I’ve been working my way through all of my breakfast teas (there are SO many!),in a rotation of sorts, starting each day with one I haven’t had for awhile. It’s kind of silly, I guess, but my black tea shelf looks kind of like a slow-mo game of red rover: All the tea canisters started on the right side, & each day I choose one, drink it, and move it to the left. That way nobody gets left out!

Today I’m having the Imperial Breakfast. This is a tasty blend of all the flavors I love: chocolate, malt, caramel, pastry. It’s very smooth and has a really nice depth to it, & yet it also has a bright sunny ambiance, perfect for the morning.

This tea is out of stock on the Verdant page, and I’m getting low in stock myself. I’ve assumed that David is going to make an Imperial Breakfast Winter Blend, since Summer is long over, and I’m sure it would be interesting and awesome, & I’ll gratefully buy it!
However, if he makes more Summer blend, that will be ok too!


I’m way too loosey-goosey to be that organized, but it’s a great system!

Invader Zim

Red Rover Red Rover send Imperial Breakfast Summer Blend Over! lol

Terri HarpLady

It’s not as organized as it sounds, LOL. And of course, I always start by drinking all my favorites, and then there’s the ‘other’ black teas…usually I just skip back to my favorites again…LOL


I love your system! I enjoy my “close your eyes and point” tea selection method, but it does mean that teas get left out, because eventually I get a feel for where my favourites are and subconsciously point in that general direction. =) If I just Red Rover them, everybody will get to play. Thank you! :D

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Nik! I use similar systems throughout my life, to get things done and keep them ‘random’ (& to avoid having to make decisions). For instance, I have my yoga practice narrowed down to 8 Asana series (plus warm up, sun salute, and closing stuff). I don’t have time to do all of them every day, so they are in a 2 week rotation, with 8 3×5 cards that I colored and decorated, one for each series, plus a few Quigong cards (the wild cards). In the morning I shuffle and choose one. That’s my practice for the day. Once a card is used, it gets set aside until I start over 2 weeks later. I get the weekends off.

Terri HarpLady

Here’s another one, LOL: I have a bunch of those round bingo chips in a bowl near my harp. If I don’t have anything specific that I need to practice for, I reach in and grab one. It might say, “Debussy” on it, in which case I pull out all of my Debussy pieces and run through them. It can be a composers name, a style, the name of a tune, etc. Tuesday I drew, “Originals” so I ran through all of my originals, which is good because I sometimes forget the words to my own songs. Today it was “New Song”, & I have song lyrics I wrote that need to be arranged into a performable piece (“Cool Breeze Blow” is the title), so I worked on that. I’m still adding new things to the bowl, and once I’ve played one, it goes into a basket until I’ve made it through them all. Organizing these systems is the most Left Brained I get!


That’s a pretty impressive left-right balance, I’d say. =)

Terri HarpLady

I have crazy random bouts of Left brain activity, that usually results in some kind of organizing (sorry to say, many of my systems are short lived, but I keep trying). The rest of the time is Terri’s Airy Fairie World (that’s what I’m thinking of naming my Blog, if I ever do one…)


Sounds like the left is competent enough to organise life so that the right can do what it needs to do without stress and interference. Sounds perfect to me. =) Terri’s Airy Fairie World—do it! =)

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I would like to buy a large amount of this Shu, so that I can drink it for years. It is sweet, it is yummy. It is also featured in Sichuan Caravan, which is probably my favorite tea blend EVER! I should also order a ridiculously large amount of that, I suppose. :D

So…I haven’t written on my NaNoWriMo project for the last 2 days, & quite honestly got very little done over the weekend. I had planned on writing all morning, but Tony showed up, & I ended up fixing him breakfast & hanging out instead. Then the afternoon gig, errands, dinner, & now it’s almost 7pm & I’m drinking multiple steepings of this, and psyching myself up for some serious writing!

When I use my Gaiwan (4oz – 5 oz tea – 4 sec), I tend to steep 4 cups back to back (while the water’s hot), and the first 4 went down so quickly, they were just that good. Sweet buttery vanilla pastry.

I’m drinking the next 4 now: 2 at 10 sec, and 2 at 20 sec.

The 3rd steeping is also in process: I moved the tea to a steeping basket, dropped that into my 12 oz glass pot, & left it 5 minutes.

I think that will be enough tea for the night…lets see…4 oz x 8, that’s 32 oz, plus 12…that will be 44 oz of tea…good thing I’m gonna be up writing for awhile!

Terri HarpLady

oh, one more thing before I start typing like crazy. I love the way this looks dry. It reminds me of those dry salt plums you can get at the asian store. My friends & I use to suck on those when we were kids.


I wish I wasn’t allergic to the Sichuan Caravan ingredients. I like the new Herbal blend though because I take some of these Yanxin nuggets and some Laoshan black and mix them in sort of like the style of Summer Imperial Breakfast Blend.

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t tried that, but I have all the ingredients here to do so :D

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I thought it would be nice to follow the TeaVivre Chrysanthemum Puerh with this Xingyang Chrysanthemum Pu’er. I’m not actually going to attempt to compare the two teas, I’m just enjoying each for what they offer.

I’ve already written a pretty extensive review on this one a few weeks ago, & I love it’s earthiness, sweetness, a mild spice. I noticed that David made another Chrysanthemum Pu’er blend last year (or some previous winter), that had orange peel & some other things in it. I think I really would have liked that one too, and I really wish I could have tried it (so if anyone still has some of it lying around…hint hint hint…).

I have to leave in 15 minutes for the monthly tea party gig I play at a nursing home, and now that I’m thinking of it, I probably shouldn’t have drank so many cups of tea…ay yay yay! ;)

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I’m a little behind on my tea sampling, at least in my opinion. Of course, in my opinion I’m behind on everything (ask my sis Ms Whatsit, who just listened to me whine for 20 minutes about trying to get things done…)

So, this is from a sample from Angel & TeaVivre, and I’d like to say, “Thank You” to them for the lovely teas that I’ve enjoyed so far.

I have a bit of a love affair going with Puerh Tuochas right now. I’ve been told somewhere along the line that Tuochas are made from the lesser quality Puerh, but if that is the case, and I doubt that it’s the case for all of them, then I don’t really care. Tuochas are cute, they are aesthetically pleasing, they are convenient, and they say, “Drink me”. So I do. Yes, some are better than others.

This Tuocha is especially attractive, with it’s Chrysanthemum flower ornament. It doesn’t lend a lot of chrysanthemum flavor, but that’s ok, because the Puerh itself is a tasty one. Deep & dark, with a mellow & slightly sweet woodsy flavor, & a buttery sensation. I steeped the first 8 oz cup for 2 minutes, & the 2nd cup for 3. Both are delicious & smooth, with NO fishiness or saltiness, just a pleasant minerally brew. I wouldn’t mind a little more intensity, and since there is another Tuocha in the sample, I will brew that one at a later date in my Gaiwan.


“…they say ‘Drink me.’ So I do.” lol. Love!

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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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