2971 Tasting Notes

I haven’t been on Steepster most of this week. Our modem died, so we were without internet all week, which was really a drag. It was a fairly new modem, so we got a free replacement, but it took days to arrive. How spoiled we are!

Of course, I’ve been drinking tea like a freak all week anyway, just didn’t document any of it, & it was mostly teas I’ve already reviewed.
Today I’m finally getting around to sampling this shu, which looked very interesting to me. I actually love the look of it, don’t ask why, but it’s a warm cocoa brown, & it appeals to my visual sense.
I decided to go with the Xingyang workshop brew suggestions: 5 g of tea, 4 oz water in Gaiwan, quick rinse, steep 2 minutes.
1st steep: whew, now that’s some intense tea! It is strong, but still amazingly smooth. There is a bitter edge, but no astrigency at all. I like it.
2. The leaves smell of shrooms & old things (musty), making me think of an old cedar grove. The bitterness is gone from this 2nd cup, and although the flavor is still strong, there is a brightness around the edges of my tongue that is leaning slightly to sweet.
3. I’m not really getting the rum raisin taste, but I’m a little unfocused, as I have to leave to play at a wedding shortly. I probably should have waited until a less busy day to sample this, but that’s ok. I have enough for several samplings, so another day.

When I get home I’ll carry it through some more steepings.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
2971 tasting notes

I hate to say it, but this just didn’t really float my boat, although I began to like it better as it cooled off, so I’m thinking I might try it as an iced tea, or maybe as a latte with Almond milk next time.

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I have a series of ‘sample’ jars (or boxes), one for green & white, one for puerhs, etc. I set it up this way so that I can get myself to sample a variety of teas. Today I reached into my ‘green’ sample jar, and this one came out. Here’s the review:
Dry: I smell the light aroma of peas
1. In 4 oz Gaiwan, 4 oz of tea at 3 sec – once upon a time I made a soup stalk out of pea shells, & this reminds me of that stock. It’s a light fresh pea broth.
2. Same broth, add a little soymilk to give it a creamy texture. It really does have a creamy mouth-feeling, & a hint of bitterness.
3. a little more green-ness, but also a little more sweetness!
I want to inject here that I really have a hard time steeping things for ONLY 3 seconds. I most always end up going over that. The next 3 steepings were for 6 seconds each:
4. Very creamy, & it does remind me a bit of soymilk. The bitterness is mostly gone now, & its a nice, mouth watering cup, with a sweetness in the back of the throat.
5. Seriously, it’s even creamier, & I feel almost like I’m drinking liquidated oatmeal & soymilk. It’s not thick for real, but there is a thick & rich sensation to it.
6. And this one is tasty too! A little bit astringent.

This tea really has a delicate profile, a pleasant green sweetness.
Now, on to lunch!

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I was digging around in my cupboard for something ‘different’, & I realized I still have some of this!! Wow! So this is bubble bath cup #2, sweetened with stevia. Yum! I better get to bathing, before my tea gets cold!

If you’re a US citizen, don’t forget to vote! It isn’t just your right, it’s your responsibility! Enjoy the day!

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I got up unusually early (for me, anyway) at 5:00am, so that my 2 sons (Drew age 23 and Leif age 20) could be at the polls when they opened. Last year the line snaked all the way down the block. We arrived at 5:40, and the line was about 20 people, so I’m glad we got there when we did. Within a few minutes the length of the line had tripled, at least. After we voted, we went out to breakfast, then Leif went to school (college) & Drew & I came home & made tea. He’s having Chocolate ‘O’ by the Tea Spot. I brewed 2 cups, which I’ll take to the bubble bath.

Cup # 1 is this wonderful, savory, malty Jin Jun Mei. I’ve reviewed it before, & it is tasty!

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I’m still not sure how I feel about this blend…The smell of the dry tea is unpleasant to me, kind of chemical, but my son Drew really likes the smell of it. I don’t taste any pumpkin, & at first sip, my mouth & all its part say, “yum”, but then after a few sips, it tastes kind of phony. I’ve tried it plain (mehhh), I’ve tried it with stevia, which is better. I also tried it with coconut milk, which wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. I’ll probably let Drew drink up the rest of the blend, as he really likes it (along with Farewell Ponds)

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Yeah Baby!
I love this tea! This is what I wanted all along. I will enjoy this & get back to writing!

Terri HarpLady

Resteep: This tea is just so yummy! And it resteeps well too!

I’m at 8,746 words now! (4,744 for the day now, so far)
That’s more like it! I’m almost caught up to where I wanted to be by now! Students coming, so although I hope to get in a little more tonight, I feel pretty good right now.


Way to go! =)

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I wanted something gingery, but probably what I really need is something a little more grounding, like a Puerh. In fact, what I REALLY wanted was a cup of Sichuan Caravan, which would satisfy both my desire for ginger & my need for grounding. I just got a new shipment from Verdant, which includes a new supply of the Caravan, still, I figured I’d have a cup of this first.

As far as the aesthetics of creating a beautiful blend, David has done it again, with a confetti of shades of beige, brown, red, hot pink, & green. The smell is earthy & enticing & bright, tickling my nose with the promise of ginger root. There are lots of excellent herbs in here, & my immune sys can always use support.

It looks lovely steeping, especially in glass. I drank most of the cup plain, adding a few drops of honey to the last couple of sips, and I enjoyed it both ways. It’s probably not a tea I will crave, but it does have a soothing quality to it, and is pleasant.


Terri, I swear…add some Laoshan Black and a bit of puerh and you will cry! This is a really good blending tea like the instructions say.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll give it a go!

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My first student of the day was a no-show. These things happen. People get sidetracked, or sometimes my calendar is wrong. Living in the Zen of the moment, as I like to do, I’m always secretly relieved when someone doesn’t show up. Suddenly I have 30 or 60 minutes to do whatever I want: Practice a song, wash a few dishes, make food, drink a cup of tea…
I had already started working on my novel this morning, so I just kept typing like a fiend! My 11:30 student was 10 minutes late, so I got in almost an hour of typing, which amounted to 2,109 words! I think that’s a new record of crazy typing for me! So now my current total is 6111.

The student who came is fond of green tea, so I served her Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls, and had a cup for myself as well. I’m on the re-steep now. It’s a pleasantly floral one, which I enjoy from time to time. I especially love the aroma when I open the canister! I’ve always loved jasmine, & for years I’ve put a drop of the real essential oil in my hair after bathing. (Used to it was a drop of Patchouli, & sometimes I still use that instead). And of course, I’m a sucker for novelty, so I love the little pearls!

The tea is bright, a little astringent, but tasty. I honestly never really care much for the re-steep.

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I’m a little antsy today. It’s day 5 of NaNoWriMo & although I started day one off with a bang, writing 4002 words, days 2, 3 ,& 4 were a washout. I had gigs, I had a boyfriend to entertain (& he’s been neglected A LOT lately, poor baby). Today I have a mix of students & free time, & although there are some things I’d like to get done, writing is a priority. I’d like to get back on track!

I started the day with yoga, meditation, & journaling. Then I had an awesome pile of gluten free pancakes, possibly the best recipe I’ve found online yet. http://www.elanaspantry.com/silver-dollar-pancakes/

The tea? Hugo’s Organic Morning’s Journey. I’m on my 2nd cup (not a resteep, I don’t feel that it resteeps all that well) of this bright & yet dark brew. Ahhh, yes…I feel the caffeine level rising…good morning, all!


Congrats! We will win NaNo :)

Hugo Tea Company

Great! Keep writing and don’t look back.


Don’t worry about falling behind. It’s a lot easier to catch up than you think so long as you don’t try to do it all in one go. I did Camp NaNoWriMo this summer and was about 10K behind at one point and still managed to win (in the nick of time) by slowly catching up. No need to stress over it. :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks everyone! Last year I managed to stay on top of it a little more, but I’m almost up to 9000 now! So I feel like I’m back on track, and yes, we will win NaNo!!!


I’ve probably posted it that it’s becoming tedious, but a writing buddy and I are strict adherents to “Write something, even if it’s stupid. You can always edit stupid.” Keep hammering! :)

Terri HarpLady

That’s right, Mathis! I adhere to the same principal, and if I can’t come up with details of some place, thing, or whatever I’ll insert something like or something like that. It’s better to leave an than to lose my momentum.


Obviously, getting the thought out is more important to me than editing. Meant to say …posted it so often …. ay-yi-yi. I think I may just take my weary brain to bed :)

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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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