3074 Tasting Notes

After we drank a couple of steepings of Laoshan Black, I gave Ari & my student cups of this lovely Shu, their first Puer experience. (Don’t worry, my student also got his harp lesson!). They both thoroughly enjoyed it, as did I, & my student’s comments can be summed up in him saying that clearly he’s never had really good tea before, & sadly, everything in his cupboard will seem lame henceforth.

I’m still sipping re-steeps of this, on & off.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3074 tasting notes

Ari wanted something really dark, so I made us some Laoshan Black, I mean, how much darker can you get?? One of my students dropped by at 11:00, & knowing he’s a tea drinker, I poured him a cup too. He took one sip, looked at me with surprise on his face, & said, “Where in the hell did you get this??” He loved it.

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I still think this tastes like cream of wheat with a little milk & vanilla added, maybe a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon. Ari agreed.

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I got an oz of this during the Black friday sale. Ari & I are enjoying it’s smooth sweet potato essence, with a fruity nutty backdrop. Tasty!


This is one I meant to order. 15 teas and I forgot this one…

Terri HarpLady

LOL, isn’t it always like that? Like going to the grocery store for one thing, coming home with a carload of groceries, & realizing you forgot the one thing you went in there for.

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Thank you to Angel @ TeaVivre for this generous sample!

My daughter Arianna is here for breakfast & tea. We started with this wonderful sample of Golden Tip Yun Nan. Yunnan teas are one of my most favorites, with their thick maltiness & sweet caramel undertones. This one does not disappoint in the least! Malty & sweet, with a bit of sweet potato in there as well. A lovely start to my morning!

Donna A

One of my favorites from teavivre. Love the maltiness and sweet caramel undertones.

Terri HarpLady

yes! Anything that tastes of Malt, chocolate, caramel, or sweet potato, please!

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This is the 2nd of the Reserve Club offerings that I’m trying. I’m really glad I joined! Thank you to David & Verdant Tea for making this possible!

My immediate feeling was 5G?? I have done some Shengs at 5 grams & the initial steepings were pretty harsh! I reminded myself that they were newer Shengs, & this one is 6 years old, so hopefully it has mellowed.

So many times when I smell & taste these things, it is hauntingly familiar, just on the edge of my mind, not quite accessible to my brain.
Here, the dry smell is like that. Slowly, my mind settles on a nutty, slightly sweet aroma.

The first couple of steepings are not harsh at all! It’s a very mellow, slightly fruity & floral tasting golden brew. I’m thinking stone fruit, but it’s a fruit I can’t quite identify. As I go through the steepings, the color evolves to a beautiful apricot orange, & interesting flavors emerge: yellow summer squash, almond, & a bit of carmelized… something…something savory & green…
A nice mellow savory tea.

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So, yes, I did join the Verdant Tea of the Month Reserve Club!

This afternoon I have been hanging around, sampling this offering for a couple of hours now. I’ve also been returning phone calls & emails, in an attempt to maintain some semblance of business-like behavior in my
self-employed way.

These are interesting cubes of pressed tea, and I followed the instructions, rinsing & steeping half a cube, 6 seconds. The dry tea has a lovely aroma, making me think of the vanilla malt powder we used to get when I was a kid. It smells of cream with a hint of malt.

The tea is a beautiful liquid gold! The taste & mouth-feel also remind me of cream with a little malt & vanilla, each cup is a little sweeter than the last. I think I’m on my 7th cup.

A very soothing, gentle, & pleasant delight!

Invader Zim

This sounds interesting, I should be getting my package in tomorrow.

Terri HarpLady

It will be fun to read your review of it, Zim!

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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Here is a sample I got from Stacy, who is awesome, at Butiki. Thanks Stacy!

This is very different from the other teas I have been drinking.
The dry leaf had a fruity & floral aroma.
The tea itself has an amazing array of flavors:
Initially I’m hit by a ‘perfume’, of sorts. It’s a floral, but not orchid, rose, or any of the floral tastes & smells that I recognize. It has an incense quality to it, & then there is a deep fruity flavor as well. It’s very earthy, a little malty.
Not my cup of tea, but an interesting experience, none the less.


I LOVE this tea…funny that you and I depart on this one.
I found out that Congou is more desireable because the leaves are the 5th row down, larger and harder to pick. They do have a fruity taste like having a glass of fine wine.
I love that! It’s my favorite right now from Butiki!

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I’m finally sampling Bailin Gongfu, thanks to our dear friend Angel, @ TeaVivre.

I’ve read various peoples reviews of this tea over the last few months, & as I recall, it is a bit temperamental. I was careful to make sure the water temp was 185, meanwhile wafting the addictive smell of cocoa tinged maltiness emanating from the leaves as I painstakingly weighed them, first all in one cup, 7oz, & then taking away leaves until I was down to 3.5 oz. The other half of the sample got tucked back into my black tea sample bag for another day.

I got a massage this morning. I’m feeling very ‘open’, my breakfast is sitting here waiting to be eaten. This tea is luscious, mouthwatering, and delicious: Malt, chocolate, & bit of caramel sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt. My mouth is watering, my qi is flowing, & I’m smiling. Good start for my day!


It’s a good one. Somewhat refreshing.

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I bought this awhile ago, simply because it is my sun sign, & I like hazelnut. Once it’s gone I probably won’t re-order, but sometimes when I’m playing a gig, I enjoy something a little sweet. Brewed with stevia, this is another nice diversion to sip on. Kind of bold & Hazel-nutty, with a little vanilla (a little more would be nice).

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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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