3069 Tasting Notes

Thank you Angel & TeaVivre for this wonderful sample of tea.
I have to say, I LOVE the samples from TeaVivre, they are SO generous!

After all my gigs these past 3 days (and students), it’s really nice to have a morning to chill out & just sample some teas. It’s taken me an hour to get through my breakfast, simply because I was more interested in the teas. This will be my final review of the morning, as I have to meet a friend at noon for, you guessed it, Tea! LOL!

This is really nice. The dry leaf smells of hay…& chocolate…& there’s one other aroma I’m trying to place…it’s sweet…its…caramel!

2t + 8oz @ 2 min = YUM!

It’s smooth, dark, sweet, and its…its gone??? Little Terri!! You drank the whole cup!

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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Here’s something funny. I knew that I had reviewed this tea before, and as I’m sitting here smelling & sniffing it, making notes about it’s deliciousness, I did the unthinkable & went back & read my previous post. I was still new in the neighborhood (hell, I’m still new, I only joined Labor Day weekend, but I feel like I’ve been here for years, LOL). So, I could almost cut & paste that other review, all the way down to pushing my breakfast away to just enjoy the tea.

Last night’s gig was awesome! I was decked out in black, playing a mix of Holiday music, Jazz, & Rock. It was a corporate party, so they started off with Cocktails & then had dinner, continuing to drink more cocktails all the way through dessert. Their personalities were all initially rather stuffy, but by the end of the evening they were all laughing, hugging, & exuding compliments, like people often do when they drink. (not judging, just saying) I went from being ‘the harpist in the corner’ that everyone pretends is part of the scenery, to people coming and hanging out & wanting to talk to me & ask questions while I played, & finally some guy hit on me, saying he’d like to see me again & was I married. I lied & said yes (don’t tell Tony, he gets crazy jealous).

This tea is so delicious. Although I tend to lean more towards the deep & dark varieties, the taste of Mi Xian is just so delightful. Lightly floral, buttery, fruity, & honeysweet. When I was a little kid we used to have cream of wheat cereal, & my favorite way to eat mind was with butter and apricot or peach preserves stirred into it. This tea reminds me of that. It’s not malty, but there is a certain cereal quality to it. Of course, all of these flavors are subtle, with the honey on top!

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I’m jaded by Yunnans, I drink so many of them. I love them.
I’m sampling Keemuns now, because a girl needs variety in her life, right?
I’m enjoying them, but still learning…as always…

I got a crazy order from Stacy yesterday, wonderfully packaged, by the way, with her amazing Tetris skills ;)
One word of advice, Stacy, the Watermelon Xylo needs in be encased in a ziploc! Everything smells like it!

So, this tea initially smelled like Watermelon xylo as well, and this is a free sample from Stacy, who is awesome & wonderful, & the Queen of Teas! Thanks Stacy!

I poured it in the cup to let it air out a bit, and it smells mildly of chocolate & malt, and maybe a little sweet. After steeping, it initially had a bitterness, but that quickly dissipated. I didn’t find it to be strong, but substantial, warming, & pleasant. It’s a mildly sweet cup with fruity & malty undertones, and as it cooled the last couple of sips had a floral quality, a hint of rose!

A very enjoyable cup, and a nice start to my tea drinking day!

Butiki Teas

I do have mad Tetris skillz. Oh no, sorry about the Watermelon Xylophone. I wonder if that is because it was recently blended. If you keep the Watermelon separated for 2+ days the smell should disappear from the other teas. Sorry about that.

Terri HarpLady

No problem, Stacy! It was the most wonderful smelling box I’ve ever opened!! Those 2 earthen gaiwans are absolutely adorable!! OMG, they are so cute! I did isolate the Xylo, & I’m sure none of the other teas will actually taste like it. Thanks much!

Invader Zim

So Tetris is the key to good packaging!


That must be why my wrapped packages look like they’ve been trampled by Frogger :)

Invader Zim

I’m terrible at Tetris, but I’m ok at Frogger. Which explains why mine only look half trampled!

Terri HarpLady

When my son Drew worked as a bagger at the grocery store, he loved his job. He said it was like playing Tetris!

Butiki Teas

Terri HarpLady-So glad you like the gaiwans! They are so adorable. One of these days, I’m going to have to take home one with me.

Tetris skills come in handy often.

Terri HarpLady

I should probably have you set aside a few more, so that I an give them as gifts.

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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My order from Butiki came! Yeah!
So, I’m getting ready to rush out the door to go play a gig at the St. Louis History Museum from 5:30 – 9:00. Then I’ll have 2 (much needed) days off from playing.

I’m not a big fan of flavored teas, but Nik gave this such a rave review, and I was placing an order anyway, so I figured, “Why not?”.
I’ve never actually had a real Mango Lassi, but it is quite tasty, & I’m definitely getting the Mango flavor (yum), & this was a good tea to try this afternoon, as I’m pretty wired from caffeine consumption at this point, & this is a rooibos blend.

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I’ve been sipping this all afternoon, while I started a new batch of Sauer Kraut (it will be ready in 3 or 4 week, a mix of purple & green cabbages = hot pink kraut!), and a new batch of Kimchi too.

This Sheng does have a sticky rice quality about it, and a bit of a nutty taste as well. What’s really presenting to me today is a sage-like aroma & flavor, very savory, very heady. With successive cups that strong herbal flavor gradually backs up, and the sticky rice moves forward.


Mmmm Kraut!!!! God that sounds SO GOOD!


When I was younger I had a friend whose mom made excellent kimchi. I haven’t thought about that in years, but now I really want some!

Terri HarpLady

Kraut & Kimchi are so easy to make, & so loaded with goodness. The hardest part is remembering to start a new batch!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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This is a sample from BoxerMama.
Actually, for a flavored tea, it’s not bad ;)

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Getting ready to leave for an early morning gig, yawn, and decided I want 2 of my favorites with me. I’ve been steeping this one in the Gaiwan, drank the first 2 steepings already, and the next 4 are in my to go cup, mixed together. I’m also taking Laoshan black in my thermal cup, where it will stay hot for quite some time, perfect for sipping at a 2 hour gig!

Terri HarpLady

Gig went great, & I’ve been re-steeping both of these since I got home. What to drink next?

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Here’s another sample from BoxerMama! Thanks!

I do like Vanilla. I don’t care if this is decaf, in fact I’m drinking it, pretending that it’s not, so that I can enjoy another cup of black tea without being up all night. I added stevia, because plain it was meeeeeeh

The Tea-ness of it is so-so, the Vanilla flavor is there, but it really reminds me of cotton candy. Actually, now that it’s cooled a little, it has a creamy texture & reminds me of the banana pudding with vanilla wafers, just a little. Again, not something I’ll probably ever order, but worth trying.

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to BoxerMama for this sample.

I love licorice root! There, I said it!

Having said that, this tea is OK. Not something I’d buy, there are way too many other flavors in there with the licorice, but something to sample in the evening when I really don’t need to add any more caffeine to my day. I have another early gig tomorrow, gotta leave the house by 6:15 again. I want to turn on my AX, but ‘you know who’ will start jamming & next thing you know, it will be midnight, or later!

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Usually when I think of a Puer tuocha, I’m thinking of a cute little bird nest of tea, just right to drop into my filter & steep. That has been my experience so far. The ones I’ve had up until now have been Shu tuochas, none of them spectacular, but good to experience.

I ordered a couple of these Lao Tong Zhi ‘11 Shengs, thinking they would be those cute little nests. I would drink one, and save the others to drink a year from now, etc. Each one actually weighs about 100g! So I’ll really have an opportunity to let them age for quite some time.

My first steeping of this:
5g + 4oz (rinse) + 4 sec = a very strong, green, rustic & brassy brew!
Very intensive, with a sharp flavor & acidity, kind of like mustard greens. It definitely had a rawness to it, and a strong taste of wood.
Interesting sensations? Yes, I felt a mild itching in my lymph nodes on my neck, and my ears started popping (like when you’re flying), and a little of the head buzz. I don’t know much about puer yet, but I do agree that this one has potential, and it will be fun to see how it progresses, I’m especially interesting in seeing how it mellows over the coming years.
Later Steepings: after about 4 or 6 steepings (who’s counting?), all the brassiness disappears and a sudden delicate sweetness was there, that honestly was completely unexpected & very nice.
NOTE to self: go back down to 4g on puer for awhile, you crazy mad scientist!

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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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