3091 Tasting Notes

My student, Elaine, gave me a sample of this a few weeks ago when she came for her lesson.

Sage, lemon thyme, Mint, a little Bergamot, not really my cup of tea plain. I grow fresh herbs and use them regularly in cooking, but I’m not a real big fan of them in teas usually, at least not the ones I consider culinary. I do make tisanes from lemon verbena, lemon balm, chamomile, and mint, among others, when I’m in the mood.

Having said all that, with a little stevia, the sweetness brings forward the more pleasant tastes of gentle bergamot and the lightly lemony thyme. It’s not bad, but still not something I’d reach for. I’m only drinking it to use it up, and because I want to drop the caffeine for the rest of the evening.


ohh… bergamot sage. I think I would like it.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got about enough for a cup or 2, want it? :)

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I have to admit, this tea is pretty nice for a flavored rooibos blend. I was drinking all these straight black teas and Puehr, and suddenly really wanted something sweet to counterbalance all the savoriness, & also wanted something without caffeine to counterbalance all the…well, all the caffeine!

I steeped 1 T in a muslin tea bag (from Cheryl’s Herbs), which I placed in a brew basket, and there are no rooibos particles, thank you! I hate rooibos particles, they get stuck in my throat and make me want to never drink rooibos again. But that is not the case today, and this tea is a tasty treat!


For what it’s worth, neither one of my infusers has ever let rooibos particles through, and I drink a lot of rooibos since it’s my favourite. These are the two I have, in case you want to add them to your arsenal of tea tools:


Terri HarpLady

Thanks Nik!
I have a Finnum…
It’s not like it lets a lot through, but it seems like there’s always at least a particle or 2, which I can feel in my throat…aughgh.


That would totally drive me nuts, too. I get what I call a “food splinter” stuck in my throat on occasion, and spend my time sounding like a cat hacking up a hairball trying to get it out. And then it just gets irritated so I don’t even know if the splinter is still there or if I’ve just aggravated the area… It’s a whole ordeal.

Terri HarpLady

Exactly! I hate that!!!


I’m starting to see what you mean. Got the urge last time I brewed up some rooibos to pour it through a coffee filter—The darn stuff crumbles up and slips right through the strainer.


Aww, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re both experiencing this! I really have never had it happen to me even once with my infusers. Terri, I wonder if my finum uses a finer mesh or something? I dunno… =(

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I forgot to mention that I brewed a cup of this to sip on while running errands to the PO and such. I’m also resteeping it, so right now I have 3 cups in front of me: This, a small cup of the Fuhai (steeping number whatever), and apricot upside down cake. I think I have a serious problem with obsession/compulsion disorder.

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Here’s the true confession:

In spite of my sometimes brain numbing effects from random puerhs, I just spent a ridiculous amount of money on the Verdant website, taking advantage of his Puerh monday specials. I should now own stock in the company! I should open a tea house, and call it, “Ms Terri’s Puerh Parlor”, or something like that, LOL.

I still have a little of this Fuhai left, and I’m enjoying the almondiness of it. I plan to sip it all afternoon, but just one cup at a time (and yes, I am feeling a little brain numbing effect…oh well).


I haven’t sampled any of the pu’ers you’ve sent me yet. I wonder if they’ll have a brain numbing effect on me.


Shhhh…I bought pu’er too. It’s all I could get for the weekend…too broke and the price was so good I just had to!

Terri HarpLady

Whatsit: we shall see!
Bonnie: we’re bad girls!


I would visit Ms. Terri’s Puerh Parlor.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, right now it’s just my dining room & sun room. :D

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Second cup, to enjoy during my first student of the day. An earthy, deep cup, and a nice contrast to the other tea I had.

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First, Thank you Jason! Everyone missed logging our teas, and I’m grateful to see that things are back in order. You are awesome!

I had to leave the house early today, without having drank any tea. It’s a rarity, for sure, but I was getting a much needed massage, and I’ve learned from experience that I shouldn’t drink tea before I get a massage. I’m sure you all understand why. Luckily I didn’t have to drive far, and the massage was awesome and wonderful. As soon as I got home I turned the kettle on, and reached into my black tea shelf, for something I haven’t drank for a few weeks, and this was it! It went down quick and smooth, a brisk and bright start to my day filled with students, a few errands, and NaNoWriMo!

And so, my black tea rotation begins again!

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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
3091 tasting notes

This was my first cup of the day, and it’s actually pretty good!
It’s got that deep dark bready chocolatey maltiness that I love first thing in the morning (and really anytime of day). A drank it in bed with the Love of my life. A perfect start to a perfect goof off day.

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I’ve had my fill of savory teas, at least for now. Time for something sweet, as I head of to my bubble bath! This one fits the bill!

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Ah, hot buttery greens!
This is the 2nd tea from November’s Tea of the Month Club that I received from Verdant. The letter David included suggested having the Banzhang Farmers’ coop sheng first, which I did. Then as a contrast, having this green tea next. There are also suggestions for mixing them together, and he also sent some of his mixture of puffed Minnesota wild rice & puffed OG jasmine rice, which can be combined with either or both teas.

Right now I’m just having the green tea, and it is tasty. The flavor is rich, butter, and green bean-like, a true contrast to the darker toasty flavor of the Sheng. The mouth-feel is creamy, like steel cut oats cooked in the crockpot all night.

True confession: Initially when I got this month’s selections, I was a little disappointed, as I already have both teas in my (ever expanding) collection. But I DO like the pairing, and really, it’s just more tea for me to drink and enjoy. I’ll try his combo ideas and probably share the results later. Enjoy the day!

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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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