3074 Tasting Notes

It’s been a busy morning! I started with Shagadelic English Breakfast (Tea Spot), then a cup of English Breakfast (Butiki).

Then it was time to start teaching, so I broke out the Gaiwan.
This Aged Traditional Anxi Tieguanyin has been a really tasty treat!
It tastes like I imagine Bananas Foster would taste, a roasted background with bananas and vanilla creaminess (especially if you add a pinch of stevia, which I usually do after I’ve drank several cups plain).

I only have enough to drink this 2 or 3 more times…I will miss it. Today I’m making one 4 oz cup at a time, sipping and enjoying. I have no idea how many steepings I’ve been through so far, but each one has been tasty. I started with 5grams of tea in a 4 oz Gaiwan, for 6 seconds, but have gradually upped the time, & now I’m steeping for a minute or something like that, and it’s still tasty!

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Right now this is my favorite Shu.
It’s amazingly delicious, and I could drink it all day.
I think I will.


That name just lends itself to puns. If you get some more from a different company, you’ll have a pair of shu’s. But they won’t macha :o)


Ouch! :)


I’m Imelda Marcos then, I have lots of Shu’s!

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I’m trying to get rid of a headache by slamming down several cups of black tea, this wonderful Keemun being one of them. I’ve already reviewed it before, but I’d like to say that I really love the backdrop of rose petals that I taste (although it doesn’t have rose petals in it, it just has a taste of them). I’ll need to order some of this, because it is tasty!

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By the way, last nights gig was way fun and awesome, a fundraiser for the local stray dog rescue organization. I played my usual mix of originals, jazz, & rock on my electric harp, and my favorite belly dancing troupe was there as well. I’ve known the gal who started that troupe (& still dances AND still looks awesome doing it) for 30 years (from back when I used to dance…former life). There’s a photo on my FB, https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak My friend Lois is the awesome chick in blue!

So, I have a 4 hour gig to leave for now, and I needed one more cup of something to go. This is it, bold, malty, awesome! Enjoy the day!

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Yesterday afternoon after Ari left I went on a black tea binge. In part, because I hadn’t had enough black tea to start my day properly, in part because I have a collection of tea samples to get through:
1. Assam Melody – I’ll give a proper review later, but for now I’ll say it’s Malty, Bold, somewhat acidic, and mouth watering.
2. Yunnan Gig – Cocoa brown, mahogany, and gold finely twisted strand, with a bright but malty, caramel buttery taste, and a cocoa powder finish.
3. Yunnan Noir – cool looking little cocoa brown rolled leaves, twisted into little knots, with highlights of gold. Nice deep malty taste, hints of chocolate and a peppery finish.

Ok, now that I’m caught up, this Yun nan that I just finished drinking is yummy, tasty, and smooth. It is a proper start for another busy day. I’ve already reviewed it on my tealog in greater depth, I think, so I’ll end by staying Thank You once again to TeaVivre. This is part of a sample they sent me, which I’ve enjoyed immensely.

Now, on to play a 4 gig, and then my weekend begins!

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drank Organic Assam by Butiki Teas
3074 tasting notes

My breakfast with Ari was really nice, & a great chance for us to play catchup, as we haven’t been able to hang out much lately. As a mother, I’m happy to have my children getting out into the world and having their own lives, no empty next syndrome going on here! But at the same time, my kids are my best friends, and it’s nice to get to sit with them, individually, & just enjoy a morning together.

I let Ari pick the teas for breakfast, and her tea selections all tend to lean towards ‘dessert’, whereas I usually start with something bold. Now that she has gone back out into the world, I’m having a pot of this tasty Assam, which is a little malty, robust, and satisfying, and then it’s off to the Chiropractor.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
3074 tasting notes

To me, this smells like that evaporated canned milk.

Taste-wise, I’m not really tasting a chocolate malt. It has a real buttery texture, is kind of bright and different. It’s like I taste something familiar, but I just can’t pinpoint what it is…

Ari says it reminds her of the chocolate banana smoothies I used to make, so maybe that flavor is banana. Ari gives it a thumbs up :D


Yes! Roasted mate reminds more than one person here of bananas, for whatever reason! :D

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
3074 tasting notes

My daughter Arianna & I are having breakfast & I let her pick out some of the teas that we’re drinking. Here are her comments regarding this tea:

“It’s flippin’ tasTea! (she told me to spell it that way), coming off first as light and lemony, with a smooth buttery finish”.



Wow your daughter is quite the tea critic – and tea punner, as well. How old is she?

Terri HarpLady

Arianna is 26, my hippie girl, a little tongue in cheeky, and I guess it comes from being raised in a tea drinking house, right? My other daughter, Jessica, is 29, and strictly a coffee drinker, LOL! Both of my sons (Drew 23, and Leif 20) are tea drinkers.


My oldest is 20, and she didn’t start drinking teas much until she was about 16 or 17, until that time, she “hated” tea which I think was more about rebelling against mom than anything else. Now, she drinks tea on occasion but doesn’t want caffeine, so she pretty much sticks with peppermint herbals. During her last year of cosmetology school, she would start every morning off with some Honeybush, she loved Frank’s Honeybush selections, her favorites were the Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush and the Banana Honeybush.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, LOL, I think Jess’ coffee drinking started out as rebellion. She was also a prep for awhile, my exact opposite. She let go of that & his more hippy-ish like me now.

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drank Pu Erh Poe by Adagio Teas
3074 tasting notes

Awhile back I ordered some teas from Adagio, including several sample size teas, this being one of them. I’ve been drinking a lot of Puerh lately, which doesn’t make me any kind of expert, mind you.

The dry leaf doesn’t really have much of a scent, compared to some of the Pu’s I’ve been drinking, but my nose detected that faint saltiness, more as a sensation. There’s enough in the package to steep this a couple of different ways, so that’s what I’ll do. The first steeping was as directed on the package: 1 tsp in an 8 oz cup for 3 minutes.

It’s really not bad! It’s not as heavily nuanced as some of the Puerhs I’ve tried, but it isn’t overtly fishy or barnyard-like either. I re-steeped, & it was just ok. This would be good for someone wanting to try puerh out without having too intense of an experience the first time around. It’s dark, mellow, and a little tingly.

Terri HarpLady

Sidebar: I was sipping on the re-steep of this tea, when I apparently started having an allergic reaction, either to this or the Wanja, which I also just finished drinking. I started sneezing like crazy, & have a strange numbness in my sinuses, palate, lips, and face. Of course, I could be coming down with a virus, I suppose, but it was a very sudden onset, so I’m thinking allergies. Hopefully it will pass quickly, as I have a gig to play in a couple of hours! Just one of the difficulties of being me…sigh…


Ack! If you have an allergy pill I’d take one just in case.

Terri HarpLady

naw, I don’t take those kinds of things.
I think this happened once before, when I drank some puerh or other. It wasn’t anything dangerous, just wierd. I know some puerhs make your mouth a little numb, but that was a little too much. I’ll wait a few weeks, then try this one again and see if the same thing happens.


I’ve had anaphylactic shock where I had to be hospitalized, so I tend to err on the allergy pills side of things! Glad to hear it was nothing serious.


Eek. Hope the symptoms have disappeared.

Terri HarpLady

I felt kind of weird for awhile, but it passed.

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Thank you to Rachel for this tea sample!

This is an interesting tea! First off, the aroma of the dry leaf is unlike any other tea I’ve smelled: tart, a little sweet, & something I just can’t quite pinpoint.

The flavor is tart, sweet, somewhat astringent, and a little bitter. It brings to mind cranberries, and reminds me of some of the grapey wine-like Darjeelings out there, in a way.

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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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