3074 Tasting Notes

Another tea to enjoy in the tub.
One of the things I love about this tea is the fact that it does not contain rooibos.
You see, back in the 70’s, long before rooibos came on the scene here in the US, herbal teas were a lot better than they are now. They were made from real things, like roasted chicory root…which I will always love. Now everything is rooibos this & tulsi that, both fads that I hope will pass soon, along with all the artificial bs flavoring.
Yes, celestial seasonings sold out to some big commercial giant, but at least they had the decency to preserve some of their original formulas, like this one, which is still my favorite non-caffeine chai.


Chicory is awesome. Rooibos is the devil! ;)


Rooibos is yark-some

Terri HarpLady

You guys are awesome!

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I’m happy to announce that my front porch rehab project is coming along nicely!
I’ve been slapping primer around for a week, in between other activities like gardening, students, food, & sleep, and today I put on the final coat of white paint, so now the ceiling & all the columns & hand rails are painted, except for the stair rail, which still needs more primer. Tomorrow I plan to do the accent color, which I’m very excited about (if you only knew how difficult it is for me to select colors, you’d be excited too). I’m also hoping to put down the first coat of primer on the floor.

I’m rewarding myself with 2 cups of yum & a hot bath. This is the first one, one of those rare rooibos that I actually like. A creamy dreamy lemony concoction, not particularly tart, but tasty & soothing like a sweet lemon pudding in a graham cracker crust.


this one! i can has a taste?

Terri HarpLady

We had it last year, and I will put some in your birthday box, cuz you’re a good girl :)


Weird….I had it already? Steepster ate my n ote then :(

Terri HarpLady

BTW, I ordered samples from whispering pines to share with you also :)

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This tea smells amazing!
It doesn’t taste as good as it smells, & it burns my throat a little, although I’m not sure why. I’ve drank Lapacho (pao d’arco, taheebo) from time to time, & have a powdered version of it from the local herbalist shop (Chery’s Herbs). Cheryl recommended it to me to improve my immune system to help with allergies, & if I used it like she suggested, it would probably help. But I tend to forget. It is somewhat bitter, but has never burned my throat,
so I’m inclined to think the the burning throat problem is from the ‘flavoring’ in the tea.

Thanks to my Steep Sister, Sil for sending the sample. It smells so awesome that I could sit around huffing the bag it came in until bedtime.
Sipdown! That’s 4 sipdowns today, plus I realized one of the teas on my list is no longer in my cupboard, so I’m down to 384, just like that!

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drank Cherry Dream by RiverTea
3074 tasting notes

This one is from Cavocorax. I was pretty sure I would hate it, at least as a hot tea. I just don’t like very many flavored green teas, & we all know what it’s like to have a cherry tea that tastes like cough syrup. So I poured the whole sample into a quart jar of water & stuck it in the frig for a cold steep. I drank some a little while ago, with a little stevia, & it’s like Koolaid for grown ups :)
A little tart & tangy, & refreshing!

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I don’t know why I don’t drink this one more often, it is one of my favorite smokey blends.
A mix of smokey sweet lapsang souchong, dark roasty oolong, potent assam, & deep earthy shu puerh, it combines all of my favorite qualities of each in one cup.

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This raw puerh comes from a trade with Tea Explorer.
The dry leave is brown with occasional streaks of green, very compressed like old adobe bricks, with a horse barn aroma that lingers in the sinuses, & I like it.
Warms, the leaf is less barn like & gives of a slightly sweet & marine aroma.
After a couple of rinses, the tea isn’t horsy or barnlike at all, more like fresh bread & greens, but in a subtle way. The leaf opens quickly & becomes a deep green, like steamed Kale.
I’ve been drinking it for awhile now, & its satisfying & smooth, with elements of roasted barley, butter, & light smoke. I used 4 G to a 5oz Yixing, but I think next time I need to up it, as I’d like it to be a little more robust.


I got a brick after trying. It’s a steal, only $11 on YS. I wonder how will I break it, tight compression? Maybe hummer to the rescue?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, it IS tight! Tea Ex sent it to me already broken into roughly 4 G chunks, & I still have enough to drink it a couple more times, so next time I’ll have to break one of those in half & go with 6G, as I’d like it to be a little more robust I think.

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Another Sipdown, this one from Cavocorax.
I made a 16oz teapot of it, a little on the strong side.
I drank some of it with breakfast & it is potent!
It amazed me how different teas can be from one another, & it’s especially fun to drink teas with very different profiles one after another. This Assam has a little of that ‘shiny’ quality, like a piece of black obsidian. It also has a fruity tartness, like not quite ripe plums, & a decent serving of Malt!
Now for some front porch painting!


Soon I need to look at assam my unknown brand stash of Assam is almost gone I like it for muddy mind afternoons (to get the brain going again. This one goes
on the list, the name and the description both sell it!

Terri HarpLady

I put the rest of it in the frig to get cold, now I’m enjoying it as a refreshing pick me up!

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
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First sipdown of the month, an offering from Sil in the BBBB. Thanks sister!
This is a lightly smokey one, with a rich maltiness, & a real contrast to the LB I drank earlier.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Last night before bed I did my monthly tea count & analysis. It’s one of my rare left brain quirks, which keeps Ms Theresa happy, so here it is:
Total Tea Collection – 389
Whites (flavored & plain) – 7
Green (ditto) – 9
Oolong (unflavored, all varieties) – 32
Black – 85
Flavored Black – 13
Shu – 27
Flavored Shu – 1 (Sichuan Caravan)
Sheng – 56 “WHAT? When did this happen?” Ms Theresa Screamed. Little Terri looks back defiantly, “Relax, it’s mostly samples…& a few bricks…”
Trades for various awesome friends, of every tea type – 135 LOL, I love you guys!
Mate – 1
Tisanes – 9
Herbs (like elderberry, nettles, etc) – 20

So there you have it, the big reveal. They say the road to recovery begins with honesty, right? Lots of these are small quantities, but some are crazy hoarded amounts. I’m not going to weigh them, LOL, because if I did someone might check me into an observation ward of some kind, where I wouldn’t have access to my beloved teas, & then I’d truly go insane!

With so much tea, what do you drink?
Whatever you want!
So I started the day & the month with this one, a tea I truly love, although honestly, I love almost all of them, especially the black ones.



Terri HarpLady

I still think I should have sent you some more a few weeks ago. Then you’d have it by now.
But then again, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? ;)


Makes me feel a bit better about my own cupboard :)
Are your large quantities all fairly new? Like less than a year or less than 6 months old? Just curious!


terri has OLD teas hahaha

Terri HarpLady

naw, they aren’t THAT old…within the last year or so… and they are teas that can age for awhile :)


Lol, love the honesty :-)

Terri HarpLady

I sent all the really ancient stuff to Sil

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I made a solid western steep of this one & sipped it while adding more primer to my front porch, this time on the stair rail. The re-steep was nice too, & although I prefer this one gongfu, I just don’t have time for that kind of tea drinking right now.


Terri are you going to paint the ceiling of your porch pale blue?

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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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