3078 Tasting Notes


A bold & bright cup enjoyed after a hearty breakfast, while driving to work to teach the evil children… ;)

actually, some of them are starting to make progress, so they aren’t all evil

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3078 tasting notes

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I have been trying to at least come read some posts, & make an occasional comment, so I haven’t totally disappeared, & I have been drinking plenty of tea anyway.

Anyway, I picked this up at the Traveling Tea shop, less than 5 minutes from my house, & I had to stop in just to say that I don’t EVER want to be without this tea. OMG, this stuff is awesome! The best chocolate tea ever, & it’s just chocolate hulls. I’m sure this would be amazing combined with LB, but by itself it is crazy good, & perfect for something that is kickass, substantially bold, & caffeine free, so I can drink as much as I want this time of day. A majorly awesome indulgence :)



carol who

How is your sore finger holding up with all the harp playing? I imagine this is a pretty busy time for you. Glad to see a note. Tea sounds good especially since its caffeine free. :D

Terri HarpLady

My finger is doing ok. It’s sort of permanently curved, & I’m still going to PT to teach it how to bend & straighten. Its kind of frustrating, but luckily I don’t use it to play.

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This is perfect tea for a drizzly fall day, with a lightly sweet roasty flavor, & it really reminds me of toasted pecans!

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Earlier today my friend Lisa & I sampled the Duck Shhh Dancong from the White2Tea tea club. There isn’t a listing for it, & I don’t really feel like adding one right now, but I’m happy to report that it was tasty, with almost a milk chocolate kind of essence, & no, it didn’t really taste or smell like duck droppings (ok…I don’t know what that would taste like, but I’ve ducks before, so I do know the smell, LOL).

This afternoon I’ve been enjoying multiple steepings of this oolong, with it’s bakey warm taste, smooth greens, & a roasty nutiness, its a pleasantly warming & cozy afternoon tea. I swear I taste a hint of nutmeg in it this afternoon, & that’s one of my favorite spices. Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for the sample.


would it be one i should look in to you think?


haha and i’m referring to the duck one not this tea

Terri HarpLady

I don’t know if they are selling it. It came in the TOMC. I have enough for a 2nd try, so I’ll toss it in your box :)

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Just stopping by for a minute to say good morning, while I enjoy a cup of double knit. It’s easy, & doesn’t require any thinking, which is handy this early in the morning when I’m trying to get out the door to play gig #4 of the Harpy HoliDaze!
And here I go…


Good morning! :)


Hope your gig went well!

Terri HarpLady

It did, thanks! Tomorrow I have a lunch time gig, & another one in the evening, & then saturday night it’s electric harp & flute classic rock duo at the St Louis Art Museum. Then I have Sunday off.

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I enjoyed multiple steepings of this oolong over the afternoon. The leaf is vibrantly green, the flavor delicately vegetal & lightly floral. Each cup became milkier in the mouth, with the 3rd steep being my most favorite. Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for the generous sample.

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Hello Steepster!
I’ve been missing you, my tea friends. Life has been busy, & will continue to be for the next couple of weeks, as the Harpy HoliDaze gigs started yesterday, with me playing from 7:30 – 9am in office buildings, but I have a few minutes to stop by, read a few reviews, look at some instagram pics, & comment about this tea.

This is a lovely oolong, kind of nourishing today, & a pleasure to drink multiple steepings of after I came home from this morning’s gig. Something about this tea reminds me of rice crispy treats. I haven’t had them in years, but that’s what this tea brings to mind, today, anyway: popped rice, marshmallow cream, & a kind of fruity sweetness.

Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for including me in the oolong sampling.


How’s your finger holding up?


my life misses you.


We miss ya!

Terri HarpLady

the finger is coming along. It’s sort of currently fixed in a rigid hooked shape, but I’ve been assured that if I keep doing my painful PT exercises it will eventually soften up. I have exercises that force it to bend further (using the other hand to bend it, I can’t get it to move on its own), & exercises & a little appliance to force it to straighten, which it also can’t do on it’s own…yet! Meanwhile, I’m playing my gigs, & even though harpists don’t pluck with their pinkies, it does have a little bit of an effect on my 4th finger.

Sil, send me your address. I still need to send you your tea, plus if you want any other teas, let me know. We need to hang out! We haven’t hardly talked since you came to st louis, & that’s way too long!!!

MrM, awesome car, Dude ;)


Facebook doc has my address…..wil try and remember to message you again when I get to work with it haha


Glad to hear you can play again :)

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I had a wonderful day with my family, (4 adult kids, 3 grandkids, various significant O’s), with lots of delicious food. My last cup of tea today was this one, my favorite rooibos blend, an all natural combo of real roasted & dehydrated pumpkin (locally organically grown), pepita seeds, ginger & spices. It is delicious. It is made by a local company.
At this point I have to publicly apologize to Sil, because I still haven’t mailed her half of the order off. Sorry sister, I will hopefully get to the PO this week!


Do not worry about it. It’s been a busy time. I have a box for you as well, but I’m waiting for one more thing to come in the mail so I can add that surprise for you.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends, & I’d like to extend my gratitude to the rest of the world for putting up with us, LOL. I’m also grateful for many things, including my quiet neighborhood, in a city that is struggling with violence & craziness these days (St Louis).

I’m starting my morning with a gongfu session with this beautiful beautiful tea, so luscious & rich. It is creamy & malty, with elements of sorghum, hints of Vanilla, citrus, & pepper, & excellent Cha Qi. Thick across the palate, with a pleasant tongue tingle, & a rich bee pollen sensation, followed by a very clean finish. If I had to pick favorite black teas (which gratefully I do not), this would be on that rather long list!

Now to leap into action: I have pies to make!


Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Good luck with your pies!


Happy thanksgiving Terri :)

Roswell Strange

Happy Thanksgiving <3


Happy Thanksgiving, lovely!


Glad to hear from you Terri. I have been thinking about you this last week while I watch the news. Happy Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving !

Terri HarpLady

Thanks everyone!! :)

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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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