2860 Tasting Notes

First tea of the day, but that was hours ago!!
Still, a very tasty cup, & I’m running low on this one, so time to start getting serious about the YS order I keep planning to place :)

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This has been in my cupboard for some time. For way longer than it should have been, actually. Luckily, it still tastes good! Tony & I shared a pot of it this afternoon, & he enjoyed it too. It’s not very often that I come up with a tea that we both enjoy, so maybe I’ll keep it at his house, & start making a pot of it every weekend until it’s gone. :)

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
2860 tasting notes

I just really need a cup of some straightforward black tea.
My senses for bitterness are unfortunately high these days, I guess because of allergies, so although this was a little on the bitter end, everything I’ve drank lately has been. Otherwise, this is the tea I was looking for.

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I don’t know if it’s me, but this was totally undrinkable for me today. I was careful to keep the temp low, but it was pretty bitter & I ended up dumping it, something I almost never do.

Butiki Teas

That’s a bummer. We are switching the base on this one. The Doke Rolling Thunder can be finicky.

Terri HarpLady

It might also be me, seems like so many teas are bitter for me right now

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
2860 tasting notes

Tart & tangy. I’m a little nervous, because the last time I drank a strawberry tea, I think I had an allergic reaction to it. I’m not positive it was the tea, & even if it was, I’m not positive it was the strawberries, as I’ve never had a reaction to strawberries before, but I definitely had a reaction to something, in the form of a terrible rash.

More will be revealed…

Edit: I’m happy to report that I didn’t have a reaction, so at least I know it wasn’t the strawberries in that other tea. And of course it might not have been the other tea even…allergies suck!


Allergies do suck! Glad this one was ok!

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
2860 tasting notes

I really do love this tea! First off, just looking at the leaf is mood enhancing, as it is a beautiful reddish black, with some orangish tips here & there. The warmed aroma is heavenly. The tea itself is so mouth filling & satisfying, with a long linger.
Today I went with 4 minutes, with a 6 minute resteep. Usually I go with 3 min with a 5 minute resteep, which I like better. Next time I need to try 1, 2 & 4 minute steeps, which is actually what Garret recommends. I’ll need to get more of this…again! :)


I had it for breakfast myself – sitting out on my porch swing with my dogs. I really, really love this tea.

Terri HarpLady

That sounds like my kind of breakfast setting! :)


It was perfect – the mornings are getting warming but not hot yet and my porch swing is my happy place and it was just dawn. That tea made it PERFECT


warmER* (bless my heart)


Lol, terri, it seems that every time I read one of your notes, I run to my stash to see if it’s in the cupboard…luckily, this one is, yay!

Terri HarpLady

Yay! :)
That just shows we both have good taste, right?

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This morning’s black tea gongfu session was with this one.
5G + 4oz X 15/30/45 sec/1min/2min/1min…

This started out lovely – a warm crusty bread, honey, malt, bee pollen…
But I increased the steeping time to quickly & it became bitter. When I backed it off, it was more enjoyable. In previous gongfu sessions with this tea I went with shorter steeps of 15 second intervals, & I’ll hopefully remember to keep it that way in the future, with this one!
A lesson learned :)

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Final tea of the day, I reached in the sheng box, & this one came out!
The initial aroma of the warmed leaf was sweet & a little fruity. It brought nectarines to mind for me, although I can’t say that it actually smelled like nectarines.
I didn’t actually document my steepings on this, but I started with 4G, rinsed, & kept it short for awhile. The primary taste I’m getting is Grape peels, with a little bitterness, but as I said before, my allergies are horrendous right now, so I can’t really tell you if it is bitter or not, & my guess is that it is not. But it does have a bright grape/citrus edge to it. Otherwise, it’s smooth & a little sweet, kind of spring like, if that makes sense.
I’m several steeps in now, & picking up on a floral quality that reminds me of Lavender, kind of. And also apricot – kind of tangy!
This is from a sample that our awesome friend Garret sent to me awhile back. I have just enough for one more session, so I’m putting it in the official sipdown cannister, where I’m collecting teas for my upcoming Sipdown Extravaganza!.

Add on: The energy of this tea is very ‘open’, as in opening of the chakras & such. I can feel my energy field clearing, something I really need today. Gratitude. Breathing deep.

Day 2: Revisiting this yixing somemore today, after a quick rinse. It’s light & fruity & I love it.


Yum! Want!


Added to my list!

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I made a pot of this one to share with my first student of the day. That was hours ago, but it was delicious & satisfying: Croissant, sweet potato, rose. Smooth, sweet, delicious.

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It’s been a long busy day, with students, rehearsals, more students, & it’s time to post about the teas I drank.
This morning I continued my new gongfu protocol, of starting the day with a gongfu sessions, & this was the tea for it.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/35/45sec/1min/2/3/4/5

So, the earliest steepings started out as toast & honey, with a little bit of a creamy vanilla mouth, but this quickly began to morph into a grapey bright oral sensation.

At 1 minute I was drinking a mix of Dark Ale & Dark Bittersweet choclate, with an almost coffee-like quality.
At 2min the bitterness faded a bit, but there was a tangy grapiness to the tongue, & kind of Hoppy Spiciness.
3min – Wood, grape peel, I didn’t care much for the direction thing were going.
I sipped a bit of the other cups, but honestly had lost interest at this point.
To be fair, I have enjoyed this tea before, & some of my loss of interest might be due to allergies & the effect that they have on my tastebuds. My favorite steeps were at 30 & 45 seconds, & maybe next time I should continue with 15 second intervals.

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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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