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2491 Tasting Notes

First cup of the day, hours ago. The mugs at Tony’s house are huge, & it seems like I always either under leaf, which is what I did today, or over leaf in an effort to compensate. Add to that, in spite of the fact that I soaked my steeper basket over night, it still enhanced the cup with essence of campfire blend, which wasn’t necessarily bad, lol.

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I requested a sample of this with my most recent Verdant order. It’s not bad, & I could see having it around to drink in the evening. I’d definitely have to increase the amount of tea I used & the steeptime I think, but it is tasty. :)

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
2491 tasting notes

I had to have one more cup of something, & I decided on this! YEah!
Dark chocolate, earth, like the darkest semi-sweet fudge out there.
I went with:
1T + 8oz (actually I need to quit saying that. None of my cups are 8oz, more like 10 or 12) X 3min/5min

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It’s Chai Time!
I used to drink a lot of chai, but since I gave up the soymilk & soy creamer (& am allergic to real milk), I haven’t been drinking much of it. It’s not the same without some kind of creamy goodness involved.
So I steeped this in minimal water, combined it with some of my homemade almond milk, & a little coconut milk keifer, & it’s pretty tasty.


Chai time is the best time :P

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This is lovely.
I don’t really know what else to say right now…sigh…
It’s a beautifully complex cup, starting with brown sugar & pine smoke (but not a BBQ or a cigar) It’s sweet & smooth, with an incense quality to it, & there was this point in the first cup where my tongue was awash with saline for a moment, & although that might sound gross, it wasn’t! Each steep opens up subtle elements, including florals & mineralsm but they are lightly present.

I followed the western steeping parameters:
5 G + 8oz (was I suppose to rinse? oops!) X 1min/2min/3min etc

Next time I’ll probably try 1 T + oz X 3min/5min just to see what happens.

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drank Assam Halmari by The Devotea
2491 tasting notes

A lovely Assam tea that I served to my friend Willem, the Bass player. He’s a big guy, a little gruff looking if you don’t know him, but once you do know him you’ll find that he is a teddy bear, AND an excellent musician! He’s been playing jazz most of his life, & is amazing. Of course, he also studied classical, & although bass IS his instrument, he occasionally pulls out a cello, a Bass Ukulele (who knew there was such a thing?), & can also play a few other things. He plays all over town with pretty much everyone that plays jazz in St. Louis, & although we don’t get to play together much, we’ve both agreed we want to book more gigs together. His wife gave me a big hug the first time we played a gig & whispered in my ear, “Don’t tell Willem I told you, but it’s always been his fantasy to play jazz in a trio with a harpist”.

Yet another dream to come true! Now we need someone on percussion.


I volunteer KS he is a drummer.

Robert Godden

I am also a bass player. There are a lot of us around.


No, no, KS plays guitar. Not well but I play.

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I drank this earlier today, while warming up on the Harp for a rehearsal. It’s a lovely fruity cup, with a sweet thick scent as well. I can’t believe I haven’t drank it awhile, because it really is divine!

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Looks like steepster is on the fritz again!
Oh well, I have a rehearsal at 11 this morning, so I this will help get me away from the computer to tune my harp & run through a few numbers before my Bass player friend gets here.
I’ve reviewed this many times, so if you want a full report, feel free to read through my older posts if you like. All I’m gonna say for now is, “It’s been way too long!”
A nicely robust oaky assam that got lost in the shuffle of my tea shelf for awhile (the price you pay for having too much), but so nice to come ‘home’ to!

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I need to take a break from gongfu steeping today, & just drink some cups of tea! This one sounded intriguing to me, so I picked up a little in my Yunnan Sourcing order, which arrived this week! I’m not sure how to describe it, other than to say that in my exhuberance, I probably overleafed a bit, so there’s a low bitterness (which I actually don’t mind), a sweet slightly burnt caramelized taste, & the mouth of it reminds me of that canned sweetened condensed milk, for some reason.
A terrible review, I’m sure, but it’s actually a tasty tea!
One more reason why I avoid the ‘rating’ button.

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I was in the mood for a Chai, but it’s late enough in the day that I don’t need the caffeine, so I opted for this one, steeped rather strongly in minimal water, then combined with homemade almond milk, a little coconut milk keifer, & a pinch of stevia. Not bad.


Sounds rather decadent!

Terri HarpLady

I have to admit, it was!


I ought to get me some more of that.

Terri HarpLady

Have you tried it sis? If not, I’ll put some in your box? And I might as well confess, I won’t make it to the PO today. Too much to do to get ready for my birthday gig tomorrow night. Sorry…I hope you still love me… :)


Yeah, I’ve had it before. We call it “Hobbs Choice” around here. Never got around to stocking up on it last fall…I’m trying to restrain my tea buying so I can have some sipdowns.


Although, if you want to get rid of any, go right ahead.

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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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