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2498 Tasting Notes

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
2498 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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This oolong was from the April Reserve TOMC. It’s a little roasty, a little incense, pleasant thick mouth. This one has the rock taste more than some of the others I’ve enjoyed, & is not nearly as sweat as the others. I’m wondering if it’s the same Wuyi Qilan that Verdant now offers on their webpage? If it is, I still have some in my Wuyi Oolong box. If it isn’t, then this is a sipdown.
I guess I’ll never know…

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I need to start drinking the teas from the Verdant Reserve box!! So today, I’ll go with this one, from April. I love Fujian teas, without a doubt! I also love Jin Jun Mei especially, with several in my collection now. Is it any surprise that I also love sweet potatoes? I eat (at least) one almost every day. I grow large quantities of them in my garden, I have some growing in a planter in my sunroom, & I also buy a lot of them when I run out of the homegrown ones. Everyone in my house loves them: baked, diced & fried in coconut oil, spiralized & dropped into soup as ‘noodles’ (especially nice in coconut milk curry…sigh…). There is nothing more wonderful than a leftover baked sweet potato, sauteed/caramelized in coconut oil with cinnamon, ginger, etc. It’s the best dessert I know. Add a drizzle of coconut milk keifer…sigh…

I love sweet potatoes, so I love Jin Jun Mei, with it’s earthy sweet potato aroma & flavor, a little peppery-ness in the later brews, & in this case, a little bitter undertaste, but I don’t mind that at all. I’ve been steeping this since I got out of the tub, first while making my lunch, & now for dessert. The later steepings are like boston brown bread, rich with a molasses taste!

I can’t really say if it’s any more amazing than the other Jin Jun Mei(s) in my cupboard, but it seems to resteep forever, & it is delicious.


Wow, you grow sweet potatoes too! That leftover sweet potato recipe sounds so delicious yet simple – I’ll have to do that!

Smiles.. you should start growing a rhubarb plant though! ;-)


Sounds great! :D

Terri HarpLady

Caile, maybe this year I’ll plant some rhubarb :)


DOOO EEET!!!!!!!!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll look into it!

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This was my 2nd ‘long hot bath’ tea, because face it, one cup of tea is not enough! Lovely rose black, gentle & soothing. Just the right amount of rose, & yes, there was a sweet full rosebud floating in my steeper basket. I steeped 2 minutes, with a resteep of 3. The 2nd cup features more rose flavor, actually!


Great minds think alike – except no tub time for me this afternoon.


Ah, I’ll be sure to get two steeps out of this one when I get to my samples.

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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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