3076 Tasting Notes

This is a really tasty & gentle shu, absolutely free of wierd ammonia or fishy tastes. The early steepings were of sweet semolina, with a nice creamy kind of texture. Then it took on a coarsely ground whole wheat bread kind of layer, followed by a rich well aged peat, then a light aromatic wood like cedar. A lively sensation built up around the edges of my tongue, & although I got sidetracked & steeped some of the rounds much longer than intended, the flavor remained sweet thoughout, with no bitterness ever. Another sipdown!

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Here’s another sipdown from Sil. Quite honestly, I was avoiding this one, but it’s actually pretty good if you sweeten it!


haha oh sure… avoid this one but dig right in to the tea of doom…

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I drank the tea of doom first to get it over with!!
I still haven’t started on that other one with all the flowers, whatever it’s called…jasmine something or other

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This is the 2nd Ginseng oolong I’ve tried, & they were both basically the same. The oolong is coated with a matte finish of powdered ginseng & I think licorice root as well. It’s an interesting taste, & I’m gonna drop the leaf into a mason jar because I think I’ll also enjoy it cold later! This one came from KS, thanks brother!

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I have a ton of things to do: replace a broken string on my electric harp & check the other strings to see if any are worn; restring a Troubadour harp for one of my students (she’s 74, & in Italy for the month on vacay!); pick the last of the head lettuces before they get bitter, pick the first of the leaf lettuces, & wash & spin them all; start learning the music for the wedding I’m playing this saturday (another “no classical” wedding); start prepping my front porch for paint!
That’s a start! It’s almost noon, & I haven’t really done anything yet today.

This tea…from the January reserve TOMC of 16 months ago. It is still delicious, & I’ve reviewed it several times, so not much else to say except the warmed leaf smells amazingly awesome, the flavors of this tea are delightfully complex, & I’ve got an amazing tea-buzz going on right now, the kind of headspace that is only appropriate for mindful zen-like activities. I think I’ll start with the lettuces…

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
3076 tasting notes

Welcome to day 28 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
My first sipdown of the day is Mandala’s Black Beauty, which I’ve already reviewed numerous times. It’s rich & delicious, & today just for fun I tried steeping it gongfu style. It was nice to see the flavors build, however it’s not one of those teas with layers of flavor, so it pretty much tasted the same throughout: Delicious.
With this one, I prefer the longer steeps of 3 & 5 min, where it is at it’s best in my opinion, but it is also very nice with 1/2/& 5 minutes. Anyway, it is a sipdown, but it’s also on the list of teas to restock when I place my next order from Garret.


Hey there, Terri! I just got in the newest spring crop of this tea. Can’t wait to see what you think of it! Wishing you so much joy on this lovely MN day. Be well.

Terri HarpLady

Cool! I’ll stop by (the website, hahah) later this evening & wander around a bit… :)

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drank Calm by Tazo
3076 tasting notes

Final cup of the day, & one more sipdown. This was included in a box from Lee awhile back. I’ve drank this one on & off over the years, & it’s an ok chamomile type. Nothing special.

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I really do enjoy this tea. It is caffeine free, which is good for this time of day, & naturally sweet. And it’s a sipdown!

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The first couple of sips of this were all right, but as I got closer to the bottom of the cup the taste of the Frankincense came up (I really want to make a Dr Frankenstein comment, but I can’t think of one). I can’t drink this.
Luckily it’s a sipdown.
292, I think…

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I figured I’d try the last of this one chilled, & with a little stevia stirred in it’s actually pretty tasty! It is doubtful that I’ll ever purchase any H & S teas again, because they use the cursed ‘silk’ bags, which are actually plastic & do not break down in the compost pile.


You can buy H&S in looseleaf form…at least I was able to find their SoHo blend in looseleaf form.


I’ve ordered from Harney & Sons online store in the past and found that they have just about every tea available in loose leaf form. As someone who lives in Canada I find their shipping a bit expensive so I don’t buy from them often, but when I do I’m generally happy with their products and customer service.

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Another sipdown, this one from KS.
This is the 3rd dong ding I’ve drank in 2 days. They have all tended to be more savory & less floral than the TGY I had awhile ago. They also all look very much the same, & for the most part, they have tasted about the same, with a lightly roasted veggie & sourdough bread kind of taste. This one is the sweetest of the 3, or at least it seems that way right now.

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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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