3091 Tasting Notes

Lisa likes Jasmine tea, so I sent her home with the rest of this one. There’s enough to try a cup steeped western style, & to try it in a Gaiwan. I kept enough of it for one western cup, which I’m enjoying right now. It really is a nice jasmine, & this last cup is really wonderful, but I know she’ll really enjoy it, & I’m freeing space on my shelves!
I also gave her a Butiki earthen Gaiwan (because really, how many do I need?).
I also sent her home with a few samples I’ve received in Verdant boxes, because I already have those teas anyway:
Laoshan Black
Huang zhi xiang phoenix dancong
Bai Mu Dan
I feel really good!

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Lisa had never seen a Gaiwan, so I pulled one out & showed her how to use it, explaining the principal of more tea, less time (I really sounded like I knew what I was talking about too, Wow! HAhaha). We drank multiple steepings of this one, & I have to confess, it was so awesome seeing the looks of surprise on her face when every tiny cup (yeah, I finally got to use my teeny tiny hand painted porcelain cups!) tasted slightly different throughout the infusions. I need to open a damn tea shop!
Another sipdown!


Sometimes I think it would be fun to have a tea shop! Or if not that, then to host tea parties for people in the community interested in the types of tea you can’t just go buy around here, you know? It’d be fun to have some locals to nerd out with!

Terri HarpLady

That’s right! I thought about just throwing a tea party once a week or once a month, telling all my friends, & letting them invite people & just doing it. I even made a FB page for it, but never really have gone forward with it, yet. My hope is it would eventually blossom into group tea orders, trades, etc.


My issue is I wouldn’t want to host a big group of complete strangers at my house. I would need to team up with a local business or non-profit group maybe…and I will NEVER feel educated enough about tea to actually be worthy of hosting such an event! But in theory it sounds FUN!

Terri HarpLady

I hear all of that too!

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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The 2nd tea we drank was a 16 oz of this one, compliments of Carol Who.
This is one of the only teas from Teavana that I’ve ever really liked, & for awhile I really liked it a lot, so when Carol sent me some in my recent trade, it was a little nostalgic to see it there. It doesn’t appeal to me like it used to, & that’s ok cuz it’s a sipdown!

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Have I mentioned on here before that I love my life? Oh yeah, like a gazillion times, right?
Today has been an ongoing tea-party here, a truly wonderful day. First my friend Lisa came over right after breakfast. Last time she came she left with a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. So today we drank some tea!

I let her pick the first one, which was this Keemun. I made a 16 oz pot of it, using the suggested parameters. It’s a decent Keemun, although not at the top of my list, still very drinkable & tasty.

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Welcome to day 29 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!

I want to call this a sipdown, & in a sense it is one, in that this is the end of the tin.
The truth is, I already have a refill for it, somewhere in my bedroom/tea hoarding place.
This is like a rich & chewy molasses sweetened old world rye bread today, both sweet & savory, AND delicious!

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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
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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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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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