3077 Tasting Notes

Sil shared this, & the rest of the Verdant Blends club teas with me (& about 100 adagio fandom blends, but we’re not talking about those right now). I divided all of the Verdant Blends in half, & shared them with Dag.

So here’s the first one. I haven’t had a snickerdoodle cookie in about 20 years, so I can’t really say if it comes close. Plain it is just soso, add a little maple & it isn’t bad.
I steeped it for 3 or 4 minutes. I’m not really sure how long, as I forgot to set the timer.


yay for sharing!!

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Thanks to KS for sharing this tea with me. It’s mildly roasty & nutty, & although I didn’t really get any peach, I did get the floral quality of it.

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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Here’s another tasty black tea, 1 cup away from a sipdown.
I’ll drink that final cup later this week. This one will make it back into my collection when I place my next Mandala order.


LOVE this one so much

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I’m drinking my next to last serving of this tea.
It is still just as wonderful, & a part of me wants to continue with the hoarding, but little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza is drawing to a close, & there are still so many teas in my cupboard that have been there for awhile, & although I want to savor the final cup of each of them, the final cup of this one, which I’ll most likely drink later this week, will be especially bittersweet, because it is irreplaceable.


Terri, What currently available tea will you likely brew in it’s place?

Terri HarpLady

Good question, but no real answer. This is not the only tea that I love, it’s just the only one that is no longer available! I still have LB & Zhu Rong, and Yunnan Sourcing as so many amazing black teas that I’ll survive quite nicely! Their Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (not a smoky lapsang) has been especially awesome. Did I send you some of that?


Yes, thank you and I’m looking forward to tasting it!


I have some of the Zhu Rong scheduled to come to me. I can’t wait. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while.

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This is only the 2nd tea I’ve had all day! It’s never good to drink too much tea (or other liquids) before playing a wedding, & once the wedding was over I took my harp home, changed out of my fancy pants, & came to Tony’s. I don’t have a scale here, so I went with 1 Tb of tea to a 10oz or so mug (I honestly have no idea how big these mugs are). The first steep was 1 minute & it was creamy & nice. The 2nd steep, which I’m on now, is 2 minutes, & it is even nicer :)
I’m going for one more steep, at 5 minutes, to enjoy while we watch the baseball game, which is just starting!

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I drank a pot of this with breakfast this morning. I only had one pot of tea, & then left the house to play a wedding. it was a really fun wedding. The bride had selected all mostly classic rock tunes for the prelude. The family was seated to Crash Into Me, the Bridesmaids entered to Just Breath, the Bride walked in to Here Comes the Sun. Other songs I enjoyed playing: To Make You Feel My Love, Free Falling, Don’t Stop Believing, How Sweet it is to be Loved By You, & a bunch of other fun tunes, some which I already knew, some which I learned this week.

So, I thoroughly enjoyed this malty Assam, & my only regret was that the pot was empty far too soon.


Does anyone do classical anymore?


I think it’s sweet that they chose Here Comes the Sun for the bride’s entrance :-)

Terri HarpLady

Marzipan, I do a lot of classical weddings too. Last weekend one of the 2 weddings I did was all classical Flute & Harp. The other one was kind of like today. I meet with all of my brides & let them have whatever they want.

Terri HarpLady

Tea Fairy, It really was nice. There was the mellow vibe of “Just Breath” for all the bridesmaids, & then a fancy harp fanfare, & the happy upbeat Here Comes the Sun, I loved it!


I’m trying hear Don’t Stop Believing on the harp in my head. Can’t quite manage it, but it’s making me smile.

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Getting ready to load up for a wedding. This has been another weekend of 2 weddings (the 2nd one is tomorrow) in which the bride requested almost all tunes I don’t know, & although most of them have been relatively easy to put together due to my ‘fly by the seat of your pant with a lead sheet’ mode of doing things, there have been a few that required a little more effort. None the less, I love my ‘job’!
The highlights of the weekend? I get to play “Crash Into me”, which I’ve played before, but never at a wedding, & “Feel My love”. Both are songs I love.
Teas sipped today:
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black – Butiki
Numi China Breakfast – we went out to breakfast. WHY can’t waitresses EVER actually bring HOT water to the table?
Crimson Horizon – Butiki
Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black – Teavivre
Lord Petersham – Devotea

I’ve reviewed all of these many times, so I’m just putting them all in one place.


I finally gave up on asking for tea or hot water at restaurants :( I asked for hot water and she brought me warm water in a water pitcher… lol

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I should probably go back to just drinking ice tea at restaurants, or water with lemon

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
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It’s been a long day & I’m exhausted! My 2 sons & I spent the entire day (from 8:30am – 5:30pm) staining our back porch. It looks awesome! Did I drink tea while we worked? Of course! I had a cup of Butiki’s Irish Breakfast first.
This Black Pearl from Mandala was my only sip down today, which was steeped & resteeped @ 1, 2, & 5 minutes. It’s sad to polish this one off, as Garret doesn’t have any more of it, but might as well enjoy it!
I ended the day with Foxy Roxy’s Banana Walnut treat. Sorry I’m posting all my teas in one place, I’m feeling kind of lazy at this point.

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This is not really a review, it’s a sipdown notice.
The mother of one of my students is from Taiwan, & a few weeks ago she went for a visit & brought me back some teas, which I’m pretty excited to try out!
So today when they came for the lesson, I sent her home with some teas. I knew she liked jasmine, so I gave her the rest of this, which was the Reserve TOMC from LAST February, but is still very nice & fragrant. I also gave her samples of Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine & Fujian White Jasmine, & a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. She seemed pretty excited to try them all. I also gave her a head of lettuce, some parsley, & cilantro from my garden.
So, even though I didn’t drink the last of it, I’m counting this one as a sipdown anyway!


That’s so nice! And gosh, that amazing garden of yours has so many different goodies it seems!

Terri HarpLady

Mostly right now it’s’s mostly lettuce & other greens, asparagus, herbs, radishes, & a variety of onion shoots, but it won’t be long before we have all kinds of things!! It’s always so exciting! :D


It is exciting! I don’t have a garden, just a pot of herbs I got this year and a mint plant I put in the ground last fall which I am hoping will come back now that the weather is finally warming up. And, I do have a rhubarb plant!


Sounds like your garden is pretty impressive! I love gardening, too :)

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I’ve been practicing for a few hours. This is another weekend with a bunch of pieces that brides have requested, some that I know, some that I’ve never played, selections by:
Dave Matthews (crash, of course, I love that song & have played it before)
Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Adele, etc…
And another sipdown! This is from the July Reserve TOMC. It feels good to be letting go of so many teas, freeing really. I’ve written a pretty decent review of this one before, so that’s all I got.


I would love to know what these songs sound like played on a harp :)

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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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