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2483 Tasting Notes

I met a friend for breakfast this morning, & had a cup of this. All I can say is this is bitter swill.


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This is the newest crop of Pure Bud, & I’d like to thank Garret for sending me a generous sample of it! I’m short on words to describe teas today, but this tea isn’t short of flavor, with a rich mouthfeel & the flavor of an excellent whole grain toast. It’s both sweet & savory, & the dry leaf is really pretty, I might add.

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I really enjoy this tea. I also love Teavivre’s yun nan dian hong golden tip. It’s hard to say which I prefer, but it doesn’t matter, cuz I have plenty of both right now! :)


Haha, that’s also the way I see things now, don’t HAVE to have a favourite, so true!


I have them both, they are quite different so no preference for me either

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Yes, I’m drinking this again today. Tony recently got an order of Rock sugar from Teavana’s internet sight (he won’t go into the store anymore), & included 4 oz of this for me. So you could say it is my resident tea at his house for awhile. It’s not a bad tea to start the morning with, as it doesn’t irritate my tummy. The chocolate quality is more in the fragrance & mouthfeel than in the taste, with a lingering thickness. I used to really love this tea. Now it’s just ok, & overpriced, but drinkable.


what a nice gesture from him :)

Terri HarpLady

Yup, he is wonderful, what can I say? Truly the man of my dreams! :)

Terri HarpLady

Have fun in Chicago! :)

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I made a batch of my astragulus ginger lemon tisane earlier this afternoon to share with Tony, & then I enjoyed a cup of this delicious sweet cup of caramel yum. Now back to our regularly scheduled program (aka supernatural).


Mmmmm, you always make me crave what you review :-)

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Glad to be of service :)

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I’m enjoying this & watching Supernatural. We’re on episode 102, LOL.


Yay for Supernatural! Hope you are enjoying it :)

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Starting the morning with these pearls, one of the only teas I buy from Teavana. Light chocolate & malt, & I can drink this cup on an empty stomach without any repercussions. I still haven’t had my black pearl sip off yet. Maybe this week…


LOVE this tea!! it’s 1 of my alltime Teavana favorites…i can’t get over the aroma of the pearls! the cocoa notes astound me..

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This is a sad sipdown, because this was the first Sheng puer I ever tried. Of course, I have plenty of others, & I feel like I still don’t know that much about Puer tea in general, other than the fact that they are intriguing, & I enjoy drinking them.

I’ve really enjoyed this one! It starts off as aromatic woods, develops a nutty & spicy profile, keeps giving & giving & giving, becoming sweet like the water of a sacred spring, & provides a powerful skull shining effect as well. I think my original postings regarding this tea were probably more informative, as well as more entertaining.
I’m sad to see it gone from my collection.

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Since I polished off the teas from last January’s TOMC, I figured I might as well back track to November of 2012, right? There were 3 selections in that box, with the first one being this 2012 autumn laoshan green. It may be over a year old, but it is still every bit as delicious as it was when it first arrived. Initially it has that classic Laoshan green brean kind of taste, but in the later steepings it takes on a buttery winter squash taste, & a sweet & creamy oatmeal quality as well. It’s like a savory bowl of oatmeal with soymilk or maybe almond milk drizzled over the top.
I don’t know why I don’t drink these green teas more often. The ones from Laoshan village are so amazing!

Additional comments: The November 2012 box also included a package of Minnesota Northern Lakes Wild Rice, and adding a pinch to this tea makes the most wonderful Genmaicha. Just sayin’


Love this one too! Yummmmm.

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drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
2483 tasting notes

I can’t believe I still have some of this!
I’m not currently a member of the TOMC, but I did really enjoy my membership! This is the 3rd tea from last January’s box, & I had just enough Yu Lu to make a potent cup, so that it’s a sipdown on both of them! There was a little almond milk in the fridge, so I added that, & I also borrowed my son’s Keifer grains, gave them a water bath yesterday to get all the milk out, and made a quart of coconut milk keifer, which turns out is ready, so I added some of that, & WOW! This is the most luxurious feeling Chai I think I’ve ever had! The coconut milk keifer is a little tangy, & so thick & creamy. I use canned coconut milk, not that grotesque crap they sell in the dairy case, & I love it! If you let it age long enough, it becomes yogurt which, for someone like me, is a rare treat indeed.

Verdant’s Chai spice is a little unusual in it’s spicing, & I’ve learned that I need to use quite a bit more than they recommend, because I tend to like my Chai a little strong. But this cup of yum, which is gone already, beats Starbuck’s Tazo Chai by a long shot!

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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!


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