3091 Tasting Notes

Today is day 21 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza, although I admit, we sort of fell off of our pace a bit. Blame it on a busy weekend, a busy monday of gardening & teaching, a busy tuesday of recuperating…who knows, but today I’m going to get back on the sipdown track. The month isn’t over yet, & I still have lots of teas to polish off!

Having said all that, this is not a sipdown, LOL. Yesterday a friend came over, & while she drank a pot of lemon balm tisane, which was freshly picked right before I steeped it, I drank a small pot of this one. I hadn’t had it for awhile, & it was calling my name from the shelf.
I accidentally oversteeped it, but guess what, it was still tasty!

So this morning I made a bigger pot of it, & have been enjoying it while fixing breakfast, & while eating breakfast. I think I’m going to drop the leaf into a jar of water, stick it in the frig, & see how it turns out for later.

Basically, this is alot like laoshan black, only with an additional rich center-piece that reminds me of roasted pineapple & barley malt.

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Yeah Baby!
I made an 8oz cup, unsweet, to enjoy with breakfast, & a 16oz pot, sweetened with Maple, to enjoy for dessert! Now this tin is polished off, & it would be a sipdown, except I actually have another tin waiting in the wings. Oh well, at least now there is a little more room in the smoky teas box.

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Started the day with a 3 minute steep of this one, with it’s notes of Boston Brown Bread, which I guess really translates to Molasses. I was gonna return for a 5 minute steep, but my son drew, who has really been getting into tea more lately, had dumped it (what???), & was the steep basket for something else. Teas he’s been enjoying a lot:
Spring Cherry – R of T
Jasmine Pearl – Art of Tea
Bolder Breakfast – Tea Spot
My other son Leif went to Teavana & bought himself a few teas, his current favorite is Strawberry Rose Peach Tranquility (blend of 2 blends). I took a sip, & although it’s not something I’d be into stocking, it’s actually not bad.


He dumped Jin Jun Mei???? Preposterous!!!
Lol, at least it was for a good cause :-)

Terri HarpLady

He dumped the leaf, so he could use my steep basket (even though there were 3 other empty steep baskets sitting there…cough…)


This is a great tea, I’m sure he’ll grow into it as we have.

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This is a sipdown of last year’s version, from the TOMC in June.
It really reminds me a lot of a cup of thin matcha, but with a creamier texture, & a cream & floral taste to it. I went with western steeps for this final cup, 5 Grams in 8oz, 1 min/1.5/2min
I’m on the 2 min steep now. There is a lovely clarity to it, whatever that might mean to anyone, LOL.

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Desiring a potent cup of black, & drank some of this one, for it’s satisfying shiny Obsidian quality, like a smooth piece of black glass. I’ve never tried it with the sugar cube. Probably never will.


The sugar cube thing sounds cute and strange


That’s Russian style too. At least used to be. Samovar and sugar cubes

Terri HarpLady

I think it would be fun to try, but I can’t really eat sugar cubes, so it will never happen.
For everyone’s entertainment, here’s a video of the Devotea himself, Robert Godden, attempting the sugar cube :D


cool video

Robert Godden

I later found the right sugar, which actually makes it a lot more manageable.

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The last time I reviewed this sheng, which was a reserve TOMC for last August, I had just gone into the studio with a local rapper, Spaide Ripper, to record a song called Angels.
Coincidentally, he just contacted me & the CD is almost ready for release, & he’s planning to make a music video, which he wants me to be part of. Cool! I’m not really a huge rap fan, but he’s a pretty cool guy, a family man, & we had a great time in the studio. So, you know I’m in!

I spent most of the morning sipping on steeps of this Sheng & gardening. It’s a smooth & savory one, with a hazelnut butter kind of a taste to it after awhile. The earlier steepings are potent but smooth, with a spicy taste that reminds me a bit of Cannabis, which I haven’t smoked in over 30 years, but did smoke a lot of back in the day, & yes, I inhaled…every time!
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Haha, you’re too cool for school, Terri.

TheTeaFairy :-) :-) :-)

(You have to provide a link to the video when it’s ready, my dear jet set tea friend!!!)


But does he like tea…


What is Cannabis? Some old school type of tea? Sounds interesting. Love spicy tea with unusual names.


Mrmopar, you are quite the funny guy ;-)
(Very old school indeed!)

Terri HarpLady

As I’ve said before, I love you guys!
For sure, if the video actually happens, I’ll send a link. He’s talking about filming in June.

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Good morning, my tea drinking friends!
As my supply of this tea dwindles, I find that I have just enough for 2 sessions: 1 with 5 Gs of tea & 4 oz of water for mulitiple steeps, & one as a western Brew.
I’m having the western style this morning with an amount of tea that I actually didn’t measure, but is probably around a heaping tsp + 8oz or so of hot water for 3min, resteeped for 5 min.

This tea is rich & toasty, with a growing bass note, a slightly tangy buttermilk richness, a little graham cracker, & a nice thick sensation. Very satisfying.

Now it’s out to the garden for awhile.

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God, this stuff is good! It’s not the smokey lapsang type, but just a super rich dark chocolate thick mouthed roasty cup of YUM!
I made a cup this morning to drink en route to the wedding. Now I’m having a second cup before heading out into the garden for an hour. It’s such a beautiful day in this neighborhood!
I’m also drinking it to make Sil jeolous ;)


I was about to save it to my wish list, when I discovered that I had already done that after your first review of this tea :)


NofarS – I do that all the time.


lesigh i am always jealous of you terri…

Terri HarpLady

Nofar, as I recall, I was suppose to be sending you some Kenyan Kaproret from the London Tearoom. I can include some of this too…

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Another Sipdown from Yunnan Sourcing, & the 2014 version is on it’s way to me, so it’s sort of a joke to even count it. In fact, if the truth must be known, my sipdown extravaganza is a bit of a farce, as I have received boxes of tea from several sources & placed a couple of orders. I won’t add those teas in until the last day of the month, but will probably end the month with more teas than I started with, LOL.

However, it won’t be a total waste of sipdowns, simply because I will have polished off all the older samples, TOMC & TOMCR, etc. Everything I have will be fairly new!
Except for all the puerh…sigh…but that’s a different story all together, right?

I like this tea (I should say something about the tea, right?)
It has a savory & floral quality, & a bit of spiciness that lingers & builds up to a tangy quality, kind of like buttermilk.


I don’t feel so bad about breaking my buying hiatus now as I can blame it on you as my inspiration.


I blame her (quietly, to myself) a lot for that. I like what she likes :)


+1 with you guys…let’s blame Terri, lol.
I’m at 333 right now, trinity…that means I,m destined to spend the rest of my life with a cupboard over 300 sigh. Month of may has been more lethal than Black Friday and it’s only the 18th!!

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys, & it has always been my dream to inspire others with my music, so why not inspire them with my tea purchases too? LOL

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It’s silly to remove this from my cupboard, even though it is a sipdown, because I just placed an insane Yunnan Sourcing order, which includes this tea, but it will take awhile to get here, so I’m counting it!

This is a comforting cup of warmth, with a honey wheat toast quality to it, a creamy feel across the palate, a graininess, & a sense of bee pollen. There is also a tiny hint of orange peel lingering. This is one of the teas I featured this month in the BBBBox, & although it’s not as glamorous as the Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong or the really awesome Gold Needle, it’s still a lovely tea & I’m sure my BBB sisters will enjoy it.


Yeah I’m about to drop some $ there soon.

Terri HarpLady

Glad I’m not alone! :)

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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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