3001 Tasting Notes

OMG, Stacy, this is the best Darj I have EVER tasted!
Please, sir, I want some more…

Butiki Teas

Hahaha! Glad you are enjoying it! :) This one feels like a Dajeeling Assam hybrid to me.

Terri HarpLady

I totally agree!

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I came home to discover that my Butiki order has arrived!!!
Yay!! I started this order a week ago, & Stacy asked me if I’d to sample some of the new teas, giving me a list of what I could choose from. I ended up buying an oz of each one, because they all sounded so amazing, & I’d rather get an oz than a 1 serving sample any day. So I basically doubled my order, LOL.

I immediately made a cup of this one. It’s rich with malt & chocolate, but also fruity & bright. I haven’t been drinking as many assams lately, & this is a welcome potent cup of awesomeness. Thanks Stacy! You can always count on me to buy more tea!


Sounds yummy!


I am so jealous Terri….so very jealous.


I really prefer to buy an ounce than only a small sample. I feel that I need to give each tea a fair chance, and multiple tests help to iron out some of the uncontrollable variables, making it possible for me to arrive at a relatively stable assessment.

Terri HarpLady

Sil: neener neener neener :p
Sherapop: Totally!

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I’m not going to go into any detailed reviews here, because it’s been a busy day. I managed to have a 2nd cup of tea before I left to play the wedding, a cup of Crimson Horizon.

Short story about the wedding: Usually I play solo, but today I played with trumpet, oboe, guitar, & 2 vocalists. It was a Catholic full mass, & I was suppose to play classical solos for the first 30 minutes while the guests were arriving. Then we all played together, in various combinations. The Oboe player is an older gentleman, & is friends with the bride’s family. He is very good, but maybe a little out in left field? While I was playing my solos, he was messing around with his oboe, making little nasal tweet sounds, with no regard for the solos I was playing. I’ve never had that happen with another musician. I kept thinking maybe I should politely ask him to knock it off, as it was distracting & disrupting. Did he realize I was suppose to be playing? Then the trumpet guy whispers to him, “hey man, why don’t you practice later? She’s playing, ya know?” So he stops, & they are whispering back behind me in the musicians area, which doesn’t bother me at all. Next thing you know, he’s back, making little squacks & sort of half-ass trying to play along with me. I looked over my shoulder at the trumpet guy, he shrugs & mouths, “I tried”.
Thank god, the wedding finally started. I also played a few solos at the end, but he was packing up to leave, so he left me to it.


So rude. :(

carol who

Really hard to believe, huh? Why would he be so rude/unaware?

Butiki Teas

Very rude. You would think as a musician he would know better.


Wow, that’s terrible!

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Finally, a decent cup of tea!
(breathes a sigh of relief)
Here is my story…
I enjoy incense, but NOT in my tea, as is evidenced in my reviews of the Earl of Anxi. I didn’t get to drink very much tea yesterday, & this morning I have to get ready for a wedding, so I won’t get to drink much either, so imagine my unhappiness when I started sipping my first cup of the day, Lord Petersham, & it tasted of perfume. WTF????

I dumped it, incredulous that it wasn’t the beloved lord of tea that I was looking for.
I made a cup of Persian Princess…same problem! !#)%&$^@)P$#KUW)R!@%$TPQL???
Then I realized there was some fine brown powder on the table, (I’m not very observant when I first wake up) & yes, it was incense power, as if somebody opened a box of incense there & didn’t bother to clean it up. Right next to the towel on the table where all my little tea pots, cups, spoons, strainers, & other paraphernalia await me while I sleep. Except for my yixings (thank god!!). They all live in my office.

So now, finally, I’m enjoying a cup of something that doesn’t taste like perfume. I love Nag Champa, but not in my tea! I brewed this cup in my office, with my office electric kettle, & later today when I get home from the wedding, I will be on a cleaning rampage, washing all my tea stuff that’s in the vicinity of the desecration, soaking them in baking soda water too.
Speaking of baking soda water, some of you might recall that about a month ago the mother of one of my students gave me a beautiful stainless steel tea caddy. Unfortunately, she must have stored something other than tea in there, as it reeked of perfume. I ignored it for awhile, but yesterday I decided it was time. I soaked & then washed it in soapy water, then I soaked & rinsed it in fresh water. It was sparkling clean, but I could still smell a perfume smell. So I soaked it in baking soda water for the rest of the day.
The good news? It smells like…nothing!!!
Except it’s on that towel on the table, but it’s upside down, so hopefully it won’t smell like nag champa.
I will probably let it dry for a month before I actually use it, just to make sure it’s really dry!
Anyway…This is a tasty & welcome Assam, & I’m grateful to enjoy it.

Butiki Teas

Oh no, incense contamination!


I cannot imagine how nasty that would taste!

carol who

LOL I’ve herbs get into my teas but that is not usually as pungent as a perfume/incense smell. Baking soda (like the simplest thing ever) does a wonderful job on cleaning so many things. So often, I forget about it except as something to stick into the back of the refrigerator.

Terri HarpLady

The good part is that it wasn’t in the bag of tea itself, although I still can’t figure out how it contaminated my cup.

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Final cup of the evening.
I never think I’m going to enjoy this one, but really, with a little sweetener it is pretty tasty. A nice little dessert cup.

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drank Dandelion by PureAromaTea
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It is the evening, & I’m not quite ready to quit drinking tea just yet, but I’ve really been cutting back on my caffeine lately, & admittedly, I’ve been sleeping so much better!

Sil sent me this, once upon a time (a couple of boxes ago…her most recent box will be the death of me). Tonight seems like the perfect night to drink it. We’re suppose to have severe storms all night, & although we had a little wind earlier, & I just heard thunder, we haven’t had much rain yet tonight. I’m staying in, trying to get caught up on a few things at my desk & then hopefully going to bed early.

I eat dandelions for breakfast. You might laugh, & think that as a gardener, I’m just saying that as a threat to any dandelions that might be thinking of springing up in my garden, but actually, I really do eat them for breakfast this time of year. In fact, I selectively allow them to grow, & then when they look just right, & twist them out with as much of the root included as possible. They make a great frittata, especially if you include some of the flowers too. They are amazingly good for your liver, & although they can be a little bitter, we need a little bitterness in our lives to help us enjoy the sweetness that life also has to offer. I have a friend that goes to the park every morning & digs them up, taking the roots home & roasting them for tea. I’ve never roasted my own roots, but I do enjoy roasted dandelion tea (& roasted chicory as well), so naturally I thought this would be the roasted root. It’s not. It’s the leaf & stems. Oh well. It’s not as satisfying as the root tea would be, but it’s not bad. More of a delicate herbal, & would probably be nice mixed in with some lemon balm, mint, or other delicate herbals of that nature.


I really need to try sticking to a no caffeine after noon policy!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been trying to cut caffeine out after 6pm, LOL.
But I’ve also been drinking more re-steepable teas, like chinese greens, oolongs, & puerh, so I like to think I’m taking in less caffeine in the long run. Maybe?

Terri HarpLady

As an aside, I have trouble getting myself to go to bed anyway, as my true creative energy wakes up around 10pm. I just spent the last half hour at my harp, trying to work out I am the Doctor & Hedwig’s Theme for a wedding I’m doing next weekend. Now I want to spend the next 2 or 3 hours practicing, but the rest of the house is trying to sleep…sigh…


Now that is a wedding I want to go to!


Beautiful! I love hearing about eating flowers, and I think it’s something I’ll definitely have to look into more.

Terri HarpLady

I enjoy dandelions. The other day I made a salad & added a handful of violets to it. I guess I should try making some violet tea!

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I can’t believe I still have this tea. It was in the first TTB I was part of, over a year ago!
As far as rose teas go, it’d decent. I made a pot of it to share with one of my students today, & I think she really enjoyed it.

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This has been a rough & non-productive week for me, for the most part. My desk is piled high with unfinished business, I did almost nothing in my garden all week. OK, I did pick some asparagus, onions, & lettuces, & today I finally went out there for an hour & weeded the gazebo, where hopefully tomorrow I’ll plant grapes & kiwi’s. But that’s really pretty much it. Allergies suck!

This tea, on the other hand, is a lovely oasis of delight. I sipped it over the afternoon, & I know I should give some description of it, but I’m brain dead, & I just can’t think of anything to say. Except it is lovely.


You can grow kiwis where you are??? Come to think of it, I have no idea what kind of plant produces kiwis. I’d always imagined a palm-like tree…

Terri HarpLady

The Kiwi’s that will grow in the midwest are also referred to as Kiwi Berries. They are smaller, self-pollinating (although I bought 2, just in case), can handle the freezing weather, & aren’t fuzzy like the ones that come from Down Under. You don’t have to peel them, & they are also suppose to be sweeter, & higher in Vitamin C. They grow on a vine, & I planted them before, but didn’t give them a big enough trellis, & didn’t know what I was doing when it came to pruning them, so I accidentally killed the plant, LOL. We live, we learn, right? I still don’t know what I’m doing, but I think I have a better understanding than before.

I’m planting them on a wrought iron gazebo that’s about 7 feet tall. It has 6 trellis panels, so I’m going to alternate red grape, kiwi, something else…still not sure what, but thinking of passion flower, which makes an edible fruit & grows here…then another red grape, another Kiwi, & another of whatever I end up using for the 3rd fruit. The visual image is of course to be able to go into the gazebo & have all these amazing fruits hanging down, plus a little summer shade. Last year I grew cucumbers on some panels. We’re still eating the cultured dills. My basement frig (nicknamed the Laboratory) has at least a dozen full jars still, along with jars of kimchi, sauerkraut, & other culturing experiments. Also on the Gazebo last year I grew various green beans, sugar snap peas. Underneath all that I had salad greens, radishes, turnips, beets, & parnips. I still have leeks in some of the beds.


Your garden sounds amazing! I just tried kiwi berries a few months ago. They’re really good. Good luck with them this year… :-)

Terri HarpLady

Really? I’ve never seen them in the store, so I’m just going by what I read.
It will be a few years before I actually get any fruit, but I have learned that time goes by quickly, & I’ve already put this project off for a few years. If I hadn’t, I’d be eating them this summer…sigh…


Oddly enough, Trader Joe’s here had them. I’m in the Napa Valley, so we always have a great selection of produce in our grocery stores. They did look and taste very much like kiwifruit (only very small, of course). They seemed to go from perfectly ripe to overripe very fast, though…

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to check the local trader joe’s, just to see if they have them too.

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
3001 tasting notes

I made a cup of this, using 4 pearls for 4 minutes, & really it was perfect in that moment.

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Time to rehash my day, through tea :)
This was the gong fu cha of the morning. The black leaves are small & tightly twisted, with an aroma of chocolate.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec
This first round of 3 steeps featured roasted grain, sorghum molasses, & a quickly building satisfying mouth of hot cocoa, with an unbelievably creamy texture.
In the 2nd round of steepings the flavors began to fade, until I was left with sweet wood & a slight lingering incense feel.
A perfect start to my day :)

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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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