2956 Tasting Notes

I drank a cup of this in bed, & now I’m having it again. My taste buds are wonky, due to allergies, so it’s not quite as delicious & a little more bitter than usual, with a sour quality, but that’s not the tea’s fault. I hate allergies.

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I added an oz of this with my last Verdant order. I hadn’t had it for awhile, & it seemed like a good idea for a change of pace. I’m not in love with it, but an occasional cup of it is nice.
Meanwhile, I posted some pics of my stash on FB:

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I just got home from playing a wedding. The acoustics in the church were so wonderful, & I love it when it’s like that. Every note means more, there is so much more nuance to every piece. I can reach levels of loud & soft that I can’t access in my living room, or in a place that is just average. Don’t get me wrong, I always love playing, in every venue, but something about a place with amazing acoustics makes the music ever more magical, at least for me. I experience extra things that can’t be described with words, I become more than myself, it’s my most favorite thing in the whole wide world. I love my job!

So before I return to Tony’s house, where I will dwell in my PJs until late sunday evening, I wanted to relax with one yixing session, & this was the tea I was thinking of. This is a tea that I have deemed Hoardworthy. Just the aroma of the dry leaf alone is a beautiful thing, & that dry leaf is a beautiful thing to look upon as well. Rich, roasty, & fruity, it is everything I want a Wuyi Oolong to be. I’ve written several reviews about it, & I’m tired, so I’m just gonna sit here & savor this as long as I can.


Hoardworthy. That’s high praise. :)



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I’ve been SO busy this week, but it was a good busy! The weather was beautiful all week, & Tony was in Michigan, so I spent every waking hour that I wasn’t teaching or playing in my garden, planting stuff! Broccoli, Brussels, Cauliflower, lettuces, various greens, radishes, turnips, beets, etc. In some cases I planted plants (instant garden!), & in other cases I planted seeds.

Needless to say, I’m so behind on my tea logging, that I’m just gonna post a list of the highlights from the last couple of days. I hope nobody will mind, but they are all teas I’ve reviewed pretty extensively by now, I think. In no particular order:
Double Knit Blend – more woody than I remember it
Premium Taiwanese Assam – so good
Devotea’s 1910 English Breakfast – So awesome with brekkie
Butiki’s The Black Lotus – ditto
Upton’s Russian Caravan – not as smokey as I seem to recall
Teavivre’s Rose Dian Hong – to share with a student
TTC’s 2005 aged songboling oolong – sipdown
YS’s Imperial Gold Needle (sipdown) & Imperial Mojiang golden bud
Verdant’s Zhu Rong Chai – my crockpot method reigns supreme!
Verd’s Fujian White Jasmine – with a friend
Peach Rooibos – trail lodge tea

This morning I had Teavana’s black dragon pearls, & I’m having Ms Stacy’s Irish Breakfast with my breakfast. I am hoping to play catch up on reading everyone’s reviews later today, but now I must rush off to play a wedding! It’s a beautiful day in St. Louis!


I’m gonna plant flowers today. I’m a little behind on my dahlias.


:(( it’s snowing here… jealous that you are already well into spring. Enjoy your time in your garden :))


In two months I’ll be whining about living on the face of the sun – but right now it’s beautiful outside and my dogs are behaving, I have a cup of Golden Fleece and am planting tubs of dahlias and zinnias and life is GOOD

Terri HarpLady

I grew up in San Diego, where the weather was in the 70s most of the time. I love the change of seasons, but I am absolutely certain that 77 F is the perfect temperature! :)

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What an awesome day! First off, I didn’t start teaching until 1:30, so I got a bunch of stuff done in my garden! I taught all afternoon, then went to the farmers market. There is a local chick making homemade coconut butter, & I love coconut butter. I usually get Artisana’s, but I think from now on I’ll be getting it from this gal. She has plain, but she also has naturally flavored ones, the lemon vanilla is heavenly…ahhh

Trail lodge tea, a local company, was also there today, so I stocked back up on this lemon rooibos, which is tasty, the peach Melba, & the ginger rooibos. I’ve been needing a few more non-caffeine teas for the evening, & this Lenin is especially nice.


I think you told me once—but where is the farmers’ market you frequent? It sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon.

Terri HarpLady

There are several in St. Louis, but the one I like is on wednesdays from 4 – 7pm in the parking lot of the schlafly bottleworks restaurant & brewery. The close of a section of the parking lot & set up the market there. It’s 5 minutes from my house in Maplewood.

Terri HarpLady

Take a roadtrip to StL, GG, & we’ll hang out!


Not sure when Life and All will allow that, but I would love to. It has been too long since we took off to have a Strictly Frivolous Day.

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Call me a cynic, because I am.
The Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe I’m drinking is not the one described on this page. That one was from 2 years ago. David searched to find that one. I don’t think I ever got to try it by itself, although it was in the first sample of Imperial Breakfast Summer Blend, which Bonnie was generous enough to share with me when I first joined Steepster.

I am also not drinking the current one that is offered on Verdant’s website. That one was grown by the Li Family, who’s daughter went to school with David. I don’t think he had to search very far to find it, but I’m glad he is friends with them, because they grow some wonderful teas!

So THIS one is from last year. I think the Li family also grew this, & I have plenty of it, so I should start drinking it more often. I haven’t had a chance to compare it to any of my other Big Red Robes, and I can’t even write a decent review about it today, because just as I was starting to drink it & breath in it’s rich aroma, my last student showed up, reeking of perfume. She is a new student, & last week she reeked so heavily that the money she gave me still reeks ;p.
But she is a nice older lady, so at the end of her lesson I explained to her that I have allergies & breathing issues, & am especially sensitive to perfumes, so would she please not wear any on the days she is coming to see me. She was very nice about it.
It will take hours to clear the air in my house, & I really can’t taste much of the tea.

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I’m still working my way through last year’s greens & whites, with a commitment to drink one of them every day of the week, with weekends being optional.
This is another TOMC tea from last June.
It brews to a lovely pale apricot, starting out with a light but creamy vanilla texture, & gradually becoming refreshing in a cucumber sort of way, almost like a light salad, LOL.

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I’m not feeling particularly descriptive today.
At breakfast I realized I wanted something with some smoke, & this one fit the bill nicely.

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
2956 tasting notes

Once again, I stayed up way too late, but it was fun! I started playing my harp around 10, & played until about 1:30, just savoring a mix of pieces I hadn’t played for awhile: A harp sonata, some debussy, & a few other things, plus reading through some pieces that I’ve had here for awhile, but haven’t learned yet. I think it’s important to be able to demonstrate pieces for your students, especially for the more advanced ones, & to at least familiarize myself with the ones I don’t play. Most harpists send their students to Youtube or audio recordings to become familiar with these pieces, & I use that tool also, because the truth is, unless you’re planning on putting a concert, it’s a lot of work to maintain every advanced piece you’ve ever played! Most of my gigs these days tend towards jazz, but I still love every piece I’ve ever known, & I play a lot of them as wedding preludes, but some of them are kind of way out there, so it’s good once in awhile to play through them, ironing out the rough spots. Plus, I just love playing the harp anyway, & there are so many amazing pieces to play. It’s always a treat just to play for myself, with no audience, except the universe.

Not much new to say about this tea. It really is tasty, & I enjoyed it, but that was hours ago!


Do you have any youtube videos of YOURSELF playing? I’d like to see/hear :)


she does! lol sorry to chime in….and it’s awesome. her song Serenity is truly amazing…i can’t believe she wrote that!! Terri, i think you’re a harp virtuoso! i could talk for hours about that song and how the chords are magical but i won’t freak people (or Terri) out haha.

Terri HarpLady

WOW! Thanks Pyarkaaloo!!
Stephanie, I have 1 video, which I recorded with my laptop & my iphone, hahaha. It took me weeks to finally post it, because I had to figure out how to cut from one view to the other :)
It’s a song I wrote called “Journey to Serenity”, & you can view it on the front page of my cob-web site www.harpsinger.net
There are also sound files from each of my CDs on the ‘my CDs’ page, if you want to hear them.
I really need to get my act together, update my website, add a bunch more videos, etc. I keep planning on it, but every day goes by, just like that! I even have a blog, but haven’t posted on it for a year…lol

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So admittedly, I’ve had this for awhile. I had to buy it, but then I never seemed to get around to sampling it. I have no idea why, it just didn’t happen.
The dry aroma is sour, & a little sweet, & brings to mind Umeboshi plums.
The tea itself? I don’t even know where to start! It’s reconstituted plums, it’s tobacco smoke, it hints at oolong/hujicha/coffee/sourdough, with a ‘shiny’ after feel, & an aftertaste that is powdered instant tea, which creeps up into the sinuses & hangs around somewhere in the soft palate. There is more, but I can’t put it into words. It’s very complex.


Ugh I love this one!

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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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