3005 Tasting Notes

I’m trying to drink a green or white tea each day, so today it is this one, from last May’s TOMC. The tea features huge bud sets, stems, & leaves in shades of pale off white, beige, sage, cream, gray, & Black.
5G + Test Tube steeper (I love that thing!) X 5 sec = Immediately sweet & creamy, with a texture of lightly soured cream, and/or a white sourdough bread.
5sec = A fuller version of the first steep, with a slightly chalkie quality added
5sec = Sweet, with an almost cheesy = yeasty after tase & feeling, like a more robust & tangy mature sourdough.
10sec/15sec/20sec = Admittedly, these next 3 steeps became a little boring for me, gradually becoming more savory, with a rocky quality in the final cup.

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Morning Black tea gongfu session!
The leaf is a deep redish black, with mahogany highlights, & a dry aroma that is faintly tart.
The warmed leaf brings to mind Plums.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15sec = Congee rice
30 sec = A rich, almost Meaty broth
45sec = A richer broth, with Plums added. A nice tongue tingle!
1min = A satisfying sensation is present, both in the mouth & in the body. A slight bitterness, but in a good tart kind of way, just around the edges. The Chaqi is soothing, I feel very peaceful.
2min = an herbaceous quality, somewhat like eucalyptus, joins in.
3min+ = I accidentally forgot to set the timer, so who knows how long this steep really went? Anyway, this is reminding me, in some ways, of Master Han’s Wild picked Black, not so much in flavor, as in savory qualities & energy.
4min = The body of the tea is gone, leaving behind a vague sweet plum essence.
5min = One final cup. I can really feel the energy of this tea, swirling around my head. My eyes have quit watering, my ears are no longer itchy. I’d like to believe that teas such as this one are my cure for allergies, the elixir of life itself, but it’s probably just my imagination…
running away with me… ;)


I feel like the teas I drink are so pedestrian compared to yours – you have so many interesting ones.

Terri HarpLady

I’d be glad to drop some samples in the mail :)

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This is not the new Huang Zhiang, it is a sample that came in foil, one of the verdant tea reward sample packages. The label reads, “High Mountain Dancong Huang Zhixiang”
& it is from at least a year ago. I had a few of these, & this is the last one, so it’s also a sipdown! I had planned to drink it during my upcoming Sipdown Extravaganza, but momentarily forgot, plus I didn’t want to open the newer Huang Zhi Xiang until this one was gone, so now it will be!

I used the entire 7G sample, in an Earthen Gaiwan (from Butiki), with 2 rinses, & 3 second steeps.
The dry aroma spoke of juicy fruits & orange blossoms, which is nice, since this translates to “Orange Blossom Fragrance”.
I warmed up the leaf & the aroma became richer, thicker.
The early steepings were mild & roasty, lightly sweet.
I was going to document all of the steepings, but to be honest, I was also teaching, so it didn’t happen…
Wood, incense, fruit, even a little chocolate at one point…
I’m in the later steeps, & there is a creamy quality, with an aftertaste that lingers forever, as if I ate a sweet red grapefruit. It isn’t just an after-taste, it’s an after sensation as well, where my mouth feels kind of puckery, like I ate citrus fruit. And this is the most open my sinuses have been all day, filled with an after-aroma.
I’d like to keep drinking, but Tony is fixing me dinner, so I’m done for now. Maybe later I’ll rinse the leaves to reheat them, & drink some more.

This is one of those teas that I initially didn’t care for. This is one of those teas that requires more tea & very short steeps, otherwise it quickly becomes bitter, in the way that the white pith of citrus fruits is bitter & tangy.


I think I need some Dancong tomorrow, sounds good


Terri – Nice review! I’ve been waffling over ordering this. I think I’ll put an ounce or two on my upcoming order. Thanks!

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A nice fruity after lunch tea, today this is reminding me of plum oolong, without a doubt. There is a slight tartness, a light roastiness, & even a hint of cinnamon! The mouth is juicy & kind of creamy at the same time.


YUM! That sounds delicious.

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My green tea of the day, this is one that I have not had a particularly good relation with. I originally tried using the cup method, where you blow away the leaves & occasionally add more water, & I have never had good luck with that method. The tea always becomes terribly bitter & astringent. Today I went with the short steepings, which I much prefer, & this has probably been my most favorite session with this particular tea ever, which is interesting because I’m having horrible allergies today, with a throbbing head & aching lungs, feeling very irritable, & yet this tea session was a lovely little break from the norm.

4G + test tube steeper X 176F
3 sec – Today I’m really getting the rosewater reference, & a gentle creamy quality
3 sec – A little more savory green-ness, like delicate pea shoots, which I often grow in the windowsill during late winter, as a salad & stir fry addition.
3 sec a little bitter, but kind of head clearing, almost like a young sheng.
I combined the next 3 steeps of 6/9/12 sec in a jar, as my stomach had enough for now. The jar is in the frig, chilling out for later.
I have a new appreciation for this tea, which by the way is from last spring’s harvest, TOMC May.

Edit: Did I mention that I have asparagus & lettuces happening in my garden? I ate the first asps on friday, & today for lunch I had a salad of red sails lettuce, parsley, green onion, & violets, lightly dressed with balsamic pear vinegar, olive oil, & pink salt. With that I had a can of olive oil packed yellow fin, & I a pile of asparagus & spring onions, steamed lightly in a little bit of this tea. It made for a beautiful composed salad plate, & I drank the rest of this tea, chilled. It was refreshing, with a slight citrus edge as if there were a squeeze of lime.


It must be so lovely to have a garden, a definite drawback of city life!

Terri HarpLady

It is really nice! I am basically just outside St. Louis city limits, in the first suburb, Maplewood. So it’s not like I’m out in the country, or anything like that, but I am lucky to have a double lot, so there’s lots of room for growing things :)

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I thoroughly enjoyed these pearls today. They are sweet & malty, just what I needed!


I want to love these more than I d, especially since I have a whole tin. Maybe they will taste better to me another day.

Terri HarpLady

I always used more pearls than recommended. Today I think I went with 6 pearls for 3 minutes. I meant to resteep for 5min, but got sidetracked, & by the time I realized it, the cup was cold :\

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Today I gave this one the gongfu treatment, as my first tea of the day.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec These were pleasant steeps. Sometimes lately some flavors are sort of not pleasing to me as much, including the bug bite taste & the hoppy taste, & this tea is of that variety.
1/2/3/4/5 min Really a light tea, which didn’t really uphold so much for the later steeps, but it was worth a try, right?

Next time I’ll try a different pattern with this one: 1min/2/3/4 or something like that.

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I’m ending the day with this Rooibos blend. It’s nicely spiced, like a chai.

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Enjoying a cup of this creamy mellow lemon tea.
The baseball game has deteriorated, IMO anyway. It is now tied 2 – 2 in the 8th…sigh…

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I enjoyed the green/white/floral blend, but I really want something more robust, so I’m trying again, this time with a favorite. Although I’m still getting bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste, I’m noticing that it is predominantly right in the center of my tongue, so I’m trying to slurp around the sides, if that makes sense.

I am thoroughly enjoying this cup. It’s more acidic & bitter than usual, like everything else I’m drinking, but it’s also sweet, chocolate, yum.


The slurping around the sides comment cracked me up. It sounds like something I would try too.

Terri HarpLady

We do what we must!

Dag Wedin

haha :) Been detouring onto the verdant website a couple of times lately working myself up to making an order. Just waiting on the laoshan black to be availible! Any recommendation on blends would be much appreciated. I do enjoy blends on occasion, although the teablends availible in sweden are of remarkably low quality…..
Would be fun to try some really good ones and treat guests that do not enjoy straight teas! Most swedes drink only fruity blends… Perhaps because mostly its the only teas availible.

Terri HarpLady

My favorite blends from verdant (in no particular order)
laoshan black chocolate genmaicha
Vanilla citrus spice
Campfire blend (no caffeine)
Sichuan Caravan
Imperial Breakfast
Their various Chai’s
Those are the ones I try to keep on hand, or at least pick up a bag of once in awhile when they have them in stock. I’ve also enjoyed, but rarely purchase:
Eight treasures Yabao (both winter & spring)
Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black
Laoshan Genmaicha
I also enjoyed the chrysanthemum puer sample I tried awhile back, but I have dried chrysanthemum flowers & plenty of puer here, so if I want that, I can easily do it on my own.

Several of the above blends are currently out of stock, but if you want me to makeup a sample box for you, I’d be glad to send it! I have all of the ones on the first list here, & a few from the 2nd list. :)

Dag Wedin

Thank you terri that would be very nice!
PM coming your way. :)

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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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