3091 Tasting Notes

I used this tea to refill my Kombucha crock yesterday evening, & it smelled so good that I decided to drink a cup this morning.

This tea starts out with what I would call a robust flavor that builds & thickens in layers on the tongue with each sip, developing an Old World Sourdough Rye kind of savory chewiness to it. There is some astringency, but not unpleasantly so, & there’s a gentle floral in the aftertaste that initially brought to mind honeysuckle, but as the cup cooled a bit it reminded me more of geranium. This tea feels especially wonderful in my throat, with a sweet & rich umami brothiness, & the chaqi is very lively in my head & throat.


I was on the YS site EARLY this morning and was looking at this. So now I must have some.

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This is a comforting & mildly sweet brew, perfect for a cool & dreary Fall day. For me, it brings to mind roasted winter squash, chestnuts, pepitas, persimmon, & whole grain bread crust. Add a soothing vanilla smoothness & a little camphor, & I think I’m in love.

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Given the choice, I prefer the Imperial Gold Needle Yunnan over this one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this one as well. I enjoy them both. This one is a more masculine gold needle than the other, more robust, not as golden in appearance, but still beautiful, not honey sweet, but still quite delicious. It provides a very satisfying malty rich cup,with a dark chocolate undertone. And who doesn’t love malt & chocolate?

I’m headed out to see my hand surgeon…hoping to get the pins removed today…


Good luck!


Sounds delicious. Hope things work out well with your appointment.


Good News! and abt tea, recently i find cravings in masculine teas. i blame it on weather and pu!


I hope your doctor appointment goes well!

Terri HarpLady

I got my pins out!! I also went to the hand therapist & got a new splint, this one is meant to bend my finger @ a 90 degree angle down from the knuckle. (Previously it was bent at 70 degree). The old splint was on the palm side of my hand, the new on is across the back of my hand, going out over the pinky to hold it down.
After I got the splint I had to go back over to the Doctor again, & he did take the pins out, but my finger isn’t bent enough, so I have to work on bending it more tonight, & go get the splint redone tomorrow. (And it hurt SO BAD getting it bent this far). Thus is life.


Glad to hear the pins are out, I hope the pain tones down quick!

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
3091 tasting notes

My first cup of the day, a very tasty fruity one.
My supply of Butiki teas is starting to dwindle, & I haven’t placed any orders. I’m not really interested in the newer flavored teas, except maybe caramel apple…
And I really should try Heaven’s Trash :)
I’d hate to miss out on a black blend!

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I’ve been neglecting my oolong tea collection lately, really for awhile. No real reason, except that I have a ridiculous amount of tea & I think in the hotter weather I don’t crave oolongs as much. During the early spring I find myself drawn to green teas & the greener more floral oolong types, & now that Fall is fully upon us, I found myself wanting a roast sweet oolong. At first I thought I’d go for a Big Red Robe, but then this one caught my eye. I am fortunate to have stashed a bit of this away, and I really need to start drinking it more often, because it is SO DAMN GOOD! It’s sweet & roast, kind of cakey, dark dried fruits, caramel, apples sautéed in a skillet until they are caramelized (I think I need to make some of those apples tonight, that sounds really good, it’s been too long…). There’s a bit of a charcoal essence, & incense too.

You could say this tea has a lot going on! And it does! Layer upon layer of nuance, revealing itself with each steep. I don’t think I’ve even tried a western style steep with this.
Maybe next time.

This is by far my most favorite Tieguanyin.


Sounds great. Aged oolongs can be really fascinating!


Was this one of the reserve oolongs Verdant offered a while back? I wish they had more aged TGYs – I love that flavour profile.

Terri HarpLady

This one was offered on their website last year for a brief amount of time.

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A pleasant tea of the afternoon while teaching from home. Sweet potato & a little malt.

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I’m getting down near the end of this one, & although I originally loved it & purchased large quantities, I’ve come to feel that it is best when it is fresh, & the flavors get a little stale after a month or so in the cupboard. This is no surprise to me, & one more reason that I am for the most part not a big fan of flavored teas.


This one in particular I think might lose its flavour easily. I’m convinced that the tea I got (a split where my half was in a baggie) pretty much lost its flavour before I even tried it.


That’s why I put mine into a canning jar.

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Charlotte Zero, who I haven’t seen for awhile, sent this to me several months back. This is the 2nd time I’ve tried it, & I’m just not really into it. I made sure the temp was right this time, but it’s just not working for me, it’s very bitter. Maybe I’ll try the last bit as a cold brew during my up & coming Sipdown Extravaganza. I haven’t set a date for that yet, I’m thinking I’ll start it on xmas day though, simply because all of my xmas gigs will be over with & I’ll have a few weeks off. What better time to sip your way crazily through 100 or so sip downs? In preparation, I’m amassing a pretty good collect, & it will be glorious!

The Cookie Lady

That Sipdown Extravaganza sounds like it will be so exciting! Christmas is the perfect time to meet up with old friends, whether they be humans or tea :)


Ah, I loved this when it was around. Your sample must be a few years old since RTR closed a while ago.

Terri HarpLady

R of Tea closed?


Rare Tea Republic… their offshoot

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Started the morning with one of my breakfast bowls, this one including some really pretty sweet potatoes (yellow orange almost tie die looking on the inside!) & multiplier onions, both from my garden, along with a pot of this one. I always enjoy a good breakfast blend.

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I love little 100G bricks like this, a nice manageable size.
This is a pleasantly sweet & thick mouthed tea, great for multiple steeping, and also reasonably priced.


I wish there were more of these, they are super convenient. Take up much less space than the bigger cakes and YS has always been a good steep.

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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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