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2496 Tasting Notes

Thank you to Lee for sharing some of this tea with me. I do enjoy a good shui xian, & today is the perfect day for a cozy tea such as this one. We are having spring thunderstorms on & off, so the air is heavily humid, with that gloomy overcast kind of sky that makes me just want to go back to bed. I only have one more student today, & not until 4:30, which makes this a perfect afternoon to do a variety of small projects at my desk, while sipping an endless stream of teas! My kind of day!

When I opened the bag this tea came in & breathed in its sweet & floral essence, every voice in my head (especially Ms Theresa’s) said, “Yixing”. But I followed the suggestions of 1.5 Tb to 16 oz for 2 minutes. It was tasty, with a gentle essence of a creamy caramel flan with maybe a little burnt brown sugar on top, but I honestly wish I’d either used less water or a longer steep, so I switched the leaf over to my yixing for the resteeps.
We live, we learn :)

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I shared several steepings of this one this morning with my student who loves green teas.
This helps in my efforts to drink a green or white tea each day.
This one was part of Oct TOMC, & it’s lovely. The first steep is a creamy soymilk soup, with light greens, then it builds more of a green bean quality. The later steeping reminded me today of 2 things: The sensation of mint (but not the taste), & the taste of Wakame or Kombu.

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We’re in full storm mode today, which I’m rather enjoying, to be honest. I tend to like chaotic weather, although it makes me feel lazy & just want to sleep, or lay in bed reading. I went to bed this morning at 1am, only to awaken at 5:30 to the sound of tornado alarms going off in a distant neighborhood. Gradually closer alarms went off, & then they gradually faded. I consulted my weather app, & apparently a tornado touched down in U City, which is about 3 or 4 miles north of my neighborhood. Otherwise we all had fairly strong winds, rain, & hail. No damage done here. Not sure about U (that’s University) City, but I’ll check in with friends up there.

I almost got up, thinking “now I’m awake”, but I ended up going back to sleep & not waking up until 9:40!! I start teaching at 10, so this was my first teapot of the day, something strong & bold to awaken my groggy mind & senses, & it was good!


Storms! I miss storms, we are still in winter mode up here haha, no storms until around June, I don’t mind them as long as they are not severe and don’t cause damage. Oh and no tornadoes!


I so did not want to go to work today. Lovely thunder all night and rain most of the day.

Robert Godden

I’ve made a note to recommend this tea for stormy weather. Thanks!

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Tea Explorer sent me a generous sample of this one! The pieces of brick are very sturdy, like compost that has been pressed & aged, or like those old style adobe bricks, dried in the sun. I put a 4G chunk in my Yixing that is dedicated to shengs, gave it a couple of rinses, & off we go!

I’ve been sipping it for several hours, & I can see why it might go well will yak butter, as it is traditionally served, as it is a more robust but smooth tea, with a nice deep color of those chewy brown caramels you can buy, & a flavor that is smooth & kind of buttery on it’s own, & a little sweet. I’m a little short of Yak Butter, so I’m just drinking it plain. There is a taste to it that almost reminds me of roasted barley, & a light smoke. That’s all I’ve got for now!


“Very sturdy” might be an understatement. It took the better part of five minutes to chisel off that sample with my puer knife. I probably should have grabbed a fresh hacksaw blade instead =:-O

Terri HarpLady

The way it looks kind of reminds me of a Heath Bar :)


It’s looks reminded me of some nondescript food item from a MRE. I like your imagination better :)

Terri HarpLady

Got any Yak butter?

Terri HarpLady

No way! Seriously? LOL, where did you get THAT?

Terri HarpLady

Not that I’m actually planning on getting any, since I’m allergic to milk products (from cows, goats, & sadly, sheep. I imagine I’d be allergic to yak & camel milk too)


It’s dehydrated and powdered, I am sure it’s not as good as the real thing. If I recall it came from Aliexpress somewhere.

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I warmed up my 4oz teapot & dropped 5G of this tea into it, just to let the leaf warm up, & I was rewarded with the aroma of milk chocolate & honey!
Then I steeped it for 15/30/45/60 seconds, etc & every cup was delicious, starting with cream & honey, then malto-meal & honey. Thanks to Tea Explorer for sharing this one with me!


I’m glad you enjoyed this. It was one of my favorite “finds” from YS after ordering a bunch of Yunnan and Fujian blacks from them.

Terri HarpLady

I love getting teas from YS, especially their Fujian blacks.

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Not much to say here. I shared this pot of tea with one of my students this afternoon. I do prefer 2nd flush to first, & I wish I had more to share about this tea, but there is enough to drink it again, so hopefully next time I’ll have more to say. Overall, my student really enjoyed it, & I didn’t dislike it.

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Another BBBB offering from Sil. I enjoyed a pot of this while teaching my Skype student, but I accidentally used a little too much leaf, so I added a splash of vanilla almond milk, and problem solved. The rest goes into the sipdown box, as there is just enough for one more cup.

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I’m continuing my commitment to drink a green or white tea each day. This is a lovely spring green! I’m getting ready to do a skype lesson with one of my students (yes, I even teach on skype, although I prefer facetime. Anybody want piano or harp lessons? :D


That’s awesome. I love Skype. :D

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It looks like there are 2 listings for this tea, one as French Breakfast, & one as French Breakfast Tea. Se la Vie… (I don’t speak french, so I probably spelled that wrong).

This is an offering from Sil in the BBBB. I feel as if I’m drinking a croissant glazed with dark chocolate, & there is even a slight coffee bitterness to it, & it is wonderful with breakfast: Asparagus, poached eggs, & crispy lardons, sprinkled with dill, chives, dried shallots, white pepper, & pink Himalayan salt). There is just enough of this for one more cup, so it goes into the sipdown box, for some future extravaganza. Unless somebody would like to sample it?

I was going to head out into the garden for an hour, but suddenly we’re having a spring storm, which is fine with me. I love storms & I can garden tomorrow!


Sounds like a delicious breakfast!


sooo nommy


I love asparagus and eggs!

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
2496 tasting notes

I’m starting the day off with a sipdown of one of the BBBB teas, compliments of Tasty Brew. A nice smooth cup, rich & mouth filling, with a pleasantly deep sweetness, & a bright fruity finish. So often tea companies have descriptions for their teas that are way over the top, but this company seems pretty down to earth, using words like molasses & mango, & I taste where they are coming from.


oooh i need to try this soon!

Terri HarpLady

In my opinion, it likes a long steep, like 5min…just sayin’!

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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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