2958 Tasting Notes

I should be in bed asleep by now, since I have to get up at 5am, but I just finished making my breakfast & lunch for tomorrow & cleaning up the kitchen, & I wanted to share a few comments regarding this tea.

My beautiful little black yixing arrived from Camelia Sinensis, along with 2 cups I ordered, & they are all adorable. I had a little free time, so I started the seasoning process, using Verdant’s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong smoked wuyi black.

Also included in the package was a free & generous sample tin of this tea (or at least I think it is this one). I opened the tin, & the fragrance is sweet, floral, fruity, & almond-like.
It steeped into a golden liquor, both floral & fruity, with flavors of Honeysuckle, Vanilla, almond milk, & lychee.
A very lovely afternoon session.

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Stopping by briefly to say I miss you guys!
I’ve been so busy this week, I can’t think, so here is a list of some of the teas I’ve been drinking:
Jinggu Golden Strand Pure Bud – YS
Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea – Teavivre
Master Han’s Wild picked Yunnan Black – Verdant
Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black – Teavivre
Zhu Rong – Verdant
Shiva’s Breakfast – Butiki
Premium Taiwanese Assam – Butiki
Imperial Moijiang Golden Bud Yunnan Black – YS
Bolder Breakfast – the Tea Spot
Yunnan Purple Beauty Black tea – YS
And probably some other ones, but that’s the teas I remember.

I’ve written actual reviews on all of these before, so that’s all I got!


i miss tea…


I like this post format! I might steal this idea for when I’m too busy, too. :)


Miss you too :)


Oh, the woes of the working world…not enough time for anything but Steepster fly-bys!

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I’m roasting San Marzano tomatoes & it’s 11pm.
I got up at 5am, & as soon as the tomatoes have come out of the oven & had a chance to cool down a little, I’ll put them in the frozen & go to bed.
Today was the first day of me actually having a day job (outside of 30 private students & various gigs), & really, it was kind of fun. It’s good to see all of the people I used to work with, & the kids in my class seem like nice ones. I started the day with a pot of Devotea’s 1910, then filled 2 – 20oz klean Kanteen thermal thingies (which keep your tea hot for 6 hours!!), filled one with Zhu Rong, which I enjoyed all morning, & the other with Verdant’s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, which I enjoyed all afternoon.
Then I came home just in time to teach private students for a couple more hours, & drank several steepings of this Shu, which Garret generously shared tuocha samples of.
I don’t have a lot to say. The rinse water smelled fishy, but the actual tea did not! It was creamy & chocolatey, & downright tasty. It also gave me a nice lift, as I was really dragging when I first got home.


I need to try Temple Stairs some day :)



Hi! These mini’s are super young (the pressing just happened in March) and the blend itself is quite young, too (fermented in 2013). I’m glad you got to try them. That rinse mushroomy, briny, sea water smell will dissipate quickly in the coming months. It’s pretty tell-tale that it only has that aroma in the rinse.

Had you tried the loose leaf version of this same blend? It is (for now) aging better than the pressed versions, but will be eating the dust of the cakes and minis within a year or two as far as complexity and flavor development. I’m excited about this tea.

I hope others are too, or I’ll be drinking it for this lifetime and the one after that, too :)

Wishing you great joy,

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
2958 tasting notes

Tony still has some Tazo Chai in his cupboard, so I might as well enjoy a cup. It’s pleasantly spicy, good with a tad of sweetener, & fine without any kind of milk added.
Also drank today: a cup each of Elderberry & Nettles.

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I took up knitting about a month ago, & last night I finished making my first pair of socks!!

This is a lovely tea, especially lightly sweetened. It’s bold enough to be satisfying, with a touch of vanilla, chocolate, & orange. I drank it while Tony & I were watching Winter’s Tale.


Congrats on finishing your first knitting project!

Terri HarpLady

This is actually project #3. First it was washrags & dishrags,& I’m still making those too, then I started working on squares for an eventual afghan, using a variety of patterns, kind of a sampler. I’ll be working on that for awhile.
Then I got to make my first pair of socks!
It feels very gratifying :)


Cozy knitted socks! That’s great!


Socks after only a month of knitting? So impressive!! They look great :)


Awwww, terri your feet are so cute!!

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I love single varietal teas so much, but I also enjoy a good blend, particularly a good breakfast blend. This one is unusual in that most breakfast blends tend towards 2 or more black teas that have various features which, when combined, create a balanced cup.
This one includes white, oolong, & shu puerh in the mix, along with 2 black teas that I love. The results is a complex & complementary cup of awesomeness: chocolate, malt, sweetness, a little tangy, with a thick satisfying mouth.

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I’m enjoying this one in bed, first cup of the day. Nothing fancy, but a good yunnan black, & I’m a sucker for novel shapes, as long as the tea tastes good.
It feels good to just relax a bit, as I’ve been on the go all week, & starting Monday life as I have known it for the last several years (we’re talking laid back pajama wearing tea drinking gardening cooking eating harp playing & teaching bliss) will suddenly change.
I’ve done it before…I can do this…a little extra $$$ will be nice!
The hardest part will be leaving the house at 6:00am.
I’ll need tea
Lots of tea!

Cameron B.

One of my favorite things about snail teas is that they’re so easy to measure!

I wish you luck with getting up early, that’s always hard for me. >.<


LOTS of tea! I might need a bit of snaily myself right now

carol who

What the heck is snail tea?

Terri HarpLady

Carol, Bi Luo Chun translates to something like spring snail, describing the rolled up shape of the leaf. Here’s the link to the one I drank this morning:

Here’s the link to the one I like even more, so beautiful & delicious:


I feel yet another YS order coming on. Terri did you get the brocade-looking yixing?

Terri HarpLady

It hasn’t arrived yet…


sigh. It’s soooooooo pretty

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Oh, hello rich earthy cup!
This has been a very long day.
First I had to go by Metro High to pick up a harp that I had placed there a few years ago for a student that was attending there. He graduated in spring, & I’ll need that Harp!
Then I went to Carr Lane, the school I’m teaching at, & got to work about 9am.
I had to move 9 harps from the far wing of the building, where they have been stored in a closet, but first I had to move a bunch of junk out of the closet, because they were in the very back. I use a dolly, & I should have turned on my pedometer, cuz I’m pretty sure I walked at least a couple of miles today!
Once the harps were moved, I had to clear all the junk out of my classroom. The previous teacher had that room for years, & she retired & left tons of stuff in there. I moved it all into the empty classroom next door, which is where everyone is putting stuff they don’t want.
That took hours, & more walking. Now I have an empty closet, lots of open shelf spaces, my harps are lining the walls, & although there’s still a ton of stuff to do, I should be good to go for the first day of classes, & I can do the other things (like spray & wipe the entire room with Ms Meyers clean day – Lemon Verbena, empty the desk drawers that are full of junk, redo the bulletin boards, etc) a little at a time.

I’m on the 2nd steep of this tea. I came home, had the first steep while I taught a student, had a rehearsal with my flute player for 2 hours, drank this 2nd cup, & I’m done for the day.
Teas I brought to school with me:
The Black Lotus
Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha
I was there for 7 hours. That wasn’t enough tea!


You should try cold steeping it. I’ve never had Teavivre’s but the Hao Ya from my local shop is super minty and refreshing when cold steeped.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm….I might have to give that a try. Thanks!

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I’ve enjoyed this tea, with it’s rich & tart flavors, and now it’s gone! Already?
I even dribbled a little of it into my pan to steam some kale for breakfast :)
Now I need to brew 2 teas to go, cuz I’m headed out the door to set up my classroom!!


Have fun setting up your classroom :). Exciting! Teaching is A LOT of work (which I’m sure you know), but I had fun the semester I taught a class.

Terri HarpLady

It’s always fun to see the faces of these kids when they walk into a room with 10 harps lining the walls! Most of them have never seen a harp before :D


Awesome! :)

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It’s been a long & busy day, & so much still to do before I go to bed.
I’ve been drinking this tea all evening. The dry leaf, in shades of green & gray, has a fresh & sweet kind of aroma that brings to mind a spring rain. Although I was expecting a potent brash raw taste, the early steepings were very mild & creamy, & the flavor gradually built to an almost fruity taste. This is a lovely sheng, with potent energy.

Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for the generous sample!

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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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