3046 Tasting Notes

I allowed myself the luxury of sleeping as long as I wanted/needed to today, laying there, coming in & out of consciousness until 10. I could actually probably sleep until noon, but I do have 2 weddings to play at today, one at 1:30, the other at 5:00, with quite a bit of driving in between, so I figured I’d better get rolling.

This is a lovely & sweet tea, with a rich flavor & fragrance: hay, malt, sweet potato, caramel. No blaring brass, not particularly bassy, I’d say it’s a woodwind quarter, with maybe a little cello & viola thrown in.

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Delicious! This is reminding me of an earthy oval tine on the 3rd steep! Peat, milk, light chocolate. An aromatic wood, maybe cedar, joins the ensemble after a few steeps, gradually building, with a lingering sensation in the front sinuses, & a building third eye energy. My mouth & throat are all a tingle, with a vics vaporub camphor/eucalyptus sensation too.
It’s a very potent 5th, 6th, & 7th chakra opening mind blower.
And now I think I’ll go play my Harp for awhile.

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
3046 tasting notes

This is a sample from Stephanie. It was tasty, a little tart, buttery & green, & little floral.
Although it isn’t something I’d ever feel compelled to include in my collection, it was a nice change of pace, & pleasant to drink while teaching.

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Still watering the garden. I planted 5 different varieties of Sweet Potatoes this year. Some of them are showing great signed on productivity! Others don’t appear to be all that robust. No matter, I’ll enjoy whatever I get. I’m hoping the first frost takes it’s sweet time, to give them as long as possible to grow. This is the biggest sweet potato crop I’ve ever planted, & I’ve been thinking recently that I really need to figure out where I’m going to store them all this winter, because I could really end up with ALOT of sweet potatoes (which is a good thing, I eat one almost every day, they are SO good).

Breakfast was leftover fajitas from last night, with an egg on top, & a pot of this tea. It seemed like a good pairing for something spicy, & it was! Rich & smokey, a little sweet, & rather bold. A very big contrast from the purple tea gongfu session. I will say that it is tasting kind of woody to me today, but I probably over-tea-ed a bit, while I’m doing all this multi-tasking.

My first cooking project of the day is well underway: slow roasted tomatoes. I’m using a mix of Italian paste, & my beloved San Marzanos, drizzled with olive oil & salt. They’ll be in the over at 300 for about the next 3 hours or so. Now back to the garden.


bet you never spell it wrong again.


Talk about a sweet potato extravaganza haha. I wonder how much they differ from each other.

Terri HarpLady

Starfevre, don’t count on it, cuz I don’t really care if it offends anybody. That’s their problem, not mine. I know it’s actually spelled ‘a lot’, but when I’m typing I don’t really care. Sometimes my spell checker fixes it, sometimes it doesn’t.

Fjellrev, some are sweeter, some are starchier. There’s the japanese kind that are almost purple outside & white inside, I think there’s a cuban one that is yellow on the inside, there’s a white sweet potato (really more of a cream color), an orange one, & a darker orange one, I think. The lighter they are, the more starchy they are, but they are still way sweeter than white potatoes. I’m excited :)


Ooh, I love the Japanese ones. I can get them fairly inexpensively here, and when I see them I make sure and buy a bunch!


That’s awesome that you’re going to have such variety like that! I’ve been meaning to try the purple ones but keep wimping out.

Terri HarpLady

The japanese ones are especially nice diced up for hash browns as a sub for regular taters, and really awesome diced up, fried in coconut oil, & sprinkled with cinnamon…yum yum yum!

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I’ve had trouble getting myself to wake up this morning, & would still like to go back to bed, but I goofed off for most of tuesday (the day I usually do a lot of food prep for the rest of the week), & there is just SO MUCH that needs to be done. So I got up at 8:00, dropped my car off to get a new alternator belt & check a few things, walked home, & started watering my seriously neglected garden. I’m using the small sprinkler method, where I set up a sprinkler somewhere, do a little weeding nearby, move the sprinkler, come in & drink a steep or 2 of tea, move sprinkler, pick something like tomatoes, or graze on raspberries (that was actually one of the first things I did). I’ve been doing this for the last hour or so, during which time I sipped a cup of bone broth laced with a pinch of salt & crushed homegrown garlic, sipped a smaller cup of my Elderberry Kombucha (it’s SO good!), & sipped several steepings of this tea, which is from the spring of 2014 .

I’ve really been enjoying the wild purple varietals of tea for awhile now. I think I have 4 or maybe 5 in my collection (not counting purple puerh). They are not a tea I drink all the time, because I feel like it’s the kind of tea I want to really take my time with.
This one has a dry aroma of tart plums, & once the leaf is warmed, it becomes fruity & rich, even a little malty, like some kind of baked plum dessert. That alone is a beautiful thing, just breathing the aroma from my tiny teapot. After lingering for a few breaths, it’s time to drink some tea! The tea itself starts out reminding me of congee rice, only sweeter, with a brothy quality as well. Through multiple steepings it blooms into full flavors.It is sweet, it is tangy, plumy good, with a Eucalypus sensation, an awesome tongue tingle, & a growing strong & peaceful energy that is perfect for just putting one foot in front of another: Walk to garden, move hose, pick something, enter house, pour more tea & savor. Repeat. Don’t forget to breath deeply. This is my morning.


I got some berry notes on this one when I iced it down.

Terri HarpLady

hmmm, I might have to try it iced some time.

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Here is the September offering for Jalam’s tea club, which features a different 100G puerh cake each month. I love that size of cake :) Most of the teas have been sheng, but a few have been Shou, with this being one of them. Today was my first sampling of this one, which started out with an immediate sweetness & graininess, like boston brown bread, sweetened with molasses. It quickly developed a cream taste & quality, somewhere in the middle it tasted kind of like copper, followed by a kind of sour rye taste, and although that might seem weird to some of y’all, I’ve been enjoying every steep. Now it’s a sweet

There was nothing funky about this cake at all, no weird tastes or smells. It has a very clean quality, a strength to it, & immediately I felt great energy spreading throughout my body, revitalizing me from head to toe!


Sounds neat!

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I haven’t been drinking as many Assam teas lately. I tend to be more focused on Chinese teas, as I love their flavor profiles, but I do also enjoy a good assam, & this is one. A little bit tart & tangy, with a fair amount of malt, it is smooth, bold, & delicious.


The tiger is baaackkkk grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr :


I’ve been tempted by this but it sure seems pricey compared to other assams.


I gave some to my mom and she has placed an order. Now I’m waiting for a shipping deal. :)


i had a cup of this today too. it was good as usual

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I love working from home!
I slept in until 8:30, such a luxury these days. It felt good just to lie in bed & gradually unfold into the world, sunlight streaming through my south window, filtered by the plants that reside there. I knew I wanted some kind of golden yunnan type of tea, with a laid back gongfu session, using my golden yunnan yixing & other beautiful teawares.
5G x 4oz yixing (rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1/2/3/4/5min
And breathing…lots of slow deep relaxed breathing.
This is such a lovely tea, perfect for waking up to. It’s not bold & brash, it’s comforting.
Dropping the long beautiful leaves into a preheated yixing, the aroma of honey & malto-meal immediately rises to greet me. I breath it in, & exhale, saying, “Thank You”.
The tea itself becomes toast with butter & honey. Sweet, rich, satisfying, delicious.
I savor every drop.
Thank you!

Cameron B.

Yum, I love this one! I tasted cucumber. :)


Got to love waking up gently. I recently went to get some plumbing parts during morning drive time. I had forgotten how crazy people drive when they are headed for work. I do not miss it.

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I was feeling in need of a perk-up earlier, so I decided to pull out one of the many YS Sheng samples I haven’t tried yet. The dry leaf is predominantly in shades of gray (50? no not quite, heh), with strands of beige & olive, & an aged but sweet hay aroma.
Warming the leaf brings out a sweet creamy barley shroom soup essence…hmmm…!

I’ve been through several steepings, but I can tell there are still quite a few to go.
This starts out with a very appealing taste that I can’t quite pinpoint. It’s fruity & sweet. It kind of reminds me of fruit loops a little bit, ha! In fact, for a moment I was afarid that my cast iron kettle, which I had combined a few steeps in, was contaminate by somebody brewing some flavored blasphemy in it, so I poured a few steeps directly from my yixing into a cup, & the taste continued down the sweet & fruity path! Yay!
A little tart, definitely sweet, a little floral…I’m really enjoying it, & would sit here & continue to steep it out, but I’ve got somewhere to go.
I’ll take this back up tomorrow…

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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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