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So the store I work for has four different locations around the city, and we have a district-wide meeting at a store (not the one I normally work at) 45 minutes from my house, 2.5 hours before we’re supposed to open. And then I work open to close. So I’m up WAY earlier than normal and gearing up for an 11 hour work day. Fun!

After weighing a couple of different options, I decided to go with this for my “first breakfast” because I have more than enough of my sample left to make a heaping cup. Wish I had more time to enjoy it, but it’s nice to have some piping hot comfort tea before the “butt-crack of dawn.”

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Gotta love waking up with a headache… bleh. :/ Anyone got any good natural headache remedies? Ibuprofen works about 95% of the time for me, but I’d like to find something that doesn’t involve a blood-thinning pill.

Anyhow, this is such a great tea for a draggy morning. Potent enough to be a little bit of a wake-up Cher-slap, fragrant and rosy enough to be a treat. I still think it tastes like a different era in time. Definitely perking me up, along with my mood.

Terri HarpLady

The best headache cure for me is to alternate between an ice pack (usually a bag of frozen peas or corn. We never eat them, we just keep them around for ice packs) & a heating pad (or rice filled tube sock, heated in microwave). :)


For me, hydration, caffeine shock, and something sweet brings me out of it. Chug a Mtn Dew and eat a doughnut first thing in the morning. :)


I drink any tea with peppermint – sometimes it helps!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
335 tasting notes

In contrast to yesterday, I’m moving pretty slow again this morning. No particularly good reason. It probably has to do with knowing I have to go to work. Eh. At least today’s a shorter one. And I have tomorrow off!

I’ve reviewed this one a lot, so I don’t think I need to do it again. One thing I’m learning with these teas, though, you gotta have ‘em when they’re hot. More flavors come out when they’re cooling, but they’re just not the same once they hit room temperature and they’re not warm comfort anymore! Still very tasty though.

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After working seven days in a row, I have a day off today, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m spending the morning researching Antonio Vivaldi and listening to some more of the Four Seasons… I feel like a bad musician for not being more familiar with Vivaldi or his most famous work. Baroque-era music is rarely my choice to listen to (I’m a stormy minor-key Romantic by heart), but now that I’m giving it an educated listen, it’s quite lovely.

I still really enjoy this tea. It came out very wheat-y today, and that’s growing on me. I’m on infusion 2, and I hope I can get at least another cup out of this (I’m doing it Western style). I’m glad I’ve found some Verdant teas I really like. I feel like I’ll be restocking this.


Vivaldi is fun! And for some reason I always end up listening to the Four Seasons whenever I’m on hold somewhere. lol.

Terri HarpLady

I think Baroque music is perfect for busy stuff, like house cleaning! I enjoy it, & it’s good to put it on when you’re depressed & don’t feel like doing anything. It has a ‘motivational’ kind of feeling, at least in my opinion. LOL

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drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
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Sipping on this while working on program notes for a concert featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4. (May I just say that having to write program notes on Baroque music gives me a new love of it. No, not for any artistic reason. Because it’s logical, concise, and I can pick out what’s going on.) Mmmm. I don’t know why, but tonight this tea just hits the spot. Really it’s the aroma as much as anything, it’s always the aroma when it comes to tea.

Speaking of aromas, I dumped the used leaves from this into the trash bin a few weeks back, and the trash STILL smells like vanilla tea. I really hope the parents don’t mind.

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Uggggh. Today was a ten hour day at work, which is longer than normal for me. And I have a set of program notes I need to get finished up. I’ve written the first draft, but they took FOREVER and I haven’t proofread or formatted them yet. Ugh. And I just wanna work on NaNooooooooooo.

Tonight I decided I could use a break from the deep, dark, sweet teas I’d been doing for something a little lighter and creamier. This did the trick. I can’t believe I haven’t sipped this down yet.


Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed our Royal Wedding Tea!


You’re welcome!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
335 tasting notes

Alright, first off – who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year??? If anyone’s on the NaNoWriMo site, buddy me – I’m Harmonochromatic! http://nanowrimo.org/participants/harmonochromatic This is going to be my second year attempting NaNoWriMo. Last year’s venture was a complete and total fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing experience for which I had done almost no planning whatsoever; it was great until I realized I had no idea where I was going and decided not to bother. I have no idea how it’s going to go this year, especially considering that the first week of November is going to be quite busy, but I’m gonna give it a shot!

In the meantime, though, I gotta do program notes. But I waaaaanna work on my novel! Ah well. At least I’ve got this delicious tea to help motivate me. I also love how I can leave this in the pot for twenty minutes while I take my shower and it still tastes all sweet and wheaty as ever. My kind of tea! :P

Terri HarpLady

I’m in for Nano!! This will be my third year. I haven’t officially registered yet, gotta do that this afternoon some time, I think I’m Terri Harplady on there too, or maybe it was just harplady, but maybe not, LOL, I’ll see if I can find my password, sign in, & my act together. This will be a crazy month, I have to practice 3 or 4 hours a day to prep for upcoming gigs, but I decided last night my novel will be my Daily Break time.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & last night I started a discussion group here too (we had one last year as well).

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drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
335 tasting notes

OK. What is it? The weather? Stress? Why the heck am I so tired tonight? Seriously, I could probably go to bed NOW. Except I’m not gonna.

I don’t know what it is with me and this latest batch of Adagio teas; I’ve been trying to be generous with the leaves, but they’ve all been really mild. I can detect a creamy mouthfeel with this one, and a bit of buttery sweetness, but I really don’t get a whole lot of flavor…

Yeah. I just tasted cup #2, which I’ve left brewing for about forty five minutes. A bit of bitterness, a bit of mushroominess, and a bit of the flavor from the first cup, but it’s all so subtle. Dammit Adagio! What, do you give us these big honkin samples because we have to use three teaspoons per cup in order to taste anything?

No numbers for now. Hey, at least this stuff is waking me up a bit.

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drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
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I ordered this because it seemed to be a mix of the kinds of teas I tend to like. I wound up taking it to work this morning. It’s a good-quality tea, but the flavor profile isn’t quite what I was hoping for. It’s rounded in that dark fruity kind of way I’ve never genuinely liked. I’ll have to give this a more detailed review later, but for now, I am tired and I am busy and I’m about to try another tea for the first time…

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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The name’s Holly. 27. Work for a small IT company. About to finish a Master’s degree this winter. ISFJ for what it’s worth. I play various instruments (mostly bass guitar right now), attempt to write songs that I’m too scared to play for anyone, and I’m currently taking voice lessons. I also enjoy starting various hobbies, wearing monochromes, writing, cooking, taking walks, and various and sundry other things…

I’ve been a tea drinker since spring of 2013. Tea is a source of happiness, positivity, curiosity, and relaxation (…and caffeine) for me.

I’ve been on and off this site over the years, and I even had a separate tea blog at one point. For now, I’m just working on getting back in the habit of enjoying tea regularly and to its fullest.

Love: Malty Chinese black teas, shu/ripe pu erhs, soft flowery teas (esp. jasmine teas)

Like: Japanese green teas, sheng/ripe pu erhs, white teas

Still trying to get into: Most oolongs, chai teas

Not crazy about: Roasty teas, fruity teas, rooibos, many (not all) herbal teas

90-100: YEAH!
80-89: Nice! This is good stuff.
70-79: Respectable tea.
60-69: Not bad.
50-59: Middling. Not really worth it.
25-49: Eeeeeugh. Not good.
0-24: Did you know you can use tea leaves as odor absorbent?



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