Welcome to day 30 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
Yup, my month long festival of sipdown is coming to a close! I’m actually glad, because I have new teas to drink, special teas that I miss drinking, etc. Tomorrow will be the final day of clearing my shelves of anything old, small, or just unloved.
I’ve been working on updating the database, & as I’ve said before, I’ll probably end the month with more tea than I started with, haha. I started with 401, & although I didn’t set any actual goal, I think I’ve been kind of aiming for 250.

This is a really interesting tea, & if you let it warm up in a hot cup, the aroma of plums is outstanding! I could sit around just huffing this, & I did for a few minutes. Something nice to wake up to. Going with short steeps, the tea itself build through layers of Congee rice, sweet plum, a little tartness, & an amazing chaqi. Some of the steeps make me think of Plum Sake, even though I’ve never had anything like that, LOL.
It also really reminds me of a sweeter sister to Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan. It has a very similar energy, & a rustic wild quality to it, but coupled with a lovely sweet aftertaste of plums.
It’s silly for me to count this as a sipdown, as I have a new shipment en route, but the newer version is from Spring 2014, so there you go. It’s legit.
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Stephanie

plummy stuff is great :)

Dag Wedin

Oh, i do love this tea! It is absolutely outstanding gong-fu style. Never did get the 2014 harvest. i noticed that the 2013 i have has chaged character quite abit since it was “fresh”, it matures very well so dont drink it all at once :)

Sil

June is going to be a sipdown month for me….

Terri HarpLady

Stephanie: Yup! Did I send you some of this one?
Dag: I agree whole heartedly with everything you said!
Sil: Good luck with that! :D

Stephanie

yep, kind of reminded me of Dancong :D

mrmopar

Just got 100 grams of this one in. Mow I am glad I did. Nice review Terri, I look forward to trying this one.

Terri HarpLady

MrM, my YS order arrived today, & somebody probably needs to take me out back & shoot me, LOL. I must be crazy, this order is ridiculous, but I’ll enjoy sharing the teas with my BBBB sisters, & can’t wait to start drinking them! :D

Sil

i need to place a YS order…or you can do it terri..and i’ll place the verdant order and we’ll swap quantities lol

Terri HarpLady

That’s a real possibility! I’ve already placed the huge order, so anything I bought that you want(pretty much all of their 2014 black teas, & a few puer samples) is an option…

Dag Wedin

Wow, all of their blacks!?! Thats a huge amount of tea :D

boychik

Terri, did you order fr US site? My order fr China is in transit for 2 months already. Not that I have nothing to drink…

Terri HarpLady

Dag: well…maybe not ALL of them…but I did have quite a bit of money in my Playpal account from people buying my songs off iTunes, so lets just say I went a little nuts…lol. I won’t need to order anything from there again until Fall, and really only because I’ll want to try out some of the Fall teas, right?

Boychik: I have ordered from the US site, which comes very quickly, but I usually order from the China site, because the selection is so much bigger, & yeah, it can take awhile, especially if you go with the cheapest transit method. If you’re like me, you’d rather spend your money on tea, rather than on shipping, so usually by the time the box comes I’ve sort of forgotten about it. That makes it like a surprise present!
This time I actually paid for the next to cheapest shipping & the box came in a couple of weeks, but I think my first china order took a couple months.
Anyway, it’s not like I don’t have plenty of tea to drink while I’m waiting!

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Stephanie

plummy stuff is great :)

Dag Wedin

Oh, i do love this tea! It is absolutely outstanding gong-fu style. Never did get the 2014 harvest. i noticed that the 2013 i have has chaged character quite abit since it was “fresh”, it matures very well so dont drink it all at once :)

Sil

June is going to be a sipdown month for me….

Terri HarpLady

Stephanie: Yup! Did I send you some of this one?
Dag: I agree whole heartedly with everything you said!
Sil: Good luck with that! :D

Stephanie

yep, kind of reminded me of Dancong :D

mrmopar

Just got 100 grams of this one in. Mow I am glad I did. Nice review Terri, I look forward to trying this one.

Terri HarpLady

MrM, my YS order arrived today, & somebody probably needs to take me out back & shoot me, LOL. I must be crazy, this order is ridiculous, but I’ll enjoy sharing the teas with my BBBB sisters, & can’t wait to start drinking them! :D

Sil

i need to place a YS order…or you can do it terri..and i’ll place the verdant order and we’ll swap quantities lol

Terri HarpLady

That’s a real possibility! I’ve already placed the huge order, so anything I bought that you want(pretty much all of their 2014 black teas, & a few puer samples) is an option…

Dag Wedin

Wow, all of their blacks!?! Thats a huge amount of tea :D

boychik

Terri, did you order fr US site? My order fr China is in transit for 2 months already. Not that I have nothing to drink…

Terri HarpLady

Dag: well…maybe not ALL of them…but I did have quite a bit of money in my Playpal account from people buying my songs off iTunes, so lets just say I went a little nuts…lol. I won’t need to order anything from there again until Fall, and really only because I’ll want to try out some of the Fall teas, right?

Boychik: I have ordered from the US site, which comes very quickly, but I usually order from the China site, because the selection is so much bigger, & yeah, it can take awhile, especially if you go with the cheapest transit method. If you’re like me, you’d rather spend your money on tea, rather than on shipping, so usually by the time the box comes I’ve sort of forgotten about it. That makes it like a surprise present!
This time I actually paid for the next to cheapest shipping & the box came in a couple of weeks, but I think my first china order took a couple months.
Anyway, it’s not like I don’t have plenty of tea to drink while I’m waiting!

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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!

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