2855 Tasting Notes

Here’s another silver sample packet that I got from Sil, which isn’t listed in the database, at least not from what I can tell.
The tea is Longyuanhao Yiwu Mountain 2007 Shu.
I’ve been enjoying steepings of this one & the bamboo flavored Henan Heicha for quite awhile this evening. The bamboo taste on the Heicha softened over time & it took on a sweet ‘rain’ kind of flavor.
This Yiwu has kind of a coffee taste too it, it’s rather bold.
I think it’s time for me to start winding down my caffeine consumption for the day, as I also drank a couple of cups of ice tea with lunch. It wasn’t a fancy iced tea, but it was good, especially with BBQ!
Just for the record, dear Sil, I’m currently at 250.

Sil

Haha. Ok good to know. Silver packets = verdant.

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I have no idea what this tea is. It’s from Sil, & it was in a silver package that looks like one of the packages Verdant sent out in it’s special sampler awhile back. The label says, “2007 Henan Heicha”, so it’s a Dark Tea, something in the puer type family, but I couldn’t find any reference to it, so I’m not really sure who made it, or anything.
Flavor-wise, it tastes kind of like bamboo.

Sil

Oopsy. Yes this is one of verdant a reward teas for redeeming points. :)

What’s your number? Lol

Terri HarpLady

250 :)
What’s yours?

Cavocorax

You’re brave. I see a package like that and I’m afraid to brew it in case I do it wrong, but I guess I should be able to tell by the leaves if it needs boiling water or not.

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This is a lovely kind of fruity oolong, gently sweet & smooth, with a nice roasty wood flavor. I pulled this one from the HHTTB, & it’s a sipdown Sil!

MsWhatsit

It’s kind of fun watching the friendly competition between you and Sil.

Terri HarpLady

We aim to entertain! :)

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Another Sipdown, courtesy of my steep sister Sil!
This was the 2nd tea I took with me to teach at the University. It’s not my favorite smokey tea, but it was ok. Actually, it left me with a craving for BBQ, which I satisfied on the way home at a local joint called Sugar Fire. Now I’m sleepy & lazy! And I have a student coming any minute. No rest for the wicked, my Gramma used to always say.
Onward, through the fog…

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Earlier today I loaded up a couple of go mugs with tea. This was in one of them. It’s the final remnant of a sample Sil sent to me awhile back. It starts off kind of watery tasting, even though I let it steep long, but as it cools a little there’s an espresso & chocolate liquore taste to it. Not too exciting, just ok.

Sil

Yep that was my sentiment for a lot of these but figured you might want to cross them off your list

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Another sipdown from the HHTTB!
I used to drink a lot of green tea. That was before I surrendered to the Dark Side! But, the truth is, I still really love green tea. I don’t know why I don’t drink it more often.

This one is delicious! It looks like a Dragonwell to me. The flavor is nutty & green, & it leaves a wonderful fresh sweet aftertaste, especially under the tongue. There are also pleasant tongue numbing/thickening sensations.

Bazinga!

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I’m not sure if this is the White Peony I’m drinking, but it’s the only one I see listed under the Mandala tab, so I’m putting my post here!

This is from the Here’s Hoping TTB. It’s a sample, labeled 2013 White Peony. Although white tea isn’t always my thing, it’s very nice, a pleasant departure from my obsessive black tea drinking, & really has a refreshing quality to it. It’s not as bland as some of the whites I’ve had, or else I’m just getting more tuned into to the subtleties of the white tea world finally? Probably not.

Sil

i’ll post an updated count in a few…just dealin with a work issue that has me paused heh

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It’s been awhile since I drank this one. I started a sipdown box a few weeks ago & have been working my way through my collection, moving teas that were at the end of their stay to the box. Not everything in the box is something I love, but this one is pretty nice! Rich & earthy Shu combined with the tanginess of orange. It’s tasty & I probably need to visit the London Tea Room sometimes soon. It’s downtown, but St. Louis is not that big, so it’s really only about 15 minutes from my house.

MsWhatsit

I’d like to visit the London Tea Room if I ever come to St Louis. I’d probably spend way too much money on teas there though.

Terri HarpLady

It’s a pretty nice place, & they do have some really tasty teas! And food! So yeah, next time you come to visit we will have to go there for sure! :)

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My next sipdown come courtesy of Angel & TeaVivre!
This is a lovely Dragonwell, sweet & green, with an almost cheesy taste too it. Everything I’ve enjoyed from TeaVivre has been of excellent quality, & this tea is no exception! Delicious!

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A sample from my dear tea sister Sil. Not bad, & I admit, it was kind of nice with breakfast, kind of like having an apple pastry of some kind along side my eggs & stuff, but probably not something I’d keep on hand.
Thanks for the opportunity to try it though, Sil!

Sil

i’m watching you lady…

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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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