2913 Tasting Notes

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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Sil probably thinks I’ve been sleeping, but actually I took a shower, fixed breakfast, had a student, AND drank a few sipdowns all the while.
This one is from the Here’s Hoping TTB. I sampled it while the box was here, & thought I liked it, and since there was only a cupsworth left, I kept it. Today it’s really not my things, but that’s ok, cuz now it’s gone, baby! Gone, I say!

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Welcome to Sil & Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza & Sip-off Duel!!

Sil is, of course, an earlier riser than I am, so she has a bit of a head start, but it’s on until midnight Sunday night, and I plan on drinking me some Tea! We both started at 262, & Sil posted the rules earlier, so I’d better start sipping!

My first tea of the day? This Gold Bud Black is pretty good for a start, & it’s a sample from Sil, my sipdown sister! An appropriate start, I think!

Sil

about time you woke up :) Slacker! I’ll post my count randomly through out the day to let you know that i’m still kicking your butt

Stephanie

lol, you guys crack me up :)

Sil

as long as everyone’s having fun, that’s all that matters..plus no matter what, i win because i have 2 boxes making their way to terri this weekend mwahahahaha

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, but those boxes won’t arrive before midnight Sunday, so they won’t count! LOL!
Wait! 2 Boxes?

Sil

they won’t count for THIS sip off…but they WILL increase your cupboard when you get them bwahahaha

Sil

BBB Box and a separate one just for you since i don’t want to make TB have to pay more to send it all to you too

Terri HarpLady

Ah! Well I won’t get the BBB for a couple weeks anyway :)

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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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