2918 Tasting Notes

Sipdown #4 (I think I’m on 4).
This is a sad sipdown, as this really is a tasty tea!
This is one of the first Wuyi’s I fell in love with, & although it may not be as fancy & complex as some of the other Wuyi’s I’ve drank since then, it is delicious & wonderful. The main thing that comes to mind with this one is the banana pudding my mom used to make, with the vanilla wafers. Yeah, I bet your mom made it too!

Sil

i’m jealous of your sipdowns..

Terri HarpLady

yeah, but didn’t you get a bunch in over the weekend? :)

Sil

uh… yeah but net total for the weekend is an increase in cupboard size lol AND my orders came in today…sooo yeah i’m anticipating being at 220 ish when i get home…

and i need to get through a few more teas from the box so that i can mail it out this week

Terri HarpLady

Counting today’s Sipdowns so far, I think I’m at 278, with a Mandala arriving today, which will basically cancel out today’s sipdowns. Still, it feels good to let go of small quantities & if I can ever get myself to stay on Hiatus for awhile, I’d really like to get down to 200 or less.

Sil

i received 13 teas today… plus kittenna has said i can sample her teas…so that’s another 20 to sample before i can get back to my own teas…in addition to the travelling tea box at my house right now…with a swap from kaylee and dexter in bound sometime this month. oh and did i mention MY verdant order in coming..and the BBB box… eep!

Terri HarpLady

I’m only laughing because I was in your shoes last for the last 2 weeks! I had both boxes, verdant orders, etc. I was so busy sampling everyone else’s teas that I couldn’t drink my own!
My Mandala order arrived today!

Sil

i really want to place another mandala order….and shanti tea has a few things i want… sigh

Cavocorax

Awww. There’s just no winning eh?
Once Kittenna finally rescues her teas, and you ship that traveling box back out you’ll be back to drinking your own tea and your numbers will drop. If not, just stick ‘em in an envelope and I’ll make them disappear. :P

Sil

Haha cavo…you are welcome to come shop at my house anytime…there are very few teas you wouldn’t be able to take several cups of

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

will have to try this

Terri HarpLady

This one is nice, but admittedly, I love Master B’s Jin Guanyin & Shui Jin Gui Wuyi better!

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Sipdown #3 of the day.
This is a sample sent to me from Stacy.
I’m not going into a lot of detail, but it has a very clean vegetal flavor to it, & a sweetness as well. It made a very light cup, which I steeped in my test tube steeper.
Thanks Stacy!

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Sipdown #2 of my Monday Sipdown Extravaganza!
This is another one from Sil. It’s also a very bold & brisk black tea, & although this one is chopped up as well, it’s in bigger pieces that are more recognizable as ‘tea’. Malty, Oaky, & bold.

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Sipdown Monday!!
I don’t have that many teas close to a sipdown, but I’m going to enjoy the ones that are close today. This one came from Sil, & I know she’s sending me another box soon (& I just sent her one), so I guess I’d better start whittling down some of the samples she sent me before that I still have plenty of!
This tea is bold! The dry tea looks almost like a black matcha, it’s so finely cut. The steep instructions say 1 minute, & you’d better follow those instructions to the T!
This tea is especially great if your in a hurry in the morning & want a slap in the face to wake you up! The good news is, it’s also flavorful. This is what I’d call a masculine cup of tea, without a doubt. Earthy, oaky, stout, a little fruity, & kind of tart, in the way the grapefruit is tart. I’m hoping to get some things done today, so hopefully this will help to get the ball rolling! Thanks Stacy for offering this, & thanks Sil for sharing! :)

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A few months ago Sil, Cavocorax, & I split an order from the Tea Spot. We each got tins of Bolder Breakfast, shared a few things, & got several sample sizes of things. Katie, from The Tea Spot, also sent me a few samples to try, including this one.

I’m not always a fan of smokey teas. The first couple of times I tried a lapsang tea it freaked me out, LOL. However, I’ve developed more of a liking for them. On the other hand, I absolutely love ginger always!
I have actually fantasized about a blend that would be lapsang, ginger, & vanilla, & have experimented with it for awhile occasionally. So I wanted to sample this.

During the sip the Lapsang was there, but I didn’t taste the ginger, but after a few sips it began to build, bringing a warmth to my mouth, my sinuses, & my belly. This is a tasty, warming blend that will be especially nice on a cold winter’s night. I added a little stevia, & the sweetness really brings out a caramel-like flavor that really enhances the smoke & ginger. Yum!
Thanks for the sample Katie!

Sil

Huh this one sounds interesting

Terri HarpLady

I’ll save some for your next box! :)

Katie

So glad you enjoyed it! Cheers :)

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Thanks to Stacy for a sample of this.
This is a tasty cup, very true to the root beer flavor & aroma, with vanilla ice cream mixed in there as well. Although it’s not something I would crave, & I’m grateful for the opportunity to sample it. Stacy is the master of creating amazing flavored brews, & this is definitely one of them.

Sil

yeah i like this cold – as a slushie haha

Terri HarpLady

Ooh, I bet that would be awesome!

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Trail Lodge tea is a local (St. Louis) company owned by Annette Hopkins. She has a booth at the Maplewood Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, & it’s really nice to stop by & visit with her, enjoy checking out her newest teas, & talk tea! Most of her teas are fair trade, & she donates to local causes, like the Wild Bird Sanctuary. I love that she offers .5 oz sample sizes of most of her teas, as I don’t really want to buy 4oz unless I’m absolutely sure I love something. How many of us have 4oz tins of tea that we tried once or twice, just taking up space in our cupboards?

So this is one of her newest blends. I smelled it, and the aroma is heavenly! I made a cup earlier this morning to enjoy in my bubble bath, & it was SO tasty: a rich dark cup, with an almost coffee-like essence, creamy real caramel squares that melt into a sweet buttery taste. It was perfectly tasty plain, but I added a pinch of stevia because I was in the mood for sweet, & it really reminded me of an ice cream I used to get long ago at baskin robbins…the kind that is coffee flavored, with swirls of caramel. Yum!
If you’d like to check out Trail Lodge Teas, here’s the link:
http://www.traillodgetea.com/default.asp

Sil

I want some! Lol.

Terri HarpLady

Of course you do! Don’t worry, I’ll set some aside for your next box, LOL!

Sil

Hahaha

Tealizzy

That sounds fabulous! On the shopping list it goes!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
2918 tasting notes

Yeah Baby!
We just had an awesome brunch, which I will probably blog about later: gluten free almond flour peach coffeecake (to die for), homemade sausage patties (I have mastered the art), & eggs.
I wanted something bold, & I got it!
I went for the full blown, “surrender to the dark side” 7 minute steep, & OMG, what a great contrast to the lightly sweet coffee cake, the tngy spicy sausage patties, & the buttery eggs! The sense of satisfaction I got from this cup reminds me of my old coffee drinking days: bold, rich, deep, dark (can a tea GET any darker?). It’s gourmet earthy chocolate with a hint of spice.
May the force be with you!

Awkward Soul

holy cow 7 minute steep!

Terri HarpLady

I just resteeped for another 7, & it was still a nice cup.
I’ve tried it with short steeps, a 5 min, & now 7. I enjoyed them all! :)

Bonnie

The tea judges steep long like this for all tea, then later…they might taste at a lighter strength. We’ve been doing this with new tea samples at Happy Luckys because the World Tea Expo classes taste that style. I personally like a longer steep around the third round too!

Garret

Yes! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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Tony bought this awhile back when he placed an order for his beloved Earl Grey, thinking I’d like it, since I love black tea. It’s ok. I have drank a cup once in awhile, just to avoid hurting his feelings mainly.
Now it’s a sipdown!

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Sil & I have split several tea orders over the last several months, & I think the order from Taiwan Tea Crafts might be one of my favorites.
First off, the website is beautifully designed! You can tell a lot of time & care went into it, & as a person who designs her own website…cough…ahem…currently a cobweb site, I appreciate that.
Second, I love the colorful packaging!
And finally, & of course most importantly, the teas are tasty! I haven’t had a chance to try all of them yet, but Ive enjoyed the ones I have tried, especially this one.
This tea has a much different profile than I initially expected. The leaves are very dark, & resemble Stacy’s premium Taiwanese Assam, only not as long & wild looking. Of course, the taste is completely different!
These leaves steep into a nice dark cup, very different from any of my other Assams. A very full & smooth mouth with a tongue tingle, a buttered slice of honey wheat toast aroma, which transforms halfway down the cup to malto meal drizzled with butter & honey. The flavor moves around a bit too. This cup started out a little grapey, then as it cooled a little it made me think of those candied fruit slices dipped in dark chocolate, & now at the end it’s a bowl of malto meal with a spoon of an unidentifiable jam & a sprinkle of dark chocolate powder. There is a lingering sensation of having had a bite of some really high quality dark chocolate.
This one’s a keeper!

Sil

i really do love these teas

Terri HarpLady

Yup, that was a good call on your part! We’ll have to keep track of our favorites, for some future re-order!

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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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