3005 Tasting Notes

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!


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


lol, you guys crack me up :)


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?


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


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 drank this all evening, on & off.
I was busy, so I don’t really have any notes to share, but I wanted to drink it, since I drank the original Phatty Cake yesterday. I can’t really give a comparison of the two…but I love them both. I think the original is sweeter, but they are both tasty.
What I can say is this was a wonderful bold & rich contrast to the last couple of steepings of the Huang Zhi Xiang Dancong I was drinking all afternoon. The Dancong had me so dopey & mellow, & the Phatty Cake woke me back up a little. I drank several steepings before dinner, & several more after.
Yesterday I put the leftover leaves in a jar of water in the frig. I added tonight’s leaves to the same jar, as I didn’t really feel like the water had absorbed much flavor. I’ll drink their fusion tomorrow.

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I’ve had this sample, & another sample from Verdant with a different label that I’m pretty sure is the same tea (High Mountain Dancong Huang Zhixiang) for awhile. The September reserve club also included a Huang Zhi Xiang Reserve Dancong, but that one is from a different batch.

I’ve been drinking this on & off all afternoon. I drank the first several cups while I was teaching from 11 – 12. It was rich & tangy, with an amazing fruity & incense aroma. Then Drew took me to lunch (it’s great when your son says, “Hey mom, wanna go to lunch? My treat!” I love that!)

After we came home I gave it a rinse to reheat the leaves, & then I drank another several cups. Now it seemed more savory & woodsy. Then I wandered out into the garden for a couple of hours. Now I’m back, enjoying it again. These final cups have a peppery quality, but also a sweet liquore to them. I have no idea how many cups I’ve had all together, but my tongue is thick & tingling, & I think I see a long hot bubble bath in my future…yes…there I see it…

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I’m finally working my way through the September TOMC offerings, one tea a day, so today it is the Bilo. The brewing suggestions:
“Cover the bottom of a tempered glass tumbler with leaves. Pour 175 degree water along the edge of the glass so that it does not splash over the leaves, but slowly submerges them. Drink as soon as you can handle the hot cup. Refill with boiling water throughout the day.”

Delicious. Absolutely delicious. Sometimes I have trouble with these kinds of methods, but today it’s going very well. The tea is delightfully green, rich, hazelnutty, creamy, & yet light. I have an amazing tingling sensation running through my mouth & to all points of my being in all directions. It probably helps that I’ve been doing a lot of Reiki lately. I love when tea feels like this.

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So of course, I looked up “A Passage to Bankok” on youtube, posted it on my FB, & drank a cup of this while watching the video a couple of times. LOL, it seemed like the appropriate tea.


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A nice strong cup of this savory & malty Assam while I was cooking breakfast & singing, “A Passage to Bankok” by Rush. A perfect start to my morning. I woke up with that song in my head, a song I haven’t heard for years (I do have a CD around here somewhere, but who listens to CDs anymore?).

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I’ve been drinking this for about 3 hours. I went with about 8G in my yixing, with the initial steeps very short, & then building the time up. I haven’t had any of this since March, I think, & today the Chaqi is outrageous! I’m flying high & loving it! Such a tasty Shu, my little cake is pretty much a flat disc now. I have a Phatty Cake II waiting in the wings.

Anyway, these leaves still appear to have much to give, but I’ve definitely had enough tea for today, so I put them in a jar of water, & they are in the frig now, to become a refreshing drink.


can’t wait to hear your thoughts on PC II. So far people have been happy! The original has more time under its belt following steaming and pressing, but the PCII is made from same 2007 material and the added larger leaf. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, my dear!


i want a house that lets me have proper storage for pu cakes :(

Terri HarpLady

I don’t know if I’m really storing them properly, they are in a cardbox (one for sheng & one for shu) in my office on the 2nd floor. At least they are away from the kitchen smells…


terri – our house doesn’t have central air so i’d be worried about the humidity and such

Terri HarpLady

Do you wanna buy some cakes & send them to me…for storage… ;)

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This tea is from the September TOMC.
I never really know what to say about white teas. Because my tasting pallet tends towards dark roasty caramel, chocolate, & incense, it takes awhile for me to ‘get’ these more subtle teas, & I need to be in a proper frame of mind as well. But Wang Yanxin, who I consider one of my tea guru’s, even though we’ve never met, has fallen in love with White teas. Will I?

Maybe not. But I am starting to appreciate them more.
This one starts out with a ‘stone’ flavor, & a citrus sensation around the edges of my tongue. I’m several steepings in now, & I feel like I’m drinking whipped cream! The flavor & aroma is a gentle ‘malto meal & cream’ kind of essence. It is also sweet, like a mountain spring, & lightly vegetal.

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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!


St. Louis, MO



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