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I’m taking a break from sipdowns…whew!
I only have 9 teas left to sample from *NofarS*’ box. This has been an awesome collection of teas!!
SO, I want something really special, & Sichuan Caravan is a VERY favorite, it’s just such an awesome blend. Oh Ginger Root, oh licorice, oh elderberry! These are a few of my favorite things! The lovely sweet pastry like qualities of Yanxin’s Reserve Shu… I can’t believe I’ve managed to hoard something I love this much for this long, and admittedly, I’m getting ever closer to the end of my stash. That will be a sad day, but that day is not today, so just for today I’ll enjoy this cup of goodness, complete with re-steeps!

MissLena

I hope this one comes back! A favorite of mine as well :D

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! I did notice awhile back that it’s on the ‘out of stock’ list, rather than the ‘discontinued’ list, so there is hope! I’m guessing that when fall comes they will reformulate it with a different shu. Keeping fingers crossed!

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Another Sipdown from my trade with NofarS.
I think I’m starting to get the hang of Darjeelings. I steeped this at 190, & it’s not bad. I think I gave it 2 mins. The aroma reminds me of something, but I just can’t say what it is. The tea a little on the astringent side, but also kind of sweet & savory at the same time.
Not something I would want to drink regularly, but worth trying.

Dexter

Hmmmmm interesting. I might try mine again with lower water temp. I was using 95C (203F).

TeaBrat

Yeah I usually steep mine at that temp as well, they are much better that way. ;)

Sil

Darjeelings = lower temp as far as I can tell otherwise they taste…ugh.

Terri HarpLady

Even with the lower temp, this got more astringent as it cooled. Just saying.

TeaBrat

I had one assam from Fortnum & Mason and I wasn’t too impressed with it

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Another Sipdown from NofarS!
This is a very nice one, a little roasty with a fruity flavor. I kept the temp at 195, first steep 1 min, 2nd steep 3. Both were delicious!

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Another Sipdown from NofarS
This is a nice Dragonwell, which I was sipping on while thinly slicing homegrown beets. This will be my first time fermenting beets, so we’ll see how they turn out! They are in a brine with orange peel, ginger, & caraway. Back to the tea, I really enjoyed the first cup, a nice contrast to the black teas I’ve had so far today, but I’m sorry to say I really oversteeped the 2nd cup…does anybody know how to spell astringent? ;)

Stephanie

Your beets sound really good :) Hurray for fermented foods! Oh, and TEA!

ifjuly

I looooove beets. Yum!

Terri HarpLady

We’ve been eating beets all summer, roasted, boiled & buttered, raw, etc. I love fermented foods, so I figured I’d give it a try! Here’s some pictures!
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

looseTman

“I’m sorry to say I really oversteeped the 2nd cup”
It’s easy to become distracted. Do you have a timer? I don’t know what I’d do without one. e.g.:
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39312-teavana-perfect-preset-tea-timer
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/36677-davidstea-thermometer-and-timer

ifjuly

So pretty! I loooove fermented foods too. I always joke it’s my Korean heritage showing (but I’m adopted).

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Another sipdown brought to you by NofarS.
This is actually a pretty good cup of tea, especially considering that it’s suppose to be a blend of darjeeling & ceylon teas. It’s a little bright & floral, with a slightly metallic edge, bringing to mind the image of an old family teapot made of silver, polished on the outside, but tarnished on the inside with layers of patina from an endless number of steepings. As it cools, the astringency sets in…

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Back to Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza! Week 2, Day 3 (since I skipped yesterday).
It felt good yesterday to slip into a full day of Gongfu sessions, but today I’m ready to get back to sampling ALL the TEas!
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Darjeeling fan. This one is a on the floral, citrus, & somewhat astringent end of things. It’s not all that appealing to me, but I think I also overleafed it a bit, which only makes matters worse. This sipdown was brought to you by NofarS. Thanks!

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This was my third & final tea of the day. It seems strange to have only drank 3 teas today, but they were all Gongfu sessions, & all 3 teas lasted & lasted & lasted!

Today the short steeps weren’t really doing this tea justice for some reason, even after 2 rinses (that I actually dumped out for once). After a few steeps, I remembered that I had planned to try this one using the xingyang parameters this time, but I didn’t do that. So maybe I’ll continue my “Master Han’s Tea Tour” tomorrow, try this again western style, & continue on sampling whatever else I have from the Jedi Master of Teas. Or maybe I’ll wake up & want to do something entirely different.

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I spent most of the day either teaching or making pickles. I had 2 crocks to divide into jars & put in the laboratory: that’s the frig in my basement, where I store all of my fermented food experiments. Right now there are jars of cocktail onions, dilly garlicky green beans, xmas kraut, root kimchi, & 4 different batches of cukes. All are cultured in salt water. We’ve eaten all but one jar of the first batch of cukes, & there are 3 Qts of each of the others. I started 3 new batches today, so we’re getting a nice supply going!

Anyway, sorry to get off topic! In continuing with my “Master Han’s Sampler Day”, I drank multiple steepings of his Sheng. It’s a very smooth & savory tea, and also not as intense as most younger shengs.
I didn’t keep any notes, but I’ve reviewed it before & it is a pleasure to drink.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Your posts always make me hungry! :-)

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I took a break from Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza today.
Instead I dedicated the day to Master Han’s teas. I don’t know why. It just seemed like the thing to do. I steeped them Gongfu style, starting with this one. In the true spirit of generosity, I packed my little blue lotus teapot about half full with tea, & spent most of the morning drinking back to back short steepings. The first few were a little intense, almost like a sheng in a way, but then they mellowed. This is a complex tea that just keeps giving, steep after steep. It’s a completely different profile from the chocolatey malty Verdant teas that I love the most, but still very enjoyable in a more savory way.
I initially set out to compare the 2012 version to the 2013. But then I decided not to bother, because that would require me to open the 2013 before I’ve finished off the 2012. No rush. Anyway, this tea has good energy & was a good start to my day.

JustJames

agreed, really not a malty note in it. more a heavy, dark winter fruit underscoring a very simple black.

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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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