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This is my final sipdown of the day & weekend!!
‘Menta Poleo’, from La Indiana. Sil got this during her vacation in Cuba.
What can I say? It’s mint tea, with 10% Pennyroyal I think. Which makes it a little more minty & refreshing, with a little slightly bitter bite at the bottom.

I’m done drinking tea for the night, I am waterlogged. I’m also out of sipdown material! All the other small quantities I have are either black teas or puerh samples, so this is it!

Thanks Sil! This was a lot of fun. I’m not sure who the official Queen of the Sipdowns is, we can figure that out tomorrow, but this has been an awesome & crazy tea drinking weekend, & I made it through 46 teas! So my cupboard total is 216.


Woah! I think you might have won? I think Sil was at 218, but I’m sure she’ll correct me if I’m wrong.

I’m just amazed you ladies could drink so many teas in 3 days! :O AND that you had that many teas so close to sipdown! (A quick glance at my cupboard shows 10, but most are 2-3 cups still!)

Anyway, congrats. This was entertaining to watch.


Wow! That is a LOT of tea to drink in so little time :)

Terri HarpLady

LOL! Sil may have snuck another sipdown in there…
If I hadn’t sat around with Tony all day watching baseball, movies, & our sunday night shows, I never would have gotten all these drank. The neat thing is I started a sipdown box awhile back, tossing anything in there that was almost gone. That box is now empty! So there will be no sipdowns tomorrow, I don’t think. Unless I make full pots of a couple of teas that are close. Who knows…I might do that…I really wanted to get my numbers down to 200…


That’s a whole lotta sipdowwns!

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One of my last sipdowns of the day, I’ve had this for at least a couple of years, as part of the Fresh & Fruity variety pack collection. I think my favorite was actually the blackberry, vanilla, & nettle flavor (or something like that, it’s been that long). So this is the last teabag from that collection. It’s tart, kind of like a weak jello. If I added sweetener it would probably be more jello-like. The aftertaste is orangey. This would probably make good ice tea, actually.

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Admittedly, this is not my favorite of the teas from Yogi. It has a bitter under taste for me, & otherwise it’s kind of watery. I much prefer the Egyptian Licorice. Sipdown!

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The 2nd of the Chang Yun tuochas was a purple bud, which I steeped in my Gaiwan, doing a series of pours in between the other teas I’ve been drinking. Sort of a palate cleanser, LOL.
I enjoyed this one more than the sticky rice one. The flavor was a little richer, in my opinion. Otherwise, neither one was particularly remarkable.

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This afternoon I’ve been sipping on 2 tuochas in between various other teas. I got them both from the HHTTB. The first one is the Chang yun sticky rice tuocha. It is a Sheng that amazingly smells & tastes like sticky rice. The aroma brings back fond memories of a dessert they serve at the vietnamese restaurant that I used to frequent. It was a mound of sticky rice, topped with a mango half, & drizzled with coconut milk. Delicious, & not too sweet. This sheng, of course, tastes nothing like that, but it does have the sticky rice flavor, which is kind of amazing. Other than that, it is a sheng, a little on the bitter end.

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Although I love fresh & dried berries, I’m not as fond of them in tea. Also, somehow the rooibos in this one is just way too present for me.
Thank you to Sil for the sample. Sipdown.

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As my tea drinking day starts drawing to a close, I thought a cup of this tasty gyokuro that I kept from the HHTTB would be nice. Sweet & vegetal, it’s almost like a thin spring greens soup.

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Sweet honey notes, toastiness, that coriander essence, & fruitiness. This is my after dinner tea.

Dear Sil, would you believe I’m running out of teas? LOL, don’t worry, I have a few left, and the night is young, but it has occurred to me that several of the sipdown candidates I brought to Tony’s are puerh samples, which require multiple steepings.

Nonetheless, I will carry on…waterlogged tea-drunk…


haha i think i need to toss my hat in at this point lol. Nearly all the teas i have that i could sipdown are black teas, which, while caffeine doesn’t generally affect me…tonight would likely prove to be the exception. lol So i’m stopping here…at 218 unless some crazy insane part of me changes my mind before bed.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll drink a few more, but I don’t want to be up all night peeing, so we’ll see how far I get.


luckily i have super crazy awesome bladder…so as long as i go to the washroom before i sleep…i’m good until morning, but maaaan morning is a good time lol

Terri HarpLady

That’s because you haven’t had any kids ;)


LMAO yeah probably lol

Terri HarpLady

kids change everything!

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I kept this from the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box, originally as a present for Tony, because he really enjoys Plum Oolong. It sat on his table for a couple of weeks, waiting…

So I’m drank it with dinner. His teas are my teas, so there!


i liked this one a bunch

Terri HarpLady

It was tasty!

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I’ve been overlapping my teas, in an effort to catch up to my steep sister Sil, & I brewed this one & the Plum Oolong at the same time. I added a little stevia to the Oolong, because it benefits from a little sweet, & drank it with my dinner (BBQ! Tony was having sweet tea, I had Plum Oolong).

As I was drinking that tea, I realized it wasn’t sweet at all. When I started drinking this one, I realized it was, LOL. Oops!
Oh well, the sweetness was actually nice, bringing out the fruitiness of this one. Although it’s not amazing, it’s ok for a bagged Shu.

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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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