2855 Tasting Notes

drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
2855 tasting notes

Sipdown #6 for today, I think!
I’d like to thank Garret for this sample!
The aroma of this tea is amazingly buttery, & also has a wonderful caramel smell. Yum! The flavor is gently sweet, creamy, & slightly floral. I’m not a big fan of milk oolong, but I don’t mind having some once in awhile, & although I’ve honestly only had a few, this is the best one I’ve tried so far.

I’ve been enjoying it for several steepings now, using my little blue & white porcelain lotus teapot with a matching teeny tiny cup. I was at Target the other day, & came across a white porcelain cream pitcher, which I couldn’t resist, LOL. It holds 2 steepings worth (roughly 8oz total), so I can do a couple of pours & go sit somewhere & relax while I sip. I love it for gongfu sessions!

BTW, my new stove arrived & it is awesome!!!

Sil

isn’t this one good?

Terri HarpLady

It’s very nice!

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3 more sipdowns to report:

No. 1 Tippy Orthodox Darjeeling GFOP from Upton, this was a sample Sil sent to me. I was going to drink the rest of it with lunch, but I accidentlly spilled the entire sample on the floor. Had my floors been clean, I might have still steeped the leaves, but that was not the case (by a long shot). Needless to say, my floor is clean now!

Then I remembered that last night before I went to bed I started 2 cold brews, so I drank them with my lunch, one after the other. First up was
Twinings Pomegranate Delight Black, a sample tea bag they sent me months. I probably wouldn’t have cared much for it hot, but it made for a tasty & slightly tart cup of ice tea! I followed that with another sampler from Twinings, Peach Cold Brew ice tea, which was also nicely refreshing with my lunch. I thank Twinings for the samples.

Sil

so jealous with all your tea drinking…

Terri HarpLady

neener neener neener

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Go, Terri, go!

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Sipdown # 2 of the day was provided by Angel & TeaVivre. Thank you so much for the opportunity to sample this tasty tasty tea! A slightly floral sweet potato, with a yeasty cheesy kind of tongue thickening quality as well. Very lovely, & definitely on my list of teas to purchase when I make my next TeaVivre order! Delicious!

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Day 4 of Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza is well under way! Yay!
I started the day with 297 teas!! I’m back under 300, people! :)
Thanks to Cavocorax for this tasty Assam!

Cavocorax

Woohoo! Now maybe you can get your total number of teas down by 20 each month? :P

Sil

I can help you get back over 300….

Cavocorax

These posts read sorta like the good angel/bad angel of Terri’s shoulder. :P

Sil

I’m just jealous because 11+ hours work days mean I’m totally not close to 200 anymore….oh and teavivre arrived today…if I have time to go get it from the post offices

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys! Have it said that before?
I can’t believe I’ve done nothing but sipdowns for 4 days, but it feels good to be getting rid of odds & ends!
Yay, TeaVivre!

Sil

i’m back at 229 sigh + teavivre + verdant on their way (not to mention teas for me with jenn and terri and the traveling tea boxes)

Terri HarpLady

229 is better than 250!!

Sil

i suppose..but im currently looking at teas in ottawa, montreal and possibly online lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I have several teapages open…trying to keep myself under control!!!

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Sipdown
Thanks to Laurent for this sample.
A very apple & rose tasting cup, highly fragrant. It’s not bad, but definitely too perfumed for me.

Ysaurella

that’s funny because I remember you liked very much the Dammann rose I sent you and I always thought (no idea why) this tea may be the same kind of rose (I know it has apple in addition too)- I definitively need my mom to share some of this one with me. Would you say we get more rose in this one vs the DF one ?

Terri HarpLady

You know, it’s been so long since I tried the DF ones, I can’t say. The Apple is VERY present in this tea, & a little tart. Of course, flavored teas are not always my preference, & I hope you’ll try this one, because I think you might like it :)

Ysaurella

until now my only reserve with Nina’s is the tea base (too weak for my taste). You know I love flavoured teas but really not all I need to have a very present base. e.g I never found a David’s tea I can really consider as a tea… and actually I am drinking more and more straight teas :)

Terri HarpLady

I also want to taste a very full & flavorful bass, really that is the most important part! A little flavor on top can be nice, but only as an enhancement :)

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Another Sipdown!
Honestly, this one was pretty much meeehhh for me.

JustJames

do you prefer this cinnamon puerh, the steap shoppe cinnamon swirl, or just puerh with no add ins?

Bonnie

I make my own and notice that the second and third steeps with cinnamon are more flavorful.

Terri HarpLady

I prefer my puer plain…with the exception of Sichuan Caravan!!

JustJames

i kindof figured, lol. sichuan caravan? who makes this and why do you like it when no others will do? ;-)

Sil

Verdant makes Sichuan caravan :) it’s great!

Bonnie

Ah…My fav blended is still the original Imperial Breakfast Blend. Sigh.

Terri HarpLady

James, Verdant made Sichuan Caravan last fall. It was amazing & awesome. I’m still hoarding a small stash of it: Yanxin’s Reserve Shu, Ginger, Elderberry, Licorice root, & sichuan peppercorns. YUM It is to date my favorite shu blend, & my favorite blend from Verdant ever. I love it. I noticed it is listed as “Out of Stock”, so my guess is this fall (I hope) they will reformulate it with a different Shu, like they reformulated Imperial Breakfast, which is the other puer blend I love. Thanks for the reminder, Bonnie. :)

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Sipdown #3 for today, thanks to TastyBrew!

OMG, this is so good!! It’s malty, it’s rich, it’s making me think of pancakes with Maple Syrup & butter. I have never ordered from Upton, although I’ve had the pleasure of sampling several of their teas now, mainly thanks to Sil & TastyBrew, & this one is for sure a winner, & definitely on the list for when I finally place an Upton order…some day…
I want MOAR!

TastyBrew

Sad news… That one isn’t available anymore. I’ve been hoarding my bag for like a year now since I’m so sad for the last cup, but I knew I had to share some with you :-)

TastyBrew

It was the first straight black tea I didn’t want to alter in any way. It was my gateway tea…

Terri HarpLady

:D Now I feel especially honored!! Thanks!

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Sipdown #2 is this Jasmine Silver tip, sent to me from TastyBrew. It’s a delicate green with an overlay of natural jasmine, & made for a pleasant & relaxing cup while I was teaching. Thanks TB!

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It’s day 3 of Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!

First sipdown of the day is a sample sent to me from NofarS, and it’s tasty one. Very bright, a little tart, especially around the outside edges of my tongue. Not particularly bold, but mouth-filling none the less. Thanks NofarS!

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Another Sipdown from TastyBrew! Thanks!
This is a nice full Yunnan with a malty flavor & a rich resinous feeling to the mouth. Very tasty, just what I needed!

I haven’t done the math yet, but there are several teas I’m not reviewing today that I will be counting as sipdowns because I’m sending them to another steepsterite…not saying who…

Sil

Hahaha. Just be warned…there is a box here with your name on it….

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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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