3091 Tasting Notes

drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
3091 tasting notes

Getting ready to mop the kitchen, I think I have enough caffeine in my system now. This is a really nice & smooth cup of boldness with a little smoke, coffee, & chocolate in the flavors.

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It’s the last day of the month! I keep trying to make the last day of the month my day to clean house, complete any loose ends, etc. Today I’d really like to accomplish some things, & I have no students until 2:30, so hopefully I’ll get a move on here shortly. But first breakfast & more tea!

For all my love of full leaf individual teas, I also love a good blend. That’s exactly what this is too! It’s bright, it’s rich, it’s earthy, it’s bassy. It’s also sweet, clean, fruity/winelike. What more can I say? Nothing. So I’ll finish this cup. And my breakfast.

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
3091 tasting notes

Not to gloat, at least not too much, but I think I may have won the Sipoff, ending the day at 216 total teas left in my cupboard.
Of course, there’s always a downside to each & every conquest, & in my case, I did not sleep worth a damn last night. I wonder why?
Sil, dear Sil, I hope you slept better than I did, & I hope you’re feeling better today too. For today, I’m not planning any sipdowns.
I’m just drinking tea. Starting with this one.
This one is the forest floor. Helping to bring me back down to earth after a night of tossing & turning (and peeing, yeah, I’ll admit it).


Couldn’t help but wonder about that part ;)


you won… i got no slee because the other half was super sick…fever etc… but i was fine with that whole peeing thing :P I want a rematch because i nearly kept going last night! tea was on teh table to drink and then ian had major issues..


grats my dearest sister… sounds like i won…even though you did haha hugs

Terri HarpLady

As far as I’m concerned, we both won! We both got rid of a bunch of teas, right? It might be awhile before the rematch, I gotta get more teas down to sipdown stage. Plus Tony, who was initially amused, started feeling dejected because I wasn’t paying enough attention to him, lol. He’s over it now though.
Maybe we’ll do our rematch sometime when he’s out of town, :)


oh no… no rematch is next time we’re close to the same… even if we don’t have sample boxes lol

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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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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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