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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!


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 :-)


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…


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

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Sipdown #3 today is another tea from TastyBrew, thanks!
I don’t really have a lot to say about it, as I was starting 2 new batches for fermented cukes, & jarring up a rip batch. It always takes so much longer to do these things than you think it’s going to!! I’m hoping my Cuke vines will hold out for a few more weeks! If they do, we’ll have enough ‘Bubbies’ style pickles to last for quite awhile!
I sipped on this cup on & off while I was scrubbing cukes, peeling garlic, picking Dill seed heads, & stuffing the first crock. It’s a pleasant green with a vegetal taste, what can I say?

During the prep & stuffing of the 2nd crock I drank the cold brew of yesterday’s Dan Cong leaves (which I’m disappointed to admit was not a sipdown, I still have another little foil package of it).

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Sipdown #2, from NofarS, thanks!

Admittedly, I am not a Ceylon fan. Something about Ceylons isn’t particularly pleasant for me, maybe astringency? It’s also the taste. It reminds me of the iced tea of my youth. I took a few sips, & put the rest in the fridge for later. What I really wanted was an Assam…

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Welcome to Day 2 of Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
(Sil & Cavo, I know you are both laughing at me, but THIS is for REAL!)

First Sipdown of the day is this Sweet Honey Black, which I acquired in a wonderful trade awhile back with TastyBrew, thanks!

This really is lovely tea, & although it lacks a bold bass note, & gratefully there is no crazy high end, it is very full & rich through the middle, kind of like a Keemun. However, in my opinion the taste is nothing like a Keemun, but more like a refined leafhopper black, like Mi Xian. It is sweet, honeyesque, with a fruity apricot taste & the smallest hint of coriander. A really pleasant cup!


“…lacks a bold bass note.” I love that. You WOULD use musical terms to describe tea.

Terri HarpLady

How could I not? I’m the weirdo who can hear tiny bells playing in running water & other crazy phenomenon that nobody else seems to hear or know about…sigh… :)


Did you two have to be put in separate rooms a lot? ;) My siblings are 11 and 14 years older than me so I never really had the full in-house experience.

Terri HarpLady

Georgie Girl, (sorry, I just love calling you that now) I’m the middle child, with 2 older brothers & 2 younger sisters. For most of my childhood I shared a room with my sisters, who are 4 & 6 years younger than me. Occasionally I had my own room, & because I played the piano so much, for awhile the piano was actually in my bedroom, LOL.


Not a bad roommate! :)

Terri HarpLady

Having the piano in my bedroom was awesome, since I’ve always been a bit of a loner, & as a child was very happy to be left alone to play the piano indefinitely. With the Piano in the living room the other family members got tired of Beethoven & such, wanted to watch TV, etc. Sadly, the piano in my bedroom didn’t last as long as I’d like, but it ended up in the dining room for awhile, & that was also pretty good :)

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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Sipdown #7, ending the day at 311 teas, I think. They may not be entirely accurate, actually, because there were a few teas I restocked from Butiki, but I’ll settle out the numbers at the end of the month.

This was a generous sample from Sil, a nice fruity blend, also a decaf, which allowed me to drink one more cup of black tea into the evening. Thanks Sil!

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Another Sipdown :)
I probably shouldn’t be drinking this right now, LOL, because this black tea really packs a punch in the caffeine department. Oh well!

The description of this tea says it’s earthy & rich & somewhat like a Yunnan. There is definitely an earthiness to it, a warm cereal quality, but truthfully, this is a much bolder & gutsier tea, much more like an Assam in my opinion. Interestingly, since I drank the Wanja Purple tea earlier today, I am also noticing a similar flavor in this one that I can’t quite identify, but that I noticed in that other tea as well. It’s vaguely familiar…cranberry! That’s it! Maybe that is the terroir of the Kenyan soil?

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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I’m counting this as a sample sipdown!
I requested a sample of this in my most recent order from Butiki. I particularly enjoyed it sweetened, but it probably won’t be something I’ll order, as the Guranse is rough on my stomach. But I do like the almost fizzy soda quality of it, & the flavor combo is awesome!

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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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