2895 Tasting Notes

drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
2895 tasting notes

Another sipdown from NofarS. This is a very lovely tea with a fruitiness that reminds me of the Sun Moon Lake teas Sil & I bought awhile back.

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I’m claiming a triple sipdown on this entry.
First off, I finally made tea eggs, using the last of the Happy Lucky’s Lapsang, plus the last of the Lapsang from the London Tea Room. Drew & I split one, & he thought it just tasted like a boiled to him. Of course, there is much more to the flavor than that, but I’m not quite sure how I feel about them, to be honest. They look cool though!

The third sipdown is for this Nilgiri, thanks to NofarS.
I’m enjoying it as an after lunch tea. It’s a little on the bright & edgy side for me today, but not a bad cup, & will be followed by a shower, as I have a new student coming in about an hour. I don’t want them to realize what a slob I am until they’ve had a chance to get to know & love me first! :)


I don’t like them plain either, but with other things like fish, not bad. (Smoked eggs) At least you tried. I think the Chinese way is to soak them way longer!!!

Terri HarpLady

I ate 2 for brunch, along with a few olives, some of my fermented dilly green beans, & tea. I sprinkled the eggs with sichuan pepper & a little salt. Not bad. Probably not something I’ll make again as deviled eggs are way better! But it was worth a try, right? I might turn the rest of them into some kind of egg salad & try to pawn it off on the boys, LOL. I combined a couple of recipes I found online that required an initial boiling of the eggs, then cracking the shells, then a 2 hour simmer in a mix of the tea, orange peel, cinnamon stick, star anise, sichuan & black peppercorns, & tamari. I think that’s everything. They might be good topped with a little homemade mayo spiked with sriracha… hmmm….

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Another Sipdown from NofarS box of goodies!
A decent little shu, leaning more to the dark & earthy side, but no off flavors. I enjoyed this earlier today. :)

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Third sipdown of the day, thanks to NofarS for this generous sample!
I’m not a huge fan of milk oolong, although I don’t mind a cup from time to time, and it makes for a nice contrast after something bold like an Assam, & a nice segue to the more roasty oolongs that I love, or another bold black.
This one is pleasant enough. The initial sips were lightly floral & just “ok”, but near the end of the first cup, the flavors built up a little more to the taste of powdered milk & a tongue thickening sensation. The 2nd steep starts out with a stronger floral essence & vegetation, & I’m getting a bit of a perfumy sensation, but I think that’s because I oversteeped this cup.

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My 2nd sipdown of the day, from NofarS.
I love the name of this Assam. It’s just a cool name, IMO.
A nicely potent Assam, rich, dark, & almost coffee-like, with a pleasing bitter edge. It’s also very bright at the top end, as if trumpets were playing that wake up reveille, if you’re not familiar with the tune, here it is, LOL.

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Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza, Week 2, Day 2!
I’m still working on my box from NofarS, thanks!
I realized that my numbers are a little off, as I drank 4 of the teas from this box while I was in Florida visiting my folks, so I’m starting the day @ 274 teas! I’m sharing this box with my tea sister, Sil, so she can sample All the Teas too, so as I polish of my share of each generous sample, I’m setting them aside & counting them as a sipdown. There are still a BUNCH of teas left in this box to try! Nofar, you are awesome! I hope you’re enjoying the box I sent to you as well :)

So this Yunnan is tasty, with the rich butter sweetness, slight mushroomy kind of taste, & thickness to the tongue that I love.
Enough said.


Oh god…my cupboard cringes. I really hope I can get some teas sipped down while we’re off galacanting around, other wise I’m going to be royally up some numbers haha

Terri HarpLady

One good thing to know is that these will mostly be one cup samples, so although they’ll add a lot of ‘names’ to your list, they won’t add a lot of volume & will be easy to zip through, right?

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This is my final sipdown & tea of the day, again from NofarS. I’m ending the day with 278 teas in my collection!

I started drinking gongfu steepings of this while teaching my final student of the day. I’m not sure how many cups I had, but once her lesson ended I got busy cleaning the stove hood, & all tea drinking came to an end. I am saving these leaves, however, as I’m sure they still have much more to give & after a quick rinse tomorrow, I plan to steep them out some more. This is a smooth & tasty shu, free from fermentation flavors & odors, with a sweetness to it & a nice earthy grounding energy. It brews a deep dark cup, & that’s the kind of cup I love!

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Another Sipdown from NofarS :D
Although I’m not a huge fan of white teas, this is without a doubt an excellent quality white. Long whole leaves, with a robust dense character about them, the flavor is gentle, as white teas are, but not flavorless by any means. I enjoyed drinking several steepings of this while teaching this afternoon.

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Another Sipdown from my box of teas from NofarS!
I enjoyed this Darjeeling while I was teaching this afternoon, after all the errand running, but before the stove repair & cleaning. It has as light fruitiness, along with a floral aspect to it. A nice afternoon tea.

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Another Sipdown from NofarS, thanks!
This is a tasty blend, & a pleasure to drink today while I was driving around St. Louis, trying to find a few parts I needed to repair my range hood, which must have been installed in the Great Depression.
The parts were eventually found, everything works now, the filters have been replaced, & the whole thing is now cleaner than it ever was!
This tea is a tasty blend of both Assam & Yunnan teas, which are my favorite teas to enjoy, so sipping on it while I drove around helped my day along immensely.


Ha, I think my stove is that old as well. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I got a new stove last week, which I am loving, but the range hood is mounted under a cabinet on the kitchen wall (above the stove). My house was built in the late 1890’s, & I’m hesitant to replace the hood because the walls can be a little crumbly. Anytime I drill a hole, I run the risk of having to break out the spackling compount, or worse! But I love this house, so I figured if I can fix that old hood, I can use it! :)
It was made back in the day when things were made to last! We (Tony mainly, lol) replaced the light switch, which only worked if you held it down, the filters, the light fixture, & the fan was rubbing on something, so he straightened that out too. My wonderful man! I scraped away a lifetimes worth of grease.


no idea why Twining doesn’t commercialize this one in France, maybe they are thinking we’re not interested because we cut the heads of our king and queen…

Terri HarpLady

Nice reply! LOL!

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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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