2918 Tasting Notes

drank Dan Cong by thepuriTea
2918 tasting notes

The 3rd sipdown of the day! (315)
The aroma of this tea is so nice & fruity, like stone fruit mostly, but also with a raspberry essence. There is also a really nice dark chocolate aspect, as well as hazelnut, especially in some of the middle steepings. Near the end it takes on more of a woods & rock kind of flavor. There are still plenty of steeps in these leaves, but I’m going to put them in a jar of water in the frig & let them brew there for awhile, as I think this will be tasty cold!

Sil

So glad I’m like 100 teas from Being where you’re at lol

Cavocorax

Well if we’re gonna rub it in, I’m about 100 teas away from you, Sil! :P

Sil

You be quiet woman! Plus I never want to be as low as 100 hahaha

Terri HarpLady

I’m aiming for 200, believe it or not, LOL.

Cavocorax

(I’m lucky I still have friends!)
And Terri – who knows? You could do it! You’ve been cutting back on your ordering haven’t you?

Sil

Sure she has….barely ordering at all giggle

Terri HarpLady

…cough….no comment…heh…

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Another Sipdown! (316)
So, I’m digging through trades, looking for nearly tea packets, & came across this one. This is from a long ago trade with Rachel, who I haven’t seen on here of late, but just in case you’re lurking, thanks Rachel!!

This is the only Purple tea I’ve had so far. I steeped 1 tsp in my 16 oz Teapot at 160F for 4 minutes. The resulting tea is pale, with a flavor that is hard to describe. Kind of tart & fruity, in a way like slightly under-ripe fruit, if that makes sense. There is nothing bold & gutsy about this tea, it’s more of a refined kind of thing, but it does give my tongue a shiny tingle on the tip & sides, & I’m feeling some good energy as well. Time to go water my herb garden & dwarf citrus, followed by all of my house plants. I also need to pick some veggies. Communing with the plants, yeah that sounds good to me. :)

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First Sipdown of the week!!
This is a pleasant cup, a little bit on the astringent side, but not bad. There is some sweet potato in there, a little clove maybe, & it’s although it’s not my favorite Keemun, it’s not bad, and now it’s gone!!
That puts me at 317 teas in my cupboard, I think. I added a few from butiki over the weekend, oh, and the verdant bundle…

So I’ve decided today is Sipdown Monday. I’m gonna look through each category of teas & try to finish off the ones that I don’t have much of. I really want to drop my numbers to something manageable, so I can actually drink everything on my list at least once a month! LOL :D

Sil

yep…pretty sure that tea arrived today but because i missed the front door call, i won’t get it until tomorrow…

Cavocorax

Sipdown Monday? Yeah, why not? Gives you the weekend to sort through and find your samples and set them aside for seriousbusiness Monday.

Terri HarpLady

Naw, cavo, on the weekend I either run around playing gigs, or sit around in my PJs at Tony’s house being lazy. I never organize anything on the weekend! Today I just dug though the various shelves on my tea cupboards, looking for things small enough to polish off. I think I’ll do it again tomorrow, maybe I’ll just make this a sipdown week!

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Hmmm….I’m not totally sure how I feel about this tea. Initially it seemed pretty blah, watery & weak in spite of a 6 minute steep, so I added more tea & let it go a few more mins. Still not particularly exciting, so I added sweetening, & the flavors began to bloom into one of those dark chocolate bars that you pay top dollar for, a chocolate bar with ground expresso beans in it. Yep, that’s pretty much it. Even as I was thinking, “this is meh, I should just dump it & make something else”, the flavors were building, getting richer, creating that satisfying sensation of having eaten that expresso chocolate bar. I drank the entire cup.

BTW, I spent the afternoon creating my 3rd blog post @ Terri’s Airy Fairie World, which includes a review of sorts of Butiki’s Khongea Tippy Golden Assam, & a few yummy gluten/dairy free recipes. Here’s the link: terrlangerak.wordpress.com

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Sil sent this tea my way :) Thanks!

Sil

my tasting notes are all showing up in weird random orders…. when new ones appear. I didn’t like this one… like i said..sending you good and bad lol

Terri HarpLady

Hey, we gotta sample ALL the teas, right? :D

Sil

pretty much…and it saves you spending money on them haha

Terri HarpLady

Yep. Now I have kind of a stomach ache. So maybe I should have dumped it out…

Sil

Uh oh… That’s not good.

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Shhhhhh, don’t tell my sons, Drew & Leif, but I have a secret stash of this tea still at Tony’s house, hehehe. Tony gives me all his empty Ahmad tea tins, & a few months ago I filled one with this tasty tea, brought it to his house, drank a cup & forgot all about it. Today I’m enjoying a cup.

This blend of Irish Breakfast, sweet potato black, & Vanilla green is bold enough to stand up to breakfast, & nicely sweet, smooth, & mouth filling. It is especially nice with a plate of almond flour pancakes, drizzles with maple syrup, but today I had it with a more savory plate of eggs, almond flour biscuits, homegrown broccoli, & hollandaise. Yum!

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…sigh…it’s so nice to relax in bed & sip a cup of this. This really is one of those teas that isn’t just a beverage, it’s an experience. The aroma alone is so rich & satisfying, like dark chocolate melted over some fresh from the oven pastry. This first cup is so complex, not just in flavor, but also in the mouth: a very dark chocolate, so satisfying, interlaced with essences of cedar, clove, blackstrap molasses, & the tartness of hibiscus. My tongue feels thick around the sides, with a bright shiny tingle on the tip, LOL.

I’m gonna resteep these leaves, dedicating the 2nd cup to my tea sister Sil.
Then I’ll contemplate breakfast…I’m thinking asparagus, eggs, hollandaise, & almond flour biscuits…
I love Sundays!

Sil

Oh god I hate you right now. I’m sooo tired. Just want this to be over

Terri HarpLady

I wish I could set a mug of tea in a transporter & have it miraculously beamed to your desk, still steaming hot & awesome.

Sil

oh god that would be awesome..

Bonnie

I think this is the perfect tea to match with salted caramels. Sounds like a lovely breakfast! You know how to live it up!
I had lemon-vanilla cardamom pancakes. Sometimes I make Chai pancakes. (Always freeze some)

Terri HarpLady

Yum Bonnie!

Sil

hmmm… i totally have some caramels in the house…

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This is a lovely tea, although I wish I would have steeped my sample in a smaller mug, as it was not as strong as I would have liked. I love zhu rong & most of the flavors in this mix. I’ll probably pick up an oz with my next verdant order so that I can try it a few more times.

Sil

Even though my sample of this was sent to you I almost got more just to drink it sooner in my order lol

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

That’s kind of my thoughts on my first steeping of this one…wanted it a little stronger

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A sipdown! I haven’t had one in days!
This was a generous sample that was sent to me from Michelle months ago. This isn’t the first time I’ve sampled it, but I think this was my first milk oolong, & it is a pleasant cup, very gentle, lightly floral, & there is a milky quality to it. On rare occasions I add coconut or almond milk to tea, but I personally would never ever add milk to an Oolong. Nonetheless, this is a nice tea, & now it’s gone. Thanks Michelle :)

gmathis

Milk and oolong do sound like an odd combination.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! Of course, there is no actual milk in it, just a mildly milky taste & feel.

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Hello Steepsterites!
This was my first tea of the morning. I’ve reviewed it many times. It’s a nice bold & malty cup with a rich oaky flavor & a slight citrus edge. I really enjoy it, & it resteeps pretty nicely too.

It’s been another busy day. Tony & I had tea, then we went to our favorite breakfast place, & then to Lowe’s, where I bought a new weed eater & a new stove. The oven on my 13 year old stove hasn’t worked right for about a year now, & lately has gotten even worse. Here’s the one I bought, if you’d like to see it. They marked the price down an additional $200. It’s still a little pricey, but I cook a lot, everything from scratch, so IMO its well worth it. I always feel like I should get the best quality I can afford, & Frigidaires are made in the USA. I like to get my tea from China, but not my appliances.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_29714-2251-LGGF3043KF_4294715787__?productId=3055861&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&facetInfo=

CrowKettle

That’s a lovely stove! Congratulations on the new appliance, and I hope it works well for you. :)

Veronica

Ooo, that’s a pretty stove!

Terri HarpLady

:)
I’m very excited! Hopefully it will be delivered by the end of the week. I have San Marzano tomatoes to roast & freeze! I have Sweet potatoes coming from my garden to bake & eat. So many things to bake, roast, etc, & I have hates have an oven that didn’t work right.

gmathis

Five burners…wow! I can barely handle two at once :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

It’s sexy, Terri.. I’m jealous..

Terri HarpLady

Chrine, now that I’ve had it for a few weeks, all I can really say is I love it!!! And it is sexy!

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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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