3001 Tasting Notes

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IHJv3ewZwU

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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.

Sil

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

:D
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.

TeaBrat

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.

Ysaurella

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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Sipdown No. 2 for today, from NofarS.
This is a tasty, honey sweet cup of goodness, with an interesting almost oily texture, & some malt. Nice & fruity, & the fragrance is beautiful!

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drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
3001 tasting notes

Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!!! Week Two!
I’ve decided to focus today on savoring the rest of the teas that were sent to me from NofarS! We did an awesome swap a few months ago, & gratefully both of us received our boxes, & although I’ve sampled a few of the teas, I’d like to finish sampling them. I’m sharing them with Sil, so once I get through my half of each tea, I’ll pack up the box, along with her half of an order we split recently, & send it on it’s way, thus increasing her numbers while decreasing mine, hehehe…

This is very nice Keemun, just a gently earthy cup of tea to enjoy.

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This is one of Sil’s custom blends, and a tasty one at that!
First cup: 2 Tsp x 3 min, unsweetened.
Re-Steep: 5 Min with a little Maple Syrup…oh yeah!

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This was my first cup of the day, several hours ago. I’ve reviewed it tons of times, so lets just say it is one of my most favorite teas. Of course, I have a fairly long list of most favorite teas, because unlike the Highlander, there can be more than one. So I enjoyed a cup of this in bed, then we went to breakfast at the restaurant my daughter Ari cooks at. The entire menu, which she created, centers around waffles, both sweet & savory. She has 4 waffles to choose from: buttermilk, cornbread, vegan (oat & banana), & gluten free. She cooks things into them, tops them with things, makes sandwiches out of them, etc. They also have salads, smoothies, etc. The concept is great, the food is awesome, & I’m very proud of my girl!
I came home & drank a re-steep of this tea, & now I’m sitting here with Tony watching Cardinals baseball.

JustJames

LOL, last night you were drinking ‘V is for vendetta’ and today it’s ‘highlander’. excellent.

a waffle based menu… now i’m having dirty caloric fantasies. (good thing dream calories don’t count!)

Tea Sipper

mmm.. waffles. I’d have to try everything on the menu.

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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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