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Oh yeah!
I just got home from shooting pool with Tony. I needed a cup of something like this!
This is tasty, with that rich resinous malty flavor & mouth that I love so well, essence of chocolate & a bit of an aged almost shu-like flavor.
Big Thanks to TastyBrew for this one :)


glad i saw this..was about to put some in for you to try

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A tasty tea from TastyBrew!
I love the description of this tea: sweet, spice, & leather with a hint of smoke. I’ll add that it has that resinous tongue-thickening sensation as well. Thanks Tasty!

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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Happy Birthday USA!
My first cup of the day, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I think each time I drink this tea I enjoy it a little more, as it really is loaded with nuance: malt, floral, incense, coriander, peat moss, shroom, brown sugar, plum, & even a little chocolate as it cools down. There are no trumpets blaring or tubas here, just the smooth sound/ taste of a woodwind quartet & some low strings, a soothing concert in the Fairie Wood. I’ve reviewed this several times, including writing a song. A pleasant earthy cup.

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drank Pu Erh Poe by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown (uh…304 I think)
I bought this in a sampler months ago. It’s not bad. There is a slight fishiness to it, but it is otherwise lightly sweet & earthy. I have enjoyed much tastier Shu’s, but I’m trying to work my way through my list, & this one was next alphabetically (by brand). And now it’s gone.
For good.

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drank Dan Cong by thepuriTea
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I started sipping on this earlier, Gongfu style, using 5G of tea to 4oz water. I did one rinse, which I sipped but discarded, as it was weak.
The dry leaf smells wonderful! Roasted Stone Fruit, raspberries, a hint of dark chocolate.
The wet leaf also has a very sweet & fruity aroma.
The initial flavors on this tea, however, were more like wood smoke or a woody incense. There is also a flavor of roasted nuts, predominantly hazelnut I would say, & a little bitterness. The fruit was there, but more in the background. Gradually those initial flavors subsided, making way for more of a sweet & subtle stone fruit taste.
I think I might try doing a cold brew with this, to see if the fruitiness becomes more prominent, although I enjoyed it as is.

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A lovely cup of green!
I would probably write another Haiku to this tea, but I’m getting ready to go look at a house with Tony. That doesn’t actually mean we’re finally moving in together (after 13 years of each owning houses 5 minutes apart), but we are leaning more in that direction, & are both very interested in this house, as it appears to have the features we want, & it’s in the neighborhood we want to live in (which I already live in.)
To be continued…


Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter just bought houses side by side that connected through a balcony or something like that. They didn’t have to live with each other but didn’t have to live apart. Ha ha. A great idea I think.

Good luck!

Terri HarpLady

It IS a great idea!
When I got divorced 17 years ago, my ex bought the house next door, which would have been fine except he was a drunk & felt like he should be able to just walk in any time. Hence, I sold that house & moved to the current house.
The house we looked at today is Beautiful, BTW, especially the master bedroom. It’s on the south side of the house, 2nd floor, with 9 windows, built in his & hers closets & dresser drawers, 2 window seats, etc. Nice front porch, lovely yard. The kitchen is kind of small, but there is a spacious dining room. There’s a lot of really nice features, but no garage (but plenty of room to add one). It’s stucco over frame, & the stucco is in need of repair, plus the whole thing needs painted & most of the windows are original (house built in 1890). We went to tea afterwards, & if we were to get it the first thing he’d plan to do is replace all the windows, add vinyl siding, & build a garage. Whew!

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This is currently one of my favorite Assams, along with #49 & Premium Taiwanese. All 3 of them are very different from one another, but all delicious.

It appears that my allergies are back. I haven’t been drinking my Nettles, & grass & weed levels are rising now that we’ve had so much rain!
Note to self: Start drinking Nettles again!

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I have this amazing & generous box from NofarS, loaded with mostly black teas, & a few others for variety. They are ALL teas I’ve never tried!
I’ve only drank one of them so far. There are just so many in there (38) that it’s hard to pick one, LOL.

I reached in & drew out a silver needle…put it back because I’m just not in the mood for that. I reached in & drew out sweet almond & orange black. Not now. I reached in & drew out an earl grey, & put it back. I reached in & drew out this Darjeeling. That works. I just wanted one more cup of black tea.

I’m still getting to know Darjeelings. I’ve drank quite a few, but am still developing a vocabulary for them, I guess. This is a nice afternoon tea, not nearly so bold as an Assam. There is a earthy & fruitiness to it, which I suppose is the muscatel taste everyone talks about. I’ve never had muscatel wine or grapes, but I smelled the grapes once & the aroma was a turn off for me.

Thanks NofarS. I really AM gonna start drinking these wonderful samples more often! :D


I’m so glad that you liked the box! Darjeelings are a mood kind of tea for me, and always in the afternoon. This is one of my favourites.

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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
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Bubble bath brew, with a little stevia. Kind of like drinking an almond cookie.

And this is a sipdown!
Also, Leif wants you to all know that he also completed a Sipdown of the Avada Kadavra blend from Adagio. He loved it. I still never tried it iced, but he says it’s especially awesome that way.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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A nice toasty cup of Hazelnut!
My only wish would be that the base wasn’t Ceylon, but it’s still tasty!
I even added a touch of maple syrup to it.


Have you tried the honeybush version?

Terri HarpLady

Hmmmm…no, have you :)

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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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