3091 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to Laurent for this sample.
A very apple & rose tasting cup, highly fragrant. It’s not bad, but definitely too perfumed for me.

Ysaurella

that’s funny because I remember you liked very much the Dammann rose I sent you and I always thought (no idea why) this tea may be the same kind of rose (I know it has apple in addition too)- I definitively need my mom to share some of this one with me. Would you say we get more rose in this one vs the DF one ?

Terri HarpLady

You know, it’s been so long since I tried the DF ones, I can’t say. The Apple is VERY present in this tea, & a little tart. Of course, flavored teas are not always my preference, & I hope you’ll try this one, because I think you might like it :)

Ysaurella

until now my only reserve with Nina’s is the tea base (too weak for my taste). You know I love flavoured teas but really not all I need to have a very present base. e.g I never found a David’s tea I can really consider as a tea… and actually I am drinking more and more straight teas :)

Terri HarpLady

I also want to taste a very full & flavorful bass, really that is the most important part! A little flavor on top can be nice, but only as an enhancement :)

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Another Sipdown!
Honestly, this one was pretty much meeehhh for me.

JustJames

do you prefer this cinnamon puerh, the steap shoppe cinnamon swirl, or just puerh with no add ins?

Bonnie

I make my own and notice that the second and third steeps with cinnamon are more flavorful.

Terri HarpLady

I prefer my puer plain…with the exception of Sichuan Caravan!!

JustJames

i kindof figured, lol. sichuan caravan? who makes this and why do you like it when no others will do? ;-)

Sil

Verdant makes Sichuan caravan :) it’s great!

Bonnie

Ah…My fav blended is still the original Imperial Breakfast Blend. Sigh.

Terri HarpLady

James, Verdant made Sichuan Caravan last fall. It was amazing & awesome. I’m still hoarding a small stash of it: Yanxin’s Reserve Shu, Ginger, Elderberry, Licorice root, & sichuan peppercorns. YUM It is to date my favorite shu blend, & my favorite blend from Verdant ever. I love it. I noticed it is listed as “Out of Stock”, so my guess is this fall (I hope) they will reformulate it with a different Shu, like they reformulated Imperial Breakfast, which is the other puer blend I love. Thanks for the reminder, Bonnie. :)

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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!

TastyBrew

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 :-)

TastyBrew

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…

Sil

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!

MsWhatsit

“…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… :)

gmathis

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.

gmathis

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
3091 tasting notes

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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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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