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I’m still gearing up for Little Terri’s Most Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza Ever!
I have a pretty good pile of teas ready to go, not sure how many, but I’ve been saving that last cup of so many teas in a box for awhile now, so it must happen soon. My original plan was to start Xmas day, then it was New Years day. Maybe I’ll start on Monday. Or maybe I’ll do it in February. But I feel that it must begin soon, because I have 433 teas in my collection, & it’s time to let go off those last bits of samples, trades, etc.
Besides, I want to be able to buy new teas for my birthday later this month!
For now, I’m enjoying a cup of this one, as my final package dwindles down….

Sil

you need to do it soon before i send you your next box!

Cheri

That could be completely crazy

Terri HarpLady

Eg ads, yes!

Terri HarpLady

Maybe I’ll just load up the entire sipdown collection & send it to you ;)

looseTman

Terri, Have you found another Assam as good as PTA?

Sil

LMAO

looseTman

I’m glad you feel better! (Laughter is the best medicine.) However, with Butiki going out of business … What’s the best alternative?

Sil

i was laughing at terri threatening to send me her sipdown collection. Not at your pta comment. :)

looseTman

OK, never mind.

Terri HarpLady

LT man, have you checked out Taiwan Tea Crafts?

looseTman

Terri,
Thanks for the suggesting TTC. I’ve read about them but have not yet tasted their teas. I see Sun Moon Lake Assam Black Tea, Lot 147 is nearly as highly rated as PTA. It appears the current lot # for this Assam is 363, which has yet to be reviewed on Steepster.
Premium Taiwanese Assam & Taiwan Tea Crafts – Do the Taiwanese have a unique advantage over the other Assam growing regions?

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This was my black tea of the day yesterday for my annual family New Years brunch, which started around noon & continued into the evening. Steeped, then resteeped, it is bold & beautiful, with rich malty breadiness, & chocolate undertones. I started with a pot of it in bed to relax, then had a cup while I was setting up the food, then made a pot to share with breakfast (although most everyone drank coffee), then another pot to share over a hilarious game of cards against humanity.

Cameron B.

The Bold and the Beautiful! (tea edition) :P

TheTeaFairy

Sounds like fun :-) Happy New Year dear Terri xox

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This is one of those teas where the first couple of sips don’t seem like much, but every subsequent sip adds a layer of flavor & texture, until your mouth is thick with roasted barley, molasses, & chocolate. It’s awesome & it’s delicious. It’s like LB, only without the beans taste. I love it.

Sil

i’m still so annoyed i missed out picking up more 2013. At least 2014 wasn’t totally different…

Dexter

I keep saying that I will send you some – and I will, once the holidays are over and my life gets back to normal – Sil package will be on it’s way :))

Sil

haha i have a small box with your name on it at my place dex…but i wanted to know if your cupboard was up to date…i have a few YS teas that i’ll include if you don’t have them…in single cup samples just so you get to try more :)

Dexter

Thank you – my cupboard is up to date for “regular companies” including YS. I have some Ebay/Aliexpress stuff that’s not entered (Steepster was being nasty about entering teas into database so I gave up) and some from that guy I know. What I’m trying to say is that I have some for you that I’m pretty sure you haven’t tried…. :))

Sil

hahaha

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I’ve been sitting at my desk, sipping cup after cup of this shu.
Rich & satisfying, it is of the “Boston Brown Bread” type, kind of cakey & dense, with a sweet aftertaste reminiscent of dark dried fruits.

MzPriss

I just got my cake of this and am looking forward to it

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I’ve written plenty of reviews regarding this tea. I even dedicated a blue song to it (somewhere in my steepster reviews).

looseTman

That’s quite a recommendation!

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Yesterday was an awesome day. I fixed a tasty brunch for myself, my 2 sons, Tony, & my friend Lisa. While we ate, we watched “The Interview” on my son Leif’s huge flatscreen. We also shared a pot of this tea, which is tasty. Then we played Cards against Humanity for about 3 hours, LOL.

I steeped the tea in this teapot, which was made for me by a friend!

http://instagram.com/p/xFDGlVD8kS/
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Stephanie

Sounds like a great day! Was the Interview any good? :)

Skulleigh

Yes, after all the hype I must know if the movie was any good :D I played Card Against Humanity with my friends on C. Eve :)
That teapot is amazing! I love it!

Terri HarpLady

The interview: typical Seth rogan film – stoners in suites, Sexual inenduendos, moments of hilarity, moments of disgust. We enjoyed it :)

Stephanie

Cool, I’ll watch it eventually!

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Long ago I picked up some extra of this tea, & I have been enjoying multiple steeping today, & enjoying the time to savor those steepings.

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Harpy HoliDaze!
I’m starting my busy day with this lovely tea, along with this breakfast
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/05/broiled-ham-hock-with-braised-cabbage.html
And now on with the day!
1. Today is my Mom’s birthday, she is 80!
2. My new washer & drier will arrive today sometime before noon!
3. My last xmas gig of the year is at 10pm tonight
Everyone have a wonderful day!

Sil

woot! happy holidays you awesome lady. thanks for being a part of my life :)

Yang-chu

this looks ridiculously tasty.

Stephanie

Happy Christmas Terri!

Ubacat

Merry Christmas!

Christina

Happy birthday to your mom, Terri! I bet you’ll have a lovely holiday.

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I got in 5 hours of practice yesterday!
And I survived, whew!
I’m so glad to have my callouses back, & although I have to be careful not to end up with over-use issues in my arms, it just feels good to be able to work like that. There is still a lot to do by Friday, so today will be a mix of practice sessions interspersed with yoga stretches, tai chi, & tea.

I’m starting it off with this cup of toasty oats & cinnamon, then brekkie, then we’re off!

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Winter Break!
That means NO students for 2 weeks, no getting up at 5am either.
Of course, I have hundreds of things to do to get caught up over the next couple of weeks, & I already know I won’t get to most of them, but Ms Theresa is making her lists & checking them twice. To be honest, my main goal is to enjoy drinking tea, to catch up on sleep, & try to organize my office so that it is once again functional. The highest priority on my list is practicing for a recording with a vocalist. We were gonna try to go into the studio today, but I think Friday will be a better day for it, so that’s what I’ll be doing all week. And a late night xmas eve gig.

This is a solid & delicious Yunnan, a perfect start to my day. I brewed a cup that went with me to physical therapy, & although the resteep isn’t as good as the first cup, it’s still solid & was great with breakfast.

Sil

yaaaaaaay! holidays are great!

gmathis

Merry, merry! (Little Miss Lazy and Old Mrs. Get-R-Done are likely to have a holiday battle at my house, too.)

Skulleigh

The one thing I miss from being a kid in school is Winter Break. I want one as a grown up! :D

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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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