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2480 Tasting Notes

Sipdown no. 97, & yes, I’m going for it, tonight!
Sil sent this one to me, mainly for my man, Tony, who loves earl Grey. I am not a huge EG fan, although occasionally I manage to enjoy a cup. I figured before I gave this to Tony I should drink one cup, so I did. As far as EGs go, this is actually very drinkable, with a real bergamot flavor, nothing phony about it. As it cooled, it did take on a vegetal taste, but I still managed to polish it off. The rest is in Tony’s tea cupboard now. I’ll let you know if he makes any comments about it when he drinks it.

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Sipdown No. 96!!
I made a cup of this one I was home from the Ritz & all of my equipment was unloaded & put away. This is a nice roasty oolong, with a sweet bakey & floral taste. Interestingly, on the 2nd steep I swear it took on an almost mint-like taste.

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Today is day 16 of my sipdown extravaganza, with only 5 more sipdowns to go to reach my goal of 100 sipdowns, but I spent the day at the Ritz Carlton, away from my tea collection. I had to set up pretty early from the Bridal show, with a couple of hours to kill, so like last year, I treated myself to breakfast. Sadly, this year the food was disappointing, & the service was even worse. This is the tea they serve, & it was ok. Not a bad cup, but no real character to it. I drank 2 pots. It took 10 minutes for the first pot to arrive at my table, & I have no idea how long it had been steeped. It took even longer to get the 2nd pot.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2480 tasting notes

I drank a couple of steeps of this one this morning, while I was milling about getting ready to go play a Bridal Fair. I tried to post about it this morning from the Ritz Carlton, where the event was held, but their internet sucks, basically, & I kept getting cut off in the middle of the post. As always, I love this tea, & on a busy day like today, it’s nice to start with something that I love, something that is reliable, something delicious.

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Sipdown No. 95 was a reserve TOMC tea from about a year ago. I made the final cup of it this evening, & then I remembered that I had planned to compare it to the Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong that Verdant currently is offering. Oh well, that won’t be happening, cuz I’m at Tony’s.

This is a delicious rich smoky cup, with a natural sweetness, like caramelized brown sugar. It would be wonderful with Maple Syrup added, but I drank it plain, & it was wonderful anyways.

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I think this is my favorite rooibos tea ever, and it’s sipdown 94, I think.
Thanks Sil!



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Sipdown no 93, from Sil, of course.
A roasty rich wuyi oolong.
We’re watching “this is the end”. It’s really stupid, but then, I knew it would be.

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Sipdown no. 92, another one from Sil.
This is a sweet roasty charcoaly tasty cup of yum!

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First sipdown of the day, no. 90 overall, I think, sent to me from Sil.
This is lovely, simply lovely. I’m not really sure how to describe it, so I won’t even try.


it was a nice green…as nice as greens tend to be for me lol


Wenshan Baozhong are among my favourite Oolongs ever, my staple being Tealux. Can’t wait to try my sample of this one though, might be my late night tea this evening :-)

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drank Assam Halmari by The Devotea
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I drank a satisfying cup of this when I woke up. Then we went to breakfast, where I was stuck drinking bitter swill. Now I’m back at Tony’s, watching a movie (Runner Runner) & enjoying another cup. Some Assams are just a cup of black, all brute strength. This one has a nice strip of sweetness up the center. Thank you :)

Oh, & today is day 15 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Let’s drink some tea!

Robert Godden

You really like this one? It is one of the mildest Assams, it also has a unique colour. It’s also blended in a limited edition we did for Australia only for Christmas. It plays well with others.


can’t wait until i can place a devotea order sigh

Robert Godden

Have you spoken to our US team, Sil?

Terri HarpLady

I just realized this one is a sipdown! That’s becaus I’m sending the rest of it to you, Sil, along with samples of all the other devoteas I have.
Robert, maybe it’s just in comparison to the bitter swill they call tea at the restaurant, but it was an enjoyable cup.


Robert – Terri is sending me a few things first so that i can try them out before i have my tea mule bring an order to me. In canada, so it’s still a bit of a pain to order :)

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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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