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2511 Tasting Notes

drank Assam Halmari by The Devotea
2511 tasting notes

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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I want to apologize in advance, because there is not listing for this tea, & it’s been in my cupboard for awhile, sent to me from Sil. I’m busy being a desk diva, answering phone calls, emails, I’ve booked 2 gigs & now I’m printing hundreds of biz cards, so I’m just gonna use the random steepings heading for this one. Sorry!

It is sipdown no. 89 (yeah! only 11 to go to reach my goal!) & although it’s not bad, it’s not something I’d purchase, as is pretty much the same as the other Monk’s blends I’ve had from a few other places. Now back to work!

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drank Fu Man Chu by SerendipiTea
2511 tasting notes

Sipdown No. 88, from Sil, who got it from Cavo. Thanks girls!
There is something about this tea that I just really don’t like, at least not today. I guess it’s the Jasmine, which I do tend to enjoy, but there is a mintiness, perhaps a camphor like taste from the Puerh, or somethings, that just isn’t working for me.

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Sipdown No. 87!
This tea has a small history. It started with Tasty Brew, who included it in the BBBBox as part of the ‘grab bag’. I sampled it, sent it on to Sil, who also sampled it, & then she sent it back to me.

I think I liked it better the first time I tried it, but it’s still ok. Now it’s gone!

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Welcome to day 14 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve managed to maintain the self-discipline to keep this party going for 2 full weeks, LOL, & I’m not sure if it can go much further, but it’s been fun.
With only 14 teas to go to reach my goal of 100 sipdowns, I’m going all out today!
This is sipdown No. 86, from my tip sister Sil.
In the first steeping of 3 minutes, it was mostly just a decent shu puerh, very little tangerine taste. This second cup, steeped 5 minutes, has a little more of the tangerine that the tea was aged in, but it is subtle. I added a pinch of stevia ( not monsanto’s version, but the real kind, from Cheryl’s herbs), & the tangerine flavor blossomed a bit more, giving the whole cup a juicy quality, on top of the earthy/woody shu puerh. Not bad!


Wow! Good for you Terri! Keep going

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This one is not a sipdown, but is a welcome pot of tea to enjoy with my lunch of soup. I’m still not sure if I prefer the Malty Irish Breakfast, or the other Irish Breakfast from Butiki, but I it doesn’t matter, since I have them both. Right now I love this one the most because I’m drinking it, but perhaps tomorrow I’ll change my mind. I have to load up for a gig in a few moments, so I’ll quietly list my sipdowns of the day thus far here:

82 – Silver Jasmine Green Tea – Teavivre – a lovely jasmine, plucked from the Here’s Hoping TTB, although I realized after making it that I just wasn’t really in the mood for florals today.
83 – Eight Treasures Yabao (Summer)- Verdant – This tea initially mesmerized me with it’s fairy-like appearance, light florals, & Yabao, something I’d never heard of at the time. Now it’s gone, & to be honest, I probably won’t ever re-visit it, as the novelty has worn off.
84 – Taiwan Monkey Picked Oolong – Teavivre – As always, thanks to Angel for the lovely sample, which was shared with one of my students this morning.
85 – Da Hong Pao – Teavivre – I really enjoy the roasty oolongs so much more than the green ones, & will happily linger over them for hours.

I believe that puts me at 344 teas!


Look at you go!

Terri HarpLady

I just realized the the sipdown numbers aren’t showing up, LOL
I guess when you put a number sign in front of something, it renders it invisible?

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Welcome to day 13 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!

Yesterday I had a bit of a setback & only managed 1 sipdown, & to be honest, I’m not sure how many I’ll get in today & tomorrow, as I have Valentine gigs both evenings, but I’ll try to get in a few. I’m 19 sipdowns away from my goal of 100, & I’d really like to reach that goal, but I don’t want to rush through the teas to get there. Savor the moment, right? :)

I’m also still recuperating from a chemical sensitivity reaction. The headache has dwindled to a manageable level, but my hips are out of place & all of my joints hurt. It won’t be fun to move my harp today, although playing it shouldn’t be a problem.

So (sorry to be a whiner), I’ve enjoyed this tea, with it’s bold & rich maltiness. It is sipdown #81, & one of the only black teas left that were in a small enough quantity to polish off! The only other ones I have left are Keemun 1 & Keemun 2 samples from Teavivre, but I kind of want to save them for a comparison with all the other Keemuns in my collection. So this may be my only pot of black tea today. For that reason, I’m taking the time to really savor it, & it is good!


I hope you feel better soon!

Robert Godden

More tea may help. Flush those chemicals away. Hope you feel better soon.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks guys :)

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This was my final tea of the day, so comforting to my throbbing brain. Honestly, it didn’t help at all, but it was a cup of solace. I like this best steeped 5 minutes, with a resteep of 7.
I know that might seem barbaric, but it’s also delicious.

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I’m pretty sure this is my favorite ‘English Breakfast’. It really is well blended, & today it is just right. I enjoyed it so much that I made a 2nd cup (using fresh leaf). I might make a 3rd.

Robert Godden

I could read that all day. Thanks, Terri!

Terri HarpLady

Only the truth, Robert.
I’m still enjoying your book (reading it in bits & pieces).

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I’ve been really going for the comfort teas today, & wanted something a little on the sweet end of things for my bubble bath. This totally hit the spot. I made a 16 oz pot of it, going with 2 T of leaf, 4 minute steep, add stevia.

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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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