2955 Tasting Notes

From Sil, this one is an oolong with various fruits. It has a tart & tangy lightly sweet character. There is a vegetal quality to it as well. I’m tea starved, I haven’t had a cup for hours, so at this point I’ll probably drink anything, but luckily this is actually a nice cup.
Not somethings I’d stock, but nice to try.
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Ysaurella

Sil should have sent the rest of the sample I sent her and I’m very glad she did as you liked this lovely Oolong. This is kind of collector tea as it was made especially for the Musée Cernuschi in Paris and for a very specific temporary exhibition.

Terri HarpLady

That’s cool! What kind of exhibit was it?
Also, I love that we are trading even when we don’t realize it! :)

Ysaurella

it was an exhibition dedicated to the asian paintings from the shanghaï school(1840-1920).The cernuschi museum in the museum of Asian arts in Paris.

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The last sipdown until later this evening, as I’m gonna be leaving to play at a wedding in a little while, & I need time to dry out a little, if you know what I mean!
The wedding is at this neat old lodge in Grafton, Ill, & I was thinking it was about an hour away, but I just realized it’s actually more like an hour & a half, so time to get moving! Here’s the website of the place, located north of Alton, IL, & also north of Elsa, IL (big attraction for Christian Scientists, they have a college there), along the Great River Road (big tourist attraction, especially for Bikers). It’s a gorgeous day, so there will be hundreds of motorcycles along the way. By the way, anybody wanna buy my Harley? 1200 Sportster, 05. Her name is Ruby, kind of like this tea, & she is lava sunglow red. I never have time to ride anymore…
http://www.pmlodge.net/

The tea: Another one from Sil. It’s tart, rich, & spicy, but again confirms that although I enjoy some teas from Taiwan, I much prefer teas from Yunnan & Fujian more. There is this underlying taste to some Taiwanese teas that doesn’t always sit well with me. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t drink a cup of this, if offered, however.
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gmathis

That lodge looks heavenly. Check me in.

Terri HarpLady

It is a pretty cool place. I’ve never actually stayed there, but I’ve played several weddings there, & once a bunch of us rode our Harleys there on a saturday for brunch. The do a very big brunch on the weekend.

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Another sipdown, this one from Sil in the most recent box she sent to me.
This is a tasty black tea, & although I tend to associate the words Dian Hong with amazing golden tipped (or completely golden!) teas that taste of sweet potatoes, honey, malt, etc, , I know they aren’t all like that. This one isn’t. The leaf is much darker, the steep is redder. The tea is fruity like plums, but not as sweet & plum like as the Purple tea from YS that I reviewed yesterday. Nonetheless, this is a delicious tea in it’s own right, & I might have to add some to my next Teavivre order…

I want to really go for it today on the sipdowns, but I have to leave in awhile for a wedding at Pere Marquette lodge over in Illinois. It’s roughly an hour drive, so I probably shouldn’t drink anything else this morning…sigh…oh, maybe one more cup of something…
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Welcome to the final day of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
31 days of emptying envelopes, baggies & tins! I did a preliminary tea count yesterday that takes into account all of the new teas I ordered this month, & I’m pleased to announce that I will still be under 401! Of course, you can never have too much tea, right?

I saved this final serving of Anxi Fo Shou for today. This is, in some ways, a sad sipdown.
This is such a rich & awesome tea. The first couple of sips don’t seem quite so, but then this chocolate-ness starts building & filling your mouth with every sip, & then lingers on, long after the cup is gone. I steeped everything I could get out of this, & now it is gone. Probably forever…sigh…

But, gratefully, I’ve encountered many amazing teas since I first fell in love with this one. When it comes to men, I’m happy with only one.
When it comes to tea, I guess I’m kind of a …well, lets just say I’m a little wilder in the free love department when it comes to teas, especially black teas. I have many lovers…
“Love the one your with!”
Farewell, Anxi Fo Shou.
I have loved you, but our romance has ended, you are gone.
Fear not, for although there will be many others,
Your memory will linger on…and on…
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boychik

i cannot believe you did it. Im still hoarding 2 I think.

TheTeaFairy

“Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover…”

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
2955 tasting notes

The tea is SO DELICIOUS!!!!
And it’s a sipdown.
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This is not a sipdown, but it had to happen.
I have a new harp students whose parents are from China, & her Dad & I have been talking about tea. He likes Tieguanyin, so I served him some of this one today. He loved it!
It really is a wonderful TGY, such lovely florals & aroma, & it was fun to share it. This one is from the Reserve TOMC, last June.

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I’ve been drinking this one for a couple of hours now. It is a very mild Sheng, starting out with a creamy vanilla texture, then gradually taking on a sweetness, a light floral, & then giving way to more of a mineral quality.
It also has great Chaqi, very restorative, & uplifting! I’m in a great headspace!
Much thanks to Nicholas for the sample!
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I have 3 grandkids:
1 lives here with my daughter, half of the time. He’s with his dad for the next week.
The other 2 live a block away. They are here now, playing the newest Mario cart with their uncle & eating pizza. We have an established tradition of drinking tea, so my grandaughter & I just polished of a pot of this yumminess. So pretty, so delicate, so delicious.
Sipdown
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MzPriss

Awwwwww sweet!

gmathis

This sounds like it has to be granddaughter tea!

Stephanie

I want to play the new Mario kart! But we just have a PS3 not a wii

Terri HarpLady

My son Leif (age 21) has his priorities, & proper gaming equipment is a big part of it. LOL

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This is some crazy-potent tea! Whew!
And a sipdown as well.
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Sil

gawd at this rate you’re going to catch ME

Stephanie

Easy to oversteep, but doesn’t become bitter…just more crazy potent :)

Terri HarpLady

Sil: don’t worry, when I add in all the new stuff I’m probably back over 400 anyway.
Stephanie – super potent!

Sil

Terri – there is more inbound. I’m paranoid i’m going to hit 300 since i will barely have time to drink tea this weekend… moving is tiiiring

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Welcome to day 30 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
Yup, my month long festival of sipdown is coming to a close! I’m actually glad, because I have new teas to drink, special teas that I miss drinking, etc. Tomorrow will be the final day of clearing my shelves of anything old, small, or just unloved.
I’ve been working on updating the database, & as I’ve said before, I’ll probably end the month with more tea than I started with, haha. I started with 401, & although I didn’t set any actual goal, I think I’ve been kind of aiming for 250.

This is a really interesting tea, & if you let it warm up in a hot cup, the aroma of plums is outstanding! I could sit around just huffing this, & I did for a few minutes. Something nice to wake up to. Going with short steeps, the tea itself build through layers of Congee rice, sweet plum, a little tartness, & an amazing chaqi. Some of the steeps make me think of Plum Sake, even though I’ve never had anything like that, LOL.
It also really reminds me of a sweeter sister to Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan. It has a very similar energy, & a rustic wild quality to it, but coupled with a lovely sweet aftertaste of plums.
It’s silly for me to count this as a sipdown, as I have a new shipment en route, but the newer version is from Spring 2014, so there you go. It’s legit.
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Stephanie

plummy stuff is great :)

Dag Wedin

Oh, i do love this tea! It is absolutely outstanding gong-fu style. Never did get the 2014 harvest. i noticed that the 2013 i have has chaged character quite abit since it was “fresh”, it matures very well so dont drink it all at once :)

Sil

June is going to be a sipdown month for me….

Terri HarpLady

Stephanie: Yup! Did I send you some of this one?
Dag: I agree whole heartedly with everything you said!
Sil: Good luck with that! :D

Stephanie

yep, kind of reminded me of Dancong :D

mrmopar

Just got 100 grams of this one in. Mow I am glad I did. Nice review Terri, I look forward to trying this one.

Terri HarpLady

MrM, my YS order arrived today, & somebody probably needs to take me out back & shoot me, LOL. I must be crazy, this order is ridiculous, but I’ll enjoy sharing the teas with my BBBB sisters, & can’t wait to start drinking them! :D

Sil

i need to place a YS order…or you can do it terri..and i’ll place the verdant order and we’ll swap quantities lol

Terri HarpLady

That’s a real possibility! I’ve already placed the huge order, so anything I bought that you want(pretty much all of their 2014 black teas, & a few puer samples) is an option…

Dag Wedin

Wow, all of their blacks!?! Thats a huge amount of tea :D

boychik

Terri, did you order fr US site? My order fr China is in transit for 2 months already. Not that I have nothing to drink…

Terri HarpLady

Dag: well…maybe not ALL of them…but I did have quite a bit of money in my Playpal account from people buying my songs off iTunes, so lets just say I went a little nuts…lol. I won’t need to order anything from there again until Fall, and really only because I’ll want to try out some of the Fall teas, right?

Boychik: I have ordered from the US site, which comes very quickly, but I usually order from the China site, because the selection is so much bigger, & yeah, it can take awhile, especially if you go with the cheapest transit method. If you’re like me, you’d rather spend your money on tea, rather than on shipping, so usually by the time the box comes I’ve sort of forgotten about it. That makes it like a surprise present!
This time I actually paid for the next to cheapest shipping & the box came in a couple of weeks, but I think my first china order took a couple months.
Anyway, it’s not like I don’t have plenty of tea to drink while I’m waiting!

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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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