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SIL! I’m pretty positive that I sent this tea to YOU a year ago! :p
Silly!
oh well, this is Sipdown # 57, bringing me to 359 teas.
I think this tea was my first actual experience with Puerh, although it hardly counts, as it’s blended with lots of other stuff: cocoa powder, vanilla, rooibos, cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg. Now that I’ve been actually drinking puerh for awhile, the Shu that is in this is something I can actually pick out, but not a lot of it. Regardless, this is not a bad cup of tea.

Sil

LMAO oopsy… on the plus side this isn’t YOURS coming back to you…

Terri HarpLady

Are you sure? hahaha

Sil

Yes! Omg sent it to me I think…it’s new lol

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Another tea from Sil, sipdown #56.
White teas have gradually grown on me, a little bit anyway.
This one is nice, a little malty & thick/creamy tasting. It reminds me of Yabao. It reminds me of cream of wheat. There is also a hint of lime, or perhaps tangerine to it.
I’m watching the olympics. Figure skating right now, & the little 15 year old from Russia, whose name I didn’t catch, is amazing!!

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Sipdown #55 (I think).
This is another one from Sil. I have a lot of teas from Sil, way more than I’ll ever get through on this sipdown extravaganza, cuz some of them are in quantities that will take awhile to polish off. Of course, she has tons of tea from me too, HAHAHA!

I’ve decided I like Cardamom in my black tea. I wouldn’t want to have it in there all the time, but I do have Cardamom in my spice drawer, & I’m thinking that although I’d probably never buy a Cardamom black tea, I’d certainly add some to my cup. I wonder how it would be in a smokey tea, maybe with some maple syrup added…

Sil

you may have one that sipdown challenge ONCE…by a single tea! but i have won the race! mwahahahahaha

Terri HarpLady

Who says? I think on OUR race, there is no finish line, just more tea! :D

Terri HarpLady

I’m still working on your next box, BTW. I’m thinking I’ll put about 200 samples in it, then we’ll be even again!

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I think the first time I drank this, I didn’t much care for it. This time I dosed it, rather heavily, with Maple Syrup, & it was actually pretty tasty! Thanks to Sil for this one (from awhile back), & it’s sipdown # 54, so now my official te acount is:
DUN da da DAAA!
“drum roll please”
362!

TheTeaFairy

+1 with morgana

Terri HarpLady

~ taking a bow ~

Sil

does it make me a brat if i say your stash is more than double mine? :)

Terri HarpLady

Does it Make you a brat??? Sweetie, you ARE a brat! LOLOL

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Sipdown #53 is this Keemun, sent to me from Sil, & sent to her from Alice. Thanks girls!
This is a more refined & mild keemun, not particularly earthy, but pleasantly sweet.

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Sipdown #52
This is another one sent to me from Sil, thanks!
Not sure what to say about this one. I like the way the cedar aroma rises up into my nostrils, I’ve always loved the aroma of cedar. The tea is a little on the bright side for me, & I’m really craving something bassy & satisfying right now.

TeaBrat

this sounds so interesting!!!

Sil

i really enjoyed this one in how different it was…there are two from belloq i would gladly order again

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Welcome to Day 8 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
I was debating with my selves yesterday evening as to whether I should keep the sipdowns coming, as there are some seriously amazing looking (& smelling!) teas in my cupboard, just waiting to be sampled. And I really want to sample them!!

But I also really want to clean up the loose ends, if you know what I mean. So I’m gonna take it one day at a time, until I either can’t stand it anymore, or run out of sipdown material.

This is a sample from Sil, and as others have said, it bares a similarity to imperial wedding. It’s not a tea I should have drank on an empty stomach, unfortunately.

Sil

doh… eat something lady!

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Sipdown #50!!!!
Yes, I’m feeling rather pleased with myself for having made it through 50 sipdowns in a week, & I didn’t rush through any of them either :)
Much thanks to Spencer for this one, which is interesting & tasty. I probably shouldn’t be drinking it this late at night. In my mind this was a caffeine free tea, but now I realize it has black tea in it. Oh well…it’s friday night, & after cleaning my house all day, I’m sitting on the couch at Tony’s watching the opening ceremony for the olympics. There have been blurbs on FB recently about boycotting the Olympics because of Putin’s anti-gay policies. Although I don’t agree with his policies either, I personally feel that boycotting the Olympics would be a major disrespect to the amazing athletes that have worked so hard to get there, & since the Olympics are about amazing athletes, not politics, I’m going to be watching them.

Courtney

50 sipdowns is amazing!

Sil

My goal is to get to 155 this weekend…

Terri HarpLady

Cool! I forgot to do an actual count before I left the house tonight, but I have a long way to go!

__Morgana__

Congrats on 50 in a week! Wow. I thought I was on a roll at 75 but that’s for the entire year. ;-)

Lala

I agree with you on the Olympics being about the competition and athletes, not politics. It makes me laugh a little bit, because although I do not agree with a lot of Russia’s laws and human rights issues, look at when the Olympics was in China, or even London or Vancouver (for Vancouver there were huge issues surrounding First Nations land, but the government largely tried to sweep it under the rug). There is always a political issue. I guess the Olympics is such a high profile event, that is when it is easiest to highlight the not so nicest parts of the county.

Terri HarpLady

Right! My understanding is the Olympics is about coming together, regardless of differences, to celebrate humankind & our ability to press our limits, show our creativity, & shine! Every person has their admirable & not so desirable qualities, every nation has the same. I don’t mind celebrating & learning a little more about Russia for a few weeks, because that country, with its people & politics, is a product of its rich history, just like I am a product of mine. Of you look at an entire country as if it were a person, developing over a lifetime, it’s clear to me that we all make choices that end up as learning lessons, decisions that in the end we aren’t so proud of. All countries, like all people, have our not so pretty moments. Life goes on, and it will. Meanwhile, on with the Olympics!

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Sipdown #49!!
Confession: I Actually drank this earlier today, but realized I had the opportunity to make it #49, so I held back the posting of it until now!
I had a crush on a guy named Steve Smith a long time ago, & of course, my secret fantasy is that he grew up to be a tea maker! I originally loved this tea, but alas, the magic is over. The last 2 outings with it weren’t as happy as they used to be. One thing about this one, although it is really bold & screams ASSAM, you really have to be careful about going over-board with the amount of tea, or it can be a little too…uh…grapepeely & bright.
Today, it was actually pretty good!

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Sipdown #48
Another one from Sil. It’s an interesting take on Genmaicha, although I do think I prefer it with green tea, & Even moreso without a doubt my favorite Genmaicha now is Laoshan Black! But this is nice too.

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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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http://www.harpsinger.net

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