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God, this stuff is good! It’s not the smokey lapsang type, but just a super rich dark chocolate thick mouthed roasty cup of YUM!
I made a cup this morning to drink en route to the wedding. Now I’m having a second cup before heading out into the garden for an hour. It’s such a beautiful day in this neighborhood!
I’m also drinking it to make Sil jeolous ;)

NofarS

I was about to save it to my wish list, when I discovered that I had already done that after your first review of this tea :)

Anna

NofarS – I do that all the time.

Sil

lesigh i am always jealous of you terri…

Terri HarpLady

Nofar, as I recall, I was suppose to be sending you some Kenyan Kaproret from the London Tearoom. I can include some of this too…

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Another Sipdown from Yunnan Sourcing, & the 2014 version is on it’s way to me, so it’s sort of a joke to even count it. In fact, if the truth must be known, my sipdown extravaganza is a bit of a farce, as I have received boxes of tea from several sources & placed a couple of orders. I won’t add those teas in until the last day of the month, but will probably end the month with more teas than I started with, LOL.

However, it won’t be a total waste of sipdowns, simply because I will have polished off all the older samples, TOMC & TOMCR, etc. Everything I have will be fairly new!
Except for all the puerh…sigh…but that’s a different story all together, right?

I like this tea (I should say something about the tea, right?)
It has a savory & floral quality, & a bit of spiciness that lingers & builds up to a tangy quality, kind of like buttermilk.

mrmopar

I don’t feel so bad about breaking my buying hiatus now as I can blame it on you as my inspiration.

MzPriss

I blame her (quietly, to myself) a lot for that. I like what she likes :)

TheTeaFairy

+1 with you guys…let’s blame Terri, lol.
I’m at 333 right now, trinity…that means I,m destined to spend the rest of my life with a cupboard over 300 sigh. Month of may has been more lethal than Black Friday and it’s only the 18th!!

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys, & it has always been my dream to inspire others with my music, so why not inspire them with my tea purchases too? LOL

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It’s silly to remove this from my cupboard, even though it is a sipdown, because I just placed an insane Yunnan Sourcing order, which includes this tea, but it will take awhile to get here, so I’m counting it!

This is a comforting cup of warmth, with a honey wheat toast quality to it, a creamy feel across the palate, a graininess, & a sense of bee pollen. There is also a tiny hint of orange peel lingering. This is one of the teas I featured this month in the BBBBox, & although it’s not as glamorous as the Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong or the really awesome Gold Needle, it’s still a lovely tea & I’m sure my BBB sisters will enjoy it.
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mrmopar

Yeah I’m about to drop some $ there soon.

Terri HarpLady

Glad I’m not alone! :)

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drank Calm Chamomile by Tazo
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I drank a cup of this over at Tony’s a little while ago. It’s not my favorite chamomile type tea, but has a certain relaxing quality to it.

TheTeaFairy

Are you feeling a little better?

Terri HarpLady

I am feeling much better, thank you! Good thing too, cuz I have to leave the house at 9am to go play a wedding! :)

gmathis

I have to doctor this one up to like it much—a cinnamon stick works pretty well.

Terri HarpLady

GG, I always use 2 teabags, :)

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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This is more like it!
Ah… I love the sensation of caffeine, spreading through my system…sigh…
Even though I’m still a little under the weather, I have food in my belly & I’m kicking back & watching this week’s episode of “Elementary” with Tony.
This is a satisfying blend of Indian & Chinese teas. I’m grateful that I found it in my purse :)

MzPriss

I hope you are back to feeling GOOD by tomorrow.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! Me too! I have a wedding at 10am!

gmathis

I don’t need another TV addiction, but I have wondered if I would like Elementary—-just realized that Mycroft is the same actor who played Spike in Notting Hill, one of our favorite cuddle flicks.

Terri HarpLady

I love Elementary. Jonny Lee Miller is an excellent Sherlock, & I love the modern twist. :)

Robert Godden

Finding a tea in your purse sounds like a very fortuitous event. I hope you feel better soon.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Robert, I do feel better. :)

AmazonV

two in stock – leftovers from tea of the month http://us.the-devotea.com/store/products/two-tigers

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Yesterday was a long day. There’s a stomach bug going around, & I felt it coming on Thursday evening (Tony had it Monday), so to avoid total disaster I narrowed my intake to sips of water, cultured veggie juice, kombucha, homemade broth, & an occasional slice or 2 of apple. To add a little drama, I had to practice most of the day, & also played a wedding at the Jewel Box last night. I never had a single cup of any kind of tea all day…sigh…
The good news? I never erped, if you know what I mean, & although I had stomach cramps, chills, headache, & unfocused dizziness, some of which may have been from allergies and/or caffeine withdrawals, I made it through the wedding, took my harp home, traded my fancy pants clothes for comfy PJs, & rewarded myself with a jar of trader joe’s fruit juice packed pears.

So this is my first cup of tea in roughly 36 hours, mostly out of convenience because it’s one of the only black teas at his house (the other options were Tazo awake, which I can’t drink on an empty stomach, & earl grey, which is a “no”). Luckily this one is mild.

I was once in love with these pearls, enamored with their sweet malt & chocolate essence. Then other suitors appeared, so much more glamorous, seductive & delicious, & like that boy next door from your past who went from being a lover to being a friend, it’s nice to visit & play catch up once in awhile, but the magic is gone. You can never go back.

TheTeaFairy

Glad you feel better :-)

I call those my “old slipper teas” they’re like old pairs of slippers you don’t wear anymore, but one day you find them and as soon as put one foot in, you go Ahhhhh
(Lol, feet and tea, terrible analogy!)

MzPriss

I want to love these more than I do. I’ve friend-zoned this tea as well. I hope you feel better.

Terri HarpLady

I used to treat this tea with stevia & french vanilla soy creamer, which is probably why I loved it so much, as adding those things really brings out the notes of caramel, malt, & chocolate. Or maybe I was just tasting those things in the creamer? ;)
So, I used 6 pearls for the first cup. I used 8 pearls for the 2nd cup, & oversteeped it, but it was pretty much the same.

MzPriss

I don’t get much malt from it. And that is one my favorite things. I keep wondering if I underleaf it.

Terri HarpLady

I just had another cup of this, because I just don’t really have much here to drink, & now it’s a sipdown!

gmathis

Wedding at the Jewel Box…what a lovely setting!

Terri HarpLady

The Jewel Box is my favorite place for weddings. It’s a beautiful setting, & the weddings there are always short. :)

Terri HarpLady

A correction: this is not sipdown, because as it turns out, I still have some at my house.

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drank Blood Orange by Zhi Tea
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Thanks to Lee for sharing this one, which reminds me Red Zinger, one of Celestial Seasonings originals from back in the 70’s. If you ever watched That 70’s Show, that was basically my life, lol.

This tea is bright & puckery, & for me a little rough on the tummy, but would be wonderfully refreshing over ice in the heat of summer, without a doubt. Probably not something I’ll ever stock, but for those who like tart & tangy, this one is for you!
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KittyLovesTea

That 70’s Show <3

whatshesaid

If I could choose a decade, I always think I’d have loved to live in the 70’s

Terri HarpLady

It was a fun time. I graduated high school in 77.

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I’ve been drinking An Xi Tie Guan Yin from Life in Teacup for the last hour or so. It’s from a sample that KS shared with me awhile back, & it’s really lovely, a golden liquid that is gently sweet, kind of brings cream of wheat with honey to mind.

I posted it here because I did see a listing for it, & I’m too lazy to add one, especially since it’s a sipdown.
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Yesterday evening I dumped the rest of this tea into a qt jar, filled with water, & put in the fridge. Today I’ve been sipping it all afternoon. It’s a very refreshing blend of green & white teas from a local tea vender, with freeze dried black raspberries mixed in. It’s not something I’d crave, but I’ve enjoyed drinking it & sharing it with a few friends! That’s all she wrote!
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I’ve been eyeing this tea with much trepidation. Sil has nicknamed it Tea of Doom, & included it in my box, heh. I had company this morning for a little while, company that enjoys tea. Company that actually prefers flavored teas, so I whipped this one out & served it, LOL. I used half of the sample, & the rest is going to Dag :)
Of course, I am not a fan of bergamot, although on rare occasion I can tolerate a few sips, usually from Tony’s mug.
I do love lavender in my garden, in a bath, on insect bites, on a cotton ball in my ear if I have an earache, or in little dream pillow in my bed. I don’t like it in tea so much, it’s like drinking bath water. I tried cooking with Herbs de Provence, which includes lavender, & it pretty much ruined the meal for me, although everyone else ate it.
So how was it? Both of my friend adored it. One even asked where she could get more.
MOAR???
Interestingly, it didn’t gross me out as much as I thought it would. It kind of tastes a little nostalgic, like the hippy herbal teas of my younger days, but it isn’t something I’d ever want to drink again.

sherapop

Lavender is definitely polarizing! My sister cannot stand any food or drink with lavender in it, but I like it in moderation. It is very, very easy to overdose though…

Sil

Despise this tea….soooo throws lol

Sil

Gah throws = gross. Stupid ipad

Christina

Heh, I have an Earl Grey with lavender that I ordered as part of a sampler set, and as soon as I tasted it, I put it in my swap pile. Thus the new sobriquet lavenblerg. I feel it would be even worse with a green base rather than a black base, though.

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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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