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2517 Tasting Notes

Sipdown # 77. This one comes from Awkward Soul, & the rest of it will be headed towards Sil, probably in the next week. It’s tasty, kind of like a gingerbread cookie, dipped in chocolate, & then enjoyed with a stout cup of Assam. I can get behind that! Though it tends towards bitterness as it cools.

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Welcome to day 11 little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve managed to sustain this sipdown thingy for this many days, & although not every tea I’ve drank has been a sipdown, most of them have, & it feels good to be letting go of all of the small quantities that have been sitting around waiting to be drank.

Sipdown #75 was Maharaja, from American Tea Room. I am entering it here because I can’t get the ‘review’ button to work on Maharaja’s page. It’s a very bold & a little tart Assam, sent to me by Sil, & it really hit the spot this morning! I love it when I can actually feel the caffeine coursing through my veins!

Sipdown #76 is this Kenyan from the Milim Estate, Capital Teas. This one came to me from Sil, who got it from Dexter. Thanks girls! Although some of the Kenyan blacks I’ve tried have been very bright & kind of grapey, this one is much more earthy & a little sweet, with a nice wood taste.

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Final Sipdown of the night, #74.
This tea traveled from Dexter to the Great Canadian TTB (I think), then to Sil, & then to me!
It’s actually fairly tasty, especially with a little sweet added. The flavor of almond is especially nice, but after I took a few sips I was looking at the ingredients list & realized it has Mate in it. Not wanting to stay up past midnight tonight, so as a precaution I dumped the rest of it into a jar & stuck it in the fridge for the night.

As an aside, my ending teacount for the day would have been 342, but I receive a box of samples from a friend, adding 13 new teas to my cupboard, so I’m ending with one tea more than I started with today, LOL, 355. It would be nice to end this week with 300 teas, but I’ll also be happy to complete the goal set earlier today, which was to get through 100 sipdowns (only 25 to go in that case). Really, it doesn’t matter either way, as long as I enjoy the journey!


LOL I love how tea gets arounnd. That makes me happy… :))

Terri HarpLady

Me too! It’s like our own little weird history, right?
I also love how the boxes get around. I sent one to KS that came to me from Nofar in Israel, that came to her from Verdant! :)
We’re a bunch of weirdos, LOL!


yeah.. it’s almost a given that if terri gives me a little extra of some teas, they go in your box and vice versa. Nicole gets a few things here and there, as does Tastybrew and then a few locals/west coasters heh

Terri HarpLady

That just makes it all the more fun!

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Sipdown #73, another tea from Sil & Kaylee. Thanks girls!
You know, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like this one, I mean, plain old Rooibos? I’m not always a fan of rooibos blends, but actually this is pretty good! By itself, it has a light almost bready kind of taste, with a hint of cinnamon. Who knew?

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drank Guava Tea by Ten Ren Tea
2517 tasting notes

Sipdown # 72, again from Sil, who got it from Kaylee. Thanks girls!
I’m not sure how I feel about this one, it’s kind of medicinal tasting to me.

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Sipdown #71, this one came from Sil. I’ve drank it before, & it’s ok, but not something that will ever take up residency in my cupboard.

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Sipdown #70, another oolong from KS. I’ve been sipping these oolongs all afternoon. I set up 3 gaiwans side by side, because I wanted to compare them, but it didn’t really happen, at much. This one reminds me a bit of sourdough bread, & is also lightly vegetal & floral. Of the 3, I think I like this one the best, although, as I said before, I will always prefer the more roasty oolongs. Still, I’ve enjoyed sampling these. Thanks KS!

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Sipdown #69, another Oolong from KS. Thanks!

I all I really have to say here is that although I’m sure the quality of this tea is high, as are all of Teavivre’s teas, I don’t think I care much for Osmanthus. I don’t hate it, but it leaves a lingering flavor of orange baby aspirins in my mouth & sinuses. The oolong has a green vegetal taste to it, and although this tea was interesting to try, and I’d drink it again, it isn’t something I’d strive to keep in my collection.

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The other tea I served to my student. This is a nice one.

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Sipdown #68, this one came from KS, thanks!
I do enjoy an occasional ‘green’ oolong, & this one is nice. Light florals, a very mild cup.

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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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