2918 Tasting Notes

This is a sipdown of last year’s version, from the TOMC in June.
It really reminds me a lot of a cup of thin matcha, but with a creamier texture, & a cream & floral taste to it. I went with western steeps for this final cup, 5 Grams in 8oz, 1 min/1.5/2min
I’m on the 2 min steep now. There is a lovely clarity to it, whatever that might mean to anyone, LOL.
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Desiring a potent cup of black, & drank some of this one, for it’s satisfying shiny Obsidian quality, like a smooth piece of black glass. I’ve never tried it with the sugar cube. Probably never will.

Stephanie

The sugar cube thing sounds cute and strange

boychik

That’s Russian style too. At least used to be. Samovar and sugar cubes

Terri HarpLady

I think it would be fun to try, but I can’t really eat sugar cubes, so it will never happen.
For everyone’s entertainment, here’s a video of the Devotea himself, Robert Godden, attempting the sugar cube :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojjM-jPSTiY

boychik

cool video

Robert Godden

I later found the right sugar, which actually makes it a lot more manageable.

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The last time I reviewed this sheng, which was a reserve TOMC for last August, I had just gone into the studio with a local rapper, Spaide Ripper, to record a song called Angels.
Coincidentally, he just contacted me & the CD is almost ready for release, & he’s planning to make a music video, which he wants me to be part of. Cool! I’m not really a huge rap fan, but he’s a pretty cool guy, a family man, & we had a great time in the studio. So, you know I’m in!

I spent most of the morning sipping on steeps of this Sheng & gardening. It’s a smooth & savory one, with a hazelnut butter kind of a taste to it after awhile. The earlier steepings are potent but smooth, with a spicy taste that reminds me a bit of Cannabis, which I haven’t smoked in over 30 years, but did smoke a lot of back in the day, & yes, I inhaled…every time!
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Anna

Haha, you’re too cool for school, Terri.

TheTeaFairy :-) :-) :-)

(You have to provide a link to the video when it’s ready, my dear jet set tea friend!!!)

Indigobloom

But does he like tea…

mrmopar

What is Cannabis? Some old school type of tea? Sounds interesting. Love spicy tea with unusual names.

TheTeaFairy

Mrmopar, you are quite the funny guy ;-)
(Very old school indeed!)

Terri HarpLady

As I’ve said before, I love you guys!
For sure, if the video actually happens, I’ll send a link. He’s talking about filming in June.

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Good morning, my tea drinking friends!
As my supply of this tea dwindles, I find that I have just enough for 2 sessions: 1 with 5 Gs of tea & 4 oz of water for mulitiple steeps, & one as a western Brew.
I’m having the western style this morning with an amount of tea that I actually didn’t measure, but is probably around a heaping tsp + 8oz or so of hot water for 3min, resteeped for 5 min.

This tea is rich & toasty, with a growing bass note, a slightly tangy buttermilk richness, a little graham cracker, & a nice thick sensation. Very satisfying.

Now it’s out to the garden for awhile.

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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
2918 tasting notes

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
2918 tasting notes

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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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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