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So first of all, I totally blew it on my database, leaving out teas (that thought I’d already added) from 3 friends. Now that my negligence has been corrected, my actual starting teacount for today was 382 teas (shut up, Sil, I can hear you laughing all the way in St. Louis!)

This is sipdown # 5 for today, # 39 overall since Saturday, and my NEW total, subtracting everying I drank today so far, is 377.

This is a sample gererously sent to me from KS. Thanks! I’ve wanted to try teas from Life in Teacup for awhile. The description says this is a traditional green oolong. The dry leaf of this smelled a bit like Nori to me. Warmed up, the leaf smelled of wonderful caramelized stone fruits & charcoal. There wasn’t really any fruit flavor to the tea itself, more of a bready charcoal taste, with an after feel of mintiness.

Sil

hahaha hey at least you were under 400? riiight? :)

mrmopar

Hah don’t check how many I have.

Terri HarpLady

I just re-read my review, which makes it sound like the tea wasn’t very good. I rather enjoyed it.

Terri HarpLady

Sil, I don’t know how you ever got down to under 200 teas!
Mr M, you probably shouldn’t encourage me! The sad truth is, there are SO many teas in my collection that I won’t be able to live without now. And I just keep discovering new ones, that I at least have to try!

Sil

Terri. Sheeeeeer willpower. I’m a VERY stubborn only child.

Terri HarpLady

Hey Sil, remember a year ago when we were first talking about a trade, & I kept talking about cleaning my office? I’m still working on it…

mrmopar

I am in enough trouble so I can’t order anymore tea…. Yeah right! Intercept the mail and I am good. I just have to remember to get rid of the boxes before cleaning day!

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Another Sipdown (oops, lost count, LOL)
This one is from Sil, who got it from OMGsrsly. Thanks girls!

Not a bad Keemun, I’d describe it as earthy, almost peat like.

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Sipdown #36 Was Organic Golden Assam, from Tao Tea Leaf. I couldn’t find the page for it & I’m getting ready to become extremely busy for the rest of the day, helping a student restring her harp, so I’m just logging it here. A lovely cup I enjoyed whilst cooking my Brekkie.

Sipdown #37 Was Della Terra’s Queen’s Breakfast. A bolder cup the I enjoyed with Brekkie. Interestingly, it has a ‘cream’ like flavor to it, & is otherwise bold. As it cooled down it got a little metallic around the edges & slightly bitter.

Both teas are from Sil, thanks!

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Welcome to day 6 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Last night I stayed up late & totally re-organized my tea collection, updated my tea database, & I must admit, it was pretty out of control, but it’s looking good now! I have all my black teas organized into boxes, based on the location where they were grown :)
Yes, Ms Theresa spearheaded the whole project, & when she’s on, she gets some stuff done.
My true tea total is 356 teas…whew! Now on with the Extravaganza!

My first sipdown of the day, #35 (355 now!) is from my most recent box from my tea sister Sil. BTW, I compiled all the leftovers from the several boxes she has sent into one box, with little separators, so that I can easily find black, puer, or whatever!

This is a typical Mi Xian, with the honey & coriander taste.
Thanks Sil!

Sil

The thought of all that organizing makes
Me shiver with glee

TastyBrew

I need to do to this badly. Someone tell my kids to start napping again so i can have a break in my day, ok?

Dexter3657

Can I borrow Ms. Theresa…. ?

K S

Do you count one serving samples in this number?

Terri HarpLady

Sil & TB…sigh…now to make it last!
Dex, you’d have to fly me to your house, & let me live there for awhile. Ms. Theresa is very unpredictable, usually sleeping somewhere in the left quarter of my brain. It takes a lot to get her moving, I’m starting to think that she responds best to sleep deprivation & lots of caffeine :D
KS, the answer is yes. Many of these are single serving samples from friends like you :) Just enough to try a tea & see if it’s worth buying, right?

Sil

dexter…let meeeeee do it! will work for tea! i LOVE organising things… haha

Dexter3657

:(( I live in the wrong part of the world. If I were closer I would let both of you come and “organize”, help yourself to “payment”.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll probably post FB pics tomorrow, maybe. I take boxes that the tea comes in, cut off the flaps, & use them as file dividers…at least on some boxes! Other boxes are just crammed full of tea packages, with a label on the front that says something like, “Fujian”. Of course, on one of my tea cupboards, the top shelf is white & green teas, the 2nd shelf is all oolongs, & the next 3 shelves are packed with Black teas.
Then there are the Sheng & Shou…sigh…they have a special shelf in the other tea cupboard (there are 2 in my office now), & additional storage in my bedroom that I won’t bother to photograph. My family doesn’t need to know about THAT.

K S

I really need to do this. My stuff is out of control organization wise. I have no idea how many I have. Probably 80% are 7g or less. Maybe after I do taxes. Of course my brain will be spent by then.

Terri HarpLady

Taxes…that’s on my agenda too…:p

Sil

OOOH i could start my taxes this weekend..not that i have everything i need yet..

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Sipdown # 34!
I’ve been sipping on this one for a couple of hours. Initially I had planned to compare this one to the secret stash I have of Yanxin’s Reserve (verdant), with is also in nuggets. But I never did, & why bother? I enjoyed it, that’s all that matters!

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Sipdown #33!
It’s official, all of my students for the day (from 10am to 8pm) rescheduled their lessons. I guess we actually got about 6 inches of snow, so it’s no surprise. Meanwhile, I feel like I haven’t done anything of any real value today, although I did talk to a new student on the phone & set up her first lesson for this friday. I did a ‘Facetime’ lesson with one of my students so we wouldn’t have to schedule a makeup (which actually works out pretty good!), I returned phone calls & emails, shuffled papers around on my desk, and I drank a lot of tea! I have $75 in Amazon gift cards from my recent birthday, & I’ve been researching which variable temp electric kettle I want, cuz I really need one! I’m open for suggestions.

My newest batch of Root Kimchi is the best tasting, crispiest batch yet. If you’d like to see it, drop by my FB https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

This is from Autumn of 2012, by the way. It still tastes pretty good, but now it’s gone!

AnnaEA

I love the kimchi updates!

Terri HarpLady

I tried to cut each of the different veggies into their own shapes, just for fun. The burdock is in little matchsticks, the red radishes are whole with greens attached, the turnip is in triangles, the daikon in cubes, lol. I used to be really good at making carrot flowers, but now they are clumsy looking. No matter, it’s tasty! I’ll share small jars with a few people, & it will make them smile :)

Terri HarpLady

ooh….thanks for the link, Stephanie! I like that one!

boychik

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001DYERBK
I have this one and I’m very happy
I love your kimchi. Recipe pls

Fjellrev

Wow, that snow can really throw a person through a loop, eh? That’s really generous of you to do Facetime sessions. :)

Terri HarpLady

To be fair, some of my students do have a 45 – 60 minute drive to come for their lessons, so I don’t blame them for staying home! Stephanie, you & I will have matching teapots! I just ordered it! :)

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I promise the recipe tomorrow, which is really later today, LOL. I need to go to bed!

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Sipdown #32
I had planned to do short steepings with this one in my yixing, but I didn’t. I went with the steepster select suggested prep. This is a nice one, although not better than any in my collection.
Time to make some lunch.

TastyBrew

I really liked this one. I need to start experimenting with more of these, especially if this isn’t all that mind blowing for the genre.

Terri HarpLady

Do you want me to include a few in the next BBBB?

TastyBrew

That would be awesome! Thanks!

Terri HarpLady

Consider it done! :)

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Sipdown #31
Some teas are hard to let go of. You know you can only drink it one more time, & then it’s gone forever…sigh…
I listened to “Time to Say Goodbye”, sung by Bocelli & Brightman, on youtube while drinking some of the steepings of this tea, tears streaming down my face because the song is beautiful, their voices are so beautiful…sigh…farewell.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohXI3po8hK0

JustJames

=0)
remarkable, to be sure!

Angrboda

I love Sarah Brightman! She’s fantastic.

Terri HarpLady

She is!! And so is Bocelli!

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Sipdown #30
Not really much to say, as I just reviewed this one last week.
It snowed yesterday, & even though it’s really only a couple of inches, one by one all of my students are calling to reschedule their lessons, so it looks like I’ve got the day off, from teaching anyway. A good day to work on my office, although so far I’m just goofing off, drinking tea. Oh, & returning/answering phone calls. So I AM working! :)

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Sad Sipdown #29…sigh…
This is very nice Assam, not particularly bold, but rich & tasty. I will miss it.
Rumor has it that Ms Stacy has something similar in store for us soon…

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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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St. Louis, MO

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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