2859 Tasting Notes

This is my non-sipdown tea of the day. I’d like to personally thank Angel of Teavivre for sharing a generous sample of this tea with me. The parcel arrived a few days ago, & for my first sampling I followed the suggested parameters, resulting in a very potent vegetal tea, with a bit of a bite. Today I’ve been sipping it with shorter steepings, using my test tube steeper, for a more gentle cup. It’s the embodiment of spring itself: a beautiful golden brew that is crisp, fresh, & delicious.

As an aside, I completed my 2nd goal of the day, which was to get those 4 elderberry plants in the ground. Now on to goal #3, which is to run through the music for tomorrow’s weddings one more time.

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Goal #1 (start pot of stew) is complete! I’ll add things to it as the day passes, so that by evening it will culminate in a very large pot of stew that can be eaten for dinner & savored over the weekend as well. My next goal? Get outside & plant those 4 elderberry bushes! I’m still a little sketchy as to where I’m planting 2 of them, and I need to remember that from now on I should choose a place to plant something first, then decide what to plant there & get the plants. My previous method has been to buy a bunch of plants, usually on a whim, & then frantically scramble to figure out where they should go & get them in the ground. Experience is teaching me that is not the best way to do things, but I am admittedly a slow learner…sigh…

About a year ago Sil & I placed our first Taiwan Tea Crafts order together. We had a great time on FB together, drooling over the TTC website, discussing the teas we wanted, & I pretty much gave her free rein on whatever sounded good to her. When she got the order, she split everything up & sent me my half. It was glorious. The teas are delicious, and even though we got them in small quantities, I’m still polishing mine off.

This one is a rich infusion of honey, sweet woods, stone fruit jam, & coriander, with a lingering incense quality. I’m sorry to see it go. Sipdown – 395
Now out to the garden!

Sil

yeah i’m sticking to 25g samples from now on i think haha. bigger bags take so long to drink up! even if they are tasty!

carol who

I do the same thing in the garden. I see things at the nursery/garden center and go"Gee, that’s pretty!" and have no idea where i will put it. :p

bizbee1

oh I do the very same thing with plants. I even select spots, then in the garden center I get confused and get more and different plants than I meant to! The tea sounds wonderful too!

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This is a great tea to enjoy with breakfast, especially a substantial breakfast!
I enjoyed this final pot (until I order more, that is), which is bold & bright, malty & floral. The earthiness of the keemun, the richnessness of the Assam…so good! It’s a little heavy on the darjeeling for my taste, very bright, like trumpets blaring out, “Wake up & do something!” But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it! Sometimes we need to challenge our tastebuds a bit, exploring the edges of what we love.

I am now fueled & fired up to get some things done. I have 3 goals today. The first one is to start a crock pot of stew.
Sipdown – 396 teas to go…

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Welcome to day 2 of little terri’s Ultimate sipdown Extravaganza!
I’m starting my day with a sipdown gongfu session with this tea, from last may’s reserve TOMC. This is a golden dian hong, rolled up into the bi luo style, with a dry aroma that is lightly earthy & creamy, & brings to mind milky milk chocolate. I put it in the hot little teapot & let it sit for a moment to warm the leaves, & the aroma bloomed into honey & canned condensed milk!
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45/60 sec.
I like to do my gongfu sessions in rounds of 4, back to back, so that I can see the color of the steepings, side by side, & taste them that way as well.
This first round presented an immediate yunnan thick mouth, light cream & honey, & the 2nd cup was, “Oh yeah, Baby! Bring on the milky cocoa!” My favorite cups were 3 & 4, a rich & substantial cup of honeyed deliciousness, with a growing tongue tingle.
2nd round: 1.5/2/2.5/3 minutes
This set started out a deep mahogany, so rich, thick, & satisfying. As the bass note expanded, the cream faded away. In the final cup there was a hint of bitter wood.
3rd round 4/5 min
I only did 2 cups, as the color & flavor have faded down to a pale caramel color & I was ready for a change.
This brings my total to 397.

Anna

397. I can’t even. What are you all DOING.

Sil

LOL you need to move here so we can “share” with you more readily anna…

Anna

http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

That “share” is either an unnecessary quote… OR A TEA-RELATED THREAT!

Sil

the latter mwahahahahahaha

Terri HarpLady

Anna, I can gladly send you a sample of everything in my cupboard! :)

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I don’t mind a cup of darjeeling once in awhile, but they just don’t knock my socks off. I do prefer 2nd flush to 1st, and this isn’t a bad little cup of tea, a little floral, a little woody. Not particularly exciting, but it is another *Sil*pdown! ;)
398

Sil

hahahaha silpdown

Terri HarpLady

I thought you’d like that! :)

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
2859 tasting notes

Another sipdown from my Sil collection.
When I drank this before, I sweetened it, but today I drank it straight up, nothing added but water. I know that if it was sweetened, the english toffee flavor would be more present, but I enjoyed the dark unsweet quality of it today. It reminded me of some kind of pipe tobacco aroma almost, a sweet vanilla kind of pipe tobacco, not burning, but in the pouch.
399 teas to go!
(no, I don’t have fantasies of actually polishing off ALL of my teas, but little terri likes the countdown :)

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drank Summer blend by PureAromaTea
2859 tasting notes

I just finally printed out my tea collection document for the month, & (mostly thanks to SIL) I’m starting the month at 401 teas. LOL, & a ton of them are flavored teas, which I’m not really all that fond of, but I will of course drink them, or at least 1 cups worth.

I’ve had this summer blend for awhile, from one of the many boxes Sil has sent to me. It’s actually not bad. I drank it without any additives, & today my imagination must have been active, because I swear I tasted a hint of peach. Otherwise, it’s a basic kind of black tea with the addition of a variety of flowers. It looks real pretty & confetti-like as a dry tea, & the various leafs maintain their colors after steeping, although they become muted.
And it’s a sipdown! Only 400 teas to go!

Sil

bwahahahahahaha

Sil

just throw anything out you don’t wanna drink heh

Terri HarpLady

turns towards the audience & whispers, “I will strike when least expected.”

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Welcome to Day 1 of Little Terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
My goal is to complete as many sipdowns as possible, while still enjoying the teas to the fullest, so it’s not like I plan to fly through 100 teas in a week, I’m just trying to drink up all of my small quantities that I’ve been tossing into a box. It might last a week, it might last a month, who knows? Feel free to join me as I free myself of various tea remnants from TTBS, TOMCs, & trades (mostly from Sil).

I don’t really have very many plain black teas to sipdown, so I’ve decided one of the parameters of this extravaganza is to enjoy a nice big pot or gongfu session with any black tea I choose, first thing in the morning. After that, let the sipdowns begin!

Today is was a pot of this blend, which I really enjoy. It’s rich & manly, & a great way to start the day!

whatshesaid

Good goal! I should do this also :)

MzPriss

I should do that myself

Sil

cough i dunno WHAT you’re talking about…

(i’m hoping i can get through a bunch of my sipdowns tomorrow or the weekend as well!)

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I guess I’m in a Keemun mood today!
Maybe because it’s a satisfying no-nonsense type of tea that I can just make a cup or pot of & enjoy, without too much effort.
Yeah, I think that might be it!

looseTman

“I guess I’m in a Keemun mood today!” “… it’s a satisfying no-nonsense type of tea …” I completely understand!

Dag Wedin

How do you brew this? I’ve heard up to 7 minutes and being shy on leaf.

Skulleigh

I think that’s why Keemuns are my favorite! They are dependable, like a nice comfy warm sweater.

MzPriss

I looooove Keemuns too

Skulleigh

Let’s start the Keemun Admiration Society! :D

Terri HarpLady

LooseT – I’ll have to check that out later!
Dag – With this one I used 1 tsp to 8oz X 4min, however, with teavivre’s hao ya, I used 2 tsp + 8oz X 2min. I also drank butiki’s congou keemun @ 2 tsp + 8oz X 3. They were all delicious, but for the day, I enjoyed the teavivre version the most.

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This is exactly what I need this morning!
2tsp + 8oz (194 more or less) X 2 min yielded a deep & perfect brew, rich with earthiness in such a wonderful way that I really just want to keep drinking it.
A resteep at 3 minutes yielded a pleasant & very drinkable cup, though it was a mere shadow of it’s former self.
Out to the garden…so much to do!

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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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