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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!


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!


I have this one and I’m very happy
I love your kimchi. Recipe pls


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.


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?


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.


remarkable, to be sure!


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…

Welcome to day 5 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
I have to start the day by issuing a retraction: yesterday I logged sipdown #28 as Yu Lu Yan Cha. This morning I was looking through my files, & realized that I still have some Yu Lu in one of the Verdant TOMC files, so no sipdown there. Yet.

So Sipdown #28 is this Anniversary Blend. Thank you Spencer!
I love my unblended black teas, but I also enjoy a good blend, & this one is particularly nice because it includes Jin Jun Mei, which I am in love with. Sweet with a nice cocoa powder base & a malty middle, what more could I ask for this morning?


might need to try this some day…

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I’ve been drinking this all evening. I didn’t read the suggested steeping parameters, so I only used 4G, instead of the recommended 5G. After letting the leaf relax in a prewarmed yixing, it smelled of honey & apricot!! That was enticing! And the tea didn’t disappoint, not at all! I gave a quick rinse, & steeped 5//10/15 sec/ etc all the way up to a minute & a half.
I didn’t document anything about it, but am looking forward to drinking it again.

The main features were a lovely apricot flavor throughout all steeps, a sweet fruit & honey taste as well, & a lingering tangy mouth. I’m no expert, but IMO this is a really lovely sheng. My only complaint, if there is one, is that the paper the brick comes wrapped in is very flimsy, & has already disintegrated on the edges.


G? grams?


Upgraded her I-Pad to 5G. lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, yeah, Grams (not Gigabytes!)

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This is my only non-sipdown tea from yesterday.
It’s an interesting tea. The tea leaves are twisted & layered into delicate little ‘ropes’, which I’m sure takes a lot of practice, & then the tea is aged in cakes. It’s amazing looking, & I’ve wanted to try it since the first time I saw a picture of it. I used to actually do rope braids with my hair, so I admire the people who spent hours creating this interesting looking tea. And of course, I’m always a sucker for novelty in presentation, right?

So I gave this one a try, treating it like I would any other Sheng. I tend to go conservative on Sheng, so I dropped 3 G worth of pigtails into my pre-warmed green yixing (it’s really sand colored, IMO), & let the leaf relax for a minute. Opening the lid, the aroma was light smoke, greenness, & a little spice. Nice!

Steepings of 5/10/15sec/etc…

The earliest cups were a pale green taste with a pinch of salt. Gradually the flavor of Cherrios built up, which later transformed into the flavor of oatstraw tea (yes, I drink it sometimes. It’s a great source of minerals, like calcium & Magnesium, & it actually tastes pretty good too). A creamy vanilla sensation emerged, & at 40 seconds the cup was sweet & mild, still with a pinch of salt & an almost buttery taste, and a touch of almond.

The later steepings took on a slick texture, reminding me of Aloe, & a soapy aftertaste.
At this point I had a bad memory of drinking blue unicorn horn tea, which had a salty soapy tasty & made me sick to my stomach, so I ended this session. Overall, it was a pleasant session. It’s a very mild sheng, & I have enough to drink it one more time, so I think I’ll try to go a little stronger next time. :)

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Sipdown #28!!
I had my tea count figured out, but more tea arrived in the form of an awesome trade, & I have to factor it in, so I’ll get back to you on that.

I shared this tea with a 30 something friend of my daughter. He’s having some rough times, so we’re keeping his dog for awhile, & trying to help him get back on track. Ari had to go to work, so he spent the earlier part of the evening hanging out & drinking tea with me. He had only ever had Lipton tea, which he didn’t care much for. Needless to say, he enjoyed this one, & we went through several steepings of it. We also drank a few others.

This is my least favorite of Verdant’s Black tea offerings. In fact, the only reason I had some on hand was because they included a sample in one of my orders. Sure, there’s some chocolate in there, it’s roasty & sweet, but there’s an undertaste that just doesn’t appeal to me. Nothing wrong with the tea, & I don’t mind drinking a cup or 2 once in awhile, but it’s not a tea that I will ever crave.

I didn’t detect any smoke, Sil, but I wish I did, LOL. My sample has been around awhile, so it may be from a previous batch.


hmmmm maybe i’ll send you some of mine and see if i’m crazy haha

Terri HarpLady

I’d be willing!


Aren’t we all crazy considering the amount of tea we have? LOL!

Terri HarpLady

AND we all just keep buying more, hahaha!


I justify the purchases with the swaps. “Oh, I think I’ll order more of that since I’m probably going to give some away”. It does help me sleep at night.


And more and more……….Yunnan sourcing order on the way. How i am going to hide this? I think I will have to intercept the mail carrier…

Terri HarpLady

See…that’s why Tony & I still live in separate houses! His house is 5 minutes from mine, but he’s never here when the mail comes. Oh, and of course, we have separate bank accounts! LOL


Hah! I love it! I don’t have the same arrangement but I have a mail lady that lets me pickup mail before I go to work so it never hits the mailbox!


i agree! :) swaps ARE the remedy to my inevitable tea cupboard conflict!

Terri HarpLady

I’m just too damn independent! Actually so is he, LOL. We’ve only been together for uh…13 years? Something like that, I lost track.

Terri HarpLady

Swaps do help! Except with the BBBBox, where I’m always thinking, “What black tea can I share with my girls next?”
and then the ordering begins. The box only comes around about once every 4 – 6 weeks, but I already have black teas lined up long enough to last until summer…

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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!


St. Louis, MO



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