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2485 Tasting Notes

Welcome to Day 3 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
I did an count last night, & if I haven’t missed anything, my starting total for today is 383 teas, LOL.

I like to start the day with a tasty cup o’ black, as that is the variety of tea that I love the most. This Purebud is a sample that Garret included in my most recent order. I’ve never met Garret, but without a doubt, he is one of my (many) favorite tea people, stocks some amazing teas (including this one), & also includes a smiling face that radiates through his awesomely friendly customer service.

This tea is wonderful. It’s perfect for this moment. I drank the first cup while fixing breakfast, steeped at 3 min (yes, my steeping parameters can be a bit barbaric. I meant to go with shorter more refined steepings, but I just woke up). I’m having my second (5 min) steep with breakfast. We steepsterites like to throw the word ‘malty’ around, and this tea IS malty. It’s also smooth, robust, thick, & sweet/savory. The first cup was very like a piece of whole grain toast, the 2nd cup has a hint of floral. Both cups are very satisfying, very rich, very delicious. Looks like I’ll need to order more!

But for now, this is sipdown #1 for the day, #10 for the Extravaganza, & my total count just dropped to 382 (unless I find some tea that I haven’t logged yet).
Savor the moment!

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And now we’re watching the Superbowl, because…well, because I’m at Tony’s house & that’s what we do. It’s not Baseball, but I usually enjoy the commercials. :)

I’ve been working my way through the Oolongs in the Steepster Select boxes from Dec & Jan. It’s been really nice drinking them, one after another, & enjoying their differences.
The first thing that really stood out to me with this one today is the light charcoal taste from the roasting. This is nice, creamy in a coconut milk sort of way, sweet, with a fruity aftertaste. It’s also my 4th sipdown of the day I think, 9th of the weekend!

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We’ve been drinking tea & watching ‘Captain Phillips’.
I’ve been sharing steepings of this, & the previous oolong with Tony. The 4 Seasons was much more floral, this one is sweet, creamy, & starchy in comparison. Tony likes this one better, he described it as, “More flavorful”. I’ve enjoyed them both. :)


We watched that one a couple weekends ago. Enjoy!

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Sipdown #3 (#8).
This really is a lovely light & floral oolong, like walking out my front door when the lilacs bloom in spring, the air filled with their delicate aroma. There is also a little bit of a sourdough bread taste that I’m picking up today.

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This is an interesting black tea. Today the first thing I noticed about it was a minty freshness, that made my mouth feel a little like toothpaste. It is also a tart & tangy cup. I had planned to go with a gongfu preparation, but I’m just not in the mood to mess with that today. Tony & I have been watching Hitchcock. We spent all of breakfast time talking about how much we both love Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I’m not sure how we got on that topic, but we both agreed that he is an amazing actor. Then a few minutes ago Tony got on FB & discovered that he died this morning. At first I thought it was one of those scams, but sadly, it is true. The bright & wonderful future we had imagined for that actor, gone. What a bummer (;_;)

This tea is tangy, spicy, & good, & my first review stands.
Sipdown #2 for the day, # 7 for my Extravaganza.

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Welcome to Day 2 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
This is my first sipdown of the day, sipdown # 6 overall.
Of course, it’s also from the Steepster Select collection.
I had originally planned to give this one the gongfu treatment (humorous break…my autocorrect just turned gongfu into gong flu, heh), but I didn’t. Instead I gave it 3 min, with a resteep of 5 min.

The dry leaf of this tea is very aromatic! Upon opening the package, the air is filled with a rich tobacco & hay scent. The first cup was thick with tobacco, bee pollen, & a tangy apricot-like sweetness. It also gave me the impression of a really fine & creamy sheep’s milk feta, something I love, but haven’t had for years, due to allergies.

The 2nd cup was less tobacco, more honey, with a tingle on the tip of my tongue. I’m getting an image of newly baled hay. As the cup cools, it takes on a creaminess.


Ok, now I want tea AND food really badly!!! Let’s see if I have dried apricots somewhere to eat with my feta, but no bee pollen around I’m afraid…well honey will do, lol!

Terri HarpLady

OMG, that sounds SO delicious!

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
2485 tasting notes

Another sipdown! This is a sample sent to me from Lala, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to try this one. The main flavor I got from this is apple, & it was lovely & juicy.

Roswell Strange

Hmmm, mostly I got peach.

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This has black tea in it? For some reason I thought this was an herbal blend, LOL.
What I’m tasting is a bowl of apple cinnamon flavored instant oatmeal. Yup, that’s pretty much it. It’s a very gentle cup, with a little bit of a dry mouth, a slight pucker of tart apple, & it’s actually kind of nice.
Thanks Lala, & that, my friends, is another sipdown.


apple cinnamon oatmeal! yes, that’s exactly what it tastes like.

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Sipdown #3!!

(sorry Sil, I can’t give a ‘numbers of teas left’ count, because that would require me to actually update my list & count all the teas. I promise on Monday I’ll (probably) get around to doing it…or not)

I have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy this tea. Usually I’m not, but that is not the tea’s fault, as it is a beautiful floral fairie’s delight. Today I’ve been sitting at my desk, answering voicemails & emails, booking weddings, setting up lessons for new students, & next on my agenda is an email that I need to send out to the St. Louis Chapter of the American Harp Society (of which I’m president), announcing our annual tea party, etc.
And I’m drinking this tea! Today it’s very soothing & I almost wish I’d saved it to sip in a bubble bath. For those who love florals, it really is a masterpiece!


May have been my first oolong ever.


A beautiful tea, for sure


hahaha i still love you Terri!

Terri HarpLady

Oh good! Back at ya, sister! :)

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Sipdown #2 of the day, & of the Extravaganza!

I made this one stovetop, steeping the tea first in a bit of simmering water, & then adding some Almond Milk & letting the whole thing come up to heat. Quite honestly, I’m not a huge fan of almond milk in tea, although combined with some canned coconut milk it is greatly improved, but I’m too lazy/busy to open a can, so it was straight almond milk today. I also added a little Maple syrup.

This is a nice spicy chai, which is what I like! Thanks to TeaBrat for this generous sample!!

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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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