2913 Tasting Notes

I’m ending the day with 350 teas in my cupboard.
I really want to start drinking a different Sheng every day, so that I can really get a feel for what I like. This one is tasty, starting out a little tangy, & fruity. It brings apricot to mind, & the later steepings make me think of lavender, which I don’t like as a tea usually, but this is a crisp clean tart lavender herbaceousness, not soapy or perfume-like.
The best part of this tea, which was mentioned earlier today on someone else’s tasting note, is the awesome energy it brings, the clarity of mind & heart. I sipped this before, during, & after a rehearsal this evening with a flute player, & although I would have loved the rehearsal either way, I do feel that the tea contributed a good vibe & nice sense of focus. My favorite piece of the set was Faure’s Pavane…god, I love that piece.
For those who would like to hear the piece, here’s a youtube video (no, it is NOT me, lol)

Terri HarpLady

I’m contemplating getting a cake of this one.


You make this sound amazing!

Terri HarpLady

I’m no expert, but I have enjoyed this one :)

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drank Hunan Dark Tea by Tea Source
2913 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this while practicing this afternoon. It’s a fermented tea, & I want it to have the chi stirring energies of a Sheng, but it doesn’t. Flavor-wise, it’s red grape peels, maybe a little molasses, & a few sips reminded me of canned condensed milk, but a little sour, kind of like buttermilk in a way. It has a very dry quality to it as well.
Sipdown: 351


I should go to bed, I read this as “Human Dark Tea”


Mmmmmm human dark tea!

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Confession: I’m getting kind of bored with my sipdown extravaganza. Well, maybe not bored, just missing my regular black teas, LOL. On the other hand, I’ve made it through 49 teas, & it feels good to be making progress! I don’t really expect to clear out my entire stash, that will take the rest of my life, but it will be very freeing to get through all these samples.

For this one, I’m delving into the new box from Sil. So many of the teas in that box are in too large of a quantity for a sipdown, & are mostly flavored teas, but I wanted a cup of something with some substance to it, so I fished around & came up with this one, which is the final cup of a sample Ysaurella shared with Sil. I love how our tea samples can have a history of their own!

This is a nice roasty oolong. It doesn’t really taste like coffee or chocolate to me, but that is probably because of allergies muting my sense of taste. It is a tasty cup, & somewhat satisfying, so I’m enjoying it, & that is good enough for me!


haha yeah i get tired of sipdowns sometimes…


i’m trying to slow down with adding things to your box. it helps that i haven’t opened teas i’ve purchased and since most of my swaps have been flavoured recently, i don’t add those to yours (except adagio..you wanted those!!)


nice to read another review about this lovely tea. Glad you liked it :)

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From Sil, this is a little too tart for my tastes, although not undrinkable. Sipdown


go you!

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You know, I initially had a rough time with this tea. I steeped it way too hot, & it came out bitter. But that was some time ago, & I’m glad I gave this tea another chance, because it is such a delicious treat if you follow Stacy’s suggested parameters, & even more so if you grace your cup with a little Maple syrup. I’ve recently started getting my Maple syrup at the farmer’s market, made locally from Missouri Maple Trees. Previously I’ve always gotten it from Canada, but I’m stocking up on the local stuff from now on!
Sipdown 354

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From last may’s TOMC, this delicate & beautiful spring green has a gently fruity & floral quality, but please keep the steepings very short, as it easily become bitter!
Sipdown – 355

I’m dying to get out into the garden today! The weather is beautiful, I have a pile of plants that want to be in the earth, & hopefully today I’ll have time to satisfy them, but for now, I’m working on some flute & harp pieces for an upcoming wedding. The flute player is coming to rehearse this evening. First up, Faure’s Pavane…sigh… so beautiful, so haunting.

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My 2nd & 3rd sipdowns of the day were combined into a jar overnight for a refreshing cold brew:
Silver Buds Ya Bao – Tea Source through Steepster Select
Silver Buds Yabao – Verdant TOMC from some month or other last year
The other visual difference between the 2 teas is that the Tea Source buds were longer & thinner. Otherwise they smell about the same.
The resulting cold steep? I think I like it. Not enough to purchase more of either tea, as I just haven’t found yabao to be all that interesting, at least for my tastebuds. It’s interesting to sample, but one of those novelteas that wear out quickly.
This cup is not particularly flavorful, but does have a refreshing woodsy kind of quality to it
356 to go.

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It’s Day 8 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!!
I made it through 42 sipdowns in the first week, which I’m feeling pretty good about, since most of them are multiple steep teas.
I’d like to thank Charlotte Zero for sharing a generous sample of this tea, which is similar to lots #147 & 154 (I think those were the other lot #s I tried).
My tastebuds aren’t quite with it, most likely due to allergies, but it’s a very fruity & enjoyable cup!
358 to go!

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
2913 tasting notes

Another tasty tea from Sil, included in our last BBBBox, I think.
Also another sipdown.

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
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This sipdown is courtesy of TastyBrew, who included in the BBBBox.
This really reminds me alot of the Luku Hong Cha Taiwanese Black that I drank a few days ago. Not really something that appeals to me, but it is cool to know that it was grown in the US.

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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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