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Welcome to little terri’s sipdown extravaganza!!!
We’ve decided to make the month of February our official full steam sipdown month! (Of course, we might change our mind at any time, but just for today, we’re going for it!) I haven’t done my official monthly tea count for the new month yet, & I may not even bother, because I’m pretty sure with all the various trades, orders, hoarding, etc, that I’m somewhere up around 400 teas, in varying quantities, & that’s insane.

SO, first up, teas sent to my from the lovely TeaBrat (you can change your name, but I still know who you are…whahahahaha!)

I went with Tony to the grocery store the other day, which I don’t really enjoy much because THAT store is full of foods I can’t eat. BUT I do like spending time with Tony, & as we were strolling down the coffee aisle (although neither of us drinks coffee) I did notice out of the corner of my eye that they carry Peet’s coffee. I haven’t been back to check, but I am wondering if they also carry Peet’s teas?

So this is a bold one! It is bassy, a little brassy & bright, & has a nice smokey character as well. This would be especially good with a pancake breakfast, I think, or something a little sweet like scones.

Thank for the sample Teabrat! Sipdown #1!

TeaBrat

I have no idea how many teas I have, I think I’m afraid to face reality!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I understand all too well!

Dexter3657

Don’t do it, reality isn’t much fun – you get put on tea buying hiatus. :((

Starfevre

I faced reality. It was unpleasant. Best avoid it.

Terri HarpLady

Tea buying Hiatus? What’s that? ;)

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Enjoying a mug of this one to start my day. I detected a note of brightness in the first sip, & was a little worried that this might not be the best tea to be drinking on an empty stomach, but I’ve made it through the cup, taking small sips, & breakfast is not to far behind. Bright, bold, & malty!

Robert Godden

Bravely done! Some mornings you ease into tea, and some mornings you have to take it head-on

Terri HarpLady

I have to tell you Robert, I’m enjoying your book :)

Cavocorax

Robert – I mean to ask you (and am not able to message you directly one Steepster – does you distribute your teas to Canada? I’m really love to grab some Lord Petersham some time!

Robert Godden

Hi Cavocorax – I am now following you (thought I was already) so messaging should work. With regard to Canada, our US site will post there. I have no idea how the tax works, but I know there is some wrinkle in the tax laws that make it awkward, but not impossible. Talk to Nicole (AmazonV) our blender and distributor in the US or email me on [email protected] . We do sent parcels to our son in Calgary from here but he jealously guards his stash. Also the postage from Australia costs 3x what the tea costs.
And yes, you should try Lord Petersham. It’s our biggest seller in North America.

Cavocorax

Thanks Robert. I’m not too worried about the tax as I think it’s covered under NAFTA (and if it isn’t, would be low value), but if I can get reasonable shipping then I’d love to put an order in. I’ll follow up with your US distributor. :)

Terri HarpLady

Cavo, I’m going to put an order in, do you want to piggy bag yours on mine, & then I’ll just send your tea with Sil’s box?

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Tony took me out for my Birthday dinner tonight. We went to the same fancy restaurant as last year, the kind of place where if you order a steak, you get a fillet that is roughly 2 inches in each direction, with a velvety sauce, & the side of veggies are really more like a garnish. It’s not a great amount of food, just enough so that I’m hungrier when I get home than I was when we got to the restaurant, but every bite is the best tasting, most succulent, tender meal you’ve ever had.

Earlier this evening, while I was waiting for Tony to come pick me up to go to dinner, I enjoyed this tea, steeping 1 TB + 8oz X 3min/resteep 5min.
This tea is so satisfying, really just perfect.

Yvonne

Glad to hear you had a great birthday meal! :)

cryptickoi

happy birthday.

MissB

Happy You Day!

NofarS

Happy birthday!

scribbles

Happy birthday!

boychik

Happy Birthday!

caile

Yay! Glad you enjoyed a tasty birthday dinner!!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! I may have drooled a little at the description of the steak.

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This is the tea I came home to today!
I don’t drink a lot of CTC teas, but this one is worth drinking! It’s so finely chopped & roasted, so that it looks like coffee grounds, & it brews up a nice bold, malty, & slightly sweet cup!
Thank you, Lala for sending me a generous sample of this one!! :)

Lala

You’re welcome. I’m happy you liked this one.

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This was the 2nd of my 2 ‘driving around’ teas.
I don’t know if it’s me, or if it’s the latest harvest of LB, or if this blend just keeps getting better, but this is awesome! Again, I feel that I have perfected the steeping parameters:
1 heaping TB + 12oz X 5min/resteep 7min
Add a pinch of sweet (or not) & Yum Yum!!

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The more I drink this, the more I love it. When I’m out driving around, I like something a little sweet, & this was one of 2 teas that were required for my errands today. I also feel that I have perfected the steeping parameters, as least for my tastes:
1 heaping TB + 12 oz X 5 min/resteep 7min
This results in a wonderful cup! Even better if you add a pinch of sweet.

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How do you accomplish several sipdowns in one night without drinking a thing? Pack up some tea for family/friends, including those smaller samples that you already tried, so they can try them to!! Nothing old or stale, mind you, just smaller quantities. I haven’t done the math yet, but I have boxes in the works for My sis, Sil, & a few others. It will be fun to see what my collection numbers at by the time I’m done. And I think I’m going to start next week with a Sipdown Extravaganza!

This tea is almost gone. I believe I’m going to include the final cup in one of the above mentioned boxes, so that I can claim a sipdown on it as well. It’s bold, it’s bright, it’s pretty good with a robust breakfast (which is what I usually eat). Any other time it is way too Ceylon for me, & it really leaves a puckery shrill high not on the tip & center of the tongue, long after the cup is drained.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. That’s a great way to do it!

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I stayed up late filing a box of samples for my sister, MsWhatsit. There are a few other people I promised tea to (if you’re one of them, you might want to send me a reminder, LOL).
My goal is to get to the post office today, either in the morning or the afternoon, but it’s looking more like afternoon, since I have to be somewhere in an hour. Thus is my life, floating from one activity to another, teacup in hand.

This would be a sipdown, except I already have a refill in the attic (the attic being my bedroom). I love this tea: sweet, malty, slightly floral, a little pepper. The aroma of the dry leaf is hay that’s been trampled a little & warmed by the sun, perhaps along the path at the rennaisance faire. It’s a delicious middle of the staff tea, no heavy bass notes, no shrill instruments, a string quartet of cello, viola, & 2 violins. Smooth & flowing, & easy on the tummy before breakfast.

BigDaddy

I liken it to Dvorak Dumky trio No. 4

Terri HarpLady

Especially the 2nd movement!

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This really is a nice Shu, pleasantly bold. It seems like a lot of the shus I try taste about the same…semolina, a little caramel, maybe a little earthiness. This one has all those as well, but there is more. It’s nicely bold, with an oak-like flavor, some woody aromatics, & even some chocolate. A nice cup to end the day with.

cryptickoi

gotta love a good Bu lang tea..

Stephanie

yum sounds nice

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It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this, which I used to drink a lot of! I still like it, although not as much as I used to, but there is a certain nostalgia that comes with having a cup of this today. Nothing in particular, just many cups of tea drank over the years.

This is a mix of black teas, shu puer, & chocolate. It’s the chocolate liquore kind of taste, & is especially nice with a pinch of sweetness added.

gmathis

That’s the one that’s a little like toasted marshmallows, isn’t it?

Yvonne

Definitely one for the shopping list.

Cavocorax

Mmmmm… I still have 2 oz of this from the order we split!

Terri HarpLady

Nope, GG, no marshmallows in this one!!

gmathis

Hmmm…wonder what I was thinking of.

Sil

i likely won’t re-order this but i’ll finish the tin that we got..still like it, just have others i love more now..

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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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http://www.harpsinger.net

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