2913 Tasting Notes

My kids were raised on Traditional Medicinal teas, & all 4 of them (ages 21, 25, 28, & 31) still drink them, when needed. They aren’t always the best tasting, but are definitely not the worst tasting either, & really, they go down pretty easy.

I’m drinking this as a sipdown, because really, who knows how long this one has been in my cupboard? I’m the only one that drinks this respiratory blend, as I have a history of Chronic respiratory problems, but I haven’t had to drink it in a few years, ever since I removed the gluten & other grains from my diet, & started eating meat again. All of my autoimmune issues miraculously disappeared, along with the constant bronchial infections, low blood sugar, & some other things. Anyway, the most recognizable active ingredient here, which also makes it taste good (to my tastebuds) is licorice root! There’s also a mix of chinese herbs & eucalyptus.
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sherapop

I find that the Traditional Medicinal teas do have a decent shelf life, since the envelopes are hermetically sealed…

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I came across this lone bag of Egyptian Licorice while cleaning out my purse, & so of course I had to include it in the sipdown extravaganza!
I’ve loved this tea for a long time, & will probably restock at some point, because as far as an evening tea is concerned, this is among my most favorites, oozing with licorice, ginger, & a variety of other spices.
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This was from the Reserve TOMC, Dec of 2012.
It came in little cubes, & featured a cream kind of flavor, very enjoyable. I hoarded the last cube for a long time, but today was the day. And now it’s gone.
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This sipdown is from the final Reserve TOMC. I haven’t ever gotten around to comparing this ‘reserve’ huang zhi xiang to the ‘regular’ huang zhi xiang, so I can’t really tell you if it was amazingly better or not.

It is an interesting tea, & has been my companion during this afternoon of teaching, yielding a gentle fruitiness, some incense after-aroma, & a building citrus mouth that to me is more like grapefruit than orange. It’s a lovely tea, & it’s a sipdown!
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This is the last of a sample from the TOMC, & even though this has been in my collection for a year, it is still sweet, butter, & fresh tasting! It reminds me of Edamame, with a lingering marine quality.
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I’m counting this as a sipdown, as it is the last tuocha I have in my little Rishi tin, from probably a few years ago. I also have some rishi tuocha’s that Lee shared with me, but I compared them, & they are of a different size & shape, which in my mind means they are from a different batch, so I’m taking this sipdown, heh!

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As far as Tuos go, this is nice & full, with a deep molasses & cocoa taste to it, nicely earthy, a little peat, but no negative flavors. It’s been handy to have for occasions when I want a cup of Shu, without ceremony or too much thought.

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Another sipdown! 377
This was in my box from Lee. I’ve been sort of avoiding it, as I just wasn’t thinking I’d enjoy it. I love chai, but somehow the idea of a Dragonwell chai just wasn’t resonating for me. As it turns out, it’s really not bad. I added a little stevia.
On another note, my black currant bush arrived! It took all of last week (in between students & gigs) to get the red & pink currants, the grapes, elderberries, & kiwi’s in the ground. This plant is ready to go, with green buds opening, etc. The packing reeks of the smell of cat urine though :p

caile

Your yard full of berries and fruits sounds wonderful!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I love it out there!

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This is a lovely sample that Stacy included in my most recent Butiki order. I sipped it whilst doing deskwork early today, but didn’t really take notes, so my review of it will be lame. It was a gentle cup, & all I recall is bready qualities, & an apricot aftertaste. I plan to resteep in a bit, maybe I’ll have something to add afterwards. Sample sipdown.
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Thanks to TastyBrew, who included this TastyTea in the last round of the BBBBox.
I drank this last bit as short gongfu steepings, 15/30/45/60 sec, 2/3/4/5 min.
I didn’t take detailed notes, but it was yummy with essence of honey, malt, wheat bread, & a slight spicy & floral quality to it. Sipdown!
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Welcome to day 5 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I managed to polish off 20 teas in the first 4 days!
This morning I started off with this CTC, so finely chopped that it looks like coffee grounds! I over-teaed the cup just a little, so it was potent enough to warrant the addition of stevia & almond milk, something I don’t do often these days, but nice on occasion.
Thanks to Lala for this generous sample. This sipdown brings me to 380 teas to go!

Megan

20 Teas! That’s impressive!

whatshesaid

With a number like 380 I can understand the need for a sipdown extravaganza :)
So far so good!

Terri HarpLady

I’m not sure how far I’ll get my numbers down, expecially since the BBBBox is headed my way, along with an order of samples from Life in Teacup. I’ve also been on the fence for days now over ordering several of the 2014 black tea offerings from Yunnan Sourcing. No order placed…yet!

Cavocorax

Woohoo! Great start. I can see your careful planning is paying off.

mrmopar

Terri do you want to come and help me get my cupboard under control?

Terri HarpLady

MrM, I’ll send Ms Theresa your way ;)

Terri HarpLady

Cavo, to be quite honest, I didn’t really do that much planning…not as much as I had planned to do…lol…I’m really just sort of flying by the seat of my pants, pretty much as I do in all things!

Terri HarpLady

But I am also trying to go for a little variety, otherwise I’ll drink up all of the black sipdowns in one day :)

mrmopar

I hear ya!

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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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