3068 Tasting Notes

Another sipdown from Sil & TeaFairy.
Thanks again ladies. I used to really love Peach teas, & I have to admit, I love the name of this company, although it sounds more like a fitting name for a tobacco company, IMO.
Yes, I am grumpy.
I drank this awhile ago. Not my thing.


On the upside, another company you can cross off your list!

Terri HarpLady

And I am always grateful for the opportunity to try things, at least once!


I had bought a bunch of their teas cause they have a crazy selection but you can only buy a min of 100g! None of them wowed me enough for repurchasing.

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drank Melon by tweed and hickory
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another sipdown from Sil, who got it from TeaFairy. Thanks ladies.
This was actually rather tasty initially, although after a few sips it tasted kind of soapy to me. Don’t take this review too seriously, however. As it’s been a long day. I arrived at the wedding, & as I stepped out of the car I was immediately assaulted with a chemical in the air. They were spraying bug spray on the grass where the wedding was going to be. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m chemically sensitive, so this was abhorrent to me.

I took my harp inside, & (now you’re gonna find out what a horrible person I can be on occasion) prayed that it would start raining. AND IT DID!
Not immediately, but it did start raining before I was suppose to start playing, so the wedding was inside.
The truth is, I was pretty sure it was going to rain. It was only whether it started before I started playing, or after. It it had started after, I would have had to pack up my harp immediately, for obvious reasons. Since it started before the wedding, I didn’t have to worry about getting wet!


Who sprays grass immediately before people have to stand on it, individual sensitivities aside! That is ridiculous!


I would never have thought we can spray a whole garden grass against bugs !

Terri HarpLady

I know!
There are a lot of outdoor wedding sites in Illinois, not far from St Louis. They are all in the country, most of them on private property. For example, there’s a guy that owns a landscaping business. His mom has several acres, & he uses her place to grow various plants, store his equipment, experiment with plant layouts, etc. I played the first wedding there, years ago. That first wedding, for a friend of the owner,led to a full time business for his mom. It’s a beautiful location! Also, I think his wife or sister started a floral business as well. I don’t think they spray the grass there, but many of the other similar places do. Chiggers & ticks are very common here, along with a multitude of other insects, spiders, etc, so they are spraying so that people won’t complain about bugs, & they usually do it about an hour before the wedding. It’s gross, & I’m actually thinking I might quit doing outside weddings, at least in IL. I usually set up about an hour before the ceremony, & start playing 30 minutes before. Even if that stuff isn’t in the air anymore, the aroma of it continues to rise from the ground, & it effects my breathing & thinking.


(Did you secretly do the rain dance?)

Terri HarpLady

I did!! Probably not so secretly, I was SO relieved!

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This sipdown is from Sil who got it from theTeaFairy.
Not really my thing, the mandarin is a little acidic for my mouth. I’ve had kind of a rough day, though, so maybe I should have drank it another time.

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From Sil, this one is an oolong with various fruits. It has a tart & tangy lightly sweet character. There is a vegetal quality to it as well. I’m tea starved, I haven’t had a cup for hours, so at this point I’ll probably drink anything, but luckily this is actually a nice cup.
Not somethings I’d stock, but nice to try.


Sil should have sent the rest of the sample I sent her and I’m very glad she did as you liked this lovely Oolong. This is kind of collector tea as it was made especially for the Musée Cernuschi in Paris and for a very specific temporary exhibition.

Terri HarpLady

That’s cool! What kind of exhibit was it?
Also, I love that we are trading even when we don’t realize it! :)


it was an exhibition dedicated to the asian paintings from the shanghaï school(1840-1920).The cernuschi museum in the museum of Asian arts in Paris.

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The last sipdown until later this evening, as I’m gonna be leaving to play at a wedding in a little while, & I need time to dry out a little, if you know what I mean!
The wedding is at this neat old lodge in Grafton, Ill, & I was thinking it was about an hour away, but I just realized it’s actually more like an hour & a half, so time to get moving! Here’s the website of the place, located north of Alton, IL, & also north of Elsa, IL (big attraction for Christian Scientists, they have a college there), along the Great River Road (big tourist attraction, especially for Bikers). It’s a gorgeous day, so there will be hundreds of motorcycles along the way. By the way, anybody wanna buy my Harley? 1200 Sportster, 05. Her name is Ruby, kind of like this tea, & she is lava sunglow red. I never have time to ride anymore…

The tea: Another one from Sil. It’s tart, rich, & spicy, but again confirms that although I enjoy some teas from Taiwan, I much prefer teas from Yunnan & Fujian more. There is this underlying taste to some Taiwanese teas that doesn’t always sit well with me. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t drink a cup of this, if offered, however.


That lodge looks heavenly. Check me in.

Terri HarpLady

It is a pretty cool place. I’ve never actually stayed there, but I’ve played several weddings there, & once a bunch of us rode our Harleys there on a saturday for brunch. The do a very big brunch on the weekend.

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Another sipdown, this one from Sil in the most recent box she sent to me.
This is a tasty black tea, & although I tend to associate the words Dian Hong with amazing golden tipped (or completely golden!) teas that taste of sweet potatoes, honey, malt, etc, , I know they aren’t all like that. This one isn’t. The leaf is much darker, the steep is redder. The tea is fruity like plums, but not as sweet & plum like as the Purple tea from YS that I reviewed yesterday. Nonetheless, this is a delicious tea in it’s own right, & I might have to add some to my next Teavivre order…

I want to really go for it today on the sipdowns, but I have to leave in awhile for a wedding at Pere Marquette lodge over in Illinois. It’s roughly an hour drive, so I probably shouldn’t drink anything else this morning…sigh…oh, maybe one more cup of something…

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Welcome to the final day of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
31 days of emptying envelopes, baggies & tins! I did a preliminary tea count yesterday that takes into account all of the new teas I ordered this month, & I’m pleased to announce that I will still be under 401! Of course, you can never have too much tea, right?

I saved this final serving of Anxi Fo Shou for today. This is, in some ways, a sad sipdown.
This is such a rich & awesome tea. The first couple of sips don’t seem quite so, but then this chocolate-ness starts building & filling your mouth with every sip, & then lingers on, long after the cup is gone. I steeped everything I could get out of this, & now it is gone. Probably forever…sigh…

But, gratefully, I’ve encountered many amazing teas since I first fell in love with this one. When it comes to men, I’m happy with only one.
When it comes to tea, I guess I’m kind of a …well, lets just say I’m a little wilder in the free love department when it comes to teas, especially black teas. I have many lovers…
“Love the one your with!”
Farewell, Anxi Fo Shou.
I have loved you, but our romance has ended, you are gone.
Fear not, for although there will be many others,
Your memory will linger on…and on…


i cannot believe you did it. Im still hoarding 2 I think.


“Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover…”

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
3068 tasting notes

The tea is SO DELICIOUS!!!!
And it’s a sipdown.

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This is not a sipdown, but it had to happen.
I have a new harp students whose parents are from China, & her Dad & I have been talking about tea. He likes Tieguanyin, so I served him some of this one today. He loved it!
It really is a wonderful TGY, such lovely florals & aroma, & it was fun to share it. This one is from the Reserve TOMC, last June.

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I’ve been drinking this one for a couple of hours now. It is a very mild Sheng, starting out with a creamy vanilla texture, then gradually taking on a sweetness, a light floral, & then giving way to more of a mineral quality.
It also has great Chaqi, very restorative, & uplifting! I’m in a great headspace!
Much thanks to Nicholas for the 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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