3065 Tasting Notes

My final sipdown of the day, I have written a very extensive review of this Sheng before. This one is from the March Reserve TOMC 2013. It tends more towards the savory, with a citrus edge. I’m several steeps in, how many I can’t say, but it has a nice reviving effect, which is what I tend to need in the afternoon.
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The is from the July Reserve TOMC, & it is a sipdown.
I’ve been sipping on this one for awhile, probably about an hour or so. It has good energy to it, but I’m probably about done with it. How to describe it? Kind of woody, kind of sweet, kind of bland. I think the last time I drank this, the steeped leaf ended up in a jar of water in the frig, to become an refreshing Ent’s-draught, & I think this one is headed in the same direction.
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Stephanie

Yabao is some weird stuff

Sil

blech

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I’m just not a fan of Yabao. It was maybe interesting the first couple of times, but give me some god damn tea, will ya?

Terri HarpLady

Preferably something black

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drank Banana by tweed and hickory
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This one is from Sil, who got it from the TeaFairy. Thanks Ladies!
This is my first tea ever from Tweed & Hickory. Sadly, I couldn’t drink this one. I took a few sips, & immediately got that burning sensation in my mouth, sinuses, throat & tummy. I also couldn’t taste it at all!
I checked the ingredients list, & they list natural flavorings only. Anyway, I’m sure this tastes fine to most people, & don’t let my review ruin it for you, as I have a lot of allergies, sensitivities, etc. Sipdown!
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Sil

BOOOOOOO i was hoping it would be ok for you as the teafairy sad it was all natural flavours. Oh well…at least we tried, right? :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, me too! I don’t know what I reacted to, but it always seems to happen when I don’t expect it, & honestly, I didn’t. Then some part of me starts thinking I’m imagining it, so I’ll take another sip or 2…dumb.

Terri HarpLady

Anyway, story of my life. That’s why I always prefer unflavored teas, even when the flavorings are ‘natural’.

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One of my adult students came for a lesson after Lisa left & I invited him to pick something from my main tea shelf. He picked this one. He picked the oldest one. This tea has been on my shelf for YEARS, so long that it predates Steepster I think, & R of T probably doesn’t even have it on their website anymore.

Anyway, we shared a pot, & he loved it, so I gave the rest of it to him. Sipdown!
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caile

haha, that was a great sipdown! :)

Terri HarpLady

:)
The tea actually still tasted ok. It was bland to begin with, almost like white tea, & it really hasn’t changed much over the years.

keychange

haha look at you sneak in a sipdown!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, lets see, who else can I give tea to?

Angrboda

So what was it, then?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I didn’t even tell you guys what it was? Thanks for pointing that out Angrboda, haha.
It was Champagne Oolong Darjeeling, from Republic of Tea. I had it for years…

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Lisa likes Jasmine tea, so I sent her home with the rest of this one. There’s enough to try a cup steeped western style, & to try it in a Gaiwan. I kept enough of it for one western cup, which I’m enjoying right now. It really is a nice jasmine, & this last cup is really wonderful, but I know she’ll really enjoy it, & I’m freeing space on my shelves!
I also gave her a Butiki earthen Gaiwan (because really, how many do I need?).
I also sent her home with a few samples I’ve received in Verdant boxes, because I already have those teas anyway:
Laoshan Black
Huang zhi xiang phoenix dancong
Bai Mu Dan
I feel really good!
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Lisa had never seen a Gaiwan, so I pulled one out & showed her how to use it, explaining the principal of more tea, less time (I really sounded like I knew what I was talking about too, Wow! HAhaha). We drank multiple steepings of this one, & I have to confess, it was so awesome seeing the looks of surprise on her face when every tiny cup (yeah, I finally got to use my teeny tiny hand painted porcelain cups!) tasted slightly different throughout the infusions. I need to open a damn tea shop!
Another sipdown!
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Stephanie

Sometimes I think it would be fun to have a tea shop! Or if not that, then to host tea parties for people in the community interested in the types of tea you can’t just go buy around here, you know? It’d be fun to have some locals to nerd out with!

Terri HarpLady

That’s right! I thought about just throwing a tea party once a week or once a month, telling all my friends, & letting them invite people & just doing it. I even made a FB page for it, but never really have gone forward with it, yet. My hope is it would eventually blossom into group tea orders, trades, etc.

Stephanie

My issue is I wouldn’t want to host a big group of complete strangers at my house. I would need to team up with a local business or non-profit group maybe…and I will NEVER feel educated enough about tea to actually be worthy of hosting such an event! But in theory it sounds FUN!

Terri HarpLady

I hear all of that too!

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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The 2nd tea we drank was a 16 oz of this one, compliments of Carol Who.
This is one of the only teas from Teavana that I’ve ever really liked, & for awhile I really liked it a lot, so when Carol sent me some in my recent trade, it was a little nostalgic to see it there. It doesn’t appeal to me like it used to, & that’s ok cuz it’s a sipdown!
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Have I mentioned on here before that I love my life? Oh yeah, like a gazillion times, right?
Today has been an ongoing tea-party here, a truly wonderful day. First my friend Lisa came over right after breakfast. Last time she came she left with a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. So today we drank some tea!

I let her pick the first one, which was this Keemun. I made a 16 oz pot of it, using the suggested parameters. It’s a decent Keemun, although not at the top of my list, still very drinkable & tasty.

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Welcome to day 29 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!

I want to call this a sipdown, & in a sense it is one, in that this is the end of the tin.
The truth is, I already have a refill for it, somewhere in my bedroom/tea hoarding place.
This is like a rich & chewy molasses sweetened old world rye bread today, both sweet & savory, AND delicious!

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This is a really tasty & gentle shu, absolutely free of wierd ammonia or fishy tastes. The early steepings were of sweet semolina, with a nice creamy kind of texture. Then it took on a coarsely ground whole wheat bread kind of layer, followed by a rich well aged peat, then a light aromatic wood like cedar. A lively sensation built up around the edges of my tongue, & although I got sidetracked & steeped some of the rounds much longer than intended, the flavor remained sweet thoughout, with no bitterness ever. Another sipdown!
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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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