3091 Tasting Notes

drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
3091 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 have 3 grandkids:
1 lives here with my daughter, half of the time. He’s with his dad for the next week.
The other 2 live a block away. They are here now, playing the newest Mario cart with their uncle & eating pizza. We have an established tradition of drinking tea, so my grandaughter & I just polished of a pot of this yumminess. So pretty, so delicate, so delicious.
Sipdown
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MzPriss

Awwwwww sweet!

gmathis

This sounds like it has to be granddaughter tea!

Stephanie

I want to play the new Mario kart! But we just have a PS3 not a wii

Terri HarpLady

My son Leif (age 21) has his priorities, & proper gaming equipment is a big part of it. LOL

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This is some crazy-potent tea! Whew!
And a sipdown as well.
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Sil

gawd at this rate you’re going to catch ME

Stephanie

Easy to oversteep, but doesn’t become bitter…just more crazy potent :)

Terri HarpLady

Sil: don’t worry, when I add in all the new stuff I’m probably back over 400 anyway.
Stephanie – super potent!

Sil

Terri – there is more inbound. I’m paranoid i’m going to hit 300 since i will barely have time to drink tea this weekend… moving is tiiiring

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Welcome to day 30 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
Yup, my month long festival of sipdown is coming to a close! I’m actually glad, because I have new teas to drink, special teas that I miss drinking, etc. Tomorrow will be the final day of clearing my shelves of anything old, small, or just unloved.
I’ve been working on updating the database, & as I’ve said before, I’ll probably end the month with more tea than I started with, haha. I started with 401, & although I didn’t set any actual goal, I think I’ve been kind of aiming for 250.

This is a really interesting tea, & if you let it warm up in a hot cup, the aroma of plums is outstanding! I could sit around just huffing this, & I did for a few minutes. Something nice to wake up to. Going with short steeps, the tea itself build through layers of Congee rice, sweet plum, a little tartness, & an amazing chaqi. Some of the steeps make me think of Plum Sake, even though I’ve never had anything like that, LOL.
It also really reminds me of a sweeter sister to Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan. It has a very similar energy, & a rustic wild quality to it, but coupled with a lovely sweet aftertaste of plums.
It’s silly for me to count this as a sipdown, as I have a new shipment en route, but the newer version is from Spring 2014, so there you go. It’s legit.
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Stephanie

plummy stuff is great :)

Dag Wedin

Oh, i do love this tea! It is absolutely outstanding gong-fu style. Never did get the 2014 harvest. i noticed that the 2013 i have has chaged character quite abit since it was “fresh”, it matures very well so dont drink it all at once :)

Sil

June is going to be a sipdown month for me….

Terri HarpLady

Stephanie: Yup! Did I send you some of this one?
Dag: I agree whole heartedly with everything you said!
Sil: Good luck with that! :D

Stephanie

yep, kind of reminded me of Dancong :D

mrmopar

Just got 100 grams of this one in. Mow I am glad I did. Nice review Terri, I look forward to trying this one.

Terri HarpLady

MrM, my YS order arrived today, & somebody probably needs to take me out back & shoot me, LOL. I must be crazy, this order is ridiculous, but I’ll enjoy sharing the teas with my BBBB sisters, & can’t wait to start drinking them! :D

Sil

i need to place a YS order…or you can do it terri..and i’ll place the verdant order and we’ll swap quantities lol

Terri HarpLady

That’s a real possibility! I’ve already placed the huge order, so anything I bought that you want(pretty much all of their 2014 black teas, & a few puer samples) is an option…

Dag Wedin

Wow, all of their blacks!?! Thats a huge amount of tea :D

boychik

Terri, did you order fr US site? My order fr China is in transit for 2 months already. Not that I have nothing to drink…

Terri HarpLady

Dag: well…maybe not ALL of them…but I did have quite a bit of money in my Playpal account from people buying my songs off iTunes, so lets just say I went a little nuts…lol. I won’t need to order anything from there again until Fall, and really only because I’ll want to try out some of the Fall teas, right?

Boychik: I have ordered from the US site, which comes very quickly, but I usually order from the China site, because the selection is so much bigger, & yeah, it can take awhile, especially if you go with the cheapest transit method. If you’re like me, you’d rather spend your money on tea, rather than on shipping, so usually by the time the box comes I’ve sort of forgotten about it. That makes it like a surprise present!
This time I actually paid for the next to cheapest shipping & the box came in a couple of weeks, but I think my first china order took a couple months.
Anyway, it’s not like I don’t have plenty of tea to drink while I’m waiting!

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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
3091 tasting notes

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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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!!
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