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I guess I’m in a Keemun mood today!
Maybe because it’s a satisfying no-nonsense type of tea that I can just make a cup or pot of & enjoy, without too much effort.
Yeah, I think that might be it!

looseTman

“I guess I’m in a Keemun mood today!” “… it’s a satisfying no-nonsense type of tea …” I completely understand!

Dag Wedin

How do you brew this? I’ve heard up to 7 minutes and being shy on leaf.

Skulleigh

I think that’s why Keemuns are my favorite! They are dependable, like a nice comfy warm sweater.

MzPriss

I looooove Keemuns too

Skulleigh

Let’s start the Keemun Admiration Society! :D

Terri HarpLady

LooseT – I’ll have to check that out later!
Dag – With this one I used 1 tsp to 8oz X 4min, however, with teavivre’s hao ya, I used 2 tsp + 8oz X 2min. I also drank butiki’s congou keemun @ 2 tsp + 8oz X 3. They were all delicious, but for the day, I enjoyed the teavivre version the most.

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This is exactly what I need this morning!
2tsp + 8oz (194 more or less) X 2 min yielded a deep & perfect brew, rich with earthiness in such a wonderful way that I really just want to keep drinking it.
A resteep at 3 minutes yielded a pleasant & very drinkable cup, though it was a mere shadow of it’s former self.
Out to the garden…so much to do!

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Another cup of tea before I head to the shower.
Today I’m really noticing the floral aspect of this one, which doesn’t ruin it, by any means. Just one more layer of flavor. Maybe I’m finally starting to get the hang of Darjeelings?

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No gongfu session this morning, as I have things to do. So I’m changing it up a bit, starting with a cup of this assam. I’m drinking a 5 minute resteep of the leaves right now, & although it doesn’t carry the full richness of the original cup, it’s still smooth & better than anything I would get in a teabag. Not bitter in the least, nor astringent, just memories of malt, dark chocolate, & a lingering tanginess like plums.

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Moving on to my green, white, & yellow tea collection, I started the month with 27, & have drank 13 of them. So anybody can see where my focus lies, LOL.

I made the mistake of going with 10 sec steeps on this, & for me at least, it quickly became bitter & undrinkable. Last week I gave it 3 sec steeps, & it is much more lovely that way. I’ve made note of this in my tea journal, so I won’t make that mistake again!

Marzipan

Oh wow, those are short steeps! I’m glad I read this.

Dag Wedin

Hehe I often do notes aswell on how not to brew a tea, but next time around i make the same mistake again. Sometimes to lazy to read previous notes ^^

TheTeaFairy

Greens…so finicky but so good when done right. I find most of my greens have been a “miss at first sight”. They really test my patience, they don’t tolerate my ADD, lol, but in the end, their reward is totally worth it!

Terri HarpLady

Greens can be really nice, but they can also be terribly bitter, & Dag, I’m like you. I try to take notes, but I don’t always refer back to them.

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I started the month of April with 95 black teas on my shelves.
26 of those are in various boxes from various friends. The other 69 are actually teas in my collection. (These numbers don’t include flavored blacks, BTW). My goal every month is to drink every tea in my collection at least once. It never happens, of course, because I have way too much tea to ever be able to pull that off! However, so far this month I feel pretty good about my progress! Of the black teas in my personal collection, I’ve drank all but 21 of them, & of the tea trades I’ve drank all but 16, for a total of 58 out of 95, which I think is about 55% (if I remember the math formula correctly). Maybe I can get it to 75% by the end of wednesday….

This is nice black blend, probably my least favorite of the damn fine teas, but still very tasty & worthy of being enjoyed.

Cavocorax

I crave this one less than I do the others, but it’s still very solid. I need to get more comfortable with the darjeeling side of things I think.

MzPriss

I was wondering about this one. I really like the Double Knit.

Veronica

I was wondering about this one, too. I love the Tiger Assam, and I have my eye on the Double Knit.

Terri HarpLady

I think Tiger & double knit will always be my favorite Damn Fine Teas. That’s just the facts! :)

Skulleigh

Tiger is soooo good.

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Special Announcement
Little Terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza will begin this Thursday, May 1st.
We (that would be little terri, Ms Theresa, & myself) don’t plan on some crazy mass drinking schedule of 15 teas per day, just for the sake of polishing them off, but rather, a relaxed month (maybe less) of savoring that last cup of anything that is in small quantity. Ms Theresa is compiling a collection of teas, & will attempt to create a daily sipdown schedule, carefully curated to make each day interesting, varied, & productive. We aren’t sure how long this extravaganza will last, but our goal is to drink up all the odds & ends, the remnants of various TOMC bits & pieces, the lingering random packages from various friends (Mostly Sil), & the ultimate goal is to get our crazy tea collection under control. Please feel free to join us!!

Now on to this tea, my morning gongfu session:
5G + 4oz (rinse) 15/30/45/60 sec
This first round, poured into separate cups, starts out fruity, tart, bright, & spicy. It brings to mind the sweet tartness of plums or cherries, & coriander. My favorite cups were 45 & 60 seconds, where the flavor & mouth was so rich & thick, filled with everything this tea offers.
2min: Still a nice full flavor, although a bitter tannic quality has arisen, like white willow bark tea (from which aspirin was invented).
3min: Nice cup! Still sweet & rich, no longer bitter, but starting to mellow out.
4min & 5 min: less sweet, almost has a root like quality to it, kind of woody-earthy. Still plenty of flavor.

Cavocorax

Exciting! :) It feels refreshing to finish up those last samples that you may or may not have been hoarding because they’re so good, and just clear that space away…

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I think I might join you gals, but sadly, I can only rely on myself… I’m not part of a lovely trio such as you are :-( wish I had more fairy friends to sip down with me!

MzPriss

I should do this too

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I really enjoyed Golden Lion, & I’m really enjoying Golden Paw. I can’t really say how they differ, because it’s been awhile since I had Golden Lion.
This is a nice Assam, not as bold as some, but with a thick mouth, a rich malty flavor, & an aftertaste & slight tartness of apricot.

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
2971 tasting notes

A lovely afternoon cup, floral, juicy, & believably lychee. In my mind I’m sitting in a late spring garden, this is so juicy & fresh tasting :)

Sil

i’m grumbling over here ’cause you have new stacy teas…just so you know.

Sil

meanie!

Lariel of Lórien

I have tea envy… my lichee one isn’t an oolong.

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I picked up an oz of this in my Butiki orer, & it’s tasty! I’m never had a Macaron, but this tastes like a light pastry with lemon & vanilla creaminess. Works for me!

Sil

JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!

Marzipan

I like this one a lot.

Terri HarpLady

Neener neener neener

Sil

i justcleaned up my cupboard and found homes for all the recently purchased teas….. i REALLY shouldn’t buy anymore until i get a few more down…i have no more room since i’m trying to stay out of the kitchen lol

Terri HarpLady

Just don’t send any of them MY way!

Marzipan

I’m getting some Tuesday! Stephanie didn’t like it so she is giving hers to me.

VariaTEA

How does this one compare to L’Hiver?

Terri HarpLady

hmmm…I think I still have a little of L’Hiver left, so I’ll try to compare them.

VariaTEA

Awesome.

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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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