3004 Tasting Notes

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!


20 Teas! That’s impressive!


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!


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


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 :)


I hear ya!

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But another sipdown, none the less !
Thanks to Lee for the sample :)

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Another Sipdown, this one from Lee. I wish I had more to say about it, but I drank it hours ago, so really, all I can say is I enjoyed it. Lightly roasty…

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Another one from Lee, the flavor of Phoenix Mntn Dancong initially freaked me out the first time I tried one. Heavy with incense, with a tart finish, I’d never had anything like that. Over time, Dancongs have grown on me, & this one is nice. Roasty & floral, with an incense after aroma & long lingering grapefruit mouth, even after the cup is gone.
Sipdown! 383 to go!

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Here’s a sipdown from the Steepster Select Box. I’m no longer a member of that group, although the select decoration is still attached to my name tag.
Anyway, this is floral, musky, fruity, & woody.


I actually left the Select group because of the box with multiple Upton samples. Not because I dislike Upton—I don’t, in fact I love them!—but because the samples chez Upton are ~$1 for 12 grams and already pre-curated, as far as I’m concerned. So why do I need Select to re-curate already-curated samples and increase the price by 500%????

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I didn’t really feel like I was getting the value I wanted, & there was more packaging than necessary.

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drank Da Hong Pao by Seven Cups
3004 tasting notes

Another sipdown, this one from Lee.
I enjoy roasty oolongs, & this one reminds me of the dessert with layers of creamy vanilla pudding, espresso powder, & cookies. Add a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts, & thats it!

Dag Wedin

mmm, roasty oolongs!

Terri HarpLady

that’s what I’m saying!

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2nd sipdown of the day, this one was a generous share from Tea Explorer.
Delicious with malt & the essence of honey.

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First sipdown of the day, from the BBBBox, one of Sil’s inclusions.


i’m watching you lady lol

Dag Wedin

French breakfast? Coffee and cigarette blend?!?

Terri HarpLady

You got it Dag! LOL

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A lovely sample sipdown, shared with me by Lee. Thanks so much.
Pleasantly roasty, with a heavenly gentle floral essence.

Terri HarpLady

and I forgot to mention that I have purple & lavendar colored Irises blooming in my yard right now, next to my lilac bush, which is also blooming. In spite of allergies, I do love spring :)


I love lilac bushes!! ahhhh that is one of my favourite scents ever

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Sipdown 389
One of Sil’s contributions to the BBBBox, which is currently headed my way to thwart all of my sipdown efforts. I’m sipping this one while warming up for the first of 2 weddings that I’ll be playing at today. I’ve still got about a half an hour before I need to get dressed (have I ever mentioned that I mostly live in my pajamas?), but this will be my last cup of tea this morning, as I don’t want to be water-logged at a wedding! This is earthy, bold, & actually very bright, with a kind of oaky tannin quality to it.


I worship PJ’s. Have fun playing today :-)

Terri HarpLady

ME TOO! The older I get, the more comfortable I want to be!


You are making great progress!

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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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