3005 Tasting Notes

I don’t mind a cup of darjeeling once in awhile, but they just don’t knock my socks off. I do prefer 2nd flush to 1st, and this isn’t a bad little cup of tea, a little floral, a little woody. Not particularly exciting, but it is another *Sil*pdown! ;)


hahahaha silpdown

Terri HarpLady

I thought you’d like that! :)

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
3005 tasting notes

Another sipdown from my Sil collection.
When I drank this before, I sweetened it, but today I drank it straight up, nothing added but water. I know that if it was sweetened, the english toffee flavor would be more present, but I enjoyed the dark unsweet quality of it today. It reminded me of some kind of pipe tobacco aroma almost, a sweet vanilla kind of pipe tobacco, not burning, but in the pouch.
399 teas to go!
(no, I don’t have fantasies of actually polishing off ALL of my teas, but little terri likes the countdown :)

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drank Summer blend by PureAromaTea
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I just finally printed out my tea collection document for the month, & (mostly thanks to SIL) I’m starting the month at 401 teas. LOL, & a ton of them are flavored teas, which I’m not really all that fond of, but I will of course drink them, or at least 1 cups worth.

I’ve had this summer blend for awhile, from one of the many boxes Sil has sent to me. It’s actually not bad. I drank it without any additives, & today my imagination must have been active, because I swear I tasted a hint of peach. Otherwise, it’s a basic kind of black tea with the addition of a variety of flowers. It looks real pretty & confetti-like as a dry tea, & the various leafs maintain their colors after steeping, although they become muted.
And it’s a sipdown! Only 400 teas to go!




just throw anything out you don’t wanna drink heh

Terri HarpLady

turns towards the audience & whispers, “I will strike when least expected.”

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Welcome to Day 1 of Little Terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
My goal is to complete as many sipdowns as possible, while still enjoying the teas to the fullest, so it’s not like I plan to fly through 100 teas in a week, I’m just trying to drink up all of my small quantities that I’ve been tossing into a box. It might last a week, it might last a month, who knows? Feel free to join me as I free myself of various tea remnants from TTBS, TOMCs, & trades (mostly from Sil).

I don’t really have very many plain black teas to sipdown, so I’ve decided one of the parameters of this extravaganza is to enjoy a nice big pot or gongfu session with any black tea I choose, first thing in the morning. After that, let the sipdowns begin!

Today is was a pot of this blend, which I really enjoy. It’s rich & manly, & a great way to start the day!


Good goal! I should do this also :)


I should do that myself


cough i dunno WHAT you’re talking about…

(i’m hoping i can get through a bunch of my sipdowns tomorrow or the weekend as well!)

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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!


“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.


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


I looooove Keemuns too


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!


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 ^^


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.


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.


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


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! :)


Tiger is soooo good.

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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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