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I’ve been having a little bit of an end of the month sipdown party over here, & this is another one. I’m staying in tonight, so I can a few end of the month things done in my office, including updating my tea list & printing out the new ‘Menu’. I’d like to believe that I’m ending the month with less teas than I started with, but that may not be true, as I’ve received several care packages from friends.

Oh, & I’d like to publicly apologize to the people I said I’d send out samples to, and also to the people who have sent me teas that I haven’t gotten around to drinking & posting about yet. I haven’t forgotten you or your teas, I promise!

So the first steeping of this tea is very tasty, fruity, & satisfying. The resteep is just ok.

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Another sipdown, & a pleasant reminder of how much I used to love Houjicha, & still do.

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
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The final cup of this one, shared with me by Lala. Nothing I would ever stock, but I am grateful for the opportunity to sample it.

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A pleasantly smokey cup with an inherent sweetness.

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I can’t believe I still have all of the green teas sent out last spring from the verdant TOMC & reserve TOMC. This is one of them. I enjoy them, but I tend to drink other teas instead. One of my goals for April is to drink green or white tea each day, so that I can start working my way through these.

This one is tasty. The leaves are pressed flat, resembling dragonwell in their appearance. The flavor is rich & thick (I’m on the 3rd steep), kind of nutty, & of course, green! I know that’s a lame & generic description, but I’m trying to get some work done around here, hahaha

BigDaddy

Same here, I have a bunch of Bi Luo Chun staring at me every time I open the cupboard.

Terri HarpLady

This month I’m going to drink a green or white every day, until they are gone! I need to let go of last spring, to make room for this one! :)

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First sipdown of the day, this is one of Sil’s BBBB offerings, a nice cup to enjoy with breakfast. That’s all I got :)

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I have a tendency to go overboard when I measure out tea, & today was one of those days. I over-tea-ed, & it was too potent. I divided it between 2 cups, adding more hot water to each, & then it was better, although I realized afterwords that I much prefer this tea brewed gongfu style. The leaves are gigantic, & I feel that the short potent steepings do it much more justice.

Jiāng Luo

Obsessed with Hong Yu at the moment can’t believe a black tea can go from cinnamon to date to wintergreen it’s what I expect when I think of a high quality oolong and has completely humbled my view on black teas.

Terri HarpLady

I love all the changes that these teas can go through as well :)

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Nothing new to share. I enjoyed this one during the early evening. It was my reward for the official ‘start’ of this year’s garden. I inventoried all of my seeds, took a garden walk while making a to-do list, & then picked one thing to do, which was pruning my apricot tree, & I did it. I feel pretty good!

Stephanie

Apricot tree…nice :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to start my blog up again, Terri’s Airy Fairie World, hahaha. I have posted anything there for months, even though my goal was to keep a weekly blog of my various loves: gardening, tea, food, & music. The Apricot is on the verge of blooming, & it’s beauty should be shared, without a doubt!

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drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
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Another Steepster Select sipdown.
This is a really tasty Keemun, per my previous review.

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Yup, this is a tasty darjeeling, & a substantial breakfast tea as well.
I’m definitely more of a 2nd flush type of girl, & although I haven’t compared the darjs that are in my cupboard, this is probably my favorite.

Nicole

Now I need to try Butiki’s Sourenee!

Terri HarpLady

I guess it’s time to line up all the darjeelings & do a sipoff?

Nicole

Good idea!

Butiki Teas

Oooh, I did this for both 1st and 2nd flushes and graded each of them. Tasted about 40 second flush Darjeelings at once. Would be very curious to see what you guys think.

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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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