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Sipdown! Yay! Not that it really counts since I’ve purchased tea while on a vacation but at least it will be one less to a) bring all the way ack home and b) sipdown to try and make my goal when I DO get home.

My other half and I have settled in to a great routine in the evening here….we cook dinner, sit on the balcony, play a game, go down to the whirlpool and then either play another game or watch a tv show before bed. I’m really going to miss our evenings here when we get home so we’ll have to see if we can find a way to keep it up on week nights I don’t have to work heh

I feel like I’ve had this tea way more often than I’ve logged it. It’s a tea that is similar in profile to Stacy’s wild mountain tea….though different enough that the two are unique teas. I’m not sure how often I’d restock this as I’m partial to the sun moon lake Assam if I have to choose just one, but I’d be happy enoug rotating sample sizes of the lots in to my cupboard from time to time, esp with free shipping on those at 25$

Final count: 138 (however there are teas to be purchased here and teas probably waiting for me at home…)

Tealizzy

Sounds like a really nice relaxing evening! :)

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85

Another tea from this morning AND one of the teas that i’ve been trying to work through lately because i have a number of teas from both TTC and Norbu that i haven’t opened or started yet! i like the fresh and fruitiness of this one even if it’s not my FAAAVOURITE from TTC. it’s still damn good and i’m happy to have it in my cupboard to drink!

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85

another tea from earlier this evening. I still haven’t decided how i feel about this one from TTC. it’s similar to the others that i’ve had but also different. there are some underlying notes to this that i haven’t quite wrapped my brain around. I may need to have a gong fu session to unlock my feelings on this one. still enjoying it..just….not settled in my opinion :)

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96

I’m trying some of this because I had to open the package anyway to send some to boychik. I really don’t know how TTC finds such incredible teas. There is an amazing combination of sweet spices in this. Their teas are unlike any I’ve had from other vendors. This is an incredible tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
boychik

I’m intrigued ;) on the other hand I’m sorry you have to open new bag

CharlotteZero

Haha. I’m not sorry! This was a great way to start my day. Headed to FedEx now. :-)

TeaExplorer

I’ve never ordered from them, but your description has me intrigued! Just had a look at their site. I have too many teas already, but some of their offerings look really good :)

CharlotteZero

Let me know if you ever want me to send you some samples. I have quite a few of their teas (more than what I’ve added in my steepster cupboard), and would be happy to send you some…

TeaExplorer

Thanks for the kind offer! I’m going to hold off for the moment, however, since I have such a huge backlog. When I read reviews on Steepster I feel like a dog in a yard full of squirrels =:-}

CharlotteZero

I understand that feeling…Only I am mostly unable to resist the impulse to chase them all, so now I have soooo much tea. Let me know if you ever change your mind, though!

TeaExplorer

I will … thanks!

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93

I’m in the mood for some more Oolong, something to put my mind at ease for tomorrows doctors visit. I’m having my first cervical screening tomorrow, I’ve had scans of an intimate nature done before but those were to show my ovaries are in the wrong area and that I couldn’t have kids. My mum had cervical cancer as did my nan and my aunt so honestly I’m preparing myself for the worst, but since my husband had testicular cancer a few years ago I agreed to be on time for any intimate scan. Promises are promises but I’m sure you girls know how nervous it can be. And the guys are probably cringing lol.

Anyway focus on Oolong, my good old friend Oolong. Taiwan Tea Crafts still has this one in stock so I can read some information on it. “No other Lishan tea shines with the same purity and authenticity as this one.” Ooohhh that sounds promising :) “produced by Mr. Gao, a member of the Atayal Nation”.

The balls are a nice size with a rough average of 4mm. They are a mixture of two dark greens. They smell sweet and floral, like geranium perfume. Also getting a buttery scent.

Water : 3oz / 85ml 194℉ / 90℃
7 Grams Tea
8 steeps : rinse,25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,120s,180s
Gaiwan
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds

First Steep – 25 seconds
Mild, sweet, floral and mineral. Like mild geranium water spray.

Second Steep – 25 seconds
Toasted geranium and grass with a honeyed after taste.

Third Steep – 30 seconds
Very sweet and floral but more perfumed and dry. Yet still clean tasting.

Fourth Steep – 40 seconds
Very perfumed and florally thick but also more grassy. Heavy perfume after taste.

Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Still perfumed and geranium like but remains pure and sweet.

Sixth Steep – 90 seconds
It’s still think and carrying on it’s flavour very well. It’s still thick yet with no astringency and the geranium is still fresh and sweet.

Seventh Steep – 120 seconds
Softer than the previous steeps but still very floral and clean.

Eighth Steep – 180 seconds
Very soft and back to the strength of the first steep. Buttery and sweet once more.

It tasted like spring water with flowers inside rather than a tea and it was very refreshing yet flavourful. I had high hopes and it raised the bar to be possibly the best Li Shan I have tried. It had little dryness despite being heavily perfumed and it left a beautiful after taste, I feel like I’ve breathed in spring!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
QueenOfTarts

I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow! Glad you have some nice tea to comfort you. Sending good thoughts!

keychange

I hope all goes well tomorrow, too. And hey—the idea of anyone poking around our nether-regions is anxiety-inducing. Hopefully it’s over quickly.

MzPriss

Positive thoughts for a positive outcome. And you get to be anxious – I don’t think that’s anyone’s idea of a good time.

looseTman

You’re very wise to be evaluated and to keep all follow-up appointments given your maternal family history. Hopefully, your father’s side of the family reduces your risk. We’ll be praying for a good outcome.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you everyone! I can happily report that everything is over and done with now and my results will be in two weeks, though she said from her point of view everything looked healthy. As an added treat my new gaiwan tea set arrived and I love it. Will use it in a bit when I’m up to it. http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/accessories/tea-sets/dragon-phoenix-porcelain-gongfu-tea-set-6-pcs.html

looseTman

Excellent! You should reward yourself for having done what’s medically prudent to maintain your long-term health. Perhaps dinner out or a very special tea in your new beautiful gongfu tea set?

KittyLovesTea

I may stick to the tea for tonight as tomorrow night I’m having a meal and some drinks as part of a hen party (which I don’t want to go to but have no option to back out). I’ve been on my Oolong recently so I may find space for some more to open and sample as my treat :)

looseTman

You should definitely treat yourself!

I typically have black tea for breakfast. However, I’m running low on black teas samples. How are oolong, green & white teas for breakfast?

KittyLovesTea

Green teas are rather good to have in the morning, Japanese greens in particular have a strange effect on me and I end up skipping all day and being happy. I think the idea is to have green teas highly concentrated in the morning so that the impact of caffeine is larger for the extra boost. Oolong and whites I find too relaxing in the morning but they would work well on weekends or days off. I tend to mostly go by what I feel like that morning, sometimes my first cup isn’t until lunch time.

Angrboda

Pap smear tests are offered to all women between 20-something and 50-something every few years here. It’s a preventative routine screening.

KittyLovesTea

Yet it’s surprising how many women ‘forget’ to go all because of a little embarrassment. I know about it well as cervical and ovarian cancer run in my family.

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81

I got this tea as part of an Oolong collection sold by Taiwan Tea Crafts but they don’t seem to have this tea any more or I at least can’t find it on their website. It would have been nice to know a little more information on this tea but never mind, it just means I’m blind taste testing.

The balls are a nice size measuring an average of 6mm and consist or dark green almost brown and medium brown colours. They have a sweet and creamy scent, also lightly toasty. Like honeycomb ice cream. :)

Water : 3oz / 85ml 212℉ / 100℃
7 Grams Tea
6 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s
Gaiwan
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds

First Steep – 25 seconds
Subtle in flavour with strong cream tones and mild sweetness. Liners in the after taste.

Second Steep – 35 seconds
Toasted and almost wooden, the sweetness is present but now matches the cream. Also a little like straw.

Third Steep – 45 seconds
Again it’s increased in strength and it’s not focussing more on toasted straw than cream. It has a pure flavour, natural and beautiful. I’m also getting a fruit flavour, perhaps kumquat.

Fourth Steep – 55 seconds
Lightening in strength again which makes this another creamy steep. It’s soft and sweet but also now sort of perfumed and dry.

Fifth Steep – 65 seconds
Very similar to the second steep at this point. The cream is shining through again with minimal toastedness and just the right amount of sweetness.

Sixth Steep – 75 seconds
Yes and back to the first steep. Creamy and sweet and very gentle.

Overall this was a delightful milk Oolong that gained charm in the middle steeps. Milk Oolong is not a favourite of mine which could result from me being allergic to milk, but this particular Oolong was subtle and pure which I found pleasant. So while this doesn’t get top marks in terms of being an Oolong it does go towards the top marks for Milk Oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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Ohhh, all I can say is this is a nice, nice tea—so nice I’m too busy enjoying it to think. My gosh. I like how the brassy elements one might wish to have smoothed out in a typical Indian Assam are indeed gentled or just plain not there thanks to the (what’s often for me too subtle, mind) Taiwanese style, which in turn gets amplified when given the backbone of a substantial general tea type like Assam. Wow I didn’t write that well. Hrm. The second steep yields more chocolate, delicious.

I’ve been impressed with Taiwan Tea Crafts (and grateful as always to Steepster—ain’t no way I’d have learned of them otherwise)—I love that they offer fancier teas in reasonably small amounts that make them a possibility for me, and that they have promotions and fair shipping policies if you want to try before you commit. And even when one of their teas proves generally not something I’d reach for often given my own proclivities, I have yet to encounter any where the care and quality (indeed, the craft) in producing the leaves wasn’t readily apparent from dry leaf aroma to finished cup and unfurled leaves. And some have knocked me completely off my socks (that one Red Jade!) with qualities I’ve never tasted together in a single tea before. We’re so lucky to live in this age when incredible tea is being crafted so many places AND thanks to modern transport and the internet etc. someone in a place as un-hot-tea-focused as the US has ready access to some of said tea. AND can learn and trade notes with fellow fans to boot. Awesome.

Speaking of, the dry leaf aroma on this one is a splurge. It’s rich and grapey, deep without being cloying like so many sweet grape-smelling teas. And the appearance of the wet leaves! Big and gorgeous, with these ripples of brilliant brighter red streaks here and there. I am surprised sometimes how often big, beautiful leaves can sway me. Admiring them makes tea even more of a pleasure.

Dexter

Really happy that you are enjoying this tea. I agree with your thoughts on how wonderful it is that we live in a time that we can experience and learn about all these wonderful teas.
Just when I thought I was beginning to understand, I see a name like this one. Sun Moon Lake is in Taiwan. Assam teas are from the Assam region of India. How can a tea from Sun Moon Lake be an Assam? It hurts my poor head. I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as you enjoy it. :))

ifjuly

my (admittedly patched together, mostly from the harney book and the internet, might be wrong/off) understanding is that in the last 10 to 30 years (partly thanks embargos with china lifting which forced them to switch from simply palely imitating the chinese tea not available from china at the time to using what they had already invested in re: tea making to create new teas not meant to compete directly with chinese styles but rather offer novelty and their own branding) taiwan has really become a game changer in terms of sharing innovative new tea styles and whatnot, and one of those new things has been taking varieties of tea leaf and seeing how they do in taiwan when “mated” with native tea plants (i could be getting the specs wrong there though; it’s been a while since i looked into it). so yes, it’s weird that assam is named after where it’s grown and yet they’re growing that in taiwan now too. be kinda like taking a darjeeling plant and discovering it grows well in, i dunno, florida once you melded it with something native to florida. ha. i know TTC mentioned how leaf and what exactly it is in more detail somewhere on the site, at least they did when i bought this but it’s been a while…
not the same type (i do feel excited the mint thing is recognized in the jade teas though! i thought i was crazy!) exactly, but a quick explanation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_tea#Black_tea

Dexter

Wow, ok – thanks so much for this. I feel that the more I learn, the more I realize how little I really know. I keep trying to take a tea class, and it keeps getting cancelled from lack of interest. I must be the only tea drinker here. I think I really need to find some time to do some research on my own. Thank you so much for posting this and nudging me towards learning more.

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90

Brewed up the last of this, and the empty bag and dry leaf smell so gorgeous like ripe cherries.

Smooth, rich and fruity compote flavors with a bit of sweetly spiced toast. So delicious!!

(Lot: 267)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Review for lot 267.

Large beautiful twisty leaves which brew up a fragrant cup of tea.

Smooth, gentle and fruity. A bit like bread with jam. Very tasty!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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It’s Day 8 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!!
I made it through 42 sipdowns in the first week, which I’m feeling pretty good about, since most of them are multiple steep teas.
I’d like to thank Charlotte Zero for sharing a generous sample of this tea, which is similar to lots #147 & 154 (I think those were the other lot #s I tried).
My tastebuds aren’t quite with it, most likely due to allergies, but it’s a very fruity & enjoyable cup!
358 to go!

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How did the day go by so fast?
Earlier I reported that I attempted a comparison between this lot & Lot 154.
That was hours ago, & although I can report that the dry leaf aroma of this one was even ‘jammier’ than the dry leaf of #154, in the cup they were very similar. Jam & chocolate! Admittedly, I was busy with taxes, & then busy with students, so I wasn’t as attentive as I could have been. I have enough of this one to enjoy 1 more time, thanks to the generosity of CharlotteZero! Thanks!

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Thanks to TastyBrew, who included this TastyTea in the last round of the BBBBox.
I drank this last bit as short gongfu steepings, 15/30/45/60 sec, 2/3/4/5 min.
I didn’t take detailed notes, but it was yummy with essence of honey, malt, wheat bread, & a slight spicy & floral quality to it. Sipdown!
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Taiwan Tea Crafts has some lovely & interesting teas, & this is another one of them.
If you’re looking for a knock your sox off bold tea, this is NOT it. But if you want something subtle & soothing, but still within the black tea genre, this might be the tea for you :)
There is a creamy quality, a honey & cream of wheat thing, a little pumpkin.
It kind of reminds me of Butiki’s wild mountain black, kind of.
Thanks to TastyBrew for including this in our latest BBBB!

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85

I’m finding that the “easiest” way to get a sipdown in at work this week is to use the samples of TTC teas that cavocorax gave me haha. Then i can get a second one in at night during the week when i have a herbal :) This one i’ve had before but it was still enjoyable. that being said, i see no need to go with the upgrade version, as i like the non upgraded version better :) thanks for letting me revisit this one Cavo!

Cavocorax

Oh shoot. I tried to send ones you hadn’t tried before!

Sil

haha i like revisiting old friends :)

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85

terri sent this one my way (she received it from charlotte zero) and i’m glad she did. I haven’t had this lot before. :) This of course reinforces my opinion that 25g samples of all the different lots can for sure be sustainable from TTC once i finish up my current larger sizes. It’s actually a better route to go for me, unless i’m sharing a larger size with someone. Not because i don’t love the teas, but because i want to be able to try all the lots in case one really blows my mind. There’s no fear of picking up something i won’t like either because thus far all the TTC teas that i’ve tried that are in the black range have been enjoyable for me :) thanks for sharing terri!

Fjellrev

Yeah, their stuff sounds legitimately great. I’ll have to make an order sometime too. Can’t pass up a good Assam.

Sil

they’re fruitier/sweet assams

Terri HarpLady

Lol, you sampled it before I did!

Sil

that box is going down! lol i WILL get to 140 this month even with your box dangit! i will!

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