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255 Tasting Notes

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This is probably a great tea—-but for a smoke addict like me, it seems bland. I love TeaSpring’s other Lapsang Souchong offering, but this one is like the timid little sister who cannot speak out loud and clear.

The Lapsang Souchong from TeaSpring that I really like is relatively less costly. It’s all about the smoke and the tar for me. This one is too sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Stephanie

Welcome back Doulton! Missed reading your notes! :)

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92
drank Cabochon by American Tea Room
255 tasting notes

I like the taste and aroma of licorice. I’m not a fanatic (I know some people who are, but I suspect I know more people who don’t like it) but it’s nice to have occasionally.

I’ve been impressed by American Tea Room in general. I have no affiliation with them, but they have teas that are most certainly on my list of “must haves”. I ordered a sample size of Cabochon and set it aside for a while. I was waiting for one of those days when the thoughts of licorice crept into my mind. Today, gray, gloomy, and wet, seemed like a perfect day for a strong flavor that pops.

And it did and it does! The anise is strongest in the aftertaste. The taste itself is warm and honied and the anise remains on the tongue and lingering around the nose. Cabochon would be a treasure for any licorice fanatics out there and would make a superb gift if you know any. For someone who enjoys licorice, as I do, it’s a nice hefty brew with a really tasty authentic flavor. I know that synthetic licorice can be simply dreadful. This is pure and true and I’ll invest in a larger package. Cabochon (which means a kind of treatment for a gemstone) is perfect for the upcoming chilly weather.

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92

Wonderful if you love roses and if you don’t—maybe this tea will convert you. This is one of the best rose-immersion experiences I have had. I think it’s on a par with Rosy Earl Grey from Teas, Etc. The rose is not competing with an Earl Grey. Sometimes I really want the Earl Grey to be the backdrop for the rose but this is a more fragrant, floral tea. I guess I will have to keep both in stock!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

This sounds delightful! I wonder if Sally’s Secret from Harney and Sons is anything like this?

American Tea Room

you might want to try our new Victoria which is a regal Earl Grey with rose petals and a hint of Vanilla — also our new Romanoff (which kind of replaced L"orangerie.

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97

This is an absolutely lovely tea. I don’t want to use specific words to describe it because each word that comes to mind does not do this tea justice. I prefer big black teas with lots of smoke and lots of flavor. When a subtle tea wins me over like this, I am really moved. I’m going to invest in more of this, knowing that it’s a tea for a special and wonderful occasion.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I too enjoy this one a lot. Try it iced and a little strong. AMAZING!

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95

This delicious tea has got depths and nuances of flavor and I am reminded of the late, lamented teas from The Simple Leaf. The leaves are very large and long and they brew up to a toasty, nutty taste that evokes strains of chestnut and chocolate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Lori

I do love this one AFTER I got the steeping parameters right…

ashmanra

Can anyone recommend a replacement for Dawn? I had it on my shopping list and never got to try it. :( What would be a similar tea?

Lori

I have been searching for a Dawn eplacement Ashmanra but no luck so far. But this one is good- I had a sample of this one but no longer and now thinking I may place an order….

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93
drank Narcisse by Mariage Frères
255 tasting notes

Absolutely delightful. It’s a lighter type of Lapsang Souchong, I think. The smoke is nicely balanced with floral overtones.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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97
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
255 tasting notes

I was fortunate enough to get a sample of this delightful tea from the magnificent RABS (thank you so much!). It was labelled an “8” out of a possible “8” in the Geek package and I’ve been holding off on trying the two remaining 8 teas for a very rainy day—or for one of those dark nights of the soul.

Today I decided to indulge myself and opened the delightful package. I love this tea. It’s not a simple rose tea nor is it a simple Earl Grey. It manages to surpass Earl Greyness by an abundant bergamot taste and the rose makes for a delightful adjunct—both visually and, more importantly, in terms of taste.

I highly recommend this and must order a full package. Great job, Teas, Etc. I’ve never had another tea like this so far and, in a world where copy-cat teas seem to be the rule, I really like this original.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Rabs

I’m so very pleased that you enjoyed this! I have 3 teas left to try from the Shakespeare box, but am also waiting for a time to really focus on them. I’m hoping that next week will be the perfect time — I truly hope!

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95

What an utterly delicious green tea. It’s brilliant green leaves have a fresh and vegetal aroma. The brewed tea (2 mins) is sensational: one of the best—if not the best—green I have had. It does have a very buttery vegetable taste with both elements of natural sweetness and a tinge of a bitterness that is not at all unpleasant.

This is like a really good liquid salad!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I love that—“…like a really good liquid salad!” lol! :)

Shinobi_cha

You might want to also put your entry here:
http://steepster.com/teas/maeda-en/12617-shin-cha-select-2010-edition

It appears there is a duplication on this tea, as 5 other people have already rated it, but in this entry, you are the first. :)

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77
drank Beer Tea by Man Teas
255 tasting notes

There certainly is a hint of beer flavor here. Basically I would call it a decent, strong black tea with a certain creaminess and a bit of maltiness. But I’ve had maltier blacks and creamier blacks and yeastier blacks. I don’t regret the purchase, however, but it just did not rock my socks off (on this barefoot day).

It’s a better than average black tea but not an astounding one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
255 tasting notes

This is a really delicious tea and the “rum raisin” comes through in a nice strong yet sweet brew. I believe this tea is very close to Bread Pudding from The NecessiTeas and will try to figure out some direct comparisons. Indeed, the teas might be identical.

I love these flavored blacks that go strong on the flavor and don’t wimp out. This flavor is one that I am predisposed to like a lot (have you ever had a really great rum raisin ice cream??) and Lupicia brings it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Yay! This note makes me happy… because I really love the bread pudding tea from NecessiTeas, but based on my poor experience with them, I’d rather not order from them again. It encourages me to find something that may be similar! And from a company I … need to place an order with anyways…

Doulton

LiberTeas, I would be very interested to hear the response from your palate. I cannot guarantee that the teas are identical but the similarities are so very strong. I’ll be looking for your review with eager anticipation.

Lupicia has quite speedy delivery service and I’ve ordered from them twice. I think that they sell only in 50g units which are a good sampling point but not so great if you want to stock a pound of a tea!

Their tins are pretty but I prefer the “S bags” which are about $2.00 cheaper than the same amount of tea in a tin.
LiberTEAS

I will no doubt cave in and order from them soon. I will definitely be sure to add this one to my list when I do so. There are a couple of teas I want to try from them as well… plus, I need to replenish my Earl Grey.

Meghann M

Do the bags from Lupicia reseal? Always been curious about that. Not that I don’t have my own containers.

LiberTEAS

Meghann – no. I just put the tea in one of my tins. :)

Doulton

I either use my own containers OR use a paper clip—two large paper clips on either side of the bag work well especially if I plan to consume the tea fairly quickly.

__Morgana__

Cool, great find. Wish there was a reasonable facsimile of Coco La Ven.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style

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