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54 Tasting Notes

drank Manderin Puerh by Vital Tea Leaf
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…it has been quite a while since I drank it the last time. Even though summer may not be the right season for this warming and rather spicy brew I could not resist in opening one of those teas last week.

Except a shy hint of mandarin scent the tea hasn’t go much nose. The color of the first brew, I drank it from a highball glass, was good. As rich and dark one might describe it.
I kept the steeping temperature below 80 degrees Celsius which created a kind of velvety effect on the tea while I drank it. A very, very smooth but intense brew when it comes to flavor. It always amazes me how it heats up my body. Very awakening.
With the second brew I always tend to be a bit more bolt in regards of the water temperature. The color of the tea turns extremely dark. It almost seems as if the liqueur became more thick and rich, too.

I guess one might get a endless amount of brews out of one single portion from this leafs. It probably would get one through a whole day if desired.
I personally stick with two brews per tea a day. Usually a green tea between 10.00am-11.00am and then a dark tea (Oolong, Pu-erh or English blacks) in the afternoons. Three or four times a week a strong milk tea in the early morning.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Gyokuro Green Tea by Jing Tea
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…After reading in several books through how much effort Japanese tea growers go with this particular kind of tea…well, I was a bit disappointet I must say.
The leafs look very inviting…dark green and juicy.But after brewing there is not much magic going on. The strong awakening effect that one is used to from drinking Sencha is not happening at all.Also that fruity flavor notes from Japanese green teas is missing here.
Although I was quite generous with the portioning of leafs for each brew…I only got a very shy glimps of spicyness out at the end.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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…a very elegant tea. The refreshing hints of lemon are pushing trough in a rather pleasant kind of way. The flavors of the Lapsang are balanced perfectly and very harmonious which still allows one to detect all the other notes that are part of this blend.I am extremely pleased to find that there is no astringency going on…something that is normally quite common with Lapsangs. However, it seems to me that, if brewed with water on boiling point, the tea tends to come across a bit rough.
If one keeps the water temperature below 85 degrees Celsiuis the tea starts to unfold it’s fragile flavors in a very gentle manner…the whole story becomes soft and silky.
It would not be my first choice for breakfast as there is no strong awakening effect…but it is a great tea for late afternoons…

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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…size of the leafs is almost as fine as on a regular English breakfast blend.But one can be a bit more generous with the portioning of Bois Cheri as it comes across less awakening.
Needs to have milk and a bit of sugar…without milk it’s to bitter and the sweetening brings out the vanilla scent in quite a nice way.

Great tea as base for ‘home-made’ chai blends…even just a bit of ground cardamom does the trick and let’s one fly off to street bazars of India or Mauritius.


205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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…the leafs look very appealing. The fragrance, as soon as one opens the tin,is very nice.

As with all THE O DOR teas it would be a mistake to rinse the leafs as this could cause the flavor to decline. Obviously a strong indicator that parfumed oils were used to stabilize the tea’s flavor.

One can be quite generous with the portioning which allows to keep the steeping time short.As a result of this three to four tasty brews can be made out of one portioning (…I am using a Gaiwan here).
The short time of infusing a fairly bold amount of leafs is a very Chinese way of treating tea indeed.It brings out all qualities of one’s brew and allows to see different aspects of the changes in taste, nose and color over the time period of as many infusions as one portion of tea can take…

This blend creates a very smooth drink. The flavors are interesting…although not quite as impressive as I was hoping for.The peppermint and the almond notes, which the company claims to have used for this tea, are almost invisible. The apple is there but in quite a funny way.
It remembers one of hookah smoking Arabs on London’s Edgware Road…very artificial apple & vanilla notes…in London as well as on the tea drinker’s tongue here.
The jasmin however, hand in hand with the osmanthus, pushes through pleasantly.
The teas that were used as base for this blend have a nice way of carrying all those herbs and spices.
The aftertaste is nice…a fragile roughness which is quite common with THE O DOR blends.This perhaps is the main reason why one might keep drinking there blend as it let’s one wonder how to tame it, how to find words to explain it…almost like all this hundreds of small alleys in the heart of old Istanbul…interesting,fairytale-like, magical…

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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…the shop owner told me that those leafs are from last years harvest. If I want to have fresh leafs than I’de have to come back at the end of April.
Well,as I was very eager to taste this tea I bought 35g of it and went home.

I rinsed the leafs and used boiling water.
The taste insures one that probably 9-10months ago this tea must have been ’rock’n roll’…
However, still fruity, still those hints of rose blossoms…profound,smoky Oolong notes which become sweeter and sweeter as the infusions go on.

Will be back at the shops doorsteps in April…

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drank Histoire Tibetaine by THE O DOR
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…the leafs mixed with dried flower pedals look very inviting. The fragrance is great.
The spiciness, this rhapsody of flavors is almost overpowering. Although I like this blend a lot and keep on drinking it like a madman…I can not help thinking that someone over-did it in the vanilla department. There is not much room anymore for sencing the jasmin and the bergamot (…until today I haven’t found anything that goes even near something like citrus…).

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Toupet de Legumes by THE O DOR
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…a very intersting tea. very interesting indeed.
Usually i try to stay away from silly-flavored teas but this one,as it was on 80% discount on my local grocery store,went into my shopping basket.Simply because of that…and out of curiosity.

The first brew I rinsed as I would usually do it with a black tea. But I guess I was washing out some oils…well, fragrances…as the tea seemed quite pale on my tasting palate.
Second time,the day after, I did not rinse the tea leafs and got to feel the whole magic of this spiced-up brew.

The zucchini blossom is there.The pepper is there…vanilla…strong tea base.Great blend…maybe because for months now I am drinking pure oolongs, greens and blacks…I mean after all,what’s the point of beeing in Asia if not going to the bottom of things.Traditional things…pure,simple teas.
Anyways…drinking this cup of tea in the morning was like a thunderstorm to my sences.
Great stuff and my comliments to those creative French tea people.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Thank you for your thoughtful review. I had to order this tea because I liked your review so much. I really am excited about tasting this tea.


…Swell.Looking forward to read your review…

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drank October Revelation by THE O DOR
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This tea offers flavours of bergamot, soft lemon, sweet orange, mandarin, lime, Clementine and grapefruit…and reminds one very much of a ‘Lady Grey’ blend.
Very smooth.Very refreshing…very pleasant to drink.

Nice tea…I keep the brewing time under 2 minutes which allows me to get 4 tasty brews out of one portion of leafs.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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…it is slightly scented with jasmin.The tea leafs itself don’t have a very strong flavor or taste.A remark that I put in the tea’s describtion.It is quite a prizy purchase (125g for 20$US…bought in China)that,without the jasmin scent,would leave one quite disappointed.
However…the awakening effect that this tea has is simply incredible.It’s like after 3 cups espresso…I can feel my blood busily pumping through my veins…WoW!
The brews that one gets out of one portion of leafs seem endless…the color of the tea gets stronger after each brew.
I was very carefull with the water temperature.Next time I will go higher.

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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