1299 Tasting Notes

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Note to self: buy MF in France, or Europe in general, where it’s half the price of buying it in Canada (not including shipping). When I grabbed this box of sachets in Holt Renfrew what seems like ages ago now, it was $25-30 (maybe $40? I remember it being ridiculous, but dammit, I wanted it). Same thing in France, when I went to one of the MF stores? The equivalent of $20 CDN. Getting it loose is much, much cheaper than that.

I knew however that I had some of this still at home, so I’m doing to drink and fully enjoy it before I buy more. Because as we all know, I already have way too much tea. (still over 500.. sigh)

Anyway, onto the tea. The French are the only ones that can do flowers in tea where I love it. I wish every tea maker took their lead with this… regardless, this is a bit astringent today (likely because I just had some unsweetened sea salt chocolate), yet delicately sweet, full in the only way tea can be when it’s got (good) flowers in it, and, well, marvellous. I think in the future I want to steep this one a bit less though… finding something a bit off (which again might be the chocolate).

Flavors: Flowers, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

yeah that’s the only reason i said eff it when i was there. in the grand scheme of things… so much better

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75

Definitely liked this more as it cooled (more chocolate) but the cinnamon threw me off. I haven’t had a cinnamon brownie before, and so this was a bit of an odd combination.

Yes, I know, this isn’t a new—to-me tea, I’ve had it since one of my first forays into mass quantity buys with Dexter. Thing is, I’d obviously lost it, so maybe this is a perk of having a housesitter that moves your entire tea stash: rediscovering teas you completely forgot about.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Connoisseur's Blend by Market Spice
1299 tasting notes

Grabbed this when I was at Pike Place Market maybe sometime last summer (?) when I ran into Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in the elevator of my hotel room. Fun!

This seems like a straight black blend from the description, although I’ve yet to hear of a varietal called Lychee (like Ceylon or Assam). The staffer told me this was her favorite tea (I always buy a small sample that the person serving me suggests when traveling), so $0.81 and about, um, 12 cups worth and a year later, Í’m trying it.

Actually had it yesterday.. going on memory.. was surprisingly sweet on it’s own, full bodied like an English Breakfast, and quite lovely. Very different than most straight blacks I’ve had, with zero maltiness, just a sweetness that I can’t quite place.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79

I remember coveting this last year, but I think it’s time to share… so packing up a bit for others to enjoy. Love doing that, especially when it’s a tea I know few can get their hands on (blended in a store in Edmonton, Alberta… yes they ship, but who would know to look for that, unless they’d been to the store?)

Anyway. Getting a definitely ginger kick (booyah!) as this cooled, which I’m absolutely loving. The peach was more apparent when it was hot though, whereas the ginger was completely absent then. Hm.

Still, an overall yum, y’all.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Market Chai by Market Spice
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Grabbed this while at Pike Place Market in Seattle (Market Spice, I love you). Thought I’d tried this already… perhaps not. It’s a smooth chai, not as “bold” or strong as the description stated, but still a lovely chai. Some orange in there, a good kick of what I think is nutmeg, maybe cloves?

Flavors: Cloves, Nutmeg, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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59

Had this briefly last night before the murder mystery; first thought was, “Yuck. Why did I pick this up in London again?” Maybe because I could, maybe because I thought I wanted to share.. dunno. Compared to the Adagio chai just prior, this was actually quite disgusting. I’m tacking it up to the “syrup flavorings”.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

Randomly grabbed this last night, and boy is it ever amazing. I know I’ve had it before, but it was nowhere near this good! Dunno what I did differently, other than oversteep it way way WAY too much (15 minutes). Loved it, helped me power through writing a murder mystery – right up until the last second when I had to leave to play it with 32 others. Success!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Creamy, Nutmeg, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

how did the event go?!

Roswell Strange

Yes; very curious in how it went down as well!

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75
drank La Mangue by Fauchon
1299 tasting notes

Hm. Have I really not had this since I bought it? So weird. I’ve shared it with countless people now.

Regardless, I’ve got a tin of this still from prior to my trip to Europe, and during my “where are all my teas” fun times, I came across this. Sure, why not? I’ll try it.

Smells delicious. Juicy, ripe mango and peach. Tasting it, it’s just okay. There’s the mango/peach flavor, then something odd that’s got me making a face. Paper-y? Dry? A touch off in the sweetness? I don’t quite get it, but I’m happy to share it with all the folks who want to try French teas, and I know that Fauchon (and The O Dor) are the two the most difficult to get here. So, share pile it is! :)

1.5 tsp in 12 oz, 2.5 minutes at 180F.

Flavors: Mango, Paper, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

Second steep was a massive oversteep (7 minutes) and I left the tea out overnight to dry out… so not the best conditions. Still, a lovely tea, just not as lovely as yesterday. A bit thin on the flavor, yet dark on the coloring.

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
1299 tasting notes

Got this… gosh, it seems like ages ago. It’s been at least a year. Found it in my tea exploration (meaning: trying to figure out where all my tea was stored during a six month trip to Europe). Doubt I’ll ever buy anything from this company because of the horrid customer service (saying it was shipped when it wasn’t, getting a package two months later, zero communication about any of it), so I wanted to try and enjoy this.

Sure, it does, KIND of taste like a graham cracker. There’s a graininess to it that’s pleasant, I get the cookie bit, it’s sweet and almost caramel-y, there’s a faint (VERY faint) smokiness to it… I just can’t get over the customer service bits, and so am likely not enjoying this as much as I should be.

Flavors: Graham Cracker, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

I agree. I’m still so grateful to PayPal for coming through and helping me get my money back from them.

MissB

Holy crap, that’s horrible. I mean, I eventually got all my tea, but it took a lot of calling, emailing and harassing them before I was even acknowledged. Never again.

Fjellrev

Ech, that’s still terrible that you had to go through all that trouble. I tried emailing maybe 2-3 times? Oh well, there are better teas out there anyway.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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