1285 Tasting Notes

drank Andalusia by Lipton
1285 tasting notes

Shockingly sweet citrus/grapefruit tea. I need to have it again because I must’ve done something wrong – it was almost cotton candy sweet.

Flavors: Citrus, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mélange Fauchon Vert by Fauchon
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Here I was trying to have a tea I hadn’t tried yet – and I grab the one I’ve already tried.

I steeped this way too long, so it’s a bit bitter. Still vanilla creamy though, however I’ve lost all the citrus. When done right, this is a lovely, elegant green. This time? I messed it up completely.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mu by Lima
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Not quite sure where I grabbed this, other than it was in Paris. The unusual list of ingredients grabbed me (ginseng? Coptic? Peach stone?) so I decided to try it. Spicy sweet is a good description on the box: a touch of ginger and herbal with something mellow and sweet in the background. No idea what that is… Most of the ingredients here are new to me.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy, Sweet

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Grabbed at Kusmi, had no idea it was a different company until I tried to put it in the database. It smelled like heaven at the store – sweet, sweet peach and apricot. Flavor wise, it’s a sweet peach mostly with blackcurrant in the background, and an aftertaste of apricot. Light yet creamy… Wow.

Flavors: Apricot, Black Currant, Creamy, Peach

Sil

sooooo you went to kusmi store and bought not kusmi tea? heh

MissB

Yes! It looks like kusmi, like it’s just a different line or something… I’m thinking its their line of organic teas.

Sil

internet says they share a parent company :)

MissB

Ah, see? That’s why I had no idea. I mean, the address on the packaging is the same even.

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One of the blends you can only buy in store, it looks like. Preferred hot over cold… Hot it was amazing. Thick, sweet, like a Nutella orange. As it cooled something got weird, saccharine, bitter… The orange I think? Maybe the sweetener I used.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Orange

Sil

interesting

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drank Mélange Fauchon Vert by Fauchon
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Creamy citrus green, that’s what I get out of this. Quite lovely, cream-ish, thick. There’s supposedly lavender in here yet I can’t smell or taste it.

(Gotta love it when my phone types “cheap” instead of “cream”.

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Hay

Sil

yay for not tasting the lavender hahaha

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Bought this at a Nature et Découvertes store, I think, in Poitiers, France. They have a surprisingly large tea selection, including steepers, pots, books, and looseleaf tea.

Trying to figure out if I like this or not. It’s quite a strong apricot with a bit of sweetener, but then there’s something I think I’m allergic to in it as well. Strawberries? My lips are burning. There’s also a creaminess to this tea, surprisingly thick for a green, zero trace (that I can tell) of the pistachio.

I like it, quite a bit, but this prickly burning has to stop.

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Second time I’ve had this (first was yesterday), and I’ll say it’s decidedly different today. Not as chocolately? Mind you, yesterday was another of those hard water situations, whereas today the kettle in the hotel seems clean and fresh with zero buildup. So, who knows.

Regardless, this had a bigger punch of flavor yesterday. Today it’s mild at best, if pleasant. However I’m not so much a fan of pear in tea to be – YES!! Perhaps someone who really loves this type of flavoring would appreciate it more. Plus, the chocolate is completely out of sight today. Boo. Too subtle for me.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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It smells better than it tastes, but it still tastes really, authentically like a lemon tart! So delicious, I can’t quite figure it out.

Flavors: Custard, Lemon, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
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Was given this as an afterthought in a café in Lyon, where I’d purchase a set meal (the only thing available on a Saturday or Sunday) that included an additional pot of tea. I think because they were busy and I was the “demanding Amercian”, I was given this. It’s been a few days now (feels like a lifetime ago! it’s been four days) so I tried it.

Uh….

Well, it’s nice. Nice for someone else. (All I got was a faint apple thang, maybe something like a Shirley Temple. Is there grenadine in here?)

Flavors: Apple, Grenadine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

Sundays in France can be interesting. When I spent over a month in Montpellier your choices were two Restaurants, McDonalda or the Kebab places everything else was closed. I loved the time I spent in Lyon. I hope you enjoyed/are enjoying it.

MissB

I was only there for the weekend, so it was tricky to really explore. I did however find the Gaul which used to house 10,000 people from around the world — more than 2000 years ago! Amazing.

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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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