1221 Tasting Notes

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drank Scandale by THE O DOR
1221 tasting notes

Hm. Did I do something wrong? This tea smells AMAZING, like a cinnamon vanilla cookie. I could smell it all day. I realize it’s a puerh and thus a bit earthier, darker, more robust and oomph than a black, and yet… it’s just not doing it for me. Don’t get me wrong, this is an obviously well-made tea with high quality ingredients, and it shows. I just wanted it to taste as amazingly as it smells, and that’s a tall order.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Drying, Earth, Paper, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha this one is on my wish list apparently…

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86

I’ve almost finished the 100g of this I bought late last week — that’s how much I like this tea. It’s amazing, and I swear I wrote a review already.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MissB

In my defense, I have portioned out quite a bit to you, my family, and my dude. Still, it’s a solid tea! (although I learned last night, not a great one to oversteep)

Sil

haha no judging here :)

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76
drank Noel à Québec by Jardin du Thé
1221 tasting notes

When in France.. have Canadian tea! No surprise that it’s scented with maple syrup, although I honestly got little maple or syrup from the tea – more of a super thick, almost malty tea, that needed sweetener to go anywhere, and once it did — maybe — I could’ve understood where the maple syrup thang came from. Almost like the really, really dark, almost crap stuff (as if maple syrup could be crap) that hasn’t been processed, straight from the tree (yes, I’ve tapped for maple syrup before, in Québec, of course!) I’m thinking this may even be a puerh and not a black, but the packaging says black so I’ll just go with it.

Fun fact: no poutine here. Why? Because Canada won’t allow the cheese curds exported to France. Even if they did (some people do get around it, or try) it’s very, very difficult to get it here (France) in a timely manner. I just suggested someone ask a local dairy farm if they’d make them cheese curds (this IS the land of cheese, c’mon!) and no one seems to have thought of it. I’ll bet though, like here, the process is a regional thing, and it would be sacrilege here not to have biscuits de Bretagne from anywhere except Bretagne. And so, no poutine.

Flavors: Earth, Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

Poutine is an experience all it’s own and I’m guessing done the best in Canada, eh? :)

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drank Sweet Chili by Yogi Tea
1221 tasting notes

This tea is like a chameleon. Some sips it’s a mildly spicy Mexican cacao, others it’s a mildly spicy ginger with a smooth fennel/anise, yet other times I get the coolness of mint, and it always ends with the sweet smooth fennel/anise. Chili? Not to me, not at all, but I can see how this might be “spicy” for some.

Flavors: Anise, Cacao, Ginger, Mint, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72

I know this tea is blended somewhere else in France, just can’t figure out where – so it stands with where I bought it. The aroma is lovely – like walking through violets jn the spring, on your way to pick ripe raspberries. It’s light, it’s floral, it’s sweet, almost like a floral honey (yet much lighter and delicate). Not a first love here; I could see this doing well at a little girls’ tea party, and it reminds me of the Queens’ chocolates (the rose cream in particular) that I had in London. It’s a good tea, just not my personal favorite.

Flavors: Honey, Raspberry, Violet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Pineapple curry tea? Seriously? Okay, had to try it. Smallest amount I could get was 50g, which actually costs less than drinking it in store. Smells strongly of pineapple and tastes sweetly, lightly of it as well… light as a feather, not light as in lightly sweetened. I get the curry, but it’s oh-so-faint, and only popped when the tea was hot and with sweetener. Nice, glad I tried it, but time to share with others.

Flavors: Pineapple, Spices

Preparation
2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
KittyLovesTea

Wow, this sounds interesting yet oddly delicious at the same time.

Sil

Strange but interesting!

gmathis

I can see how the two would fit together, I think…

MissB

I’ve had pineapple curry in Thai dishes, so I was kinda (?) hoping for that. Not the same at all, would be fun to try to make rice with it though.

VariaTEA

This is certainly a unique sounding tea.

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Given this in a French café during my breakdown yesterday. (I’m fine, now). Simple, straightforward mint tea, got a bit bitter at the end because I let it steep too long.

Flavors: Peppermint

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Wow. This is just wow. Creamy and light, yet with thick, strong flavors like spiced orange and vanilla, along with a hint of something almond and rose? Neither of those last two are usually things I appreciate in tea. Except, I’m learning, in French tea. Holy wow.

Sil

YES! The french do almond and rose about the only way i can tolerate it haha

Suziqzer

Love your final sentence… Holy wow. :)

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79

Great smelling tea! Light, creamy gingerbread is what I get from the bag, but then drinking it, it’s more of a sweet cotton candy with a hint of gingerbread (and definitely gingerbread, not just ginger) at the end of the sip. Needed some sweetener to make the flavors pop. Really, really tasty. Gent I’ve started dating also loved it, asked if I had more. Sadly, nope…

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cotton Candy, Ginger

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

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Fun tea! Only grabbed two bags from the Twining store in London, so I had to make this count. Light, with some apple, it’s more caramel than anything, but even that is subtle. Nuanced for a bagged tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Dry Grass, Drying

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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. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, 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, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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