1349 Tasting Notes

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drank Patisserie by Tealish
1349 tasting notes

This is one of those teas that people firmly sit on one side of the fence with: either it’s too weird (cumin?) or really comforting (almond, the name). Being a huge fan of cumin in anything, and loving creamier, nutty tea (usually) you’d think I’d be in the “this is one of my favorite teas!” group. Yet, I’m more of a fence sitter, especially on this one.

Before I turn this into a blog post (which, BTW, seriously considering doing something along the lines of “Tea Travels,” or, “Tea Traveler,” due to the sheer number of folks asking me to blog about my travel adventures) I’ll just say this: I get why they’ve called it Patisserie, it does smell like an almond macaron, or really any French bakery that makes anything with almonds in it, but there’s something bitter in here (and I think it’s the base tea) that’s turning me sour. It’s also awfully drying, which I just plain dislike in most teas.

Dropping the rating a bit, I think it’s well deserved.

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cream, Drying

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I could totally see you starting up a blog of that nature.

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87
drank Chocolate by T2
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Had this two nights ago, and I remember thinking, “Hm, this is just okay — for having paid shipping from Australia”. Which is kinda funny, because I read somewhere that T2 now has a store open in London… sigh. Shoulda woulda coulda. Next time!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

I thought they had a store in NY too.

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Odd. I know I’ve had this and reviewed it. Steepster loses data yet again. :(

I’m fighting off something, and while I know I’ll be fine, I’m using tea to catch it before it turns into anything, as I’ve got a whack of work to do in the next 24hours or so. So, I’m drinking this. Really, it just tastes like flavored hay at this point, but that doesn’t bother me one bit. The chai next to it, I’m enjoying. This? Meant to infuse my body with goodness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

Oversteeped it just a touch, but I think this is a lovely tea nonetheless. Rich, a tiny bit sweet, some smoke that isn’t lapsang souchong -y, more like smoked salmon or something along those lines. Smoked chestnuts? There’s a lot of complex layers to this one, and I’m loving all of them in different ways.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
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Gosh, I’ve had this one a while. Didn’t even realize I still did – so I had some! Should I keep it or share it? That’s the question.

You’d think citrus (lemongrass), coconut and spices would totally be my thing… and normally, it is. BIG TIME. Yet this tea doesn’t quite live up to the hype, although it is nicely creamy, the flavors are a bit… indistinguishable. It’s okay… just okay.

Flavors: Creamy, Pineapple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lèvres Épicées by Jardin du Thé
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Hm. One of the teas I grabbed in Grenoble, and was told it was how this company packages their MF/DF teas. So, I grabbed it.

It’s still a weird tea – one I can’t quite put my head around. I was expecting a chai, yet it’s light, light brown, almost blonde. I get flowers (in the good French way) and cardamom, and… well… that’s it?

Time to share with someone else who might like it more.

Flavors: Cardamon, Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chai Me by T-We Tea
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Something about this was painfully off when I had it – so much so that I packed up the rest immediately and planned on sharing it with someone who might like it more. Can’t remember what it was, but it just wasn’t to my tastes. Maybe the rooibos, maybe the combination of flavors? Dunno, but it made me sad, because I love this company to bits.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chai Me by T-We Tea
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drank Christmas Tea Blanc by Dammann Freres
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Had some yesterday before packing up the rest to share. Really, really oversteeped this, and it was much nicer cooled than hot. Hot, it was a bit, um, flowery for my tastes, yet cooled it was sweet and floral, however pleasant and sweet. Not a huge MUST have, but it was really lovely. Leaving it as a high rating, as I likely ruined the cup with the long steep time.

Flavors: Cherry, Flowers, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Christmas Tea - Loose by Twinings
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I love it how people change the name of a tea to “duplicate”, so that NO ONE CAN FIND IT. And, they don’t realize that it’s actually a different tea – different ingredients, different production, everything – but because it has the same name from the same company, they assume it’s up to them to change a tea’s name to DUPLICATE. Because that’s so helpful, especially to the folks who maintain the database. Don’t you realize, it actually CHANGES the name in the database, and the URL? Sigh.

Instead, I strongly suggest to anyone who thinks there’s a duplicate (this one is NOT – it’s a Special Edition Loose Leaf that’s only available loose in a tin, it is NOT the same as the bagged tea in the brown box), is to get both URLs and email steepster. Let them know. Don’t go changing names of teas so that we have thousands of teas called Duplicate.

/rant over

MissB

Sigh. Of course, this was my 1300th tasting note.

Indigobloom

Happy lucky 13000th note! :D

Indigobloom

Oops too many zeros

Roswell Strange

Congrats on 1300! People fucking with the tea names/titles drives me absolutely crazy too.

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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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