2167 Tasting Notes

Thanks for the tea, MissB!

This is kind of interesting. From various notes, and the description here on steepster (their website is down…), it’s supposed to be a super fancy puerh. But I’d have to disagree.

There’s quite a lot of that icky “wet dirt” flavour that I’m going to call “fermentation flavour”. It’s a loose puerh, and I used 2 tbsp in 130-ish ml water. Now that I’ve thrown away 4 or 5 steeps, it’s starting to lighten up a bit and a lot of sweetness is coming out. I’m not getting overwhelmed by dirt anymore, although it’s still present.

So I’d say it’s not bad. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. I think my parents would really really like this one, so I’m going to tuck it in with their Christmas gift (a selection of puerh samples, because I have no money). Their local tea shop only has 2 kinds of puerh – a loose, and a cake that I don’t know that they should buy. Hopefully I can get them hooked and then they’ll come over and we’ll have fun tea shopping.

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drank Ondine by L'Herbier de France
2167 tasting notes

Tasty medicinal herbal thing with honey.

Perfect because I’m not feeling super hot right now. I think it might be the oolong from the Salted Caramel tea I had earlier. :/ Oolongs sometimes don’t agree with me.

Anyways, I like this. I’m glad I found the last lonely tea bag. And now I’ve drunk it. :)

Maddy Barone

I’m not sure “like” is the right thing here. Sorry you’re feeling poorly. Glad you found something to help. Sorry you don’t have more.

OMGsrsly

It’s a perfect excuse to have carbs for dinner, though! Mmm, cereal. ;)

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drank Thé Roi Soleil by Ladurée
2167 tasting notes

I totally accidentally killed this.

Sample from MissB. Thank you. :)

Used boiling water. Waited 2 min. Sniffed. Spinach instead of the lemon I was expecting. Sip. Down sink.

It’s a sad tea story for this tea.

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Mmm, this is good. Thank you, Sil.

Taking a break from cleaning and reorganizing my apartment. I’m planning to move a bunch of things in the living room, but have to put away ALL THE THINGS first. :)

Sil

YAY!

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

Having this hot today.

Not really a good alternative for a caffeinated beverage, but it does taste divine.

Yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Haven’t written about this yet, but damn, I love it too. Probably the only thing I’d actually want to re-order from them (although I’ve yet to still try that melon oolong!).

Sil

after 200g? of it…i’m taking a break…but i do have 1 cup left first, and then i’ll hold off ordering it again for a bit hahaha

OMGsrsly

Melon oolong is quite similar, but it’s oolongy instead of rooibosy. Hahaha.

Equusfell

I feel like melon oolong also has a kinda greasy mouthfeel too. It doesn’t taste artificial, it just feels that way. I really wish they still carried any of their chestnut teas (besides the chocolate one). I crave those this time of year :(

MissB

Yep, same boat as Sil. :)

OMGsrsly

That is disappointing, Equusfell… Chaud les Marrons is a favourite of mine. :/

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

Cold steeped overnight.

OMG SO GOOD.

SO SO SO GOOD.

Why did I not believe people about how good it is?

Thank you SO MUCH, MissB!

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
MissB

It really is an amazing tea. For some reason though, I wasn’t enjoying it any more, so I’m glad you are!

Marzipan

I love it mixed with black tea.

OMGsrsly

OMG I am SO enjoying it, MissB. :D

I might have to try that, Marzipan!

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drank Noël Nouveau by Mariage Frères
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Sample from MissB! Thank you!

It does indeed smell like Christmas. All the spices. Something baking in the oven.

However, it fails a little with taste. Something about these MF greens just doesn’t work. I steeped pretty low, yet it’s still turning drying as it sits. Plus, there’s a LOAD of clove in here so my tongue tingles a little. :)

It’s reminding me of that Celestial Seasonings tea… the mandarin and clove one. But with green tea instead of hibiscus as the base.

I really think this would have been better as a black tea. Noel a Paris has similar flavours but not the same.

I’m glad I got to try it, but I think I’m going to be passing the rest of my sample on. :D

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
MissB

Yea, I don’t know what to do with mine. All I wanted from this was more of a… whatever the Noel MF was that I gave you eons ago. A black, more chai-like, with Christmas flavors. Le Sigh. Ah well. Anyone else want some?

OMGsrsly

Noel a Paris? I haven’t even opened the tin. I’ll set some aside for you though. It’s so good, but now I have a full tin of it and 1 1/3 tins Chandernagor. Haha. :D

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drank Kiwi Lime Ginger by Tea Forte
2167 tasting notes

Hmm. I’m not sure about this tea. I chose it this evening because it’s kiwi lime GINGER on the packaging. But I’m not smelling much ginger. Just an intense lime-fruitiness.

Oh, that is interesting. I wouldn’t say it’s the best rooibos, but it’s not terrible. It is definitely lime, but an unexpected lime. It’s not candy so much as it’s peels without much pith. There is some ginger, but instead of being spicy ginger, it lends a warmth to the lime.

It’s also fruity without being identifiable (by me) as kiwi.

So not bad, but not that spectacular either. I’m glad I had a chance to try this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
2167 tasting notes

Yum.

Thank you, Sil.

Edit: Did no one else get this tea other than Sil and Kittenna?!

Indigobloom

Looks like Kittenna had some. Must have been before I got there!

Plunkybug

Never even heard of it.

keychange

Haven’t heard of this either!

MissB

Not I.

OMGsrsly

Oh wait. Read the note before you post. This one was not a thanks MissB one. But still if you’d like to try I’ll give you the rest of the sample. Hahaha.

OMGsrsly

I’ve had more of this today. Yum yum yum.

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I swear I’ve had this before. And that I was able to find it in the database. But apparently not.

Tea from MissB.

Floral citrus spice tea. I guess that makes sense, due to the “Christmas” theme.

It’s… alright. I’m not sure this is really what I wanted right now. It’s somewhat clovey with orange peels and lots of rose petals. So it’s quite floral. I think I would have been happy with Chandernagor, but that was underneath this, so I pulled this out.

Thanks for sharing, MissB!

Edit: Found it in the database. D’oh.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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