2193 Tasting Notes

drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2193 tasting notes

This didn’t work for me cold, but I’m having it hot today, and it’s alright.

The flavours are “tropical”-ish. I added a bit of blackberry honey because it needed some sweetening, and I need to use up some of the things I have in the cupboard.

I thought I’d like this a lot more, based on the smell. But I don’t.

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB! (I think I’ll be giving this away. Anyone whose address I have interested?)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

It’s always so disappointing when the smell doesn’t transfer to the taste.

OMGsrsly

It does, but not in a way that works for me. I thought it was a green rooibos base like Golden Honeydew, but it steeps up quite a different colour. So I’m thinking the base is changing the taste of this one more than the green rooibos changes the taste of the other.

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3g of this left, so I mixed it with 3g of the Li Shan Black.

Delicious.

I do prefer the Li Shan Black, I just feel the flavours are more in line with my personal tastes. It’s rich and dark the way I’ve steeped it though, with no bitterness and only a touch of the good kind of astringency. :)

I’m updating my tea spreadsheet tonight. OMG. So many teas to add to it. D: Hopefully there will be a lot of teas to remove from it at some point as well…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Indigobloom

how does it compare to the DT honey black?

OMGsrsly

I still haven’t tried it! UGH. On my list for tomorrow. I have 2 things I need to get – a new card for my camera, and THAT TEA!

OMGsrsly

Honestly for the Green Terrace Teas, the Li Shan is way more rich and thick and sweet than the honey black. IMO. :)

Indigobloom

Wow where did this Green Terrace come from! I haven’t been paying attention, apparently. Looks like they have some good stuff

OMGsrsly

Yeah, there were samples available a WHILE back. And VariaTEA dropped off a couple packets when I was in Toronto. I kinda yoinked them. :D I would totally buy the Li Shan Black, but I couldn’t justify it. And now, after inventorying, I can’t justify it even more…

Indigobloom

Ah. Yes. I was kinda absent from tea world for awhile last year. Makes sense now!
Same here. Esp with the tea festival coming up. Eeeeek

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Hmmm…. not bad. Fairly hazelnutty, but not like the coffee syrup. More like the cookies my mom used to make out of the hazelnuts we gathered from the back yard.

I do like this, but it’s not an absolute favourite.

I think it came from MissB…. thank you! :)

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

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Thank you, MissB!

Sadly this isn’t for me. I was really careful steeping due to the greenness of the leaves, but alas, that didn’t work.

It’s actually quite green tasting, maybe a little like spinach water. And it’s pretty astringent, making my teeth and tongue feel weird. The lemon is fairly bright and citrusy, but also reminiscent of lemon cleaning products. I think it would have been helped by some lemon peel pieces in with the leaves, to make the lemon a little more truly lemon.

Unfortunately, I tend to not like darjeelings because of the fact that they can be so finicky and they are so green and astringent. I was hoping this would be different for me, as the dry leaves smell like lemon and spring.

Oh well. I’m glad I got to try. Thanks so much for sharing!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Tummy is upset, possibly glutened at the pizza lunch today (there were special pizzas). It’s not too severe, so I’m treating with puerh and pineapple.

I finished my Special Dark off with a couple of really long steeps, to squeeze all that I could out of the leaves. And now I’ve moved on to this tea.

Om nom. So good. (PS. I measured my favourite kyusu, and it’s 145ml, though that’s with a tea that doesn’t expand as much. I’d get much less water in the pot with an oolong or a loose moonlight white.)

I rinsed, then forgot about it (I’ve gotta pack for tomorrow!), and now I’m doing steeps just until it “looks right”. Haha.

So good. It’s quite thick. A little wet wood tasting, but not much. Just what my tummy needs. I think it gets sweeter as it gets steeped. And I’m pretty sure it’d take a long steep if I really wanted to. And it’s a little floral, I think. And slippery. Interesting.

Honestly I don’t remember what I thought of this at the Tea Festival – only that it was tasty and I needed to buy it. I have no regrets!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 5 OZ / 144 ML
Crimson Lotus Tea

Post Pizza Puerh Pineapple Party.

OMGsrsly

Pretty perfect! :)

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drank Andalusia by Lipton
2193 tasting notes

This is weird, and I don’t think that I like it.

Citrus, cinnamon, licorice root. It would be nicer if it was indeed CITRUS first, but it’s weirdly not. It’s sort of cinnamon/licorice/pith.

It’s nice that it’s something hot to drink and I’m cold, but… Hmm. Not exactly sure.

Anyways, thanks very much for sharing, MissB! :) I will have to think on this some more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
2193 tasting notes

OH WOW.

WOW OK.

Today, this is fan-freaking-tastic.

And it’s the last of it. I’m pretty sure. Unless there’s another wee sample packet hiding away somewhere. (There might be.)

SO GOOD. Like Mexican chocolate. Mole. Deep chocolate with spices and a little sweetness.

OMG. OMGOMGOMG.

Thank you, Dexter!

Dexter

Did you do anything special to it or are you just in the right mood?
I am going to miss this one soooooo much. Might need to try the Streetshop88 one Western for about 10 minutes and see if it works at all like this…..

OMGsrsly

I’m just short steeping it. Did a rinse and let it rest. I think this might be the second time I’ve had it, I never thought to order any. :)

Sil

Oh man…. I’m so sorry you hadn’t tried this before….in time to be able to order some. I have been hoarding mine….really should break it out this weekend or maybe the weekend after the dog eventually goes home.

OMGsrsly

This is the second time I’ve had it. OMG, all shou will be but a poor reflection of this tea. SO GOOD.

OMGsrsly

Did many steeps. Time for bed. Will steep more tomorrow…

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
2193 tasting notes

Om nom nom. This tea is just with cream, not eggnog. I bet it would be GREAT with eggnog.

But still, it’s tea. And I made it at work. And I’m drinking it while sitting on my computer looking busy during this super quiet holiday time. So that’s super exciting.

And I’ve been extended through January which is pretty rad. So there will be more work-tea-drinking in the future!

(2 tea bags in 16 oz water, hot water from the water filter system thing…)

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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TEANOG LATTE!!!

So delicious. OM NOM NOM.

Actually not too bad as an accompaniment to the pineapple I packed for breakfast.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank La Boreale by Camellia Sinensis
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I’m not sure if I knew there was wintergreen in this tea when I got it, but I’m REALLY happy with it. OM NOM NOM.

Quite fresh, but with a really delicate wintergreen freshness, not peppermint or spearmint. It’s kinda like pine forests on a crisp day with snow on the ground. Kinda.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Mmm, wintergreen…

rosebudmelissa

I’ve only tried one tea with wintergreen – stash’s merry mint green tea, and it was a fun change of pace. I’ll have to try this one eventually since it’s herbal.

Marzipan

Handmade Tea’s tea this month has wintergreen, I’m looking forward to it.

OMGsrsly

I really don’t like spearmint, and mostly don’t like peppermint. So wintergreen is a nice alternative! It also looks so cool because they just mixed whole leaves and twigs and berries and flowers. Definitely a feast for the eyes as well as the tongue. :)

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