1928 Tasting Notes

drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
1928 tasting notes

Made the last of this with coffee this morning, and it was SO GOOD.

So good, in fact, I’m making a flourless chocolate fudgey cake right now because mmm chocolate.

Mmm…

caile

Drinking up mine too, but with laoshan black genmaicha – sounds good with coffee.. and chocolate fudgy cake.. :)

OMGsrsly

Mmm… :)

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This is the White2Tea 2012 Guafengzhai Old Arbor Orb. I’ve split the sample in two so I can share it with Dexter.

Steeping 4-5g in my teeny gaiwan. 2 rinses, rest, flash steeps.

1 – It smells honey sweet, but has quite a bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Bitterness like fresh garden herbs, not bitterness like oversteeped Assam.

2 – Much the same.

3 – Much the same.

4 – Much the same.

And on, and on.

It’s not bad, but I’m not loving it. Part of this might be my disappointment with the club selection, so YMMV.

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drank Cranberry & Raspberry by Twinings
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Oh man… OH MAN. If this didn’t have licorice root in it, it would be PERFECT.

It’s ultra tart and hibiscusy, definite raspberry and cranberry flavours – like jam, really. But then the licorice sweetness builds and builds and by the end of the cup it feels like I need to scrape it off my tongue.

So disappointing, Twinings! This could have been awesome.

Thanks so much, MissB, for sharing!

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drank Nutty Chocolate Assam by Twinings
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From MissB. Thank you again!

So this is a tea that I think needs more leaf and less water. I did 1 bag in about 8 oz, but it doesn’t have the punch I was expecting from the assam base.

It does smell really nice. Nutty and chocolate, just like the name. :) The chocolate is nice and natural, and the nuts are pretty true – walnut and almond, I think. There’s a bit of bitter walnut skin taste in the steeped tea.

I’d keep the other two bags to try over leafing this tea, but I think it needs to be shared.

Thanks so much!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Christmas Afternoon by Twinings
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Another tea from MissB! Thank you. :) There will be quite a few more of them over the weekend as I’m packing things up for CrowKettle and Bear With Me.

This was actually pretty good with some milk added. A little citrusy, reminded me of Mandarin Spice or whatever it was from Celestial Seasonings. Only WAY more delicate and with a black base. Even though these Christmas teas from Twinings are heavily flavoured, I quite like them with some cream.

Thanks, MissB! I’m keeping some of this one. :)

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

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L’Eveil du Bouddha from MissB! Thank you!

So…. there’s some writing on the bag that I can’t read, but I added this to warm milk. I saw “cacao” and it smelled like ovaltine. But! It has chia seeds or flax seeds (or both!) in it and the texture is so so wrong.

The flavour is GREAT. Kinda like ovaltine, I was right! But the texture went horrendously gloopy and I could only finish about half my cup. This might be better added to a smoothie, or maybe cold rather than hot.

Edit: And so I googled it… Of course google came through!
Ingrédients: graines de chia et de lin broyées*, sarrasin*, farine d’amande*, sucre de coco* (à faible indice glycémique et très nutritif), lucuma*, cacao cru en poudre*, éclats de fêves de cacao cru.
That is, ground chia and flax seeds, buckwheat, almond flour , coconut sugar , lucuma, raw cocoa powder, cocoa nibs.

That’s so awesome! A smoothie addition thingie that HAS NO STEVIA. And contains protein! And the flavour options look amazing! If only I had researched in advance. Haha. I could have had this in my morning smoothie.

Preparation
4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Oooh, OR it’s a hot breakfast porridge. OK. That makes sense. I still couldn’t do the texture.

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I had to drink this because Sil posted about it.

Thanks for the sample, Sil!

I stuffed ALL OF IT into a DavidsTea paper tea bag, and steeped 5 minutes. Haha. It tastes kinda like white tea, kinda like green tea. Spinach. Green. Paper (whoops).

I don’t think it’s terrible, but it’s not for me.

Thank you for letting me try it, Sil! :)

Sil

haha yeah it’s unique…

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Whoa! I really liked this one!

It’s like CANDY. Sort of. With a hint of something extra.

Yum yum yum.

Too bad I have to share. :D Definitely going to try a cold brew of this one, but I’ll make it a short cold brew of 4-6 hours.

Thanks so much, MissB and Sil!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Drinking it cold it’s like papaya. Fresh sweet papaya. Not banana and curry.

TeaBrat

papaya, yum

Plunkybug

Oooh! Sounds intriguing! I have always liked the sweet and fruity curries.

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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Due to mentions on Facebook about this tea, I had to have a BIG MUG last night.

Om nom nom. SO so good, especially with milk. Almondy rosey biscuits.

This might be my favourite Fauchon tea. Maybe.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Soo… I may have just “accidentally” placed a rather big Mandala order. Including this! (And on a side note, I totally forgot to get some Smark Soak to try. WHOOPS.)

I blame the order on Sil. And Dex. And my paypal balance that I was actually trying to save for the next month of Tea Club. :)

So I hadn’t tried this version yet. I have a sample of the 2008 and it is divine. I’m not sure how different, I’d have to test them side by side to see what I think. But I’m really liking this. It’s tea. Definitely tea. Hay and pea shoots. Sweet, malt, hopefully highly caffeinated.

I’m drinking part of the 4th steep right now. I combined 1-3.5 in a travel mug for work. It’s a golden shade, looks lovely. And I used a ceramic mug to be extra fancy. :)

Here’s hoping all the cakes I now have survive my rather shoddy storage conditions (paper shopping bags on a shelf in my room…) until I get to drinking them and sharing them out.

Sil

if you’re just looking to try the smart soak, remind me next time we talk about packages and i can send some your way

OMGsrsly

:) That would be awesome. The denture tablets work great, but I hate how they’re all so grossly minty.

Sil

yeah just don’t let me forget. I picked up a bunch the other day

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

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