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19 Tasting Notes

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I have been drinking this tea for a couple of weeks, during my late study-evenings in Oslo. This tea has been a pleasant and regular company which I will not replace under any condition.
While i smell the dry tea leaves, the vanilla scent is dominant but in the background its like a bittersweet scent of almond.
I’ve mostly drunk this tea hot and I think it’s great mix between a sweet vanilla taste and bitter almond. Sometimes I think it’s a bit buttery and all the flavors is rolling on my tongue.

If i drink this one before I go to bed I feel relaxed and sleep very well.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I bought this tea a couple of hours ago. I was on my way to the apartment when I passed the Le Palais des Thés on Hedgehaugveien in Oslo. I haven’t been there for a couple of month, but it is a nice little shop with a several mix of Le Palais des Thés products and tastes. Today it was Fleur de Geisha that caught me. The intense scent of cherry, reminded me so much of my own childhood and the nordic summers that I couldn’t resist buying it. When I got home I made myself a cup, excited to try it. While the water got heated I took a long breath to really feel the scent flying through me. Still it was the cherry that caught me and something else, a grassy after-scent which was strong and a bit bittersweet.

This time I took two teaspones and let it steep for 3,5 minutes in 90 degrees. On the package it says 70 C, but I always try it almost boiled the first time, especially during winter when it’s cold outside. Even if I steeped it warmer than they recommend the cherry flavour is sharp and dominante. I love the intensity in this tea and for someone that loves cherry I think this one is worth a try.
After the first try I like it. It’s not in the top 20, but still really good and tasty. Looking forward to try it again.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I got some samples from my lovely A.C when I met her for a weekend in Venice to discover this year Venice Biennale which was very exciting. So arriving to Aarhus, Denmark deathly early yesterday morning and got some beauty sleep after a 18 h trip back, I’m back on my internship. So what can be better than to try a new tea from the large box from A.C before dealing with some paperwork and meetings?
Today I chose Three Friends from Butiki. The dry tea has a strong flavor of chocolate and orange which I associate with the Christmas Eves from my childhood. When I was sitting in grandmas knee while she were eating orange chocolate which in Sweden is called Roman Bows. I still remember the smell from those nights so well. The chocolate with orange flavor and my grandma’s sweet perfumed from Dior. Just an anecdote… Anyway, I steeped it for three minutes as A.C said with boiled water. As usual I closed my eye to recognize the scent of the boiled tea and it smelled almost the same boiled as dry. But the Orange was much stronger this time. More intense. On my first sip the Orange was rolling on my tongue. I couldn’t taste the chocolate so much, but after I swallowed the chocolate came as an aftertaste as a soft emulsion in my mouth. I liked it a lot. It’s a perfect “after-autumn” or beginning of winter tea. Next time I try this one I will have a Christmas muffin beside me on the table. I’m looking forward to it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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This tea was also a gift from A.C and I don’t now what to say. The scent of this tea is nuts, but at first I couldn’t smell pistachio. I smelled a scent of CHESTNUTS surprisingly. How. Don’t ask, I have no clue, maybe because I like chestnuts so much.

While drinking it, the pistachio came through. I liked it but I need some more sips of this one. To be continued…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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When I drank this one with one of my friends today, she said. “This one is tasting like something sweet, like a cookie.” After my friends comment while sitting in my sofa chatting about everything, I think the tea filled its purpose.

Personally I like this tea at least now when its getting colder and the autumn winds has dragged in over Sweden, where I have been for the last three weeks. This is a really good autumn and winter tea for me and I prefer to drink it warm.

I got this one from A.C during her 24 hour “homecoming” (or should I call it, 24 hours “Hi, I’m alive.”) and got some quality time, when she gave me gifts and me and K. held her company while she was packing her luggage again. I couldn’t hold myself for smelling the tea after opening my gift. The first thing I noticed was of course the smell of chocolate cookies. If I wasn’t so full after our large seafood soup I would have tasted the dry tea, just to see if it tasted as much cookie as it smelled… Unfortunately I haven’t done the test yet. Only because I know I will be disappointed. Anyway…

When I got home I made a cup with Lupica Cookie tea and I let it steep for 5 minutes. At first it was a bitterness which reminds me of the cacao bean and then in some weird way it was melting in my throat and left a cookie aftertaste on my tongue. But I like it a lot as I said before.

After been drinking it several times I’m still confused about the taste. What’s the ingredients that I can taste while drinking this one? Which different components roles over my tongue?

I need to think about this one for a short while. But again. As a autumn tea its perfect. Thank you A.C for your lovely taste! <3

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Anna

5 minutes?! Oh no, this is a Lupicia black, baby – 2.5 minutes at the very most. If I want a strong tea, I do the full 2.5, but I usually just settle for 2.

Love, love. <3

Anna

Also we’ve been over this. DO NOT EAT THE TEA.

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drank White Mulberry by A C Perch's
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When I got to the Perch shop in Aarhus were I live during the autumn, it was one of these perfect days. I had got a lot of good response on my MA thesis and lots of funny assignments on my internship, that I got downtown to buy something new to drink for my evening-studies. And what is more perfect than go to Perch to buy new teas and some ginger cookies?

Anyway, when I got in to the shop, the woman behind the desk laughed for herself. (I had been there two days a week since their opening to buy new teas so well, and I believed I went there the day before as well.) When I smelled the tea I got seduces by it sweet scent. It was hypontic and heavy in a way I never smelled before. I bought it and the first thing I did was to made a large cup, I got my book about the Scandinavian design that I was suppose to read and took a seat on the large bench on the balcony, in the sun.

I smelled the tea and the sweetness was so dominant and so hypnotic. In my first sip, I could taste the fudge, the cream. The second steep was more fruity, still fudge and caramel but a fruitiness of something I never been tasting before. Even if I got seduced by its scent in the shop, I lost myself after tasting it. I fell in love completely! This one is really a favorite that I need to have at home. It’s one of my most-have teas. If you are able to get to Perch, try it. It’s so interesting and so good. Love at first sight!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank White Lounge Tea by A C Perch's
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I’ve been drinking this one for a couple of weeks. I bought it when I was looking after my White Symphony tea and I couldn’t in the shop decide which of those two that were the one (The special takeaway cup) I was looking for so that’s why I bought both. But The special one was the White Symphony.

If I should talk about this tea, I am still confused because I have no clue of what I think. When I smelled it I loved the strong scent of Black Currant, but when I were tasting it, after been drinking White Temple, White Symphony and White Mulberry which are my absolute favorites of Perch’s teas, this one were quite boring. I like it though but its just tea for me. It doesn’t give me the wow-feeling. But still it’s drinkable. When I don’t like so much is that the flavor is so mild and for someone who likes milk and sugar in their tea, I think this one would be a good morning tea, or night tea before going to sleep. I haven’t tried this one as an ice tea, but I think it can be okey.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank White Temple tea by A C Perch's
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For the moment I discover A C Perch teas, and during the weeks that I’ve been living in Denmark I have bought ten different teas, but i believe it will be more. Anyway. White Temple is one of my favorites of Perch teas.

When you smell on the tea, its fresh and fruity in its scent. I can feel a dominant scent of papaya and mango. When you drink the tea the sweet mango taste is strong. In the aftertaste the orange and papaya brings forward the freshness in the drink.

White temple is also perfect with fruit especially pears. It is a very fresh combination.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Anna

Mmm, White Temple iced…

Tina

I haven’t tried this one as an Ice tea yet, but that’s on my to do list as soon as I get back to Aarhus where I hide the tea!

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