1036 Tasting Notes

80
drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
1036 tasting notes

The last time I had this I found it to be too perfume-y. Tonight I’m not finding that at all. In fact, this is super tasty! It’s smooth and rich with the flavors of apple and caramel and just a hint of lemon.

I wish I knew what I did differently this time because I want this tea again!

Bumping my rating up. It was previously 65.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank The des Muses by Nina's Paris
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This tea is all citrus and roses which is just lovely. The first thing I taste is grapefruit, followed by a high, bright lemon note. The rose comes in right at the end of the sip, but it’s soft… delicate rather than like perfume. The strawberry is noticeable in the smell but not in the sip which was a tiny bit disappointing, but I also liked smelling berry while tasting citrus and rose. It all worked together to make a very, very nice tea.

Thank you Blodeuyn for for this tasty sample!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

This is such a unique tea. It’s broth-y but sweet. There are vegetal notes followed by citrus notes which is a lovely combination. The vegetal notes leaned more toward green bean for me, but at times there was an artichoke flavor. There’s an over all clean feeling to the tea with no aftertaste, and no bitterness.

Another one to add to my shopping list!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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Thank you Cameron B. for this sample. My first Kusmi tea!

This tea is nice, but all of the flavors are so subdued that I find myself wanting more. I wish the bergamot was just a bit stronger, and I keep hoping for a little more berry flavor. The caramel note is present more as the tea cools, to and while it’s nice it’s not enough to make me want more. All together it’s a nice enough blend, but it’s nothing that I have to have in my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yeah, I found most of the Russian blends to be fairly mild, with the exception of Bouquet of Flowers.

Veronica

The few teas I’ve had from Russia have been such big, bold teas, so that was what I was expecting. Now I know! :)

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83
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
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I’m not usually a chocolate flavored tea gal. I find most teas that have chocolate flavoring added to them end up tasting like watered down hot chocolate, so I wasn’t expecting much when I steeped this. In fact, I was tempted to set it aside for another day, but I’m glad I didn’t. This sample exceeded all of my chocolate tea expectations.

My thought after steeping this was that it smelled and like a mocha. There was a dark cocoa note and an edge to the tea that reminded me of coffee. I added cream and sugar, and… oh my. This turned into a creamy, rich, chocolaty treat with base notes of cocoa and malt. Delicious! I can honestly day I’ve never enjoyed a chocolate tea more.

Thank you, Naylynn for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I’m picky about my chocolate teas, too. Most of them taste thin. :(

Veronica

Yep. I’m also not a fan of the strange artificial flavor that is present in a lot of chocolate teas. This one had none of that!

Nicole

Scratch n’ sniff chocolate is what I call those teas. Blech.

Veronica

Ha! That’s exactly what it is!

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98

Tea of the morning. I’m enjoying the new version of this tea. There are still nice chocolate notes, but I get more of a mixed stone fruit note rather than straight cherry. There is also a deeper bready note. It reminds me of good dark bread. The taste is noticeable in the first steep, but it really comes out to play in late steeps. Very yummy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This is a nice nighttime treat. The cinnamon and ginger combine with the rooibos to create more of a pumpkin spice tea than a pumpkin pie tea, but it’s tasty nonetheless. I like adding a little honey to my cup to bring the flavors out even more.

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88
drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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I really enjoy the earthiness of this tea paired with the ginger. It’s nice on a super cold night. The warmth from the tea along with the heat from the spice is making me warm and tingly from head to toe.

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80
drank Christmas Wreath by Lupicia
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This tea is full of flavor, but none of the flavors are super bold. There is warm, sweet cinnamon along with a darker clove note, and then there is a bright apple flavor that is really lovely. Lupica does apple flavors very well. I don’t taste the cranberry except for a slight hint of tartness as the tea cools.

I didn’t drink this at Christmas time, but today we had our first snowfall, so it’s been nice to sit and drink this while watching the snow fall outside.

Thank you, Naylynn for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96
drank Moroccan Mint by Tealated
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I’m a big Moroccan Mint fan, so when I read that Roseanne, the owner of Telated, had spent time in Morocco as a child, and grew up drinking Moroccan Mint tea, I was curious to see what her blend would taste like. Would stand out against all the other MMs I had tried? I was excited to find out.

It turns out that she offers a beautifully simple tea that is tasty to boot. The gunpowder green tea, spearmint, and peppermint are all organic, and they are blended extremely well. I usually don’t like peppermint in my MM teas because it tends to dominate the cup and I often end up thinking, “if I wanted peppermint tea I would have bought a peppermint tea”. Thankfully, the peppermint works well in this blend and does not drown out the base tea or the spearmint. In fact, all three ingredients can easily be detected in the blend. The gunpowder green tea has a slightly smoky note as well as a bit of earthiness and a dry grass flavor. The mints are naturally sweet but have an herbal flavor rather than being overly sweet and candy-like. I was so pleased with the tea that I couldn’t stop sipping it. It’s very good and very refreshing which is exactly what I’m looking for in a Moroccan Mint tea.

Thank you Roseanne and Tealated for letting me sample this tea. I look forward to purchasing it in the future!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I also prefer just spearmint in my MM. My favorite is from Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh, NC and it is their own special blend.

Veronica

Ooh, I’ll have to check them out!

Shae

I received a sample of this one too. I’m excited to try it now that I’ve read your review!

Veronica

@Shae – I’m looking forward to your review! I was thinking about you when I posted this because we had just talked about mint teas! :)

Tealated

Thanks for the review & for trying our tea!

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

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64-55 = meh.

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