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One of my tea goals for 2014, in addition to Not Buying Any Teas in January (check) and Trying All The Peach Teas (working on it) is to try more unflavoured greens. This tea fits the bill.

My aggressive lack of knowledge about various tea regions and leaf types really puts a hamper on things, though – it’s very hard to discuss something completely out of context. I feel like I’m a kid at one of those Kid’s Day at the Art Museum type events – you know, a four-year-old pointing at a Mirò, howling, ‘Nana spilled lemonade on the wall!!!’

Cute? Yes. Helpful? No.

With this tea, for example, there is a dominant scent and flavour I can’t quite place – it’s not like something I’ve had before, but it’s sweet, and light, and subtly perfumed. It seems too easy to always retreat to ‘grassy’, or, ‘vegetal’, or ‘buttery’, or ‘hay-like’, because most unflavoured greens (and oolongs) have those characteristics to varying degrees.

I don’t quite know what to do about it – is this a typical LongJing? How do I know unless I drink more LongJings? Where do I find a LongJing to compare it to around midnight on a Sunday in Rome? (It’s probably best not to ask, there’s no telling what goes on in the park where I live after dark.)

It’s a little frustrating. I know I enjoyed the f*ck out of this cup and that it made me happy and smiley and that I really want to drink more unflavoured green teas.

That’ll just have to do for now.

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lala

I think you did an excellent job reviewing this tea. You have:sweet, light, perfumed. You have told us it is a green tea. That is all I need. And long jing = dragon well (don’t know if that helps at all).

Anna

Thank you, I really appreciate that.

And yes, the dragon well thing helps. I know I can and should (and I will) do more research on this as I go along – it’s just, research is what I do, all day, every day, and so far my tea hobby has been so completely removed from that.

Like, I know what a peach tastes like! And I have all these deeply personal recollections that go with a tea! And then I just write that down! So relaxing.

keychange

Your tasting notes are always awesome. Period. You describe things so perfectly. I only know one other writer like you.

Terri HarpLady

I think with tea reviews, at least here on steepster, we all enjoy hearing about one another lives, opinion, emotions, etc, as it pertains to this cup of tea, LOL. So well done! :D

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Lala

I think you did an excellent job reviewing this tea. You have:sweet, light, perfumed. You have told us it is a green tea. That is all I need. And long jing = dragon well (don’t know if that helps at all).

Anna

Thank you, I really appreciate that.

And yes, the dragon well thing helps. I know I can and should (and I will) do more research on this as I go along – it’s just, research is what I do, all day, every day, and so far my tea hobby has been so completely removed from that.

Like, I know what a peach tastes like! And I have all these deeply personal recollections that go with a tea! And then I just write that down! So relaxing.

keychange

Your tasting notes are always awesome. Period. You describe things so perfectly. I only know one other writer like you.

Terri HarpLady

I think with tea reviews, at least here on steepster, we all enjoy hearing about one another lives, opinion, emotions, etc, as it pertains to this cup of tea, LOL. So well done! :D

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

  • * *

2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

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My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

100-90
My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

89-80
Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

79-70
Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

69-0
Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.

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