522 Tasting Notes

70
drank Zen by Tazo
522 tasting notes

Stomach trouble again. This has become my go-to for that because I can make it in the microwave (horror!) without making it taste any worse. That sounds kind of sad but I can’t bring myself to really hate this tea: the spearmint flavor is good, and this time I’m getting some lemongrass flavor. Still no green tea, though.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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96
drank White Angel by Tea Desire
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Sipdown! Mom is sipping down the White Guava Ginger right now too, so that makes this 128. This is so good, I’m really sad to see it go. I’m sure we won’t be apart for long, though!

This time I got much more lemongrass, but it’s still delicious. It’s a little more savory and herbal (and lemony, of course), but there’s still that underlying creaminess that makes this tea so good. I’ll definitely pick this up once I’ve used up some tea!

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70
drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
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A mint one for the morning! I wouldn’t pick this out for myself but so far MissB’s guesses for me have been really accurate. Thank you again for all the samples!

The smell of this is fascinating—can something be minty and fruity at the same time? I didn’t think so before this. The taste is mostly mint up front but then changes to be like apricot. I don’t love it because of the strong mint, but it is better than I expected.

ETA: As this cools down it’s almost all mint. It still tastes good-quality, but I just don’t like mint that much. Oh well.

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100

Attempting a resteep. This still smells incredible, and I think I could easily get addicted to it. There’s more black tea this time around, but it’s still nice and fruity.

After a few quick searches I’m despairing a little, however; none of the U.S. sources for this company seem to sell this one! And everywhere in Canada/elsewhere has shipping over $20… I’m willing to pay for shipping from France (which is cheaper than Canada?!) if I have a big order, but surprise customs fees also scare me. Sigh.

Anyway, the tea: I think this actually worked as a resteep but it’s about half as dark so I won’t attempt a third. It’s more watery but the same flavor is still there. Honestly, when I say “watery” it’s not really fair—this is about what I would expect from most fruit-flavored blacks. It’s just that the first cup was so flavorful it just about knocked me out. I’m glad I’ll be able to make it last this way since I’m not sure when I’ll be able to restock! :(

MissB

You can get Dammann Frères teas at Cadeau Vendomme in France, for really reasonable prices (around 5-7 euros per 100g). Shipping was a flat rate 8 eurpos to North America, lighting fast, and exceptionally well packaged.

MissB

… and I know they have this because I bought 100g of it. ;)

MissB

Oh, and I paid zero customs fees. Sorry for all the notes!

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88
drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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A sipdown! I wasn’t actually sure what to get myself so I went for using something up. This got a little bitter with just an extra minute of steep time. Ouch. I think my main problem with this is that it doesn’t resteep well, because if I’m going to pay for high-quality jasmine tea I want to get two steeps out of it at minimum. It’s really a good jasmine taste on the first steep, and much lighter (fluffier, if you will) than most.

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100

This one comes to me from MissB! I wanted a real cup of tea after the disappointing bagged stuff earlier. I hadn’t actually opened this before to smell it, but now I wish I had sooner! It smells like wine. Very fruity, absolutely amazing.

Oh, this is a gem! It’s like honeyed fruit. The tea base is very subtle but still present and the flavoring is larger-than-life. I’m completely amazed. There’s fig to the flavor but it also tastes a little like plums and blueberries, with a definite honey note.

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70
drank Zen by Tazo
522 tasting notes

This one is exceedingly boring tonight. Watery and almost entirely mint. I admit I was too lazy to get myself a real cup of tea but now I’m regretting it a little.

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94

Sipdown. I wanted a caffeine jolt, and this had the added bonus of using the rest of the sample up. Sweet and creamy as before, but sadly it was really chunky. Maybe I should make these things in the blender from now on?

bluebelle

Thanks for the tip! I have one of those so I’ll try it next time.

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82
drank The Tea of Kings by RiverTea
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This smells nice and fruity dry and lightly floral with a strong black tea base as it brews. I’ve never had a lychee tea before, but I love the fruit. I still can’t get over RiverTea’s packaging—clear expiration dates! Thank you so much!

This is definitely a floral lychee flavor. It reminds me of roses a little bit, but it’s also identifiable as the fruit. It has a juiciness to it that keeps it from being too floral. The base is there but doesn’t detract from the flavor, so it feels clean to me in the same way most breakfast teas do.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Snow Sprout by Golden Moon Tea
522 tasting notes

Sipdown! My kettle is being weird again because of the weather, so all temperature notes are approximate today. This looked really delicate so I brewed it low like a white tea. It claims to be a green but I’ve seen snow sprout classified as a white before, and it has flavors like both… Huh.

It’s moderately grassy but more in a hay way than a vegetable way. It reminds me a little of snow peas, actually. The end of the sip and aftertaste blend together into a sweet green taste that’s almost floral. Not a bad cup but not a favorite for me.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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Elizabeth, college student, history/anthropology major. I love to read, travel, and try new foods.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it about a year ago. I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything! My favorites are earl greys, yunnans, medium-bodied oolongs, Japanese greens, and fruit flavors. My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.

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