534 Tasting Notes

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Not quite a tasting note here but I wanted to report on my tea eggs—a complete success! I’d never had them before but I wanted to give it a try. I used this tea, a splash of soy sauce, a handful each of peppercorns, cinnamon bark, and cardamom, and a dash of garlic powder for five eggs. They’re nice and lightly aromatic but the egg taste isn’t overshadowed. The tea is definitely present too, and just how I remembered: floral, light, a little honeyed. I may give in and buy this one eventually.

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75

In the process of making tea eggs with the remainder of In Pursuit of Tea’s Golden Yunnan—that means two more sipdowns (uh, sort of). I decided on an oolong sample to brew up while I wait. I’m using the recipe Golden Moon sent out in their newsletter a while back, at least in theory, but I totally changed the spicing because of availability/preference. My kitchen smells amazing right now, so I must have done something right!

This smells gorgeous! It smells a lot like Adagio’s Dancong Aria to me, which is definitely a good thing. Fresh and fruity and lovely. The taste doesn’t quite hold up to the smell, oddly enough. It’s the exact same flavor profile as Dancong Aria—peaches, white flowers, cedar wood, and a little earthiness—but it’s weaker than I expected. It’s not bad, but there’s not enough fruit or floral to it for me and I’ve had better oolongs of this type.

ETA: Now that it’s cooled I’m getting way more fruit. I think this is one that’s great cold but not ideal hot.

Flavors: Cedar, Earth, Fruit Tree Flowers, Peach

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drank Zen by Tazo
534 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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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
534 tasting notes

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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drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
534 tasting notes

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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drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
534 tasting notes

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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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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drank Zen by Tazo
534 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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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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Elizabeth, college student, anthropology major, bio and history minor. I love to travel and try new foods (and teas!). I also enjoy music, books, video games as often as I can get my hands on them.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it a couple of years ago. Tea sometimes helps me feel better when chronic illness is making things hard. It’s also fun to experiment with!

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, fruit, vanilla, and floral flavors. My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.

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