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drank Körsbär (Cherry) by Tehörnan
258 tasting notes

When I got this, it was mostly an experiment – I haven’t been a fan of any artificial cherry flavouring (Dr. Pepper is death in a can.) since the liquid antibiotics incident back in ’84. Ugh.

This smelled more like berries in the store, though, so I went for it. The good news is that the berry note stays with the rooibos all the way into the cup. The bad news is that it doesn’t have a lot to do with cherry. It’s pretty bland, and it’s pretty simple. I don’t get any cardboard, but a hint of the old cardboard would have given this brew a bit more complexity, at least.

[Purchased at Tehörnan in Uppsala, fall 2012.]

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

cherry flavouring is difficult to get right. I can not think of one single good cherry flavoured tea – maybe a couple where there are other red fruits as well, not no solo cherry teas!

Anna

I agree – I guess I can understand why it’s so hard to recreate; cherry flavour is elusive!

Ysaurella

I had one good : Cerise noire from Betjeman & Barton – but I had a lot of meh cherry teas before finding this one. I shared some with Nicole who had the same experiences and loves cherry and she had the same opinion about it.

Anna

It is now on my shopping list. Ysaurella, you are lethal.

Ysaurella

don’t buy it, I can send you a sample as you can taste before odering.

Anna

How bountiful! I really have excellent sample karma this week; thank you.

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cteresa

cherry flavouring is difficult to get right. I can not think of one single good cherry flavoured tea – maybe a couple where there are other red fruits as well, not no solo cherry teas!

Anna

I agree – I guess I can understand why it’s so hard to recreate; cherry flavour is elusive!

Ysaurella

I had one good : Cerise noire from Betjeman & Barton – but I had a lot of meh cherry teas before finding this one. I shared some with Nicole who had the same experiences and loves cherry and she had the same opinion about it.

Anna

It is now on my shopping list. Ysaurella, you are lethal.

Ysaurella

don’t buy it, I can send you a sample as you can taste before odering.

Anna

How bountiful! I really have excellent sample karma this week; thank you.

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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.

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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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