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…and I will soldier on. After this one, there’s just one more unlogged tea in my cupboard.

This is one I’ve waited to write a note for, because I’ve found it confusing. It’s so frustrating when there’s a hint of something in terms of scent or taste that you just can’t place. But now I’ve finally figured it out. Incense!

It’s a pretty good strawberry for a simple rooibos, but the vanilla is only a scented vanilla – taste wise, it turns into a this little kick of perfumey incense.

This is not as vile as it sounds, but, either way, it’s not a favourite of mine.

[Purchased at Tehörnan in Uppsala, fall 2012.]

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

SEA BUCKTHORN? really. i have that in a vile mixture that works as a liver cleanse. i always thought it was the sea buckthorn that was vile, but maybe i was wrong?

Anna

Alas no! These are two more far tastier teas with sea-buckthorn I’ve written notes for here: http://steepster.com/teas/bonor-and-blad/39653-kustfagring-coastal-beauty and here: http://steepster.com/teas/bonor-and-blad/39776-goji-havtorn-gojiberry-and-sea-buckthorn. Let me know if you want a sample of either!

Fjellrev

JustJames, David’s Redberry Tonic has them and it’s really tasty, especially as a cold brew! Maybe it just depends on the blend.

The incense note in this sounds like it would be really surprising!

JustJames

hmmmm…. now i will go read the ingredients list for that cleanse. i feel bad that i may have been giving sea buckthorn berry a bad rep!!!

Anna

Yeah dude – seriously. Trashing sea-buckthorn behind its back like that? Not cool. Look at their little FACES. http://www.onlyfoods.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Sea-Buckthorn-Berries.jpg

Fjellrev

Yeah I mean, just look at them, all innocently flaming orangey yellow. They’re just hanging out doing their thing.

Anna

My point exactly, Incendiaire. My point exactly.

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JustJames

SEA BUCKTHORN? really. i have that in a vile mixture that works as a liver cleanse. i always thought it was the sea buckthorn that was vile, but maybe i was wrong?

Anna

Alas no! These are two more far tastier teas with sea-buckthorn I’ve written notes for here: http://steepster.com/teas/bonor-and-blad/39653-kustfagring-coastal-beauty and here: http://steepster.com/teas/bonor-and-blad/39776-goji-havtorn-gojiberry-and-sea-buckthorn. Let me know if you want a sample of either!

Fjellrev

JustJames, David’s Redberry Tonic has them and it’s really tasty, especially as a cold brew! Maybe it just depends on the blend.

The incense note in this sounds like it would be really surprising!

JustJames

hmmmm…. now i will go read the ingredients list for that cleanse. i feel bad that i may have been giving sea buckthorn berry a bad rep!!!

Anna

Yeah dude – seriously. Trashing sea-buckthorn behind its back like that? Not cool. Look at their little FACES. http://www.onlyfoods.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Sea-Buckthorn-Berries.jpg

Fjellrev

Yeah I mean, just look at them, all innocently flaming orangey yellow. They’re just hanging out doing their thing.

Anna

My point exactly, Incendiaire. My point exactly.

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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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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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