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drank White Lounge Tea by A C Perch's
258 tasting notes

So after steeping that White Mulberry for 6 minutes, it wasn’t too daunting to leave this in the basket for 8, in accordance with the instructions on the bag.

Dry, this tea smells sweet and fruity. It’s very pretty, all long leaves and flower petals. In the cup, it’s all blackcurrant. And nicely done, too – it’s very present both in the nose and in the sip. The elderberry would have been a nice companion, though – again, this is me and my search for those complex, surprising trickster teas.

I’m definitely enjoying this one, though, and I look forward to trying it iced.

[Sample gifted by my sweet friend T, October 2013.]

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more
Angrboda

Hm… I think I want a go at this one too. I once had the black currant pai mu tan from 52teas and liked it a lot. Maybe I should just go in and say ‘give me some of your flavoured whites, except that one and that one because I’ve tried those before.’ :p

Anna

Haha, yeah – that actually sounds like a plan. One of these days I’m going to walk in to either Lupicia, MF, ACP or some other favourite and say, ‘Give me one of each.’ One of these days.

Tina

I totally agree with your review about the tea. White Lounge tea is weird. When I smelled it, it was sooo good. But when I have been drinking it, I get quite bored.

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Angrboda

Hm… I think I want a go at this one too. I once had the black currant pai mu tan from 52teas and liked it a lot. Maybe I should just go in and say ‘give me some of your flavoured whites, except that one and that one because I’ve tried those before.’ :p

Anna

Haha, yeah – that actually sounds like a plan. One of these days I’m going to walk in to either Lupicia, MF, ACP or some other favourite and say, ‘Give me one of each.’ One of these days.

Tina

I totally agree with your review about the tea. White Lounge tea is weird. When I smelled it, it was sooo good. But when I have been drinking it, I get quite bored.

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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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