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drank Bailey Cream by A C Perch's
300 tasting notes

So this is Bailey Cream, not Bailey’s Cream, and in the English description on the website they don’t even bother with the capital letter. So what exactly is a ‘bailey’? At least the Danish copy is a little more forthcoming: Cremet Bailey the. So silly – why not just call it Irish Cream instead of doing a half-assed attempt at capitalizing on a brand name?

It smells good in the bag – I tried a gentle hand with this one, a 90C, 5-minute steep, but I don’t know if it did the leaf any favours. The first taste is cookie for sure, but a burnt chocolate cookie – like those little crusts forgotten on the baking sheet.

And that’s sort of it, really; there’s a promise of some creamy vanilla in the nose, but in the cup, this is entirely elusive.

I’ll give what remains of the sample – two cups, or so – a chance of redemption through steeping variations.

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Those liars! And yeah, the “the/-et” makes it sound a little more official, at least. It seems so hard to find a tea that tastes anything like Irish cream, it seems.

Janefan

better idea – brew strong tea, pour in a shot of Bailey’s. Done!

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Fjellrev

Those liars! And yeah, the “the/-et” makes it sound a little more official, at least. It seems so hard to find a tea that tastes anything like Irish cream, it seems.

Janefan

better idea – brew strong tea, pour in a shot of Bailey’s. Done!

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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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