90

There isn’t that much left of this. I will absolutely try to remember to try it iced before the rest of it disappears.

I was so sure I’d feel like putting together a huge Lupicia order for my birthday, since I’ll be in US next week anyway, but I haven’t felt the urge. It’s true I’ve been finishing up some of my favourites lately (Momoko just this morning! I still have some in the fridge, though.) but I still have so many good teas to choose from I don’t feel an overwhelming sense of urgency.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have shopping lists from Lupicia, Adagio, Le Palais des Thés, Comptoir des Thés et des Epices and Mariage Frères all put together, though.

No, that would be going a little far.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
keychange

Melon oolong, yo!

Anna

Haha. You’re like the tea-not-drugs equivalent of Breaking Bad’s Jesse right now. But who’s our mastermind – who’s Heisenberg? Hm. Probably Sil.

keychange

I don’t watch breaking bad, although if there’s any mastermind relating to tea around here it’s sil indeed.

Anna

HEISENSIL.

MissLena

LOL – Heisensil possibly made my entire day. :D

Sil

LOL this made me chuckle. I am no mastermind..just an innocent heffalump hanging around drinking tea cough

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keychange

Melon oolong, yo!

Anna

Haha. You’re like the tea-not-drugs equivalent of Breaking Bad’s Jesse right now. But who’s our mastermind – who’s Heisenberg? Hm. Probably Sil.

keychange

I don’t watch breaking bad, although if there’s any mastermind relating to tea around here it’s sil indeed.

Anna

HEISENSIL.

MissLena

LOL – Heisensil possibly made my entire day. :D

Sil

LOL this made me chuckle. I am no mastermind..just an innocent heffalump hanging around drinking tea cough

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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.

  • * *

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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Rome, Italy

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