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drank Ofelia by Sing Tehus
300 tasting notes

I need some caffeination before heading out – I often forget about this tea, but thanks to KittyLovesTea who recently reviewed a swap box sample of it, I was reminded.

It’s light and floral and delicate, but without the weakness of flavour I loathe so much in Dammann Frères’ teas. Ofelia, along with many of Lupicia’s blacks really prove that ‘delicate’ doesn’t necessarily have to imply ‘weak’.

In other news, I see some gelato and a lecture at the British School in my near future.

Preparation
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cteresa

Check yumchaa as well – my stash is not very fresh which really makes a difference with their teas ( natural flavours and all) but I would be glad to send you some. Same address as for the box ?

( my packing tape collection has more stars crying for the stage)

Anna

Haha, oh, I do love tea, but I seriously CANNOT resist the promise of another peek at your packing tape stash! Thank you, that’s terribly sweet of you – and yes, it’s the Rome address. I feel very spoiled.

cteresa

give me a while (and be kind to the teas, it´s old stash), but early next week! I will let you know for sure when I sent it.

packing tape selection now starting..

Anna

Tapetapetapetapetapetapetape.

cteresa

I got to hold an audition for that!

(though sadly, now I think of it, if I use a pre-paid no-weight envelope I would not be able to use tape. Ok, that is it, you are getting a recycled envelope need-to-go-to-post-office envelope instead!)

Anna

Awww. You’re the BEST. After Kitty’s ponies and your fancy tape, I can’t wait to get home, open my many boxes of craft stuff and step up my tea shipping game. Just wait.

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cteresa

Check yumchaa as well – my stash is not very fresh which really makes a difference with their teas ( natural flavours and all) but I would be glad to send you some. Same address as for the box ?

( my packing tape collection has more stars crying for the stage)

Anna

Haha, oh, I do love tea, but I seriously CANNOT resist the promise of another peek at your packing tape stash! Thank you, that’s terribly sweet of you – and yes, it’s the Rome address. I feel very spoiled.

cteresa

give me a while (and be kind to the teas, it´s old stash), but early next week! I will let you know for sure when I sent it.

packing tape selection now starting..

Anna

Tapetapetapetapetapetapetape.

cteresa

I got to hold an audition for that!

(though sadly, now I think of it, if I use a pre-paid no-weight envelope I would not be able to use tape. Ok, that is it, you are getting a recycled envelope need-to-go-to-post-office envelope instead!)

Anna

Awww. You’re the BEST. After Kitty’s ponies and your fancy tape, I can’t wait to get home, open my many boxes of craft stuff and step up my tea shipping game. Just wait.

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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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