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Julius Meinl

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96
drank Blue Sky by Julius Meinl
7 tasting notes

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96
drank Blue Sky by Julius Meinl
50 tasting notes

Oh, I love this tea. Love, love, love. As much as I love complex and fascinating teas with 25 or so different ingredients, there is so much to be said for simplicity. Blue Sky is a delicious tea that needs only three ingredients to be wonderful.

And oh, how they combine! The sencha is a good grassy flavor mellowed out with a light sweetness from the mallow and roses. It’s floral without being perfumey. It tastes bright and delicate and it brews to a lovely pale yellow. It always makes me think of spring! And in the middle of a Chicago winter, I need spring.

If you can’t tell, this is one of my favorite teas. I drink it whenever I need something to make me feel happy or calm. Definitely recommended to anyone who likes flavored sencha and herbal teas.

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50

I was given a bag of this as a holiday present from a professor that I was a TA for. What a thoughtful woman! She really knows my tastes. :)

One thing to be careful about with this tea is not to overdo it—it calls for one tablespoon per 16 oz, and if you put too much leaf in you will be tasting jasmine for the rest of the week.

Unfortunately, that’s really all that you taste anyway. Jasmine with undertones of jasmine and just a hint of jasmine. The jasmine completely dominates the sencha. I suppose I can’t really fault the tea for this—it’s sort of what it promises. But it would have been nice if they were balanced a bit better.

If you’re a jasmine fan, go ahead and give it a try. Just remember, a little bit goes a long way!

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88
drank Green Grapeberry by Julius Meinl
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I’ll admit, I was initially put off by the name of this tea. Green Grapeberry? It sounds like one of those syrupy sweet fruit teas that I used to buy in high school, drink a cup or two of and then never touch again. Or even worse, a flavor of kool-aid. OH YEAH!

Fortunately, this tea is nothing like that. I ordered a pot of it while having dinner at Julius Meinl because they were out of Blue Sky, which is the exact same blend except that Grapeberry has sunflower blossoms. It does not have any grapes or berries, however. ;)

I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this. It was light and delicate, sweet without being overpowering, and floral without tasting like perfume. I would very much recommend it to anyone who likes floral teas, but I don’t think I could recommend it to people who only like strictly unadulterated green teas. There’s just too much herbal for that. But if you’re not a purist, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this.

Not to mention, it paired WONDERFULLY with my winter vegetable spaetzle! Mmm.

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77
drank Chai by Julius Meinl
53 tasting notes

Was served this in a cafe when I ordered chai. I’ve never seen the brand sold locally. Served in a tall glass with milk and cinnamon sticks. It was very full-bodied, and the spices blended beautifully. So far I’ve only seen it in this one cafe in town.

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47

I normally like Julius Meinl teas, but this one is just so-so. Not bad or offensive, just really bland.

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70

Extremely smooth, refined, delicate.

kOmpir

Is this Queen’s Blend darjeeling ?

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67
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Julius Meinl
355 tasting notes

My boss found this when cleaning out her office and said “you like tea, don’t you?” while throwing it my way. Don’t love rooibos, but as I said in my previous tasting note, this stuff is pretty good. Very nice creamy vanilla flavor.

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67
drank Blue Sky by Julius Meinl
355 tasting notes

I was really liking this tea in my pre-Steepster days.. it’s Chinese Sencha blended with rose petals and mallow flowers. The mallow definitely shines through with a bright sweetness, and you can taste a bit of the rose, as well.

Laura

I’m not sure what mallow flowers are, but all I can imagine is a field of little green stems with clusters of marshmallows floating above them and it’s really making me want to taste this tea! (even though I’m sure mallow flowers don’t taste like marshmallows. so silly.) :P

Bethany

@Laura – No worries, I had similar images when I first bought this tea. :) All I could think of was marshmallow tea. It actually does have some similarity with marshmallows, since they’re kind of mild but very sweet.

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67
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Julius Meinl
355 tasting notes

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not a huge rooibos fan. I don’t dislike it, but I just don’t find it all that appealing. That said, the vanilla flavoring in this is good. I have a tough time finding vanilla flavors that I like – either they’re too weak or too sweet – but this is a nice, creamy one, similar to the vanilla in the Monk’s Blend that I had this morning.

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67
drank Fruhlingszauber by Julius Meinl
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Julius Meinl is a European-style coffee shop that has a big location here in Chicago. They have a massive wall of cheap loose leaf teas. I bought this about a year ago along with a black sour cherry blend and a green blend. This brews darker than you would think for a black/green blend. It’s very, very fruity – I can definitely taste the berry and tangerine notes the description talks about. Lighter than I would’ve liked, but still good.

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75

The dry smell is a bit overpowering, like a cherry cough syrup, but the steep is lighter and smoother.

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