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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
328 tasting notes

No rating, because I think I screwed up somehow this.

A sample, so kindly sent by LaFleurBleue and my very first TWG tea (first singaporean tea as well). I am very fond of mangoes, am pretty fond of a green tea with Mango I have and love a black tea with peach and vanilla I own. And somehow mangoes and peaches have a certain similarity in my mind.

But something went wrong. The dry leaf smells like mangoes with a hint of sharpness I can not define. I brewed it up hot but not too much leaf and there was a pine quality to the tea which baffled me. Mango yes, but peculiar. As the tea got colder definite bourbon vanilla notes as well. Peculiar! Must experiment, I think it was probably too hot, will try much colder water and for longer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
LaFleurBleue

I haven’t tried this one yet, but have also been baffled by some other of their blends for which the brew was different from what I expected. I’ll have to try it soon…

cteresa

There was a very pine-resin like note and some hibiscus-like tartness. Very very weird – I think I brew it wrong but even on the dry leaf there is a note, maybe hibiscus like? not hibiscus but something tart. but as I said, i got to experiment!

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LaFleurBleue

I haven’t tried this one yet, but have also been baffled by some other of their blends for which the brew was different from what I expected. I’ll have to try it soon…

cteresa

There was a very pine-resin like note and some hibiscus-like tartness. Very very weird – I think I brew it wrong but even on the dry leaf there is a note, maybe hibiscus like? not hibiscus but something tart. but as I said, i got to experiment!

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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