358 Tasting Notes

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drank Old Fashioned by Yumchaa
358 tasting notes

I had never had a tea with rosemary as a flavor or ingredient and now in a single month two teas, two Christmas teas from favorite blenders , have rosemary as an ingredient, this and The-o-dor´s Laponic December 25 (black). zeitgeist. sounds interesting.

I love lapsang souchong, and loved the couple flavored teas based on lapsang souchong I tried, it can really work. on this case, sadly it didn´t for me, I thought the orange and pink peppercorn were too overwhelming – and not sure what christmas baubles are or are supposed to add to flavour.

Flavors: Orange, Peppercorn

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Happiness by Lupicia
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I have tried this, Lupicia number 8508 from Lupicia France, under the name Belle Journée.

And it´s such an interesting idea, a green tea with rooibos. It was a sample, so worth risking, I was quite unsure if I was going to like it, but indeed it works and it´s oddly refreshing.

I am usually not a fan of grapefruit flavours, and it´s noticeable here, though the peach is more prevalent. I will probably not buy it because of the grapefruit, I might tire of it, but it´s certainly interesting on its own.

Brewed the way Lupicia insists, boiling water 2 minutes, it works (have given up doubting them on how to brew their teas).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
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a chance buy, I did not expect it to be a green chestnut tea. I would not think it would work, but it does, and it´s fantastic, the sweetness of the chesnut is perfectly amplified by the tea.

Dustin

I think the chestnut works better in a green base over black and I usually favor black.

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I have not been buying much new tea, and sticking to finishing a lot of my stash. But Thé o Dor is a favorite brand I can´t order easily (they sell online but the shipping prices are very of-fputting!) but found a store which had some tins and could not resist indulging in this Christmas tea.

It´s a very unusual christmas tea, rosemary, oak moss and cranberry on a very nice chinese black tea base. It´s wonderfully refreshing, fresh, clear, pure compared to how sweet and spicy most christmas teas are. Luckily , I love it and will enjoy it the rest of the year as well!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
greenteafairy

This sounds so interesting! I can’t even imagine what oak moss might taste like.

cteresa

If it were not on item description I would never have expected it. Maybe a certain woody-ness, a green note. I have tried perfumes in the past with oak moss notes, I think it is supposed to be in the background.

The rosemary is very dominant here in a very interesting way – maybe the moss and berries balance it so it tastes very pure, very wild, rather than flowery. I can’t imagine Lapland smelling like this in reality but it tastes like something of a pure winter forest without being pine-y. I like pine scents very much but a pine tea might not be nearly as drinkable as this.

This was a really exciting interesting idea for a tea, I loved that it works out!

greenteafairy

It sounds wonderful. I’m wishlisting this one!

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
358 tasting notes

I rebought this, and making my first new cup of it, chai-style, maybe I was lucky, maybe I overbrewed it or overleafed it (in a good way!), but it was much more spicy and piquant than I remembered. Awesome for the sinus, but just leaving a note, not nearly as mellow as I used to think!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank CHA THAÏ BOPF by Mariage Frères
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still loving this, this is really an incredibly good morning tea.

OMGsrsly

This is the one that’s such tiny little balls that it’s almost a powder? I have some, but I’ve been logging it as something else I think…

cteresa

This is very tiny tea, looks like a ctc, but MF calls it a BOPF so I believe them, looks like powder almost (which is probably what gives it its kick). But they are not tiny balls, they are not rolled and are not unrolled, the leftovers are almost like ground coffee or something.

It does not sound appealing, and they sell it for noticeably more than other much larger leaf teas, but this is just fantastic as it is.

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to look at what I have then. It’s just labelled “thai chai” on my package, but my package is a ziplock baggie from some unknown source… :)

cteresa

Chai this is not, nothing else added and possibly it´s not a bad idea, a thai themed chai.

this has no added flavour, just pure black malty tea! with a lot of caffeine I think!

OMGsrsly

Chai just means tea, so I think it’s “Thai tea”. I’ll have to dig it out and have it soon. Maybe post some pictures on Instagram. :)

cteresa

Maybe it will mean the same to some people including who labelled your sample, but in general chai is not the same as cha.

Cha is the original cantonese word, and countries which got tea directly from China tend to use it. Chai is the word, based on cha used in India-Persia area, and at least in the western world now mostly means a type of spiced tea like chai masala. But it´s not universal. Notice how MF called this “cha”, not “chai”!

OMGsrsly

After looking at the website, and inspecting my tea, I think mine is just a misspelling on the baggie. :D

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Now this finally a sample whose donor I can identify – thank you Ysaurella.

I liked the oolong-quality of this a lot, the base was lovely and smooth. I think I must have kept it too long, the caramel notes were there but somewhat subdued, and that was not necessarily a problem, I enjoyed it very much just as it was.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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another sample from lost provenance (Ysaurella? sorry unknown donor), and a nice tea. A fruity black tea. It reminded me of Dammann teas weirdly, the base. Can´t say much about it, but it was nice.

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drank Cinnamon Diletto by Della Terra
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I got to confess, this was a sample I got in a swap and it was so long ago i forgot who i got it from – sorry! The package was fantastically hermetically sealed and this was in great condition, but still finally giving this a try.

Rooibos with cinnamon, or spices in general is right up my alley and this time of the year, I am always putting the kettle on, but mid-afternoon I got to swap to rooibos or tisanes, so this sample was a nice re-discovery. There is a right time of the day/year for every tea for me.

This is interesting, because it´s a perfect example of how americans and europeans (or the rest of the world?) call cinnamon to different spices. This is the sharp, almost hot, cassia taste, which I confess reminds me inevitably of cinnamon chewing gum. I am used to Ceylan cinnamon, which is rounder somehow. But cassia does work really well as a flavouring, I added some sweetener and milk and it´s very pleasant. Just, and I knew about it, could not help expecting a different cinnamon because of the name.

Preparation
Boiling

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This was a present from a friend, and a very propitious one – I had just finished a tin of one of my staples, Lady Grey, and finding surprisingly difficult to buy more locally. And this Gout Russe to me smelled a lot like Lady Grey – an earl grey tea with lots of orange.

Supposedly there are 7 citrus on this tea. Obviously the bergamot rules and orange is also very important. The other citrus I am less certain of. It´s somewhat delicate, somewhat astringent. I think I prefer my old staple, but this tin will be finished with pleasure.

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange

Sil

welcome back my friend! :)

cteresa

Thanks! though as you can see, only partially. But am finishing samples, must make an effort.

Sil

partially is better than nothing at all :)

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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. Experimenting with cold steeping, for summer.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky.

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 exploring.

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 and Thé-o-Dor.

I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

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