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1848 Tasting Notes

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drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
1848 tasting notes

This tea, along with the next, was technically acquired at the same time as Coquelicot Gourmand in Paris, and as such they are all the same age. I just manually added this one to my cupboard after that one.

I also recently restocked this one, but I didn’t mix the old stash with the new. I should probably just use up the old (probably 15g) with some cold brews since I have another 100g of this. There is still a lot of flavor in the older leaf, but it lacks a bit of subtlety. It’s pretty much all bright! passion fruit! pineapple! and none of the jasmine. Still, I drank this one up easily and happily.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

This is certainly one of the oldest teas I have, and I know exactly how old it is: 2 years, 7 months. There is only a tiny bit left of the 100g I brought back from Paris.

And this one is showing its age a bit. I mean, it’s still delicious, but muted. Amazingly, it still has a lingering sweetness to it. Like poppy candy with marzipan cookies. I have written a lot of notes on this one (like many of my oldest teas), so I feel at a loss to say more about it. It’s always been a comforting friend, and I will be sad when it is gone.

Flavors: Flowers, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

Isn’t it satisfying when you go back to one of the teas you loved really early in your tea career, and it is still amazingly delicious? That is true of this tea. Just lucky to stumble across a good one early, I guess. This is so tasty: nutty and chocolatey in a really awesome way, with a light sweet caramel underneath. A chocolate tea that does it without chocolate chips! I love that. And even if this is an older tea, it is still very flavorful and aging well.

ETA: Wow, the first part of this tasting note must not have copied when I had to resubmit it. There was another paragraph! Anyway, that one basically said: This is the oldest tea in my cupboard, or at least the oldest continuous tea in my cupboard. I actually have two tins of it, and neither are the original that I got years ago.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

«Tea career», lol. We sure do make a career out of it, don’t we?

Dinosara

Yeah I figured it was an appropriate term. :)

Tea Sipper

tea career! haha

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90

Never thought I would be sad to sipdown a puerh but here we are! Thanks again to OMGsrsly for sending me a sample of this one.

This was just as delicious this time around! Mmmm berry nut bread. :) It was even tasty as it got cold as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

If you’re ever interested in more, just let me know! They blend this one themselves. :)

Dinosara

I may have to take you up on that one of these days. :)

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73

After having a gongfu session of this on today, I have to give it a big meh. For my tastes, it doesn’t hit all the buttons that I want in an unflavored black tea.

However, if you like Yunnan blacks, and robust teas, you may like this one. It’s a Yunnan that edges toward an Assam in overall robustness (though with a distinctly Yunnan flavor)

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88

Two-for-one review: I had this tea gongfu yesterday, and now I am drinking a cold brew of it.

I feel like both the cold brew of this tea and the gongfu bring out more oolongy character than the western steep of it. The buttery, snap pea flavors of it are joined by notes of apricot and a fruity sweetness. It really sets itself apart from the Laoshan green tea in these preparations. The iced tea is so delicious and refreshing! It seems like there is almost the lightest hint of roasting in it, but it may be just a buttery cooked-greens sensation. Quite tasty. Thanks again to MissB for sending this sample!

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82

This morning my steeping basket still smelled like rose from the tisane last night, which made me want a rosy tea for breakfast. But I have no rosy black teas at home! Tragedy! I really need to bring Paris Mon Amour home since it is best as a milky tea. If I couldn’t have rose I would at least have French, so I grabbed this one instead.

Again, I wish this one had more creamy vanilla to it, but its a pretty nice red fruits tea nonetheless. It’s just pretty much only berries, and the promised vanilla is MIA. Still, I happily drank this one up this morning.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89

I was writing a tasting note for this one, then Safari crashed on my iPad and my iPad’s battery died. I didn’t want to get my computer out and then I realized I could log it on the app on my phone.

Still, I’m not going to write a long post with my thumbs. This will be a quick note to say that I really enjoyed this tea and it really lives up to the rose and chocolate notes. Yum. Thanks so much to MissB for sending me this one and I will write a more detailed note later.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83

Two at once sipdown so that I can try this recommended combo! I am happy to be drinking these teas again, but sad to be sipping them down right now.

I like this blend of the two, especially since the divine temptation mellows the smokiness of the creme brûlée. However, I still love the divine temptation by itself most of all, and I may seriously have to acquire more of that tea eventually. I am a sucker for a well-done desert tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Both are so exquisite. :D

OMGsrsly

I love these teas! So glad I unthinkingly got 100g of each the last time I was in. :)

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83

Finishing off my sample of this tea. I enjoy this tea pretty well, but a white tea has to be exceptional for me to really crave it, and this one doesn’t really fit that category. It’s a pretty standard Fuding silver needle, and I do enjoy those a bit more than some others. But this one doesn’t really have the sweet marshmallowyness that they can sometimes get, so it doesn’t really find a place in my cupboard.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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Ohio, US

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