1964 Tasting Notes

84
drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
1964 tasting notes

I got a couple of coconut teas from MissB in our Tea and Yarn swap, and this is one of them! I love coconut pouchongs so I am interested to try out some coconut greens.

This is certainly extremely coconutty! Sweet, creamy, and yet still light and fresh. I guess coconut works with green tea for me! The combo of coconut and green tea can result in a kind of fruity note as well, and I’m getting that a bit here. Definitely a tasty tea. Thanks MissB!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 12 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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84
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1964 tasting notes

So in my last note I said I would steep this for longer to see if more eggnog flavor would come out, but then it turned out that I had just a little extra leaf, so I added the rest of my sample to the cup and kept my parameters the same.

It turned out well! It was way creamier than last time, and I did get some eggnog flavor from it, although it is a far cry from actual eggnog. Which would be weird hot anyway, so I’m ok with that. This is still primarily a nice creamy green tea rather than something that shouts holidays at me. I enjoyed trying this one out!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CelebriTEA

This is one of my all time favorites

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82

Yay, another sample from Sil! I am happy to try all of these TTC teas since Taiwanese black teas are a little hit or miss for me. They can’t be too fruity, which is weird to me, but there it is. I didn’t quite know how to steep this one so I dumped about half my sample in the cup (long, squiggly leaves always making things interesting) and tried out these parameters first… will likely try others with the next half.

This tea certainly smells very fruity. Apricot, perhaps, with a hint of whatever that note is that I dislike in Taiwanese black teas (hard to describe). A bit honeyed as well. I would say this cup is a little under brewed. I think I would go hotter and also possibly longer. The flavor in the main part of the sip is thin, but there is a lot in the aftertaste. This does remind me of Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black but it’s been so long since I’ve had that one that it’s hard to remember exactly. I am happy to say that the note that I tend to dislike has smoothed itself out in the flavor, and the honey and pastry notes make themselves a bit more known. As it cools the cup gains a smooth, almost creamy texture that is quite pleasant.

Overall this is definitely an enjoyable tea, although it edges toward the side of Taiwanese blacks that I’m not in love with, or at least I would never really crave. But obviously a very nice example of the type if you are into those sorts of things.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

happy to pass any of the ones i buy over for you to try

Dinosara

yay thanks! :D

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88

I drank the first half of this sample quite a while ago but was distracted while doing it so I didn’t write a tasting note, vowing that I would do better with the second half of my sample from Sil. Then yesterday it came up in my chronology so I drank it, but was again distracted. Augh!

See, it’s quite a tasty tea so I wanted to do it justice. But I was distracted so I can pretty much just tell you that it was tasty. It hit the notes that I look for in a Bailin Gongfu tea. Honey, grains, molasses, check. I would very happily drink this one again. I also happen to have 100g of Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu so I’m pretty much set on it for now, but this is also quite good. Thanks for the sample, Sil!

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

i bought this one to compare against teavivre since i enjoy that one too haha

Dinosara

Haha, that was my plan as well but I never really got around to it. I think they are pretty similar!

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85
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1964 tasting notes

Finishing up this sample this morning. This tea is popular for a reason; it has nice dark chocolatey flavor with a smooth robust tea base. Still can’t really taste that there is puerh in here. Not much else to say about this one this morning. Thanks again for the sample, Sil!

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

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80
drank Vert Provence by Mariage Frères
1964 tasting notes

Another tea bag sample from the cafe. I am not the hugest fan of lavender in my tea so I wasn’t expecting to be really into this one, but it turns out it i’s pretty pleasant. Same somewhat generic sencha base as á l’Opera, but it’s relatively smooth, not too grassy, and inoffensive. I didn’t realize that there was berry flavor in this when I brewed it up but after looking at Steepster, apparently so. It is fruity, but it’s fairly subtle. The lavender isn’t too strong, either, but is defintely present. I would have liked more rose but I suppose it is contributing to a general floral sense.

I accidentally left my kettle set from the last tea and brewed this at 195°F instead of 180°F like I usually would for a green tea, but it seems to have suffered no ill effects.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Jumping around a bit this morning on the chronology because I didn’t want to start the day with a green tea (one more MF sample to drink). But now we come to some of Sil’s swap package, including this tea. Oddly, I got a comment last night from Hugo Tea Company on my previous note (written quite a while ago).

To forstall any bitterness while hot I brewed this one cooler this time, and it seems to have taken care of it. Now the tea is just nicely chocolatey, malty, slightly honeyed, and with nice lightly-toasted grain notes. I was definitely glad to drink this one this morning. A nice example of the kind of Chinese black tea that I tend to enjoy.

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

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78

When I bought my tin of Full Moon Party at the cafe in Pittsburgh, the owner came out a few minutes later (while we were eating our crepe) and gave me a few sample tea bags of some other MF teas they carried. How nice! I’ve had this tea before, a long time ago, but it’s always nice to revisit.

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this one because I have been iffy on flavored greens of late, and it smelled like it would be not quite up my alley. But I actually quite enjoyed the cup anyway. I had rated it pretty low (for me), and I think I had adjusted it at some point when I went on a lark about lowering my ratings across the board, but I’ve come to terms that most teas I will rate in the 70–99 range. Anyway, this was fruity with a touch of vanilla and an ok sencha base (they’re not my favorite). The berries are a bit candyish for me, and I think it’s kind of brought out by the vanilla. Not my fave, but I wouldn’t refuse a cup if offered.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Full Moon Party by Mariage Frères
1964 tasting notes

I thought that I would forever be a Mariage Frères doubter, but this tea proved me wrong. SUPER almondy today (like drinking marzipan), sweet and smooth with a nice amount of spices. Sadly this is one of those limited edition MF teas that only comes in an expensive tin, but I will enjoy what I have of it. Who knows, one day I may find another MF tea that I love.

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

Oh my goodness. A fancy french tea called “Full Moon Party”. I might have to see about tracking some down at, umm, some point.

Ysaurella

this is a very lovely blend and unfortunately I finished my tin. I know you are a rose lover and wonder how you found the rose in this blend ? I found it light but present and it gave a special romantic touch to this tea to me.

Dinosara

I don’t really taste the rose in this one but I love it anyway. I guess I can smell it a touch but it’s very subtle. So glad happened to find a tin of this in a shop in Pittsburgh!

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84
drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
1964 tasting notes

A brief note, since I’m busy today, but I don’t want to forget about writing these tasting notes. I thought I remembered wanting to change my steeping parameters on this one last time I had it and sure enough, I wanted to try it with more leaf. So this time it was 3tsp of leaf for 12oz water instead of my usual 2tsp.

I was a little worried it might come out too strong for me, but it was fine. Strong, yes. If you don’t LOVE bergamot, don’t brew it at this level, because it was powerful. But regardless it was never bitter or astringent, and the base remained smooth and solid. I think perhaps there was a bit more shortbread/cookie flavor in this cup, but it wasn’t super noticable. This remains a solid EG, although not as mind blowing as I wanted it to be.

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

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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.

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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: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
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