2165 Tasting Notes

90

So I skipped the Matchaccino although I really should get into the habit of drinking it regularly, but not today. I also switched the next two teas as they appeared in my cupboard, but close enough? I am calling this one #60.

I keep this one at home so I have a nice EG to drink on the weekends, but I rarely drink tea on the weekends. I am reminding myself to do so today so I can have these teas that live at home! I enjoy this tea a lot, but it does need a gentle hand to avoid getting bitter. I think I am remembering now that I used to use less leaf too (of course I didn’t check before brewing), but I gave it a short, cool steep so it seems to have worked out all right. Lots of bergamot (YUM), a nice malty base. Definitely need to remember to make this one more often (although I have a feeling it will age well).

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

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87

Getting through lots of my cupboard today! This one (#62) is one I kind of wish was an unroasted TGY, instead of roasted. It’s pretty tasty, but I still prefer unroasted. Just the smell is not that appealing to me; it smells toasty and roasted and a bit woody. But the flavor is better, with more orange flavor and nuttiness. I also wish for more almond flavor. I wonder how this would be as a cold brew?

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

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88
drank Rose & Litchi by Fauchon
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This tea (#63) I am having now, and hot. It’s similar to Bali, although Bali has a few other things in the blend I think. Rose and Lychee are just a perfect pair to me. I’ve been making my own rose-lychee black iced tea blend with my Harney teas, and it is quite tasty. I should probably think about drinking this one as a cold brew on occasion too, since it is probably awesome as one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Terri HarpLady

That one sounds lovely!

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86

I’m going to log this one now too (#64) because I recently had it for a cold brew. It’s one of the ones I’ve been cold brewing now, partly because it is finicky when hot. But cold, it is floral and fruity and overall light. Definitely have been enjoying it.

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86
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
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I’m not actually drinking this one (#65), but I wanted to give it one last note before I removed it from my cupboard. I gave the last of it to Equusfell because she fell in love with it, but before that I was cold brewing it regularly. Which was totally delicious. I have found that while I am not huge on green teas hot, I almost prefer to black tea when iced. I’ve been starting to drink more iced black tea and I think I prefer the how light and refreshing green teas are when cold. Anyway, I did really love this one as a cold brew.

Equusfell

Many thanks, my friend! Once I order a large amount of this, I will try cold brewing.

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92
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
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Love this tea (#66) so much. It will always be one of my faves. Lemony and creamy with caramel… like the best lemon bars that just happen to have toffee on them. Yum. This is one I definitely do crave fairly often.

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

Hmmm. . . .Lemon bars with toffee. . . sounds so good!

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90

My numbers now mean nothing because I added a bunch of stuff to my cupboard that I didn’t have in there before, but oh well. I guess I will go into negatives when I get to the bottom.

This tea (#67) is my most floral of floral teas. It is seriously like a bouquet. I love florals but I don’t crave this one often. Maybe I will more in the spring.

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

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95
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
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There are a lot of greens and oolongs in this section of Dammann teas in my cupboard. I think maybe because a lot of the black teas got consumed already. I do have a bit of this one (#68) left! Om nom, figgy deliciousness. I love this tea, although in keeping with my recent trends I rarely crave it since it is a single-flavor tea. But still, delicious.

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

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94

As happens with all my ginger lemon teas, I’ve started to associate this one (#69) with digestive issues and feeling unwell. Which is acutally fine right now because I ate some intensely spicy drunken noodles for lunch and I think my gut could use some calming. This is more lemony and less gingery, but overall tasty and soothing. I accidentally made it with boiling water instead of 195°F, and it doesn’t seem to have suffered. (I have done a lot of steeping of green oolongs at boiling lately, they seem to be rather more robust than most people think).

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

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88

Ahh, an afternoon in Paris (#70) on a cold morning… not in Paris. I always love this blend of vanilla, orange, and rose. Creamy and sweet and floral. Lots of deliciousness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 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.

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

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: 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
85-80: 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.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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