2157 Tasting Notes

86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2157 tasting notes

Like most of these teas back here in the last pages of my cupboard, I haven’t had this one (#79) for a very long time. But it is super delicious. Like drinking a super ripe and sugary melon. Almost like candy, but it doesn’t come across as artificial. I will probably swing back into a fruity oolong phase at some point, and then I will remember to drink this tea all the time.

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

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97

I totally needed to adjust my countdown for my cupboard run-through, because I have skipped a few teas that are herbals for specific purposes (cold teas, woman teas), and I also skipped the matcha. So this tea should actually be #80 (and I edited my past notes to fit the numbering scheme).

I think this is in a particularly airtight tin because it smells so amazingly rosey still. And I am realizing that I have started a lot of these notes with variations on “this tea is still amazing.” Like I said before, 95% of my old teas are things I love and have hoarded. I think this is a little less sweet than it once was, or maybe I just overbrewed it slightly. I still love the rich rose and buttery dragonwell combo; I’m not huge on flavored greens these days, but florals seem to be an exception, especially when the base tea is as high quality as this one. Still amazed I happened across this one in a small shop in Berkeley, but very glad I did, as I haven’t seen hardly any high-quality rose dragonwells through other vendors.

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

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94

This tea (#82) is still amazing. Sweet and floral and delicious. I do love Verdant’s green TGYs, and I swear their bags must be magical or something because all of the teas that I have stored in them stay tasting fresh so long. This is pretty old at 2 years (ancient for a green TGY!), but still tastes nearly as good as the day I bought it. I would say I should drink these down faster but I don’t seem to need to.

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

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88

I redid this one this morning, this time with a new filter in my water. It’s definitely better. This has always been a somewhat subtly flavored tea, and I do think it has faded a bit, but I can now taste the maltiness of the base tea and the bright citrus of the flavors. Overall, a much better experience.

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

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88

What the what? This tea (#84) does not have as much flavor as I would expect, even given it’s age. I am wondering if my water filter is shot. The unfiltered water here has a tendancy to strip all flavor from my teas.

Well, I will change the filter and hopefully everything will be fine and dandy. I really don’t think this tea has suddenly lost all flavor.

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

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90
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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This tea (#85) used to be my favorite Earl Grey! Not sure if it is age or what, but I am no longer so enamored by it. I dropped the rating a bit but I didn’t want to go too far just in case I am unfairly judging it based on age. It’s still pretty good, but the base doesn’t really do it for me. I will be interested to see how other Earls fare as I come to them; I’ve also just not been into single-flavor teas lately, so maybe it’s more of that. Anyway, this was a decent tea for the morning.

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

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89
drank Earl Grey Exotique by Chado
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This (#86) is one of those weird one-off teas, where I have only this tea from this company and nothing else. But I love it. Bergamot and rose and passion fruit and LOVE. An appropriate Valentines tea, I guess. It almost reminds me of DF’s Amore, but I do like that one a little better, and I am more likely to order from DF in the future than Chado. Even so, this is still quite a tasty tea.

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

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99

Hey, I remembered to have this tea (#87) this weekend! So it’s not even out of order on my tasting notes.

Still love this blend, and I do like having it in sachets for traveling. Drinking it also makes me miss Paris (the tea, not the city, although to be fair I often miss Paris the city), which is not in my cupboard right now. Should have picked some up when I was at Harney Soho at xmas time.

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90
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
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This tea (#88) is not quite the last of the Harneys, but my Tower of London sachets are at home so I will have to try to remember to revisit them this weekend.

Once again, a tasty single-fruit black tea. I am planning on mixing this one, my Rose Scented, and the Black Currant in various combinations and proportions for new and interesting cold brews. I’m pretty excited! Plus, taking all of these tins home means I can now put in all of the tea tins that have previously not been fitting in my cupboard. Woohoo!

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

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91
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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Drank this one (#89) yesterday but I will log it now. Another of my Harney stock-up, and another that I really love. But I just don’t drink enough. I also really love this one as a cold brew so I am planning on taking all my Harney blacks home for cold brewing so I can appreciate them and drink them regularly.

It’s funny, for a long time I used cold brews of tea to quickly use up tea I didn’t like that much. I was always picking out teas I really wanted out of my cupboard. But, I’ve kind of run out of those, so now I have to tell myself that cold brewing is also something I can do to teas I really like, too. There have been some in the past (thinking of a few Lupicias) that I loved as cold brews, so maybe eventually I will get to a place where I can actually just have a rotating stock of cold brew teas that I actually love and wasn’t just trying to get rid of. It’s a nice thought.

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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