1917 Tasting Notes

94

Drinking this one now as part of my cupboard chronology and not because I’m feeling ill. Yay!

Lemony, sweet, with a little ginger zing. This type of tea will always have a place in my cupboard, and this is such a good example of it that I will be tempted to have this one be my staple. I’m so glad that Dammann’s international shipping isn’t as crazy as some other tea companies!

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

Dinosara, do you buy them directly from Dammann or from a distributor and how much do you usually pay for shipping?

Dinosara

Well, this one I actually brought back from Paris with me. I have bought DF teas from Cadeau Deco Vendome (http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com) and they have a flat 9 Euro shipping charge to North America. Dammann’s own site scales based on how much you buy, but I’ve ordered a small package from them for 10 Euro shipping.

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90

Next up, a stroll through the Tuileries. I wish!

This is such a unique tea. Some things you might expect to go together: pineapple and coconut (ok), cereals and chocolate (sure), a variety of florals (yeah [but tomato blossom?]), but then put all of them together on a green oolong? Weird. But it works. When you drink it, it’s impossible to really pinpoint what it tastes like. Nevertheless, I like it, and it’s my kind of tea.

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

That is a bizarre combination and yet one that sounds very appealing to me too (except wtf tomato blossom).

gmathis

I wonder if savory garden scents and flavors are going to be over-the-top trendy for a while. Lots of co-workers are into Scentsy stuff and they have a “Tomato Vine” … uh, not a candle, what do you call them? smelly thing, I guess … that was indeed, spot on for aroma.

OMGsrsly

That would be so weird. I suppose I’d be OK with my kitchen smelling like tomato vines, but my place is so tiny the whole apartment would smell like tomato vines!

And this tea sounds so interesting, but “cereals” means it’s a no for me. Darnit! :)

Memily

There’s an Australian gin that’s made with bush tomato. I want to put it in all the red snappers (aka bloody marys with gin instead of vodka) ever but that’s about it. :|

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98
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

This morning’s tea should have been another spring TGY, but all of it is actually at home with my gongfu setup. Will have to try to remember to drink it this weekend.

So instead I am super excited to have reached my Parisian acquisitions. Nonstop DF and Fauchon for quite a while? Yes please. I unabashedly restocked 100g of this in Paris last summer because I knew I would easily drink it up. Floral and fruity, this is an ideal tea for me. I love that the fruits are orange, bergamot, and fig (a somewhat unusual blend), and I love the rich florals. Sweet and delicious!

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

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95

Moar oolong! I always find it interesting to drink a spring (early spring even) and autumn oolong back to back to really see how they play with each other. Also I can never decide if I like spring or autumn oolongs best!

I think the main difference between this one and the early spring one is that this one has a fruity bent to it. Almost like an apricot, I would say. Less buttery, more fruity. I really enjoy both of them immensely. Nothing like green oolong as I watch the snow melt away and spring creep closer.

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

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95

And now we come to the point in my cupboard at which I purchased a pile of green oolongs. I meant to drink these up in preparation for the new spring oolongs that will no doubtedly be coming soon, and I suppose I still have a bit of time. I realized that the best antidote to my hoarding impulses with oolongs is the notion that every year there will be lovely oolongs harvested, so I should drink them while they are fresh. Too bad my cupboard is so big I so rarely get around to them.

Well this is still sweet and buttery and floral and lovely. A nice TGY will always make me happy. It started out pretty vegetal but got sweeter and sweeter as the cup cooled, until it was like honey. Mmm.

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

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88
drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1917 tasting notes

This morning I was feeling a little off, primarily because of some events that just have me really down. It’s one of those things where you start to feel physically bad because you feel emotionally bad. There’s nothing I can really do about it so hopefully I will start feeling better as time passes.

Anyway, I didn’t even really feel like having tea, but this one was next on my chronology and I thought the herby blend might settle my stomach a bit. It actually made me feel a lot better all around. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of the frankinsence in this blend but I enjoy it. This may make for another nice oolong to have when I’m not feeling so hot. Will have to keep that in mind.

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

This is another tea I’d like to distill as a perfume. :)

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85

Hmmm, I think the cardboard container of this has not been kind to it. Note that it is also in a plastic bag inside the container, but apparently that’s not quite enough. Today this one was sort of musty, and it really tasted “old”. A shame, really. As it cooled the mustiness faded somewhat and it became tastier, but it still didn’t taste like I remembered. Maybe I can beef it up with more leaf next time, or maybe it will cold brew well. I liked the base tea on this one but I always kind of wanted more rose from it.

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

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85
drank Shekwasha Oolong by Lupicia
1917 tasting notes

Morning tea here. This isn’t my favorite flavored pouchong, but it is rather tasty. I’ve never had a shekwasha (some kind of citrus fruit) and I probably never will, but I think I would probably like them. It’s somewhat like grapefruit but not so bright or bitter, perhaps more like a pomelo. The oolong base is light and green, could me more buttery or floral, but it matches the shekwasha well. Lupicia certainly knows their way around a flavored oolong.

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

I’ve never seen or tried this – browsing the website I’ve just assumed it’s a weird oolong type I’ve never heard about. On the list it goes.

Dinosara

I think it was a limited edition when I bought it, perhaps a spring thing. Similar time of year as the yuzu teas that show up occasionally.

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86
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
1917 tasting notes

Once again I have been bad about logging my teas. I had this one yesterday, and it was quite tasty. This is totally one of those teas that I never think of having, but when I do have a cup I really enjoy it. Nutty, sweet and delicious. Roasted chestnuts and that’s it; sometimes you want a simple flavored tea.

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

I would like to try this some day.

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85

All right, after sickness, weekends and snow days, we are back on track with the cupboard chronology. Well, sort of; I’m going to have to skip the next one because it is an herbal and at home, but I will try to remember to drink it tonight. I suppose this one is kind of an herbal too, but not the type you drink at night!

I have come to the conclusion that I am not the hugest fan of guayusa, but I can at least enjoy it when flavored with citrus and cream, as in this blend. Hope this will give me a jolt of energy… plenty of stuff to do today!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

This one always energizes the heck out of me! Good stuff :)

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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.
89-85: 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.
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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