1911 Tasting Notes

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
1911 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
1911 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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94

I felt awful this morning and ended up leaving work just an hour after getting in. So in spite of my chronological order I skipped ahead and had a cup of this tea. I don’t really want this to become a “sick tea”, but the fact is that it is lemony and gingery and delicious. I have another lemon ginger green tea but this one tastes better so why wouldn’t I prefer this one? Besides, I don’t think I will have a problem with associating this one with sickness (I love ginger and lemon together!). Anyway, this one settled my stomach a bit but I am still not 100% so the chronology is on hold for the weekend I suppose.

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

Glad you’re starting to feel better!

TeaBrat

love ginger! this sound nice

Stephanie

Ginger and lemon are awesome for tummies :)

Memily

But I love sick teas!

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99

Mmmm, drank this one yesterday afternoon, steeping it a few times. I can’t believe how sweet and chocolatey this tea is. Are you sure there isn’t added sugar in here? Of course not, just luxurious beautiful curled black tea leaves. I love Laoshan Black, but this reserve version is mind blowing. Sweeter, silkier, more chocolatey. I wonder if Verdant will have another 1st picking harvest this year? I do have a couple of ounces of this to hoard, in any case. :D

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

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86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1911 tasting notes

Ah, another example of Lupicia’s delicious flavored green oolongs. This is intensely melon-y; perhaps too intense for some folks, but if you like super ripe cantaloup and green oolongs, this one is one for you. I happen to love it because it really envelops you in the melon flavor. I don’t know if I’ve ever met one of Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs that I didn’t like, and I love that they are clean fruity blends that really complement the oolong.

This also reminds me that I really need to get some Naivetea oolongs back in my cupboard because as much as I love these, Naivetea’s flavored oolongs are probably the best ever.

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

I absolutely adored this tea as well. Have you tried naivetea’s rose violet calendula?

Anna

ARGH! Okay. Okay, fine. I will add Naivetea oolongs to the shopping list.

Memily

I was so excited to find Lupicia is an Australian brand (or at least has an Australian store—haven’t read up on where they originated). It’s tricky for an Aussie to read so many amazing reviews from the northern hemisphere that won’t ship to us, but I’m gonna cut sick on Lupicia either online or next time I’m in Melbourne… adding this to my wish list, for sure.

TeaBrat

yes especially loved the Passionfruit by Naivetea!

Anna

Lupicia are Japanese!

Memily

Ah I see, thanks Anna! Very exciting to see a wonderful store with such a global spread.

Anna

I’m so very excited about it because I WALKED BY THEIR HEAD OFFICE when I was in Japan, haha. Fangirling here, I love Lupicia so much.

I first found them in Hawaii and thought they were Hawaiian for a while, before the staff set me straight.

Dinosara

keychange – I had that one a while ago and it was actually too floral for me! Which is amazing. Violet isn’t my fave, though.

Anna – Naivetea are worth it. The Passion Fruit and Lychee are my favorite of theirs.

Anna

Yeah, they looked good – I’m really curious about the peach, too. Because peach! Unfortunately, they only ship to the US, and I have too much tea. Maybe in the fall, though. Thanks!

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82
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1911 tasting notes

This tea always smells so good but I find myself a bit disappointed. It’s the base tea, which has no body or substance to it, so it leaves the rest hanging out to dry. Otherwise, the flavoring is quite good. Pumpkin-y with just the right balance of spices.

Today I thought I might coax some more heft from it by adding more leaf, but it just gained a bitter edge instead. Oh well. Still have never found my perfect pumpkin tea.

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

I have very similar feelings about this one. It could be so much nicer with a different base.

Fjellrev

So funny, I nearly had this one this morning, then decided against it. And just last night I was thinking about many of my flavoured blacks, how their bases are so meh, and that alone can kill the desire to drink them.

Nattie

Try the Pumpkin Juice Adagio fandom blend (Harry Potter). I know it doesn’t sound too promising, being a fandom blend and all, but I tried it today and I am for the first time happy with a pumpkin tea.

Dinosara

Yeah the base of a flavored tea has become extremely important to me, which has the effect of completely eliminating some companies from my repertoire. Unfortunately, that list includes Adagio; I really can’t stand their base teas! :P

Anna

I think Butiki’s pumpkin is The Pumpkin Tea – and I didn’t even feel I needed a pumpkin tea in my life before trying that.

Nattie

Oh :/ I know what you mean about the base, though – I usually find Adagio’s black base goes bitter very quickly. I always oversteep, though, and did a short steep today which I think was the trick.

Anna – I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin tea for a while now, I will try to get my hands on some of Butiki’s!

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97

I’ve been so bad about logging by teas! I haven’t even been all that busy. Ah well.

I had this one yesterday, and was of course reminded about how good it is. Most flavored greens have been sort of meh for me lately, but this one breaks the mold in two ways: it’s scented, and it’s a dragonwell. I’ve always loved dragonwells more than most other types of green tea, especially the senchas usually used for flavored green tea bases. This is a lovely, buttery dragonwell that is high quality in its own right. Secondly, I still love my floral scented green teas, such as this one. Really it is like being in a rose garden. So happy I happened across this one in Berkeley a year ago!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

This is the first time I’ve heard of Dragonwell and two people I’m foowibg have reviewed two different Dragonwells today! Gonna have to check it out.

Memily

Er… following, not foowibg. Thanks, autocorrect. (Though I do love foowibg people, this is not the time or place.)

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94

I don’t usually begin my morning with an oolong, but when I do, it’s a reserve TGY.

This is so lovely, as always. Floral and sweet like fine honey, lightly buttery, crisp and clean. I drank this one eagerly, and just now looked into the bottom of the cup for the dregs but found nothing. Ah, over too soon.

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

Nice, I’m having an oolong morning too. This sounds lovely. :)

Lynxiebrat

LOL your 1st sentence reminds me of the Dos Equis commercials.

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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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