1909 Tasting Notes

89
drank Earl Grey Exotique by Chado
1909 tasting notes

I got this tea a while ago and didn’t even expect that much of it, but it turned out to be really awesome (which cannot necessarily be said of the rest of this company’s tea).

I love the rose and passionfruit in this, and all the flavors just come together well. It’s slightly sweet and very smooth, and the base tea is substantial enough to give it some heft. I still find this very tasty and it’s a nice variant of Earl Grey to have around.

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

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90
drank Le Bonheur! (Happiness) by Fauchon
1909 tasting notes

Every time Vente-Privee has a sale for Fauchon, this tea is sold out by the time I get there, no matter how early. I am doomed to never get a proper tin of this tea! This time, though, there was another item that included a small tin of this tea along with some tiny pots of confiture. Sure, why not?

So glad I got more of this tea, even if it is a tiny tin (side note: the tiny tin is adorable! I love it). It’s red fruits, but it might just be my favorite red fruits tea. For one, the light touch of lemon adds a brightness to it. The fruits are fresh and bright, not dark and jammy like they can sometimes get in these blends. Just smelling this brings a smile to my face, which I suppose is the point of a happiness tea.

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

I just got my Vente order and am trying the teas as well! Have you tried the confitures yet? What did you think?

Dinosara

I haven’t tried these in particular but I have had Fauchon’s confitures before so I am sure they will be delicious!

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84
drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
1909 tasting notes

A brief halt in my chronology for this new tea! I was so excited to see this one come up for sale on Vente-Privee since it seemed like it was one of the only ones that didn’t get stocked by TJ Maxx/Winners earlier. The reason I really wanted this one is that it is supposed to be Earl Grey with shortbread flavors!

I agree with ifjuly that this is a floral bergamot. In the best possible way! Works for me because I love floral EGs. I also find this nicely citrusy, without any pith-like bitterness. Unfortunately I also think I slightly underleafed this cup somehow, as it seems a bit weak overall. Also there is not much cookie flavor, although I get the feeling it is there waiting to come out. I will definitely have to try it with more leaf. But nonetheless I very much enjoy it as is, so I am pleased with my purchase.

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

I really hope those store will restock on the Fauchon soon!

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91

I got this tea in a swap quite a while ago, but it has been hoarded of course. Now I remember why (and why I gave it an 91). So delicious! Even though I love a lot of florals I am not huuuuuge on violet things for some reason, but this one is blended so nicely with the cassis (more black currant!) and the almondy cookie flavors that it works for me. Once again, one of the few flavored green teas that I really enjoy these days (hot, anyway). This one will be gone before the Macaron Mangue Jasmin version, but I think I love them both equally.

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

this one is so delicious…I need a cup ! some remains in my cupboard :)

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90
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
1909 tasting notes

Lychee, you’re next! Last of my re-stocked Harney teas, except for Paris, which I already blew threw and no longer have in my cupboard. Again, this is still my favorite lychee black tea, despite having tasted a few of them by now. Harney often does a single fruit-flavored black tea so well! This tastes like ripe, lovely lychees, and once again the base is substantial but not too robust. Love!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
1909 tasting notes

I am being so bad about logging teas. Sometimes it’s hardest to log teas you love, teas that you’ve already logged many times before. What more is there to say? But I want to keep track of this cupboard activity that I have embarked in, so I need to log them.

I love black currant, and this is still my favorite black currant tea. I restocked with 4oz of this almost a year ago and I probably still have 3.5, but that’s ok because I know this will age well. Tasty black currant on a yummy black base. What more could you ask for?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

I feel the same way about teas I love. Don’t want to repeat myself on here!

OMGsrsly

Oh, good to know this is a good one! :) I’ll have to add a sample (at least!) to an order.

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99

This tea is the most logged tea in my cupboard currently, and it’s only 3 notes behind Paris for most logged tea ever. Considering how often I drink the both of them when traveling and how often I don’t bother to log them, their numbers should likely be much higher.

Still love this one a ton. Still entranced by it’s mix of stone fruits and honey. Still a tea I could drink every day and be happy with it every day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Rosehips

Agreed. Love this tea.

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92
drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
1909 tasting notes

Guess what time it is? Harney time! As I get more recent in this chronology I start hitting “runs” of tea, like this one, when I bought a big restock order of Harney teas and so I have a number of them to drink through in a row. But I also haven’t drank them in a long time, so it’s nice to have at them again!

Ahhh roses. I will never fail to recommend this tea when someone is looking for an exceptionally rosey tea. In my opinion this one can’t be beat. I love some other rose blacks as well, but for falling into a pile of roses, this is your tea. The very definition of “lovely.”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
1909 tasting notes

I actually drink this tea a lot because I drink it as a cold brew. I don’t log it, but I do enjoy it. I’ve hit the sweet spot when it comes to preparation: 3tsp, 12oz of water, 8 hr steep. Fresh and fruity, citrusy and lovely without being overpowering or grassy. I did have it today with lunch, which worked out perfectly. I admit I’ll be sad when I run out of this one for my cold brews.

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90
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
1909 tasting notes

I got this tea in my Lupicia Happy Bag for 2013, and then I got it again for 2014! Good thing I like it so much.

Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs are really nicely done on the whole. I love how the pineapple and coconut blend with the slightly floral green oolong to make a very tropical, lovely drink. I should probably get some sachets of this tea for traveling just because Lupicia’s green oolongs are extremely hardy and can take steeps at a range of temperatures. I’m almost out of my original stash of this, but I have another unopened 50g pouch waiting for me!

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

this might be one of the few greens out there i love…

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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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Ohio, US

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