1911 Tasting Notes

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I got a sample of this tisane with my last order from Verdant, and I’ve kind of been putting it off, partly because it’s herbal and I don’t drink a lot of herbals, and partly because I was starting to feel like lavender might not be my favorite thing to drink (and the dry mix smells really lavendery). But I do like lavender in some cases, and of course this fits my rose challenge, so I decided to brew up a small pot at home today.

It steeped up a dark yellow color, which isn’t quite what I was expecting. It smells lavendery, yes, but it also has that herby, minty aroma from the two kinds of mint. This smells like it would be a great stomach soother. Though I was initially worried about the lavender in this blend, I shouldn’t have been. The lavender and the mints make for a herby, slightly-minty-slightly-lavendery base, with a few bright lemongrass notes. Despite a ton of rose petals in my cup, I don’t actually get any rose flavors from this one. Oh well, it still counts. I let the herbs keep steeping while I drank my first small cup of this, which brought out more lavender in the next cup. Still a pretty tasty blend, though I am a bit disappointed by the lack of rose.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I can’t get used to lavender in tea, myself

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drank Shalimar Oolong by ESP Emporium
1911 tasting notes

This is another flavored oolong, although this one does have that formosa base. It’s not as roasty as some of them, though, making for a very mild background to the mango/tropical fruit flavors, and of course rose. This one isn’t super rosey, partly because it’s got a lot of other flavors going on that are really the stars of the show, but a little of it peeks through. Today the oolong base (apparently I brewed it hotter than I usually do) is a bit nuttier than I remember, which is pleasant. This is a blend I always enjoy and today is no different.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

anybody else read this title "shalimar’ and hear the song “sham-a-lam-a-ding-dong?” …eh…must be me :)

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drank Rose Oolong by Tea Licious
1911 tasting notes

Rosey tea number two, and this one is a sipdown. I’ve had this sample for a while and this is the last of it, though I think it may have to be a reorder. A lot of flavored oolongs are made on a formosa base, which isn’t one I care for a lot on it’s own, so I love that this one is a nice green one. Don’t know what type, but it is pretty tasty. I also love the combo of rose, lemongrass and ginger. It’s not really a combo I would have thought up, but it is fantastic. Not to mention great for the stomach after a lunch of greasy pizza.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

sounds good to me :)

Kashyap

I love pu-erhs for post pizza cleansers

ashmanra

Post- pizza with crust dipped in garlic butter was my introduction to the power of puerh to overcome my mealtime indiscretions! And it really helped.

Dinosara

I’ve heard that puerhs are great after greasy meals, but a nice light lemony gingery oolong was great as well.

ashmanra

Ginger is supposedly great for the tummy, so I bet it is! I don’t have any ginger teas! I have grated ginger into my tea though. It was yummy! And rose is soothing to the soul, so that wold help as well.

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81
drank Organic Rose Grey by Tea Palace
1911 tasting notes

This morning I have an occasional shooting pain in my thigh that is really not pleasant at all. And since tea cures all ills, maybe my morning cup with help. A girl can hope, right?

Apparently I’m having rose-scented things lately for Valentines day. Actually if I went through my cupboard I bet I could drink only different teas with rose in them until then. There is the weekend, during which I don’t drink much tea, but I would still have today, Monday and Tuesday. I think I have just set a challenge for myself, and I accept.

This tea is a lot better than I remember. My first time I logged it as a 76 because I didn’t really like the black tea base they used. I’m not sure if my tastes have changed or brewing at a lower temperature helped, but I find it perfectly fine now. The bergamot is still pretty light (probably just above Harney’s Earl Grey Supreme on my bergameter (© K S) scale… read his review of that tea if you don’t get it), but definitely more present than last time and the rose is nicely, lightly floral. I hadn’t gone back to this one in a long time because I’m never very enthusiastic about going back to a tea I don’t care for much, but now at least I can go back to my sample without fear.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

ew, I hope your pain goes away soon!

Dinosara

Thanks, I think it’s decreasing in frequency, though it still makes me wince every once in a while. :P

K S

Bergameter probably won’t catch on like EVOO but I tried. I have had that shooting pain since Christmas. Yea, it gets old pretty fast. I’m thinking tea and gin.. I don’t have any but that’s what I’m thinking.

Dinosara

Yikes, I hope mine doesn’t stick around that long! It’s already feeling a bit better today. Definitely more tea is needed, I think.

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This time I dumped a fair amount of leaf into my steeping basket and hoped for the best. I think I can call it a success. It’s still very pale but the tea is pretty flavorful; nicely nutty and a hint sweet. I definitely enjoy this one when I’m looking for a nice, light green tea that’s not very grassy. That chestnut flavor is great and I could see this being a nice tea to have with a meal as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
1911 tasting notes

Geez, Steepster is slow for me this morning. I was really not sure if the page was ever going to load. Anyway, I decided to have this “seasonal” tea this morning to hopefully wake me up and energize me a bit. I bought a couple of ounces of this tea a while ago but I haven’t had any of it too recently. This is a pretty tasty chocolate tea, but it’s not nearly rosey enough for me. I mean, I pretty much don’t taste it at all. I’m thinking I might have to start throwing in some rose scented black to amp up the rose and bring it to a level I want. In the end I probably won’t rebuy this one again, but I don’t think I’ll have much problem finishing it up anyway.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ian

I agree totally with the not rosey enough-I LOVE floral and rosey teas and I had a cup and it’s not nearly as rosey as I would like. Also, steepster has been going slow for the past two days now for me…. I don’t know if they’re working on updates or if it’s just glitchy, but it is quite annoying

Dinosara

I have a feeling it’s just one of those slow times… definitely annoying.

TeaBrat

it’s often slow for me!

ashmanra

Oh wow, what a great idea! I can combine their chocolate tea with Rose Scented Black! I have both and have wanted this blend but haven’t gotten around to buying it.

Dinosara

ashmanra: that would probably be the way to go! I feel like the valentines blend just tastes like chocolate anyway.

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80
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
1911 tasting notes

I had one Dong Ding oolong and really liked it, so I asked for some samples of others and luckily Amy Oh sent me a sample of this one! I tend to love the teas from Naivetea, so I am definitely excited to try it.

This one smells way more toasty than the dong ding from thepuriTea. The roasted grains aroma reminds me of some of the darker oolongs I’ve tried. When I breath in deep I get a nice autumn leaves aroma. The flavor is not unexpected based on the aroma but not exactly what I was expecting based on thepuriTea’s. That one was basically unroasted, but perhaps it is unusual? In any case, I do enjoy it a lot. It’s a bit vegetal, nicely roasty, a tiny bit sweet.

Thanks so much for this sample, Amy, I’m glad I got to try it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78

Another one from my recent order from Ovation. I couldn’t resist the combination of jasmine and passion fruit, even with some ingredients that sounded odd (juniper berries?). The tea is what looks like a sencha with a scattering of jasmine pearls and a lot of jasmine blossoms, orange peel, some cornflower petals, and yes, a good number of juniper berries. It smells kind of similar to some other jasmine/fruity teas I’ve come across, but way more natural. There’s an interesting herby hint to the aroma too that I’m going to guess is the juniper berries.

Steeped it smells mmmm very nice. Lovely jasmine, sweet passion fruit, and some aroma that reminds me strongly of asian grocery stores. Actually, the whole thing kind of does; I was just in my local asian market not long ago, and it’s definitely reminding me of that. In any case it’s a pleasant aroma, and amalgamation of a lot of scents and flavors. The flavor of this is quite tasty, and fairly similar to the aroma. I put a little more leaf in than I would usually use (because that’s what the bag called for, 2tsp per cup), but I think I wouldn’t do that again because it does seem a little strong for me. But otherwise I enjoy it a lot! I don’t like gin so I was worried about the juniper berries, but they seem to just give it a pleasant, grounding, herby taste.

I have more than once bought jasmine, passion fruit & citrus flavored green teas (actually the same blend from different companies but I didn’t realize), only to be sorely disappointed by poor quality flavorings that tasted like fake fruit candy. This seems like the flavor profile that those teas were going for, but it actually succeeds. I can still pick out the jasmine and separate it from the passion fruit and a hint of citrus. It definitely works. Even if Ovation’s black tea base isn’t for me, their green & white blends have been great so I definitely see myself ordering more of those in the future.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

I seem to be allergic to the heat in my house, which explains the mega sneezing/runny nose fits I have mornings there in the winter, but not anywhere else and not any other season. Bleh. By the time I get to work it’s usually settling down a bit but I’m still a little sneezy.

Of all my Dammann Freres teas, I have the least of this one left, mostly because I have sent a bunch of samples of it out. That’s ok, though, because though I do really enjoy this tea, it’s not one I have to keep in my cupboard. It is a nice morning cup. Not too complex, a lovely blend of flavors, and a smooth black tea base. Chocolate/hazelnut is a common blend, and the orange adds a little punch of citrus to this, but not enough to make me crave it. It is, however, enough to make me crave more Dammann teas… curse my tea-buying ban! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

So I kind of sort of broke my no tea buying rule this year… but not really! This company offered a free sample of this tea if you paid $1 shipping, so how could I resist? I mean, I didn’t buy tea, I bought shipping! Watch me rationalize. Anyway, the sample was a whole ounce, so it was a really good deal anyway. The dried tea has a nice floral, fresh aroma to it, and when steeped that turns into a very floral, very buttery scent. The first thing I thought when I took the steeping basket out of my mug was “woah, those are some huge leaves!” There are some small leaves, some pieces of large leaves, and some stems in the mix.

The flavor is both strongly floral and strongly vegetal… they just play off each other so that they both get time to shine. It is a bit buttery but overall the tea is a little astringent in that way that green oolongs sometimes are. No sweetness to it, really, but it is a rather nice cup.

As a side note, this company has a lot of interesting oolongs but they only sell 5oz or more on most teas, and that is more than I want to buy untried. They have some flavored oolongs I’d like to try too, but those are only sold in 10.5oz packs! Oh well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I love the way you think! Seem times I buy extra tea if I am close to free shipping, because why pay $6.99 for shipping and get less tea, when I can buy ten dollars prothrombin of more tea and get free shipping? I have only spent a few extra dollars but I have something to show for it! :)

ashmanra

Wow, autocorrect was not kind to me last night. I don’t know what prothrombin is, but I have never bought any. LOL! That was supposed to be the word " worth" and before that, sometimes, not seem times! Sheesh!

Dinosara

Haha, yeah that was quite the autocorrect! It was one where it was actually difficult to figure out what the word would have been because it was so different. :D

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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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