1946 Tasting Notes

85
drank Blue Sky by Tea Palace
1946 tasting notes

From dark and rich to sun-shiny and fresh today. This is my second tea that features a large number of somewhat indistinct mixed florals + fruits, but they have totally different characters. This really is a “blue sky” tea… it makes me think of springtime flower-filled fields and ripe, juicy orangey-yellow fruit (you know, citrus, tropical fruits, the like). The green tea base just adds to that fresh feeling. An all around delicious, if slightly unseasonal tea!

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

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98
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
1946 tasting notes

Mm, I love the rich florals over the fruits in this tea. The citrus and the fig and the lotus and the rose all blend together so well. There’s something so luxurious about it; I think it’s partly the fig, which grounds what might otherwise be bright citrus notes, and partly the rose/lotus, which I think in general are pretty “thick” florals. This is no light flowery tea… these are heady, intoxicating aromas and flavors. Definitely recommended for fans of floral teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1946 tasting notes

This morning as I was driving to work I had a bag of new tea samples in my car, and one of the teas in the bag was emitting a powerfully chocolatey aroma. It was tempting to try it, but I said I would be drinking my faves now, not new teas, so I grabbed Florence to fill the craving. It definitely worked… this tea is so chocolatey and nutty and delicious, like chocolate hazelnut cream in tea form. It’s also robust enough to serve as a good wake-me-up breakfast team, which is good for this morning since I am dragging. Go Florence go!

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

I like it too. :)

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91

Going back and trying all of these teas is amazing because I’m pretty sure I forgot how awesome they were in the intervening time, but I also feel like have nothing to write for my tasting notes. But I still write them because I like tasting notes.

This one is almost sweet today… it’s a tantalizing, lingering sweetness that isn’t as much in the sip as in the aftertaste. The main part of the sip is mango-y and a bit floral and lightly almondy (like a macaron, of course), but I can taste the vegetal grassiness from the Sencha as well and it’s a nice grounding note. They combine well but also remain distinct, as if you were eating a macaron and drinking a cup of green tea at the same time. Delish.

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

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90

This is one of my top top teas, and I haven’t had it in forever! Yet another one of those “but it’s kind of expensive so I don’t want to use it up too fast” quandries. Not to mention I’ve been wandering the lands of tasty floral green oolongs for a while, which has generally filled my cravings for floral teas. There’s just something about jasmine pearls, though… it’s been long enough that I think I didn’t remember exactly what I was missing from a tea that was really all about the jasmine, not jasmine + other flavors. Oh that honeysuckle sweetness! This is really a tea I would be happy to drink every day if it was feasible.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95

Last Friday I said that this week I would be revisiting all my favorite teas, which I haven’t drank in a long while. Of course, this week I will only be around my stash for two days before traveling for Thanksgiving, so perhaps I will need to stretch my “favorites” resolution to after this week. In reality I’d like to revisit a lot of teas that I haven’t gotten around to in a while, not just my absolute faves, so I’m going to try to mix things up a bit in general.

Anyway, what better way to start out than this one? So almondy and floral. This is one of the few teas I’ve encountered that really does give me that sweet almond marzipan flavor I look for in an almond tea. I love this tea but I don’t want to drink it up so fast because I have to order it from France when I run out! On the other hand, that means an order to Dammann Fréres in which I can order all kinds of other teas as well. Maybe I should drink it up to make an excuse for myself! :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I adored this tea. I think I am getting a tin of it for Christmas. Squee!

SimplyJenW

I was getting ready to make this today, and then I had an epiphany of sorts….. All of the tea Advent calendars are catching my eye, and I decided to make my own with the awesome samples I have. My goal is to try some thing new leading up until Christmas. I think this will be day 1! Making MBSC Blackberry instead…. ;D

Dinosara

ashmanra: awesome! I tried to convince my boyfriend he should get me some tea for christmas, but he didn’t take the bait. :)

SimplyJenW: A personal tea advent calender sounds awesome! What a great idea, and a fun way to try new teas you have already!

TeaBrat

that sounds delightful. I’ve been looking for a nice almond tea as well..

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65
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1946 tasting notes

This is definitely one of those teas that I wasn’t super excited to go back to. This one less because it was bad than because it just didn’t wow me like expected. But everyone also says that you have to try this one with milk and sugar because it’s like strawberries and cream and so delicious… so I had to bring it home and try it!

I think I do enjoy it more with the milk and sugar… the strawberry flavor is very nice, and I actually get more florals with it this way, which I wouldn’t have expected with the milk. The milk helps to smooth out the odd tartness that I taste with MF black teas. Overall a very tasty pot of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

omg I’m having a cuppa this as I type!! hehe. So good =D

cteresa

I was having an argument with somebody the other day , my argument being “seriously, try putting sugar and milk, it does improve some teas”. My friend did not believe me, more fool her. But yeah, it can work for some teas.

ashmanra

This one also gets a lower temp and shorter steep for me. That really helps. Made that way, I find it delicious with milk and sugar.

Dinosara

I don’t think I ever tried milk in my tea until I accidentally ordered a hot tea while traveling that turned out to be just Lipton (I thought the shop would have more selection/better tea). I needed to doctor it up a bit, so in went some milk and sugar, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I am glad I found a way to drink some teas in my cupboard that otherwise would just sit there…

TeaBrat

@Dinosara – I’d like to try it. Let me know if you want to swap any.

Dinosara

Oh sorry Amy! All I had was a sample and I have basically used it completely up now. If I had any more I would have sent it to you.

TeaBrat

no worries!

Auggy

I’m with ashmanra on this one – it seems to be happier for me at a lower steep temp. I typically do 195° for about 2:30 and that seems to cut out some astringency and make it so lovely. It’s my “I’m having tea in an English garden” tea. :)

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66
drank Connie's Choice by ZenTea
1946 tasting notes

So I never put milk and sugar in my tea, partly because I drink most of my tea at work and I don’t have those things there, and partly because I like drinking my tea straight. A tea has to taste good on it’s own for me, without additions. That’s not to say that I haven’t come across several teas that I didn’t love straight, and then never get around to drinking them even though they would probably taste good with milk and sugar. So I finally brought some of these teas home to have on the weekend with additions.

This one is tasty with milk and sugar. It wasn’t horrible without it, but it was kind of lackluster. Now it’s way more nutty and a lightly chocolatey, and the slightly bitter tea base is smoothed out and covered by the milk. I think the weekend milk and sugar teas will definitely be a way for me to use up teas I wasn’t very fond of straight.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1946 tasting notes

This tea is mind-bendingly good. It is almost unbelievable! I went through my first steep so quickly because I couldn’t stop drinking it, I was surprised when it was gone! Thankfully I can get lots of steeps out of this one because I am going to need them today. It gets especially delicious as it cools down to just warm, and that incredible buttery, caramely sweetness comes out. I have yet to rate a tea 100, but this one has joined the ranks of my 99s, which are the teas that I truly and utterly love. And now it’s out of stock! I am eagerly awaiting the reblending.

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

Thanks Dinosara- You gave me the reminder I needed to re-blend this now that the autumn Tieguanyin is in. This tea is up on the site now.

As an aside, the Gardens of Anxi was the first blend that I thought of that made me realize that the Alchemy line of teas was necessary. The Tieguanyin just begs to have the creaminess brought out. I am honored to know that you enjoy it so much.
Best Wishes,
David

Dinosara

Great! I’ll be putting in an order pretty soon!

Ninavampi

My next order to Ecuador will be from Verdant! I am excited to try a few of their teas. I will be including this. It sounds amazing! : )

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90
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
1946 tasting notes

I bought a whole tin of this a while ago, and I’m just now getting around to having some. I can be really weird about my teas sometimes. I get so wrapped up trying all the new teas, I hardly go back to my favorites. Today I saw this one in the drawer and wanted it, but then thought that I should try to drink up a sample instead. This tea kept nagging at the back of my mind, so I pulled some out. Like some others on here, I’ve had an up and down relationship with white tea; a lot of times I just can’t seem to get the steeping right. I’ve had good success with Harney’s whites though, this one included. I love the coconut-almond-vanilla blend in this that almost tastes chocolatey.

Coming back to this one has made me think that maybe next week I should do a return to all my faves, at least the ones I haven’t had recently.

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

It sounds delicious!

Dinosara

It’s definitely one of my favorite white teas.

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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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