2098 Tasting Notes

90

Another Teavivre tea that I had twice. They really are just too delicious! This one (#43) is different from a lot of other Milk Oolongs, but it is sweet and creamy, and just a bit floral, nonetheless. It’s a robust tea and can take being western-brewed at boiling as well as a cooler temp.

Also, I has a sad because yesterday I broke one of my DavidsTea Perfect Mugs, the design from several falls ago with all the forest animals on it. :( They need to put out another design with owls so I can replace it.

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

I hate breaking tea ware. It happens to me far too often!

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92

I drank this next one (#44) yesterday, and then again this morning, and I almost let today get away without a note for it. But not so! Here it is, short and lame though it may be (I have been effusive about this tea in the past). It was deliciously sweet both times. LOVE.

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

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98

And now we will have a short interlude of unflavored teas, starting with this one (#45). I crave unflavored teas less these days than I used to, but I do still enjoy them when I have them. This one is a touch earthier than I remembered it being, but not enough to put me off. Especially as it cools, it becomes more and more chocolatey, although I am not getting the sweetness. Still, tasty enough. 5 pearls in 12 oz of water.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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89

This is incredibly unseasonal for a warm, spring-y day like today, but it is next so there you go. Actually some reserve yabao is next but I am unlikely to be gongfu-ing before the weekend so it is being (temporarily) skipped. Which should make this one #46.

Unseasonal, but delicious. I get kind of bored with Christmas-spices type teas but LB keeps this interesting. I kinda wish they would bring this one back at least at holiday times. Ah well, I have probably half an ounce of it anyway so it will probably take me forever to get through it.

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

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83

I made this tea (#48) and then almost immediately had to leave the building because of a fire alarm. Turned out to be optimal. This is one of those teas that is really best once it cools waaaaaay down, to the point that it is only lukewarm. Then it is full of sweetness and caramel and tasty. Until then those flavors are hidden behind roasted vegetables. Still not my favorite oolong but reasonably tasty nonetheless.

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

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96

This is a tea (#49) I should definitely be drinking more often. It is too amazing not to drink all the time. I mean, who doesn’t want to drink coconut cookies? Well, probably some people, but I am all for it. Delicious. I sucked it down pretty quickly.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Best coconut tea ever

TeaBrat

I miss this one.

Fjellrev

OMG, I still need to try this.

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85
drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
2098 tasting notes

This is a Fauchon tea (#50) that I bought kind of on a whim, because it was there, and I thought it might be fine although the flavors didn’t really call to me. It seems like a tea I wouldn’t like all that much (I don’t usually do mint, and never with fruit), but somehow the raspberry and mint actually work together here. I think it’s the sizeable helping of creamy vanilla that smooths it all out and brings it together. I definitely don’t regret buying it.

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

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90
drank Le Printemps à Paris by Fauchon
2098 tasting notes

This is a tea (#51) that I bought not expecting to like as much as I did. Rose and vanilla can go sideways for me, but Fauchon knows how to do it right. The raspberry probably helps. A very springy tea, and since we are starting to have very springy weather, fairly appropriate (although it is the dismal rainy kind of spring weather today). Although I am unfortunately not enjoying this in Paris.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
2098 tasting notes

The next two teas in my cupboard are actually sachets of Lupicia limited Hawaiian teas. Originally I was going to bring some in and have it anyway, but I forgot, and I like to save the sachets for traveling anyway, so I’ll just skip them. I know they’re tasty and when they’re gone they’re gone, so I don’t feel a need to use them up quickly.

Instead, I will skip ahead to perhaps my FAVORITE tea ever (#52). Today I decided that I would break my no-tea-gets-100 rule and just do it. This tea is perfection to me. Almondy, cakey, rosey, delicious. And, of course, it would have to be difficult to obtain. Next time I’m in Paris, I am stocking up. :P

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

ugh, i so wish there was a way to easily get this tea in Canada!!
it’s pretty much my HG tea at this point

Fjellrev

Nice, I enjoyed this one too, and 100 FTW! I’m still delusionally holding out on Winners/Marshalls bringing in more Fauchon in Canada. :/

whatshesaid

if you see that happen please let me know!!

Fjellrev

You know it! Just makes me wonder where they got it from in the first place.

Dinosara

Yeah, I would love them to come back. I’ve always considered actually contacting Fauchon and see if they would be willing to do a special shipment to the US, but have never actually got around to doing it.

OMGsrsly

Mmm, I love this one too.

Stephanie

I love this one so much, too! If you ever get a chance to buy some in the US I would like in on that group order! :D

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87

Ok, back to a bit of normalcy. This one (#55) isn’t the most scintillating of my Fauchon teas, but it is pretty tasty. I like apricot and citrus well enough but I am honestly a bit meh on this one today. Probably I should cold brew it. I could also just be having a bad tea day. :P

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

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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.
89-86: 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
85-80: 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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