1963 Tasting Notes

88

This tea is getting weird toward the bottom of the bag. I’m pretty sure there has been no crushing involved, and yet the last bunch of tea has TONS of little tiny bits in it. I think they are mostly flower petals from exploded chamomile flowers and maybe something else, but there definitely appears to be broken tea leaves as well. What’s more it’s so blended up that it is impossible to get a scoop without tiny bits. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, so I scooped a LOT of tea into my infuser to make sure I would actually get some of everything (and not just tiny bits with not enough actual tea leaves), and then steeped it for only 1 minute.

It worked! It was delicious. Floral and creamy and a little tart. It didn’t taste overleafed or bitter at all. At least I’ve found a way to make it work, even if it is a little odd. Penultimate note to a sipdown!

nwolf93

Most flowery teas will have powder near the bottom because as you move it the flower rub against each other and ground themselves. When I order tea I have the same issue.

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75
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
1963 tasting notes

Finally sipped down this one, one of my least favorite Dammann blends. There is just something overly floral about this, even for me. That said, I did enjoy it pretty well cold brewed, which is how I have been drinking it lately.

So that brings me down to 102, so close to my 100 goal! And yet it seems so far away. :) Of course I also just found out that Dammann was previewing their 2014 Autumn/Winter collection at an expo in Paris, so now I want to know if they might have new teas that I want before I order. Hmmm, dillemmas!

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85

Sipdown of this one! I was portioning this out this morning and realized that there wasn’t a ton left after taking out my two scoops, so I dumped the rest in and steeped it for half the time. Worked great! This is definitely a weird blend, but it’s a tasty blend. Spiced, malty, a bit piney… it works. And it doesn’t taste too much like trees for me. :)

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84

I am working toward a sipdown on this one too, and I’ve mostly been cold brewing it. But I forgot most of my sipdown teas at work this weekend (meant to bring them home so I could keep working on sipdowns) so I thought I would have a hot cup of this one.

I like the lychee in this one, and the Vietnamese green tea is fine (although a bit more grassy and vegetal than I would prefer), but the banana flower is… kinda weird. It’s not quite banana, more like a floral banana. So, weird. But it’s overall pretty tasty, even hot.

Dustin

I have never tried banana flower! Sounds interesting!

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82
drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
1963 tasting notes

Mmm sipdown for this one. I’ve been cold brewing it because it covers a multitude of sins in the base tea, and for black teas it uses a lot of tea so I go through meh teas faster.

It was pretty decent cold brewed, but I’ve had better almond teas cold brewed too! In the final cup I had one perfect teaspoon less tea than I would usually use so I threw a scoop of Fauchon’s La Rose in with it, and it was quite delish. Almond and rose is one of my favorite combos!

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88

There is something hinky going on here. I brewed this one up at a slightly hotter temp since I remembered it was a white tea and that I like white teas brewed hotter. It smells good, but there is some strange note in the flavor that is kind of bitter. Bitter in a weird way though, like it’s not the white tea but something else that went wrong. Boo, I like this blend, and now I can’t drink this cup. I was about to say that this is my preferred “bouquet” from the blends club (over the Dragonwell Bouquet), but I guess I’ll be having a cup of that next anyway. This note hopefully serves as a reminder for the rest of it: don’t brew it too hot!

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85

Thought I had two servings of this one left, but it turned out to be only 1.5, so I dumped it all into my cup and steeped it for a little less time. It’s a teensy bit overly strong, but not too bad. The Zhu Rong is very bold in this cup, and drowns out the goji and chocolate a bit more than when at optimal ratios. Still pretty tasty, though.

And another sipdown, only 7 teas to go! Note that I have not at all added the tea samples sent to me by Cameron B. Right now I am pretty much pretending that they don’t exist (sorry Cameron, I do want to try them, I’m just trying to be focused on sipdowns. Soon tehy will be front and center, and hopefully by that time Steepster will be behaving).

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78

A blends club blend that I haven’t tired, but it’s still on my list to sipdown! I love bourbon, but I’m not huge on wuyi oolong, and I’m not necessarily a fan of hot bourbon either, so I approach this blend with a bit of trepidation.

It smells a fair amount like the Sarsaparilla Tieguanyin blend, which isn’t too surprising since it also has sarsaparilla in it, but with roasty charcoal notes from the Wuyi. Flavor-wise, it is similar. The tea has a good texture, thick and creamy. I don’t know that this really reminds me of whiskey and/or bourbon, but there might be hints. At first I was lukewarm about the flavor combo, but it’s grown on me a bit. I’m still not a big fan of charcoal roasted oolongs like this one, but I don’t mind them too much. I’ll be able to drink this one up; maybe I will cold brew it too. :)

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

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95

Yes, I really do still have some of the autumn picking of this from 2012. It’s nearly autumn of 2014, so I figured I should get a move on and drink this one down. It’s not like I am running short on green tieguanyins from Verdant (I am really not). Yesterday I drank this one gongfu and then today I had a western steep of it. It was delicious both ways!

I always forget how amazing these are. Floral and almost candied, and the autumn carries a hint of butter as well. Yuuuum. I could drink these TGYs all the time!

SimpliciTEA

Good to read that after 2 years this tea is still good.

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86

One last cup of the awesome spring harvest of this tea. I always considered Bi Luo Chun to be not really my kind of green tea because it is often really vegetal and beany. But this one is amazing! Sweet, honeyed melon is a big part of this tea. I highly recommend picking up some of the current harvest if you enjoy green teas, because it is really lovely. Thanks again to Angel and Teavivre for sending me a sample of it!

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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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