1994 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
1994 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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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
1994 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
1994 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
1994 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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73
drank Petrushka by Kusmi Tea
1994 tasting notes

Hmmm this tea. I fell out of love with Kusmi a while ago, and while most of my teas from them were small samples, I have a rather large tin of this one. I’ve been kind of avoiding it. I even tried to do cold brew with it recently (used up a lot of my Kusmi that way) and wasn’t taken with it. I’m having it hot this morning just to see how it is, although I full expect that I won’t actually finish the cup.

I think it didn’t work for cold brew because it’s kind of spiced, and those never work for me. And actually, today the base tea isn’t bothering me so much. Maybe it’s because I brewed it at a cooler temp than most blacks, so it’s not so rough. Instead, today this tea has flavors of spiced almond and a little hint of rose. I’m not in love, but I don’t hate it either, haha. Maybe I will be able to (slowly) finish this one.

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

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88

I seem to have a block on writing notes for this tea. I drink it with some regularity (usually with lunch), but I never write notes on it. Yesterday I drank it as part of my chronological cupboard tasting, and I still didn’t write a note on it.

I think it’s because it’s hard for me to articulate my thoughts on many green teas. I enjoy them, but it’s hard for me to be effusive. This is an exceptional dragonwell, but it doesn’t make me poetic or anything. It’s green, it’s buttery, it’s nutty. It’s tasty! But I don’t seek out green teas all that often. Maybe at some point I will go through a green tea phase!

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

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83
drank Dragon Flames by Sanctuary T
1994 tasting notes

This was a purchase from way back when I was in “buy all the teas” mode, and I bought a groupon for this company. Most of the teas I ordered were misses and I’ve long since swapped them away, but this one I always liked.

I don’t usually like green mate all that much, but I like it here. The jasmine tames it a bit, without subduing the kick of energy it provides. It’s possibly not as jasminey as it once was, but it’s still tasty. I need to remember this one for energy jolts when I need them.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I feel bad that I’ve had this sample for a long time now and I’ve never reviewed it. I don’t know why, I have no excuse, but that’s just how it is. It has been sealed in an airtight bag this entire time, so I’m hoping it won’t have suffered.

So, interestingly, I assumed that these were jasmine and was shocked that there was no jasmine scent or flavor in the tea. Good thing I glanced at some reviews before posting because I learned that no, these were not jasmine pearls at all, but rather just pearled green tea.

Well, in that case, my review is different. I’m still not going to rate this because it is pretty old and I don’t know how the flavor may have change over time. This is an interesting tea, but I’m not a huge fan of the flavor. Green tea, but with almost a sour note. Not really one I will reach for again, so it will go up for sale if someone wants it.

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

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84

So I am cheating a little bit because the next teas in my stash are a bunch of matchas, but I drink almost all of my tea at work except for matcha, so tasting through them is going to have to wait for the weekend or something. For now I am skipping over them.

I have given samples of this tea to a lot of people, but I rarely drink it myself. It’s not a bad tea, but like it’s name it’s a little generic, and there are other congou (gongfu) black teas from Fujian that I prefer. That said, I brewed it a little rougher today, and it’s got a lot more character. More grains, more molasses, more overall tastiness. I don’t have a ton of this left but I will have to remember to brew it this way with what I have left.

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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