2154 Tasting Notes

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Turns out I had one more gaiwan full of this tea, so happily I had a sipdown today!

This is an old harvest of this tea; maybe 2 years ago? So it’s good to finally finish it up. Even though it is old it still had great flavor. Nice and buttery, slightly floral, somewhat nutty. This one is super smooth and never had any rough edges at any temperature. Just nice and smooth, tasty dragonwell to have with some cheese and crackers after a long day of work.

Cameron B.

Yum, cheese and crackers is one of my favorite things ever. :D

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85

After teaching talking nonstop for 7hrs straight I have a sore throat and almost no voice. I hope I’m not getting sick. But I decided to have a nice cup of tea to sooth my throat after work anyway, and maybe give me enough energy not to pass out immediately.

I brewed this one gongfu style in a gaiwan but combined all the steeps into one cup. Too tired to futz with tasting individual steeps, but I wanted to varying my brewing and see how it changed the tea. I like it better this way; it is butterier, with almost lightly fruity notes, and as long as I drank it very warm or stone cold, it was much smoother and less harshly vegetal. For some reason the lukewarm was not pleasant, but once it got actually cold it was tasty again. Definitely a pleasant dragonwell.

Thanks again to Teavivre for the sample of this tea!

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
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Morning pre-work (pre-toothbrushing! :D) tea. This worked a bit better because I used my single walled DavidsTea Perfect Mug, so the tea cooled faster and I could pick it up earlier with the handle. Still had to gulp it a bit at the end, but so it goes. It is worth it for the energy boost I get pre-class.

It’s kind of awesome having the “burden” of sipping down some of your favorite teas. If I sipdown this tea, it comes off my cupboard number, but it’s not too sad because once I get down to 100 I am restocking it immediately. This morning’s cup was particularly delicious. If I have to have this horrible schedule at least I will have my fave teas every morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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I quick note on this before I pass out from exhaustion. I was thinking about the fact that I have pretty much no time for tea drinking with my current schedule, and how I want to do some sipdowns. I figured that I probably have enough time between getting up and starting teaching to drink a cup of tea (I don’t leave a ton of time in the morning; not a morning person). So I made a cup of this in my ceramic “travel” mug (it has a silicone lid). I ran into two issues with this plan:

1. There is a hairline crack in the mug which was hissing during the making of the tea, although it doesn’t seem to have allowed much if any liquid in between the double walls. Ugh I need a new travel mug, but can never find the perfect one (99% ceramic or glass on the inside).

2. I forgot that midway between waking up and getting to work I brush my teeth (after breakfast). I ended up drinking the tea rather quickly pre-toothbrushing, and I guess I will keep trying that for now, but otherwise I don’t know if I have enough time.

Ugh, two more weeks of this heinous schedule. Is it September yet?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Nooooooo not, September!

Cameron B.

Yes please, bring on the Autumn!

Mandy

Yes for September! My 21st birthday (;

darby

Sounds funny, but I use crest cinnamon flavor toothpaste and it doesn’t interfere with tea!

Marzipan

What do you teach?

Dinosara

Yes September! I will only be doing one class a week then, and since between now and then I can pretty much write off my life to teaching anyway, it wouldn’t matter to me if I skipped it!

Marzipan: I teach human gross anatomy to medical students. Right now the first year students are in an intensive course (focusing on the limbs) until August 22.

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85

Last time I had this I noted a somewhat harsh vegetal note at my usual brewing parameters and thought I should try modifying them… unfortunately I didn’t read that note before I brewed this one so this is the same as last time.

All in all a tasty dragonwell. Buttery and nutty, but it does show some roughness around the edges when brewed a bit strong. All in all I am happy to have some of this this afternoon while I try to digest the massive lunch I had (oof).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86

A day for penultimate cups. Pretty much everything has one cup left after the one I am drinking, including this one. I still have to try this one back to back with my Tan Yang that I brought back from Beijing, so I guess I will be doing that next time I have it! This is nice; sweet, malty, honeyed, grainy. This time I used a bit more tea in my cup and I was afraid it might come out too strong, but it was quite delicious. Certainly a high quality tan yang.

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

Here’s to penultimate cups, and correct use of penultimate! ;)

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91

Awww sipdown. This was really tasty, and I ended up drinking it cold brew mostly because I knew I would drink it regularly and use this fairly old tea up before it fades too much. Lovely black currant, and while sometimes violet can be overwhelming for me, this one is nice and well-balanced. A delicious fruity and floral iced tea.

I’m at 120 118 (eta: just discovered two teas which shouldn’t be in there!), which might be slightly cheating as I’m not counting teas that I have listed for sale. I’ve been hovering around 120 for a long time and I can never seem to hit 100… it’s like trying to lose those last 10 pounds! :P I want to make a smallish Dammann order soon, and I started thinking maybe I should wait until I hit 100 teas in my cupboard. This will be extra tough because I have almost no time to drink tea from now until August 22, so there’s that. But I guess maybe it can be a September purchase? We’ll see!

Marzipan

Where do you order from?

Dinosara

I’m going to be ordering direct from Dammann, they have a sliding scale of shipping. Right now my cart is at 12€ of shipping (~$16). Not great but not the worst.

CHAroma

I have the same problem. I can never get under 100 teas. Currently I’m at double that. LOL! It is a never ending struggle.

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85
drank La Rose (Loose Tea Tin) by Fauchon
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Mega exhausted after work today, so I decided to have a tea once at home, even though I would more normally be likely to have an alcoholic drink. I also needed a bit of raspberry leaf for reasons, and my favorite way to do raspberry leaf is to throw a bag into a cup of rose black tea. I still have this tea at home after picking it up at HomeGoods, so I used it. I had no fear of the raspberry leaf clouding the flavor of this tea, as it is perhaps one of the most intensely scented rose teas I’ve ever come across. That dry leaf is powerful.

I forgot that I have had this one before and enjoyed it. Well, I enjoyed it again. A very rosey, very nice tea, and it makes me really happy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

I feel your pain this week ;)

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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Tis’ the end of this tea. I would be sadder about it going away (since it is discontinued) if I didn’t have another one I liked a lot more. Even if the replacement tea is limited and highly inaccessible. So it goes! This made a tasty cold brew at the end, even though there is usually more spice than I would like in an iced tea (a bit of cinnamon).

hippiechick 42

I love rose teas!

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85

When I first had this tea, I was contemplating quitting the blends club. I did, but have since rejoined (fickle, fickle, haha). It is blends like this that make me want to stay in (even though July’s box wasn’t my fave). Chocolatey, with bright berry flavor… just really tasty.

I am looking forward to next month’s box, which apparently will be vanilla themed.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I’m so excited for the vanilla teas! :D

Tealizzy

I haven’t really been in the loop on Verdant tea lately, but do they offer the teas to buy separately after they distribute the club box? I love vanilla too, so I’m curious.

Stephanie

The vanilla ones were awfully tempting…

mj

I love the Whispering Pines vanilla teas… I think they’d be hard to beat, but I guess Verdant had to try haha

Sil

vanilla ones made me want to sign up again..

OMGsrsly

Does everything still have coriander seeds in it? That’s one of the reasons I unsubscribed.

Dinosara

Not everything! But still lots of coriander and fennel. I end up attempting to sell one or two blends each month. My biggest wish is that I could get a blends club that didn’t have any herbal blends in it. I never like those, and I’m just not interested in herbals.

Stephanie

Fennel bleeeehhhh

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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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