2183 Tasting Notes

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Another short tasting note for this sipdown, which people may or may not see with Steepster being so wacky!

As I have said many times before, this is one of my favorite green teas. I’m not a big connoisseur of green teas, but I’ve had a good number of varieties, and to my taste it doesn’t get much better than this. Lots of natural, nutty chestnut flavor, a bit of butter, but not too much, a bit of sugar snap pea. I think it’s the nuttiness that I love. Yum.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut

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

we can see it ! and this tea sounds really nice – as you I am not a green tea huge drinker but Teavivre may make me change, their greens are wonderful.

Dinosara

Teavivre does have so many amazing green teas!

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I guess I still don’t know what exactly is in this tea, since I haven’t dug out the info sheet since the first time I had it. I don’t even know if I still have those info sheets or where they went in the move, so I may never really know, haha.

This is pretty tasty overall, and not really floral despite the “bouquet” designation. The dragonwell (probably dragonwell-style laoshan green, right?) is so buttery that the tea almost borders on savory. It gets a bit sweeter and lemonier as it cools, and it would probably make a tasty iced tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

More blends! I haven’t had most of these in a while, so it’s nice to try them out again.

I definitely enjoy this blend. A bit creamy/marshmallowy, sweetly floral, a tiny bit fruity. It is a bit of a spring bouquet, but I like it that way.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Here’s another of my blends club teas that I am trying to drink up. I really did not expect to like this one… too many “weird things” in the blend. Not to mention that one of the base teas is a Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, which is listed as “smoked” and I hate smoke in tea! But it turned out really tasty! Consider my horizons expanded.

No smoke flavor in this one, just a tasty blend of spices and malty black tea, with hints of cream and a bit of piney-ness (but not too much!). It honestly reminds me more of fall than spring, but it’s almost fall anyway. A nice blend!

MissLena

This is totally a fall tea! Maybe because where I’m at it rains more in the fall than spring haha. A rainy day tea indeed, might have to have it tonight :)

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89

I drank the last of this tea down as a cold brew yesterday. I had ordered this one on a whim and didn’t expect to like it all that much, but I actually really really enjoyed it. I decided to sip it down as a cold brew mostly because I am trying to make room in my cupboard and weed out some of the Dammann teas I’m not in looooove with, but I am sad this one is gone. It was fantastic as a cold brew too. Tons of figgy and berry jam flavor, and yay, no lavender!

Flavors: Fig, Honey, Jam, Strawberry

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85

Wow, Steepster is really f’ed up, isn’t it? Even the discussion boards aren’t working right. Hopefully it will work itself out soon.

I have realized that the best way for me to work down my cupboard numbers is probably to regularly drink up the Blends Club blends that I receive every month. It’s tempting to hoard some of them because I can’t get any more of them, but I have to fight the impulse and just enjoy them for what they are. Most of them I probably wouldn’t restock anyway, although I tend to find them tastier than some people. It helps to like florals in the Blends club (it also helps to like licorice and fennel, but I deal).

Anyway, this tea is quite tasty. The cocoa and berries go well together. Will happily drink this one regularly and will be a bit sad when its gone.

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

i’m still feeling ripped off by the last month… sigh

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85
drank Shekwasha Oolong by Lupicia
2183 tasting notes

I’m marking this as a sipdown even though I have a tiny bit left, because what I have left is mostly crumbs and will just be used up in a different cold brew. I’ve been cold brewing this one and it has been AMAZING. Really, really delicious and refreshing. Just lightly citrusy, and really a perfect iced tea. Would definitely buy more of this for cold brewing in the future.

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Interesting…is it really greeeen tasting?

Dinosara

The base tea is basically the same as their Ripe Mango Oolong, I think. You’ve had that one, right? It’s the longer, pouchong-like green oolong leaves instead of the rolled ones. Not sure what makes it greeeeen tasting (:D)… I guess it’s not really very vegetal or very floral?

Sil

Haha that helps lol :)

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I am going to try to drink this tea up soon as well because it is old. Fortunately when I bought this tea (in Beijing) it was super fresh, because now it is something like 3 years old and it’s still delicious. Pretty amazing! A delicious jasmine green, somehow even more delicious than most pearls I’ve had. Which is why I’ll be sad when it’s gone, even though its time has come.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Mmm, now this one is delicious. I haven’t had this tea in a long time and at first I thought my love for it may have waned, but not the case. Still a tasty, citrusy tea, lightly flavored, on a nice malty base. This one takes me back to when I was in Ulaanbaatar since that was the first time I drank this tea, and I drank a lot of it. I may be able to transition this tea to a smaller tin soon (and use it’s tin for one of the new 100g of tea that will be coming in with my next order), so I may be drinking more of this one!

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

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

Steepster seems to be up for the moment, so here are some quick notes.

I brought this one home to cold brew and try to use up since it isn’t one of my favorites from Dammann. I had it this morning as a pre-work tea, and I remembered why. It falls a little flat for some reason; it isn’t a great representative of Dammann’s good stuff. Of course I am sending a sample of this to Cameron B… thankfully also a sample of Figue Fraiche, which I believe is a better example. Don’t judge them all on this one, Cameron! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I would never! ;)

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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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