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1848 Tasting Notes

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Tonight I tried this steeped with half boiling water and half very hot apple cider, a la Bonnie’s method. I like this better than just this blend straight, although I still think there is too much fennel in it for me. Actually now that I think about it most of what I taste when made with the cider is the fennel. Hmmm, maybe I did like it better without the cider. Maybe it needs a longer steep time when using the cider. Definitely still not sure about this blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I do make it strong! Even my guy tea buddy’s like it strong too. Same with the Chai. Not saying you’re going to change your mind about it with the fennel though unless you pick it out. You are a trooper, trying it again with Apple juice!

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drank Peche et Thyme by Fauchon
1848 tasting notes

This is not a tea I would have normally gone after but a friend bought a tin the other day at TJ Maxx because she loves thyme. I told her that I had heard that the thyme was super strong, but she was not to be swayed. She stopped by this morning and said she didn’t think the thyme was too strong and gave me a sample to try. So I am taking a break from my short list of sipdown teas to have this one. It certainly smells strongly of thyme!

I associate thyme with savory things like the chicken pot pie I made recently, so it’s a bit odd here. But I can definitely smell the sweet juiciness of the peaches under the thyme. I agree that this is weird, and for me, who is not totally in love with thyme, I am going to say “not bad” instead of “good”, haha. I agree that as it cools it gets peachier and the thyme cools down a bit, but it’s a bit too “herby” for me. This is definitely an “if you love thyme…” type of tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

I kind of passed on this tea too. I like time but the idea of the blend kind of made me think that it would do better iced than hot and I don’t ice my teas very often.

ifjuly

oh, i wanna try this. must make my way to tj maxx sometime. i love fresh thyme and peach salad in the summer, yum.

OMGsrsly

I love thyme. :) Still need to try it cold brewed, but I think it’s good hot and iced.

cteresa

goodness, that sounds strange. But still a very curious mix indeed!

and lol what is it with these french and mixing peach with other flavours in tea? I got a peach and pepper tea which is kinda of sublime.

OMGsrsly

cteresa, I made peach jam with all sorts of things in it last year. The peach and pepper jam was so good! I think it disappeared the fastest. :)

cteresa

In the tea it works fabulously (and they added a hint of nutmeg to it as well, it was all wonderful!)

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Sipdown, 115. Another sad sipdown, this one sadder because it is never coming back into my stash. At least, this particular tea; if I ever come across a light oxidation tieguanyin again I will have to look into it. I did manage to get a bit more of this from the wonderful Sil, so I got a change to drink some more. The scent of this one teases the complexity of it’s taste. When first brewed, the aroma wafting over was relatively roasty and much like a normal, traditional TGY, but as it’s cooling to drinking temperature the sweet, floral notes are coming out. Mmm, I agree with my previous tasting notes on this about the flavors. Bready and a bit sweet, not very roasty but a little “bakey”, and freshly green at the same time. A lovely oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I fixed my Steepster at work problem and now I can load it again at work! Maybe not great for my productivity but great for my overall happiness.

Sipdown, 116. I have a lot of Taiwanese black teas in my sipdown list, but this is my favorite for sure. It’s not too fruity-floral but it does have nicely fruity notes. Caramel, sometimes a hint of cocoa, and hard to really oversteep. Definitely will restock this one, perhaps on Black Friday!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown, 117. I received this tea as a free sample when I bought a bunch of Tieguanyin from a tea seller in Beijing. I love the Tieguanyin, but I’ve been putting off trying this, which is a puerh, because, well, puerh. Not my favorite type of tea. I think this is officially the last puerh in my stash, and now it has been drunk!

What can I say. It’s a nice, smooth shu puerh. No fishiness, and really not even that “dirty.” It’s mostly wood and a tiny bit of hay. Seems like a good puerh, if you’re into that kind of thing. :D

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drank Northern Wilds by Verdant Tea
1848 tasting notes

Cold steep. I dunno, I’m just not a mint person. If I loved mint, I would love this blend, I think. Two more servings of this blend that I want to get through in the next couple of weeks and it will be tough to convince myself to drink them down.

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 118. I have got to stop buying new tea, haha.

This is the last of the “russian sampler” that I bought from Kusmi a while ago. Initially I liked them, then I fell out of love with Kusmi’s black base. This one I’ve been enjoying with milk and sugar to help cover up the parts of the base I don’t like. Then it’s just a nicely citrusy tea with some spices. Still, I’m not sad to see this one go.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I wasn’t too keen on any of the Russian blends but in my case they just seem a bit too bergamoty.

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I cold steeped this. Really. But it was totally worth it. I love a slightly roasty green oolong in cold steep and this was no exception. Delish! I find them particularly refreshing. YUM.

Fjellrev

Oh, I’ve never tried cold steeping a tie guan yin. I shall!

Terri HarpLady

Hmmmm…I think I still have some of this, I might have to give it a try…

Bonnie

I cold steep my spent leaves usually in the summertime. I cold steep puerh too. Both are refreshing…deeply hydrading.

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
1848 tasting notes

Pre-emptive sipdown. I got a sample sache of this with my Lupicia order. I generally dislike rooibos and think it tastes like cough syrup, but sometimes I can be surprised. This is one of those times.

I took a quick sniff of the sachet and it smelled straight up like caramel and rum, including the alcohol. Steeped it smells way more like caramel and less like rum, although that hint is definitely there. No nasty rooibos smell. The flavor is definitely caramel in the main part of the sip with a distinct alcoholic rum aroma that fills your mouth when drinking, very similar to drinking a hot rum drink. It’s nice. I actually like it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 118. Back up again because of tea deliveries today! This is still pretty tasty, but I don’t love it as much as I first did. I think it’s the guayusa… I like it with a citrusy blend, but I don’t think the apple stands up to it enough. It’s a bit too “guayusa” flavored, which is hard to describe but isn’t sitting well with my tastebuds right now. So this won’t be a restock but I’m glad I had some to try!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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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.

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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: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
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.

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