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1851 Tasting Notes

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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85
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
1851 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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80
drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1851 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 steeped this one western style today, and this turns out to be a tea I really do prefer gongfu style. Even when I combine short steeps together (which was awesome), it is a lot better than the western steep, perhaps because it’s harder to control the western steep, or it just got too muddled. Still tasty, but not as amazing for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Calissons d'Aix by Lupicia
1851 tasting notes

I would really like to stop sneezing constantly. No other sickness symptoms, just sneezing and the runny nose that follows sneezing. Ugh. I am staying home this morning so that I can get my package from Lupicia, which for some reason needs a signature this time around, even though it never has before.

This tasting note is more about me whining about those things than it is about this tea. It is tasty and almond-melony as usual. I enjoy it with additions but I do wish the base was smoother so that I wouldn’t have to drink it with additions. Ah well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

allergies?

Dinosara

Wrong time of the year for allergies, though. Also I am not really allergic to anything lol.

TeaBrat

maybe you are and you just don’t know it :)

Dinosara

Haha yeah perhaps but it’s not a regular occurrence. Who knows! :)

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86

Sipdown, 115. Thanks to Teavivre for sending along this sample.

This one totally surprised me. I think the only other Li Shan oolong I’ve had was a pretty typical super green, super fresh variety without any roasting. This one wasn’t quite roasty, but it did have a bakey, nutty flavor that was unexpected. Floral and buttery as well, this was a very tasty oolong. I didn’t fall in love with it but I would happily drink this one again.

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79

This one really walks the line of type of Taiwanese black tea that I like. Whatever that fruity-floral note that this type of tea has that turns my stomach sometimes, it’s present in this one, but the tea itself is soooo smooth. Normally that scent is associated with astringency in my mind, but not so with this one. I dunno what it is… just a scent that I don’t like. shrug Nevertheless, even though the scent of this one puts me on edge a bit, the flavor is great, so I get over it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I love this brewed in a gaiwan even longer than recommended…and if you put the leaves in a dry hot gaiwan with the lid on for a minute, the aroma is like Belgian Waffles. This is the best leaf hopper tea I’ve ever tasted (first season) not sure, this is probably the second season…Not quite like the first, still wonderful though.

Dinosara

For sure it’s a great tea, but I’m discovering that leafhopper teas might not be to my taste in general. But you never know when that will change in the future!

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98

AH-mazing. Love this one. It is everything that I love about a green, unroasted tieguanyin. Floral, sweet, buttery. An exceptional example of this type of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

Sipdown, 116. This is a really nice Yunnan black tea. Sweet potatoes, honey, a bit of hay, but not too much earthiness, which always turns me off. A tasty tea for the morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

I am jealous of your ever decreasing cupboard lol

Dinosara

Haha it’s about to go up a bit because I have some orders coming in. I have, for the most part, avoided swaps, though, which are dangerous, hahaha.

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Hmmm, I’m not sure about this one. I like the idea of an elderberry-based herbal, but the dry leaf smells odd. It’s hard to put my finger on, I think its the fennel. Fennel in tea?

It brews up this crazy purpley-black color. I’ve never seen a tea brew up so black. Steeped, it smells sweet, tart, fruity, and spicy. It was kind of familiar, and I figured out it was mulled wine. There’s also something to the aroma that is a location-based olfactory cue… it reminds me of Montana, and I don’t know why. Weeeeird. I can also smell the similarities between this and Campfire Blend, a somewhat toasty, pastry-ish aroma that must be the coriander, carob, and cinnamon, which these blends have in common.

I used the recommended steeping parameters but was surprised at a one minute steep time. The flavor is a little weak. I expected more berry, I think. I will say that brewed it smells and tastes way better than it smells dry. Thankfully, since I have a few more sessions with this tea. It’s still an odd blend to be sure, but it’s reinforcing how cool this blends club is… I get to try experimental, odd blends that most other companies wouldn’t dream of, and get introduced to all kinds of odd ingredients. Educational and fun!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I put a bit of honey in it and liked it. I think the idea of using this as you would use a mulling spice is something I’ll play with. I steeped it about 2 minutes.

CelebriTEA

This has carob in it?
I didn’t taste that at all.
Where did you find a list of ingredients (very curious…they were not on the bag)

CelebriTEA

I actually LOVED the fennel it~fabulous twist ;-)

CelebriTEA

Just read you are a birder! How Awesome.
I have an African Grey, and years ago I had a Lilac Crowned Amazon
Who was extremely sweet when she fluttered her eyelashes as flirting ;-)
What are your favorite birds?

Dinosara

There was a sheet of paper that came with your blends club package that has a description of all the blends and their ingredients. I’m not the biggest fan of fennel in general so that’s probably my issue.

It’s hard to choose my favorite birds but I have a soft spot for plovers and shorebirds in general.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Plovers <3 I spent 2 years doing a piping plover habitat restoration and protection project in Michigan a few years back :)

Dinosara

Wow, that’s awesome! I would love to work with plovers. :D

CelebriTEA

Thank you…I didn’t read the sheet of paper…
I will learn not to make THAT mistake again :-( lol

CelebriTEA

Thank you,Dinosara, I found that sheet of paper and it does, indeed,
Make mention of the carob. I do not taste the carob, but I love this blend,
And I am saddened I have consumed every last drop of mine already…
I hope it will be made available for purchase :-)

Bonnie

Send a note on the Verdant website. I already sent a msg. to them about the Chai too.

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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: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
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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