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1856 Tasting Notes

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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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92

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
1856 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
1856 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
1856 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
1856 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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drank Calissons d'Aix by Lupicia
1856 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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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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