2101 Tasting Notes
I’m in Pittsburgh this weekend and I happen to have found a cute French restaurant called Crêpes Parisienne that is right near the museum where I’m working today. Not only do they have tasty crêpes, they also sell MF tea. I chose this one to go with my lunch mostly because they didn’t have any black teas that I really wanted to try in stock.
This was really lovely! Fresh and green and lightly citrusy. Smooth and overall very nice. It was on the whole lightly flavored (at least, with the somewhat unknown parameters at which I steeped it), but that is just fine with me. Perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, and a perfect accompaniment to my delicious crêpe!
I have battled with this tea ever since I brought it back from Paris. Darjeeling! * shakes fist * We are not friends. But maybe we can call an uneasy truce. This time I steeped this tea like it was a green tea, and there is only the barest hints of bitterness on my palate. Most of the flavor is a slightly perfumy raspberry and rose, with the light almond of a macaron underneath. I’m still not in love with this tea, but maybe with a slightly shorter steep time I can actually enjoy it enough to finish it!
I had this one yesterday afternoon and never logged it. Suffice to say it was super delicious! I do love a rosy tea, and this one fits the bill. This is the only Fauchon tea that I have that doesn’t have a fancy Fauchon tin because I actually bought it loose at their shop in Paris. Wish I had bought more there, but it’s so easy to spend an absurd amount of money at Fauchon. At least it isn’t as impossible to find as it once was!
What a garden of flowers. So floral and delicious. I think what I like best about this blend is that there are so many unusual flowers in it. Not just rose and jasmine, but acacia, water lily, aloe, and plum blossoms? Quite unique, and somehow it doesn’t come across as a perfume shop.
Drinking this one now as part of my cupboard chronology and not because I’m feeling ill. Yay!
Lemony, sweet, with a little ginger zing. This type of tea will always have a place in my cupboard, and this is such a good example of it that I will be tempted to have this one be my staple. I’m so glad that Dammann’s international shipping isn’t as crazy as some other tea companies!
Next up, a stroll through the Tuileries. I wish!
This is such a unique tea. Some things you might expect to go together: pineapple and coconut (ok), cereals and chocolate (sure), a variety of florals (yeah [but tomato blossom?]), but then put all of them together on a green oolong? Weird. But it works. When you drink it, it’s impossible to really pinpoint what it tastes like. Nevertheless, I like it, and it’s my kind of tea.
This morning’s tea should have been another spring TGY, but all of it is actually at home with my gongfu setup. Will have to try to remember to drink it this weekend.
So instead I am super excited to have reached my Parisian acquisitions. Nonstop DF and Fauchon for quite a while? Yes please. I unabashedly restocked 100g of this in Paris last summer because I knew I would easily drink it up. Floral and fruity, this is an ideal tea for me. I love that the fruits are orange, bergamot, and fig (a somewhat unusual blend), and I love the rich florals. Sweet and delicious!
Moar oolong! I always find it interesting to drink a spring (early spring even) and autumn oolong back to back to really see how they play with each other. Also I can never decide if I like spring or autumn oolongs best!
I think the main difference between this one and the early spring one is that this one has a fruity bent to it. Almost like an apricot, I would say. Less buttery, more fruity. I really enjoy both of them immensely. Nothing like green oolong as I watch the snow melt away and spring creep closer.
And now we come to the point in my cupboard at which I purchased a pile of green oolongs. I meant to drink these up in preparation for the new spring oolongs that will no doubtedly be coming soon, and I suppose I still have a bit of time. I realized that the best antidote to my hoarding impulses with oolongs is the notion that every year there will be lovely oolongs harvested, so I should drink them while they are fresh. Too bad my cupboard is so big I so rarely get around to them.
Well this is still sweet and buttery and floral and lovely. A nice TGY will always make me happy. It started out pretty vegetal but got sweeter and sweeter as the cup cooled, until it was like honey. Mmm.
This morning I was feeling a little off, primarily because of some events that just have me really down. It’s one of those things where you start to feel physically bad because you feel emotionally bad. There’s nothing I can really do about it so hopefully I will start feeling better as time passes.
Anyway, I didn’t even really feel like having tea, but this one was next on my chronology and I thought the herby blend might settle my stomach a bit. It actually made me feel a lot better all around. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of the frankinsence in this blend but I enjoy it. This may make for another nice oolong to have when I’m not feeling so hot. Will have to keep that in mind.