2036 Tasting Notes

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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
2036 tasting notes

I have been trending toward black teas lately (and flavored blacks at that), so I’ve decided to drink an oolong every day (during the week at least) to make sure that I don’t let them age too muc, since they are much more likely to suffer with age than the black teas.

Today, after my rose oolong, I grabbed this one. Man I forgot how mind-blowingly good this is. It’s totally one of those teas that I can’t even imagine how they made it this good. The score is well deserved.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

I loved this one too… I should get some more !

Cameron B.

Ooh I need to try this one, love fruit-flavored oolongs!

TeaBrat

Naivetea has some great products, I am surprised they’re not more popular on Steepster

Dinosara

Me too, TeaBrat! Naivetea has such great stuff.

Cameron – they have sample packs where you can choose which of their scented teas you want. A great way to try a variety of their teas.

Cameron B.

Ooh, nice. They have several interesting-sounding flavors, too! :D

Equusfell

I feel like my holiday present to myself has to be a Naivetea flavored oolong order…

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90
drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
2036 tasting notes

This was crazy rosey and delicious today. Rose-scented green oolongs are not impossible to find although I wouldn’t say they are common, but I will definitely have to keep one around. This one is extremely well done: the rose is thick and luscious, but it doesn’t cover up the orchid notes of the oolong, either. Definite winner.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

Sounds fabulous.

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92

Here are some short reviews since I have been really bad about tasting notes lately.

I had this one again and it was SUPER almondy. Definitely very good. I think I should keep the temp on the lower side, though, because it was edging toward bitter at times. I also think that, for me, my ideal almondy tea is not just powerfully almondy but also has an all important bakey-ness too it, like a cookie or cake. Just almondy ends up feeling kind of thin, and like it has nothing behind it; I have found this to be the case in several teas now, and it is also true of this one. I mean, this is super delicious, but it also feels like it’s missing something. Maybe I need a punch of vanilla with my almondy teas. Basically what this comes down to is that this tea is super similar to Fauchon’s La Naissance, but Naissance has those cakey notes that round it out and make it just a bit better, for my tastes.

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

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98
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
2036 tasting notes

Sometimes you just want one of your most favoritest teas to start the day.

I was surprised to find that I actually found the similarity stronger between this one and Amore (DF) than I had notice before. I guess there is more almond in the Amore than I realized. Anyway, this was full of almondy and rosey goodness, and it makes me very happy.

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

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95
drank KG Amore by Dammann Freres
2036 tasting notes

I wanted to try this one again after having Saint-Valentin from MF, since I believe they are fairly similar teas. This one has almond and chocolate listed in the ingredients, where as that one sticks to only bergamot and florals.

The almond isn’t really a distinct flavor, and I wouldn’t necessarily call this tea super chocolatey, but the chocolate notes are there, and I think the almond and chocolate come together to make some cakey goodness.

Of the two, I think I prefer this one for that reason, but they are both delicious (if you love bergamot and florals, which I do!).

Side note: my office is freezing and my throat is feeling sore. Should have stayed at home but the internet wasn’t working!

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

For some reason, I thought I was looking at my tealog and not the dashboard. I read your note and couldn’t remember writing it. I literally thought to myself, “When was my internet not working?!” LOL! Ahhh, it’s one of those mornings.

Ysaurella

well I am wondering why they decided to call this tea KG Amore vs Amore in the French version of the website.sounds lovely anyway. Do you get rose while drinking it ?

Dinosara

I’ve noticed the KG in front of several of their teas, I don’t know what it stands for though. I tried to fix this entry to just “Amore” but it’s actually a double listing on Steepster so the KG has to stay for now…

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73

Hey, I forgot I sipped this one down yesterday as a cold brew!

Anyway, it was decent and fruity. I’m not sad it’s gone, but at least I was able to drink it.

This month’s blends club has one tea that I can drink; unfortunately they felt a need to add rooibos to the Laoshan black blend. BLECH.

CHAroma

Blech indeed.

Cameron B.

What else is in the blend?

Dinosara

Um, I can’t remember right now, and I haven’t entered them yet (and neither has anyone else). I believe there was also sarsaparilla (of course).

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86

Yay, 2000th tasting note!!

I decided to celebrate with this, which has got to be the most milk-chocolatey tea I’ve ever tried. No hint of bitter dark chocolate here, no sir. All sweet and creamy chocolate. It really was eclair-like. Definitely sweet as well, not sure if the “vanilla pieces” listed in the ingredients are really sugary pieces. I didn’t really notice the oolong base too much to be honest (it is a dark, but not very roasty variety), but that’s ok. I may try steeping this at a higher temp next time to see how it behaves. This is a dessert tea to be sure. Not sure how often I will really crave it, but I do very much enjoy it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Sugar

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

woooooo 2,000!!!!!

Roswell Strange

Hooray 2000!

CHAroma

2,000th?! Holy bajeezus! That’s insane and amazing at the same time!

Sil

Yaaaay! Grata on 2k!

khamilton611

2000? Wow, that’s a lot of tea! Congrats!

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88
drank Saint-Valentin by Mariage Frères
2036 tasting notes

This is the third tea I bought at MF in Berlin. I decided to take a chance on it because of the bergamot and rose combo. I am not disappointed in my purchase! (Side note: I know I have rated all of these new teas the same, but it’s hard for me to really pinpoint my feelings on them right now. I really really like all of them, but I don’t know if I loooove them. Anyway, probably jet lag brain).

I enjoy this tea quite a bit. The base is smooth and pleasant, the bergamot is relatively stong, the florals (mallow, rose & lotus) add a nice counterpoint to the bright citrusy bergamot. It’s kind of like Amore from DF, but slightly simplified (without the chocolate and almond notes). It may (like that tea) become a regular rotation of my morning tea; an Earl Grey with interest. Another winner.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Rose

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

This sounds fabulous! I think you are starting to get me addicted to rose teas!

Dinosara

You should come down the hall and get a cup of it! :D

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88

I drank this one yesterday late afternoon, but never got around to making a note for it (bleh, jet lag).

I ordered this one despite the fact that I just received 100g of Caramel-Toffee from Dammann, and I also just bought 80g of Caramel Rose tea from Mariage, and I recently ordered Caramel au Beurre Salé from Dammann as well. All of the caramel teas!! I was worried this one might be too similar to the Caramel-Toffee because I have heard that Dammann blends Fauchon’s teas, but it’s not!

This one really reminds me of Creme Brulee from Bayswater. It is totally burnt-sugar creme brulee more than straight up caramel. Creamy and buttery and burnt sugary. Works for me. I just have to remember this one is my creme brulee-style tea, and Caramel-Toffee is my straight up caramel tea.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cream

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

sounds wonderful… welcome back!

Dinosara

Thanks, it’s good to be back to all my teas! :D

OMGsrsly

That’s pretty awesome! All the caramel teas! Hope you had an amazing trip.

Kittenna

Oh yum. I can’t see how having that many caramel teas can possibly be a problem.

Dinosara

Definitely, all of the caramel teas are necessary. I realized that I also have a caramel apple tea (DF), sugar caramel oolong (GM), caramel-chocolate-fruit (DF), and caramel matchaccino (RLT). Woohoo!

OMGsrsly

That’s a pretty awesome selection. :)

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88

I had not planned on buying this tea, but one sniff of the caramel and rose blend and I had to have it. I was again crossing my fingers on the base tea for this one.

And yay, it’s one I like. This is also pretty delicious. Base tea is smooth, caramel is on the burnt toffee type flavor to it (not so buttery or creamy), rose is light but adds a nice sweet note.

Neither of these special edition teas are quite special enough for me to justify ever purchasing them again (since they only come in pricey tins), but they are special enough that I will be happy to have them in my cupboard.

Flavors: Caramel, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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