1993 Tasting Notes

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You know what is suboptimal for getting sipdowns done? Eating something bad last night and having a still-not-happy stomach this morning. Ugh. So even though this isn’t on my sipdown list, I broke it open because it has mint in it, and will hopefully help my stomach settle.

For a minty-herby tea, it’s not bad. No really my thing unless I happen to have a stomach ache, but decently tasty. At first I though the puerh in this would turn me off of it especially since when it was fresh brewed and very hot it smelled a lot like earthy shu, but that has calmed down quite a bit. Very herby, a bit medicinal. Basically what I was looking for this morning… at least I had it around.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Sil

sorry your tummy isn’t happy :(

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drank Calissons d'Aix by Lupicia
1993 tasting notes

I tried to use the new timer feature on the Steepster app and it froze with a minute to go… I realized this when I thought this must have been going for longer than 3 minutes, haha. Luckily I had been planning to have this with milk and sugar anyway.

Also Sipdown, 108. A bit sad to see this one go as it is delicious with milk and sugar. Maybe someday I’ll restock it.

I am trying out the app’s attach photo feature! Interested to see how it comes through. ETA: woah, it changes the photo for the tea! That’s not really optimal. I will change it back in a bit.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

You realize nobody knows what you’re talking about unless they got an e-mail to beta test. I can’t do it because I don’t have an Apple product. Wish I could though.

OMGsrsly

The timer freezes when your phones screen goes dark. There’s a way to fix it and they said they’d work on it. I LOVE the timer idea.

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Like many, I am logging this on the Steepster app! Will have to remove the rating in a moment.

I might have picked out as much fennel as I could before making this pot of tea. Perhaps I needed to steep it longer… right now it doesn’t taste like much at all, unfortunately. I mean it smells good but the flavor is bland. Maybe I need some sugar haha. Oh well, can’t love them all. It’s still a decently good drink this Friday night.

Haha I was so preoccupied with the new app I forgot to log this as a sipdown. 109!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Have you figured out how to add and remove teas from your cupboard yet? :)

Jason

Adding/removing from your cupboard isn’t built into the app yet. Version 2.0!

OMGsrsly

Ooh! Thanks. :) Couldn’t figure out if I was just missing something. Haha.

Dustin

You are making me wish I had an Iphone! That is awesome that you can log from your phone!

OMGsrsly

Dustin, if you have a smart phone you can totally log from your phone. It’s what I usually do. The controls just aren’t as fine-tuned, and you will probably have to zoom in to read stuff/click on the “like” hearts, etc.

OMGsrsly

Whoops. I meant, just from the website on your phone. :)

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Sipdown, 110. I brewed this one up right before I went out to lunch, so I had about half of it hot and am drinking the rest of it now. I knew it would still be delicious when it had completely cooled! I am digging the roasty, yet still green and slightly floral flavors.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

ooooh… 10 to go. I’ve got 6 heh (technically 8 since Justjames sent me 2 teas i haven’t logged yet)

Dinosara

Yeah, I have 6 teas with one serving left and 6 teas with two servings left. I am so going to make it, haha.

Sil

i plan on making it by sat evening… so that i have a week to try and get down even further. not that it’ll happen but MAYBE i can manage to get down enough so that incoming teas from black friday will only bring me back to 150… (since it takes 10 days generally for things to get to canada from the us)

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92

Sipdown, 111. Thanks again to Teavivre for this sample!

This tea is one of those teas that really just makes me happy. I love a sweet, floral, buttery, unroasted tieguanyin and this fits all of those categories beautifully. Slightly citrusy, green and fresh, but with a lovely complexity. Straight up delicious!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
1993 tasting notes

Sipdown, 112. Just like I thought, amazing cold brewed! So fruity and sweet and delicious. I could drink gallons of this tea cold brewed and never get tired of it. I know it’s a funny thing to say, but MF teas make some of the most fantastic cold brews I’ve ever tried. Yum!

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78

Sipdown, 113. Although I have 13 teas to go to hit my goal, I am quickly running out of options as Black Friday approaches. Almost all the black teas are some form of Taiwanese black!

I enjoy this one best with a cool steep temp, relatively short time, and moderate amount of leaf. Today there is a bit more honey to this, no astringency, and a bit of fruit. However, it still lacks a certain depth of flavor that I would have hoped for. Still, I am glad I found some steeping parameters that would let me enjoy what I had of this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
1993 tasting notes

Sipdown, 114. I actually had this one last night but didn’t get around to writing a note. Thanks to MissB for sending some along!

So the other day when I had the Lupicia rooibos blend I remembered another reason I don’t typically drink rooibos: like some people, it tickles the back of my throat and makes me feel a little allergic. I had heard that putting the rooibos in a paper tea pouch (instead of a metal infuser) helps to cut down on this because there’s not as much leak-through of tiny rooibos bits, so I tried that with a bit of this tea because I did want to taste it.

I will say, the taste is nice. The rooibos isn’t medicinal or weird, and it meshes well with the flavors. It was fruity and sweet. Honestly I didn’t pay too much attention to it because about halfway through the cup I got that tickley, swelly feeling in my throat. Don’t know if its real allergies or just some other reaction to the particulates, but I do know that I am crossing rooibos off my list of possible teas officially. But this seems like a nice blend if you like rooibos! I passed the rest of this onto my local tea friend who does like rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Yeah, I loved rooibos until I realized one day that it was bothering the back of my throat! I will drink it with the paper pouches though.

MissB

Just seeing this now. So sorry to have sent it along; I should’ve checked before doing so!

Dinosara

Oh no, don’t worry about it! I don’t think I had actually said anything about it in a note because I just realized what was going on right before I got this one. And I was able to pass it to a friend, which is always good. :)

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Sipdown, 115. Hoping this tea will perk me up for the afternoon. I definitely very much enjoy this tea. Very smooth, malty, a bit sweet. It has a nice, rich texture that complements the flavor well and gives it a good body. A pleasure to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Today I used a touch more leaf but pretty much the same steeping parameters… it turned out different, but good! People sometimes talk about a waffle note with Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black, and I have to admit I have never tasted waffles in that tea. But perhaps that put an idea in my head because this totally tasted waffley. For sure less fruit, and somewhat less caramel. But now a baked, doughy flavor that does remind me of waffles. This is definitely an interesting tea and definitely my favorite black tea from this company.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
caile

Sounds nice!

Dexter

You’re the second person I’ve seen that said this was their favorite. I’ve only tried the Red Jade – might have to make this my work tea for tomorrow.

Sil

yeah i wasn’t blown away by any of their teas but this one was my favourite.

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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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