1979 Tasting Notes

94
drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
1979 tasting notes

Sipdown, 119. This is most definitely a reorder, even though I know it’s probably going to mean an order from ali express. So delicious! It’s tough to find tisanes for the evening that I actually love and would want to drink any time, and this is definitely one of those teas. So glad Sil sent this one along!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

yay!

Stephanie

Buckwheat tea is awesome :)

Mercuryhime

Yeah this was a tasty tea. I should check out stores in Chinatown next time I’m there

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85
drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1979 tasting notes

Sipdown, 120. Sil posted earlier about making a matcha milkshake and I couldn’t get it off my mind. So I used the rest of this matcha and made a strong matcha milkshake. It was perhaps too strong… The almond flavor in this is already excessive (the highest level), and I put a lot in (it didn’t look green enough, haha!). So there’s just a hint of almost alcoholic flavoring compound to this that doesn’t usually show up when a reasonable amount of matcha is used. Still, I slurped it down quickly. Mmmm.

Sil

sooo good! haha

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Drool…jealous

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90

I read through my previous note for this one and I really think I don’t have much else to say about it. That was a very thorough note, haha. I will say that I am going to rate this one now because it is really quite lovely. Tons of marshmallowy sweetness. If there is still some of this around when I make my end-of-November order, I will likely include some.

Stephanie

I want it!

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80
drank Oriental by Mariage Frères
1979 tasting notes

A while ago I cold steeped this but then declared that I preferred it hot to cold, so I never tried to cold brew it again. Howeer, I was curious so I decided to go for it, and as it turns out, it is quite good cold. Perhaps it was just a better batch this time. And the cold brew has officially brought this one down into the sipdownable category, so yay.

Preparation
Iced

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

Sipdown, 121. I cold brewed the rest of this tea… I didn’t quite have enough of it for my usual cold brew amount so I combined it with some rhubarb vanilla tea from IKEA that I am trying to drink up via cold brew. Perfect, rhubarb and rhubarb!

This was super delicious. Although it was only one small part with the combined blend, the strawberry really came through in the tea and was very juicy and sweet. The rhubarb provided a nice tartness and the vanilla rounded things out. Yum!

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I was wondering if I would be able to tell much difference between the two reserve dancongs from the last box, being that I am not usually keen on dancongs. However, I can definitely tell a difference here.

True to name, the Mi Xian was fruitier and more honeyed in flavor. This one is somewhat “crisper” feeling to me, and more floral. Learning that it’s name translates to orange blossom make sense… There is a somewhat bright citrusy note here. This one is more vegetal, and becomes more minerally and a touch stony in later steepings. I definitely enjoyed this one although when it comes to dancongs, I think I liked the Mi Xian more. Glad to have tried this!

Stephanie

Mmmmmm, Dancong

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90

Sipdown, 122. I am officially back down to where I was before my swap with Sil, almost exactly one month ago. I am happy I got to try these teas from Yezi because they are clearly high quality.

This one isn’t quite blowing my mind like the last time I had it, but that is not to say that it isn’t delicious. It has a malty, grainy base that I love in a black tea, with some honeyed sweetness. A bit chocolatey, though not as chocolatey as some black teas I’ve had in the past. It’s super smooth with a great texture, not overly thin or lacking in body. Quite a nice tea overall.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha welcome back down to where you were :)

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80
drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1979 tasting notes

It is SO cold in my office right now! Wish I could go home, ugh. Instead I’m having some of this. I might have also thrown in a raspberry leaf tea bag that is giving this a sweetness and kind of muddling the cider flavors, but it was necessary.

I’m not sure I love guayusa, although I still do like it with citrusy flavors at least. I just don’t crave it a lot. For a while I was also a bit turned off by the smell of the dry leaf, but that seems to have passed and I am enjoying this cup.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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86

Sipdown, 123. Gongfu session of the day. This was such a lovely jasmine tea. I had a ton of steeps of this, all of them delicious. I don’t feel like it is more extraordinary than other pearl-type jasmine teas, but it is tasty. And those twists are quite cute.

Bonnie

This tea is beautiful!

Stephanie

I want the verdant special club! Maybe for Christmas…

Sil

It doesn’t exist anymore Stephanie. Instead you can buy those teas under “reserve.” The Blends tea of the month replaced it.

Stephanie

Ohhhhhh :)

Sil

haha it’s better this way..that way everyone can share in the reserve teas :) plus i know you’re getting the blends monthly thing heh

Terri HarpLady

This is a really lovely tea, no doubt about it.

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81

Sipdown, 124. With a short steep time, a cool temp, and a moderately small amount of leaves, this tea works pretty well for me. It is quite fruity, slightly sweet, and moderately floral. There is also somewhat of a grain-like quality to this tea; not really malty, but slightly like toasted oats. Not my favorite Taiwanese black tea, but a pretty decent one when you get the parameters right.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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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