1995 Tasting Notes

82

This one really walks the line of type of Taiwanese black tea that I like. Whatever that fruity-floral note that this type of tea has that turns my stomach sometimes, it’s present in this one, but the tea itself is soooo smooth. Normally that scent is associated with astringency in my mind, but not so with this one. I dunno what it is… just a scent that I don’t like. shrug Nevertheless, even though the scent of this one puts me on edge a bit, the flavor is great, so I get over it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I love this brewed in a gaiwan even longer than recommended…and if you put the leaves in a dry hot gaiwan with the lid on for a minute, the aroma is like Belgian Waffles. This is the best leaf hopper tea I’ve ever tasted (first season) not sure, this is probably the second season…Not quite like the first, still wonderful though.

Dinosara

For sure it’s a great tea, but I’m discovering that leafhopper teas might not be to my taste in general. But you never know when that will change in the future!

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98

AH-mazing. Love this one. It is everything that I love about a green, unroasted tieguanyin. Floral, sweet, buttery. An exceptional example of this type of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

Sipdown, 116. This is a really nice Yunnan black tea. Sweet potatoes, honey, a bit of hay, but not too much earthiness, which always turns me off. A tasty tea for the morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

I am jealous of your ever decreasing cupboard lol

Dinosara

Haha it’s about to go up a bit because I have some orders coming in. I have, for the most part, avoided swaps, though, which are dangerous, hahaha.

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73

Hmmm, I’m not sure about this one. I like the idea of an elderberry-based herbal, but the dry leaf smells odd. It’s hard to put my finger on, I think its the fennel. Fennel in tea?

It brews up this crazy purpley-black color. I’ve never seen a tea brew up so black. Steeped, it smells sweet, tart, fruity, and spicy. It was kind of familiar, and I figured out it was mulled wine. There’s also something to the aroma that is a location-based olfactory cue… it reminds me of Montana, and I don’t know why. Weeeeird. I can also smell the similarities between this and Campfire Blend, a somewhat toasty, pastry-ish aroma that must be the coriander, carob, and cinnamon, which these blends have in common.

I used the recommended steeping parameters but was surprised at a one minute steep time. The flavor is a little weak. I expected more berry, I think. I will say that brewed it smells and tastes way better than it smells dry. Thankfully, since I have a few more sessions with this tea. It’s still an odd blend to be sure, but it’s reinforcing how cool this blends club is… I get to try experimental, odd blends that most other companies wouldn’t dream of, and get introduced to all kinds of odd ingredients. Educational and fun!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I put a bit of honey in it and liked it. I think the idea of using this as you would use a mulling spice is something I’ll play with. I steeped it about 2 minutes.

CelebriTEA

This has carob in it?
I didn’t taste that at all.
Where did you find a list of ingredients (very curious…they were not on the bag)

CelebriTEA

I actually LOVED the fennel it~fabulous twist ;-)

CelebriTEA

Just read you are a birder! How Awesome.
I have an African Grey, and years ago I had a Lilac Crowned Amazon
Who was extremely sweet when she fluttered her eyelashes as flirting ;-)
What are your favorite birds?

Dinosara

There was a sheet of paper that came with your blends club package that has a description of all the blends and their ingredients. I’m not the biggest fan of fennel in general so that’s probably my issue.

It’s hard to choose my favorite birds but I have a soft spot for plovers and shorebirds in general.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Plovers <3 I spent 2 years doing a piping plover habitat restoration and protection project in Michigan a few years back :)

Dinosara

Wow, that’s awesome! I would love to work with plovers. :D

CelebriTEA

Thank you…I didn’t read the sheet of paper…
I will learn not to make THAT mistake again :-( lol

CelebriTEA

Thank you,Dinosara, I found that sheet of paper and it does, indeed,
Make mention of the carob. I do not taste the carob, but I love this blend,
And I am saddened I have consumed every last drop of mine already…
I hope it will be made available for purchase :-)

Bonnie

Send a note on the Verdant website. I already sent a msg. to them about the Chai too.

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85

Hmmm, I could have sworn I wrote a tasting note about my first session with this tea. But it’s not on the page. My earlier sessions of it were light and floral, without much roasting. This one was different, but maybe I’m remembering wrong? It’s hard to say now.

Sipdown, 117. Hmmmm. This one is way more roasty than the previous two packages I had of this. Miss-packaged, perhaps? However, I can’t complain because this cup is DELICIOUS. Wow, yum. It is sweet and almost bready. Reminds me a bit of a slightly sweet challah. Could this actually be the Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding that I loved so much just the other day in cold brew? Maybe I am falling in love with lightly roasted oolongs, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Mmm, challah. Nice description.

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80
drank Oriental by Mariage Frères
1995 tasting notes

Sipdown, 118. This one turned out to be a good one to finish up via cold brew. This brew in particular came out really well. The flavors are nicely balanced and the result is overall slightly sweet in the aftertaste. The last MF tea in my stash!

Preparation
Iced

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78

More backlogs. Guess it’s the new norm for me.

Holy crap its cold in my office. No heat, yay! I submitted a work order so hopefully they will fix it soon.

With the conservative parameters this tea is much smoother but possibly a little weak. I might bump it to two minutes and see how it goes. Still, this is light years better than my first attempt. It is fruity and slightly sweet, with a light floral note hanging around the edges. There’s not a ton of flavors here, again because I think it’s a bit weak, but it is promising. I have a few more servings to play around with in the next two weeks.

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

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88
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
1995 tasting notes

Sipdown, 119. New teas in, including this month’s blends club, and this one is exiting. This continues to be quite tasty! I have a hard time remembering what it tastes like between sessions, but then when I brew it again I am pleased all over again. I think because it is such an amalgamation of flavors that it is hard to pick out. I definitely enjoyed my package of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
1995 tasting notes

Sipdown, 116. Can’t say I’m super sad to see these go. They were fairly unimpressive black dragon pearls, as these things go. No matter what I did to them I couldn’t get that much flavor out of them, or if I steeped them a long time it was just bitter. Ah well, I’m looking forward to restocking my stash with Teavivre’s pearls, which are amazing!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

The third of the teas from Easy Tea Hard Choice that I ordered with the $20 credit they provided. I used my very conservative steep times/temps that I figured out from the other black teas. The liquor of this is relatively pale for a black tea but it already smells robust enough for me. Very fruity, but without that weird stomach-turning astringency that they get when over steeped.

This one is my favorite so far, definitely. It’s fruity but not overly fruity, and not particularly floral. There is a slight caramel note as well, which I love. Not astringent at all, smooth and slightly sweet. I still have to try the Red Rhythm again at better parameters but I definitely prefer this one to the Red Jade.

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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