2036 Tasting Notes

92

I have historically not purchased a lot of MF tea because the bases vary so much and I never know whether I am going to like them or not, which is problematic when you are buying 100g of tea at a time. But I’ve had a couple of recent successes so I decided to take a chance again when I went to the MF shop in Galeries Lafayette Berlin; this one was on my list of get, with almond and rose (my faves). I closed my eyes to the steep price and bought this one and another limited edition tea in a tin, as well as a loose tea in a bag.

I was hoping that the base on this would be similar to Full Moon Party, and it is… smooth and tasty. I will have to pay attention to this one more the next time I have it, but it was overall very nice. Neither the almond nor the rose is super strong, but both are present. It’s not quite as good as La Naissance (my fave almond and rose blend), but it is good. I should remember to drink it while it’s at least warm because once it got cold an earthy note came out of the base tea that wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t taste it when it was hot.

Flavors: Almond, Rose

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

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82

I am off for three weeks in Europe! I didn’t pack any tea, so I guess that just means I will have to buy tea there (as if I wasn’t going to!). Brussels, Berlin, and Prague here I come.

But I am currently stuck for 4 hrs in an airport. I did find this in one of the shops, so I grabbed one. I have never tried Harney’s bottle teas, but I love their black currant loose leaf, so I figured I would give it a shot. It’s a reasonably good option if you are stuck without your own tea. It’s slightly sweetened but not overly so, with nice flavor. It also has that tartness that all bottled teas seem to have from the ascorbic/citric acid they put in them. I actually think I expected it to be sweeter since so many bottle teas are, but once my expectations were adjusted I definitely enjoyed it.

Sil

have a great time! so jealous!

Suziqzer

Wow ! Have a safe and fun trip!

Terri HarpLady

Yay for you!! Have fun!

OMGsrsly

Have so much fun! :)

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drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
2036 tasting notes

I read a note from Cameron about figgy teas and it made me think of this one, which I haven’t had in a while and which I love profusely. Fig is one of the more prominent of the seven flavors here, among a variety of florals and citrus. It’s just so nicely balanced, and I really need to remember to reach for it more often.

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

Hooray for figs! :D

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87

The answer is no, this did not get better in a cold steep. It was still almost tasteless and yet also somehow bitter. Nope. Sorry BRLB, I apologize for not drinking you up sooner.

Tea Sipper

I must drink the rest of mine SOON!

MissLena

Yikes, mine’s probably past the good time to drink it too :(

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
2036 tasting notes

I made a cup of this tea, which is also old (I forget how old, but it’s one of the older ones in my cupboard, probably 2 years?) to mainly convince me that not all rose teas age poorly. This one certainly hasn’t. Still intensely rosey, and the base is still smooth but robust. I do think it has probably faded a little, but since this tea was already intense at the beginning, it still packs a punch.

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

I have a Rose Congou I am thinking of ditching, it seems to have suffered with age also. :-/

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85

Eight months ago I had this tea and thought it tasted old and musty. Aging it further has not improved it.

It kind of reminds me of the Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black, in that it almost doesn’t taste like anything, although this one does have a mustiness that is quite unpleasant. I was going to cold brew it to see if that improved it, but I’m really not sure. It’s that mustiness that’s almost worrisome, although it has certainly been in a dry, climate-controlled environment its entire life. Maybe I will decide after I try the BRLB that I cold brewed last night and have for lunch today.

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88

I am supposed to be reviewing teas more regularly because I am officially within 10 tasting notes of 2000 notes. I should be able to do that before I leave for Europe in a week!

I couldn’t remember how I usually steeped this one, so I guessed, and it came out SO GOOD. Gotta do it next time too. Very sweet and lovely. I don’t reach for this one often and it is finicky, but it can be awesome if you catch it in the right mood.

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

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73

So. A lot of leaf, and a shorter time to balance it, to try this one out again.

The good news is that this tea now tastes like something other than leaves and earth. There is definitely a bright fruitiness that I mostly associate with goji berry, and there is definitely an incense note. Not sure how I feel about that one. Ok, well I’m not in love with it. I don’t tend to like overly herbaceous teas, and I feel like the incense gives it an almost medicinal quality.

Overall, meh. Not my style. I can sometimes tolerate these things better in cold brew, so that will be my next experiment.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

Well darn. I tried this one again with double the leaf I would normally use, and my water has a fresh filter in it, and this is still lackluster. I taste the rose more now, but the LB in the base is still almost absent, and what’s more, what is there is almost bitter.

I have a LOT of this tea. I’m going to try cold brewing it because that may still result in a good cup, but otherwise there is like 2oz that are basically garbage now. This tea has aged much more poorly than many other of my black teas. LESSON LEARNED.

Uniquity

Do you have any more plain LB around? Or another good plain black tea? Maybe a bit of something you know to be fresh and strong added in would bring it back to good for you. Good luck!

Dinosara

Thanks for the suggestions. I’m not sure it would be worth it… the flavoring has mostly faded as well, so there isn’t much to this tea to redeem it. I’m still going to play around a little with it before declaring a time of death.

Tealizzy

I don’t think rose teas age well. I have one and it started tasting stale. Bummer!

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drank Meditative Mind by The Tea Spot
2036 tasting notes

Another ancient tea bites the dust. This one I finished off by cold brewing and it was actually really great. This is a great blend of florals, and the jasmine and rose play off each other well. Maybe one day it will make it’s way back into my cupboard. :)

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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.

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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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