1909 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown, 145. Woohoo, finally finishing this tea! I bought this a year and a half ago at the NY Coffee and Tea Festival, but then was immediately unimpressed by it once I got home. Then I had a whole tin of sachets and no desire to drink them. But I discovered that I do enjoy this one as a cold brew. It is creamy and bergamotty and all in all pretty tasty. Tasty enough that I have now finished it! It feels like a triumph.

Preparation
Iced

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Sipdown, 146. Normally I would have saved this tea for a time when my stomach was upset or I wasn’t feeling well (lemon, ginger), but sipdowns must be had. I accidentally set my timer for 1 hour and two minutes somehow, but noticed it after it had gone for about 4.5 minutes. Thankfully it survived its slightly long steep time without getting bitter or nasty.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown, 147. Time for round two of MF Earl Greys that I don’t expect to like all that much. But I’m still glad to try them, so thanks wheezybee!

I love most florals, and for a while I thought I loved lavender Earl Greys, but then lavender turned against me and I haven’t been a fan of it in teas. But you know what? This is pretty decent. I am enjoying this tea. The lavender is light and not too soapy or herby, and the base is smooth. Kind of boring, but smooth. I wouldn’t necessary go for it again, but I will happily drink the rest of this cup.

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

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Sipdown, 148. I am getting dangerously close to 150, and I just won some oolong samples from Teavivre, so I need to get some sipdowns in. Of course many of the sipdowns I have are things I would prefer to give full reviews to, but so it goes. This sample comes to me thanks to wheezybee.

When I requested this sample from her I didn’t know it was a darjeeling base, and I’m not really a fan of darjeeling. But I will try it nonetheless! I always think that someday a darjeeling will make me love darjeelings, so I am always open to trying them. I’ve also learned to brew them cool as they quickly get bitter on me.

Well I guess I should have gone short time as well as cool with this one, because it is bitter bitter. And way astringent. The bergamot is fine, but the base is not. Yup, still don’t like darjeelings.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
1909 tasting notes

Sipdown that I never added to my cupboard. I got a sample of this in the last Lupicia newsletter, and cold brewed it. I really don’t like grape flavored things, and this sachet smelled like grape flavoring, although not really “purple” grape, but definitely the somewhat fake muscat candy that you can find at asian markets. True to name, I guess. It’s a bit wine-y as well, which also makes sense.

The cold steeped tea is similar in flavor/scent, although I like it more than I thought I would. I don’t mind it, is how I would say it. I don’t love it, but I don’t have problems finishing the cup. If you love muscat flavor, this is for you. If you are looking for an authentic grape flavored tea, perhaps not.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1909 tasting notes

Sipdown, 145. Taking the time to post this note just because it’s a sipdown. I got the remainder of a sample of this from my swap with wheezybee, which I was only too happy to accept. I didn’t have any regular Laoshan Black in my cupboard, so this is a sipdown. Mmmm, still soooo good. Love this tea, whether it’s straight, in a blend, or the first picking that I still have. It’s become a comforting flavor to me at this point, the taste of delicious black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

Shoot, now I want to put in an order at Verdant for some more of this too! I ran out a while back, but I’ve already placed two different orders within a week…

Terri HarpLady

Chiza, I resemble that last remark…

Chizakura

Haha Terri, somehow I’m not surprised ;)

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I’ve been a bit scarce around here, and will continue to be, because I am entering the home stretch of my dissertation and I don’t really have time to do anything but work. I am reading Steepster still, but tasting notes generally take too much time. I’m throwing a quick one for this tea up, though, because it’s new to me. Thanks to wheezybee for this sample.

Due to some less than stellar experiences with some Mariage teas, I have not done a lot of seeking them out. I know they can vary widely because the bases can be very different, but I’ve never been impressed enough to go through the (somewhat considerable) effort of trying more of them. However, when wheezybee contacted me about a swap, I decided this would be a good opportunity to try out some of their Earl Greys.

I am certainly more pleased with this tea than most. It’s nicely blended… The bergamot is nice and well-balanced, citrusy and slightly floral, and the base tea is smooth, without astringency or off notes (for me). Nothing about it really stands out, but it’s a tasty Earl Grey, and it does make me believe that there are other MF teas that I would likely enjoy.

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

Good luck with the dissertation!

ifjuly

Yes, best wishes on your dissertation. And, not that it matters but I agree completely with this review, ha.

ifjuly

(I mean that it’s a very nicely blended EG and whatnot, but it’s not like seeing stars or anything in terms of any one particular aspect knocking my socks off)

wheezybee

Good luck!!!

Sil

Good luck with wrapping things up :)

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Sipdown, 140. Gongfu of the afternoon. It really takes a while to get around to trying and sipping down all my Verdant reserve club teas when I only really have weekend afternoons for gongfu sessions, and then there are plenty of weekend days when I am too busy.

This may be an example of the rule that if you eat/drink something enough times you will develop a taste for it. I was never all that into wuyi oolongs, but I am beginning to appreciate them more and more. The roasted grains flavor is growing on me. I see now that I really enjoyed my first session with this tea as well. It’s just a really well balanced wuyi oolong, I guess. Glad to have had this one!

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drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
1909 tasting notes

Sipdown, 141. I sent the package of this that I got in my happy bag away in a swap a while ago, but I still had the sample bag kicking around. I figured I should at least try it, although I was not optimistic because it had the dreaded darjeeling in it.

When I brewed it up, it smelled pretty good, honestly. I may have to explore assams a bit (beyond Butiki’s PTA) because I think they do have potential for me. I used to think that assams were the part of the blend I didn’t like, but now I think that it was likely certain (but not all) keemuns. Maybe certain assams as well, I guess. Anyway, when this was hot it was pretty decent, though not particularly interesting, but as it cooled it got very bitter for some reason. Not sad I sent the rest of it away, though I liked it better than I thought I would.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lynxiebrat

It could be anything that threw you off from the tea, maybe it sat to near a really pungent tea, or other item. Maybe it got exposed to heat/cold. Or might of been a bad crop. Whole bunch of variables.

Dinosara

Oh I wasn’t talking about this blend in particular, but any time I would have a black tea blend with somewhat unknown components, and there was one part that I didn’t like about it.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1909 tasting notes

Well this is a sipdown but I somehow didn’t add this one to my cupboard, so my number remains at 142. I asked Stacy for a sample of this one with my last order because a marshmallow-leaf herbal sounded intriguing.

This was really tasty! Creamy, with a nice smooth texture, very dessert-y. I’ve never had Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog, so I can’t compare it to that, but I am happy with this one for sure. I don’t know that it screams ‘cake’ to me, but that’s fine really, it’s still tasty. Once it gets cold and I want to have an herbal tea every night in the evening I may have to pick some of this up… I’m always on the lookout for tasty herbals without rooibos (yuck) or hibiscus (only on occasion). This one certainly fit the bill.

I just had a thought… I wonder how the marshmallow leaf would do with cacao nibs for a kind of cocoa-marshmallow herbal? Mmm.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lynxiebrat

LOL….I like rooibos, but sometimes I really don’t want it and love having herbals that don’t rooibos in it. I like hibiscus in alot of fruit teas, if they don’t add a bunch. Just enough to kick up the other flavors.

Dinosara

Yeah, I love hibiscus in certain circumstances, but not hot. I have come to realize that I can’t stand rooibos!

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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.
89-85: 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
84-80: 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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