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1851 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown, 128. I had a little more than I would normally use left in the pouch, so of course this is overleafed. I reduced the steep time to compensate but it is still a tad stronger than I would prefer.

A tasty tea, but I’m glad I only picked up an ounce of it. For me, I don’t need any wuyi oolong in my Laoshan Black. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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87

Why don’t I drink this tea more often?? It is delicious. Although this is an older tea it has been stored in an airtight pouch and so it’s still very flavorful. The bergamot, orange and jasmine are awesome together, and the white tea adds a nice depth to it. For some reason in just the past week I have been enjoying white tea more and more than I ever used to.

It’s also a shame that I will never be able to get more of this tea now that Ovation is gone. I do think I could probably come close with Harney’s Winter White Earl Grey and some jasmine pearls, though.

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

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75
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
1851 tasting notes

All my tea has been stored in boxes for the last couple of months but now that I have moved they are even less accessible… I need to get a small set of drawers for my office. So this was in a box that was easy to access and it got chosen. The thing about black pearls is that it is easy to count up how many servings you have left… I actually did that today and it turns out I have five servings. When I finish up these I will let myself make an order to Teavivre to get some of their pearls, so there’s some incentive to use them up.

With 6 pearls per 12oz water (unlike 5 as I had been doing before) this is better but still not excellent. I am looking forward to getting through these.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
1851 tasting notes

Today I moved into a new office that is a pretty sizeable upgrade from my previous desk. The only thing that does suck is that I no longer have a sink super near, so cleaning my tea infuser is a little more of a hassle. I think I will get another infuser mug, that way I only have to clean them out once around lunchtime… my max tea drinking tends to be twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.

Today I steeped this for two minutes instead of three and it took care of the surprising bitterness that I had last time. Yay! Back to it’s delicious, coconutty, almondy, vanilla-y self. I think its the combo of those notes with the white tea that almost give it a chocolatey note. This is an old one that definitely needs to get used up.

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

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76

I really need to get through some of the older teas in my cupboard. This happens to be one of the oldest I have, and I haven’t had it in forever. I loved it the first time I had it but then started tasting a bitterness in the base, and I have had so many other teas in my life I haven’t gone back to it. Well, time to have some today. I really have quite a lot of this left (it came in a 4oz pouch when I bought it… so much tea!), but reading my older tasting notes I see it makes a good cold brew, so that should help me get through it.

Brewing it at this cool of a temp seems to have helped, but this is definitely a tea that is still a bit rough around the edges. I am definitely more sensative to low quality base tea than I once was. Still, otherwise this is nicely floral and vanilla-y, and for me it’s a good combo of flavors. Reminds me of DavidsTeas Vanilla Orchid Oolong but on a black base instead of an oolong one.

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

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77
drank Lemon Drop by California Tea House
1851 tasting notes

I’ve been having some stomach discomfort today throughout the day so I grabbed some of this one this afternoon. I really need a strong lemon and ginger tea, but until then this will have to do. This is one of the oldest teas in my cupboard, and it has definitely faded in flavor, but all in all it’s holding up pretty well. I still have a ton of it, too!

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

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84
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1851 tasting notes

Sipdown, 129. Some of my teas have been seeming not as flavorful as they should be lately. I don’t know if it’s the water again or what, but I decided to finish off this one to test it out, since I had it recently with the new water filter in.

This cup is pretty good, but it isn’t as sweet as this tea sometimes is. Hmm. Perhaps my kettle needs cleaning. Anyway, glad I tried this one out, although I think it’s a tad fruity for me in a black tea. But I have very much enjoyed it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I find it so annoying when that happens – usually tea tastes fine at my place, but it’s hit or miss at my boyfriend’s – and I’m using Brita-filtered water there too (and I know the filter is new, because I replaced it! Haha.)

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79

Sipdown, 130. Thanks again to Angel and Teavivre for this sample, which was getting up there in age.

I had this tea this afternoon while I was working. I had a particularly early morning today, so I was quite tired and I wanted a white tea to perk me up and make me focused. This worked really well. Forget about white tea relaxing you, for me it definitely perks me up, especially a really nice white tea like this. Not sure if an unflavored white has a place in my cupboard, but it’s something to consider (once it decreases a bit more).

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

my cupboard isn’t showing # of teas anymore as of like a few hours ago sigh

Dinosara

does it at least show on your dashboard?

Sil

yes! i knew i’d seen it somewhere.. thank goodness!

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71
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
1851 tasting notes

Sipdown, 131. Cold brew. Reasonably citrusy and tasty, but nothing too special. I have one more Kusmi tea from my Russian samples collection (Prince Vladimir) but unfortunately it doesn’t really make good cold brew… I’m not much for spicy iced tea. Still, making progress!

Preparation
Iced

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I really haven’t felt like brewing anything gongfu lately, partly because I just don’t feel like I have the time. But I still wanted one of my “finer” teas, and I decided I would just brew it western style. Whatever makes you happy, right?

This smelled quite tasty today. I usually am not big on roasty wuyi oolongs, but for some reason the bready, toasty aroma was really appealing to me this afternoon. I probably could have used more leaf as my brew was a tad weak, but it was still tasty. I enjoyed my pot of it, fuss-free, while working this afternoon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 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: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
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: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
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.

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Ohio, US

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