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1848 Tasting Notes

73
drank Inca Rose by Inti Zen
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 128. This tea was the whole reason that I bought the variety box from this company, because I had a pot of it in Argentina and enjoyed it. I was hoping this one would surprise me like the English Breakfast one did, but it was a decent but fairly mediocre earl grey with some notes of rose. Not something I will miss too much.

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73
drank amazonia 12 by Inti Zen
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 129, and backlog.

When I brewed this up it smelled like candied mangoes. Pretty tasty smelling overall and nicely tropical. I don’t know if its partly some interaction with papaya or what, but in the sip this almost taste peachy! There is a bit of hibiscus in this but it is deployed with a deft hand and it’s not very noticable. Overall a pretty decent tea for the afternoon.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Silencio Andino by Inti Zen
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, but I apparently never added this to my cupboard. Oops!

Green tea, chamomile and orange. This tasted mostly like chamomile, with a bit of grassy green tea. As it cools, I got a hint of orange, but other wise it was ok but less successful than the other Inti Zens I’ve had today.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Iluminé by Inti Zen
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 130, and backlog.

This is an English Breakfast, and in the past I have shied away from English Breakfasts because I haven’t really liked them. There was a period of time where I actively despised them, actually. But I’ve been enjoying Chinese teas and the components of English Breakfasts way more lately, so I was cautiously optimistic that I would like this one. And what do you know, this was pretty good! I was shocked that it was actually sweet when I took a sip! Malty and grainy and yum. Not very complex, but satisfying and way more than I expected from a tea bag.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Tea for Tango by Inti Zen
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 131, and backlog.

Microwaved water, old tea bags, and a microwave that permanently smells like indian food… what could go wrong??

Well, surprisingly little, today. I brought all my Inti Zen tea bags with me on this trip for easy brewing and to use them up. They aren’t soooo old, only about a year and a half, but they are close to using up and a trip was a good excuse to sip them down. I’m back at my old office and there is no kettle here, only the microwave. Fortunately, the mug I was using is somewhat roughened on the inside and I think it helped with the water.

I have another mate + jasmine blend and I like it, so I chose this one first. It tastes pretty similar, although the other one has jasmine pearls and is a bit more refined. This was pretty decent, all things considered.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Passionate Rose by Tea Palace
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 132, and backlog! I have been quiet because I am traveling again. I made this as a cold brew and took it with me on the road while we drove all day yesterday. I think that cold brews can sometimes extract more flavor out of old teas, and this was definitely the case here. Cold, this was super passion fruity and nicely rosey. Quite delicious, and a great end to this tea!

Preparation
Iced

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97
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 133. At first I was hoarding this one, too, but then I realized that I have two ounces of the first picking Laoshan Black, so why I am hoarding this?

I am immediately reminded why I love it, however. This was the bottom of my pouch, so this cup had some finer bits of tea than usual, and more of them certainly pack into a tablespoon or so. After 1 minute I knew that it was done and needed no more time. The scent is heavenly, and oh so chocolatey. And the flavor! Holy crap is this cup sweet. It’s like I sugared it, but I didn’t. I think this came from a particularly chocolatey and honeyed batch of Laoshan Black from a couple of springs ago, and it is amazing. Farewell, this batch of Laoshan Black! You were awesome.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Oh sweet memories!

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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown, 134. :( :( I had been hoarding the last of this one since it is one of my favorites, and this afternoon I decided I needed to stop hoarding, especially a green oolong. Then I proceeded to get distracted once the timer was done and not take the tea out, leaving it to oversteep. So sad! I mean, it’s still drinkable, which is amazing, but it’s not perfect. Sigh. Well that just fits how my day and my week are going so far.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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90
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
1848 tasting notes

Cold steep of this was pretty good, although I think I would use 1 sachet for 12oz instead of 2 like I did this time. I used to always do that but perhaps my tastes in even iced tea are changing! At least I know I can definitely cold steep this and get a delicious vanilla-coconut white.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Yum I bet this one would be really good cold!

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This is an oldie from back when I very first got samples of Teavivre’s teas. I have had quite a few jasmine teas in my stash at any given point, so I haven’t gotten around to drinking it much, which is a shame.

There is still a fair bit of flavor in this tea, and it is still quite a lovely jasmine. I brewed it somewhat strong today, but its still pretty smooth. Very jasminey. I may take the rest of the opened pouch home to cold steep as I love a good cold jasmine.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 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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