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1850 Tasting Notes

99
drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1850 tasting notes

I have been thinking about this tea lately for some reason. Maybe it’s the influx of tieguanyins to my cupboard, maybe it’s just thinking about teas I’ve had for a long time. I actually have a significant amount of this tea left. I ordered four ounces of it when it was going out of stock forever, and those came in two pouches. The second pouch hasn’t ever been opened. I have a strong drive to hoard this tea, even though it’s a tieguanyin and I know it is just losing flavor sitting there.

And yeah, it has faded a bit. But this tea, slightly faded, is still miles beyond so many others (to me). It has lost a bit of its natural sweetness, but it’s still floral and buttery. It will probably take me forever to drink this tea, and it will likely be old and flavorless when I finish it, but I will always remember how delicious it was at the beginning when I drink it.

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

Sounds like you have a treasure there!

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71
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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I think I will try another of these Kusmi teas. They have been the victims of changing tastebuds, because there are several Kusmi teas that I used to love (or at least enjoy), and now they are not tasty at all to me. All the Russian blends apparently have the same base (a blend of Chinese, Ceylon and Indian teas), and one of the components doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not any sort of bitterness or astringency but a flavor I just don’t care for.

Yeah, no. This one is the same way. It’s pretty frustrating really, to have a quality tea that you just don’t like anymore. The one good thing is that I still like the teas cold brewed, so I guess I’ll be drinking a lot of iced Kusmi this summer.

Edited: Actually I ended up enjoying this one enough to drink the whole cup. Maybe it was the combination of citrus fruits but even though I didn’t love it, I liked it enough. It did get a bit astringent when it got really cool, though.

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

the Russian blends are all full of bergamot for one thing…

Dinosara

Haha, well it’s definitely not the bergamot that’s bugging me… That’s why I wanted all the Russian blends! I’m sure it is one of the base teas, though its hard to know which one exactly.

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90
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
1850 tasting notes

I was poking through my stash, opening tins to see how much was left of certain teas and sniffing them at the same time. There were a lot of delicious smelling teas in there, but for some reason when I sniffed this one it just made my mouth water and I had to make a cup.

I am going to boost my rating on this one as it really is delicious. It’s not just the pineapple but the coconut too… a little piña colada-y, but not too much for the morning. Last time I wished for more buttery oolong flavor, and I do still want more butteriness from the oolong, but the flavorings are so good it doesn’t matter all that much. This is certainly tasty and a nice balance of flavoring.

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

oh man.. a buttery pineapple coconut blend? that would be nice.

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84
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1850 tasting notes

I see that the last time I drank this I didn’t really write a tasting note because I was distracted. Well, I guess I better remedy that!

This is quite a lovely tea. It is kind of one of those black teas that reminds me of a honeyed dan cong oolong, but better because it’s a black tea (not the biggest fan of dan congs here). Anyway, this is definitely on the fruitier side for a black tea, and I do get a sense of stone fruit (peach, apricot) and a hint of lychee. There is almost a floral quality as well. I’m usually not the biggest fan of fruity (unflavored) black teas for some reason, but this one I quite enjoy. I think I like it best when it is toward the hot side versus once it really cools down… as it gets just warm it starts reminding me of a darjeeling (fruity florals, I guess). Quite tasty overall.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Oh good! I’m getting this one in the mail soon :D

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66

Forgot that I had this one yesterday and never logged it. I bought an ounce of this because it sounded like a fantastic combo: apples, roses, pistachio. But then I started falling out of love with flavored greens in general, so I put off trying it.

The good news is that the green tea base actually works fine for me. It’s not that super low quality sencha that so many flavored greens seem to be, and it tastes ok. Not great, but ok. The bad news is that the flavoring tastes like candy. For me, not even green apple candy (which I do love), just generically fruity candy that’s really fakey. I didn’t get any rose from this, surprisingly. Toward the end, once it was cool I would occasionally get a hint of pistachio, but it was far from prevalent. Overall disappointing; I will of course try a cold brew of this one, which I suspect will bring out the rose at least.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Agreed. I wanted to like this one but it was fakey-fakey.

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66
drank Marzipan - 952 by Tea Haus
1850 tasting notes

So I got this in a swap aaaages ago from darby, I believe. Thanks for the swap, and sorry it took me so long to get around to it. I probably should have been drinking it before, because now I am losing my taste for teas like this. This is definitely sourced from TeaGschwendner, and I haven’t had the best success with their base teas, which is part of the reason I have put off trying it for so long. Also I think I got it around the time when I was starting to have a harder time with nut teas.

I will say, I am enjoying it more than I thought I would. It probably has lost some flavor and potency over time, but it’s still marzipanny. It’s not bitter, but it’s also kind of boring. There is maybe a hint of something off about it, perhaps the nuts in the blend. I am finding that I dislike actual nuts in my tea, and although I love nut flavoring, real nuts give off some kind of something when steeped that doesn’t sit right with me.

I will probably take this home and drink it strong with milk and sugar. Perhaps I can coax more flavor out of it that way.

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

Strong with milk and sugar is how I really enjoy it.

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80
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
1850 tasting notes

Sipdown, 148. Cold brew; most of my sipdowns now will probably be cold brews for a bit, since it is summer and cold brews are a good way to use up leaf.

This was quite good today. At first I thought it was too strong, but as I kept drinking it it seemed to mellow out and was just yummy green apple with green tea. There was a hint of astringency, but that actually made me really think of eating a granny smith apple and how they can have that astringent, drying character. It worked well, and made for a tasty tea today.

Preparation
Iced
TeaBrat

I’ve made this as a cold brew and liked it. :)

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79
drank Lychee Congou by Simpson & Vail
1850 tasting notes

I really have too many types of lychee congou in my cupboard right now. Even though they are very similar and I really only need one, it’s like rose congou… I can’t help but try a company’s version in case they hold my new favorite. Not to mention I will often request them in swaps because I will probably like them. But I now have a boatload of Harney’s lychee congou, so I need to sipdown the others I have (smaller amounts) and be happy with the Harney until I run out of that one.

This is a pretty decent version. The base tea is nice and malty, smooth but not weak. It’s a light lychee flavor for sure, and I usually like a bit stronger lychee flavor, but it’s tasty nonetheless. I will definitely try this cold brew since I love lychee iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
1850 tasting notes

I probably won’t have very many sipdowns this week. I have gone through most of my easy sipdowns and am left with moderate amounts of lots of teas (and lots of a few teas). I will make myself crazy (and maybe bored) if I try to focus on only drinking the teas with the least amounts in them, so I am going to cycle through all the moderate-amount teas in the next couple of weeks. That way I will have a better idea of the amounts I have left as well.

I started with this one! It really is quite a tasty Chinese black tea. It reminds me more of the black pearl teas from Yunnan, with it’s nuts and chocolate notes, than the golden Yunnans with their honey and sweet potato. A solid, delicious black tea, and a pleasure to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

That’s me too. Except for the occasional reward tea, I’ve been drinking nothing but the sipdowns for the last couple weeks.

Sil

i read this as…time for sil to catch up again! only not ’cause thats not bloody likely anytime soon lol

Dinosara

Haha, perhaps, Sil!

Sil

dinosara….probably not. I can’t seem to help myself. soo close to 200 and yet sooooooo far.

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75
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1850 tasting notes

I almost forgot I had this tea this morning. It was somewhat interrupted as we had a mini dissertation crisis this morning (all I can say is, thank god the boyfriend and I are not defending at the same time), but fortunately I still got to drink it while it was warm.

I used to love this tea; early in my tea career it was one of my faves. Now I am not so much a fan of the chocolate flavoring, and I am becoming pickier about my nutty teas. A lot of them just taste off to me for some reason now. I drank this one with milk and sugar this morning, and it was pretty tasty. It’s also pretty old at this point, and I think that Harney’s teas do tend to fade in flavor faster than some other flavored ones I have. Fortunately I have less of this one than I thought, so I should be able to work through it quickly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 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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