2134 Tasting Notes

83

I made this tea (#48) and then almost immediately had to leave the building because of a fire alarm. Turned out to be optimal. This is one of those teas that is really best once it cools waaaaaay down, to the point that it is only lukewarm. Then it is full of sweetness and caramel and tasty. Until then those flavors are hidden behind roasted vegetables. Still not my favorite oolong but reasonably tasty nonetheless.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

This is a tea (#49) I should definitely be drinking more often. It is too amazing not to drink all the time. I mean, who doesn’t want to drink coconut cookies? Well, probably some people, but I am all for it. Delicious. I sucked it down pretty quickly.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Best coconut tea ever

TeaBrat

I miss this one.

Fjellrev

OMG, I still need to try this.

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85
drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
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This is a Fauchon tea (#50) that I bought kind of on a whim, because it was there, and I thought it might be fine although the flavors didn’t really call to me. It seems like a tea I wouldn’t like all that much (I don’t usually do mint, and never with fruit), but somehow the raspberry and mint actually work together here. I think it’s the sizeable helping of creamy vanilla that smooths it all out and brings it together. I definitely don’t regret buying it.

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

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90
drank Le Printemps à Paris by Fauchon
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This is a tea (#51) that I bought not expecting to like as much as I did. Rose and vanilla can go sideways for me, but Fauchon knows how to do it right. The raspberry probably helps. A very springy tea, and since we are starting to have very springy weather, fairly appropriate (although it is the dismal rainy kind of spring weather today). Although I am unfortunately not enjoying this in Paris.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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The next two teas in my cupboard are actually sachets of Lupicia limited Hawaiian teas. Originally I was going to bring some in and have it anyway, but I forgot, and I like to save the sachets for traveling anyway, so I’ll just skip them. I know they’re tasty and when they’re gone they’re gone, so I don’t feel a need to use them up quickly.

Instead, I will skip ahead to perhaps my FAVORITE tea ever (#52). Today I decided that I would break my no-tea-gets-100 rule and just do it. This tea is perfection to me. Almondy, cakey, rosey, delicious. And, of course, it would have to be difficult to obtain. Next time I’m in Paris, I am stocking up. :P

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

ugh, i so wish there was a way to easily get this tea in Canada!!
it’s pretty much my HG tea at this point

Fjellrev

Nice, I enjoyed this one too, and 100 FTW! I’m still delusionally holding out on Winners/Marshalls bringing in more Fauchon in Canada. :/

whatshesaid

if you see that happen please let me know!!

Fjellrev

You know it! Just makes me wonder where they got it from in the first place.

Dinosara

Yeah, I would love them to come back. I’ve always considered actually contacting Fauchon and see if they would be willing to do a special shipment to the US, but have never actually got around to doing it.

OMGsrsly

Mmm, I love this one too.

Stephanie

I love this one so much, too! If you ever get a chance to buy some in the US I would like in on that group order! :D

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87

Ok, back to a bit of normalcy. This one (#55) isn’t the most scintillating of my Fauchon teas, but it is pretty tasty. I like apricot and citrus well enough but I am honestly a bit meh on this one today. Probably I should cold brew it. I could also just be having a bad tea day. :P

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

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84
drank Paris Mon Amour by Fauchon
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I’m going to do a tasting note for this one (#56) now, even though I actually drank it a couple of weekends ago, because it’s a home/weekend tea, and it’s Monday, so if I don’t retroactively write this note it will get lost in the rest.

The reason that this is a home/weekend tea is that it has an Assam base, and is way to strong/astringent for me without additions. It does, however, make the best Hong Kong-style rose milk teas. I used a recipe from Lupicia that I always keep on my fridge. De-licious.

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81
drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
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So after all this time, I’ve definitely come to the realization that puerh is not for me. I used to be able to tolerate it occasionally, like in well done flavored ones like this. No more. “Earth” is not a flavor I want in my tea. Nor is “wood” or whatever. I tried to drink some of this and I couldn’t get past a few sips. I have lost any taste I might have had for it.

I’m putting the two DF flavored puerhs, this one and Pu-Erh Gourmand (lets call them #58 & 57), I have up for grabs. There is probably a half-ounce of each left. Some of you have had them, but if you haven’t and you like flavored puerh, you might like them. If you’re interested, PM me or leave a comment on this post. If I don’t get any takers, I’ll list them for sale along with a variety of leftover Verdant blends I’m not interested in soon.

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

awwww

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s too bad! I did like both of them, so far as I remember. But I really don’t need more tea. :)

Stephanie

I like Pu-Erh Gourmand but I’ve never tried this one. In general I get what you are saying about flavored puerh though…a lot of times I’d rather drink my puerh straight and have a less funky base tea for my flavored teas!

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93

I wondered if I would still be as enamoured of this tea (#59) now, since lately my taste for roasted TGYs has swung back away from loving them. But the additions of this one really tame it down, and I still definitely get a spiced sugar cookie note from it. Quite tasty. I wish Verdant would make blends like this permanent and not the ones that have all those weird “aromatics” blends.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

So I skipped the Matchaccino although I really should get into the habit of drinking it regularly, but not today. I also switched the next two teas as they appeared in my cupboard, but close enough? I am calling this one #60.

I keep this one at home so I have a nice EG to drink on the weekends, but I rarely drink tea on the weekends. I am reminding myself to do so today so I can have these teas that live at home! I enjoy this tea a lot, but it does need a gentle hand to avoid getting bitter. I think I am remembering now that I used to use less leaf too (of course I didn’t check before brewing), but I gave it a short, cool steep so it seems to have worked out all right. Lots of bergamot (YUM), a nice malty base. Definitely need to remember to make this one more often (although I have a feeling it will age well).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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.
89-86: 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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