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1848 Tasting Notes

85

All right, after sickness, weekends and snow days, we are back on track with the cupboard chronology. Well, sort of; I’m going to have to skip the next one because it is an herbal and at home, but I will try to remember to drink it tonight. I suppose this one is kind of an herbal too, but not the type you drink at night!

I have come to the conclusion that I am not the hugest fan of guayusa, but I can at least enjoy it when flavored with citrus and cream, as in this blend. Hope this will give me a jolt of energy… plenty of stuff to do today!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

This one always energizes the heck out of me! Good stuff :)

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94

I felt awful this morning and ended up leaving work just an hour after getting in. So in spite of my chronological order I skipped ahead and had a cup of this tea. I don’t really want this to become a “sick tea”, but the fact is that it is lemony and gingery and delicious. I have another lemon ginger green tea but this one tastes better so why wouldn’t I prefer this one? Besides, I don’t think I will have a problem with associating this one with sickness (I love ginger and lemon together!). Anyway, this one settled my stomach a bit but I am still not 100% so the chronology is on hold for the weekend I suppose.

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

Glad you’re starting to feel better!

TeaBrat

love ginger! this sound nice

Stephanie

Ginger and lemon are awesome for tummies :)

Memily

But I love sick teas!

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99

Mmmm, drank this one yesterday afternoon, steeping it a few times. I can’t believe how sweet and chocolatey this tea is. Are you sure there isn’t added sugar in here? Of course not, just luxurious beautiful curled black tea leaves. I love Laoshan Black, but this reserve version is mind blowing. Sweeter, silkier, more chocolatey. I wonder if Verdant will have another 1st picking harvest this year? I do have a couple of ounces of this to hoard, in any case. :D

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

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86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1848 tasting notes

Ah, another example of Lupicia’s delicious flavored green oolongs. This is intensely melon-y; perhaps too intense for some folks, but if you like super ripe cantaloup and green oolongs, this one is one for you. I happen to love it because it really envelops you in the melon flavor. I don’t know if I’ve ever met one of Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs that I didn’t like, and I love that they are clean fruity blends that really complement the oolong.

This also reminds me that I really need to get some Naivetea oolongs back in my cupboard because as much as I love these, Naivetea’s flavored oolongs are probably the best ever.

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

I absolutely adored this tea as well. Have you tried naivetea’s rose violet calendula?

Anna

ARGH! Okay. Okay, fine. I will add Naivetea oolongs to the shopping list.

Memily

I was so excited to find Lupicia is an Australian brand (or at least has an Australian store—haven’t read up on where they originated). It’s tricky for an Aussie to read so many amazing reviews from the northern hemisphere that won’t ship to us, but I’m gonna cut sick on Lupicia either online or next time I’m in Melbourne… adding this to my wish list, for sure.

TeaBrat

yes especially loved the Passionfruit by Naivetea!

Anna

Lupicia are Japanese!

Memily

Ah I see, thanks Anna! Very exciting to see a wonderful store with such a global spread.

Anna

I’m so very excited about it because I WALKED BY THEIR HEAD OFFICE when I was in Japan, haha. Fangirling here, I love Lupicia so much.

I first found them in Hawaii and thought they were Hawaiian for a while, before the staff set me straight.

Dinosara

keychange – I had that one a while ago and it was actually too floral for me! Which is amazing. Violet isn’t my fave, though.

Anna – Naivetea are worth it. The Passion Fruit and Lychee are my favorite of theirs.

Anna

Yeah, they looked good – I’m really curious about the peach, too. Because peach! Unfortunately, they only ship to the US, and I have too much tea. Maybe in the fall, though. Thanks!

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82
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1848 tasting notes

This tea always smells so good but I find myself a bit disappointed. It’s the base tea, which has no body or substance to it, so it leaves the rest hanging out to dry. Otherwise, the flavoring is quite good. Pumpkin-y with just the right balance of spices.

Today I thought I might coax some more heft from it by adding more leaf, but it just gained a bitter edge instead. Oh well. Still have never found my perfect pumpkin tea.

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

I have very similar feelings about this one. It could be so much nicer with a different base.

Fjellrev

So funny, I nearly had this one this morning, then decided against it. And just last night I was thinking about many of my flavoured blacks, how their bases are so meh, and that alone can kill the desire to drink them.

Nattie

Try the Pumpkin Juice Adagio fandom blend (Harry Potter). I know it doesn’t sound too promising, being a fandom blend and all, but I tried it today and I am for the first time happy with a pumpkin tea.

Dinosara

Yeah the base of a flavored tea has become extremely important to me, which has the effect of completely eliminating some companies from my repertoire. Unfortunately, that list includes Adagio; I really can’t stand their base teas! :P

Anna

I think Butiki’s pumpkin is The Pumpkin Tea – and I didn’t even feel I needed a pumpkin tea in my life before trying that.

Nattie

Oh :/ I know what you mean about the base, though – I usually find Adagio’s black base goes bitter very quickly. I always oversteep, though, and did a short steep today which I think was the trick.

Anna – I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin tea for a while now, I will try to get my hands on some of Butiki’s!

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97

I’ve been so bad about logging by teas! I haven’t even been all that busy. Ah well.

I had this one yesterday, and was of course reminded about how good it is. Most flavored greens have been sort of meh for me lately, but this one breaks the mold in two ways: it’s scented, and it’s a dragonwell. I’ve always loved dragonwells more than most other types of green tea, especially the senchas usually used for flavored green tea bases. This is a lovely, buttery dragonwell that is high quality in its own right. Secondly, I still love my floral scented green teas, such as this one. Really it is like being in a rose garden. So happy I happened across this one in Berkeley a year ago!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

This is the first time I’ve heard of Dragonwell and two people I’m foowibg have reviewed two different Dragonwells today! Gonna have to check it out.

Memily

Er… following, not foowibg. Thanks, autocorrect. (Though I do love foowibg people, this is not the time or place.)

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94

I don’t usually begin my morning with an oolong, but when I do, it’s a reserve TGY.

This is so lovely, as always. Floral and sweet like fine honey, lightly buttery, crisp and clean. I drank this one eagerly, and just now looked into the bottom of the cup for the dregs but found nothing. Ah, over too soon.

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

Nice, I’m having an oolong morning too. This sounds lovely. :)

Lynxiebrat

LOL your 1st sentence reminds me of the Dos Equis commercials.

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88

I drank this yesterday as part of my chronology but never logged it.

As always, it remains a favorite. I like the black tea blend on this tea, which is really essential for enjoying this tea because the flavoring is rather subtle. Nice orangey citrus to keep things interesting. This tea also always reminds me of Mongolia because I first bought it as a box of sachets in a grocery in Ulaanbaatar and drank it often at my hostel there.

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

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1848 tasting notes

Hmmm. The first sips of this were somewhat odd to me. This has always been my number one Earl, but today it tasted off. So disappointing. It’s like suddenly the keemun base isn’t working for me. And there’s not enough bergamot either. This has got to be a fluke. That said, I still drank the whole cup, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t what I was expecting, either.

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

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89
drank Earl Grey Exotique by Chado
1848 tasting notes

I got this tea a while ago and didn’t even expect that much of it, but it turned out to be really awesome (which cannot necessarily be said of the rest of this company’s tea).

I love the rose and passionfruit in this, and all the flavors just come together well. It’s slightly sweet and very smooth, and the base tea is substantial enough to give it some heft. I still find this very tasty and it’s a nice variant of Earl Grey to have around.

Preparation
Boiling 3 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: 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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