2098 Tasting Notes

91
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
2098 tasting notes

Drank this one (#89) yesterday but I will log it now. Another of my Harney stock-up, and another that I really love. But I just don’t drink enough. I also really love this one as a cold brew so I am planning on taking all my Harney blacks home for cold brewing so I can appreciate them and drink them regularly.

It’s funny, for a long time I used cold brews of tea to quickly use up tea I didn’t like that much. I was always picking out teas I really wanted out of my cupboard. But, I’ve kind of run out of those, so now I have to tell myself that cold brewing is also something I can do to teas I really like, too. There have been some in the past (thinking of a few Lupicias) that I loved as cold brews, so maybe eventually I will get to a place where I can actually just have a rotating stock of cold brew teas that I actually love and wasn’t just trying to get rid of. It’s a nice thought.

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

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92
drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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Harney order time. This tea (#90) came into my cupboard at the same time as a few other Harneys, but I added it to my cupboard first so here it is.

Still rosey and delicious. I enjoy this one, but I don’t reach for “pure” rose black teas that much anymore. Or really any single-flavor tea, really; I seem to prefer an amalgamation of flavors these days. I have a lot of this one, and I have a lot of other plain rose blacks, so I am good for a while. Thinking of starting to cold brew this one because it is quite old and I do enjoy a nice iced rose black tea.

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

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90
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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Like most of these old teas, this one (#91) is one that I enjoy but don’t crave often. I have maybe one more serving of my original 50g of this, but I have an unopened 50g of it from last years’ Happy Bag. Well, now it’s open because I opened it and dumped it into the now-empty tin, since I am taking the remaining of the original batch home to cold brew. This has definitely lost flavor, and even though it smells really good, it is nothing compared to the fresh stuff I just opened (“fresh,” it’s a year old but has been air-tight sealed the entire time).

Anyway, tasty, but perhaps another slightly summery tea.

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

I just had the Davids tea version of this one. Lupicia is better, but I still enjoyed it! :D

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83
drank Dragon Flames by Sanctuary T
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This was the tea I had been putting off (#92). Honestly, it’s not that it tastes bad. It’s fine. But maté isn’t really my favorite. The jasmine is fading in this one; clearly the pearls in this are less high quality than some of my older jasmine greens, although I suppose that isn’t too surprising.

If I wait another year to drink it again it will probably be comepletely flavorless.

ETA: This is one of the few teas I still have left from back when I was buying tons of teas from new-to-me-companies on tea deals (so, buying larger amounts instead of trying things out via samples). Oh, how things have changed in my tea drinking habits.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

This is another tea (#98) that I love the flavor of, but I just don’t crave lately. I can’t believe how well this white jasmine tea has aged. It is still fresh and delicious.

Maybe I am just not craving fruity and floral teas because it is winter. Who knows. I have to force myself to drink them, but when I do, I love them.

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

I had this yesterday randomly too! I definitely prefer my floral teas in spring or summer, but this one is my favorite jasmine tea ever so I made it yesterday :)

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94
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I know, I said I was going to be more active and post more often, and then I disappeared. I was kind of in a tea funk? I immediately got kind of bored with my cupboard run-through, and a lack of desire to drink one tea that was next (which I was supposed to drink today and STILL DID NOT DRINK) led to me kind of giving up for a while and just drinking some DF teas that I wanted to drink.

At least the intervening tries to get myself back on track led to me drink this tea (#99; I got rid of a sample in the intervening time so my cupboard dropped a number) multiple times? I’ve probably drank it more in the last month than I did all of last year.

I enjoy this tea. I don’t looooove this tea like I used to, but I am leaving the rating. I think I am in a more flavored tea swing, honestly. I just want to drink flowery French things all day. I guess I will be happy when I get to that part of my cupboard. But I did enjoy this cup, and really have no complaints.

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

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94

Same as last year, this tea (#101) is still out of order on my cupboard, even though it too was purchased in Beijing in March of 2012. I guess I added it much later for some reason. I wish we could put “date purchased” on teas in the cupboard so that things like this wouldn’t be a problem, but then again there is a lot I wish about the cupboard page.

Anyway, I have several small vacuum sealed pouches of this tea, so one could say it is aging very well. It still tastes very fresh; sweet and floral and buttery and delicious. This was a tough purchase because the vendor spoke absolutely not a lick of English, but it was worth it. Yum.

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91

I don’t usually have a green tea in the morning, but I make an exception for this tea (#102), which was purchased at the same time as the Tan Yang.

I’ve always liked how this tea isn’t just jasmine, but it has a lot of nuanced flavors from the green tea itself. Buttery, sweet, and others I can’t quite pinpoint. I know I should drink this one up even faster than the black teas, but it’s still hard to do, especially when the tea has as much flavor as it still does.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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97

This tea, this tea (#103; technically Gardens of Anxi appears in my cupboard before this one, but I recently drank down my old stock of that, so I will drink some of the reblend when I get to it and Golden Earl). Bought March of 2012.

This is a true hoarding tea. I have looked for a replacement for this tea (I bought it on Maliandao in Beijing), but nothing is quite the same. I have for sure found other tasty Tan Yangs in my search, but nothing that really captures this one. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Even in it’s old age it is deliciously sweet and honeyed, although I know its former glory has faded a bit. Perhaps I should drink it up before it ages any more, and then its sadder because I didn’t drink what I had while it was still delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Ooh, I just tried TeaVivre’s Premium Tan Yang a few days ago, it’s strong on the honey as well! Maybe you should try that one once they get it back on their site. :)

Dinosara

I haven’t tried their Premium, but I have tried the Superfine from them. Definitely delicious, but not quite right. :) But maybe the Premium is actually closer. In any case I’ve long since given up trying because every tan yang is so different.

Cameron B.

Yeah, the Premium version tasted completely different than the Superfine to me. Just a thought! :)

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92
drank Caricias para el Alma by Tématyco
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Next on the tour, we have this Argentinian tea (#104). It was purchased in September of 2011. It looks like a cheap, nasty CTC, but it always brews smooth and sweet with no touch of astringency, so I always enjoy my cup of it. I am pleased to find that this cup was still very delicious, although perhaps slightly less currant-y than before. Still, not bad for an old tea that doesn’t look like good leaf in the first place.

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

I’m greatly enjoying reading about your cupboard tour (which seems to be a world tour as well)!

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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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